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Former Gophers football player and Mortenson Field Engineer, Joe Bjorklund, looked out from office of mens' basketball coach Richard Pitino into the c

High ceilings, big rooms: University shows off Athletes Village

Construction on the $166 million Athletes Village is 65 to 70 percent completed and about $100 million of the project's cost has been raised so far.
Gophers sophomore forward Tyler Sheehy, who was Big Ten Player of the Year, will be among a group of Minnesotans likely to get a strong look to join t

Amateurs set to chase gold

Players around the NHL on Tuesday bemoaned the league's decision to withhold its players from the 2018 Winter Olympics. The league on Monday announced it…

NCHC's tournament field ranks as best in college hockey

The NCHC Frozen Faceoff at Target Center this weekend will showcase three teams in position to earn No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament.
The Big Ten hockey tournament gets underway Thursday in Detroit.

Five Big Ten hockey teams battling for NCAA berths

Big Ten hockey has four teams ranked in the national polls after a successful regular season, yet the conference is in danger of earning only one spot in the NCAA tournament.
Minnesota coach Richard Pitino, right, gestures to forward Eric Curry during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Marylan

Second season: Pitino puts Gophers through 'preseason type' practice

After a flurry of good feelings and recognition, Gophers coach Richard Pitino is reminding his players of all they accomplished -- while challenging them to be better going into the Big ten tournament.
Jim Petersen

Petersen steps down as Lynx associate head coach

The team's associate head coach was part of three WNBA title teams.

Former Gophers swimmer, Olympic medalist David Plummer pens a farewell to his sport

The former U swimmer went out on top with two Olympic medals.

Here are five things you get with P.J. Fleck as head Gophers football coach

Takeaways from P.J. Fleck's introductory news conference.
Gophers goalie Eric Schierhorn

Gophers look to keep winning ways going in Mariucci Classic

Gophers won four of their past five games before their break.
A Saturday matinee might mean an opportunity to play again for Darcy Kuemper, who lost to the Canucks in his last start.

Kuemper 'looking forward' to start in net for streaking Wild

Darcy Kuemper, who hasn't played since Nov. 29, will give Devan Dubnyk a day of rest while trying to keep the Wild's six-game win streak intact
Kyle Rudolph will wear these cleats Thursday vs. Dallas to show his support for Anton, a patient at the Children’s Hospital.

NFL campaign allows Vikings to show support for their charities on their cleats

Kyle Rudolph is becoming a familiar face around the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. The Vikings tight end hosted an early Thanksgiving meal for…
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, left, and running back Curtis Samuel play against Michigan in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 20

Big Ten returns to its glory days

The Big Ten accounts for half of the best eight teams in college football this week. Ohio State is No. 2, Michigan No. 5, Wisconsin…
Then-Houston catcher Jason Castro hugged reliever Ken Giles after Giles earned a save at Pittsburgh in August. According to, Castro had

New Twins catcher Jason Castro can prevent runs by getting balls called strikes

The new Twins front office began the process of improving the pitching staff by signing a catcher Tuesday.Jason Castro, who played six seasons for Houston,…
Kai Forbath, right, had an extra-point attempt blocked Sunday against Arizona as holder Jeff Locke looked on.

Kickers clearly missing the point

Blair Walsh is still without a job after being released by the Vikings last week, but Sunday might have offered the kicker a little bit…
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau saw enough of his team’s sputtering offense Saturday night to shake things up Sunday.

Blown lead, scoring slump leads to Boudreau shaking up Wild's lines

"I just think maybe some guys are getting stale with some other linemates," Bruce Boudreau said Sunday. The Wild has scored more than two goals once and been held below two goals four times in November.
This time Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford didn’t get sacked, and he had time to throw, sort of. Trouble is, he didn’t get the pass past Arizona�

Vikings O-line needs help; here's who might be available in the draft

The Vikings have drafted only two offensive linemen — tackles Matt Kalil and Phil Loadholt — in the first three rounds since 2007.
Mike Muscala dunked over Philadelphia’s Richaun Holmes during a game earlier this season. The former Roseville star is averaging 9.9 points per game

Former Roseville standout Mike Muscala finding range with Hawks

Mike Muscala soared into the national spotlight last week in Cleveland. The former Roseville High School basketball star exploded to the basket and elevated over…
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has a billion-dollar stadium and quality young players — but where will the chips fall by 2020?

