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Megan Ryan

Reporter | College sports
Location: Minneapolis
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Megan Ryan is a sports reporter at the Star Tribune covering college sports.


Ryan covered the Minnesota United FC during its first two years of existence. She previously spent two years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covering Penn State football, Robert Morris basketball and high school sports. A Minnesota native and Minneapolis resident, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a major in journalism and minors in management and global studies. She has lived in Pennsylvania, Texas (covering the real Friday Night Lights for the Dallas Morning News) and New York (as a sports copy editor for a summer through the Dow Jones News Fund).
Recent content from Megan Ryan
Gophers catcher Eli Wilson.

Super regional to under .500: U baseball struggling to find success

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.
Maroon quarterback Zack Annexstad (5) passed for 191 yards and a touchdown against Gold in the spring football game.

Gophers' quarterback battle will last into training camp

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.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck is pleased with the team’s foundation heading into his third spring game, on Saturday at the Athletes Village.

Fleck hopes Gophers' framework continues to sprout during spring game

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.
The Gophers football team practiced Tuesday at TCO Performance Center in Eagan, home of the Vikings. The decision to move practice before Saturday’s

Gophers hold practice at Vikings facility in Eagan

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.
Virginia Cavaliers forward Mamadi Diakite

Cavaliers dismiss karma, revel in redemption

"We just keep going after it. We don't give up," Mamadi Diakite said.
Texas Tech guard Brandone Francis (1), from the Dominican Republic, conducts his postgame interviews in English and Spanish.

Skills of foreign players for Texas Tech, Virginia translate well

Texas Tech and Virginia players born outside of the U.S. overcome language contrasts to blend in.
Rem Pitlick played against the Wild last month. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com – St. Paul, MN – March 25, 2019, Xcel Energy Cente

Ex-Gophers star Pitlick adjusting on the fly to life as a pro

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.
While Michigan State players participated in interviews in their locker room, two video games awaited.

Video games in locker room let players relax on Final Four weekend

The machines will stay in place Friday and Sunday but disappear Saturday and Monday — game days.
Coach P.J. Fleck raves about Gophers wide receiver Tyler Johnson and how hard he works to keep improving. Johnson will be the first in his immediate f

Receiver Johnson glad to be back with Gophers

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.
Bryce Brown

Why Auburn can win the national championship

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 players celebrate with injured teammate Chuma Okeke, left, after the Midwest Regional final game against Kentucky

Auburn finds inspiration, works OT to top Kentucky for first Final Four

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.
Trainers assist Auburn's Chuma Okeke after he was injured during the second half vs. North Carolina. Okeke tore the ACL in his knee and will undergo s

SEC rivals Kentucky, Auburn overcome adversity to reach Midwest final

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.
North Carolina's Luke Maye is trying to become a Final Four hero for the second time in his college career.

North Carolina vs. Auburn prediction: Our NCAA tournament game breakdown

The Tar Heels and Tigers could be a track meet.
The Gophers on Wednesday held their annual pro day, where departing players work out for NFL scouts. Blake Cashman (left) had a successful trip to the

Cashman's never-ending job interview continues on U's 'pro day'

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 Gophers' Mohamed Ibrahim had a big season last year filling in for injured running backs Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks.

Gophers' Ibrahim says he can still learn from Brooks, Smith

The sophomore rushed for 1,160 yards and nine touchdowns last season when Smith and Brooks were out because of knee injuries.
Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Rem Pitlick (15) attempted a shot in the second period against the Michigan Wolverines.

Gophers top scorer Pitlick leaves early for deal with NHL's Predators

Pitlick's 21 goals and 24 assists as a junior ranked him as one of the most prolific scorers in college hockey this season.
Gophers coach Bob Motzko says he misjudged his team’s talents at first.

Departures leave Gophers hockey with younger squad next 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.
Former Gophers goalie Mat Robson reached out his glove for a save against Wisconsin this January.

Gophers goalie Robson leaves school to sign deal with Wild

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 senior defenseman Jack Sadek reacted to Notre Dame’s game-winning goal Saturday.

Controversial ending to U season has hockey world buzzing

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."
Louisville head coach Chris Mack

Louisville succeeding again in a scandal's wake

Coach Chris Mack told the Louisville Courier-Journal that this season was like starting with a blank slate.
Wild right wing J.T. Brown was among several players who warmed up with stick blades taped with rainbow colors on the night of the Wild’s annual “

NHL bolsters its diversity efforts, though change is slow

The National Hockey League has taken steps to reach minority groups and get rid of homophobic language.
Gophers football notes: Winfield Jr. a big presence in first contact drill

Gophers football notes: Winfield Jr. a big presence in first contact drill

Antoine Winfield Jr., who had surgery on his foot last season, and the Gophers wrapped up their first week of spring ball Friday.
“I know what kind of football team we have. I know our personality. I know what we want to become.”
Gophers coach P. J. Fleck

Fleck brimming with confidence as U opens spring football practice

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.
Gophers forward Tommy Novak skated at Michigan goalie Strauss Mann. Novak scored the game’s first goal at 5:25 of the opening period.

