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With both added weight and experience, Rashod Bateman says he believes he's taken his game to another level and is an all-around better player.
Coach P.J. Fleck said he wants to find out what some of the younger players can do in a game-like situation.
Mohamed Ibrahim is eager to build off his remarkable freshman season.
Zack Annexstad's foot injury means the starting QB battle is over, with Tanner Morgan behind center, and the backup will be a true freshman.
When Tyler Johnson earned a football scholarship to play for the University of Minnesota, north Minneapolis traveled the five miles to campus with him. The journey began with a choice he made well before arriving on campus.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said quarterback Zack Annexstad felt a "pop" in his foot on Friday. Fellow sophomore Tanner Morgan becomes the likely starter, at least for the team's Aug. 29 opener vs. South Dakota State.
The Gophers opened training camp Wednesday, but Saturday will be their first practice in full pads, and one of three open to the public.
With training camp opening Monday, the team's veterans and coach P.J. Fleck can't wait to see how the season unfolds - one that features a more experienced team and a favorable schedule.
Tanner Morgan and Zack Annexstad split time last year, with Morgan taking over for injured Annexstad about halfway through the season.
First, there was Legends and Leaders. Now, there is East and West. Soon, there will be … nothing? Why do some people think this would be a good idea?
From P.J. Fleck's perspective, a 14-year drought caused Gophers fans to doubt that Paul Bunyon's Axe would ever return to Minnesota.
The Gophers were picked sixth in the Big Ten West by one preseason poll, and the team is using a mantra from the musical "Hamilton" for what their legacies could be.
Ohio State has a new head coach, and its rivals are hoping to pounce this season.
The Star Tribune's All-Metro Sports Awards honor the best of Minnesota high school sports for the 2018-19 school year. The gala was held at U.S. Bank Stadium on Tuesday night.
Being able to bring southern players to Minneapolis on recruiting visits without the risk of snow and subzero windchills has helped the Gophers' recruiting process.
While Justin Smith first joined the program as an assistant in 2014, his tenure with the Gophers actually started back in 2000 as a golfer.
The U.S. beat Guyana 4-0, and scored first in the 28th minute from forward Paul Arriola.
A new coach and fresh talent will be trying to exorcise an epic World Cup failure in 2017 in a CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament game against Guyana in St. Paul.
With a break in the MLS schedule for the U.S. Open Cup, Loons' playmaker Darwin Quintero wasn't ready to relax. He scored twice and had an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 victory over Sporting KC.
In nine MLS and Open Cup games against Sporting Kansas City since 2014, Minnesota United has won just once.
Declining attendance at sporting events on campus and loan repayments have offset profits the Gophers made from Big Ten TV contracts. "Athletics, like all units of the university, is under budget pressure," outgoing President Eric Kaler said.
Gophers ace Amber Fiser has pitched every inning of the NCAA tournament so far, leading them to Thursday's start of the College World Series against UCLA.
Amber Fiser was again dominant in the circle, and Allie Arneson's solo home run in the top of the fifth inning provided an offensive spark to send the Gophers to Oklahoma City.
Maddie Houlihan's solo homer off the first pitch in the bottom of the third inning nullified LSU's lead en route to the No. 7 seed Gophers' 5-3 victory Friday.
When Jamie Trachsel took the job as Gophers softball coach, she inherited a No.?1-ranked program that the NCAA had just controversially passed on for playing host to a regional.
In just her second season, Jamie Trachsel led the Gophers softball team to its first super regional at home.
The No. 7 seed Gophers will be a super regional host for the first time, when 10th-seeded Louisiana State visits for a besto-f-3 series and a spot in the College World Series.
Behind Amber Fiser's three-hitter and 12 strikeouts, the Gophers beat the Bison and will face Georgia (41-17), who beat Drake 6-4 in eight innings earlier Friday, at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Junior pitcher Amber Fiser credits teammates' support for her standout season heading into the NCAA tournament, which begins tonight with Minnesota playing North Dakota State.
Gophers coach Jamie Trachsel is no stranger to her opponent on Friday night.
The Gophers are in a tight three-way race for the Big Ten title.
Earlier this month, the NCAA's Division I Council approved changes to men's hockey recruiting timelines as a way to keep early commitments in check.
Two of them — U's Cashman, Wisconsin's Connelly — went to Eden Prairie
The 2018 team was historically good. This 2019 one — at least so far — isn't. While the Gophers have a nucleus of key players returning, some haven't played as well as they did last season.
Neither Zack Annexstad nor Tanner Morgan gained an advantage during Saturday's spring game. "We're going to need both guys at some point," coach P.J. Fleck said.
This spring game will have a slightly different feel, with this week's snow forcing the Gophers to move it from TCF Bank Stadium to their indoor practice facility.
