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Rachel Blount is a sports and general assignment reporter, with a particular emphasis on Olympic sports.
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Gophers hockey earns split with Badgers after 3-2 win

Gophers hockey earns split with Badgers after 3-2 win

Captain Justin Kloos scored from the slot off of a feed by Rem Pitlick to break the tie.
Gophers apply plenty of pressure but Badgers pick up the victory

Gophers apply plenty of pressure but Badgers pick up the victory

The Badgers' big second period swung the tide Friday night. It led to a 3-2 border battle victory that forced a tie atop the Big Ten standings with Gophers
Lessons learned, but last home game for Gophers women's basketball spoiled

Lessons learned, but last home game for Gophers women's basketball spoiled

Gophers coach Marlene Stollings said she considers everything that happens in February — for good or bad — to be an important part of her team's learning curve.
Down? Yes. Out? No. Resiliency serving Gophers hockey quite well

Down? Yes. Out? No. Resiliency serving Gophers hockey quite well

The Gophers have shown a knack for launching big comebacks. Over the past 16 games, the Gophers have gone 6-2 when their opponent has scored first.
Gophers' Sheehy works at preventing goals - and scoring them

Gophers' Sheehy works at preventing goals - and scoring them

Defense will be paramount this weekend, as the Gophers face the nation's most potent offense in a critical Big Ten series against Penn State.
Veteran, newcomer hope to continue Gophers' swimming success

Veteran, newcomer hope to continue Gophers' swimming success

The women's swim team once again has two Big Ten title threats in the breaststroke. Senior Kierra Smith and freshman Lindsey Horejsi top the pack.
Gophers women survive third-quarter lull, beat Northwestern

Gophers women survive third-quarter lull, beat Northwestern

The Gophers won consecutive Big Ten games for the first time this season, two days after a 34-point victory over Rutgers.
Gophers men's gymnastics is alive and flippin' in quirky facility

Gophers men's gymnastics is alive and flippin' in quirky facility

The Gophers are ranked fifth in the country entering Friday's meet in Iowa City against No. 11 Iowa and No. 1 Oklahoma, and the school hopes to host a national championship.
U.S. curlers get serious 1 year out from South Korea Olympics

U.S. curlers get serious 1 year out from South Korea Olympics

USA Curling instituted a new method of funding and training its elite athletes in 2014 after just one Olympic medal.
Gophers hockey routs Penn State 5-1 at Mariucci Arena

Gophers hockey routs Penn State 5-1 at Mariucci Arena

The Gophers scored early and often while shutting down the high-powered Nittany Lions.
Gophers, Nittany Lions hope hockey rivalry grows

Gophers, Nittany Lions hope hockey rivalry grows

Gophers fans have been slow to embrace new conference foes since the switch from the WCHA to the Big Ten in 2013. Don Lucia said improved competition in the Big Ten this season should help.
Wild coach Boudreau knows there's much more work to do

Wild coach Boudreau knows there's much more work to do

The Wild's place atop the Western Conference standings lightened the mood at Monday's practice, but not the workload.
Gophers shut out Bemidji State in North Star Cup third-place game

Gophers shut out Bemidji State in North Star Cup third-place game

The Gophers overcame the nation's stingiest defense with an outstanding performance from goalie Eric Schierhorn and goals from Leon Bristedt, Ryan Norman, Taylor Cammarata and Justin Kloos.

Minnesota Duluth edges St. Cloud State in OT for final North Star College Cup title

The Bulldogs became the fourth different champion in as many seasons.
Gophers headed for North Star Cup third-place game after loss to UMD

Gophers headed for North Star Cup third-place game after loss to UMD

UMD overcame a 1-0 deficit with three consecutive goals, extending its win streak over the Gophers to a program-record seven consecutive games.
North Star Cup didn't turn into 'magic event' organizers hoped

North Star Cup didn't turn into 'magic event' organizers hoped

The University of Minnesota quietly issued a statement saying the North Star College Cup for Division I hockey teams in the state will end its four-year run this weekend. Coaches expressed mixed feelings.
One more game before All-Star break for first-place Wild

One more game before All-Star break for first-place Wild

The Wild has never led the conference this late in the season. Its previous best was during 2011-12, when Minnesota was in first place on Dec. 17 after 33 games.
Former prep teammates reunite as Gophers women's basketball players

Former prep teammates reunite as Gophers women's basketball players

Whitney Tinjum and Bryanna Fernstrom played for Chisago Lakes. Both are making the most of their time with the Gophers, who resume Big Ten play Wednesday against Illinois at Williams Arena.
St. Paul's Jorgensen a favorite to win triathlon gold

