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If the Gophers defeat Wisconsin, will that clinch at least a Rose Bowl berth for Minnesota, with a trip to the College Football Playoff still in the cards? Here's what will happen if Minnesota wins.
The early betting lines have Wisconsin favored by a field goal over Minnesota.
Bruce Smith emerged as a national star with his performance for the No. 2 Gophers vs. No. 3 Michigan in 1940.
Mike Hebert led the U to three Final Four appearances and made the NCAA tournament 14 times in 15 seasons before retiring in 2010. "He wasn't just a coach," a former player said.
The Gophers moved up three spots in the AP poll and four spots in the coaches' poll following a rout over Rutgers.
The Yankees didn't just use majestic home runs to bounce the Twins from the postseason this time. Aaron Boone's squad did the little things well, too.
The University of St. Thomas made clear Friday that it intends to turn Division I in athletics, less than five months after being involuntarily removed from the Division III MIAC.
Gov. Tim Walz's comments came after California's governor signed a law scheduled to take effect in 2023, allowing college athletes to profit from their names and likenesses.
Max McHugh's father confirmed his son (left), one of the nation's top breaststrokers, was hurt. Also reported wounded by SwimSwam.com was McHugh's teammate, Nick Saulnier.
Last July, pitcher Sara Groenewegen spent 10 days in a medically induced coma, battling legionnaire's disease, a severe form of pneumonia.
The U's athletic department announced that season tickets for men's basketball will start at $340, the lowest price since the 1995-96 season
Red Raiders players have been blaring the Lil Nas X rap song for weeks, before and after victories, and it's become a theme song for fans, too.
Coach Chris Beard said Tariq Owens was "pretty sore" after spraining his ankle in the semifinals but that he expects him to play Monday.
Once-promising U basketball player waited nearly two years for a verdict in Baltimore.
The proposed change to the graduate-transfer rule would put colleges on the hook for a two-year scholarship commitment, instead of just one season.
This is the seventh time since a 2000 championship run that Michigan State has reached the Final Four, giving Tom Izzo, 64, a score to settle in Minneapolis.
Cassius Winston’s mother saw the elation on Michigan State coach Tom Izzo’s face Sunday after the Spartans knocked off No. 1-seeded Duke. “I said, ‘How…
Michigan State's 68-67 upset of No. 1 overall seed Duke shocked players on both sides, with the Spartans engaged in a wild celebration while Blue Devils players, including Apple Valley's Tre Jones, left the court quietly and in tears.
Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Michigan State's Izzo are quick to play down the Blue Devils' dominance in the series
Apple Valley product Tre Jones on Friday hit five three-pointers for Duke in its 75-73 East Region semifinal victory over Virginia Tech.
With the stars back on the floor, this ACC rematch will be interesting.
It's a battle of the power conference champions: Big Ten vs. SEC.
P.J. Fleck said the comments that former Gophers football coach Jerry Kill saddened his wife, Heather, and their entire family.
Former U football coach Jerry Kill told a national radio audience that current coach P.J. Fleck "made it sound like we didn't know what we were doing. And I took it personal."
Maxwell T. Janes, 19, reportedly punched a Minneapolis police officer in the face while intoxicated.
The 6-1, 190-pound Owens was a standout for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and will have a chance to compete for a starting job.
Three years after leaving the Gophers football team, former Minneapolis Washburn standout Jeff Jones, now 23, is attempting a comeback
Minnesota plans to announce the signing of 10 walk-on players Wednesday, and a few remaining top recruits are expected to make their college decisions.
Kirk Ciarrocca is already under contract for $720,000 this year, and the extension would guarantee him the same salary for 2020.
Ben Coleman, who also played at Maryland, played 12 years of professional basketball and was the first North High player to make it to the NBA.
Given volleyball's spike in popularity in Minnesota, promoters expect full houses on Thursday and Saturday.
At least six Gophers football players have been disciplined and have not been allowed to practice recently in preparation for the Quick Lane Bowl.
Daquein McNeil was coach Richard Pitino's first recruit for Minnesota and averaged about 10 minutes per game as a freshman guard on the Gophers 2014 NIT championship team.
On Wednesday, the Wolves will face a team clinging to a superstar — a New Orleans Pelicans franchise that wonders how long the good times can last with Anthony Davis.
Maddie Nielsen's intimidating presence, keen instincts and steely nerves helped Minnesota cap an improbable championship run as the tournament's No. 7 seed.
Emily Peterson is an "incredible human," her coach says. She thought her season was over in March, but instead she'll be on the field Sunday trying to extend it.
