MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Report now says Cleveland willing to trade Wiggins for Kevin Love
CLEVELAND, OH -- The Cleveland Cavaliers are now reportedly willing to part ways with first overall pick Andrew Wiggins. The "News-Herald" reports the Cavs have decided they would be willing to give up Wiggins in a potential trade for Minnesota's Kevin Love. Cleveland selected Wiggins first overall in last month's NBA draft and has said previously it would not trade the Kansas product. The Timberwolves have reportedly insisted Wiggins be included in any deal for Love, who averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds in 77 games last season. He is entering the final year of his contract and has said he almost certainly won't sign an extension to stay in Minnesota.
_________________Minnesota's Shabazz Muhammad dropped in 24 points but the Timberwolves lost 100-86 to the Kings yesterday in the Las Vegas Summer League tournament. Zach LaVine and Brady Heslip added 16 points apiece for Minnesota, which fell to 1-and-4 in Vegas. The T'wolves take on New Orleans tonight in a single consolation game, which will end the Summer League for both clubs. Tipoff is 7 p.m. tonight.__________________A trio of Minnesota Lynx will represent Minnesota in the WNBA All-Star Game tomorrow in Phoenix. Maya Moore will start for the Western Conference after she was the leading vote-getter. Teammate Lindsay Whalen will also play for the West, while Seimone Augustus will miss the game due to bursitis in her left knee. The Lynx will return to action on Tuesday at home against Atlanta._____________________
The Minnesota Twins open the second half of the season tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays at Target Field. Minnesota sits at 44-and-50 on the season and is tied with Chicago for last in the AL Central. Kyle Gibson gets the ball for the Twins. He's 8-and-7 with a 3.92 ERA in 18 starts. The Rays will counter with Alex Cobb, who is 4-and-6 with a 4.14 ERA. First pitch tonight is set for 7:10 p.m._______________________
The Minnesota Wild agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with goaltender John Curry. The 30-year old Curry appeared in two NHL games with the Wild last season, going 1-0-0, making 43 saves in a 4-2 win over St. Louis on April 10th. He was 7-9-and-2 with the AHL Iowa Wild. He is a Shorewood native and played for Boston University. He has other past NHL experience with the Penguins.________________________ The Minnesota Vikings are less than a week away from starting training camp. Minnesota players are required to report to their camp next Thursday at Minnesota State-Mankato. The first workout will be one week from today. The first preseason game is August 8th against the Oakland Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium. The regular season opener is set for September 7th at the St. Louis Rams. The Vikings are led by first-year head coach Mike Zimmer.
Ex-Viking Chris Kluwe's attorney is saying little after a Thursday meeting with the Vikings about alleged anti-gay comments by special teams coach Mike Priefer. Kluwe is threatening to sue the Vikings unless they make public the results of an internal investigation. His attorney, Clayton Halunen, says at this point he can only say the two sides are working towards resolution, continue talking about terms of a settlement, and he expects to be able to say more after the close of business on Monday. Attorneys for the Vikings have only said they never told Kluwe's lawyer that they would *not* release investigation results. Halunen says witnesses corroborated a statement Vikings special teams coach Priefer allegedly made about "putting all the gays on an island and nuking it."_________________________
The 2015 NFL Draft will not be held in New York City. The "Los Angeles Times" cites commissioner Roger Goodell saying the league is focused on L.A. and Chicago. New York has been the host of the event since 1965. Radio City Music Hall was not available for the dates the NFL wanted. The draft will be April 22nd through 25th or April 29th to May 2nd.___________________________
NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell was hospitalized after collapsing during a corporate speaking event near Lake Tahoe on Thursday. The Boston Celtics released a statement saying the 80-year-old is conscious and recovering in a local hospital. Russell began to feel faint while making his speech and fell to the floor before being carried out on a stretcher. Russell won 11 NBA titles during his 13-year career with the Celtics from 1956-69.____________________________
Rory McIlroy continues to lead at the Open Championship from Royal Liverpool Golf Club. He finished his first round at six-under and will tee off in the second round at 8:27 a.m. Last year's winner of this event, Phil Mickelson, parred the first hole in round two and is plus-two overall. Tiger Woods is at minus-three and tees off at 8:05 a.m.