PORTLAND, Ore. -- The game was billed as a battle between two of the best power forwards in the NBA -- Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge and Minnesota's Kevin Love. Aldridge and Love each had his moments, but balance and a strong performance from the bench was the difference in the Trail Blazers' 115-104 victory on Saturday night at the Moda Center.
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Contract extensions agreed upon Friday by center Joe Thornton and left winger Patrick Marleau paid immediate dividends on Saturday night. Thornton scored his second goal of the game 3:30 into overtime after center Patrick Marleau tied it in regulation as the San Jose Sharks beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2.
DALLAS -- On Tuesday morning, Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff told his team that he wanted to see more energy and emotion from them against the Minnesota Wild. Well, his team delivered, scoring twice on the power play in a convincing 4-0 win against the Wild at American Airlines Center. "I thought really all levels were fine and we got rewarded," Ruff said. "That was a key goal by (Vernon) Fiddler and then the power play kicked in a couple."
SALT LAKE CITY -- Shooting guard Gordon Hayward returned from his five-game injury absence, but his big night was not nearly enough to keep the short-handed Utah Jazz from suffering a 112-97 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday. Power forward Kevin Love flirted with a triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as Minnesota dominated the Jazz for the second time in four nights.
One person was shot to death on the campus of Indiana's Purdue University on Tuesday, and a male suspect was in custody, authorities said. The shooting took place around noon local time in a basement classroom of the university's electrical engineering building. The shooter seemed to have had only the victim as his intended target, leaving the building immediately after the shooting, said Purdue University Police Chief John Cox.
NEW YORK - A U.S. appeals court gave Apple Inc a reprieve from an external monitor appointed to oversee its compliance with antitrust laws after the company had been found liable last July for conspiring to raise e-book prices. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Tuesday granted Apple a hearing on whether to stop the monitor, Michael Bromwich, from doing his job while the company pursues a formal appeal, which could last several months.
OMAHA - Explosions in two U.S. states, one at an animal feed plant in Nebraska and another at a steel plant in Oklahoma, killed at least four people and injured almost a dozen on Monday, authorities said. An explosion and fire flattened part of an animal feed plant in Omaha, Nebraska, killing two people and injuring at least 10 others, authorities said. In the Omaha incident, about 38 employees were working at the International Nutrition plant at midmorning when there was an explosion and part of the building collapsed, interim Fire Chief Bernard Kanger told a news conference.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will announce on Friday a major overhaul of a controversial National Security Agency program that collects vast amounts of basic telephone call data on foreigners and Americans, a senior Obama administration official said. In an 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) speech at the Justice Department, Obama will say he is ordering a transition that will significantly change the handling of what is known as the telephone "metadata" program from the way the NSA currently handles it.
SAINT PAUL, MN -- Minnesota Wild left winger Jason Zucker had 18,000 people show up for his 22nd birthday party, and he gave them a further reason to celebrate Thursday. Zucker set a team record when he scored just eight seconds into the third period -- the fastest home goal to start a period in team history -- as Minnesota cruised to a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
BERLIN - Relations between Germany and the United States are worse now than during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq a decade ago, a leading ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, in a sign of mounting anger in Berlin over American spying tactics. Philipp Missfelder, foreign policy spokesman for Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) in parliament, said Berlin should bar U.S. access to a database of international financial transactions unless Washington promises to stop spying in Germany. The lawmaker is expected to be confirmed soon as the government coordinator for U.S. ties.