Weekly sports briefs

by Andrew Baker


University of Minnesota assistant wrestling coach Joe Russell has accepted a head coaching position at George Mason University, the Patriots announced Thursday.

Russell has spent the past 16 years as an assistant under 26th-year head coach J Robinson. For the last four years, Russell has served as the teamâÄôs head assistant coach.

During RussellâÄôs tenure, the Gophers have competed in three NCAA championships, won six Big Ten titles and fielded 11 individual national champions.

âÄúI have enjoyed my time as an athlete and a coach here at the [University],âÄù Russell said in a statement released by Minnesota. âÄúThe opportunity to become a NCAA Division I head coach is exciting and I am looking forward to building the George Mason program.âÄù


Gophers infielder Dan Olinger earned MVP honors at MondayâÄôs 2011 Marshfield Clinic Northwoods League All-Star Game in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., the team announced Tuesday.

Olinger started at third base, finishing 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs to help the North to a 6-3 victory over the south.

Gophers outfielder Andy Henkemeyer, who plays for the Northwoods LeagueâÄôs St. Cloud River Bats, entered the game in the fifth inning and went 1-for-2.


Former Gophers golfer Donald Constable led the field at the 108th Minnesota Golf Association Amateur Championship heading into the second day of competition Tuesday.

Constable shot a 5-under 66 Monday at the par-71 White Bear Yacht Club, giving him a 2-stroke lead over David Smith.

Constable was set to tee off at 4 p.m. for the second round Tuesday at Spring Hill Golf Club.

The tournament was not complete at print time. Check mndaily.com/sports for updates.


USC head coach Lane Kiffin has suspended Trojans starting running back Marc Tyler for the teamâÄôs Sept. 3 season opener against the Gophers, news sources reported Monday.

In a video on TMZ.com, a seemingly intoxicated Tyler is shown outside a Hollywood nightclub saying that USC pays its football players. Tyler also made a lewd comment about Kim Kardashian.

âÄúI was very disappointed when I learned of Marc TylerâÄôs inappropriate comments that were captured by the media last week,âÄù Trojans coach Lane Kiffin said in a release. âÄúThat is not the way that we expect our players to represent USC and our team.âÄù