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MINNEAPOLIS - Christian Ponder says opponents and observers have always underestimated his speed and athleticism, going all the way back his high school days in Texas. Salvador Perez Jersey . Maybe now that he is playing on the games biggest stage, everyone will start getting the message. Ponder made more plays with his legs than his arm to direct two touchdown drives and make a push for the backup quarterback job as the Minnesota Vikings beat the Houston Texans 28-0 Thursday night. Ponder completed 10 of 17 passes for 83 yards and one touchdown in the pre-season finale for both teams. He rushed eight times for 61 yards and didnt turn the ball over while playing just over two quarters. "I think they see Im white and they think Im slow," Ponder joked. "I think thats definitely one of my positives is my feet and buying extra time and getting out of the pocket if something breaks down. It just happened to work really well tonight." Head coach Leslie Frazier said he had to hold his breath a few times when Ponder took off running, especially when he was sliding head first into the defence. Ponder is competing with Joe Webb to be the primary backup to Donovan McNabb. Webb went 5 for 6 for 43 yards. Frazier declined to name a winner after the game, saying they will evaluate the competition in the next few days. "Just seeing him tonight be able to spit out the plays in the huddle, the command that he showed, the poise that he showed compared to Aug. 1 when we had our first practice, hes come so far," Frazier said. "It really makes us believe hell just continue to get better and better like we all expected." Matt Leinart was 13 for 16 for 145 yards for the Texans, looking efficient as he prepares to back up Matt Schaub this season. Newly signed receiver Bryant Johnson had three catches for 64 yards. Adrian Awasom had two sacks and a forced fumble and Caleb King rushed for 62 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings, who open the regular season at San Diego on Sept. 11. Both teams rested almost their entire starting lineups with the regular season opener just 10 days away. That made for some ugly play throughout the game, with down-the-roster names trying to make one more good impression for final cuts are made Saturday. Texans tight end Garrett Graham had six catches for 71 yards and Chris Ogbonnaya rushed for 62 yards and had two other long runs called back because of holding penalties. Texans coach Gary Kubiak was hoping to have Steve Slaton (hamstring) play, but he was held out, and the Texans now have to hold their breath to see if star running back Arian Fosters hamstring will be ready by the time they open the season at home against Indianapolis. "We were very lucky," Kubiak said. "Tonight we got out healthy." Cornerback Brandon Burton intercepted a pass and Marcus Sherels added a nifty punt return that may have sealed his roster spot for the Vikings. Ponder was a little ragged, especially on his throws from in the pocket. But the rookie made plays when he had to, eluding the Texans rush, blitzing linebacker Tim Dobbins in particular, time and again to pick up big chunks on the ground. The rookie is clearly most comfortable operating on the edge on designed rollouts, or when the pocket breaks down and he tries to buy time by scrambling. On the lone scoring drive he led, an on-the-run Ponder completed a 17-yard strike to Jaymar Johnson, then eluded Dobbins to rush for 15 yards before he hit Kyle Rudolph for a 5-yard TD, his first touchdown as a Viking. In contrast there was Leinart, the six-year veteran who has never fulfilled the promise he had as a Heisman Trophy winner at USC. Despite his uneven play throughout his pro career, he looked much more polished and at ease in the pocket, hitting big plays down the field to Graham and Johnson, who just signed on Monday to try to bolster depth behind Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones. "I was very impressed with Matt Leinart," Kubiak said. "I thought Matt Leinart played very good and that was important." But the Texans drives were all derailed by penalties and Neil Rackers 42-yard field goal attempt hit off the left upright just before halftime. Leinart played with Johnson in Arizona, so the two already have a rapport that showed on Thursday night. "Ive been able to pick up the offence probably a little faster than I thought when I first saw it," Johnson said. "Ive played for a lot of different co-ordinators, so you can marry some things together and it helps you learn and process a lot." Notes: Frazier said the Vikings are still waiting to hear from the NFL on whether they will have DT Kevin Williams eligible to play against the Chargers. Williams lost a long court battle over a suspension for taking a banned diuretic three years ago. ... The Vikings have an open competition for the starting strong safety spot, and Frazier said they are still evaluating whether Jamarca Sanford or Tyrell Johnson will start in Week 1. ... Texans QB T.J. Yates went 6 for 13 for 145 yards and an interception. ... The Texans finished with 10 penalties for 99 yards. Brandon Finnegan Royals Jersey . The