MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love caught the Target Center in-game hosts off guard when he grabbed one of their microphones right before tip-off against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. He thanked the fans in his impromptu speech for becoming the team's All-Star starter since 2007, then he spent the next three hours proving why he was worthy of the honor. Love notched his league-high 27th game recording at least 20-points and 10-rebounds, leading the Timberwolves to a 88-77 win over New Orleans.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a nearly $1 trillion farm bill on Wednesday that cuts food stamps and ends a direct subsidy to farmers, while expanding government-backed crop insurance programs. The measure passed easily by 251 votes to 166. The bill is more than a year overdue after congressional negotiators struggled to forge a compromise.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Despite being hit hard by injuries to star players over the past two months, the Minnesota Wild managed to keep afloat in race for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. With one of the big guns returning to form, Minnesota was able to shoot down one of the best in the NHL. Winger Zach Parise scored a goal and added two assists, center Mikael Granlund had a goal and an assist and goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 31 saves as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on Tuesday.
CHICAGO -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are starting to resemble the team they expected to be heading into the season. While forward Kevin Love scored 31 points in a 95-86 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night at the United Center, two Minnesota players who missed the majority of the season with injuries provided a spark off the bench.
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.