Which local team will top the polls in 2020?

The election is over, but … we ask you to consider one more ballot and cast your vote on this Minnesota sports issue: Which team…
In-state dominance is something Gophers junior forward Leon Bristedt has never experienced. The Gophers have a dismal 4-13 record against the state’

What to watch for in Gophers men's hockey's home opener vs. St. Cloud State

Gophers hockey plays host to its official home opener Friday at Mariucci Arena. Here are three things you should know:
Dominic Ondoro wins with a time of 2:08:51, a course record.

Twin Cities Marathon champ sets course record

Dominic Ondoro blew through the finish line and disappeared into the chute of volunteers at Sunday's Twin Cities Marathon.
Wheelers left the starting line of the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis.

Jordan Hasay wins TCM women's 10-mile race

Jordan Hasay entered Sunday's Twin Cities 10-mile championship expecting to gain experience, nothing more. The 25-year-old from Beaverton, Ore., placed third in the USA…

Arizonan repeats as TC 10 Mile champ; Olympian Gwen Jorgensen 3rd

Oregonian captures the women's title.
From left at the Twin Cities Marathon news conference Friday, Josh Dedering, Sam Chelanga, Gwen Jorgensen and Aliphine Tuliamuk are some of the favori

St. Paul native travels from Afghanistan to run second TC Marathon

Security protocol limited Greg Adams' training within the walls of the embassy. He had to be creative to stay motivated.
The Gophers won their fourth conference title in a row last season but, after not losing any key players losses, they want greater success.

Gophers hockey aiming high at the start of a new season

Missing last year's NCAA tournament and a new locker room have Gophers hockey players fired up for this season.
Gophers goalie Eric Schierhorn left Alaska in seventh grade to pursue his hockey dreams. He’ll return this weekend as one of the top goaltenders in

Alaska trip hits home for Gophers hockey coach, goalie

Don Lucia once coached there and his goaltender, Eric Schierhorn, was born there. The Gophers are opening their season with games in Anchorage on Friday and Sunday.
The programs of Alaska Anchorage, shown here in a 2012 game against the Gophers, and Alaska Fairbanks, could be cut.

Alaska hockey programs in peril

Budget cuts at the University of Alaska could mean the end of the state's two college hockey programs.The university system recently released a report with…
Senior Brie Orr practiced setting, a task she’s also willing to take on in the living room at home as she works toward the season’s start.

Eagan volleyball star Orr looking for another state title

Senior setter Brie Orr has helped the Wildcats to the past three state championship matches.
Jake Guentzel, who signed with the Penguins in May, was pursued in the corner by the Wild’s Erik Haula during a Da Beauty League game. The league wi

NHLers and other top pros and amateur competing for John Scott Cup at Braemar Arena

Training camp is still a month away, yet dozens of NHL players are skating for a championship cup this week at Braemar Arena in Edina.Da…
A rendering of the second floor of the Leadership Center at the University of Minnesota Athletes Village shows large panes of glass letting natural li

Progress at Gophers' Athletes Village is turning heads

Nine months after the university broke ground on the project at the Bierman complex, the progress is becoming much more visible.
The Delta 360 Club offers a view of players as they enter and leave the field at US Bank Stadium. (JIM GEHRZ/STAR TRIBUNE)

Fans get royal treatment in stadium planning

U.S. Bank Stadium promises one of the best experiences in the NFL and new standard for watching any event at the new state-of-the-art facility.
Luke Kunin, who scored 19 goals as a freshman for Wisconsin last season, doesn’t lack confidence. “I’m going to help the Minnesota Wild bring St

Wild's top pick out to win fans over (despite Badgers roots)

"From the University of Wisconsin …," echoed throughout the X when Luke Kunin was taken in the NHL draft. The crowd didn't exactly go wild.
Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve argued with an official last Friday night.

