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After a poor North Star Cup, The Gophers won Big Ten regular-season and tourney titles in 2015.
As a senior, Shayne Mullaney didn't envision coming off the bench after starting 51 games in a row as a sophomore and junior. But her new role has made her a vital part of Minnesota's success.
Sunday's 3-2 loss to Mankato left the Gophers at 1-7 this season against other Minnesota teams."I couldn't feel more disappointed after this weekend, or more frustrated," said forward Justin Kloos.
Last week, the Gophers spoke at length about their desire to end a much-discussed 1-10 streak against in-state opponents. Now they're after losing a third-period lead.
Surging Gophers will play two of them this weekend.
Gophers forward Tommy Novak got hit in the head in the Badgers series.
The Gophers trailed last-place Illinoios by as many as 18 points before getting their game together with Rachel Banham's three-pointers sparking the comeback.
Rippon's creative flair has made him a popular skater, and his performance Sunday to a Beatles medley won the day's highest marks for artistry, which allowed him to overcome a shortcoming in his program.
The Minnetonka native earned his highest placement ever at the U.S. championships, finishing sixth after Sunday's free skate at Xcel Energy Center.
The top three going to worlds in Boston seek to be the first to medal for the U.S. since 2006.
Gold's standout final performance helps her overtake Edmunds
Shibutani siblings are validated by first U.S. ice dancing crown.
Nathan Chen, 16, became the first skater to land two quadruple jumps in a short program at the U.S. championships
Wins in the short program, free skate propelled them to the top.
Max Aaron shows his chops as Nathan Chen makes history, landing two quads
Eight years after competing at the U.S. championships in his home state, Alex Johnson, 25, got a chance to do it again.
Rejuvenated after a break, the pair held off the second-place Shibutanis.
Skating rivals - and favorites - Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner both found problems during women's short program at Xcel Energy Center, opening the door for Polina Edmunds.
Ashley Wagner's pursuit of a fourth national title begins Thursday with the women's short program at Xcel Energy Center. A victory would make Wagner, 24, the oldest U.S. women's champion since 1937.
It isn't often that a skater expresses gratitude after failing to land a jump. Max Aaron said last week that hitting the ice on a…
The nationals mark Rohene Ward's return to the site of his final major competition. He finished 18th at the 2008 U.S. championships at Xcel before an adoring home crowd
Minnesota trailed the Wolverines by 18 before a late rally made it close.
It's her first victory alone, and she's the fourth U.S. woman to win a World Cup race as an individual.
Gophers' Carlie Wagner brushes off a poor warmup, lights up Penn State for 32 points.
The departure of All-America center Amanda Zahui B. left a hole in the middle of the Gophers' roster that has yet to be filled.
The Gophers are "changing culture of Minnesota volleyball" after their run to the NCAA Final Four this season.
After finishing eighth in the Big Ten a year ago, diligence took the surprising Gophers to the Final Four, which begins tonight with a match against Texas.
Daly Santana and Hannah Tapp are on first team.
The Gophers beat Hawaii 3-1 in a region final behind Daly Santana's 26 kills.
Sarah Wilhite finished with 20 kills to lead the Gophers, who completed a big rally in the first set against the Illini and rolled from there.
The Gophers often credit their team unity for lifting them to a 28-4 season, which continues Friday against Illinois in the third round of the NCAA volleyball tournament in Des Moines.
Despite his team's 1-5 record in overtime games this season, Wild coach Mike Yeo remains a fan of the new three-on-three format — with one qualifier. 'It stinks when you lose.'
After falling behind early, the Gophers shot their way to victory with a five-guard lineup that eventually broke open the game. The guards scored all 105 points.
The Gophers beat Marquette 3-0 to finish unbeaten at home. They face Illinois next weekend.
What appeared to be a close matchup proved to be something much different as the Tommies rolled into the semifinals.
The U easily eliminated Jackson State and advanced to a Saturday match against Marquette.
Freshman setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson and coach Hugh McCutcheon were also honored.
The Gophers' No. 2 spot overall in the NCAA volleyball tournament puts them in the first round Friday vs. Jackson State at home.
The two Division III powerhouses will square off in the second round of the NCAA playoffs at O'Shaughnessy Stadium, the first time they have met in the postseason since their inaugural game on Thanksgiving Day in 1901.
