EVELETH -- The Aitkin Gobblers opened their girls' tennis season Thursday with a 4-3 loss to Eveleth-Gilbert.
Wins for Aitkin were by Catherine Ceulemans at No. 1 singles, Nicole Schwartz and Katie Schwaderer at No. 2 doubles and Brittany Johnson and Krista Lindgren at No. 3 doubles.
E-G picked up wins at No. 2, 3 and 4 singles with Stacey Novak defeating Amy Lammers 6-0, 6-0; Tara Bozicevich beat Emily Walz 6-3, 6-2; and Megan Fahey defeated Katrina Schwartz 6-4, 7-6 (7-1 tiebreaker).
The Gobblers travel to Mora on Monday and host a triangular meet with Crosby-Ironton and Pequot Lakes on Tuesday at home.
Vikings release several players
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings released seven players Saturday, three days before being required to do so by the NFL.
Players released were: wide receiver Chris Thomas, tight end Carlester Crumpler, kicker Andy Crosland, linebacker Olrick Johnson, cornerback Carlos Jones and full back Antoine Young.
Mike Malano was placed on injured reserve and Keith Council was waived with an injury, meaning he could be claimed by another team or returned to the Vikings, who would then have to offer an injury settlement or place him on injured reserve.
Thomas' departure paves the way for 5-foot-7 receiver Troy Walters, a fifth-round draft pick, to make the team as a receiver, rather than solely as a special teamer.
Crumpler, who was seeking a starting job after Andrew Glover signed with New Orleans in the offseason, lost the battle to Andrew Jordan and John Davis.
The Vikings now have 65 players on their roster.
Lacina will miss at least two weeks
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings starting left guard Corbin Lacina will be sidelined for at least two weeks and possibly a month because of a sprained knee, coaches said.
Lacina sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee on the Vikings' first offensive play in Friday night's 35-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. He returned for the second series but then left to take a magnetic resonance imaging exam.
That test revealed no tear Friday night, but his availability for the Vikings' opener Sept. 3 against the Chicago Bears is in significant doubt despite his prediction he'll be back by then.
For now, Lacina will be replaced by reserve Chris Liwienski, who is expected to start in the Vikings' final preseason game Thursday night at Indianapolis.
Moss doesn't have to pay restitution
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings star Randy Moss does not have to pay restitution to a man he assaulted while both were in high school, a Kanawha County circuit judge ruled Monday.
Ernest Roy Johnson had asked Judge Charles King to follow through on an Aug. 1, 1995, bench ruling requiring Moss to pay for damages stemming from the beating.
Johnson was hospitalized with injuries to his spleen, liver and kidney and suffered a concussion after the 1995 fight at DuPont High School in Belle.
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