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Minnesota players charge onto the field before the start of the Gophers season opener against UNLV on Thursday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Vereen avoids NFL draft hype, climbs draft boards

Published May 8, 2014

Brock Vereen hasn’t watched much ESPN over the last few months. He’s caught a few games of the NBA playoffs and an MLB game here and there, but he has spent most of his time fixated on Netflix...

Report: University could renovate Mariucci Arena

Published May 1, 2014

Gophers athletics director Norwood Teague announced his $190 million plan for new athletics facilities last July, but according to a Star Tribune report released Thursday, there could be more renovations...

Minnesota running back Rodrick Williams Jr. scampers for a 37-yard touchdown run against Western Illinois Sept. 14 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Williams shines with hopes of a comeback

Published April 15, 2014

Rodrick Williams hasn’t taken a meaningful carry in a game in more than six months. He started last year as part of a two-headed monster in the backfield, but a foot injury in the middle of the season...

Reports: Ellenson intends to transfer at season’s end

Published April 14, 2014

Minnesota sophomore Wally Ellenson made news in late Februrary when he announced his decision to leave the Gophers basketbball program to pursue a full-time collegiate career in track.  Now, it appears...

Minnesota high jumper Wally Ellenson practices at Bierman Field on April 30, 2013.

Ellenson, Yedoni both win titles in Arizona

Published April 14, 2014

The Minnesota men’s track and field squad split up over the weekend, with some traveling to Tempe, Ariz., for the Sun Angel Track Classic, and others staying home to compete in the Holst Invitational...

Gophers take third in Iowa

Published April 14, 2014

Minnesota's men's golf team is amid one of its best seasons in recent memory. It continued that trend this weekend at the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa. The Gophers...

Gophers finish tied for sixth

Published April 9, 2014

The Gophers women's golf team was back at it over the weekend and tied for sixth at the Intercollegiate in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  Minnesota shot an aggregate 20-over par over the course...

Courter returns from injury, leads team

Published April 3, 2014

Julia Courter can be heard from across the Baseline Tennis Center during competitions. Her voice echoes throughout the facility — either celebrating after a won point or cheering on her teammates. “She...

Teague denies $70 million practice facility

Published March 28, 2014

Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague denied the Star Tribune report that the University will break ground on a new $70 million football practice facility. Teague spoke to members of the media after...

Northwestern players could unionize

Published March 27, 2014

Northwestern football players took a big step toward potential compensation for college athletes Wednesday when the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the group can officially unionize as it sees...

Minnesotas Jon Trasamar plays Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at the Edina Country Club.

Mendez leads Gophers to second place

Published March 26, 2014

Minnesota’s men’s golf team finished up Tuesday with a team score of 18-over par, good for a second-place finish at the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore. The Gophers sat all alone in fourth...

Minnesotas Jose Mendez plays at the season-opening Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farm Golf Club on Sept. 8.

Minnesota sits alone in fourth after Monday

Published March 25, 2014

The Gophers men’s golf team sits alone in fourth place after the first and second rounds of play at the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore. The Gophers finished the two rounds of action Monday with...

Minnesota junior Jack Hamburg plays against Nebraska at Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday during a doubles match. Doubles tandem Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment have reached No. 16 in the country with a nine-match winning streak this season.

Gophers men, women blow past Nebraska

Published March 24, 2014

The Gophers men’s tennis team hadn’t played a home match in nearly a month. It was a clear Sunday afternoon, and the team was happy to be home. Minnesota, back at the Baseline Tennis Center...

Penn State guard Tim Frazier dribbles the ball during the game against the Gophers on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.

Gophers need to stop Frazier, Penn State

Published March 6, 2014

Penn State star guard Tim Frazier had his season spoiled last year after he tore his Achilles tendon in the fourth game. Now, a year later, he has a chance to play spoiler against the Gophers in the final...

