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By losing airline loyalty status, a reporter gains flexibility

By losing airline loyalty status, a reporter gains flexibility

Last December, the panic set in. The year was drawing to a close, and my airline loyalty status was in jeopardy. I had used hundreds…
Apparel money burning holes in pockets of athletic departments

Apparel money burning holes in pockets of athletic departments

College athletics are bringing in massive deals for clothes, and the Gophers are hoping for their turn like other programs around the country.
Nerves, excitement high around U.S. Bank Stadium's debut

Nerves, excitement high around U.S. Bank Stadium's debut

More than 55,000 tickets have been sold for U.S. Bank Stadium's first major event: Wednesday's soccer match between elite European soccer clubs Chelsea and AC Milan.
A problem Pitino's glad to have: Tight competition for playing time

A problem Pitino's glad to have: Tight competition for playing time

Eager to forget last season, Gophers' men's basketball coach Richard Pitino has a roster that offers challenges and opportunities.
Don Lucia on contract status: 'I haven't signed anything yet'

Don Lucia on contract status: 'I haven't signed anything yet'

Reacting to a recent report that he had been offered a two-year contract extension, Gophers men's hockey coach Don Lucia said no deal has been finalized.
Rochester's Hurt brothers hungering for big-time basketball success

Rochester's Hurt brothers hungering for big-time basketball success

Gophers freshman Michael Hurt wants to be part of the turnaround in Minnesota's basketball program. Younger brother Matthew had his first scholarship offer in eighth grade.
Schwan's USA Cup 2016: Cold, yes, but soccer in Iceland is hot

Schwan's USA Cup 2016: Cold, yes, but soccer in Iceland is hot

For decades, Icelandic soccer, in one of Europe's smallest football nations, struggled to compete with the sports' blue bloods. This summer has been a different story.
Natasha Howard's career night helps Lynx end skid at three

Natasha Howard's career night helps Lynx end skid at three

The reserve forward tied a career high with 21 points in a 91-68 rout of San Antonio on Saturday.
Opponents' long-range success leads to Lynx losing streak

Opponents' long-range success leads to Lynx losing streak

Foes have made 46.2 percent of their threes in the team's three losses.
Lynx pushed to overtime and lose 95-92 to New York

Lynx pushed to overtime and lose 95-92 to New York

A 15-point lead in the fourth quarter wasn't enough, and Maya Moore's three-pointer at the OT buzzer hit the rim as the Lynx lost for the third straight game after starting 13-0.
Affidavit: Robinson told police he'd taken care of wrestlers' drug problem

Affidavit: Robinson told police he'd taken care of wrestlers' drug problem

The lawyer for wrestling coach J Robinson calls Xanax dealing 'ticky-tack violations,' and says Robinson told U of M police, 'Listen, I'm not going to work with you.'
U women's basketball non-conference schedule filled with tournament teams

U women's basketball non-conference schedule filled with tournament teams

Coach Marlene Stollings' third season at Minnesota's helm will feature a trip to South Carolina, which finished the year at No. 3 in the Associated Press poll, and home games against four Sweet Sixteen participants.

U Board of Regents moves to take over approval of major coaching contracts

The anticipated measure, presented to the committee by university President Eric Kaler, wraps up a three-month discussion about whether such approval should be returned to the board.
Richard Pitino done talking about last season's troubles

Richard Pitino done talking about last season's troubles

Most of Richard Pitino's message to fans on the Gopher Road Trip on Wednesday focused on lessons drawn from the past and optimism for the future.
New Gophers AD tells Robinson: 'You are not to be on campus'

New Gophers AD tells Robinson: 'You are not to be on campus'

New athletic director Mark Coyle placed wrestling coach J Robinson on paid leave during the school's investigation into his team's alleged drug abuse.
Road trip: New AD Coyle has a first day on the job to remember

Road trip: New AD Coyle has a first day on the job to remember

On his first official day on the job, fans in Hutchinson greeted new Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle with concerns and optimism. "It's really tough staying loyal," one fan said.
Buggs will leave Gophers for final season of eligibility

Buggs will leave Gophers for final season of eligibility

With freshman forward Eric Curry, now-eligible transfer forward Davonte Fitzgerald and graduate transfer wing Akeem Springs joining the team, Buggs was not expected play a major role for Minnesota.
Robinson's agent says U hiding truth; second probe to begin

Robinson's agent says U hiding truth; second probe to begin

The drug abuse controversy that started one week ago within the University of Minnesota wrestling team escalated again Tuesday.
New Gophers AD Coyle arrives to a full agenda when he starts this week