St. Paul's Jorgensen a favorite to win triathlon gold

Gwen Jorgensen enters the Rio Games as the most dominant, decorated athlete in her sport's history.
Well-rested Gophers top Michigan 5-2 at Mariucci

Well-rested Gophers top Michigan 5-2 at Mariucci

The victory extends their winning streak to five and keeps the Gophers tied with Penn State for first place in the Big Ten.
Gophers goalie Schierhorn learns not to overthink

Gophers goalie Schierhorn learns not to overthink

By rediscovering his faith in himself, Eric Schierhorn uncluttered his mind and his game, putting him on a much smoother path
Gophers women rout Wisconsin for first Big Ten victory

Gophers women rout Wisconsin for first Big Ten victory

The Gophers won their ninth in a row in the series.
Gophers football alumni like P.J. Fleck's first impression

Gophers football alumni like P.J. Fleck's first impression

P.J. Fleck's energy and optimism drew high marks.
Gophers women hope to win ninth in a row over Wisconsin

Gophers women hope to win ninth in a row over Wisconsin

The Gophers have won eight in a row in the Border Battle.
Stillwater's Diggins wins Tour de Ski phase in history making race for US skiers

Stillwater's Diggins wins Tour de Ski phase in history making race for US skiers

If Jessie Diggins maintains her position in the overall standings, she would match the best-ever performance by an American in the Tour de Ski.
Gophers retire Banham's No. 1 before Maryland game

Gophers retire Banham's No. 1 before Maryland game

The guard who became the Gophers' No. 1 scorer saw that number hung in the rafters of Williams Arena on Sunday.
U women's basketball gives No. 4 Maryland a test, but falls 83-72

U women's basketball gives No. 4 Maryland a test, but falls 83-72

The Gophers trailed by only a point in the middle of the fourth quarter before slipping back.
Aug. 8, 2016: Biles rises above for gymnastics all-around gold

Aug. 8, 2016: Biles rises above for gymnastics all-around gold

Simone Biles lived up to the expectations by taking top honors in the women's all-around while teammate Aly Raisman got some redemption by grabbing silver.
Gophers volleyball team set up for continued success

Gophers volleyball team set up for continued success

The Gophers didn't get the NCAA title they pined for, but coach Hugh McCutcheon believes the seniors achieved their ambition of setting up the program for long-term success.
Big Ten shut out of NCAA volleyball championship

Big Ten shut out of NCAA volleyball championship

Gophers, Nebraska both lost Thursday night's matches.
Too tall a task: Stanford eliminates Gophers volleyball in NCAA semis

Too tall a task: Stanford eliminates Gophers volleyball in NCAA semis

Stanford, the nation's best blocking team, overpowered the Gophers on Thursday night to put an end to Minnesota's season one match shy of a national title spot.

Improved Stanford out to beat Gophers again in NCAA volleyball semifinals

The Cardinal beat the Gophers 3-1 in its own tournament in September.
'The McCutcheon Way' helps U volleyball to national semifinals

'The McCutcheon Way' helps U volleyball to national semifinals

Playing for coach Hugh McCutcheon means that the Gophers' volleyball team has accepted a different kind of college life, one that favors perspiration over parties.
Gophers volleyball coach happy with team, extension

Gophers volleyball coach happy with team, extension

Hugh McCutcheon said he'd like to "just continue to build on the foundation we've built, and hopefully, keep this tradition of excellence and see where it takes us.''
Gophers volleyball takes rivals' best shots, heads to national semifinals

Gophers volleyball takes rivals' best shots, heads to national semifinals

En route back to the Final Four, the Gophers unlocked victory after victory with their in-game adjustments and won their regional by sweeping UCLA.
Right at home: Sweep puts Gophers into volleyball Final Four

Right at home: Sweep puts Gophers into volleyball Final Four

Minnesota's victory over No. 8 UCLA was the Gophers' 36th victory in a row in the Sports Pavilion, and secured a spot in next week's national semifinals against Stanford.
Gophers rattled, then roll into volleyball region final

Gophers rattled, then roll into volleyball region final

The top seed Gophers dropped the second set but came back strong to close out Missouri on Friday night.
Tapp twins helped raise bar for Gophers volleyball

Tapp twins helped raise bar for Gophers volleyball

Coach Hugh McCutcheon pushed the Tapp twins - Paige and Hannah - to new heights as part of a six-member senior class that has brought Minnesota to volleyball's Sweet 16 at the Sports Pavilion.
U volleyball coasts into regional semifinal by routing Hawaii

U volleyball coasts into regional semifinal by routing Hawaii

The Gophers have to refocus after an injury to Hawaiian star disrupts flow.
U makes quick work of Fighting Hawks to open NCAA volleyball

