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Jason Gonzalez is the Gophers men's hockey beat writer and part of the University of Minnesota sports coverage team. He has a hand in all Gophers athletics news and the happenings around the Big Ten. Read Jason's Ice Gold blog here
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NFL campaign allows Vikings to show support for their charities on their cleats

NFL campaign allows Vikings to show support for their charities on their cleats

Kyle Rudolph is becoming a familiar face around the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. The Vikings tight end hosted an early Thanksgiving meal for…
Big Ten returns to its glory days

Big Ten returns to its glory days

The Big Ten accounts for half of the best eight teams in college football this week. Ohio State is No. 2, Michigan No. 5, Wisconsin…
New Twins catcher Jason Castro can prevent runs by getting balls called strikes

New Twins catcher Jason Castro can prevent runs by getting balls called strikes

The new Twins front office began the process of improving the pitching staff by signing a catcher Tuesday.Jason Castro, who played six seasons for Houston,…
Kickers clearly missing the point

Kickers clearly missing the point

Blair Walsh is still without a job after being released by the Vikings last week, but Sunday might have offered the kicker a little bit…
Blown lead, scoring slump leads to Boudreau shaking up Wild's lines

Blown lead, scoring slump leads to Boudreau shaking up Wild's lines

"I just think maybe some guys are getting stale with some other linemates," Bruce Boudreau said Sunday. The Wild has scored more than two goals once and been held below two goals four times in November.
Vikings O-line needs help; here's who might be available in the draft

Vikings O-line needs help; here's who might be available in the draft

The Vikings have drafted only two offensive linemen — tackles Matt Kalil and Phil Loadholt — in the first three rounds since 2007.
Former Roseville standout Mike Muscala finding range with Hawks

Former Roseville standout Mike Muscala finding range with Hawks

Mike Muscala soared into the national spotlight last week in Cleveland. The former Roseville High School basketball star exploded to the basket and elevated over…
Which local team will top the polls in 2020?

Which local team will top the polls in 2020?

The election is over, but … we ask you to consider one more ballot and cast your vote on this Minnesota sports issue: Which team…
What to watch for in Gophers men's hockey's home opener vs. St. Cloud State

What to watch for in Gophers men's hockey's home opener vs. St. Cloud State

Gophers hockey plays host to its official home opener Friday at Mariucci Arena. Here are three things you should know:
Twin Cities Marathon champ sets course record

Twin Cities Marathon champ sets course record

Dominic Ondoro blew through the finish line and disappeared into the chute of volunteers at Sunday's Twin Cities Marathon.
Jordan Hasay wins TCM women's 10-mile race

Jordan Hasay wins TCM women's 10-mile race

Jordan Hasay entered Sunday's Twin Cities 10-mile championship expecting to gain experience, nothing more. The 25-year-old from Beaverton, Ore., placed third in the USA…

Arizonan repeats as TC 10 Mile champ; Olympian Gwen Jorgensen 3rd

Oregonian captures the women's title.
St. Paul native travels from Afghanistan to run second TC Marathon

St. Paul native travels from Afghanistan to run second TC Marathon

Security protocol limited Greg Adams' training within the walls of the embassy. He had to be creative to stay motivated.
Gophers hockey aiming high at the start of a new season

Gophers hockey aiming high at the start of a new season

Missing last year's NCAA tournament and a new locker room have Gophers hockey players fired up for this season.
Alaska trip hits home for Gophers hockey coach, goalie

Alaska trip hits home for Gophers hockey coach, goalie

Don Lucia once coached there and his goaltender, Eric Schierhorn, was born there. The Gophers are opening their season with games in Anchorage on Friday and Sunday.
Alaska hockey programs in peril

Alaska hockey programs in peril

Budget cuts at the University of Alaska could mean the end of the state's two college hockey programs.The university system recently released a report with…
Eagan volleyball star Orr looking for another state title

Eagan volleyball star Orr looking for another state title

Senior setter Brie Orr has helped the Wildcats to the past three state championship matches.
NHLers and other top pros and amateur competing for John Scott Cup at Braemar Arena

NHLers and other top pros and amateur competing for John Scott Cup at Braemar Arena

Training camp is still a month away, yet dozens of NHL players are skating for a championship cup this week at Braemar Arena in Edina.Da…
Progress at Gophers' Athletes Village is turning heads

