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Weather delays Vikings-Giants game, Newton wins Heisman

A snow storm has delayed the Minnesota Vikings-New York Giants game and Cam Newton has been named the recipient of the Heisman trophy.

The Minnesota Vikings-New York Giants National Football League has been postponed to Monday after a storm dumped 38 centimetres (15 inches) of snow on the Minneapolis area.

The Giants were unable to fly out of the Kansas City airport for the Sunday game, the NFL announced on its website.

"Due to the severe weather conditions and on the recommendation of Metrodome officials, the Giants-Vikings game will be moved to Monday night. The kick-off time at the Metrodome and television arrangements will be announced as soon as they are determined," the NFL said in a statement.

The severe weather shut down the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday. The Giants left New York but their flight was diverted to Missouri.

The delay allows injured Vikings quarterback Brett Favre another day to recover.

Favre is hoping to play so he can keep his NFL-record 298th consecutive starting streak alive. He has a sprained shoulder which is hampering his throwing motion.

Meanwhile, Auburn University quarterback Cam Newton has won the Heisman Trophy, awarded to the top college player in the United States. Newton, who easily outpointed runner-up Andrew Luck of Stanford, became the third Auburn player in history to capture the award.

Oregon running back LaMichael James and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore were also in contention for the award. Newton won even though he is under investigation by the NCAA which claims that his father tried to send him to Mississippi State in return for cash.

Despite the pay-for-play probe, the US college governing body cleared Cam Netwon to play in the Southeastern Conference championship game, saying there was no evidence that the son knew about his father's payment scheme. Newton is the first Auburn player to win the honour since Bo Jackson in 1985.

Published: December 12, 2010 04:00 AM