Gophers’ depth fuels their success

Published March 6, 2014

The Gophers women’s tennis team has made the doubles point an area of emphasis all season, but the depth of the roster might be its best-kept secret. Minnesota is a combined 30-6 at No. 4, No. 5...

Minnesotas Jon Trasamar plays Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at the Edina Country Club.

Gophers take first at Del Walker Classic

Published March 5, 2014

The Gophers men’s golf team won its second tournament of the 2013-14 season Tuesday with a win at the Del Walker Classic in Long Beach, Calif. Minnesota seniors Jon Trasamar and Alex Gaugert paced...

Minnesota junior Mathieu Froment plays doubles against Drake at the Baseline Tennis Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

Minnesota men, women beat Wisconsin

Published March 3, 2014

A 4-3 loss to rival Wisconsin was on the minds of players on the Gophers men’s tennis team this weekend. They were not about to let the Badgers best them again. “It was probably the toughest...

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill expresses his discontent with a review of a Gophers touchdown against Wisconsin on Oct. 20, 2012.

Kill speaks after signing new deal

Published February 25, 2014

Gophers head football coach Jerry Kill said his brother called him after he and the University of Minnesota agreed to a new contract. “You ain’t worth that,” his brother said. Still,...

University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill discusses his football career in his office Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Gophers extend Kill’s contract

Published February 24, 2014

Gophers head football coach Jerry Kill and the University of Minnesota have agreed to restructure the coach’s contract, athletics director Norwood Teague announced Saturday afternoon. That new contract...

Gophers place focus on doubles point

Published February 20, 2014

Minnesota junior Jessika Mozia said she was hard on herself after the loss against Oklahoma State last weekend. The Gophers were blanked 7-0 at the Baseline Tennis Center and dropped their first doubles...

Minnesotas Jessika Mozia returns the ball against Montana on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Minnesota splits weekend matches

Published February 17, 2014

Minnesota head coach Chuck Merzbacher has raved about his team’s ability to bounce back in the face of adversity this year. That skill was on full display at Baseline Tennis Center over the weekend. The...

Minnesota comes in fifth at Big Ten Match Play

Published February 17, 2014

Minnesota opened its spring season over the weekend with a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Match Play Championship in Bradenton, Fla. The Gophers defeated No. 1-seeded Illinois on Saturday and followed...

Carmen Laguna practices putting Tuesday at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. A native of Spain, Laguna is one of three international golfers on this year’s team.

Minnesota finishes fifth in Florida

Published February 12, 2014

The Gophers escaped the Minnesota cold in favor of some Florida sunshine over the last few days. But more importantly, they started their season on a high note. Minnesota finished the three-day tournament...

Vikings sign Lawrence

Published February 12, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings signed former Gophers linebacker Simoni Lawrence, he confirmed in an interview with the Minnesota Daily on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s a blessing because at the end of the...

Minnesota doubles partners Mathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg celebrate after a victory in a match against Tulsa at Baseline on Friday.

Gophers lose two straight, aim to rebound

Published February 10, 2014

While his team just dropped its final two matches before its first Big Ten match of the season next weekend, Minnesota head coach Geoff Young said he isn’t too concerned. “You never want to...

Gophers aim to continue home success

Published February 6, 2014

A trip home is all the Gophers needed after losing two of their first three matches. Minnesota won all three of its matches in the friendly confines of the Baseline Tennis Center last weekend. Still, head...

Signing Day Central: Gophers ink No. 1 recruit Jones

Published February 5, 2014

There really haven't been any surprises on National Signing Day for the Gophers. Still, that doesn't mean there hasn't been a shortage of excitement on the recruiting front. Minnesota locked...

Minnesotas Leandro Toledo sits on the courts at the Baseline Tennis Center on Monday morning. Toledo has assumed he No. 1 singles position for the Gophers this season.

Toledo takes reins as No. 1 singles player

Published February 4, 2014

A tennis racket, a tennis ball and a wall — that’s all it took for Leandro Toledo. He was hooked. As a 7-year-old growing up in Hamburg, Germany, his mother used to take him along to his older...

