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Mbakwe continues career abroad

July 8, 2015

After former Gophers star Trevor Mbakwe broke onto the college basketball scene in 2010, all signs were pointing towards a legitimate chance at making a career in the NBA. But after tearing his ACL only...

Carr bounces back to the wrestling mat

July 1, 2015

Before wrestling for a top-ranked program like Minnesota was even a possibility, redshirt freshman Colin Carr was prepared for the harsh reality that he may never wrestle again.   A day before the...

This week in Gophers’ sports: June 29th – July 5th

June 29, 2015

Northwoods League action continues through holiday weekend With the Fourth of July this weekend, most athletes receive the week off of competition. But not the Northwoods League, including many Gophers’...

Four Gophers selected in NWHL Draft

June 24, 2015

Minnesota forward Hannah Brandt was selected second overall in the inaugural National Women’s Hockey League draft Saturday by the Connecticut Whale.   Although she said she found out...

Offensive lineman Josh Campion puts his arms around his teammate's shoulders during a game on September 6, 2014, where the Gophers faced Middle Tennessee at TCF Bank Stadium.

Minnesota’s offensive line grows under Jerry Kill

June 24, 2015

When Minnesota offensive lineman Jon Christenson arrived on campus in 2011, he weighed a measly 266 pounds — the lightest offensive lineman on Minnesota’s roster.   Christenson’s...

Two Gophers named All-Americans

June 17, 2015

Two Gophers returned from last weekâÄôs NCAA Track and Field Championships as All-Americans âÄì and not one of them was named Luca Wieland. The sophomore, who took home the Big Ten and...

Ex-Gophers give back

June 17, 2015

Dick McCullough played a key part in bringing the Gophers most recent baseball national championship back to Minneapolis âÄì his triple in the title game gave Minnesota a lead it would never surrender....

This week in Gophers’ sports: 6/15-6/21

June 16, 2015

With the completion of the NCAA Track and Field Championships last Saturday , the book can officially be closed on the 2014-15 Gophers season . At the track championships, 11 athletes represented the Gophers...

Facilities project vote delayed until September

June 10, 2015

The University of Minnesota athletics department’s plan for building new facilities is being delayed.   The Board of Regents won’t vote on the facilities plan until its September meeting....

Zahui B. adjusts to new life with the Tulsa Shock

June 10, 2015

The Minnesota Lynx’s WNBA season opener Friday had many of the same elements of a Gophers women’s basketball game from last season.   Minnesota head coach Marlene Stollings greeted...

Gopher football coach Jerry Kill speaks at the last leg of the Gopher Road Trip: Chalk Talk at the Crow River Golf Club in Hutchinson, Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3.

Gophers keeping 2016 recruits in-state

June 10, 2015

Carter Coughlin is a four-star linebacker out of Eden Prairie, Minn., who received offers from Ohio State, Oregon, Wisconsin and Michigan State.   In years past, top in-state recruits like Coughlin...

This week in Gophers’ sports: June 1-7

June 3, 2015

Welcome to the Minnesota Daily sport’s newest summer blog series, ‘This week in Gophers’ sports.’ Each week, we will inform you on all the important events regarding Gophers’...

Former Gopher forward Shae Kelley guards against New York Liberty's Candice Wiggins in a pre-season game at Target Center on Monday.

Shae Kelley waived by Minnesota Lynx

June 2, 2015

Former Gophers women’s basketball player Shae Kelley didn’t have too much time to make any lasting impressions fighting for one of the final roster spots on the Minnesota Lynx.   The rookie...

Three Gophers move on to the NCAA Championships

June 2, 2015

Despite three of his athletes punching their tickets to collegiate track and fieldâÄôs biggest stage âÄì the NCAA Championships âÄì the Gophers must have been wondering âÄòwhat...

Minnesota defensive lineman Cameron Botticellli celebrates after a play on Thursday evening against Eastern Illinois at TCF Bank Stadium.

Undrafted Gophers seek NFL roster spot

May 27, 2015

Cameron Botticelli wasn’t offered a football scholarship when he arrived at the University of Minnesota. Isaac Fruechte started his collegiate career at Rochester Community and Technical College,...

Minnesota prepares for NCAA Regional

May 27, 2015

The college track and field scene has seen a lot of Gophers multi-event athlete Luca Wieland over the last couple months after the sophomore took home the national and Big Ten title in the heptathlon and...

