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Cavaliers Balancing Trade on Knife's Edge

Michael Pina, Sports on Earth

Kluwe's Just as Bad as Vikings

Jim Souhan, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Priefer Gets Slap on Wrist From Vikes

Chip Scoggins, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cavs' Dilemma: Win Now ... or When?

Bill Livingston, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Andrew Wiggins vs. Kevin Love is one of the deepest, most polarizing conversations about a possible NBA trade in quite some time.  Even after both subjects are stripped of their...(full article)

When the “Love Boat” scandal sent reputation-destroying shrapnel flying around the Vikings locker room, owner Zygi Wilf commissioned an exhaustive code of conduct. &nbs...(full article)

Mike Priefer is a lucky guy today. Yes, lucky. If he worked for another employer, the Vikings special teams coordinator might be out of a job. Instead, he will only serve a three-g...(full article)

I have seen the future, and it is not tomorrow. Or the day after. Unless the Cavaliers trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love then....(full article)

Bill Simmons: With my beloved Celtics stuck in Rebuilding Mode, I find myself rooting for LeBron’s Cavaliers to give Cleveland its first championship in 50 years. How ...(full article)

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