U makes quick work of Fighting Hawks to open NCAA volleyball

The Gophers steamrolled their way past North Dakota to win their 32nd consecutive home match.
Gophers volleyball star Wilhite learns to unleash her inner beast

Gophers volleyball star Wilhite learns to unleash her inner beast

The once-shy Gophers star accepted a challenge to be a dominant force. It's working.
Florida State overpowers Gophers women at both ends of court

Florida State overpowers Gophers women at both ends of court

After starting the season 4-0, the Gophers dropped their third straight game as they couldn't keep up with No. 8-ranked Florida State.
Gophers volleyball team named No. 2 overall seed for NCAA tournament

Gophers volleyball team named No. 2 overall seed for NCAA tournament

The Gophers played North Dakota on Sept. 16, their first-round opponent at home Friday, beating the Fighting Hawks 3-1 in their first home match of the season. They have gone 13-0 at the Sports Pavilion, extending their home unbeaten streak to two full seasons.
Wagner, newcomers combine to lead Gophers over Harvard

Wagner, newcomers combine to lead Gophers over Harvard

Carlie Wagner was one of six Gophers to finish in double figures during the 103-87 rout over the Crimson.
New Gophers women's basketball lineup still taking shape

New Gophers women's basketball lineup still taking shape

Junior guard Carlie Wagner is the only player assured of a place in the starting lineup. The rest, coach Marlene Stollings hopes, will be spread equitably among a fast group.
More roster roulette: 4 new players join Wild for road trip

More roster roulette: 4 new players join Wild for road trip

Reinforcements came four deep Wednesday, and their presence was enough to brighten coach Bruce Boudreau's mood, even while star Zach Parise remains sidelined.
Gophers' team effort too much for North Dakota in 2-0 victory

Gophers' team effort too much for North Dakota in 2-0 victory

With a superb all-around effort Saturday — anchored by the goaltending of Eric Schierhorn — the No. 13 Gophers beat No. 3 North Dakota 2-0 in a tense matchup fitting for the two teams.
Nothing separates Gophers North Dakota in 5-5 tie

Nothing separates Gophers North Dakota in 5-5 tie

The Gophers fell behind North Dakota by two goals in the first eight minutes, then rallied repeatedly to record only the 16th tie in a series that has spanned 292 games.
'We know what's at stake': Gophers-North Dakota hockey rivalry resumes

'We know what's at stake': Gophers-North Dakota hockey rivalry resumes

Friday, the Gophers and North Dakota will open their first regular-season series since conference realignment drove them apart in 2013.
Wild rookie Eriksson Ek slow to smile, quick to score

Wild rookie Eriksson Ek slow to smile, quick to score

Serious and focused, rookie Joel Eriksson Ek already is proving to be a quick study. Now about those goal celebrations ...
Coach says Lynx not too old to keep winning next season

Coach says Lynx not too old to keep winning next season

But age questions already being raised for 2017.
Sparks survive furious finish to beat Lynx for WNBA championship

Sparks survive furious finish to beat Lynx for WNBA championship

The Lynx led by six at halftime in a head-spinning game that featured 24 lead changes and 11 ties in front of a crowd of 19,423 The lead changed hands four times in the final 23.4 seconds before Nneka Ogwumike's game-winning basket.
Lynx coach rips officials for simple blunders

Lynx coach rips officials for simple blunders

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve unloaded on WNBA officials after her team's 77-76 loss in Game 5, criticizing them for not calling a shot clock violation on Los Angeles with 1 minute, 12 seconds left in the game.
Lynx looking to take their place with WNBA's greatest dynasty

Lynx looking to take their place with WNBA's greatest dynasty

With a victory over Los Angeles in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals, the Lynx can join the Houston Comets as the only teams to win four titles. "They were my favorite team," Maya Moore said.
Sparks hopeful Game 4 loss vs. Lynx will prove a growing experience

Sparks hopeful Game 4 loss vs. Lynx will prove a growing experience

Sunday's 85-79 loss, Los Angeles coach Brian Agler said, gave the inexperienced team a taste of what to expect in the deciding game at Target Center.
'Maya just makes plays:' Moore unfazed by high stakes of finals

'Maya just makes plays:' Moore unfazed by high stakes of finals

Coach Cheryl Reeve joked that the only thing that rattles Moore is when she gets taken out of the game. Not even a handful of mistakes could slow her in Game 4.
Lynx survive frantic final minutes in Los Angeles, force Game 5 in WNBA Finals

Lynx survive frantic final minutes in Los Angeles, force Game 5 in WNBA Finals

The Lynx reversed form completely from their lackluster Game 3, giving themselves a chance to play for a second consecutive WNBA title Thursday at Target Center.
Lynx know what to do to survive, and push WNBA Finals to Game 5

Lynx know what to do to survive, and push WNBA Finals to Game 5

To push the series to a Game 5 at Target Center — and give themselves a shot at a second consecutive league title — the Lynx must take a deep breath and move forward.
Lynx's bid for repeat hits a wall after 'soft' performance in loss to L.A.

