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Senior Kenisha Bell lays the ball in at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Gophers beat the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions 84-42. Bell finished with 24 points.

Minnesota Lynx draft former Gophers’ guard Kenisha Bell

April 11, 2019

A Gophers' guard will continue her basketball career as a pro in Minneapolis. Kenisha Bell was drafted by the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx as the sixth pick in the third round of the 2019 WNBA draft. She was...

Snow covers Siebert Field during a blizzard on Sunday, April 15, 2018. 

Minnesota cancels sporting events for winter’s renaissance

April 10, 2019

Winter is coming? The cold and snowy weather is back, and it's not good news for sports teams at the University of Minnesota. Mostly the teams plan for this kind of weather when it is seasonably expected....

Head coach Richard Pitino directs the team from the sideline on Thursday, Nov. 2 at Williams Arena.

Gophers extend Richard Pitino through 2024

April 8, 2019

After Minnesota's most successful men's basketball season since 2013, head coach Richard Pitino received a contract extension with the program. Gopher Athletics announced that Pitino agreed to a two-year...

Sophomore Isaiah Washington shoots from the top of the key at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The Gophers beat the Illinois Fighting Illini 86-75.

Gophers’ Washington to transfer from team

April 1, 2019

After his playing time dwindled as the 2018-19 season went on, a Gophers' guard intends to go elsewhere. Sophomore point guard Isaiah Washington announced on Twitter on Monday that he intends to transfer...

Junior Mat Robson eyes the puck from the goal during the game against Arizona State on Friday, March 1 at 3M at Mariucci Arena. 

Gophers’ men’s hockey pro signing tracker

March 19, 2019

Now that the Gophers' men's hockey season is over, keep track of the players that sign professional contracts here as they happen Goaltender Mat Robson (March 18) Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton...

Senior forward Jordan Murphy jumps for the ball during the game against Penn State on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Williams Arena. The Gophers won 65-64.

Minnesota to take on Louisville in first round of NCAA Tournament

March 17, 2019

Minnesota is back to the big dance for the first time since 2017. The Gophers made it to the NCAA tournament after missing out last season. The 10th-seeded team will take on No. 7-seeded Louisville in...

Fans cheer during the Gopher game against Purdue on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

Gophers’ fan makes lewd gestures to Purdue player in court storming

March 6, 2019

Although it was a happy Tuesday night for Minnesota basketball fans with an upset victory over Purdue, one fan's actions stirred controversy after the game. The final buzzer sounded and fans began to storm...

Senior forward Brent Gates Junior looks to the play on Friday, Feb. 1 at 3M Arena at Mariucci.

Minnesota’s sluggish second period not a recipe for success

February 2, 2019

After the first period, the Gophers looked poised to have a competitive game with a team that had a similar record. Minnesota and Michigan were near even in goals and shots, with goals tied at 1-1 and...

Gopher fans convene late into the evening of Saturday, Nov. 3 at the football team's indoor practice facility to greet the team as they returned from their win in Madison, Wisconsin. The Gophers defeated the Badgers the first time since 2003.

Fans flock to welcome home the axe

November 26, 2018

Fans woke up Saturday morning to a familiar frame of mind: the Gophers are underdogs against Wisconsin. The point spread favored the Badgers by more than 11 on their home turf to keep Paul Bunyan's Axe...

Senior Tyler Sheehy skates with the puck on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Mariucci Arena.

Minnesota falls to Michigan State in lackluster third period

November 26, 2018

The men's hockey team couldn't ride the high of the football team's victory over Wisconsin on Saturday. Minnesota faltered in the second and third periods, giving up a 2-0 lead around the mid-point of...

Gophers' softball head coach Jamie Trachsel speaks to players of the team.

All-Big Ten catcher leaves Gophers program

November 20, 2018

Minnesota will be without an all-Big Ten catcher starting in the 2019 season. Junior Kendyl Lindaman will be transferring from Minnesota after two seasons with the Gophers, the Star Tribune first reported....

Emergency vehicles at the commercial buildings located at 501 29th Ave SE on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

[Photo] Structural fire reported in Prospect Park

October 25, 2018

Emergency vehicles at the commercial buildings located at 501 29th Ave SE on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Running back Shannon Brooks runs through the open field on Thursday, Aug. 31 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers beat Buffalo 17 to 7.