Undefeated St. Thomas rolled La Verne 57-14 on Saturday and next faces its biggest rival: St. John's.
Coach Todd Hoffner said his team's stumbles have made it stronger heading into the postseason opener against No. 23 Emporia State at Blakeslee Stadium.
After losing in Pittsburgh last season, players held a postgame meeting to address a situation that Mikko Koivu called "embarrassing.'' The next day, the Wild added goalie Devan Dubnyk.
The Gophers ran their win streak to 14 matches, extending a school mark.
The Gophers got a game-high 26 points from Mikayla Bailey and 22 from fifth-year senior Rachel Banham in her return from a knee injury
After emerging from what he called "the darkest place of my life," and sharing that with Sports Illustrated, Phelps has come to Minneapolis in a career revival aimed at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
After All-America center Amanda Zahui B. and all-Big Ten forward Shae Kelley moved on, the Gophers were forced to do the same.
Thomas Vanek knows how meaningful it can be to receive a helping hand from a teammate, which is why he didn't shoot the puck on an empty net Tuesday.
Buckeyes stay No. 1, no matter who takes snaps.
Rachel Banham is back from last year's knee injury and nears the Gophers' scoring record.
The Wild got some top-notch chances during Saturday's five-minute overtime, but again could not connect.
St. Louis stopped the Wild's winning streak at two games on David Backes' goal in OT.
Jordan Schroeder was summoned back to the Wild after third-line winger Justin Fontaine was injured during Friday night's 5-4 victory over Chicago
Though the Blackhawks have eliminated the Wild from the playoffs in three consecutive seasons, Mike Yeo said the past will not be a factor in the teams' first meeting this season.
His job title has changed by only one word. But Tracy Claeys understands how profound a difference that switch will be as he takes over for Jerry Kill.
The Gophers are ranked No. 19 and are tied for second with Penn State in the Big Ten with a 6-2-1 mark heading into Friday's game at No. 12 Rutgers.
Winless Columbus fired coach Todd Richards, who coached the Wild for two seasons, and replaced him with the fiery John Tortorella.
Little Canada's Maggie Nichols turned an injury into an opportunity to improve to accomplish her mission of making the Olympics.
The Wild will start its regular-season schedule with two games in three nights, then it does not play again for five days.
The Wild finalized its roster Tuesday, choosing to keep center Tyler Graovac, send defenseman Mike Reilly to its AHL affiliate in Iowa and put forward Jordan Schroeder on waivers.
Coach Mike Yeo said speedy winger Jason Zucker has been "on top of his game right from the start'' of training camp,
While Suter still relishes a heavy workload, he will turn 31 in January, and he acknowledged that a lighter burden could spur his productivity and extend his career.
After winning Grandma’s Marathon last June, Jane Kibii hoped to make it a Minnesota double Sunday at the Twin Cities Marathon. Pain in her…
Kenya's Dominic Ondoro beat buddy Elisha Barno for the Twin Cities Marathon men's title.
Molly Huddle became the first woman to win the $10,000 "equalizer bonus'' for being the first finisher of either gender to cross the finish line on the State Capitol grounds.
Molly Huddle became the first women to win the "equalizer," and she set a course record, too.
Dominic Ondoro won Grandma's Marathon in 2014; Abraha Serkilam Bise was the top female finisher, finishing in 2:31:40.
As Dave Baker watched thousands of runners stream past him last year, his first impression was that the Twin Cities Marathon must be an…
Kara Goucher enters Sunday's TC 10 Mile propelled by a sense of fearlessness, honed through her newest roles as a mother, a mentor for active women and a whistle-blowing advocate for drug-free sport.
The three former coaches, all openly gay, filed the joint lawsuit, claiming discrimination by UMD administrators based on gender, sexual orientation, national origin and age.
Darcy Kuemper mostly sat after Devan Dubnyk arrived in January, but the Wild wants him to share the workload this season.
After saving the Wild's season last winter — and raising his game to new heights — Devan Dubnyk itching to return to a place that already feels like home.
The track wound up its season Saturday with upticks showing in all the right places.
The freshman volleyball player -- one of five Gophers athletes we're featuring playing prominent roles in fall/winter sports -- sees the importance of togetherness at home and on the court.
Longtime owners Jeff and Deb Hilger celebrated another winner at the Festival of Champions.
Friends of the late Cam Casby bought the horse to race her one final year.
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