Two recent defeats don't concern Lynx too much

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said her team's foundation is solid even though it has lost the past two games by a combined 42 points.
Defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan was carried off the field after the Bears beat New England in Super Bowl XX in 1986.

Vikings legends remember Buddy Ryan, a longtime NFL coach

Longtime NFL coach Buddy Ryan, who died Tuesday at age 82, spent two of his 27 seasons with the Vikings in 1976-77 as the defensive…
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, center, is defended by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Anderson Varejao during the

Kevin Love just might stay with Cavaliers

  Kevin Love seems to have a future in Cleveland. The aftermath of his redemptive effort in Game 7 of the NBA Finals has been…
Maya Moore tried to steal the ball away from L.A. star Candace Parker in 2013.

A day to 'celebrate the excellence' as 12-0 Lynx meet 11-0 Sparks

The Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks will meet Tuesday afternoon in what is almost certainly the most-hyped regular-season game in WNBA history.
Martial arts played a big role in Andrew Sendejo’s life. “I was obsessed with ninjas,’’ the Vikings safety said of his youth.

Sendejo's discipline may help in battle for starting spot

One year after his future with the team seemed uncertain, the Vikings rewarded Andrew Sendejo with a four-year contract extension worth $16 million.

WCHA switches playoff format to all on-campus games

The revised format is expected to draw more.
Eden Prairie forward Casey Mittelstadt (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune)

Gophers hockey recruit Mittelstadt to play next year at Eden Prairie

Speedy Eagles center Casey Mittelstadt said he will play for Green Bay in the USHL but return in time for his senior season.
St. Cloud State is ranked No. 3 in the nation and swept a doubleheader against Minnesota Duluth on Wednesday.

Travel ban decision upsets, puzzles St. Cloud State baseball team

Players, parents and fans of the highly ranked St. Cloud State Huskies were still trying to understand the news that dreams of playing for a national championship could be denied.
The NCAA Division II national baseball tournament has been played in Cary, N.C., since 2009.

Minnesota teams barred from national baseball tournaments in NC

The Minnesota State College and Universities system announced that all sports travel is nonessential, meaning future trips to North Carolina would be prohibited.
In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, photo, Bear Duker, a marketing manager for strategic partnerships at DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports company, wor

Fantasy sports industry on verge of a big win at Minnesota Capitol

But it's not silencing critics who say it's still gambling.
Minnesota Vikings fans Eric Klitzke of Blaine and Joe Hager of Ormsby reacted to announcement of the Vikings selecting Cordarrelle Patterson during th

Vikings, Minneapolis want to host NFL draft – possibly as soon as 2018

Team suggests new Eagan practice site could hold event.
Arizona State freshman Jack Rowe scored against Southern New Hampshire during a game last October. The Division I independent is hoping to find a conf

Big Ten will not pursue Arizona State for hockey

A source involved in the conversations between the school and conference confirmed that the Big Ten will not extend an invitation to the nation's newest Division I program.
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, who finished 42nd in the Masters, is not paying much attention to the results there.

Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III wants to put together a balanced team

His approach will be focused on building the best pairings instead of just the best 12 players.
A new screen protected fans behind the White Sox dugout from errant projectiles, even though some spectators objected to the changed view.

'Keep an open mind' Twins ask fans who don't like new safety netting

Cindy Redmond and Bruce Kane sat shoulder to shoulder a few rows behind the first base dugout Monday afternoon. Their perspectives were markedly different.