Trio of runners prep for Big Tens

May 7, 2015

Three years ago, Nate Roese, Mitch Hechsel and Goaner Deng finally became teammates at the University of Minnesota. The trio had aspirations to be a powerful force in the 400-meter dash.   “We...

Redshirt senior Devin Stanford practices disc throwing at the Bierman Track and Field Stadium Thursday. Stanford broke the program record in the hammer throw earlier this season.

Division I decision pays off for Stanford

May 6, 2015

Back in high school, Gophers thrower Devin Stanford not only excelled in track but also lettered in volleyball and basketball.   That’s why when Minnesota was the only one to offer Stanford...

Brothers and Gopher football players Matt, left, and Mitch Leidner pose at the Gibson Nagurski Football Complex on Friday.

One sibling a star, another finds his spot

May 5, 2015

After falling to rival Lakeville North to end his illustrious high school career at Lakeville South, future University of Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner didn’t know if his brother Matt, a center,...

Gophers excel in one of the final tuneups

May 4, 2015

With the outdoor Big Ten championships less than a couple weeks of away, women’s head coach Matt Bingle knew the Gophers needed to leave Iowa City, Iowa, this weekend with improved results.   Team...

Track presents opportunity for international athletes

April 30, 2015

Growing up in Germany, sophomore Luca Wieland always knew he wanted to run competitively in the United States for one university or another.   His decision, however, didn’t ride on which school...

Minnesota running back David Cobb runs in for a touchdown in the second half against Western Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Cousins prepare for NFL Draft

April 29, 2015

For months, former Gophers running back David Cobb was patiently looking forward to Feb. 21.   Now, it’s a date that he may want to forget.   It was supposed to be his day to impress...

Ferretti continues throwing success

April 27, 2015

After winning three hammer throw competitions in a row, junior Gian Ferretti came back to Earth on Saturday at the Triton Invitational in San Diego, Calif.   The Cascina, Italy, native finished...

Drake Relays mark special weekend for Minnesota track and field

April 23, 2015

Members of both women’s and men’s Minnesota track teams will make the brief trip south to Iowa this Friday to take part in the annual Drake Relays —  a meet that has become...

Gophers exhibit versatility necessary for success in heptathlon

April 21, 2015

Minnesota’s heptathlon competitors — who tackle distance running, sprinting, hurdles and throwing in their single event — are impressing their coaches and snagging top conference titles.   Just...

Minnesota excels at local, national meets

April 20, 2015

When her college career is completed, Jess Herauf might be considered one of the most versatile track athletes to wear a Gophers’ uniform.   Herauf already holds the program record for the pentathlon,...

Yedoni looking for another jump title

April 16, 2015

When redshirt junior Trevor Yedoni arrived on campus three years ago, a Big Ten title in the long jump seemed like a stretch.   He was a two-time high school state champion in the high jump, and he...

Minnesota running back Rodney Smith runs the ball during the spring game on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Critical summer looms for Gophers

April 13, 2015

This year, Jerry Kill prepared his team for its annual spring game a little differently.   Instead of the traditional low-key walkthrough that players are accustomed to, Kill turned practice completely...

Gophers find success in Texas

April 13, 2015

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the throws Minnesota athletes have put forth in the Lone Star State over the last two weeks. Last weekend, women’s thrower Devin Stanford broke the...

Weather is track’s unknown factor

April 9, 2015

While womenâÄôs head coach Matt Bingle was awaiting his flight out of central Texas last weekend, he spent time researching this upcoming weekendâÄôs weather in Arkansas. However, Bingle...

Redshirt sophomore center Amanda Zahui B. looks to go up for a shot against Penn State at Williams Arena on Jan. 28.

Zahui B.’s decision alters team’s future

April 8, 2015

Amanda Zahui B. will be the first sophomore in the womenâÄôs game to forgo her final two years of college. After becoming the GophersâÄô first Associated Press All-American in program history,...

Minnesota's Luca Wieland competes in hurdles on Jan. 18, 2014, at the University Field House.

Wind helps throwers dominate at Baylor

April 6, 2015

Thrower Devin Stanford couldn’t help but smile Friday.   Though wind gusts climbed to nearly 30 miles per hour in Waco, Texas, for the Baylor Invite, Stanford and the rest of Minnesota’s...

Gophers perfect art of choosing their relay teams

April 2, 2015

As the Gophers prepare to begin the bulk of their outdoor season, both the men and women’s teams will look to their relay teams for consistent point-scoring performances, much like they did last...

