• The Wall Street Journal took an unfair shot at Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with the headline “The NFL’s Least Exclusive Invite: The Pro Bowl.” The article read: “Minnesota’s quarterback Teddy Bridgewater ranked 22nd in the NFL in passing the past season. He finished 26th in touchdown passes and wound up 22nd in quarterback rating. In most years, those numbers would make for a fairly mediocre season. This year they made Bridgewater an all-star.”
• The Gophers basketball team has lost two heartbreakers to ranked teams after its 74-68 loss at No. 19 Indiana, in which it committed just four turnovers but couldn’t find scoring answers down the stretch. If the Gophers want to notch their first Big Ten victory, it better come Thursday at Northwestern (3-6) because after that they play Michigan (6-2) at home, at Iowa (7-1) and Maryland (7-2) at home before they host Rutgers (0-8). ... Michael Hurt from Rochester John Marshall, one of three Gophers basketball recruits for next season, is averaging 18.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game. He recently broke John Mattison’s scoring record with his 1,428th point.
• Former Gophers football star Darrell Thompson has two sons playing at Robbinsdale Armstrong — True Thompson, a senior who has been offered a preferred walk-on scholarship in football by the Gophers, and Race Thompson, a sophomore who has been offered a basketball scholarship by the Gophers.
• The Gophers received commitments from two junior college offensive linemen in Vincent Calhoun Jr. and Garrison Wright. Calhoun turned down an offer from Mississippi State to attend the U, and Wright turned down an offer from TCU to sign with the Gophers.