The man the Twins picked to replace manager Paul Molitor doesn't have Hall of Fame credentials, but Baldelli certainly has stories all his own.
The profile of the modern managerial hire has been trending younger, with previous major league experience not as important as other factors.
Fresh off the Super Bowl, Minneapolis is preparing to host the men's basketball Final Four and other national events. Meanwhile, city leaders have their sights on the College Football Playoff and WrestleMania.
Most people can't fathom what it's like having that much money, let alone losing it. But sports millionaires could feel Garnett's pain.
The U's facilities upgrade originally had no plans for the $13 million stadium; now the school aims to host regional and national events there.
The Gophers have struggled for decades to establish a consistent presence at quarterback. Now, offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca has another project on his hands.
Kamal Martin led Burnsville High School to a reversal of fortunes as a senior, and says the signs are similar when he looks at this season's Gophers football team.
Northwoods League alumni continue rising to prominence in major league baseball. Need an example? Max Scherzer and Chris Sale, the starting pitchers in the last two All-Star Games, both spent a summer in the wood-bat league.
There could still be more dealing before baseball's 3 p.m. trade deadline as the Twins picked up four more minor-leaguers, including one who hit a home run against them earlier this year.
The victory, amid trades and a tough road trip, halted a three-game losing streak and pulled the Twins within eight games of the first-place Indians. Minnesota leads the season series 7-3.
Third in a three-part series on the state of baseball: Speeding up and improving for future fans requires radical fixes. Not everyone agrees what those changes might be a decade from now. But it's coming.
Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino gave Daquein McNeil a chance to fulfill his dream after a difficult childhood in Baltimore. Instead, McNeil took one wrong turn after another.
Jake Cave, 25, was called up prior to Saturday' game. He came to the Twins from the Yankees during spring training. The Twins first promoted Cave on May 1
The shortstop, still just 18 years old, is showing he has big potential as a player and a person, while quickly climbing the Twins' minor-league ladder.
Junior Terrin Vavra, son of former Twins hitting coach Joe Vavra, leads the Gophers in most key offensive categories.
It's become a familiar pattern: A female coach wins a court judgment for her firing, while the man responsible for her firing gets rewarded.
Starter Patrick Fredrickson and closer Max Meyer have helped the Gophers win seven consecutive series heading into this weekend's series with Indiana.
After advancing to the NCAA super regionals last season and going 56-5, the Gophers softball team got off to a slow start before winning 12 of its last 13 games.
The Golden Knights went overtime to win all three of their NCAA tournament games.
Two-time NCAA champion Clarkson will play a first-time Frozen Four team in final
Both of Friday's national semifinal games pitted an Eastern team needing extra time to take down a WCHA foe.
Four NCAA postseason events will be held in the Twin Cities thru April 7.
The Gophers' streak of Frozen Four trips ends at six in year they are host.
She battled both brain surgery and an autoimmune disorder to play college hockey again.
By winning a must-win game, they clinched a berth in the NCAA tournament, where they will face the Badgers again.
Grace Zumwinkle scored both Gophers' goals in a 2-0 victory to set up a critical WCHA finale at Ridder Arena.
Nadine Muzerall is Minnesota's all-time leading scorer, a former top-notch assistant and now the Ohio State coach who could damage the Gophers' postseason hopes.
NCAA insists environment in building must be consistent throughout Final Four. Stadium authority not releasing cost estimates, but chairman says "it will be expensive — obviously."
The Gophers never trailed in this weekend's best-of-three series, but the next challenge will be tougher.
Athletic director Mark Coyle declined to discuss looming decisions, but it's hard to imagine "status quo" being the answer for all three coaches of the Gophers' high-profile winter sports.
Opponents trying to knock the Gophers out of NCAA tournament contention have received big boosts from former Fighting Hawks.
Gophers could help their cause this weekend.
Students at Bethlehem Academy in Faribault protested Franz Boelter's firing this week. But the school's president said "we have to do what's right for kids in 2018" despite Boelter's achievements coaching volleyball and boys' basketball.
"I ain't got nothing to say," Malcolm Butler said in the Patriots locker room.
Tom Brady and the offense did their part Sunday, but New England's defense simply could not stop Philadelphia's offense — not once in the second half.
Featured running back Dion Lewis is the latest Patriot to go from the NFL's scrapheap to stardom
After Week 4, New England turned things around, leading the NFL in scoring defense (14.0 points per game), with the Vikings second at 14.7, from that point .
Rob Gronkowski lost a video game competition Tuesday night at the Mall of America but gave the news every Patriots fan wanted to hear.
From concussions to the officiating, a number of issues are chipping away at the relationship between the league and football fans.