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Gophers fall to Ohio State 2-1 in eighth round of the shootout

Gophers fall to Ohio State 2-1 in eighth round of the shootout

Minnesota missed a chance to secure home ice.
Streaking Mankato driving hard toward NCAA Frozen Four in St. Paul

Streaking Mankato driving hard toward NCAA Frozen Four in St. Paul

The Mavericks are in line for an NCAA tournament berth, and with it they'll get a chance at redemption for the fall they took as the No. 1 seed a few years back.
Gophers hockey, sixth in Big Ten, badly needs a strong finish

Gophers hockey, sixth in Big Ten, badly needs a strong finish

Beginning Friday at Wisconsin, Minnesota has six regular-season games remaining to solidify its chances of making the NCAA tournament.
Three Minnesotans among eight more recruits to sign with Fleck's Gophers

Three Minnesotans among eight more recruits to sign with Fleck's Gophers

Preferred walk-ons join the Gophers on a National Signing Day that didn't produce much buzz in Big Ten Country.
West in, Paup reportedly out as Gophers football coaching changes continue

West in, Paup reportedly out as Gophers football coaching changes continue

Marcus West helped lead a remarkable turnaround by the Austin Peay program.
Top-ranked Notre Dame beats Gophers 4-1 for weekend split

Top-ranked Notre Dame beats Gophers 4-1 for weekend split

A night after losing to the Gophers in overtime, the No. 1 Fighting Irish scored a pair of power-play goals, controlled play for most of the game and emerged with a 4-1 victory.
With No. 1 Irish in town 'opportunity is huge' for Gophers hockey

With No. 1 Irish in town 'opportunity is huge' for Gophers hockey

Gophers can improve their NCAA tournament chances by beating Notre Dame, but that's quite the task against the No. 1 Irish and goalie Cale Morris.
No Big Apple sightseeing for Gophers, just desperation hockey

No Big Apple sightseeing for Gophers, just desperation hockey

The slumping Gophers play at Michigan State on Thursday, then again vs. the Spartans on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The focus will be on getting points, not the bright lights and big city.
Michigan completes weekend sweep with 3-1 win over Gophers hockey

Michigan completes weekend sweep with 3-1 win over Gophers hockey

The loss was the fifth consecutive in Big Ten play for the Gophers, who are 1-8-1 in their past 10 conference games..
The Gophers' goaltender problem: Which one to start?

The Gophers' goaltender problem: Which one to start?

The Gophers lately have been platooning goaltenders.
Gophers, St. Cloud State, UND could end up in same hockey regional

Gophers, St. Cloud State, UND could end up in same hockey regional

With the NCAA Frozen Four returning to St. Paul in April, it's not too early to look at a potential tournament field
Robson's 34 saves lead Gophers to 2-0 win over No. 1 St. Cloud State

Robson's 34 saves lead Gophers to 2-0 win over No. 1 St. Cloud State

The shutout ended Minnesota's five-game losing streak against its in-state rival, a team that Gophers coach Don Lucia called the best he's seen this year.
Gophers hockey hopes to end recent struggles vs. No. 1 St. Cloud State

Gophers hockey hopes to end recent struggles vs. No. 1 St. Cloud State

The Gophers have a chance to reverse a downward trend against an in-state rival that has defeated Minnesota four consecutive times and five times in the past six meetings.
Will U get star Mittelstadt back for series with No. 1 St. Cloud State?

Will U get star Mittelstadt back for series with No. 1 St. Cloud State?

Eden Prairie's Casey Mittelstadt, the No. 8 overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres in last year's NHL draft, has been the talk of the World Junior Championships.
QB helped convince two Florida linemen to follow him to Minnesota

QB helped convince two Florida linemen to follow him to Minnesota

Two highly recruited offensive linemen listened to Zack Annexstad's pitches and are following him from IMG Academy to become Gophers.
Fleck snags two state champs, promotes Gophers' ace recruiter

Fleck snags two state champs, promotes Gophers' ace recruiter

Fleck landed recruits from Eden Prairie and Owatonna for the Gophers' 2019 class, and promoted his chief recruiter to assistant head coach.
Four-star football recruit stays true to new school, signs with Gophers

Four-star football recruit stays true to new school, signs with Gophers

Late offers couldn't persuade U four-star recruit Rashod Bateman to flip
Gophers' football recruiting filled positions of need

Gophers' football recruiting filled positions of need

  So now that the Gophers have a class of 26 new players, who is most likely to see the field starting in late August?…
Gophers QB candidate: 'Whatever the defense gives me, I take'

Gophers QB candidate: 'Whatever the defense gives me, I take'

Vic Viramontes might be the front-runner to be the Gophers' starter next fall. With Demry Croft transferring and Conor Rhoda graduating, Minnesota does not have a QB who has thrown a collegiate pass.
Fleck's makeover hits high gear as QB Viramontes commits to Gophers