Minnesota running back Shannon Brooks arrested Sunday

October 14, 2018

A prominent University of Minnesota running back was jailed in the early hours of Sunday morning. Shannon Brooks was arrested on suspicions of domestic assault early Sunday, according to Hennepin County...

Sophomore defenseman Tyler Nanne blocks Wisconsin forward Ryan Wagner's path on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 3M Arena at Mariucci.

Gophers players get a shot for Minnesota Wild at development camp

July 16, 2018

This offseason wasn't completely "off" for three men's hockey players. Though the Gophers' season ended in disappointment by missing the playoffs and their longtime head coach stepped down, captain Tyler...

Nayoka Clunic competes in weight throw.

Nayoka Clunis to represent Jamaica at Athletics World Cup

July 11, 2018

A Minnesota student-athlete will go to Europe to represent her country. Nayoka Clunis, a member of the women's track and field team for Minnesota, will compete at the first-ever Athletics World Cup in...

M Club announces new members

July 3, 2018

Minnesota's M Club announced its next hall of fame class last Wednesday. The 2018 class is highlighted by a former running back, a player from the women's basketball team that went to the Final Four and...

Two more Mittelstadts in store for Minnesota

June 27, 2018

Though it may be a few years away, fans will have another chance to see 'Mittelstadt' on the back of a Gophers mens' hockey jersey. In nearly identical tweets posted within two minutes of each other on...

P.J. Fleck converses with Macaille Mahoney Hafner, left,
Fynn Bakke and Henry Mayer at Fleck's table during the Gopher Road Trip at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum on Thursday, May 24 2018 in Alexandria, Minnesota.

Minnesota coaches travel last leg of 2018 Gopher Road Trip

May 29, 2018

Nearly every time Minnesota football head coach P.J. Fleck ends a public appearance, he utters a few of his team's slogans. On Thursday, he said his signature "Row The Boat" catchphrase on the last stop...

Temi Ogunrinde holds up a medal during the Big Ten Championship on May 12, 2017. 

Women’s track and field finishes first at Big Ten

May 14, 2018

The Gophers did something they had never accomplished before in women's track and field. No. 11 Minnesota emerged as the overall team champion in both the indoor and outdoor Big Ten tournament on Sunday...

Senior Dani Wagner bunts at bat at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, April 21.

Dani Wagner’s long journey with the Gophers coming to an end

May 3, 2018

It has been a long journey with a lot of bumps in the road for senior Dani Wagner to end up in center field for the Gophers softball team. Minnesota takes on Penn State in the final regular season series,...

Freshman outfielder Ellee Jensen runs to first base in a game at Siebert Field.

Minnesota wins doubleheader against North Dakota State

May 2, 2018

It was business as usual for Minnesota in a doubleheader. The Gophers tacked on two more victories against North Dakota State Tuesday in the final nonconference matchup of the season. Minnesota won the...

Sophomore Amber Fiser pitches during a game against Nebraska at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, April 21.

Behind Amber Fiser’s perfect game, Minnesota sweeps Purdue

April 30, 2018

Minnesota might not remember too clearly what losing feels like. The Gophers (32-14, 15-3 Big Ten) swept Purdue (13-39, 4-15 Big Ten) this weekend to further solidify their third-place hold in the Big...

Infielder Allie Arneson swings at bat at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Gophers defeated Nebraska 6-0.

Minnesota softball wins series over Nebraska

April 23, 2018

Minnesota is on a roll since Big Ten play began.  The Gophers swept Nebraska (30-17, 8-7 Big Ten) at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium over the weekend for the team's second consecutive series sweep. Minnesota...

Pitcher Sydney Smith warms up before a game on October 7, 2017.

After several stops, Sydney Smith finds ‘good fit’ with Minnesota

April 19, 2018

University of Minnesota pitcher Sydney Smith is well-traveled with trips abroad and across the country. Smith just recorded her third victory with the Gophers in the series finale Sunday over Iowa, clinching...

Amber Fiser pitches against Northwestern on April 15, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Minnesota sweeps Iowa in rescheduled series

April 16, 2018

Minnesota recorded its first three-game series sweep of the season on Friday. The games were rescheduled and not cancelled, and the Gophers took advantage and won their series versus Iowa on Thursday and...

