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MINNEAPOLIS -- Tennessee coach Mike Munchak gambled by playing much of his starting offence in the final preseason game. Cheap Nike Air Max 95 Online . Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier wanted no part of that, and was reminded just how dangerous the NFL can be when one of his backups was carted off the field in the second quarter. Jake Locker went 3 for 5 for 31 yards and led the Titans to a field goal on the opening drive of a 24-23 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. For Locker, it was chance to get one last bit of work in and build on a solid preseason before they open the regular season at Pittsburgh on Sept. 8. "I feel really comfortable with this group," Locker said. "I like what were doing offensively and Ive got a lot of confidence in what were doing, so Im excited." Hoping to avoid a spot on the practice squad, Rusty Smith completed 13 of 21 passes for 178 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the Titans (1-3). Backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was 5 for 5 for 61 yards and a touchdown. Marcus Sherels returned a kick 109 yards for a touchdown and intercepted a pass in a last-ditch effort to make the team for the Vikings, who were thankful that a scary collision involving offensive lineman Seth Olsen only resulted in a concussion. Sherels entered the game with a heavy heart, having recently lost his father, and fighting for one of the final cornerback spots. "Its been tough, but with my teammates and the organization and the coaches, theyve all helped me tremendously," Sherels said. "Theyve made it a lot easier." Olsen was taken off the field on a stretcher after linebacker Scott Solomons knee collided with Olsens helmet. He received a standing ovation from the crowd and gave a thumbs-up with his left hand as he was wheeled off the field. A few hours later, Olsen was walking around in the locker room and speaking with teammates. Munchak took the unusual approach of playing his starting quarterback, starting offensive line and several of his most important skill position players in the fourth preseason game. One of the few offensive starters who did not see action was star running back Chris Johnson. But Munchak felt the risk of injury just over a week away from the season opener was outweighed by the desire to get Locker as much work as possible to prepare him for his second full season as the starter. Locker missed five games last season because of a shoulder injury and many consider this year make-or-break for the 2011 first-round pick. So Munchak threw him out there in a game that traditionally calls for coaches to rest starters, especially at the games most important position. Locker led an 18-play drive in the first quarter that ended with a 28-yard field goal by Rob Bironas. The drive did come against the Vikings second-team defence, but it was enough for Munchak, who sent in Fitzpatrick after that. "Were glad it was just one drive and not a few," Munchak said. "We thought wed have that group in for 12 plays with that offensive line group, and they went about (18) plays. "We didnt finish the drive. We got a field goal, but it was all we wanted, to break a sweat and get a workout, have a little success with that group again." Many Vikings fans wanted to see Frazier take the same approach with Christian Ponder, also about to enter his second full season as the starter. Ponder was unimpressive in the first three preseason games, completing 62 per cent of his passes for 184 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Vikings will no doubt ride MVP Adrian Peterson in pursuit of a return to the playoffs, but Ponders development into a consistent playmaker may be the biggest key to their chances. But after watching starting defensive tackle Kevin Williams go down with a knee injury in the third quarter last week at San Francisco, Frazier wasnt about to take any chances with the opener at Detroit so close. "From my standpoint, in todays NFL with the depth issues that you have, its not worth the risk," Frazier said. Titans second-round pick Justin Hunter had four catches for 45 yards and a touchdown. McLeod Bethel-Thompson completed 19 of 26 passes for 187 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and Blair Walsh kicked a 25-yard field goal with 1:38 to play to help the Vikings avoid going 0-4 in the preseason. NOTES: Vikings CB Bobby Felder left the game in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle, but Frazier said it wasnt serious. ... If the Vikings wouldve lost, it wouldve been just the second time in franchise history that they went winless in the preseason. The only time was in 1961, when they went 0-5. ... Titans TE Delanie Walker made his preseason debut. He had had arthroscopic knee surgery in June and missed the first three games. ... TE Jack Doyle led the Titans with five catches for 48 yards, including a 2-yard TD from Smith. Air Max 95 Cheap Authentic .Y. - Referee Ed Hochuli referred to replay official Tom Sifferman by his nickname Jungle Boy, which was heard on the in-stadium microphone during the Arizona Cardinals-Carolina Panthers NFC wild-card game Saturday. Nike Air Max 95 Sale Outlet .In the Football Money League compiled by accountancy firm Deloitte, German champion Bayern Munich remained third but Barcelona dropped from second to fourth during its trophyless 2014.In the 2013-2014 financial year, Real generated 549. . Off-Season Game Plan examines a team facing some challenging times as GM Bryan Murray tries to put together a roster for next season. Perhaps the first challenge facing Murray is that its expected he will be moving out Jason Spezza, a premier point producer who is about to enter the final year of his contract.( - The Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors hope to catch a break Sunday in the finale of a three-game homestand, as they host the road-weary Orlando Magic. You can catch all the action live on TSN at 6pm et./3pm pt. or listen on TSN Radio 1050. The Raptors ended Clevelands six-game winning streak with Fridays 98-91 triumph and were led by Terrence Rosss 20 points. Jonas Valanciunas followed Ross with 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Toronto, which has won four of five and eight of its last 12 games. Toronto limited All-Star Game MVP Kyrie Irving to 17 points. "Youve got to stay defensively sound with him (Irving)," said Ross, who spent much of the game defending the dynamic point guard. "He can score. And defensively if you slow him down, you slow the team down." All-Star DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry scored 14 points apiece in the win. Toronto is third in the Eastern Conference standings -- one-half game ahead of Chicago -- and has a four-game lead on Brooklyn in the Atlantic. The Raptors are trying to move six games over .500 for the first time since Feb. 24, 2010. The Raptors are 10-3 at home since New Years Day and are averaging 93.2 ppg at Air Canada Centre in that stretch. DeRozan has helped that cause and is posting an average of 25.1 points this month (9 games). Orlando will begin a four-game road trip Sunday agaiinst Toronto, Washington, Philadelphia and Miami, and has lost 14 in a row as the visitor. Nike Air Max 95 Outlet Online Store. Its the longest road skid since a 16-game drought from Jan. 27-March 21, 2006. The Magics last road victory was an 83-82 decision over Chicago on Dec. 16. However, the Magic have won four of their last seven games -- all at home -- and ended a three-game losing streak with Fridays 129-121 double-overtime triumph versus the New York Knicks. Arron Afflalo scored 32 points and rookie Victor Oladipo posted 30 points, a career-high 14 assists and nine rebounds for the Magic, who overcame a 14- point deficit in the second half and had a 16-8 advantage in the second OT. "I really feel like I havent scratched the surface of how good Im going to be. I honestly believe that," Oladipo said. Afflalo tied the game at 106-106 on a jump shot with 42.9 seconds left in regulation, but Nikola Vucevic missed a layup to win it. He also missed on a shot at the end of the first overtime and finished with 14 points and 15 boards. Tobias Harris had 22 points for the Magic. Afflalo (ankle) is expected to miss Sundays game at Toronto, which handed the Magic a 98-83 setback on Jan. 29 at Air Canada Centre. The two teams will meet again March 30 in Orlando. 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