Sam and Christian Ponder introduce their baby to the world [PHOTO]

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First it was love and marriage. Now it's a baby in the baby carriage, as they say.
Sam Ponder kept her pregnancy out of the press, but now she and her husband, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, have gone public with a photo of their first child.

Bowden Sainte-Claire Ponder was born earlier this summer. Yesterday, Sam shared a photo of the new family on Instagram.

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Audubon Society says glassy new Vikings stadium will needlessly kill birds

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The Audubon Society says birds from about half of Minnesota's 250 breeding bird species regularly die from flying into glass buildings.
The Minnesota Audubon Society wants the Vikings and/or the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority to spend between $400,000 and roughly $1 million on a glaze that would help birds steer clear of the glassy new Vikings stadium.

But talks recently broke down, so now the Audubon Society is taking its case to the public.

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Kluwe creates Change.org petition to get Vikings to release entire Priefer report [UPDATE]

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Investigators concluded Priefer (left) did advocate dropping a "nuke" on "the gays." But Kluwe says there's more that hasn't become public yet.
:::: UPDATE :::: Today, Kluwe's lawyer, Clayton Halunen, announced plans to file suit against the Vikings have been put on hold, pending further settlement discussions between his client and the organization. Halunen said he plans to push for release of the full report as part of any agreement.

We contacted the Vikings for a response to Halunen's annoucement. Team spokesman Jeff Anderson sent us this statement:
Yesterday, Clayton Halunen contacted a Vikings attorney to request that the two sides engage in conversation. We believe that we have comprehensively investigated Halunen's client Chris Kluwe's claims that were put forth in the January 2, 2014, Deadspin article and have taken the appropriate action to ensure that we continue to have a workplace environment that respects tolerance, diversity, and inclusion. We are willing to listen to Mr. Halunen's continued concerns but will have no further comment in the interim.
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Former Vikings lineman takes on NFL players union over concussions

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Christian Ballard (99) and teammates in a 2012 game

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe once again hurled himself into the Twin Cities football spotlight last week, threatening to file a lawsuit against his former team for wrongfully firing him over his support for LGBT rights.

But while all the attention's been on Kluwe, another potentially huge lawsuit is brewing in St. Louis, where another former Viking is is taking on the issue of concussions, alleging in a lawsuit that over the past few decades, his own union has covered up the dangers and health risks of concussions as part of a conspiracy with the NFL.

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Vikings, Chris Kluwe beef goes nuclear after investigators side with team

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Kluwe claims the report released by the Vikings is a coverup.
On Friday, the Vikings released a summary of the six-month internal investigation Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. conducted into former team punter Chris Kluwe's claim that his outspoken advocacy for marriage equality prompted his release from the team following the 2012 season.

The investigators found that while special teams coach Mike Priefer in all likelihood did make the most explosive of the anti-gay statements Kluwe accused him of -- namely, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows" -- the reprehensible comment was not reflective of a hostile, homophobic work environment.

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Kluwe says Vikings reneged on vow to release report about alleged organizational homophobia [UPDATES]

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The Vikings promised an investigation, but Kluwe says the organization won't disclose what it discovered.
-- Updates at bottom --

Early this year, Chris Kluwe went nuclear on his former employer in a first-person account of his last season with the team published on Deadspin. In one particularly memorable passage, Kluwe alleges that during a fall 2012 meeting, Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer said, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows."

Kluwe's piece prompted the Vikings to launch an internal investigation. But now, Kluwe says the organization is reneging on its promise to make the results of the investigation public.

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World's 3rd-largest crane erected in Mpls to help build Vikings stadium [PHOTOS]

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The stacked blue squares with yellow triangles form the crane's one million pounds of counterweight.
A nearly 400-foot-tall crane is now, um, erect at the site of the new Vikings stadium, where it will remain for the next 15 months as the stadium construction continues.

The Terex CC6800 is reportedly the third-largest crane in the world. It can lift up to 1,250 metric tons and has more than one million pounds counterweight, according to info provided by the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority.

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Betty McCollum calls on Zygi Wilf to publicly condemn Redskins nickname

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McCollum to Wilf: "The time for debate has ended -- the name of the Washington franchise is clearly an offensive racial slur."
One surprising revelation in Chris Kluwe's nuclear account of alleged homophobia within the Vikings organization is that Zygi Wilf is actually a staunch supporter of gay rights.

Kluwe wrote that before a September 2012 game, right as the marriage amendment he was so outspoken in opposing was becoming a huge political issue in Minnesota, Wilf approached him and said, "Chris, I'm proud of what you've done. Please feel free to keep speaking out. I just came from my son's best friend's wedding to his partner in New York, and it was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen." (The results of the Vikings' investigation into Kluwe's allegations are set to be revealed next week, so stay tuned for more on that story soon.)

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Jared Allen's $1.75 million Chanhassen home for sale [PHOTOS]

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Now that he's no longer a Viking, Jared Allen is trying to sell his swanky Chanhassen digs.

Realtor Jeffrey Dewing confirms that the for-sale home at 6915 Lucy Ridge Lane is owned by Allen, who signed a $32 million contract (with $15.5 million guaranteed) with Chicago earlier this year. The asking price is $1.75 million.

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Wanna go to Super Bowl 52? You'll have to buy Vikings suite season tickets

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The Minneapolis delegation celebrates moments after NFL Commissioner Goodell announced that Super Bowl 52 will be played in the new Vikings stadium.
Minnesota is super pumped about the NFL awarding Super Bowl 52 to Minneapolis, but fact is very few of us will be able to afford to go to the game.

That's because to merely have the possibility of getting a crack at tickets, you'll have to buy season tickets for a suite in the new stadium, a Vikings employee told us today.

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