New Gophers AD Coyle arrives to a full agenda when he starts this week

Allegations of drug abuse by wrestlers add to the new Gophers AD's long to-do list.
Robinson's Gophers wrestling coaching career could be in jeopardy

Robinson's Gophers wrestling coaching career could be in jeopardy

J Robinson, the longtime, title-winning Gophers wrestling coach, is under investigation in a drug case involving members of his team.
Gophers coach tried to handle Xanax abuse internally, source says

Gophers coach tried to handle Xanax abuse internally, source says

Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson offered "amnesty" to any athlete who cooperated and declined to provide information to police, a wrestler says.
Richard Pitino far overspent on private jet travel, U audit finds

Richard Pitino far overspent on private jet travel, U audit finds

Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino has spent twice as much on private jet travel as his contract allows since arriving at Minnesota, according to an internal university audit obtained by the Star Tribune.
Gophers' Lynch released from jail; investigation continues

Gophers' Lynch released from jail; investigation continues

Gophers center still could be charged at a later date in alleged rape case.
Gophers player Lynch remains jailed; U leaders decline interviews

Gophers player Lynch remains jailed; U leaders decline interviews

The Gophers center remained in jail a day after being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault at a university residence hall.
Gophers player Lynch held on suspicion of sexual assault

Gophers player Lynch held on suspicion of sexual assault

Reggie Lynch, who played basketball for Edina High School, transferred into the program from Illinois State a year ago. Lynch has not been charged but is being held without bail.

Gophers add Arkansas, St. John's to men's basketball schedule

Both will visit Williams Arena in 2016-17 season.
Departures mar academic standing of Gophers men's basketball team

Departures mar academic standing of Gophers men's basketball team

Richard Pitino's team earned by far the lowest academic score of all Gophers sports. If a program's four-year average score dips too low, postseason bans or a loss of scholarships could be assessed.
Playing time, lure of Big Ten bringing Springs to Minnesota

Playing time, lure of Big Ten bringing Springs to Minnesota

Dwayne Springs said he and his son were told Akeem would have the chance to compete for a starting spot, a major factor in his commitment to Richard Pitino's team.
Pitino doesn't anticipate more transfers, says coaching staff will remain

Pitino doesn't anticipate more transfers, says coaching staff will remain

The transfer of Kevin Dorsey's gives the Gophers another scholarship to use as early as next season, if they wish.
One shining ending: Villanova's buzzer-beater tops N. Carolina's great shot

One shining ending: Villanova's buzzer-beater tops N. Carolina's great shot

Kris Jenkins' pull-up three-pointer wins it for Villanova, countering the heroics of North Carolina's Marcus Paige only seconds before.
Gophers announce Dorsey to transfer from U

Gophers announce Dorsey to transfer from U

Dorsey, Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer were suspended after reports surfaced of a sex video appearing on a social media account belonging to Dorsey.
North Carolina's Williams is not the retiring kind

North Carolina's Williams is not the retiring kind

The question irritates him; his players say he's having too much fun to quit.
Comfort is off the table as UNC, Villanova meet for NCAA title

Comfort is off the table as UNC, Villanova meet for NCAA title

Tar Heels and Wildcats, big winners in semis, will employ clashing styles and lineups in bid for title.
North Carolina ousts 10-seed Syracuse 83-66

North Carolina ousts 10-seed Syracuse 83-66

After missing their first 12 three-point shots, the Tar Heels made four of their last five to eliminate the Orange.
Villanova moves into NCAA finals, destroying Oklahoma by 44

Villanova moves into NCAA finals, destroying Oklahoma by 44

Wildcats shoot 71.4 percent on their way to Final Four record rout of Oklahoma
Oklahoma's Hield ready to light it up in Houston

Oklahoma's Hield ready to light it up in Houston

Oklahoma's hot-shooting Buddy Hield is finally getting his Final Four spotlight moment. The Sooners play Villanova in Saturday night's Final Four semifinals.
There's no vanilla in Villanova

There's no vanilla in Villanova

As the Final Four approaches, there is the sense that the squad that downed Kansas, the No. 1 overall seed, could be sneaking up on people. Villanova an underdog? Hey, it's been a strange year.
No further punishment for suspended Gophers basketball players

No further punishment for suspended Gophers basketball players

Gophers guards Nate Mason, Kevin Dorsey and Dupree McBrayer were suspended for this season's final four games. All will be permitted back to the team next season.
Indiana defeats Kentucky in premier second-round matchup