Three first-period goals starts Gophers' rout of Michigan

The victory moved Minnesota into the Big Ten tournament's single-elimination semifinals.
There were lots of empty seats during Minnesota's game against Michigan.

Sparse crowd sees Gophers men's hockey score OT victory over Michigan

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.
Gophers coach P. J. Fleck greeted then-freshman quarterback Zack Annexstad before last year’s game against New Mexico State.

Fleck: 2019 U football should be aided by 'experienced' youth

Coach P.J. Fleck said the Gophers have more experienced underclassmen than most teams in the nation, citing Tennessee and Utah as other examples.
Gophers forward Rem Pitlick, top right, celebrated with teammates after his first period goal against the Michigan Wolverines last month.

Seniors step up, Gophers hockey sweeps Arizona State

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.
Gophers forward Rem Pitlick, top right, celebrated with teammates after his first period goal against Michigan last month. The Gophers won 5-1 over Ar

Gophers hockey continues hot stretch, winning 5-1 over Arizona State

Friday night's home victory over the 12th-ranked Sun Devils is the Gophers' fourth in the past five games.
Rem Pitlick, the No. 1 center for the Gophers hockey team, knows his way around the kitchen and often eats at home instead of at the dining hall.

Personal chef: Gophers' Pitlick takes healthy eating into his own hands

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.
Gophers forward Tommy Novak

Novak points Gophers to sudden power-play success

Coach Bob Motzko ignited the Gophers' recent power-play success by moving senior Tommy Novak to the blue line.
Michigan forward Nick Pastujov was upended as he was challenged by Gophers forward Nathan Burke during Friday night's loss. The Gophers won on Saturda

Sheehy's big game gives Gophers hockey a split with Michigan

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.
Gophers goaltender Mat Robson and defenseman Clayton Phillips stopped the initial shot of Michigan forward Will Lockwood, but Lockwood scored off the

Little to like in Gophers' loss to Michigan to open weekend series

The Wolverines scored twice in the second period, and outshot the Gophers 45-26 on Friday night.
Freshman Ben Brinkman has played in all 25 of the Gophers’ games after skipping his senior season at Edina.

Gophers' Brinkman thriving after skipping senior year at Edina

Defenseman Ben Brinkman's size and calm nerves have smoothed the transition. Coach Bob Motzko said he has "far exceeded" expectations.
Teammates celebrated with Gophers forward Brent Gates Jr. after his first period goal against Ferris State in December.

Crazy third period ends with Gophers hockey beating Wisconsin 9-4

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
Gophers defenseman Clayton Phillips and forward Brannon McManus celebrated McManus’ second goal against Minnesota Duluth. They have had to adjust to

Gophers looking at switching to smaller ice sheet - eventually

Varying sizes of ice sheets around college hockey venues have the Gophers adjusting as they travel and when they get home.
Without Kelly Pannek last season, the Gophers missed out on the Frozen Four for the first time since 2011.

Olympic gold medalist Pannek has unfinished business as a Gopher

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.
Alex Marinellie of Iowa reacted after he pinned Carson Brolsma on Sunday..

No. 4 Iowa wrestlers beat No. 7 Gophers in front of sold-out crowd

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.
Gophers forward Brent Gates Jr.

Winger Gates keeps even keel amid Gophers' hockey struggles

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.
Life after the 'C.' Staal, others can thrive without being team captain

Life after the 'C.' Staal, others can thrive without being team captain

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.
Gophers left wing Brent Gates Jr. (10) celebrated with teammates Tyler Nanne (29) and Tyler Sheehy (22) after scoring a goal in the second period.

Gophers finally break through to beat Penn State, winning 4-1

Brent Gates Jr. scored the go-ahead goal for the Gophers, his fifth consecutive game with a score.
Gophers head coach Bob Motzko, during a game last weekend.

Penn State again gets the better of Gophers hockey, winning 4-2

The Nittany Lions scored three consecutive goals to take the opening game of the weekend series.
Failed whacks at the puck by (from left) Charlie Coyle, Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise summed up the Wild’s frustration Tuesday.

Wild's missed second chances adding up, causing players to tighten up

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.
Logan Richter.

Gophers recruit Logan Richter finally joining the fold

Former Perham lineman "grayshirted" last season.