Fleck's makeover hits high gear as QB Viramontes commits to Gophers

QB's junior college coach said the fit is right: 'I'm really happy he decided to pick Minnesota.'
Quarterback Demry Croft leaving Gophers football program

Quarterback Demry Croft leaving Gophers football program

Sophomore Demry Croft, who started the final six games of the season, will leave the program. A highly regard junior college quarterback, who could be a replacement, was in the Twin Cities on Sunday.
Plan to stop Badgers' Taylor fails; Hornibrook shines

Plan to stop Badgers' Taylor fails; Hornibrook shines

The Gophers kept Jonathan Taylor in check in the first half, holding him to 41 yards on 12 carries. QB Alex Hornibrook, however, completed 13 of 17 first-half passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns
Gophers seniors, who have just about seen it all, get one more shot at Wisconsin

Gophers seniors, who have just about seen it all, get one more shot at Wisconsin

Gophers seniors reflect on highs (a Cutrus Bowl appearance) and the lows (three coaches in three years) as a football chapter closes.
Gophers' Ciarrocca plots against rugged Badgers defense

Gophers' Ciarrocca plots against rugged Badgers defense

Offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca faced Wisconsin's tough defense in the Cotton Bowl a year ago. Now, they're better.
Badgers RB Taylor among the nation's best

Badgers RB Taylor among the nation's best

Freshman Jonathan Taylor, who operates behind a massive, mobile line, is the engine behind an offense that has fifth-ranked Wisconsin off to an 11-0 start.
Fleck might shuffle U receivers: 'I don't enjoy them dropping the ball'

Fleck might shuffle U receivers: 'I don't enjoy them dropping the ball'

Changes made to the depth chart reflect his frustration with drops.
Gophers' chance of going to bowl with five wins takes big hit

Gophers' chance of going to bowl with five wins takes big hit

Odds are good there will be enough teams finishing with six victories that Minnesota won't be able to sneak into a bowl game the way it did two years ago.
Gophers notes: Missing top threat, passing game self-destructs

Gophers notes: Missing top threat, passing game self-destructs

Sophomore Tyler Johnson missed Minnesota's 39-0 loss at Northwestern on Saturday, reportedly because of a broken left wrist suffered last week against Nebraska.
Not again! Weather forecast for Gophers-Northwestern is shaky

Not again! Weather forecast for Gophers-Northwestern is shaky

Another (!!!) bad weather game for the Gophers football team? Coach P.J. Fleck's first Minnesota season has seen enough of those already.
Fleck, Gophers will see recruits signing, transfers leaving earlier

Fleck, Gophers will see recruits signing, transfers leaving earlier

Come next month, the recruiting world will go through a seismic shift as December 20 becomes the circle-the-calendar date for college football programs.
'Quiet giant' leader: Richardson returns to Chicago as U faces Northwestern

'Quiet giant' leader: Richardson returns to Chicago as U faces Northwestern

Steven Richardson, a soft-spoken 6-0, 292-pound defensive tackle, expects a good turnout of family, friends and "even past teachers all the way from elementary school" for the Gophers-Northwestern game.
Signs point to medical redshirt for Gophers star safety Winfield

Signs point to medical redshirt for Gophers star safety Winfield

Winfield, who originally hurt the hamstring Aug. 8 in training camp, hasn't played since the first quarter of the fourth game of the season.
Gophers' Fleck, Northwestern's Fitzgerald go way back in coaching

Gophers' Fleck, Northwestern's Fitzgerald go way back in coaching

The two met for lunch in Evanston, Ill., in 2007, when Fleck was a first-year wide receivers coach at Northern Illinois and wanted to pick Fitzgerald's brain for coaching tips and knowledge.
Demry Croft, Rodney Smith earn Big Ten honors for Gophers

Demry Croft, Rodney Smith earn Big Ten honors for Gophers

When a quarterback rushes for nearly 200 yards and a running back piles up almost 300 all-purpose yards, people take notice.And that's exactly what happened…

Gophers notes: Croft, Smith rack up the yards

Rodney Smith piled up a career-best 279 all-purpose yards vs. Nebraska while quarterback Demry Croft added 183 on the ground.
Minnesota vs. Nebraska: The Gophers will win Saturday if ...

Minnesota vs. Nebraska: The Gophers will win Saturday if ...

