The Gophers men's basketball team will meet Oklahoma State in a nonconference game Dec. 12 at the 3,250-seat Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., the Gophers announced Friday. Coach Richard Pitino has repeatedly said he was hoping to add more muscle to the Gophers' pre-Big Ten slate.
The Cowboys were 18-14 last season, going 8-10 in the Big 12. The Gophers' full nonconference schedule will be released later this summer.
Paralyzed jockey to help at fundraiser
Former Canterbury Park jockey Anne Von Rosen, who was paralyzed below the waist in a riding accident last year, will return to the Shakopee track Sunday to assist with a fundraiser for jockeys with disabilities and severe injuries.
The track will hold a silent auction, a photo and autograph session with jockeys and other fundraising activities during Sunday's 10-race card. Proceeds will benefit Canterbury's Leg Up Fund, established last year to provide emergency financial support to riders injured at Canterbury Park.
Von Rosen was hurt in March 2014 at Arizona's Turf Paradise when her horse collapsed on top of her after finishing a race.
Winona State's Leaf resigns
Mike Leaf announced his resignation after 17 seasons as men's basketball coach at Winona State and 28 years with the Warriors program. Athletic director Eric Schoh said assistant coach Zach Malvik will run the program on an interim basis.
Former U runners move on at nationals
Former Gophers Heather Kampf and Gabriele Grunewald advanced to Sunday's 1,500-meter final at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. In other results from Friday:
•St. Paul native Mason Ferlic made it into the men's steeplechase final, grabbing the last qualifying berth by .06 seconds.
•Incoming Gophers freshman Shane Streich of Waseca posted the fastest qualifying time (1:51.21) in the junior men's 800.
Saints escape in 10 innings
Mike Kvasnicka's club-record third homer of the game, in the 10th inning, gave the Saints, who blew an eight-run lead, a 10-9 victory at Fargo-Moorhead.