Progress at Gophers' Athletes Village is turning heads

Nine months after the university broke ground on the project at the Bierman complex, the progress is becoming much more visible.
Fans get royal treatment in stadium planning

Fans get royal treatment in stadium planning

U.S. Bank Stadium promises one of the best experiences in the NFL and new standard for watching any event at the new state-of-the-art facility.
Wild's top pick out to win fans over (despite Badgers roots)

Wild's top pick out to win fans over (despite Badgers roots)

"From the University of Wisconsin …," echoed throughout the X when Luke Kunin was taken in the NHL draft. The crowd didn't exactly go wild.
Two recent defeats don't concern Lynx too much

Two recent defeats don't concern Lynx too much

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said her team's foundation is solid even though it has lost the past two games by a combined 42 points.
Vikings legends remember Buddy Ryan, a longtime NFL coach

Vikings legends remember Buddy Ryan, a longtime NFL coach

Longtime NFL coach Buddy Ryan, who died Tuesday at age 82, spent two of his 27 seasons with the Vikings in 1976-77 as the defensive…
Kevin Love just might stay with Cavaliers

Kevin Love just might stay with Cavaliers

  Kevin Love seems to have a future in Cleveland. The aftermath of his redemptive effort in Game 7 of the NBA Finals has been…
A day to 'celebrate the excellence' as 12-0 Lynx meet 11-0 Sparks

A day to 'celebrate the excellence' as 12-0 Lynx meet 11-0 Sparks

The Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks will meet Tuesday afternoon in what is almost certainly the most-hyped regular-season game in WNBA history.
Sendejo's discipline may help in battle for starting spot

Sendejo's discipline may help in battle for starting spot

One year after his future with the team seemed uncertain, the Vikings rewarded Andrew Sendejo with a four-year contract extension worth $16 million.

WCHA switches playoff format to all on-campus games

The revised format is expected to draw more.
Gophers hockey recruit Mittelstadt to play next year at Eden Prairie

Gophers hockey recruit Mittelstadt to play next year at Eden Prairie

Speedy Eagles center Casey Mittelstadt said he will play for Green Bay in the USHL but return in time for his senior season.
Travel ban decision upsets, puzzles St. Cloud State baseball team

Travel ban decision upsets, puzzles St. Cloud State baseball team

Players, parents and fans of the highly ranked St. Cloud State Huskies were still trying to understand the news that dreams of playing for a national championship could be denied.
Minnesota teams barred from national baseball tournaments in NC

Minnesota teams barred from national baseball tournaments in NC

The Minnesota State College and Universities system announced that all sports travel is nonessential, meaning future trips to North Carolina would be prohibited.
Fantasy sports industry on verge of a big win at Minnesota Capitol

Fantasy sports industry on verge of a big win at Minnesota Capitol

But it's not silencing critics who say it's still gambling.
Vikings, Minneapolis want to host NFL draft – possibly as soon as 2018

Vikings, Minneapolis want to host NFL draft – possibly as soon as 2018

Team suggests new Eagan practice site could hold event.
Big Ten will not pursue Arizona State for hockey

Big Ten will not pursue Arizona State for hockey

A source involved in the conversations between the school and conference confirmed that the Big Ten will not extend an invitation to the nation's newest Division I program.
Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III wants to put together a balanced team

Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III wants to put together a balanced team

His approach will be focused on building the best pairings instead of just the best 12 players.
'Keep an open mind' Twins ask fans who don't like new safety netting

'Keep an open mind' Twins ask fans who don't like new safety netting

Cindy Redmond and Bruce Kane sat shoulder to shoulder a few rows behind the first base dugout Monday afternoon. Their perspectives were markedly different.

Sunday Q&A with Runar Arnorsson and Sean Donnelly, Gophers record-holders

One shot a 62 on the golf course, the other threw a hammer more than 74 meters.
College hockey referee who tripped on ice before tourney game dies

College hockey referee who tripped on ice before tourney game dies

Butch Mousseaux was injured at the WCHA Final Five during warmups before the Ferris State-Michigan Tech game. It was reported that he fell, hitting his head on the ice.
With Banham gone, Gophers women will seek more balanced scoring

With Banham gone, Gophers women will seek more balanced scoring

Marlene Stollings said the Gophers were 'obviously' trying to hide some defensive weaknesses with the way they used star Rachel Banham. She vowed that will change.
Seven teams helps Big Ten hockey, but what about eight?

Seven teams helps Big Ten hockey, but what about eight?

