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Denied Appeal More Than Bump in Road

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76ers Win, Avoid Historic Futility

Bob Cooney, Philadelphia Daily News

Wolves Winning Love-Wiggins Deal

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The writing on the wall for Adrian Peterson's suspension appeal came in the form of a telephone that never rang. In an odd way, that might be the perfect scenario for the Minnesota...(full article)

With all of the things coaches and general managers already have to worry about in a contact sport like hockey, from injuries to suspensions, they probably never figured on mumps b...(full article)

The 76ers were in the strange position of holding a one-point lead late in the game. Robert Covington, who joined the team only a few weeks ago after starring for a year in the...(full article)

When the Timberwolves traded Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins in August, you could envision the deal looking good in, say, two years, or four years. But this soon? Only the power of ...(full article)

It had been five months since Adrian Peterson spoke to his 4-year-old son. Somewhere deep inside, Peterson believes he knew what awaited him on the other end of the line. But he ...(full article)

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