Quarterback Tanner Morgan throws the ball during the Gophers football spring game at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, April 12.

Quarterback competition stands out at spring game

April 13, 2018

Minnesota played its annual spring game Thursday night, where fans and media alike got to see the next wave of Gophers football. The Gophers were split into two teams — Maroon team and Gold team —...

Lindsay Whalen shoots free throws against the San Antonio Silver Stars at the Target Center on July 8, 2010. Whalen, a University alumna, was named the new head coach of Gophers women's basketball on Thursday.

Lindsay Whalen returns to coach women’s basketball team

April 12, 2018

Lindsay Whalen was named the next head coach of the women's basketball team Thursday. Whalen will take over the now-vacant head coaching position, opened up by Marlene Stollings' departure to Texas Tech...

Infielder MaKenna Partain swings during a game against Northwestern on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

MaKenna Partain’s demeanor works with children and softball

April 12, 2018

The future for MaKenna Partain could go many ways, but working with kids will be part of the plan. "I'm hoping to become a family therapist, more so work with children. I am also minoring in child psychology,"...

Head coach Marlene Stollings during a game against Maryland at Williams Arena on Sunday, Feb. 18. 

Women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings takes job with Texas Tech

April 9, 2018

Minnesota will look for another head coach this spring. Women's basketball coach Marlene Stollings left the Gophers Monday to take the head coaching job at Texas Tech. "I am very proud and honored to be...

Danielle Parlich watches the ball fly off her bat during a game against Northwestern on April 15, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Minnesota softball splits series with Michigan State

April 9, 2018

Minnesota had another weekend of weather-related changes. The Gophers (21-14, 4-3 Big Ten) went to East Lansing, Michigan to face off against Michigan State (14-19, 2-6 Big Ten) for a three-day, three-game...

Freshman outfielder Ellee Jensen runs to first base in a game at Siebert Field.

Leading the Gophers in batting average, Ellee Jensen feels at home with Minnesota

April 5, 2018

Since its last season, Minnesota's softball team has remained relatively the same. One of the team's additions stands out, though. Ellee Jensen, the Gophers' freshman left fielder, leads the team in batting...

Sophomore Amber Fiser pitches against Northwestern on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Minnesota wins two in shortened series

April 2, 2018

Minnesota returned home with a bang against Illinois. The Gophers (20-13, 3-2 Big Ten) faced the Fighting Illini (22-13, 3-4 Big Ten) in their first home series of the season and though it was a short...

The new University of Minnesota men's hockey coach, Bob Motzko, speaks at a press conference on Thursday, March 29. 

Bob Motzko promises ‘toughness’ and ‘to do it the right way’ as new Gophers coach

March 29, 2018

Bob Motzko has had a busy week. Motzko's St. Cloud State men's hockey team was upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. The coach said, the day after the loss, he received a phone call...

Dani Wagner rounds a base at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on April 23, 2015.

After lengthy road trip, Minnesota softball returns for home opener

March 29, 2018

The Gophers are back in town. Minnesota heads into its second Big Ten series of the season, this time against Illinois. The team will find itself not traveling to play for the first time this season. The...

Gophers players rotate on and off the ice during a game at 3M at Mariucci Arena on Feb. 16.

Bob Motzko named new head coach of Gophers men’s hockey

March 27, 2018

Minnesota only had to look 70 miles to find its next men’s hockey head coach. Bob Motzko, the former head coach at St. Cloud State, will be the next head coach of the Minnesota men's hockey team, the...

Forward Casey Mittelstadt follows the puck during the Gophers' game against Penn State on Sunday at 3M Arena at Mariucci.

Casey Mittelstadt leaves Gophers; signs with Sabres

March 26, 2018

First the seniors, then the coach, now Casey Mittelstadt. The now-former Minnesota freshman decided Monday to forego his last three years of college hockey to sign with the team that drafted him eighth...

MaKenna Partain swings at a pitch during a game against Northwestern on April 15, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Minnesota goes 1-2 in first weekend of Big Ten play

March 26, 2018

Minnesota started off slow in Big Ten play but capped off the weekend with its first conference win of the season. The Gophers (18-13, 1-2 Big Ten) played close against Northwestern (19-9, 2-1 Big Ten)...

