Our Ed Werder tells us that a confrontation between Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress and receiver Percy Harvin grew so heated Friday afternoon that coaches and players were forced to separate them to prevent a physical exchange. The confrontation occurred during a light Friday afternoon practice, Harvin's first of the week after suffering a sprained ankle last Sunday against the New England Patriots. Harvin was limping badly during the portion of practice open to reporters. The Minneapolis Star Tribune was the first to report the confrontation. According to the sources, Childress questioned Harvin's effort during the practice. When Harvin took exception, Childress suggested Harvin submit to further testing on the ankle. The debate escalated and "was as close to physical as you can get," according to a source. After the two were separated, according to sources, a teammate told Harvin: "You just did what a lot of us have been wanting to say for years." Harvin had further testing on the ankle Saturday morning. He is listed as active for today's game, but we'll have to see how much he plays against the Arizona Cardinals.
Chris Mortensen tells us that after Vikings owner Zygi Wilf conversed with members of the organization, including players, the owner left some of those he spoke to with the impression he is still contemplating firing head coach Brad Childress regardless of whether the Vikings win or lose against the Arizona Cardinals today, several sources said.
Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia has won the men's title at the New York City Marathon in his debut at the distance. Kenya's Edna Kiplagat won the women's race Sunday for her first major marathon championship. Another Ethiopian man was the favorite, but world-record holder Haile Gebrselassie pulled out at the 16-mile mark with an apparent right knee injury. Shalane Flanagan of the United States was second in the women's race in her marathon debut. The 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters became the first American woman to finish in the top two since 1990.
Our own John Anderson is also running the marathon. John ran the first 10 km (6.2 miles) in 1:04:10. John is part of Team Tillman -- a group of runners honoring Pat Tillman -- A football player John knew and admired.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.