EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson did not practice yesterday at Winter Park, as he continues to let a slight ankle sprain heal.

Head coach Leslie Frazier says there is no cause for alarm and he fully expects his star tailback to play in Sunday's game at Washington. He says the medical staff simply wanted to give Peterson another day of rest and another day of healing for the ankle he tweaked during last Sunday's 30-7 win over Tennessee at the Metrodome. This Sunday's game at Washington is set to kick off at 3:25 p.m.


Minnesota's Chase Budinger and Nikola Pekovic each scored 14 points to pace the Timberwolves to an 84-70 victory over the Pacers in their first preseason game of the season. The contest took place at the Fargodome in North Dakota. New Wolves player Brandon Roy posted 13 points in his first game since returning from retirement. He scored the first six points of the second half for Minnesota. The teams will meet again in Indiana tomorrow night at 6 p.m.


The Connecticut Sun will host the Indiana Fever in the decisive Game Three of the Eastern Conference finals this evening. The winner will advance to face the defending champion Lynx in the WNBA Finals. Game One of the WNBA Finals will be at the Target Center on Sunday night at 7 p.m.


Representatives for the NHL and the players union held two meetings on Wednesday as the two sides attempt to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. The sides followed up a one-hour meeting with a session that lasted nearly four hours in New York. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly intimated that the union is working on a new proposal. Daly also said little progress was made on Wednesday. The NHL has already canceled the first two weeks of the regular season, which was scheduled to begin tonight.