Sunday Q&A with Runar Arnorsson and Sean Donnelly, Gophers record-holders

One shot a 62 on the golf course, the other threw a hammer more than 74 meters.
Butch Mousseaux

College hockey referee who tripped on ice before tourney game dies

Butch Mousseaux was injured at the WCHA Final Five during warmups before the Ferris State-Michigan Tech game. It was reported that he fell, hitting his head on the ice.
Gophers women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings promises a more balanced attack and better defense next season.

With Banham gone, Gophers women will seek more balanced scoring

Marlene Stollings said the Gophers were 'obviously' trying to hide some defensive weaknesses with the way they used star Rachel Banham. She vowed that will change.
The Gophers' Seth Ambroz was tangled up in blue while trying to get a handle on a loose puck next to the Fighting Irish net during a 2014 game. Now th

Seven teams helps Big Ten hockey, but what about eight?

Will an eighth Big Ten hockey team be added? The question came quickly from fans after Tuesday's news of Notre Dame joining in 2017. There are possibilities spread from coast to coast:
Gopher's goalie Adam Wilcox tried to block the shot of Notre Dame's Mario Lucia in 2014. The teams will be conference rivals beginning in 2017.

Notre Dame to join Big Ten in hockey in 2017-18

The Fighting Irish will be the Big Ten's seventh hockey program.
Hudson Fasching decided to leave the Gophers to join the Buffalo Sabres organization.

Fasching leaves Gophers for pros, but others aren't likely to follow

Hudson Fasching's departure is significant, but the better news for Gophers fans is that not many will follow him off campus this spring.
Bronson Koenig’s three-pointer at the buzzer against Xavier put Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 for the third year in a row.

On court, on gridiron, Badgers on unmatched run of excellence

The Badgers will play in a third consecutive Sweet 16 this week and are the only remaining team to achieve this feat. They played in the past two Final Fours and finished national runner-up a year ago.

For 3 Minnesota college hockey teams, it's titles or bust this weekend

Only St. Cloud State is in firm position to make the NCAA tournament. The U, UMD and Mankato have work to do.

Gophers clinch Big Ten regular-season hockey title

The bigger prize would be a conference tournament championship next weekend.
Wisconsin forward Aidan Cavallini (23) was denied by Gophers goalie Eric Schierhorn with help from defenseman Jack Glover on Friday.

Badgers edge Gophers, deny them Big Ten hockey title for now

Minnesota appeared to tie the score with five seconds left, but the goal was waived off.
Matt Olson was injured while playing for the Chicago Cougars, who play in the U.S. Premier Hockey League.

Ex-Totino-Grace player begins 'long recovery' after paralyzing injury

Matt Olson, a onetime standout defenseman at Totino-Grace, remains unable to move his arms or legs after he stumbled and fell headfirst into the boards while chasing down the puck during a junior hockey game.
Things to do outdoors today: Play golf, watch baseball

Things to do outdoors today: Play golf, watch baseball

Several golf courses across the Twin Cities and beyond have decided to open, and college baseball teams are shaking up their schedules for the chance to play outside.
Wild left winger Erik Haula fell to the ice after taking a shot on an empty net, bringing the Wild’s lead to 6-1 over the Blackhawks in the third pe

Wild win comes with big assists from former Gophers

U alums Vanek, Haula and Reilly come up strong in big game back where they started.
Wild employees, coaches and players were invited to skate with their families Friday night at TCF Bank Stadium. About 100 people were on the ice, whic

Outdoor family night a reminder about having fun for Wild

Everyone from grandparents to former teammates took to the TCF Bank Stadium ice.
On Tuesday, the NHL’s Dan Craig put some finishing touches on the outdoor ice where the Wild and Blackhawks will play Sunday.

From football field to hockey rink: Makeover at TCF Bank Stadium

Last week's frigid temperatures actually meant it was too cold to make ice for the first outdoor NHL game to be played in Minnesota.
Amanda Kessel

Gophers star Amanda Kessel returns to women's hockey team

Kessel missed the last two seasons with the Gophers. She suffered a concussion while playing for the USA in Sochi.
Ben Morgan celebrated after his pin at 133 pounds in his Gophers duals debut last Sunday against Purdue.

