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Can Nice Guys Finish First?

Bill Bender, Sporting News

Like Garnett, Towns Won't Be Boxed In

Michael Lee, Washington Post

Ex-Star Adjourns Judicial Career

Patrick Condon, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Turnaround Time for 5 NFL Teams

Jason B. Hirschhorn, Sports on Earth

CHICAGO — Nebraska coach Mike Riley is such a nice guy he couldn’t stop laughing while fending off that nice-guy reputation.  “I don’t know about all t...(full article)

LAS VEGAS — Karl-Anthony Towns could be better sold as the next evolution of the NBA big man if his skill set hadn’t already been set by the man with whom he will share a locke...(full article)

It was a broiler Sunday in the upper Midwest, 85 with a scorching sun and St. Louis-like humidity that made fans and media at the Vikings’ first day of training camp look for a...(full article)

Sporting his customary colorful bow tie and occasionally tapping a tablet computer, Justice Alan Page was passing his final few seconds on the bench of the Minnesota Supreme Cou...(full article)

The tired cliché still rings true: Parity reigns supreme in the NFL. Whether due to the master plan of the league office or by the nature of the sport, the vast majority of...(full article)

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