Gophers recruit Ragnow chooses Arkansas

Published January 31, 2014

Frank Ragnow will strap on the shoulder pads for Arkansas, not the Gophers, next season. Ragnow, a three-star offensive lineman recruit, announced his decision Friday afternoon at Chanhassen High School. Ragnow...

Nelson to enroll at Rutgers to continue career

Published January 30, 2014

Former Gophers starting quarterback Philip Nelson will enroll at Rutgers to continue his college football career. Nelson left the Minnesota football program earlier this month, saying he wanted to play...

Former Gophers QB headed to Rutgers

Published January 29, 2014

Former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson will enroll at Rutgers and will continue his collegiate career with the Scarlett Knights, according to multiple reports Wednesday.  Nelson left the Minnesota...

Sophomore Jessika Mozia returns the ball against North Dakota at Baseline on Sunday.

Minnesota’s women’s dominate weekend slate

Published January 27, 2014

Minnesota really couldn’t have hoped for a better start to its season. The Gophers won their fourth straight match to open the year when they dismantled North Dakota 7-0 and followed it up with an...

Minnesotas Jack Hamburg returns a shot against Purdue on Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Baseline Tennis Center.

Minnesota led by upperclassmen

Published January 23, 2014

Minnesota’s men’s tennis team might have lost its most talented player from last year’s squad, but it managed to hold on to a veteran-filled roster. Given that, a 4-1 season-opening loss...

Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson avoids a tackle on Saturday Oct. 26 versus Nebraska at TCF Bank Stadium.

Nelson announces he will transfer

Published January 21, 2014

It seems Mitch Leidner received an early birthday present this year from Philip Nelson in the form of the keys to the Gophers football program. Nelson announced Jan. 16 his decision to transfer from the...

Minnesota guard Malik Smith looks for a pass in the game against Montana on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Gophers fall to Michigan State in overtime

Published January 11, 2014

DeAndre Mathieu's driving layup with seconds remaining tied the game at 71-71 and sent the game into overtime, but the Gophers ultimately fell to No. 5 Michigan State 87-75 at the Breslin Center in East...

Sophomore forward Kyle Rau skates against Minnesota State on Nov. 2 at Mariucci Arena.

Minnesota falls to Colgate in Mariucci Classic

Published January 3, 2014

Minnesota was without one of its leading goal scorer, one of its top defensive, and most importantly its head coach Friday night against Colgate. It definitely showed in the team's performance as the top-ranked...

Connor Cosgrove, a member of the University of Minnesota football team, was diagnosed with leukemia in September 2010. Cosgrove will have his final chemotherapy treatment Friday.

Cosgrove finishes chemotherapy

Published December 11, 2013

Connor Cosgrove has the most important day of his life stenciled on a sticker in his room. It’s lost some of its adhesive over time, but the meaning has never faded. And now it’s only two days...

Alum to raise funds for athletics complex

Published December 10, 2013

Lou Nanne will lead the Athletic Facilities Fundraising Campaign with hopes of raising the $190 million necessary to fund a multi-sport campus athletics complex, the University of Minnesota announced Monday. It’s...

Minnesota defensive lineman Rashede Hageman moves to tackle a Hawkeye Saturday Sept. 28, 2013 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Gophers stumble in season finale

Published December 2, 2013

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Ra’Shede Hageman was visibly disappointed after the Gophers’ 14-3 loss to Michigan State on Saturday. Hageman hung his head and tightly grasped the straps of his...

The Gopher mens hockey team celebrates forward Seth Ambrozs game winning goal with seconds left in the game against Wisconsin, Saturday evening at Mariucci Arena.

Gophers sweep Wisconsin in first Big Ten weekend

Published December 2, 2013

Gophers junior forward Seth Ambroz is the greatest player the new Big Ten hockey conference has ever seen — at least through the conference’s first weekend of existence. Ambroz, who’s...