The Cornhuskers have ditched high preseason hopes and are just trying to get to six wins to make a bowl game. That won't be easy.
Here's why Fleck wants '125 Blake Cashmans' on Gophers roster

Here's why Fleck wants '125 Blake Cashmans' on Gophers roster

Coach P.J. Fleck sees Cashman as an example of what he wants in every player, which is why he's been earning more playing time with the Gophers.
U lineman Greene faces Fleck's discipline after Michigan ejection

U lineman Greene faces Fleck's discipline after Michigan ejection

Left tackle Donnell Greene is facing discipline from coach P.J. Fleck for an on-field incident last week, and center Jared Weyler left the Michigan game after aggravating a foot injury.
Gophers learn from Michigan what a football 'whupping' feels like

Gophers learn from Michigan what a football 'whupping' feels like

After Michigan ran all over P.J. Fleck's Gophers in a 33-10 victory — the Wolverines rushed for 366 yards on the strength of touchdown gallops of 77, 67 and 60 yards — the coach used the term repeatedly to describe the result.
Gophers secondary gets healthy reinforcements against Michigan

Gophers secondary gets healthy reinforcements against Michigan

Antonio Shenault and Kiondre Thomas returned after missing the Gophers' previous game.
Michigan thrashes Gophers after yet another weather delay

Michigan thrashes Gophers after yet another weather delay

The U had to endure one storm from Mother Nature before getting hit by another from the Wolverines offense.
Meet the Barbers: First family of Gophers football

Meet the Barbers: First family of Gophers football

A look at the Barber family and their influence on Gophers football:
Gophers vs. Michigan: Minnesota will win if ...

Gophers vs. Michigan: Minnesota will win if ...

The Gophers face a Michigan team playing a quarterback making his first college start.
Gophers football in for quite the fight vs. Michigan defense

Gophers football in for quite the fight vs. Michigan defense

When the Gophers travel to Ann Arbor for Saturday's battle for the Little Brown Jug vs. Michigan, coach P.J. Fleck will experience a first. "I've never been to the Big House," Fleck said.
Top Gophers quarterback recruit reopens recruiting process

Top Gophers quarterback recruit reopens recruiting process

Brennan Armstrong, a three-star quarterback from Ohio, who gave the Gophers a verbal commitment in February for 2018, said Monday night that he has reopened his recruiting.
Gophers can't cash in on chances to bring Floyd back

Gophers can't cash in on chances to bring Floyd back

Iowa scored on its opening drive and did enough to hang on to a 17-10 victory over the Gophers, who came tantalizingly close to claiming hold to Floyd of Rosedale.
Gophers assembled a depleted secondary against Iowa

Gophers assembled a depleted secondary against Iowa

The Gophers were without their two starting cornerbacks Saturday night against the Hawkeyes.
Fleck knows beating Iowa, bringing home Floyd will win over Gophers fans

Fleck knows beating Iowa, bringing home Floyd will win over Gophers fans

The Hawkeyes have won seven in row vs. the Gophers at home. P.J. Fleck knows all about the pressure to break that streak. "I can't tell you how many tweets I had, 'Beat Iowa. Beat Wisconsin,'" he said.
Adekunle Ayinde filling every need for Gophers defense

Adekunle Ayinde filling every need for Gophers defense

Senior has become a most valuable player in Minnesota's secondary.
Gophers vs. Iowa: Minnesota will win Saturday if ...

Gophers vs. Iowa: Minnesota will win Saturday if ...

About the opponent After a strong start (stirring OT comeback to beat Iowa State, narrow loss to Penn State), Iowa fell to Michigan State and…
'Big Fella' McCrary gives Fleck new options to attack Iowa

'Big Fella' McCrary gives Fleck new options to attack Iowa

Kobe McCrary's play during two fill-in roles has Gophers coach P.J. Fleck changing a two-running back rotation into a three-back timeshare beginning with Saturday's game at Iowa.
Who hates Iowa? Not the Gophers as P.J. Fleck praises Hawkeyes

Who hates Iowa? Not the Gophers as P.J. Fleck praises Hawkeyes

With the 111th meeting between the Gophers and rival Iowa on tap Saturday at Kinnick Stadium, the lead-up to the battle for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy has been tame.
Next juggling act: Playing time for three Gophers running backs

Next juggling act: Playing time for three Gophers running backs

After making a decision following the first few games not to juggle his quarterbacks, coach P.J. Fleck will now turn attention to moving his top three running backs in and out of the game.
Despite struggles, Gophers sticking with Croft at quarterback

Despite struggles, Gophers sticking with Croft at quarterback

P.J. Fleck hasn't made knee-jerk decisions about his quarterbacks, and he indicated on Sunday that the starting job belongs to Croft.
Gophers beat Illinois, getting Fleck first Big Ten win

Gophers beat Illinois, getting Fleck first Big Ten win

The ground game led by Kobe McCrary and Rodney Smith carried P.J. Fleck to his first Big Ten win.
Gophers linebacker Jonathan Celestin has magical moment

Gophers linebacker Jonathan Celestin has magical moment

The senior linebacker made the game's key play, intercepting a pass by Illinois quarterback Cam Thomas and returning it 31 yards for a touchdown and 24-10 Gophers lead with 4:11 left in the fourth quarter.
The Call: Gophers will beat Illinois if ...