Déjà vu: Gophers hockey again ties Ohio State, again loses point in OT

The Gophers rallied from a two-goal deficit but the Buckeyes took the extra point for conference purposes thanks to freshman winger Quinn Preston's 3-on-3 overtime score.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk called himself “comfortable with myself and my game” despite some shaky stretches over the past two weeks.

Dubnyk says he's unfazed by bad stretches in Wild goal

Devan Dubnyk has lost four of his past six; in Thursday night's loss at Columbus, he gave up four goals on the first 14 shots but said "I'm comfortable with myself and my game."
J.T. Brown (23) of the Wild fought for netfront position on Tuesday against Arizona.

Wild hopes to shore up leaky third periods

A letdown against Arizona on Tuesday was the third happenstance in four games.
Kings goaltender Jack Campbell deflects a shot by Wild left wing Zach Parise during the first period last week. Parise later scored.

Parise over illness, feels ready to play Saturday for Wild

Zach Parise, who missed Thursday's game, said he felt OK at practice Friday and anticipated feeling even closer to full health for the game Saturday.
Gophers head coach Bob Motzko watched his team during the third period against Minnesota Duluth in October. The Gophers lost Friday night at home to S

Gophers hockey opens six-game homestand with overtime loss to St. Lawrence

The Gophers rallied for two goals in the third period to tie, but St. Lawence's Michael Ederer spoiled the effort.
Gophers head coach Bob Motzko

Gophers hockey concentrating on improving, not on Big Ten opponents

Gophers first-year coach Bob Motzko says it will take time to know league foes.
Gophers head coach Bob Motzko directed his team during the third period against Minnesota Duluth last month.

Cutesy Gophers hockey routed by Mavericks in series opener

The Gophers allowed goals in the first minute of the second and third periods of a 5-1 loss to MSU Mankato. "There's just a lot of cuteness to our team that doesn't belong in hockey," coach Bob Motzko said.
Gophers goalies Mat Robson, left, and Eric Schierhorn.

Gophers goalie situation is a good problem to have

Head coach Bob Motzko says Mat Robson and Eric Schierhorn both have been outstanding.
In this Sept. 22, 2018 file photo, Minnesota United defender Michael Boxall (15) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Portland Timbers in the f

Loons face an unwelcome repeat vs. Columbus in regular-season finale

The Loons, already eliminated from playoff contention, face Columbus at Mapfre Stadium on Sunday in the final regular-season game with a dubious distinction possible.
Loons forward Darwin Quintero says the team needs to win more matches next season for greater visibility.

In Year 2, Loons' fortunes were better off the field than in games

Minnesota United's business side is, in many ways, thriving, with a new soccer-specific stadium set to open. But the on-field product has lagged as its second MLS season draws to a close Sunday.
Minnesota United FC has sold more than 50,000 tickets for the final MLS home game at TCF Bank Stadium, before the Loons move to a new venue across the

Loons close out TCF Bank Stadium rental with '50k to Midway'

Minnesota United officials expect 52,000 fans Sunday afternoon for the Loons' match with L.A. Galaxy, the final game at TCF Bank Stadium before Allianz Field opens next spring.
Jason Zucker(16) and Eric Staal, who celebrated the Wild’s first goal against the Blackhawks on Thursday night, are two of the leaders Wild teammate

Wild's veterans leading push through team's sluggish start

Young players have been reveling in watching the big-name players on the roster work.
Wild goalie Devan Dubynk stopped Vegas’ Paul Stastny on Saturday night.

Dubnyk bright spot in Wild's slow start while offense seeks answers

A four-day stretch between an overtime loss to Vegas and Thursday's match with Chicago has the team reconfiguring forward lines.
Minnesota defenseman Clayton Phillips (18) and forward Brannon McManus (7) celebrate McManus' second goal of the night off an assist by Phillips in th

Gophers hockey finds its way, tops No. 1 Duluth 7-4 in home opener

Bob Motzko picked up his first win as Gophers coach, even if he went to the wrong bench to start. Meanwhile, the top-ranked Bulldogs outshot No. 13 Minnesota 46-22 but had trouble finding the back of the net.
Iowa defensive back Riley Moss intercepted a pass intended for Gophers receiver Tyler Johnson during the fourth quarter.

Iowa freshman cornerback Moss passes exam vs. Gophers

Hawkeyes fill-in Riley Moss had two of Iowa's four interceptions Saturday vs. the Gophers.
Bob Motzko thought he would have time this past summer to relax and fish at his cabin. Instead, the former St. Cloud State hockey coach took the high-

Bob Motzko on a mission to transfer winning formula to U hockey

New coach may not know everyone's name yet, but he's seeking to build a family atmosphere with the Gophers like the one that worked so well for him in St. Cloud.
Coach Adrian Heath (left) and general manager Manny Lagos

Loons CEO says Heath, GM Lagos 'get passing grade'

With Minnesota United nearly two full seasons into its MLS existence and having a combined record of 20-34-9, many have wondered if a change in leadership is on the horizon.
Loons midfielder Fernando Bob was ejected in the second half Saturday against the Portland Timbers.

