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Vikings extend Childress’ deal

The man who brought Brett Favre to the Minnesota Vikings will be sticking around for a while.

The Vikings signed Brad Childress to a contract extension on Thursday, nine games into what is shaping up as a promising season for the men in purple. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ESPN.com cited anonymous sources in reporting that the extension will carry through the 2013 season.

“Brad has done a tremendous job leading this football team and we value the positive environment he has created for the Minnesota Vikings on and off the field,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement issued by the team. “He has continued to positively impact this team and create a strong foundation for future success.”

Childress, in the fourth year of his original five-year, $10 million deal, was hired in 2006 to take over a team in turmoil. The Vikings had become a national punchline for a string of incidents under the loose regime of Mike Tice, including the infamous “Love Boat” scandal and Tice’s admission to scalping Super Bowl tickets that prompted Wilf to institute a code of conduct for the organization.

Spielman’s wife dies at 42

Stefanie Spielman, the wife of NFL and Ohio State star Chris Spielman who led a public fight against breast cancer, died Thursday after a lengthy battle with the disease. She was 42.

Stefanie Spielman died at the family’s home in Upper Arlington, surrounded by her family, said WBNS radio in Columbus, where Chris Spielman co-hosts a show.

“Stefanie has gone home to be with the Lord,” Chris Spielman said in a statement released by the station. “For that, we celebrate, but with broken hearts. I want to thank everyone for their support over the last 12 years. Together, with your help, hopefully we made a difference in this fight.”

Stefanie Spielman was 30 years old and three months pregnant in 1998 when she detected a lump in her breast. She later miscarried and discovered she had cancer. She survived four bouts with cancer before a fifth recurrence in March.

Chris Spielman was playing linebacker with the Buffalo Bills when he decided to give up football for a year to stay home with his wife and children. When his wife lost her hair because of chemotherapy treatments, he shaved his head.

“People say ’It’s a great thing that you’re doing,”’ Chris Spielman said at the time. “I always say it would be a terrible thing if I didn’t.”

The Spielmans became advocates for breast-cancer detection and research, winning several awards for their dedication to the cause. They raised more than $6 million for breast cancer research at Ohio State, where she also had attended school, through the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.

Extra points

One day after being told by the Minnesota Vikings that extending the lease at the Metrodome was not an option, the team’s landlord made the offer anyway and infuriated the only major tenant left in the stadium. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission passed a plan to offer a two-year extension on the lease, which is set to expire in 2011. It calls for the Vikings to get revenue from any postseason games at the Metrodome, but it also threatens to reinstate a $4 million annual rent if the team does not sign the extension. The Vikings sent a scathing letter to the commission on Wednesday denouncing the plan, which the team calls a “sneak attack” that “sends the wrong message to those aimed at keeping the team in the state of Minnesota.” … St. Louis Rams defensive end C.J. Ah You has been lost for the season with a knee injury. Coach Steve Spagnuolo says Ah You has a torn anterior cruciate ligament after being injured during Wednesday’s practice. He will require surgery. … Washington running back Clinton Portis will miss his second straight game as he recovers from a concussion when the Redskins play Dallas. … Atlanta running back Jerious Norwood practiced for first time in nearly five weeks, giving the Falcons hope he could play against the Giants if they are without injured starter Michael Turner. Norwood was limited on the field, but coach Mike Smith is hoping he can play Sunday at the Meadowlands. He’s been sidelined with a hip flexor.

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