Indiana defeats Kentucky in premier second-round matchup

The casualties added up vs. Kentucky, but Indiana reached the Sweet 16 with a 73-67 second-round victory in Des Moines.
Indiana defeats Kentucky in premier second-round matchup

Indiana defeats Kentucky in premier second-round matchup

Indiana makes Sweet 16 despite casualties in marquee matchup.
Indiana, Kentucky resume basketball hostilities on NCAA stage

Indiana, Kentucky resume basketball hostilities on NCAA stage

Indiana and Kentucky ended a heated series four years ago. It bubbles back up Saturday in Des Moines during the NCAA tournament second round.
Des Moines basks in NCAA first-round spotlight

Des Moines basks in NCAA first-round spotlight

Des Moines officials said this week that an additional 25,000 people were expected in the city for games including college basketball powers Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana and UConn.
Amelia Rayno's bracket picks: So, so many options

Amelia Rayno's bracket picks: So, so many options

College basketball writer Amelia Rayno writes: "The No. 1 seeds aren't that untouchable and the No. 12, 13 and 14 seeds aren't that far behind. This is the year to do something crazy like..."
Michigan State leads Big Ten caravan into NCAA tournament

Michigan State leads Big Ten caravan into NCAA tournament

Michigan State stayed alive for Sunday's final against Purdue and held on to its perch as the league's best chance to make waves in the NCAA tournament, which begins Tuesday.
Goetz: No link between Gophers' foreign tour, international recruits

Goetz: No link between Gophers' foreign tour, international recruits

Sports Illustrated wrote Wednesday that since 2010 each of the 11 NCAA basketball programs that had booked tours with Promosport & Tours — a company on Gran Canaria, a tiny Spanish island — also had signed at least one player who competed at Canarias Basketball Academy, an elite basketball program on the island.
The beatings end: Gophers crumble in season's most lopsided loss

The beatings end: Gophers crumble in season's most lopsided loss

The most tumultuous Gophers basketball season in recent memory ended with a 33-point loss to Illinois and the fewest victories in a season since 1968.
Amid season's turmoil, walk-on Sharp a surprise for Gophers

Amid season's turmoil, walk-on Sharp a surprise for Gophers

Out of necessity, freshman walk-on Stephon Sharp has filled a big hole in the backcourt for a Gophers team that has dealt with setback after setback.
Punishment for suspended Gophers might not end when season does

Punishment for suspended Gophers might not end when season does

Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino delivered his strongest hint yet that the punishments for three suspended guards might not be final, when he…
Pitino's job appears to be safe despite Gophers' troubles

Pitino's job appears to be safe despite Gophers' troubles

Support for Richard Pitino in some high places in and around the university has not greatly eroded even though the Gophers basketball team's woes.
Despite struggles, and now a broken foot, Gophers' King stays positive

Despite struggles, and now a broken foot, Gophers' King stays positive

It's been a trying season on and off the court for the Gophers but Joey King has reflected on the big picture — three years of opportunity he never thought he'd get.
Father of key recruit Coffey watching, worrying about Gophers

Father of key recruit Coffey watching, worrying about Gophers

"I would be lying if I said that I wasn't concerned about some of this stuff, and some of the things that have happened over there this year," said Richard Coffey.
No contest: Wisconsin basketball rolls over reeling Gophers

No contest: Wisconsin basketball rolls over reeling Gophers

Minnesota has dropped two in a row after snapping a historically bad 14-game losing streak with back-to-back wins for their first league victories of the year.
Pitino changes mind, suspends three players for rest of season

Pitino changes mind, suspends three players for rest of season

After discussions with Gophers AD Beth Goetz and staff, basketball coach Richard Pitino reversed an earlier stance and suspended three players for the remainder of the season.
U investigating sex-video post on basketball player's social media account

U investigating sex-video post on basketball player's social media account

Video of a sex act appeared on the social media sites of Gophers freshman guard Kevin Dorsey on Friday night. He was one of three players suspended for Sunday's game at Illinois.
Gophers' McBrayer knows about being pushed to improve

Gophers' McBrayer knows about being pushed to improve

The Gophers guard has found a groove after a slow start that had him recalling his mom's message.
Winning streak, kind of: Gophers throttle Rutgers for 2nd Big Ten win

Winning streak, kind of: Gophers throttle Rutgers for 2nd Big Ten win

Looking like a team facing the cold, sobering reality of morning after a night of partying, the Gophers slogged through the opening minutes before extending Rutgers' Big Ten winless streak to 29 games.
'I have big goals.' Gophers' Konate takes on life, basketball at full speed