Coach P.J. Fleck moved practice from Athletes Village on campus to TCO Performance Center to reinvigorate his squad after several weeks of spring practice.
"We just keep going after it. We don't give up," Mamadi Diakite said.
Texas Tech and Virginia players born outside of the U.S. overcome language contrasts to blend in.
Since signing with Nashville in late March, the former Gopher is getting a crash course on the NHL life. "I just feel like a rookie all the time,'' he says.
The machines will stay in place Friday and Sunday but disappear Saturday and Monday — game days.
He's close to graduating, becoming the first of his parents and four younger siblings to earn a college diploma, and that's one of the main factors keeping Tyler Johnson with the Gophers for another season.
Kentucky. Kansas. North Carolina. What do those three schools have in common? They rank as the top-three winningest teams in the college basketball. What else?…
Auburn soared after injured teammate Chuma Okeke showed up on the sideline Sunday. After the win, the Tigers join Texas Tech as Final Four first-timers next week at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Auburn readies for Kentucky's challenge on Sunday without fallen teammate Chuma Okeke, who tore the ACL in his left knee and will undergo surgery Tuesday.
The Tar Heels and Tigers could be a track meet.
For NFL prospect Blake Cashman, "pro day" at the U was another examination after a series of tests from the NFL combine, to phone and FaceTime interviews, to team workouts.
The sophomore rushed for 1,160 yards and nine touchdowns last season when Smith and Brooks were out because of knee injuries.
Pitlick's 21 goals and 24 assists as a junior ranked him as one of the most prolific scorers in college hockey this season.
The Gophers are losing nine seniors plus goalie Mat Robson, which could leave them without a huge leadership group. Leading scorer Rem Pitlick could depart, too.
The move leaves the Gophers without a starting goaltender for next season. Mat Robson will report to the Wild, which is back in action Tuesday vs. Colorado.
Gophers hockey coach Bob Motzko called it after his team's 2-1 overtime loss in the Big Ten semifinals. "It's going to blow up everywhere, how this thing ended."
Coach Chris Mack told the Louisville Courier-Journal that this season was like starting with a blank slate.
The National Hockey League has taken steps to reach minority groups and get rid of homophobic language.
Antoine Winfield Jr., who had surgery on his foot last season, and the Gophers wrapped up their first week of spring ball Friday.
Fleck's goal this spring is to master the Gophers' offense and defense. In essence, he laid the foundation in year one, he cemented that knowledge in year two and now it's all about perfecting.
The victory moved Minnesota into the Big Ten tournament's single-elimination semifinals.
A crowd announced at 1,835 witnessed the home team rally from a two-goal deficit in the first game of a best-of-three series.
Coach P.J. Fleck said the Gophers have more experienced underclassmen than most teams in the nation, citing Tennessee and Utah as other examples.
The Gophers skated toward next week's Big Ten tournament in style, completing a home sweep over the No. 12 Sun Devils to finish out the regular season.
Friday night's home victory over the 12th-ranked Sun Devils is the Gophers' fourth in the past five games.
Gophers' leading scorer Rem Pitlick finds cooking is a way for the NHL hopeful to control what he eats and thus optimize his performance on the ice.
Coach Bob Motzko ignited the Gophers' recent power-play success by moving senior Tommy Novak to the blue line.
Senior captain Tyler Sheehy was in the mix for every goal, scoring one and assisting three to give him points in 17 of the past 18 games.
The Wolverines scored twice in the second period, and outshot the Gophers 45-26 on Friday night.
Defenseman Ben Brinkman's size and calm nerves have smoothed the transition. Coach Bob Motzko said he has "far exceeded" expectations.
The Gophers and Badgers combined for nine goals in the final 20 minutes of action, but the Gophers never relinquished their lead Friday at 3M Arena at Mariucci
Varying sizes of ice sheets around college hockey venues have the Gophers adjusting as they travel and when they get home.
Kelly Pannek, now a senior, will lead the No. 2 Gophers women's hockey team in a showdown against No. 1 Wisconsin this weekend, with a potential regular-season WCHA title on the line.
Iowa sophomore Austin DeSanto bounced on the mat, waving his arms up and down before putting his hands to his ear to encourage the Maturi Pavilion crowd's boos.
Brent Gates Jr., whose father played major league baseball, is candid about his struggling team early in the year while doing his best to lead by example.
When former captains, such as the Wild's Eric Staal, come into their new team's locker room, they have to recalibrate from being the main voice to becoming part of the ensemble.
Brent Gates Jr. scored the go-ahead goal for the Gophers, his fifth consecutive game with a score.
The Nittany Lions scored three consecutive goals to take the opening game of the weekend series.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on Wednesday noted the pressure players felt as the Wild racked up misfires Tuesday's shutout home loss to the Sharks.
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