University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill discusses his football career in his office Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Still coaching: Kill’s battle with seizures

Published November 20, 2013

University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill turns around football programs. In the last 15 years, he’s toured the Midwest, taking over four struggling teams and redirecting them. He’s...

U officials, athletes testify in Brenny trial

Published November 14, 2013

University of Minnesota officials and student athletes took the stand Thursday in former associate women’s head golf coach Katie Brenny’s  lawsuit against the University Board of Regents. Brenny...

Gophers players celebrate after beating Penn State 24-10 on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. It was the fourth straight Big Ten win for Minnesota.

Gophers bowl past Penn State

Published November 11, 2013

The University of Minnesota football team hadn’t held the Governor’s Victory Bell trophy in so long that when players finally got their hands on the hardware Saturday, they didn’t know...

Halftime: Gophers lead Penn State 24-10

Published November 9, 2013

Minnesota leads Penn State 24-10 at halftime in part to a strong first-half performance from sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson.  The Gophers have gone to the air a little more than usual in the...

Minnesota forward Kelly Terry controls the puck against Minnesota State-Mankato on Friday at Ridder Arena.

Gophers dominate in sweep of Mavericks

Published November 4, 2013

After a rough series with Bemidji State last weekend, Minnesota head coach Brad Frost said he wanted his team to play with more passion. His squad responded with a dominant series sweep against Minnesota...

Minnesota guard Rachel Banham pushes though Illinois defense Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Banham leads Minnesota in exhibition

Published November 4, 2013

Minnesota’s women’s basketball team finished up its exhibition slate Saturday with a 69-54 win over Minnesota State-Moorhead at Williams Arena. After a hotly contested first half, the Gophers...

Women wrap up fall season with fifth-place finish

Published October 30, 2013

Minnesota’s women’s golf team wrapped up its fall season Monday with a fifth-place finish at the Las Vegas Invitational, the team’s last competition until February. Minnesota shot an...

Nelson, Cobb pace squad to signature win

Published October 28, 2013

Minnesota coaches have remained rather coy about the quarterback competition between sophomore Philip Nelson and redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner this season. They also have yet to name a concrete starting...

Minnesota senior Derek Toomey swims in the mens 100-yard freestyle against Arizona State on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the University Aquatic Center.

Minnesota has a strong showing against Badgers

Published October 21, 2013

The Minnesota men’s swimming and diving squad bounced back from last weekend’s loss to then-No. 5 Florida with a dominant win over rival Wisconsin. The Gophers women’s squad followed...

Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague announces that head football coach Jerry Kill will take a leave to continue focusing on his epilepsy treatment on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at TCF Bank Stadium. Tracy Claeys will serve as the acting head coach in Kills absence.

Kill takes leave to manage epilepsy

Published October 14, 2013

University of Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague announced Thursday that head football coach Jerry Kill will take a leave of absence to focus on his epilepsy treatment. Teague did not give a timetable...

Minnesota senior Derek Toomey swims in the mens 100-yard freestyle on Saturday at the University Aquatic Center.

Women dominate, men fall to ranked Florida

Published October 14, 2013

The Gophers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams saw different opponents and different results at the University Aquatic Center this weekend. Minnesota’s women continued their...

Macura chooses Xavier over Gophers, Creighton

Published September 10, 2013

J.P. Macura, of Lakeville North High School, committed to Xavier earlier this afternoon. Macura, a four-star recruit, according to, announced the news via his Twitter account.  He is a...

Gophers suspend freshman Guertler indefinitely

Published September 1, 2013

The Gophers' men's hockey team will suspend incoming freshman Gabe Guertler indefinitely for a violation of team rules, the team announced Sunday. This suspension will be re-evaluated in November,...

Former Gophers quarterback MarQueis Gray participates in the San Francisco 49ers training camp. Gray has played mostly tight end through the first two weeks of training camp.

