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Vikings may be headed to L.A.

Are the Vikings in line to follow the Lakers and Stars out of the Twin Cities? [A Minneapolis columnist believes that] if a new stadium bill isn't passed in the Legislature this year, that the Wilf family, owners of the Vikings, will take advantage of the fact that their lease at the Metrodome runs out after the 2011 season and try to persuade Commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL owners to allow them to be one of two teams that will eventually move to Southern California. The collapse of the Metrodome roof following a December snowstorm also will put the Wilfs in a position to get a favorable vote to relocate, because without a new stadium the Wilfs are not assured that once the roof is repaired, the same problem won't come up again. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)Comment

Rangers looking to deal

So much for Texas being big enough for Michael Young and Adrian Beltre. [The Rangers] have told infielder Michael Young(notes) they will attempt to trade him in the coming days, according to a source familiar with those conversations, in part because Young has grown disillusioned with his diminished role on the team. The Rangers are known to have been in contact with the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Angels. The Rockies are believed to be Young's most likely destination. (Yahoo! Sports)Comment

Perkins destined to leave Celtics?

With the five-hour workouts to get healthy for the Celtics and his offseason comments about the Lakers, Kendrick Perkins may seem a no-brainer to return to Boston. According to two league sources, Perkins has already turned down a Celtics offer that is bound by the CBA???s current restrictions -- a contract extension worth slightly less than $30 million over four years, which reflects the currently mandated contract limits of a 20-percent increase and a four-year maximum. Perkins, represented by agent Arn Tellem, has opted to wait until he is an unrestricted free agent, when even in an unpredictable market he has a chance of commanding far more. (Boston Herald)Comment

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