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Zahui B. entering WNBA draft

April 7, 2015

Amanda Zahui B. will be the sixth player to leave the Gophers womenâÄôs basketball team this year. After a redshirt sophomore season in which she became the programâÄôs first Associated...

University to undergo federal investigation

January 26, 2015

A federal office will investigate a complaint alleging that the University of Minnesota has discriminated against women on the basis of gender, according to a government document and a press release. The...

University will undergo investigation for alleged Title IX violations

January 23, 2015

A federal office will investigate a complaint alleging that the University of Minnesota has discriminated against women on the basis of gender, according to a government document and a press release. The...

Toledo ends fall at indoor nationals

November 10, 2014

Leandro Toledo’s stay at the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships was cut short this weekend. The Gophers senior lost in the first round on Thursday to No. 11 Harrison Adams 6-7 (3),...

Gophers reclaim Floyd of Rosedale

November 10, 2014

Floyd of Rosedale has a new home. The traveling trophy is now in Minnesota’s possession after a 51-14 walloping of Iowa on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Hawkeyes blew out Minnesota the past two...

Minnesota begins season on top

November 6, 2014

The beginning of any season brings high hopes and expectations. For the Gophers wrestling team, which will begin the season as the No. 1 team in the nation, those high expectations aren’t unfounded. Minnesota...

Gophers tie for first in tourney

October 29, 2014

The Gophers headed into the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown after a poor showing at their last tournament. But they bounced back, finishing tied for first in Nevada. “There’s some resilience...

Leagues away from home

October 29, 2014

In the second month of her freshman year, Titania Markland called her grandparents in tears. Like many freshmen, she was homesick. But unlike some of Markland’s peers, her family doesn’t live...

Laguna, Laorr step up for Gophers

October 23, 2014

The Gophers’ freshman class dominated the team’s starting lineup in its last tournament, taking three of five spots. Early on, the freshman trio has made an immediate impact on the course. But...

Bringing a new level of play

October 20, 2014

Rachel Banham dropped 15 points in the first game of her collegiate career nearly three years ago. In her debut performance, the guard led her team in scoring. Fast-forward to Banham’s senior year...

Combined program pays dividends

October 16, 2014

Four years ago, former Gophers athletics director Joel Maturi made the decision to combine the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams — a move that has paid dividends for the program. “A...

Mendez paces men’s team to eighth place

October 15, 2014

The Gophers men’s golf team posted its lowest team score of the season Monday and Tuesday, finishing the three-round Alister MacKenzie Invitational at 8-over par as a team. The Gophers finished eighth...

Minnesota faces quick turnaround

October 9, 2014

After a trip to the Chicago suburbs, the women’s golf team returned home Tuesday. On Friday, the team will hit the road again, and by Sunday, it’ll be playing in its second tournament in less...

Minnesota finishes 10th in second tourney

October 8, 2014

The Gophers faced the toughest test of their young season this week in a strong field with quick greens and windy conditions. Despite freshman Celia Kuenster tying for sixth overall, the team finished...

Dyson, Minnesota take SDSU Classic

October 6, 2014

The Gophers have historically run away from the competition at the SDSU Classic — literally. It wasn’t easy on Saturday, but Minnesota still came out with another team victory. The Gophers...

Freshmen make mark

October 6, 2014

In her first college tournament, freshman Sabrine Garrison turned in a top-five finish. Fellow freshman teammate Celia Kuenster tied for sixth in the competition. Those two, along with Heather Ciskowski,...

Urick takes opportunity to step up

October 2, 2014

Redshirt junior Kaila Urick didn’t crack the ranks of the Gophers’ top seven runners last year. But after a breakout track season last spring, Urick has positioned herself as one of the top...

Look around the Big Ten: Hockey’s starting

October 1, 2014

As the Gophers prepare to begin their season, they’ll do so as the top team in the country. Minnesota is the preseason coaches’ favorite to win the Big Ten and enters the season as the No....

Gophers falter in tourney

September 29, 2014

Minnesota struggled last weekend at the Windon Memorial, turning in a 13th-place finish. Those problems persisted this weekend at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, as the Gophers finished second-to-last...