'I have big goals.' Gophers' Konate takes on life, basketball at full speed

Since joining Minnesota two summers ago, the big man from West Africa has gained a reputation for attacking just about everything in his life — from school, to basketball, to salsa dancing — at full force.
College Basketball Insider: Familiar foes on NCAA tournament bubble

College Basketball Insider: Familiar foes on NCAA tournament bubble

Tubby Smith's Texas Tech squad is among the teams on the NCAA tournament bubble. Wisconsin, Michigan and Clemson are there, too.
What a rush: Gophers end losing streak by shocking No. 6 Maryland

What a rush: Gophers end losing streak by shocking No. 6 Maryland

The win snapped a 14-game losing streak, the Gophers' worst start to league play in program history, and a stretch of 17 losses in 18 games.
After upset win, Gophers coach Richard Pitino can face public, his daughter

After upset win, Gophers coach Richard Pitino can face public, his daughter

Thursday night's victory set off the first court rush of the Richard Pitino era, and the coach had a message for his daughter two months in the making.
Morris' dismissal a 'disappointing turn of events' for Gophers

Morris' dismissal a 'disappointing turn of events' for Gophers

Coach Richard Pitino wouldn't say why he booted one of the team captains before tonight's game with No. 6 Maryland. "We addressed it and we move on."
Close again: 0-13 Gophers lose by four to No. 4 Iowa

Close again: 0-13 Gophers lose by four to No. 4 Iowa

The loss was the Gophers' 14th in a row and 17th in 18 games, and it further deepened the worst start to Big Ten play in program history.
Goetz will be candidate for U's permanent athletic director job

Goetz will be candidate for U's permanent athletic director job

The interim athletic director, who took over last summer after Norwood Teague's resignation, said that she will apply for the job.
College Basketball Insider: Power conferences have unfamiliar leaders setting pace

College Basketball Insider: Power conferences have unfamiliar leaders setting pace

There are some unusual programs leading the way around the nation this season.
Gophers 0-12 in Big Ten after furious comeback falls short vs. Michigan

Gophers 0-12 in Big Ten after furious comeback falls short vs. Michigan

The Gophers trailed by 17 points with 7:30 remaining, but went on a 19-4 run to make the game interesting before falling short.
Gophers basketball transfers get better together

Gophers basketball transfers get better together

As Gophers basketball transfers Reggie Lynch and Davonte Fitzgerald sit out, they've built their games — and a friendship.
Pitino tears up script, Gophers try to avenge loss to Northwestern

Pitino tears up script, Gophers try to avenge loss to Northwestern

Gophers coach Richard Pitino said he didn't have his team prepared for the first meeting with Northwestern. The rematch comes Thursday night.
Gophers push back vs. Hoosiers but lose 74-68

Gophers push back vs. Hoosiers but lose 74-68

The Gophers battled and shoved their way to the rim all afternoon, but when the game was on the line, Minnesota settled for jump shots and lost its 11th straight game.
10 reasons the Gophers basketball season has soured

10 reasons the Gophers basketball season has soured

From sloppy defense to a problem sharing the ball on offense, college basketball Amelia Rayno gives the reasons why coach Richard Pitino's Minnesota team is winless in the Big Ten.
College basketball insider: Big Ten history shows bouncing back is possible

College basketball insider: Big Ten history shows bouncing back is possible

In the Big Ten annals it's made clear that success is often in close pursuit of failure.
Gophers lose to Purdue in frustrating finish

Gophers lose to Purdue in frustrating finish

The Gophers pushed No. 21 Purdue to the brink but couldn't overtake Boilermakers at Williams Arena.

NYC's spotlight to land on U teams

The University of Minnesota is playing its role in helping the Big Ten's reach extend eastward.The school announced Wednesday that the Gophers will participate in…
Early foul problems plague Gophers freshman Murphy

Early foul problems plague Gophers freshman Murphy

Throughout a season marked by team-wide struggles, Jordan Murphy's foul trouble early in games might be among the most concerning for the Gophers heading into Wednesday's game against Purdue.
Gophers miss chance in OT for first Big Ten win

Gophers miss chance in OT for first Big Ten win

A late five-point lead disappeared before the Gophers got drubbed in overtime.
Morris finally giving Gophers a senior shot in the arm

Morris finally giving Gophers a senior shot in the arm

Carlos Morris has stepped up in recent games. His aggressive attack, combined with better rebounding, helped Minnesota keep the score close.
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