Tubby Smith’s nephew killed in Massachusetts

Senior midfielder Kelsey Hood works to get the ball away from an opponent. Hood recieved Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors after she helped Minnesota to a 2-0 weekend and a 10-0 overall start to the season.

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Senior midfielder Kelsey Hood works to get the ball away from an opponent. Hood recieved Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors after she helped Minnesota to a 2-0 weekend and a 10-0 overall start to the season.

Tubby SmithâÄôs nephew was killed in a Massachusetts apartment early Sunday morning. William L. Smith, 19, was stabbed in the chest around 2 a.m. Sunday after a fight broke out in an off-campus apartment. William L. Smith had just transferred to Becker College in Worcester, Mass., where he intended to play basketball and football, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Both William and Tubby attended Great Mills High School in Maryland, where Tubby also started his coaching career. âÄúI want to thank everyone for keeping my family in their thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time,âÄù Tubby Smith said in a release issued by the University. âÄúWe lost a special young man last night. The grieving process will take some time for my brother and his family but I know that they appreciate and will need all the support.âÄù âÄîTrevor Born MenâÄôs hockey ranked No. 9 The Minnesota menâÄôs hockey team has been ranked ninth nationally in the preseason polls by USA Today and USA Hockey Magazine âÄî the seventh-straight year the Gophers have been ranked in the top 10. Boston College, which knocked Minnesota out of last yearâÄôs NCAA tournament in route to a Division I championship, was listed as the nationâÄôs top team. Other Western Collegiate Hockey Association competitors ranked in the polls include North Dakota (fourth), Colorado College (fifth), Denver (sixth), Wisconsin (13th) and St. Cloud State (15th). âÄîBrian Deutsch Hood earns Big Ten honors A day after senior midfielder Kelsey Hood was named Defensive MVP at the Gopher Invitational tournament, the Big Ten decided to tack on Big Ten Player of the Week honors as well. Hood was part of a gutsy effort over the weekend as the Minnesota soccer team continued to be dominant defensively recording two shutouts, bringing the teamâÄôs total to eight on the season. âÄîPaul J. Cordes