Gray shifts focus at 49ers training camp

Published August 7, 2013

Three months after going undrafted, MarQueis Gray said he’s been moving between different positions at the San Francisco 49ers’ training camp with hopes of making the final squad. The former...

Former Gophers forward Nick Bjugstad and New York Islanders left wing Eric Boulton play during the Defending the Blue Line charity game on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at Ridder Arena.

Stars gather to defend blue line

Published August 7, 2013

A warm summer afternoon felt a lot like the middle of winter as fans piled into Ridder Arena last week. The stands were packed as 31 current and former NHL players, hockey prospects and U.S. military members...

Gophers defensive back Brock Vereen addresses the media at the Big Ten media days in Chicago on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Vereen emerges from brother’s shadow into leader

Published July 31, 2013

CHICAGO — Brock Vereen sat stoically at a round table in a swanky Chicago hotel last week as a cluster of reporters surrounded him. Vereen, dressed in an Armani suit and tie, was one of three players...

University football coach Jerry Kill addresses the press at the Big Ten media days in Chicago on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

[Photo] Kill aims to continue third-year magic

Published July 31, 2013

University football coach Jerry Kill addresses the press at the Big Ten media days in Chicago on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

University football coach Jerry Kill addresses the press at the Big Ten media days in Chicago on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

[Photo] Kill, players raise bar for 2013

Published July 25, 2013

University football coach Jerry Kill addresses the press at the Big Ten media days in Chicago on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Crawford-Tufts drops football for track

Published July 29, 2013

Gophers wide receiver Devin Crawford-Tufts has decided to leave the football team and pursue a collegiate track career. Crawford-Tufts was a member of both the football team and the track and field team...

Blake Wheeler signs six-year, $33 million extension

Published July 29, 2013

Blake Wheeler has starred for the Winnipeg Jets organization throughout his NHL career, and the former Gophers offensive-minded forward was rewarded over the weekend. Wheeler signed a six-year, $33 million...

Two Gophers join lawsuit against NCAA

Published July 24, 2013

Senior tight end Moses Alipate and senior wide receiver Victor Keise have made a minimal impact on the field in their Gophers careers. Last week they made a huge splash off of it. Alipate and Keise were...

Minnesota tourney to unite former WCHA teams

Published July 24, 2013

Herb Brooks was one of the most influential men the sport of hockey has ever seen. He coached Team USA to an unlikely gold medal at the 1980 Olympics, coached the University of Minnesota to three national...

Ashley Steenvoorden practices with her former team Friday morning at the University Aquatic Center.  Steenvoorden recently won silver in the 1,500-meter freestyle and bronze in the 800 freestyle at the World University Games in Russia.

Steenvoorden shows growth at third international stint

Published July 24, 2013

Ashley Steenvoorden tried to exchange gifts with a Chinese athlete at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, a little more than a week ago. She said executing the trade was a challenge. “I...

Gophers to face Syracuse in first round of Maui Invitational

Published July 17, 2013

A matchup between the names Boeheim and Pitino will catch eyes of college basketball fans at the start of the next season. However, it'll be Richard Pitino, the son of  legendary head coach Rick...

Blackhawks defenseman and former Gopher hockey player Nick Leddy holds the Stanley Cup on July 12, 2013, at Mariucci Arena. Leddy brought the cup to various locations around the Twins Cities area during his two days with the trophy.

Leddy shares Stanley Cup with state

Published July 17, 2013

A sweltering summer’s afternoon looked eerily similar to a winter’s night Friday as fans packed the main lobby and lined the sidewalks of the University of Minnesota’s Mariucci Arena.  They...

Former Gopher forward Eric Haula skates during a development camp scrimmage with the Minnesota Wild on July 11, 2013, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. In April, Haula left the Gophers and signed a two year contract with the Wild.