No sophomore slump for Gophers’ star

September 25, 2014

As a freshman, Jose Mendez tied for the individual crown at last year’s Big Ten championships. This season, Mendez has picked up right where he left off, as he’s finished in the top 10 of his...

Young team struggles at tournament

September 23, 2014

The Gophers finished 13th out of 15 teams at the Windon Memorial, and head coach John Carlson didn’t sugarcoat the performance afterward. “I’m pretty disappointed in the way that our...

Minnesota adds alumnus to staff

September 18, 2014

A huge weight was lifted off head coach John Carlson’s shoulders this week as he officially filled a position on the team’s staff. Nearly a month ago, former assistant coach Tyler Stith left...

Laorr leads Gophers in first tourney

September 17, 2014

The Gophers finished seventh overall at the season-opening Minnesota Invitational. However, with one lineup change, the team would have experienced very different results. “Had we had Sabrine in...

Gophers kick off new season at Minnesota Invitational

September 15, 2014

The Gophers wrapped up last season as one of the most successful teams in program history. They’ll try to build off that on Monday as they begin their 2014-15 campaign with many of last year’s...

Gophers forward Amanda Kessel drives the puck toward the net on January 20, 2012 at Ridder Arena.

Top forward out for season after concussion

September 11, 2014

When the Gophers women’s hockey team begins its season in less than a month, it will be without its star forward for the second year in a row. Head coach Brad Frost announced Wednesday that Amanda...

Sophomore Jose Mendez swings at Windsong Farm Golf Club on Sunday at the Gopher Invitational. Mendez tied for fifth at the tournament and the Gophers placed fourth overall.

Minnesota places fourth at first tournament

September 9, 2014

Jose Mendez placed first among his teammates in Minnesota’s final five tournaments last season. And on Sunday and Monday, Mendez picked up right where he left off — the sophomore led his team...

Minnesota's Jose Mendez plays at the season-opening Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farm Golf Club on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2013.

Youthful team set to begin

September 4, 2014

When Jon Trasamar graduated, the Gophers didn’t just lose one of their best golfers — they also lost their captain. Minnesota will open up its fall slate at the Gopher Invitational with just...

Head women’s gymnastics coach resigns

August 28, 2014

Head women’s gymnastics coach Meg Stephenson has resigned, the University of Minnesota announced in a release Thursday afternoon. The resignation comes after two University-conducted investigations...

NCAA vote grants “Power 5” more autonomy

August 7, 2014

The National Collegiate Athletics Association Division I Board of Directors passed a vote Thursday morning that will grant the "Power 5" conferences —including the Big Ten — and their...

Gophers women's hockey assistant coach Nadine Muzerall talks to the forwards during a game against North Dakota Nov. 16, 2013.

Coaches keep busy in summer

August 6, 2014

Joel Johnson and Nadine Muzerall are used to sharing the same bench as coaches for the Gophers women’s hockey team. This month, however, country loyalties have pitted the two on opposite sides. Muzerall,...

Pitino adds Pomeday to staff

July 30, 2014

Gophers head basketball coach Richard Pitino announced Wednesday that Nate Pomeday will take over as director of basketball operations. "We are extremely excited about the addition of Nate Pomeday...

Minnesota running back David Cobb protects the ball from Western Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at TCF Bank Stadium.

New star Cobb embraces bigger role

July 30, 2014

CHICAGO — David Cobb began last season as Minnesota’s third-string running back. But when he got an opportunity in the first game of the season, he seized it. Starting running back Donnell...

Olympian and former Gophers women’s hockey player Megan Bozek coaches kids at a Pro Ambitions camp at Schwan Super Rink at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Bozek spends her summers coaching for Pro Ambitions at camps around the country.

Megan Bozek leads Pro Ambitions camps

July 23, 2014

When it comes to hockey, it’s safe to say Megan Bozek knows what she’s talking about. The defenseman captained the Gophers to a NCAA title in 2013 and won an Olympic silver medal in 2014 for...

Former Gophers football star Bob McNamara dies at 82

July 23, 2014

Bob McNamara, an All-America football player and an influential Gophers fundraiser, died on Sunday night at age 82 after a battle with cancer. McNamara played both football and basketball for the University...

