Looking to repeal the $4.21 million in damages owed to former Minnesota Duluth women's hockey coach Shannon Miller, the University of Minnesota filed a post-trial motion in federal district court Wednesday, asking the judge to overturn the jury verdict, grant a new trial or reduce the awarded amount.
Miller won a $3.74 million jury verdict last March after suing the University for gender discrimination relating to UMD's decision to fire her in 2014. Last month, U.S. District Judge Patrick Schlitz added $461,278 in damages for Miller in an estimation of the salary and benefits she would have collected this season.
"Based on the law and facts, we have presented a strong motion and we look forward to the Court's consideration of it," said Timothy J. Pramas, the University's senior associate general counsel.
Steveson seeded third
Freshman Gable Steveson of the Gophers was seeded third at heavyweight for the NCAA Wrestling Championships which will be held March 21-23 in Pittsburgh.
Steveson is 30-1, losing his last match 4-3 to Penn State's Anthony Cassar in the finals of the Big Ten tournament. Cassar (25-1) was seeded second behind Derek White of Oklahoma State (28-1).
The next highest seeded Gophers in the national meet were Sean Russell (125 pounds) and Ethan Lizak (133), both sixth.
• Three Gophers — hitters Stephanie Samedy and Adanna Rollins and libero Lauren Barnes — were named to the U.S. volleyball team that will compete in the World University Games from July 4-13 in Napoli, Italy.
• Sarah Bacon of the Gophers finished first in 1-meter diving (643.50 points) at the Zone D Championships in Austin, Texas, meaning she will get a chance to defend her title in the NCAA meet from March 20-23 in Austin.
Minnesota's Jeremy Moser won the platform (706.25) to advance to the men's NCAA meet a week later than the women's meet.