OSLO - A kind of rock that often contains diamonds has been found in Antarctica for the first time, hinting at mineral riches in the vast, icy continent where mining is banned. No diamonds were found, but researchers said they were confident the gems were there. "It would be very surprising if there weren't diamonds in these kimberlites," Greg Yaxley of the Australian National University in Canberra, who led the research, said in a telephone interview.
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Something about the shootout seems to perplex the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks went 0-for-3 in the skills-competition tiebreaker, losing to the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Tuesday. "We (stink) in the shootout. We do," Canucks coach John Tortorella said. "We've got to try different people I guess, because we stink at it."
By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange Minnesota 97 Boston 101 BOSTON -- Back on Nov. 16, the young Boston Celtics visited Minnesota and were thumped by the Timberwolves to fall...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Vikings running back Matt Asiata, two months removed from tragedy, until recently relegated to third string, is the perfect example of what happened to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at Mall of America Field. Hungry backups, including Asiata and the majority of the Minnesota secondary, led the Vikings to a 48-30 upset of the Eagles that could derail coach Chip Kelly's bid for the playoffs in his rookie season in the NFL. Asiata, playing because of injuries to Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart, tied a Vikings record with three touchdown runs. Asiata scored twice in the fourth quarter, including a short plunge with 1:08 to play as the Vikings (4-9-1) whipped the Eagles (8-6), breaking Philadelphia's five-game winning streak and putting its NFC East title hopes in peril with a big game next week against Chicago.
DENVER - A student opened fire at a Colorado high school on Friday before apparently taking his own life, and at least two other students were injured in the violence, law enforcement officials said. One of the victims was in serious condition with gunshot wounds at a local hospital, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said at a televised news conference. The second victim suffered minor injuries and may not have been hit by bullets.
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks straightened out their special teams for one night, especially the power play, and it meant the end of a losing streak. Center Joe Pavelski scored two of San Jose's season-high three power-play goals as the Sharks snapped a four-game winless streak with a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. "Three is good, it won us a game tonight," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said.
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota National Guard member has been charged with fraud after FBI agents said they learned he had stolen personal information on 400 soldiers from his former Army unit, and a federal judge has ordered him held temporarily in jail. Investigators suspect the defendant, Specialist Keith Michael Novak, planned to sell the information for profit and to use it to create false identities for himself and militia members who may need to escape the law.
MISSOULA, Mont.,- A Montana bride accused of killing her new husband by pushing him off a cliff in Glacier National Park pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Thursday in an 11th-hour deal reached as closing arguments were set to begin in the case. Jordan Graham, 22, had been on trial for first- and second- degree murder in the July 7 death of her husband of eight days, 25-year-old Cody Johnson, when the judge announced that a deal had been reached.
Police in Minnesota said on Thursday they have arrested a man suspected of kidnapping and raping a woman, then scrubbing her body with bleach and giving her bus fare to go home. Gideon Arrington, 35, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, was impersonating a police officer when he approached and then attacked the woman on Nov. 23 in a parking lot in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis, as she left her job as a personal care attendant, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said in a criminal complaint.
SAN FRANCISCO - NASA is assessing a problem with one of two cooling systems aboard the International Space Station, a potentially serious but not life-threatening situation, officials said on Wednesday. The system automatically shut itself down after detecting abnormal temperatures, said NASA spokesman Josh Byerly at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.