The Los Angeles Lakers welcomed their seven-foot center back into the game with a 103-89 victory over the Washington Wizards. Andrew Bynum, in his first game back following a knee injury in July, scored seven points and two blocks in less than twenty minutes. Bryant scored 24 as well. “Everything was cool for the first game of the season,” Bynum said. “It was a good test, but I need more.” Bynum averaged 15 points and 8.3 rebounds last year.
The Oakland A’s have signed a one-year contract with free agent slugger Hideki Matsui. Last year, while playing on the Angels, the left-handed 36 year old batted .274 with 21 home runs and 84 RBIs in less than 150 games. He spent his first seven years of baseball with the Yankees before switching to the west coast.
The Minnesota Vikings will be battling the Bears in the great outdoors next week, following the collapse of the Metrodome’s inflatable roof during a snowstorm earlier this week. The game will take place in the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium instead. “We are committed to playing Monday night’s game in Minnesota in front of our fans,” the Vikings announced. “We appreciate the tremendous cooperation of the University of Minnesota and look forward to completing preparations for the game and turning this into a memorable experience for the state of Minnesota and Vikings fans.”