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Unseeded Panthers spring an upset on No. 3 Minnesota in the Sweet 16.
Competing in their home gym for the final time as a varsity program, the Gophers finished with 406.291 points at the NCAA meet, their highest total of the season, good for fifth place.
The Gophers rallied in the final two events of Friday's qualifying session to advance to Saturday's team finals, giving them one more day to compete together before the program shuts down.
The 118-year run of men's gymnastics as a varsity program is ending this weekend, cut by an athletic department wrestling with a budget deficit. Here's what's next.
Stephanie Samedy was a standout from the start in her Gophers career but has continued to evolve and puts up big numbers. She also is one of the team's calming leaders.
The NCAA women's volleyball championships begin Wednesday in Omaha with a reduced field, a new format and a dash of controversy. The Gophers play Thursday.
Until torch is lit in just over 100 days, COVID worries will remain.
The U.S. locked up a spot in men's curling at the 2022 Beijing Olympics on Thursday, when Team John Shuster earned a playoff berth at the world men's curling championships in Calgary.
Wisconsin is No. 1, and six Big Ten teams are in the field. The 48-team tournament will be held entirely in Omaha, beginning with first-round matches April 14.
Gophers wrestler Gable Steveson won his finals matches 10-0 and 10-4 on Saturday night to qualify for this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo.
No Minnesotans made the championship finals in Greco-Roman, marking the first time since 1964 that the state will not have a wrestler in that discipline on the U.S. Olympic team.
The Gophers wrestler from Apple Valley will face two-time world championship bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski in a best-of-three on Saturday.
Emily Shilson, 20, and Calvin Germinaro, a 22-year-old from Anoka missed out on Olympic berths, but can still finish third in their weight classes.
Tony Nelson and Gable Steveson have practiced and pounded on each other for years. But there's only one heavyweight spot on the U.S. men's wrestling team.
Wild GM Bill Guerin will be the assistant GM of the U.S. men's Olympic team, while the women's team will be headquartered at the Super Rink in Blaine.
17 wrestlers with Minnesota connections are competing for berths in the Tokyo Games beginning Friday in Fort Worth, Texas
The Pride scored three second-period goals to deny Minnesota a repeat championship.
Seven weeks after the National Women's Hockey League postponed its semifinals, the Whitecaps have a chance to defend their crown.
The loss dropped the Gophers to 11-2, while the Badgers — who had not played in a month because of COVID postponements — remained undefeated
Gable Steveson fulfilled his long-held goal of an NCAA championship by defeating Michigan's Mason Parris 8-4. Steveson's win streak is 34 matches.
Coach Hugh McCutcheon declined to say how many Gophers players were injured and how many were in the COVID protocol.
The Gophers have not had a Black coach since 2013, and its hiring practices are being closely watched.
Afton native Jessie Diggins has a career-high eight podium finishes and three World Cup victories this season.
With starters Sara Scalia, Jasmine Powell and Kadi Sissoko all out with injuries, the Gophers were down to eight players.
The Gophers have beaten Nebraska, seeded one spot higher, twice already this season. Go here for updates on the first-round game in the Big Ten tournament.
Senior Bethany Hasz is preparing for two very different national championship races separated by 182 miles and about 64 hours starting Friday.
An already shorthanded Gophers team was thinned even further when Kadi Sissoko was injured in the third quarter and did not return. Illinois went on a quick run, and did not look back in a 72-64 victory.
The Lakeville native defeated 2016 Olympian Kelsi Dahlia in the 100 fly, winning in 57.88 seconds.
A win over Nebraska was promising for the Gophers women's basketball team, but COVID-19 disruptions since have hit the team hard.
Diggins and her Team USA teammates came up 8/10ths of a second short from medaling in the 4x5-kilometer relay.
The conference announced plans for its teams to play up to four football games, beginning Friday, and to have a full spring sports schedule.
Minnesotans Suni Lee and Shane Wiskus will be among about 60 top American gymnasts competing this weekend in Indianapolis after months of practice behind closed doors.
This weekend's Gophers-Michigan volleyball series at Maturi Pavilion has been postponed because of COVID issues in the Michigan program.
The Afton native will be among the favorites heading into multiple events at the Nordic world ski championships, which begin Wednesday in Germany.
Very little went right for the No. 5 Gophers (9-1), who lost in three sets to end a 12-match Big Ten road winning streak.
Stephanie Samedy led the way with a match-high 23 kills, but the Gophers' outstanding block was instrumental, too.