city attorneys office said in a statement Tuesday that it declined to charge the 24-year-old but will require him to come to a meeting to discuss what happened and be admonished about applicable laws. Kelvin Herrera Jersey . Ivanovic had lost five straight to Safarova, but with an early break was in control of their quarterfinal at Ariake Coliseum. Ivanovic moved on to face top-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany, who beat sixth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia a third straight time this year, 6-3, 6-0.CLEVELAND -- Eduardo Escobar usually shows off his power during pregame batting practice. On Monday night, he did some flexing in the 10th inning. Escobar homered on Cleveland closer John Axfords second pitch of the 10th, giving the Minnesota Twins a 1-0 win over the slumping Indians. Escobar, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, connected on a 1-0 pitch from Axford (0-3), driving it over the wall in right for his first homer since June 20 and fourth of his career in 344 at-bats. "He can swing it, weve all seen that," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "You watch him in batting practice, he hits them as far as anybody. Its a big moment. Its cool. You see the big smile on his face and everyone else." It was the second straight gut-wrenching loss for Axford, who gave up a three-run homer in the ninth to Chicagos Dayan Viciedo on Sunday as the White Sox rallied for a 4-3 win. In that game, Cleveland catcher George Kottaras homered twice, becoming the first player in franchise history to homer in his first two plate appearances, and Corey Kluber struck out 13. "Bad pitch," Axford said of his fastball to Escobar that caught too much of the plate. "Its unbelievable. Its a shame that my performances have kind of taken precedence over a great hitting performance by George and outstanding pitching performances by Kluber and Zach." Caleb Thielbar (2-0) pitched a perfect ninth and Glen Perkins struck out two in the 10th for his eighth save. Escobar came in for Pedro Floriman and grounded out with two runners on in the seventh. He more than atoned with his game-winning shot into the seats. "Its a great feeling to be able to come up with a big swing in that spot," he said. "Im really happy for the team more than anything else." The Indians, who only got two runners to second base, had been the only team in the majors not to play in an extra-inning game. Cleveland has dropped eight of 10, and scoring is a huge issue. The Indians have scored three runs or less in 19 of their 32 games. "Were fairly inconsistent right now," manager Terry Francona said. "Even in hitters counts, were not getting real good swings. I think when its team wide, everyone is trying to do much. Its a good quality but weeve got to fight through it together and keep the line moving and were not doing that. Royals Hosmer Jersey. " Both teams got strong efforts from their starting pitchers. Minnesotas Kyle Gibson allowed only two hits in seven scoreless innings, and Clevelands Zach McAllister gave up five hits while blanking the Twins over 6 2-3 shutout innings. The Twins played without first baseman Joe Mauer, who is day-to-day with lower back spasms. Gibson has been blessed with an abundance of runs all season. The Twins came in averaging 7.14 runs in his first five starts, but they couldnt push one across against McAllister, who was pitching on regular rest after going on three days last week in Los Angeles. Gibson and second baseman Brian Dozier combined on a sparkling defensive play in the fourth. Michael Brantley hit a grounder toward right that Dozier stopped with a dive before spinning in one motion and throwing toward first. With first baseman Chris Colabello out of position, Gibson alertly covered and snagged Doziers throw on one hop before sliding into the bag ahead of Brantley. "The only thing that could have made that play more funny than it was, was if Colabello had gotten hit right in the butt," Gardenhire said. "He had no clue where the ball was going. That was a great, athletic play by Dozier. Ive never seen a pitcher go sliding into first base like that to catch a throw." NOTES: Indians OF Michael Bourn missed his second straight game with a tight right hamstring, the same one he had surgically repaired in October. Bourn could be headed to the disabled list for the second time this season if it doesnt respond. ... Cleveland placed DH Jason Giambi on the DL with a strained calf muscle. The 43-year-old is 0-for-10 this season. ... Twins rookie SS Danny Santana made his major league debut as a pinch-runner in the seventh and nearly got picked off second. Indians manager Terry Francona challenged the safe call but it was upheld. Santana got his first big-league hit in the ninth. ... Indians RHP Josh Tomlin will make his first start Tuesday since July 27, 2012, three weeks before undergoing Tommy John surgery. ... Twins RHP Samuel Deduno will start Tuesday after seven relief appearances. He had shoulder surgery in September. cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys Ray Ban Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Sale Cheap Michael Kors ' ' '