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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota has developed a troubling pattern since hiring coach Tubby Smith: a midseason slide. The Gophers are counting on a return home this week to help restore their rhythm and turn the current four-game losing streak into an aberration rather than a trend. “It’s mostly mental. We have to just keep having faith,” center Trevor Mbakwe said. “We all still believe we’re one of the best teams in the country. Now we’ve just got to go out and play that way.
— The breathtaking model on your magazine cover: Of course she's not that thin and unblemished. That reality show you never miss? You're shocked — shocked that its real-life drama isn't 100 percent unscripted. And that diva who may or may not have mouthed the words to the national anthem to her own prerecorded voice? Yeah, well, so what? It was a big moment, and she wanted to sound her best.
MANKATO (AP) — Minnesota used two power-play goals and a strong night in net by freshman goalie Adam Wilcox to beat Minnesota State, Mankato 4-1 on Saturday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Nate Schmidt and Zach Budish had power-play goals for the Gophers (18-4-4, 10-4-4), who avenged Friday’s 2-1 loss that knocked the NCAA’s top-ranked team from the WCHA lead. Wilcox made 26 saves to keep the Gophers in a second-place tie in the WCHA, one point behind St. Cloud State. “We bounced back when we needed to,” Wilcox said.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Sobotka scored from close range at 2:16 of overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night. St. Louis is 5-1, its best start since winning seven of its first eight in 1997-98. Minnesota’s Dany Heatley forced the overtime, tying it at 4 when he batted the puck out of the air with 4:08 left in regulation for his fourth goal of the season. Chris Stewart, Barret Jackman, Wade Redden and Patrik Berglund also scored for St. Louis, and Brian Elliott, getting his first home start, made 12 saves.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Traevon Jackson hadn’t made many shots the past few games. Still, with the game on the line Saturday, the Wisconsin sophomore point guard was full of confidence. He came through for the Badgers. Jackson narrowly beat the shot clock and hit a 15-foot jumper from the right side with 4 seconds left as Wisconsin edged No. 12 Minnesota 45-44, the Golden Gophers’ fourth straight loss. “I didn’t have any doubt,” said Jackson, who also hit a free throw-line jumper with 1:03 remaining to tie the score at 43 and finished with nine points.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Gerald Henderson made a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left to lift the Charlotte Bobcats to a 102-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night, snapping a 16-game home losing streak. Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 25 points and Ramon Sessions finished with 23 as the Bobcats won at home for the first time since Nov. 21. Luke Ridnour had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead Minnesota.
ST. PAUL — Big changes are coming in how a fourth of all Minnesotans get health insurance as the state rushes to build a new kind of marketplace that will help about 1.3 million people choose their best coverage options. It’s called a health care exchange, a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s health care overhaul. If it lives up to advance billing, consumers will go to a web site similar to Expedia or Travelocity where they can get the information they need to choose a plan, learn if they qualify for financial assistance and sign up — all in less than an hour.
ST. PAUL (AP) — The family of fired Minnesota Senate aide Michael Brodkorb says he's doing better after crashing his sport utility vehicle on a highway near St. Paul. Brodkorb's wife, Sarah, issued a statement Friday saying his condition has improved. The statement thanks everyone for their “concern, warm thoughts and prayers” and asks for privacy.
BY BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon has once again surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter. Apple Inc.'s stock has been on the decline since the company's quarterly earnings report Wednesday suggested that its fast growth phase, rare for a company of its size, may be coming to an end.
J.R. Ewing wouldn't hesitate to cheat his fellow man. He also famously cheated death. In the second-season finale of “Dallas” back in 1980, he was shot by an unknown assailant in his office and left for dead. But he recovered nicely, and the cliffhanger question that gripped the nation (Who shot J.R.?) was answered that November in an episode seen by 80 million viewers. This time, J.R. won't get off so easy. The second season of TNT's rebooted “Dallas” poses an even more dramatic question: Who killed J.R.?