Will an eighth Big Ten hockey team be added? The question came quickly from fans after Tuesday's news of Notre Dame joining in 2017. There are possibilities spread from coast to coast:
Notre Dame to join Big Ten in hockey in 2017-18

Notre Dame to join Big Ten in hockey in 2017-18

The Fighting Irish will be the Big Ten's seventh hockey program.
Fasching leaves Gophers for pros, but others aren't likely to follow

Fasching leaves Gophers for pros, but others aren't likely to follow

Hudson Fasching's departure is significant, but the better news for Gophers fans is that not many will follow him off campus this spring.
On court, on gridiron, Badgers on unmatched run of excellence

On court, on gridiron, Badgers on unmatched run of excellence

The Badgers will play in a third consecutive Sweet 16 this week and are the only remaining team to achieve this feat. They played in the past two Final Fours and finished national runner-up a year ago.
For 3 Minnesota college hockey teams, it's titles or bust this weekend

For 3 Minnesota college hockey teams, it's titles or bust this weekend

Only St. Cloud State is in firm position to make the NCAA tournament. The U, UMD and Mankato have work to do.

Gophers clinch Big Ten regular-season hockey title

The bigger prize would be a conference tournament championship next weekend.
Badgers edge Gophers, deny them Big Ten hockey title for now

Badgers edge Gophers, deny them Big Ten hockey title for now

Minnesota appeared to tie the score with five seconds left, but the goal was waived off.
Ex-Totino-Grace player begins 'long recovery' after paralyzing injury

Ex-Totino-Grace player begins 'long recovery' after paralyzing injury

Matt Olson, a onetime standout defenseman at Totino-Grace, remains unable to move his arms or legs after he stumbled and fell headfirst into the boards while chasing down the puck during a junior hockey game.
Things to do outdoors today: Play golf, watch baseball

Things to do outdoors today: Play golf, watch baseball

Several golf courses across the Twin Cities and beyond have decided to open, and college baseball teams are shaking up their schedules for the chance to play outside.
Wild win comes with big assists from former Gophers

Wild win comes with big assists from former Gophers

U alums Vanek, Haula and Reilly come up strong in big game back where they started.
Outdoor family night a reminder about having fun for Wild

Outdoor family night a reminder about having fun for Wild

Everyone from grandparents to former teammates took to the TCF Bank Stadium ice.
From football field to hockey rink: Makeover at TCF Bank Stadium

From football field to hockey rink: Makeover at TCF Bank Stadium

Last week's frigid temperatures actually meant it was too cold to make ice for the first outdoor NHL game to be played in Minnesota.
Gophers star Amanda Kessel returns to women's hockey team

Gophers star Amanda Kessel returns to women's hockey team

Kessel missed the last two seasons with the Gophers. She suffered a concussion while playing for the USA in Sochi.
After a big comeback against Purdue, Gophers wrestle No. 2 Iowa next

After a big comeback against Purdue, Gophers wrestle No. 2 Iowa next

Junior Ben Morgan had a memorable duals debut.
Wild seeks to go into All-Star break feeling good about itself

Wild seeks to go into All-Star break feeling good about itself

After Saturday's 4-3 loss at San Jose, Wild coach Mike Yeo recalled that the final game before last year's NHL All-Star break turned into a "real rallying point" for his team.
Lucia tells criticized hockey players he's proud of them

Lucia tells criticized hockey players he's proud of them

Despite negativity flaring up after three months of playing losing hockey, Don Lucia has been impressed with how his young group works.

Daily fantasy sports: Here to stay in Minnesota?

The Legislature is expected to take up the growing conundrum surrounding daily fantasy sports when Minnesota lawmakers convene for the year on March 8.
Lucia feels the heat but wants to keep his seat as Gophers coach

Lucia feels the heat but wants to keep his seat as Gophers coach

Don Lucia has experienced both championship celebrations and the fury of Gophers hockey fans over the years. He said that some people have wanted him gone for years because he's not a Minnesota graduate.
Yeo builds some play time into Wild's practice

Yeo builds some play time into Wild's practice

The Wild spent 60 minutes Sunday afternoon with the team's part-time skating and skills instructor, Aaron Ness, trying to work out the kinks that have led to four straight losses and back-to-back shutouts.
Third-period goals help Gophers hockey sweep Michigan State