Haula impresses at Wild development camp

Published July 16, 2013

Erik Haula has never been the biggest player on the ice, but that has never stopped him. A three-year forward with the Gophers from 2010-13, Haula has starred at every level of his career despite the occasional...

Minnesota middle blocker Tori Dixon spikes during a game against North Dakota State Monday at the Sports Pavilion. Dixon had 15 kills with two aces and threes block assists.

Dixon embraces Team USA experience

Published July 10, 2013

Over the last two weeks, Gophers senior Tori Dixon got a taste of what it’s like to be at the bottom of the totem pole again. And this summer, there’s no place she’d rather be. The stud...

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard covers Minnesota Wilds center Kyle Brodziak in an NHL hockey game Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Ballard returns home after eight NHL seasons

Published July 10, 2013

Former Gophers defenseman Keith Ballard performed his best Zach Parise and Ryan Suter impressions July 4 when he signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Minnesota Wild. It wasn’t anywhere...

Wisconsin Playground guard Rashad Vaughn plays at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League tournament Sunday, May 26, 2013, at the High Performance Academy in Eagan, Minn.

Vaughn chooses Findlay Prep for senior season

Published July 10, 2013

Rashad Vaughn has decided to attend Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, Nev., for his senior season of high school, his mentor Pete Kaffey confirmed July 9. Vaughn, a coveted Gophers recruit and the No. 7 recruit...

Minnesotas Derek Toomey swims in the mens 100-yard breaststroke during the Minnesota Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the University Aquatic Center.

Five Gophers prepare for World University Games

Published July 3, 2013

Gophers swimmer Kyler Van Swol has used Google Translate a bit in the last few weeks. Van Swol is trying to learn as much Russian as he can before he and four other former or current Gophers athletes leave...


Incoming freshman turns from draft to Gophers

Published July 3, 2013

Gophers incoming freshman Tommy Vannelli sat patiently with his family as name after name was called onstage at the 2013 NHL Draft. Vannelli said his immediate frustration turned to worry, but he tried...

Vannelli leads group of Gophers in 2013 NHL draft

Published July 1, 2013

Gophers incoming freshmen Tommy Vannelli, Taylor Cammarata, Hudson Fasching, and Michael Brodzinski were all selected in the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.  Vannelli was taken...

Gophers linebacker Edwards kicked off team

Published June 26, 2013

Gophers linebacker Lamonte Edwards was kicked off the team for a violation of team rules, a University of Minnesota spokesperson confirmed Wednesday afternoon.  Edwards was arrested after an iPhone...

Former Gophers middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer, right,  celebrates a key point for the U.S. versus Argentina.

Gibbemeyer excels after college, preps for Olympics

Published June 26, 2013

Lauren Gibbemeyer stands at 6 feet 2 inches and certainly looks the part as an intimidating force on the volleyball court. Then she opens her mouth.  “I was terrified of her at first,”...

Wisconsin Playground Elite guard Rashad Vaughn plays at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League tournament Sunday, May 26, 2013, at the High Performance Academy in Eagan, Minn.

Vaughn chooses prep school, keeps Gophers in the mix

Published June 26, 2013

Troy Vaughn compares his son, local five-star recruit Rashad Vaughn, to an orange. He wants to squeeze as much juice, or talent, out of him as possible, and at the moment, Vaughn doesn’t feel his...

** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS AUG. 20 - 21 ** Southern Illinois University-Carbondale head football coach Jerry Kill talks with his players following practice on the campus, Carbondale, Ill., Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005. Kill has lead his football team to back-to-back 10-2 seasons and the Salukis were ranked atop the Division 1-AA for several weeks last year and are again favored to win the conference and vie for their first national title in 22 years. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)

Change in culture aids Gophers’ academic turnaround

Published June 20, 2013

Gophers head football coach Jerry Kill was not shy about his program’s state of academics when he first arrived on campus. A change in culture was imperative for the program, Kill said, and with...

Former Minnesota pitcher Drew Ghelfi throws the ball against NDSU on March 27, 2013 at the Metrodome.