The Call: Gophers will beat Illinois if ...

What worked before is likely to work again when the Gophers take on Illinois.
P.J. Fleck, Gophers get commitment from three-star defensive back

P.J. Fleck, Gophers get commitment from three-star defensive back

C.J. Smith III, a senior, is a 6-1, 175-pounder who rescinded his verbal commitment to Georgia Southern.
After nonconference success, Gophers run defense sinks in Big Ten

After nonconference success, Gophers run defense sinks in Big Ten

In their three Big Ten games the Gophers have allowed an average of 213 rushing yards, which ranks 13th of 14 conference teams.
After six games, Gophers football team identifies six key lessons

After six games, Gophers football team identifies six key lessons

Win or lose, the Gophers at the halfway point have drawn lessons from each game under P.J. Fleck.

P.J. Fleck wants both Gophers QBs – Demry Croft, Conor Rhoda – ready to go

Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck remained noncommittal Tuesday about his quarterback for Saturday's homecoming game, and the depth chart lists Conor Rhoda "or" Demry Croft as the starter.
Fleck: Gophers could seek medical redshirt for injured Winfield

Fleck: Gophers could seek medical redshirt for injured Winfield

Safety Antoine Winfield Jr. has missed two games because of a left hamstring injury he aggravated Sept. 30 vs. Maryland.
Signs point to Croft, but Fleck won't reveal Saturday's quarterback

Signs point to Croft, but Fleck won't reveal Saturday's quarterback

Despite Demry Croft's strong performance after replacing Conor Rhoda, coach P.J. Fleck said he was keeping his decision 'in-house' about who'll start against Illinois.
Big comeback falls just short, Gophers lose 30-27 to Michigan State

Big comeback falls just short, Gophers lose 30-27 to Michigan State

Demry Croft replaced Conor Rhoda at quarterback and nearly led the Gophers back thanks to three late TDs but ultimately came up three points shy.
Poor weather forces late start for Gophers and Spartans

Poor weather forces late start for Gophers and Spartans

Saturday's 7 p.m. kickoff against No. 21 Michigan State was delayed 34 minutes because of nearby lightning strikes.
'Year Zero.' Fleck choosing culture over results in first season with Gophers

'Year Zero.' Fleck choosing culture over results in first season with Gophers

That long view is hard for some Gophers fans to see this week after two frustrating losses. Compounding the situation are injuries and suspensions that have hit P.J. Fleck's team.
Failures in final minutes have haunted Gophers in Big Ten play

Failures in final minutes have haunted Gophers in Big Ten play

In two Big Ten games, opponents have put up 32 fourth-quarter points on the Gophers. "We've got to learn from it, we've got to grow from it," defensive coordinator Robb Smith said.
Croft No. 2 on depth chart, but Fleck says backup QB spot isn't set

Croft No. 2 on depth chart, but Fleck says backup QB spot isn't set

The Gophers released their depth chart for Saturday night's game against Michigan State, and among the changes listed was an interesting one at quarterback.
Youngsters will need to step up for injury-depleted Gophers

Youngsters will need to step up for injury-depleted Gophers

Injuries have forced the Gophers to exhaust their depth and play more than a dozen freshmen throughout the lineup.
Gophers size up deficiencies after two Big Ten football defeats

Gophers size up deficiencies after two Big Ten football defeats

The Gophers need improvement in the passing game, players getting healthy, youngsters maturing quickly and even some good fortune to reverse their winless Big Ten start.
Fleck takes blame after Gophers' 'unacceptable' play in loss at Purdue

Fleck takes blame after Gophers' 'unacceptable' play in loss at Purdue

The Gophers collected four first-half turnovers Saturday from Purdue, but left the door open after halftime and lost late after allowing a touchdown and throwing a pick-six interception.

Gophers lose trio of starters to injury vs. Purdue

The Gophers took a trio of hits Saturday when wide receiver Phillip Howard, offensive tackle Nick Connelly and cornerback Kiondre Thomas suffered injuries and did not return.
P.J. Fleck fan club's unlikeliest member: Purdue coach Jeff Brohm's son

P.J. Fleck fan club's unlikeliest member: Purdue coach Jeff Brohm's son

Brady Brohm, 12, who aspires to be a football coach, may be conflicted Saturday.
The Call: The Gophers can beat Purdue if ...

The Call: The Gophers can beat Purdue if ...

Purdue has become more competitive under first-year coach Jeff Brohm.
Former Cooper QB Howard catching on for Gophers as receiver

Former Cooper QB Howard catching on for Gophers as receiver

Phillip Howard, a redshirt freshman and former standout from Robbinsdale Cooper, is slated to start for the second consecutive week when the Gophers face Purdue on Saturday in West Lafayette
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