Lynx's bid for repeat hits a wall after 'soft' performance in loss to L.A.

The reigning champion Lynx were forced to battle uphill all of Game 3 after a big first quarter gave the Sparks control in Los Angeles, and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.
Lynx reserves could be pivotal for remainder of WNBA Finals

Lynx reserves could be pivotal for remainder of WNBA Finals

To win on the road, the Lynx need much more from Natasha Howard, Renee Montgomery, Jia Perkins, Janel McCarville and Anna Cruz.
Board crashers: Lynx's rebounding edge could swing WNBA Finals

Board crashers: Lynx's rebounding edge could swing WNBA Finals

Strength on the boards was part of an overall defensive effort by the Lynx that evened the best-of-five series, which resumes Friday in Los Angeles.
Lynx rediscover winning ways in Game 2 over LA

Lynx rediscover winning ways in Game 2 over LA

The Lynx got the victory they desperately needed behind Maya Moore's 21 points, evening the WNBA Finals series 1-1 with Los Angeles.
Lynx must avoid mistakes in Game 2 that doomed them in finals opener

Lynx must avoid mistakes in Game 2 that doomed them in finals opener

Coach Cheryl Reeve already had seen an encore performance of a game she called "a head-scratcher,'' looking at the video to catalog the shortcomings that gave the Sparks a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
Lynx lose Game 1 on buzzer-beater; Reeve cites 'bad plays that cost us'

Lynx lose Game 1 on buzzer-beater; Reeve cites 'bad plays that cost us'

Before Alana Beard's game-winning shot, silencing most in the crowd of 12,113 for Game 1 of the WNBA finals, the Lynx were undone by turnovers and defensive miscues,
Sparks hold Lynx's Moore scoreless in first half

Sparks hold Lynx's Moore scoreless in first half

Moore entered the game averaging 25.7 points in the playoffs, and she averaged 18.7 against the Sparks in three regular-season games. Sunday, the Sparks held her without a basket on four first-half shots before Moore hit seven of 10 in the second, finishing with 18 points.
This season already unforgettable to Lynx players

This season already unforgettable to Lynx players

The Lynx set a franchise record with 28 regular-season victories and a WNBA mark by starting 13-0.
Lynx coach Reeve says WNBA Finals could turn on little things

Lynx coach Reeve says WNBA Finals could turn on little things

Both teams are so evenly matched and know each other so well that games are likely to be decided by details such as free throws or execution out of a timeout.
Strong message sent: Graovac waived

Strong message sent: Graovac waived

Coach Bruce Boudreau shows he isn't afraid to move underperformers.
Sweeping Phoenix: Lynx take another step toward a big goal

Sweeping Phoenix: Lynx take another step toward a big goal

The Lynx' mastery over talent-rich Phoenix made them the first WNBA team to make the finals five times, with all five appearances coming in the past six years.
Moore relishes challenge of sweeping Phoenix in WNBA semifinals

Moore relishes challenge of sweeping Phoenix in WNBA semifinals

Despite a pair of double-digit triumphs at Xcel Energy Center, the Lynx understand how tough it is to deliver the knockout blow
Firmed-up defense leads Lynx to brink of WNBA finals

Firmed-up defense leads Lynx to brink of WNBA finals

Minnesota defeated Phoenix 96-86 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five semifinals at the Xcel Energy Center.
Lynx honored: Cheryl Reeve, Sylvia Fowles win top WNBA awards

Lynx honored: Cheryl Reeve, Sylvia Fowles win top WNBA awards

Reeve was named WNBA coach of the year for the second time and 6-foot-6 center Sylvia Fowles was named the top defensive player for the third time in her career.
Well-rested Lynx demolish Phoenix in Game 1 with 113-point outburst

Well-rested Lynx demolish Phoenix in Game 1 with 113-point outburst

Over the past 10 days, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve kept shooting down speculation that the long break before starting the playoffs could somehow be bad for her team in the WNBA semifinals.
Wait is over as Lynx open WNBA semifinals against surging Phoenix

Wait is over as Lynx open WNBA semifinals against surging Phoenix

While the Lynx rested and practiced, the Mercury roared through road victories over Indiana and New York, starting the playoffs on a powerful note after a rocky regular season.
Lynx get a new home to open playoffs

Lynx get a new home to open playoffs

Their first two games in the semifinals will be at the transformed X.
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