Freshman Melani Shaffmaster felt at home from the moment she set foot on the Minnesota campus, and has quickly became an integral part of the lineup.
Some schools, including St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota, are incorporating social justice messages into pregame presentations.
Stephanie Samedy stood out in Saturday's tightly contested match between the No. 5 Gophers and No. 8 Nittany Lions.
Connections and friendships among the state schools schools run deep as the Tommies start their final season in Division III.
A league statement said there had been "new positive COVID-19 tests," prompting a suspension of the abbreviated 14-day season.
The eighth-ranked Gophers have only three months left in their time at the U, just six regular-season meets and one postseason before the program ends a 118-year run.
Fayneese Miller leads a group of 445 schools while staying closely connected with athletics at the St. Paul university.
Minnesota's 25-18, 26-24, 25-16 victory wasn't always smooth. But the Gophers got strong performances from several returners and solid debuts from a pair of freshmen.
Last seen at the 2019 Final Four in a loss to Stanford, the Gophers will open a new season on Saturday against Michigan State.
The women's World Cup skiing record holder will serve as an analyst for the Olympic Channel and NBCSN.
Preparing for the U.S. Olympic trials has been complicated enough. Now Pat Smith must master testing and masking rules as he travels abroad to train and for tournaments.
Olympic trials are only six months away, and the race toward the Tokyo accelerates this weekend, when Smith will compete in a major meet in Texas.
The conference announced there will be no MIAC tournaments but its teams will be allowed to compete in NCAA tourneys if invited.
The Afton native captured the overall title with a second-place finish in Sunday's final stage. To grab the prize, though, she had to make certain her mind was as strong as her legs.
The victory over Wisconsin came a day after their perfect 10-0 start ended and a tough pregame film session.
Wisconsin handed the No. 1 Gophers their first loss after a 10-0 start.
Five who qualified for 2020 NCAA meet return, including heavyweight Gable Steveson.
The Olympic gold medalist, from Afton, leads by 22 seconds with three stages remaining. She could become the first American to win the event.
Is it common for stadiums to get new names? When will the change happen? Here are answers to those questions and others.
Several Regents questioned whether the revenue from those deals — estimated at about $300,000 per year — is high enough to merit changing a longstanding policy. U President Joan Gabel has recommended approval.
Gophers star Shane Wiskus and coach Mike Burns both are interviewed on the program.
The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents will consider allowing the school to sign licensing and sponsorship deals with alcoholic beverage manufacturers, which could introduce a new revenue source.
This weekend's Gophers-Badgers series has been called off and Minnesota has added a home-and-home series next week against Minnesota State.
Former Bemidji State netminder Lauren Bench is playing exceptionally well for the No. 3-rated Gophers women's hockey team.
The Gophers' women's hockey team will not play at Ohio State on Dec. 11-12 because the Buckeyes will not have enough players, according to the WCHA.
With her training schedule back to normal, the U.S. Open will give Smith a chance to check her progress and get back into racing mode.
With no assurance he could keep training at on-campus Cooke Hall next spring, and no teammates to work out with, Shane Wiskus has faced a sudden, sorrowful choice.
The schedule, which must be approved by the Minnesota Racing Commission, reintroduces Sunday afternoon racing after a one-year hiatus.
The MIAC still plans to have competition.
The step from Division III has already brought new hirings, new fundraising efforts and newly endowed scholarships to St. Thomas.
Valorie Lund likes to take a patient approach with her young racehorses, allowing them to develop at their own pace. With Bodenheimer, she didn't have to wait.
The Friendship and Solidarity Competition will be Japan's first international sporting event of the pandemic, with the Olympics slated for Tokyo next summer.
The MIAC, which has postponed all competitions until Jan. 1, is expected to announce more details soon about its winter sports schedule.
In a news release, Carleton officials said restricting off-campus travel and outside visitors has helped limit COVID-19's "direct impact'' on campus this fall.
To train for next year's Olympics, Regan Smith spent the summer doing early-morning workouts in an outdoor community pool, and she's put off attending Stanford to better prepare for Tokyo.
Gophers coach is all right with the long wait until January to play: "The whole year is a little off."
The Gophers men's gymnastics, men's tennis and men's indoor track and field programs were dropped, but an amended resolution spared outdoor track and field.
The Board of Regents is scheduled to vote Friday on a resolution to eliminate three men's sports. If it passes, some donors plan to stop donating and buying season tickets for football and other sports.
While the University of Minnesota's plan to cut three sports caught many by surprise, the school started putting the language into some contracts last year. 'Our intent is to continue this practice,' AD Mark Coyle said.