Infielder Allie Arneson throws to first base during a game against Northwestern on April 15, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Allie Arneson’s return brings depth at shortstop

March 22, 2018

After a few weekends of work, Allie Arneson is back in the swing of the season. The Gophers (17-11) begin Big Ten play this weekend against Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois and their roster is closer...

Gophers men's hockey associate head coach Mike Guentzel.

Don Lucia is out. Here’s who could replace him.

March 21, 2018

The Gophers are replacing a head coach for the first time in almost 20 years. Minnesota has had five head coaches since 1972, though that number will soon be six. Former head coach Don Lucia stepped down...

Lindgren signs pro after sophomore season

March 20, 2018

NO CONFIRMATION YET More departures are abound for the men's hockey program. Sophomore defenseman Ryan Lindgren will sign with the National Hockey League's New York Rangers and leave the Gophers after...

Don Lucia speaks about stepping down as the Gophers men's hockey head coach during a press conference on Tuesday, March 20. Lucia coached the team for 19 years.

Don Lucia steps down as men’s hockey coach after 19 seasons

March 20, 2018

Minnesota men's hockey head coach Don Lucia is stepping down after 19 years at the helm of the program. Lucia will end his tenure at the position, pending approval from the Board of Regents. Lucia will...

Infielder Allie Arneson throws to first base during a game against Northwestern on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Minnesota wins series over New Mexico State

March 19, 2018

The Gophers capped off a week-long trip with a series victory. Minnesota (17-11) ended its spring break trip with a three-game series, winning two of three games over New Mexico State (12-14) in Las Cruces,...

Gophers players rotate on and off the ice during a game at 3M at Mariucci Arena on Feb. 16.

Gophers fail to make NCAA Tournament after six games go against them

March 18, 2018

Minnesota came into Saturday looking to see if it would fall into a three or four seed at the NCAA Tournament. Instead, the Gophers were left empty-handed. Minnesota was kept out of the NCAA Tournament...

Kenisha Bell dribbles the ball on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Williams Arena.

Gophers to play Green Bay in first round of NCAA Tournament

March 12, 2018

Minnesota found its way back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. The Gophers made the tournament as a 10th seed. They will play against 7th seed Green Bay on Friday at 4 p.m. in Eugene,...

St. Cloud State alumna Jamie Trachsel was named head coach of the University of Minnesota softball team on July 24, 2017.

Minnesota softball adjusts under new head coach

March 8, 2018

The Gophers are off to a winning start, but it hasn't come without growing pains. Minnesota heads into spring break on a nine-game, week-long trip in Arizona against five different teams. They will play...

Running Back Shannon Brooks runs the ball on Sept. 30, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Running back Shannon Brooks out for 2018 season

March 6, 2018

The running back unit for Minnesota got smaller Tuesday, about six months before the season starts. Senior Shannon Brooks has a lower-leg injury and will miss the entire 2018 season, according to head...

Minnesota loses three, wins two over weekend

March 5, 2018

The Gophers left San Diego with 2-3 record in their most recent tournament. No. 21 Minnesota (12-7) played two ranked opponents over the weekend and lost both contests. The team defeated Oregon State 4-1...

Minnesota eliminated from Big Ten tournament

March 4, 2018

The Gophers lost out on their bid to make a Big Ten tournament run beyond the first round. No. 11 Minnesota (19-17-2, 10-12-2 Big Ten) was swept again by No. 15 Penn State (18-13-5, 9-10-5 Big Ten) with...

Forward Tyler Sheehy skates down the ice at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Feb. 4, 2017.

Minnesota swept in Big Ten quarterfinals

March 4, 2018

The Gophers lost out on their bid to make a Big Ten tournament run beyond the first round. No. 11 Minnesota (19-17-2, 10-12-2 Big Ten) was swept again by No. 15 Penn State (18-13-5, 9-10-5 Big Ten) with...

Forward Darian Romanko, center, eyes the puck during a game against Penn State at 3M at Mariucci Arena Feb. 4, 2017.

Gophers lose first game of Big Ten tournament to Penn State

March 3, 2018

The Nittany Lions scored five goals in each of the two games against the Gophers last weekend.  The first game of this weekend, Penn State picked up right where it left off. No. 11 Minnesota (19-16-2,...