University of Minnesota alumni John and Nancy Lindahl have made a $17 million gift to the school, with $12 million of that dedicated to the athletic village that the school hopes to start building this year, the university announced Thursday.

The gift includes $2 million for the Carlson School of Management, $2 million for the College of Education and Human Development and $1 million for pediatric cardiology research.

It's been in the works for some time, and the athletics department already had been counting it with the $70 million that has been raised toward the $150 million athletic village.

The Lindahls co-chaired the fundraising efforts for TCF Bank Stadium and donated $1 million to that project themselves.

JOE CHRISTENSEN

LB leaves Gophers

Gophers linebacker De'Niro Laster has left the university and said Thursday he plans to transfer to a school closer to his Ohio home.

Laster was a consensus three-star recruit coming out of Cleveland Heights High School in 2013. He redshirted that fall and played in nine games for the Gophers last year as a second-string outside linebacker, making seven tackles.

De'Vondre Campbell and Jack Lynn appear entrenched as the starting outside linebackers this coming season, but Laster indicated his decision wasn't about playing time.

"I'm transferring home to be closer to my family, as we are going through a difficult family situation right now," Laster said in a text message. "… I don't have a school picked right now, but I will have one in the upcoming week.

"I love Coach [Jerry] Kill, and I am thankful and honored for what we did there as a program. I wish the best to all my teammates and coaches"

JOE CHRISTENSEN

Etc.

• The St. Paul Saints scored four runs in the top of the 11th inning to beat the Amarillo Thunderheads 8-4. The victory gives the Saints a 6-1 record going into a three-game road series with the Laredo Lemurs starting Friday.

• Tim Miles has retired as St. John's University track and field coach after 36 years. He will stay with the program as an assistant coach and continue to coach the cross-country team.

• Andrea Gelle has resigned as St. Olaf women's track and field coach and assistant women's cross-country coach.

• Shortstop Eduardo Estrada of Litchfield was named Gatorade's Minnesota Baseball Player of the Year. Through 20 games, he was hitting .565 with seven homers and 36 RBI. He has signed with the Gophers.

• North Dakota's Jordan Schmalz, a junior defenseman from Verona, Wis., has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with St. Louis, giving up his last year of eligibility. The Blues took him with the 25th overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NHL draft.