Third-period goals help Gophers hockey sweep Michigan State

The Gophers are above .500 this season after sweeping Michigan State.
Gophers hockey scores early, often in rout of Michigan State

Gophers hockey scores early, often in rout of Michigan State

Hudson Fasching scored two goals for the second straight game and Leon Bristedt compiled three assists for the Gophers in a 5-2 victory.
Vikings rookie CB Waynes believes he can make bigger impact

Vikings rookie CB Waynes believes he can make bigger impact

With Terence Newman becoming a free agent, there is a chance Waynes could slide into a starting role next season.
Vikings notes: Third-coldest game in NFL history sees temperature hit 6 below

Vikings notes: Third-coldest game in NFL history sees temperature hit 6 below

The frigid conditions evidently had an impact on the flow of the wild-card matchup that ended with Seattle rallying and then holding on for a 10-9 victory.
Vikings notes: Turner says the cold won't move him to change game plan

Vikings notes: Turner says the cold won't move him to change game plan

Offensive coordinator Norv Turner doesn't expect the extreme cold to largely affect the Vikings' play-calling in Sunday's wild-card game against Seattle at TCF Bank Stadium.
Vikings to cope with cold in different ways

Vikings to cope with cold in different ways

The Vikings haven't had an outdoor home playoff game since 1976. Sunday's will be one for the (weather) record books.
Zimmer: 'Spotty' Bridgewater needs to settle down

Zimmer: 'Spotty' Bridgewater needs to settle down

The Vikings quarterback's bad game came after three quality outings against Arizona, Chicago and the New York Giants in which he combined for 734 passing yards, five touchdown passes, no interceptions and an average passer rating of 118.6.
After one-game return, Vikings' Joseph likely to sit out again

After one-game return, Vikings' Joseph likely to sit out again

Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph missed a third consecutive practice Friday and is doubtful for Sunday's regular-season finale at Green Bay.
Zimmer is happy to have Vikings skilled trio back

Zimmer is happy to have Vikings skilled trio back

A few seconds into Mike Zimmer's news conference on Monday, the Vikings coach emphasized the importance of having safety Harrison Smith, nose tackle Linval Joseph and linebacker Anthony Barr back on the field together Sunday night in a 49-17 victory over the New York Giants.
Vikings notes: Zimmer grateful to U as TCF Bank Stadium stay nears its end

Vikings notes: Zimmer grateful to U as TCF Bank Stadium stay nears its end

The Vikings played their final regular-season game at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday night. The two-year relationship with the University of Minnesota whizzed by for…
Vikings notes: Third-down conversions show a turnaround

Vikings notes: Third-down conversions show a turnaround

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been nearly perfect when passing on third down over the past two weeks.
Vikings notes: Peterson OK after ankle injury

Vikings notes: Peterson OK after ankle injury

Adrian Peterson said he knew his first-half left ankle injury wasn't serious, "but it hurt like heck initially."
Vikings notes: Joseph could return for Bears game; Barr, Smith both out

Vikings notes: Joseph could return for Bears game; Barr, Smith both out

The Vikings' injured defensive corps didn't make much progress this week with two of their three top players ruled out and the other questionable for Sunday's game against Chicago.
Given chance to play, rookie safety Harris led Vikings in tackles

Given chance to play, rookie safety Harris led Vikings in tackles

Undrafted free agent Anthony Harris had eight tackles last week in his first start for the Vikings.
No Viking misses injured nose tackle Joseph more than Floyd

No Viking misses injured nose tackle Joseph more than Floyd

Sharrif Floyd has spent the past two weeks filling in for Linval Joseph, out because of a toe injury, while Tom Johnson has taken over Floyd's position at the three-technique tackle spot.
Zimmer breaks down Vikings' final offensive play

Zimmer breaks down Vikings' final offensive play

The Cardinals strip-sacked Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on third-and-10 from the Arizona 31 and recovered the ball with 5 seconds remaining.
Wild notes: Dubnyk skips two-game road trip to heal

Wild notes: Dubnyk skips two-game road trip to heal

Devan Dubnyk, hampered by a groin strain, stayed behind for the Wild's two-game western road trip. Darcy Kuemper will start his second consecutive game Friday night at Arizona.
Vikings add a pair of safeties as Exum goes on IR

Vikings add a pair of safeties as Exum goes on IR

The Vikings signed safeties Shaun Prater and Anthony Harris to the 53-man roster Tuesday and placed safety Antone Exum Jr. on injured reserve.
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