After a big comeback against Purdue, Gophers wrestle No. 2 Iowa next

Junior Ben Morgan had a memorable duals debut.
Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper used his stick to stop a puck that had gotten past him early in Saturday afternoon’s game against the San Jose Sharks. The

Wild seeks to go into All-Star break feeling good about itself

After Saturday's 4-3 loss at San Jose, Wild coach Mike Yeo recalled that the final game before last year's NHL All-Star break turned into a "real rallying point" for his team.
Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Don Lucia

Lucia tells criticized hockey players he's proud of them

Despite negativity flaring up after three months of playing losing hockey, Don Lucia has been impressed with how his young group works.

Daily fantasy sports: Here to stay in Minnesota?

The Legislature is expected to take up the growing conundrum surrounding daily fantasy sports when Minnesota lawmakers convene for the year on March 8.
Don Lucia, despite the Gophers’ struggles this season and alumni criticism, wants to remain the coach.

Lucia feels the heat but wants to keep his seat as Gophers coach

Don Lucia has experienced both championship celebrations and the fury of Gophers hockey fans over the years. He said that some people have wanted him gone for years because he's not a Minnesota graduate.
Wild coach Mike Yeo spent 60 minutes Sunday afternoon with the team’s part-time skating and skills instructor, Aaron Ness, trying to work out the ki

Yeo builds some play time into Wild's practice

The Wild spent 60 minutes Sunday afternoon with the team's part-time skating and skills instructor, Aaron Ness, trying to work out the kinks that have led to four straight losses and back-to-back shutouts.
Minnesota Golden Gophers left wing Connor Reilly (21) collided with the goal post while attempting a wraparound shot during a powerplay on Michigan St

Third-period goals help Gophers hockey sweep Michigan State

The Gophers are above .500 this season after sweeping Michigan State.
Justin Kloos nearly scored on Michigan State goalie Jake Hildebrand in the first period Friday night at Mariucci Arena. Kloos did score in the game's

Gophers hockey scores early, often in rout of Michigan State

Hudson Fasching scored two goals for the second straight game and Leon Bristedt compiled three assists for the Gophers in a 5-2 victory.
Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes returned an interception against the Seahawks in the third quarter Sunday.

Vikings rookie CB Waynes believes he can make bigger impact

With Terence Newman becoming a free agent, there is a chance Waynes could slide into a starting role next season.

Vikings notes: Third-coldest game in NFL history sees temperature hit 6 below

The frigid conditions evidently had an impact on the flow of the wild-card matchup that ended with Seattle rallying and then holding on for a 10-9 victory.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (24) picked up a Aaron Rodgers fumble and ran it back for a 55 yard touchdown in the third quarter Sund

Vikings notes: Turner says the cold won't move him to change game plan

Offensive coordinator Norv Turner doesn't expect the extreme cold to largely affect the Vikings' play-calling in Sunday's wild-card game against Seattle at TCF Bank Stadium.
Stefon Diggs and the Vikings played in the elements last weekend in their regular-season finale, a 20-13 victory in Green Bay.

Vikings to cope with cold in different ways

The Vikings haven't had an outdoor home playoff game since 1976. Sunday's will be one for the (weather) record books.
Teddy Bridgewater’s 10-for-19, 99-yard passing night included this ill-advised lefthanded throw that Green Bay safety Micah Hyde intercepted. “The

Zimmer: 'Spotty' Bridgewater needs to settle down

The Vikings quarterback's bad game came after three quality outings against Arizona, Chicago and the New York Giants in which he combined for 734 passing yards, five touchdown passes, no interceptions and an average passer rating of 118.6.
Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph (98).

After one-game return, Vikings' Joseph likely to sit out again

Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph missed a third consecutive practice Friday and is doubtful for Sunday's regular-season finale at Green Bay.