Loons midfielders Bob, Maximiano suspended for next game

Minnesota United players Fernando Bob and Maximiano will both miss the next game with suspensions.
Loons defender Michael Boxall said he “blacked out” Saturday vs. the Timbers as he celebrated his first-half goal, which his fiancée predicted wo

Quick to start, slow to finish: Loons hang on to defeat Portland 3-2

Up 3-0, the Loons allowed two late goals and sustained a red card but secured the victory over the Timbers.
Minnesota United’s Darwin Quintero has emerged as a team leader on offense and with his teammates.

Loons popular designated player Quintero a leader in taking losses hard, too

Well-known to soccer fans in Mexico, designated player Darwin Quintero has shined with the Loons, on offense and with teammates, even as defeats keep him up at night.
The Loons’ Wyatt Omsberg, left, battled for the ball with New York Red Bulls’ Florian Valot earlier this season.

United rookie Omsberg gets chance to start in tough road match

Wyatt Omsberg, Mason Toye and Carter Manley have seen limited playing time in their rookie seasons but say they've progressed since they were drafted in January.
English star Wayne Rooney is the latest European veteran to find MLS to his liking.

Minnesota United-D.C. United gameday preview

The Loons, refreshed for their end-of-season push, visit MLS' latest soccer-specific stadium.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jorge Lopez was perfect through eight innings on Saturday night.

Royals starter Lopez throws eight perfect innings in win vs. Twins

Max Kepler's walk to lead off the ninth inning prevented a perfect game, and Robbie Grossman singled one batter later to break up the no-hitter but the Royals still won 4-1.
Chase De Jong

De Jong's Twins debut a family affair

When Chase De Jong makes his Sunday start at Target Field - four hours from his father's hometown - he will be the 53rd Twin to play this season, which tops last year's club record of 52.
J.T. Brown of the Wild says he enjoys the spontaneity of the Battle Royale-style games.

Pro-style obsession: Local athletes flock to Fortnite

The video game sensation Fortnite counts well-paid athletes among its biggest players. "They definitely got me," Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie said.
Minnesota's wide receiver Seth Green faked a handoff to running back Rodney Smith and rushed for a touchdown in the second quarter Minnesota took on N

Secret weapon? Seth Green runs the wildcat, scores twice for Gophers

The former East Ridge star had a tough conversation with coach P.J. Fleck when he was told that he wasn't a quarterback candidate. But other roles have popped up.
Minnesota United defender Tyrone Mears, acquired last December, agreed to mutually terminate his contract to help facilitate a move to play soccer clo

Loons sever ties with defender Tyrone Mears

The team said the 35-year-old right back, acquired last December, had agreed to mutually terminate his contract to help facilitate a move to play soccer closer to family in his home country.
Midfielder Fernando Bob, center, playing with Brazil’s Ponte Preta in a 2015 international friendly at Orlando City, is joining Minnesota United.

Is Bob the answer? Loons sign defensive midfielder from Brazil

Fernando Bob, 30, has played for eight clubs at various levels in Brazil in his pro career, most recently with top-flight club Associacao Atletica Ponte Preta.
Winger Romario Ibarra (11), who signed with the Loons last month, could start against Dallas FC on Saturday.

Formation shift possible for Minnesota United's match at FC Dallas

The Loons might be driven by absences back to a familiar formation.
Gophers wide receiver Tyler Johnson is trying to be a leader among a young group of players at his position. There are no seniors; he is one of three

'Coach Tyler.' North High's Johnson takes on being a boss for Gophers

During captains' practices, Tyler Johnson took up a new position in addition to being a Gophers star receiver: "He's like the coach out there," a teammate explained.
Brent Kallman has put a full career’s worth into his time with the Minnesota United franchise.

Home-grown Kallman on track for rare one-team career with Loons

Christian Ramirez's departure makes Brent Kallman, from Woodbury, the Loons' only player who hasn't strayed.
Christian Ramirez (left), known to United fans as 'Superman," has been sent to LAFC in a deal that could bring up to $1 million to the Loons.

Loons sell popular Ramirez to LAFC in deal that could fetch $1 million

Christian Ramirez, the Loons' leading scorer from 2017, has been with the club since 2014 in the North American Soccer League and was a fan favorite in Minnesota.
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