Three Gophers spring football practices will be open to the public, in addition to the April 13 spring game at TCF Bank Stadium, the university announced Monday.
The open practices are March 15, March 26 and April 2, all at 4:45 p.m., with the location to be announced. The spring game will start at 11 a.m.
•Former Gophers linebacker Blake Cashman posted some of the top marks at his position at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. Among linebackers, Cashman tied for third with a 124-inch broad jump, was fifth in the 40-yard dash (4.50 seconds), fourth in the 20-yard shuttle (4.12 seconds), fifth in vertical jump (37.5 inches) and tied for seventh in the three-cone drill (6.95 seconds).
Division III hockey bracket
Augsburg will play St. Norbert in the first round of NCAA Division III men's hockey playoffs Saturday in Ashwaubenon, Wis. The winner will advance to play Wisconsin-Stevens Point (26-0-2) in the quarterfinals the following weekend.
In the D-III women's playoffs, St. Thomas will play host to Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the quarterfinals Saturday. Also on Saturday, Hamline will play host to Wisconsin-River Falls. The winners will meet in the semifinals March 15.
•Augsburg senior goalie Nick Schmit, who made 517 saves in the Auggies four-overtime victory in the MIAC championship game, was chosen the conference player of the year. The Auggies' Chris Brown was named coach of the year.
Defenseman chooses Gophers
Matt Staudacher, a defenseman for Muskegon of the USHL, announced that he has committed to the Gophers. The Flint, Mich., native has two goals and 12 assists in 42 games this season.
Steveson top seed for Big Ten meet
Gophers freshman heavyweight wrestler Gable Steveson is the top seed for this weekend's Big Ten Championships at Williams Arena. The Apple Valley native is 27-0. Teammate Sean Russell is the third seed at 125 pounds, Tommy Thorn fourth at 149 and Devin Skatzka fifth at 174.
Gymnasts stand out
Two Minnesota gymnasts, Sunisa Lee of St. Paul and Grace McCallum of Isanti, won medals at international competitions last weekend. Lee, who trains at Midwest Gymnastics Center, won the all-around title and led the U.S. women to the senior team title at the Jesolo Trophy in Italy. She also captured individual titles in uneven bars and floor exercise and won bronze on balance beam.
McCallum, of the Twin City Twisters, won silver in the all-around at the American Cup in Greensboro, N.C. Both are members of the U.S. senior national team.