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LONDON -- Matt Cassel will get a chance to steer the Minnesota Vikings to their first win of the season -- and maybe put himself in position for a more regular role. [url=http://www.officialsharksnhlshop.com/david-schlemko-jersey/]David Schlemko Sharks Jersey[/url] . Cassel will replace injured starter Christian Ponder at quarterback against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Wembley Stadium. The Vikings (0-3) ruled out Ponder on Friday with a fractured rib sustained in last weekends 31-27 loss to the Cleveland Browns. "We worked with Matt in the mindset that this was a possibility, so I think were prepared in that way," coach Leslie Frazier said. "Hes been in this role before. His veteran presence -- you can feel it. So there was no shock this week as he got more and more reps. I think (the team) will handle it the right way." Cassel hasnt played a down this season since signing a two-year deal with the Vikings in the off-season. The former New England Patriot threw six touchdowns and 12 interceptions in nine games for the 2-14 Chiefs last season. "Ive been preparing for this and I feel like Im ready to go," Cassel said. "I feel comfortable with this offence. Im excited about it. Thats what you prepare for as a backup." Frazier is hoping Cassel will go out at Wembley and make a statement. "Im hoping that he shines, but I dont foresee a quarterback controversy," Frazier said. "We want him to play lights out and have the best game of his NFL career on Sunday." If Cassel does shine, it could leave Frazier with a decision on who to start against the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 13 after the bye week. Ponder, a third-year pro, has struggled this season, throwing two touchdowns and five interceptions for a 65.9 passer rating. He also has lost two fumbles. Ponder had taken the majority of snaps in practice Thursday and looked determined to play Sunday. "We just felt like it was, from a medical standpoint, too risky to put him out there to take a hit," Frazier said. "Hes a tough guy but it probably wouldnt be wise to put him out in that situation." "Hes a competitive guy and hes played through some tough injuries here. He wanted to play," Frazier said. "This is something you dont know how many times youll get a chance to play in a game like this, but its probably wise since we have a bye coming up, so he understands." Also ruled out for the Vikings are cornerback Chris Cook (groin), safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring), and tight end Rhett Ellison (knee). The rest of the players on the Vikings injury report all practiced in full Friday and are probable for Sundays game. They are running back Matt Asiata (hamstring), cornerback A.J. Jefferson (ankle), defensive tackle Kevin Williams (knee), linebacker Erin Henderson (heel), and long snapper Cullen Loeffler (neck). 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Toronto dropped a 7-2 decision to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon, with only a pair of late runs preventing a second straight shutout loss. Josh Willingham belted a two-run homer in the first inning and Kendrys Morales hit a bases-clearing double in the seventh as the Twins took the rubber game of the three-game series.Michael Atherton expects Nick Compton to be dropped for the forthcoming series with Pakistan after another failure with the bat for the Middlesex right-hander. Compton was nicked out for 1 in Englands first innings and could only muster 19 in Englands second innings, before edging Shaminda Eranga to Dinesh Chandimal behind the stumps.Despite rebuilding his international career during the winter tour to South Africa, Compton has averaged 28.70 in 30 innings for England, while his highest score for Middlesex this season has been just 44. Its a bit of déjà vu in the dismissal, similar to most in the series - pushing forward, a little late, and on the heels of his feet, Atherton told Sky Sports. A dismayed Compton on the Lords balcony He just hasnt got going this season, he hasnt got a fifty in any form of cricket this year. He had his opportunity still, when many judges thought he wouldnt get picked for this series.Hes had three games, but not taken that opportunity, and Im afraid I think that will be it for Nick Compton. Somebody else will be given a go against Pakistan.Its a cruel game at times, but you have to perform, otherwise someone else will come in and perform in place of you. That is the brutal truth of sport.His career average of 28.70, and particularly his average of 12.75, at the age he is, 32, its time for other players like Scott Borthwick, who will be pushing for a place now.. [url=http://www.officialsharksnhlshop.com/joonas-donskoi-jersey/]Joonas Donskoi Jersey[/url]. The series victory in South Africa bought him time, but it only buys you so much time, and at the end of the day you have to perform. Hes had that opportunity, but has just not got going this year.It has also been a frustrating Test match for Hampshire skipper James Vince. James Vince looks back at his broken wickets after being bowled by Nuwan Pradeep The 25-year-old managed just 10 before being clean bowled by Nuwan Pradeep in Englands first innings and was dismissed the same way by the Sri Lankan right-hander in the second innings for a first-ball duck.The jury is out [on Vince] but hell play against Pakistan, Atherton said.What we know happens though is that Compton will go, someone else comes in and then the pressure transfers to someone like James Vince.Hell get his opportunity against Pakistan, but he needs runs and there will be pressure to perform.Watch live coverage of day four of the third Investec Test from 10.30am on Sunday on Sky Sports 2. 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