With draft, Ghelfi fulfills dream in surprise fashion

Published June 19, 2013

Drew Ghelfi was playing catch in the front yard with his father June 8 as he’d done many times before. As the seconds crawled by with each exchange, the mindless activity gave Ghelfi clarity amid...

Former Gopher Stephanie Price runs around Lake Calhoun on June 17, 2013, in Minneapolis.

Ex-running star dreams bigger

Published June 19, 2013

Stephanie Price knows she could complete a marathon with relative ease. But she also knows completing and competing at a high level are two different things. Price, a former All-American distance runner...

Camper Aj Mazzucchi, 11, tackles a weighted bag during one of a series of football camps for youth which were hosted by Jerry Kill at TCF Stadium on Monday June 17th, 2013.

Kill’s camps educate, influence youth

Published June 19, 2013

Jerry Kill has a lot on his plate as head coach of the Gophers football squad, and he rarely takes a vacation. But that hasn’t stopped him from adding more to his schedule in the offseason. Kill...

Kill talks offseason progress

Published June 17, 2013

Amid a hectic offseason, head football coach Jerry Kill met with reporters last Friday at TCF Bank Stadium to talk about the Gophers' progress in the offseason. - Kill said he had about 85 to 90 percent...

Malik Smith close to gaining eligibility after APR report released

Published June 12, 2013

Florida International University transfer guard Malik Smith has moved a step closer to gaining immediate eligibility this upcoming season for the Gophers after the NCAA released its annual APR report. Transfer...

Pitcher Tom Windle throws a strike on Friday, April 5, 2013, against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Siebert Field.

MLB draft turns best friends into rivals

Published June 12, 2013

Tom Windle and DJ Snelten’s friendship is about to tread into unmarked waters. The two former Gophers pitchers have become best friends in their last three years in college. Now — after the...

Musician and Minnesota wrestler Joel Bauman rehearses in the studio on Monday, June 10, 2013, in Minneapolis. By performing music under his own name and identifying himself as a Minnesota wrestler, Bauman was ruled ineligible to compete by the NCAA this past season.

Bauman chooses music, preps album

Published June 12, 2013

Joel Bauman made national headlines earlier this year as the college wrestler who chose music and the chance to inspire others over a career on the mat. Nearly four months later, Bauman has not lost his...

Snelten drafted in the ninth round by San Francisco Giants

Published June 7, 2013

Gophers junior pitcher DJ Snelten was selected in the ninth round of the 2013 MLB draft Friday by the San Francisco Giants. He heard the news with a group of six or seven of his immediate family members...

DJ Snelten pitches during Saturday evenings game against The Citadel at the Metrodome.  The Gophers had a shutout victory with a score of 3-0.

Junior enters draft with better discipline

Published June 5, 2013

DJ Snelten admits he has flown under the radar for most of his baseball career. This season was no different. The junior lefty enjoyed a successful spring as the Gophers’ No. 2 starter, while ace...

Mounds View High School senior Max Knutson pitches to Roseville Area High School on May 25, 2013, at Midway Stadium in St. Paul.

High-schoolers prepare for draft

Published June 4, 2013

Tyus Jones, Rashad Vaughn and Reid Travis have dominated recent headlines as the “Big Three” basketball recruits from Minnesota. But on the diamond, colleges and scouts have flocked to a less...

Minnesota softball head coach Jessica Allister, right, volunteer assistant Dannie Skrove and pitching coach Piper Ritter coach in the dugout on May 5, 2013 against Indiana. Arriving three years ago, Allister has helped the Gophers win over 30 games in their last three seasons.

Coach Allister leads Gophers’ turnaround in third season

Published May 29, 2013

Jessica Allister arrived on the University of Minnesota campus three years ago with a vision: turn around the Gophers softball program. She may have already done it. The Gophers ended one of their most...