Minnesota's Erin Hawkins competes in the 60-meter dash finals on Jan. 31 at the University Fieldhouse.

All healed, Hawkins sees success

March 31, 2015

Two years after tearing her ACL and successfully recovering from surgery, redshirt sophomore Erin Hawkins found herself preparing to go under the knife again — this time, for a meniscus injury. The...

Gophers celebrate after scoring on the Badgers in the NCAA Women's Frozen Four semifinal round in Ridder Arena on Friday, March 20th. Minnesota defeated Wisconsin 3-1, securing their place in the finals on Sunday.

Gophers creating a dynasty in Minneapolis

March 23, 2015

Head coach Brad Frost entered his fourth national championship postgame press conference in as many years Sunday. But this time, the leader of the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team featured...

Gophers Rachel Ramsey and Rachael Bona celebrate with the trophy after winning the 2015 NCAA Women's Frozen Four championship against Harvard University in Ridder Arena on Sunday, March 22nd.

Gophers win third title in four years

March 23, 2015

As the five Gophers skaters on the ice patiently passed around the puck, allowing the final minute to bleed mercilessly off the clock, a celebration of the program’s third national championship in...

Gophers excel in outdoor opener

March 23, 2015

While their classmates were spending spring break in places like Florida or Mexico, the women’s track team spent the week training and competing in Alabama. In between bowling parties and laser tag...

Gophers overcome ejections, advance to Frozen Four

March 15, 2015

After the first five minutes of Minnesota’s NCAA tournament quarterfinal tilt against Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) on Saturday, it looked like the Gophers would coast into the Frozen Four...

Minnesota prepares for quaterfinal against RIT

March 12, 2015

Just days after the Gophers’ 1-0 loss to Bemidji State in the semifinals of the WCHA tournament, head coach Brad Frost sat his team down and went over each missed scoring opportunity. There were...

Ridder staff begins preparation for Frozen Four

March 10, 2015

In a little more than a week, the four best teams in women’s college hockey will come to the University of Minnesota to compete for the national championship. While those teams compete this weekend...

Gophers upset by BSU in WCHA tourney

March 9, 2015

Two years ago, Bemidji State was the owner of the worst record in the WCHA and the Gophers handily swept them in the WCHA tournament’s first round. Now, the script has completely flipped after the...

Gophers face Bemidji in WCHA semis

March 5, 2015

The Gophers have absolutely dominated the WCHA Final Face-Off in recent history, bringing home the trophy each of the last three years. But as the team prepares to battle for a fourth-consecutive title,...

Minnesota's Maxx Williams displays his skills during pro day at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex on Monday.

Williams preps for draft

March 4, 2015

A year ago, former defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman was on track to be the first University of Minnesota player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since 2006. Hageman, however, slipped...

Minnesota forward Hannah Brandt handles the puck against the Mavericks at Ridder Arena on Saturday. The University beat MSUM with a final score of 5-1.

Top line leads Gophers to dominating sweep

March 2, 2015

After shredding Minnesota State-Mankato’s defense during the regular season, the Gophers top line continued its dominance over Mankato during this weekend’s postseason series. Juniors Hannah...

Gopher Luca Wieland competes in hurdles on Jan. 18, 2014 in the Sports Pavilion.

Gophers bring home titles

March 2, 2015

Even though the 600-meter dash isn’t a typical track race and it doesn’t take place at national meets, it’s probably the reason the Gophers were able to finish their indoor season third...

Road to Redemption: WCHA First Round vs. Minnesota State-Mankato

February 28, 2015

  Heading into his eighth postseason as head coach of the Gophers, Brad Frost has realized the unfortunate truth that befalls his team every year at this time. “We know that we are measured...

Three Gophers named to Patty Kazmaier Award top-10 finalists

February 26, 2015

  Thursday, the 2015 Patty Kazmaier Award top-10 finalists were announced with three Gophers finding their names on the list. Senior captain Rachel Ramsey, junior Hannah Brandt and sophomore Dani...

Gophers, Mavs set for WCHA tourney

February 26, 2015

With numerous conference titles, national championships and consistent ranking as one of the top programs in the nation, the Gophers have plenty of targets on their backs. But this weekend, yet another...

Big Ten indoors on tap

February 26, 2015

When redshirt junior Liz Berkholtz crossed the finish line of last year’s Big Ten indoor championships after running 5,000 meters, she found herself in fifth place and behind two senior teammates. With...