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DALLAS (AP) — Jamie Benn, Ray Whitney and Cody Eakin each had a goal and an assist to help lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-3 victory to end the Minnesota Wild’s seven-game winning streak on Friday. Erik Cole and Tomas Vincour also scored for Dallas, which moved within one point of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot. Jaromir Jagr also earned his 1,000th career NHL assist. After a 7-4 loss to Minnesota at home on Monday, the Stars had three days off to regroup and rebounded with a strong effort, scoring twice on power plays in the third period.
MINNEAPOLIS — Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 17 points and seven assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves stun the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-93 on Friday night. Chase Budinger scored 13 points off the bench and Andrei Kirilenko played superb defense on Thunder star Kevin Durant in the second half to help the Wolves deal the Thunder an unexpected setback in their pursuit of the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Jesse Root scored 9 seconds into overtime to give fourth-seeded Yale a 3-2 victory over top-seeded Minnesota in the NCAA West Regional semifinals Friday. Kenny Agostino intercepted Minnesota defenseman Ben Marshall’s pass behind the net and feed Root for his 10th goal of the season. “It was a good forecheck by Kenny,” Root said. “He stole the puck from the guy and passed it to me.” Marshall tried to swing the puck along the boards.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration proposed new regulations Friday to clean up gasoline and automobile emissions, claiming the new standards would provide $7 in health benefits from cleaner air for each dollar spent to implement them. The costs likely would be passed on to consumers in higher gasoline and automobile prices. By Dina Cappiello Associated Press
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Fergus Falls woman has filed a federal lawsuit that claims she was injured by a foreign object while drinking a glass of orange juice. Debbi Jo Larson is suing the former parent of Cass-Clay Creamery, Associated Milk Producers, Inc., of New Ulm. Larson's lawsuit says a sharp piece of plastic lodged in her throat when she was drinking the orange juice. KFGO ( http://bit.ly/ZHK8Sh ) reports Larson is seeking in excess of $75,000.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With a foot or more of snow still blanketing most of northern Minnesota, the snowmobiling season may extend into April for the first time in many years. The Department of Natural Resources says state trails will remain open on public land while weather and snow conditions permit. But grant-in-aid snowmobile trails will close for the season on April 1, when permits with private landowners expire.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Christians streamed through the cobblestone alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, hoisting wooden crosses and chanting prayers to mark the crucifixion of Jesus. By Tia Goldenberg Associated Press Hundreds of Christians streamed through the cobblestone alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, hoisting wooden crosses and chanting prayers to mark the crucifixion of Jesus.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the most since 1936, the USDA’s spring planting survey said Thursday. The overall corn acreage forecast is up slightly from last year’s 97.2 million acres and reflects a shift in where the grain is grown. Acreage in some states hit hardest by last year’s drought retreated, while Southern states such as Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas are shifting cotton acres to corn.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Clay Buchholz pitched one-hit ball for four scoreless innings, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 Thursday night in the first of three straight games between the teams to end spring training. Buchholz walked one and struck out six. Twins right-hander Kevin Correia went five innings, giving up one run on five hits and a walk with one strikeout for the Twins.
MINNEAPOLIS — Everyone in the Timberwolves locker room on Wednesday night believed Kobe Bryant got away with a foul that allowed the Los Angeles Lakers to hold on to a much-needed victory in Minnesota. On Thursday, the NBA agreed with them: The league informed the Timberwolves that the referee crew should have called Bryant for a foul on a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.