Minnesota senior Rok Bonin returns a shot against Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Bonin’s career ends with first-round NCAA loss

Published May 24, 2013

Rok Bonin ended his Gophers tennis career Wednesday with a three-set loss in the first round of the NCAA singles tournament in Urbana, Ill. This tournament pits the top-64 singles players in the nation...

Minnesota senior Rok Bonin returns a shot against Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Bonin set for NCAA finale

Published May 9, 2013

Minnesota head coach Geoff Young couldn’t even distinguish his current No. 1 singles player, Rok Bonin, at first sight. Bonin, the stud senior on the Gophers roster, has an identical twin brother,...

Architecture junior Jordan Dalluge lifts Monday, May 6, 2013, at the University Recreational Center. Dalluge has been training since September for the Mr. & Ms. Natural Minnesota Bodybuilding show in Bloomington on May 11.

U student Dalluge shows balance as bodybuilder

Published May 7, 2013

Tim Dalluge once issued a challenge to his son in the form of a yellow Post-it note stuck to the refrigerator. “If Jordan can bench 135 pounds for five reps he’ll earn $100,” the note...

Gophers to face VCU

Published May 2, 2013

The Gophers can’t seem to escape connections to athletics director Norwood Teague. Minnesota’s men’s tennis team will face Virginia Commonwealth, Teague’s former school, in the...

Men’s tennis draws VCU in first round of NCAA tournament

Published May 1, 2013

The Gophers can't seem to escape connections to athletics director Norwood Teague. Minnesota's men's tennis team will face Virginia Commonwealth, Teague's former school, in the first round...

Minnesota sophomore Leandro Toledo plays an opponent from Drake University at the ITA Central Regional Championship on Sunday.

Men fall in Big Ten semifinals, eye NCAAs

Published April 29, 2013

The Gophers men’s tennis team lost in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, but head coach Geoff Young said he’s satisfied with the way his team performed during the weekend. Minnesota...

Minnesotas Jessika Mozia returns the ball against Montana on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Youth fills void for women’s team

Published April 25, 2013

Minnesota’s women’s head tennis coach Chuck Merzbacher has acknowledged all season that his roster is littered with youth. That youth that has led the team at times. Though a junior and a sophomore...

Gophers assistant womens tennis coach Whitney Taney cheers on her players Friday, April 19, 2013, at the Baseline Tennis Center. Taney, who went 166-0 during her career at Edina High School, was promoted to assistant coach this season.

Assistant brings hometown swagger back to the Gophers

Published April 23, 2013

Whitney Taney is arguably the most dominant women’s tennis player to ever walk the halls at Edina High School. She ended her high school career six years ago with a 166-0 record, one that might never...

Doron Muravnik returns a ball Friday, April 19, 2013, at Baseline Tennis Center. The Gophers were defeated 6-1 by No. 14 Nebraska.

Men roll into postseason

Published April 22, 2013

The No. 32 Gophers men’s tennis team ended its successful regular season with decisive wins over Nebraska and Iowa. Minnesota beat Nebraska 5-2 on the road Friday and Iowa 7-0 at home Sunday. The...

Men, women bring different goals into final regular-season weekend

Published April 18, 2013

Both of Minnesota’s tennis teams will host Senior Day during the weekend, but only one has a postseason goal in sight. The Gophers men are a virtual lock to make the NCAA tournament, but a strong...

Minnesotas Jack Hamburg returns a hit from Purdue Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Baseline Tennis Center.

Men bolster NCAA résumé with two wins

Published April 15, 2013

The Gophers men’s tennis team bounced back from one of its worst losses of the season during the weekend, and it might have earned a spot in the NCAA tournament in the process. The Gophers beat Indiana...

Freshman settles into lineup 4,000 miles from home

Published April 11, 2013

Ruben Weber has found a steady spot in the Gophers men’s tennis lineup more than 4,000 miles from home. Weber, a true freshman from Alzey, Germany, has helped drive the bottom half of the lineup...