Minnesota middle blocker Hannah Tapp hit a ball over the net against Purdue on Sept. 28, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Tapp competes for USA in China

July 1, 2014

Gophers middle blocker Hannah Tapp traded her maroon and gold for red, white and blue for nearly two weeks in June. Tapp, a rising sophomore, toured China with the United States Collegiate National Team...

Former Gophers golfer Clayton Rask participated in the U.S. Open this past weekend.

Former Gophers compete in the US Open

June 18, 2014

For many golfers, the U.S. Open is a distant dream. Two former Gophers, Clayton Rask and Donald Constable, both experienced that dream last weekend. Rask, 29, finished tied for 63rd, and Constable missed...

Gophers wrap up at NCAA championships

June 15, 2014

The men’s track and field team sent five athletes to the NCAA championships, and all five are returning as All-Americans. Sophomore Wally Ellenson and seniors John Simons and Zach Siegmeier earned...

Coaches sound off on Twitter

June 11, 2014

Social media isn’t just popular among University of Minnesota students. Some Gophers coaches are taking to Twitter to promote their team, build their personal brand and interact with their fans,...

Men’s hockey adds two

June 5, 2014

The Gophers hockey team has added two players to its roster, head coach Don Lucia announced Wednesday in a release. Nick Lehr and Robin Höglund have signed Acceptance of Admission agreements and...

Two former Gophers qualify for US Open

June 4, 2014

Two former Gophers golfers qualified for the U.S. Open with their performances Monday. Donald Constable and Clayton Rask will participate in the tournament, which runs June 12–15 in Pinehurst, N.C. Constable...

Athletic director Norwood Teague (left) talks to Gopher fan Ed Donaldson at an American Legion in Willmar, Minn. on May 20. Teague and other Gopher coaches are reaching out to fans in cities across Minnesota until June 4 for the Chalk Talk 2014.

Trip brings athletics department to fans

May 28, 2014

WILLMAR, Minn. — On the bench, Gophers men’s hockey head coach Don Lucia is known for his serious demeanor. But away from the ice, the coach’s intensity melts away. “Some people...

Nelson awaits trial for assault

May 28, 2014

A couple of years ago, Philip Nelson was a highly touted Gophers quarterback. Now, he’s awaiting trial for first- and third-degree assault. Nelson, who transferred to Rutgers in January, was arrested...

Gophers punch ticket to NCAA Super Regional

May 18, 2014

In the past week, freshman Sam Macken has shown her propensity for big moments. Last week, she delivered a walk-off hit to lead Minnesota to a Big Ten tournament championship. Sunday, Macken struck again. With...

Gophers finish ninth at NCAA regional

May 17, 2014

Minnesota entered the last day of its NCAA regional within striking distance of capturing fifth place and punching its ticket to the next round. But Sunday’s play knocked it back to a ninth-place...

Gophers’ bats explode in NCAA regional win

May 16, 2014

It took Minnesota’s offense just 4.2 innings to dispatch the Green Bay Phoenix in Friday’s NCAA regional win. After a surrendering an unearned run in the first inning, the Gophers settled down...

Nelson dismissed from Rutgers; second suspect arrested

May 14, 2014

Just after it began, Philip Nelson’s Rutgers career is officially over. The Rutgers football team released Nelson, the once highly touted Gophers quarterback, on Tuesday, a day after he was charged...

Rutgers releases Nelson; second suspect found

May 13, 2014

Former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson has been dismissed from Rutgers, head coach Kyle Flood announced in a release. Nelson was arrested early Sunday morning in Mankato, Minn., after an incident that...

Nelson charged in assault, released on $20K bail

May 12, 2014

MANKATO, Minn. – Former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson exited the Blue Earth County Justice Center on Monday afternoon with a white towel over his head, blocking his face from...

Softball wins Big Ten tournament

May 11, 2014

The Gophers softball team won the Big Ten tournament Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Michigan. Freshman Sam Macken hit a walk-off single to give Minnesota the win. Michigan jumped out to a 2-0 lead in...

Walk it out

May 6, 2014

When the song “Enter Sandman” blared on the loud speakers at Yankee Stadium, everyone knew what was coming. Mariano Rivera was about to take the mound to close out the game. Though current...