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Guard Carlie Wagner dribbles the ball up the court during the Gophers' game against Lehigh at Williams Arena on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Gophers won 107-73.

Minnesota Lynx pick Gophers guard Carlie Wagner in WNBA draft

April 13, 2018

Fans who have watched guard Carlie Wagner play for the Gophers the last four years won't have to go far to see her at the next level. The New Richland, Minnesota native was the final pick in the third...

Senior Nick Wanzek at 165 takes a Northwestern wrestler down during the match on Sunday, Jan. 28 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers finish 17th in NCAA championships

March 19, 2018

Redshirt junior Ethan Lizak went down two different paths to earn All-American accolades. Lizak lost in the championship round in the 2017 tournament, but this year, he had to go through wrestlebacks to...

Karlie Place wins with new poles; Sammie Houston sees increased role

February 19, 2018

The Gophers coaching staff thought senior Karlie Place was improving, so they ordered bigger poles for her to exceed past performances. There was one problem, however: the poles arrived the day before...

Guard Carlie Wagner dribbles the ball up the court during the Gophers' game against Lehigh at Williams Arena on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Gophers won 107-73.

Carlie Wagner leads Gophers to beat Badgers

February 1, 2018

Guard Carlie Wagner hit a 3-point shot in the third quarter, which she said gave her confidence. As she started taking more shots in the third, her confidence showed. Wagner hit four 3-pointers in the...

Men’s track and field finishes first; women’s team finishes second

January 22, 2018

Freshman Ben Psicihulis has started his collegiate career on a high note. In his first season with Minnesota, Psicihulis finished first in the 600-meter race. His performance helped Minnesota claim a team...

Gophers women's basketball player Kenisha Bell loses control of the ball during the game against Wisconsin on Thursday, Jan. 18 at Williams Arena. 

Kenisha Bell’s 24 points guides Minnesota to victory over Wisconsin

January 19, 2018

The Gophers came into the game against the Badgers with nine consecutive wins in the matchup. With help from their redshirt junior guard, Minnesota made it 10 straight rivalry wins with ease. Kenisha Bell...

Freshman Destiny Pitts attempts to steal the ball from a Boston College player on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Williams Arena. 

Gophers fall to No. 21 Scarlet Knights despite clutch play from Destiny Pitts

January 15, 2018

Guard Destiny Pitts is in her first year of college basketball, but she looked like she had years of experience in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter. Pitts made three free throws with 1:06 remaining...

Redshirt junior Reggie Lynch looks to shoot on Jan. 28, 2017 at the Sports Pavilion.

Reggie Lynch violated University’s sexual misconduct code and faces suspension until 2020, reports say

January 5, 2018

Gophers men's basketball center Reggie Lynch was deemed in violation of the University of Minnesota's sexual misconduct policy and could be suspended from the school until 2020, according to multiple reports. Lynch's...

Northrop Auditorium as seen on April 5, 2015.

Northrop Auditorium to host NFL Honors show during Super Bowl weekend

December 6, 2017

The Super Bowl is coming to Minneapolis in February and an awards show to honor NFL players is coming to campus the day before. Northrop Auditorium on East Bank will host the seventh-annual NFL Honors,...

Middle Blocker Regan Pittman hits the ball at the volleyball game against the UW-Madison Badgers at the Maturi Pavilion on Oct 21, 2017.

Gophers to host North Dakota in NCAA tournament

November 27, 2017

Minnesota (26-5) will play the University of North Dakota (30-7) in its first game of the NCAA tournament, the Division I Women’s Volleyball committee announced Sunday.  "We're excited to get going,"...

Sophomore forward Eric Curry drives to the basket against Middle Tennessee State in the NCAA tournament on March 16.

Gophers forward Eric Curry out for season with ACL, MCL and meniscus tear

August 31, 2017

Sophomore Eric Curry is out for the 2017-18 season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and meniscus, head coach Richard Pitino announced Thursday. “Injuries are an...

Head coach P.J. Fleck speaks at the Grands at Mulligans in Sartell, Minnesota on June 7. 

Meditation and ‘Swag Class.’ Life is different under P.J. Fleck, and the Gophers are buying in

August 30, 2017

In 1999, Northern Illinois defeated Central Michigan on the road. The winning head coach Joe Novak was late returning to the locker room.  When Novak arrived in the cramped room after talking with...

Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Fleck’s beginnings and other story lines discussed in the first episode of ‘Being P.J. Fleck’

August 3, 2017

The first episode of a four-part series called ‘Being P.J. Fleck,’ a show covering Minnesota’s first-year head football coach, aired Wednesday. The show lasted 30 minutes and covered everything from...

The University of Minnesota announced Monday that Mariucci Arena will now be called 3M Arena at Mariucci. The change accompanies the company's $11.2 million sponsorship of Gopher Athletics and the Athletes Village.

Mariucci Arena renamed 3M Arena at Mariucci

July 10, 2017

Mariucci Arena has been renamed to 3M Arena at Mariucci, the University announced Monday.3M’s sponsorship gives a 14-year, $11.2 million to the athletics program on top of the name change.“It’s...

Women's Tennis coach Chuck Merzbacher directs training routines during practice Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the Baseline Tennis Center.

After announcing retirement, former Gophers tennis coach takes job in Tennessee

July 8, 2017

Chuck Merzbacher, the former women’s tennis coach for the Gophers, accepted a job as the head coach of the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga men’s tennis program.Merzbacher was introduced as Chattanooga's...

Former Gophers linebacker arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

July 5, 2017

Former Gophers linebacker Damien Wilson was arrested Tuesday in Frisco, Texas with two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a Frisco City Jail spokesperson said Wednesday.Wilson was arrested...

Casey O'Brien poses for a portrait outside TCF Bank Stadium on Monday, May 1, 2017. After having recovered from cancer, O'Brien has committed to playing for the Gophers.

Casey O’Brien walks on at Minnesota after persevering through cancer

June 14, 2017

Casey O’Brien’s life changed forever during his freshman year of football at Cretin-Derham Hall.In 2013, O’Brien was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer that prevented him from finishing...

Six women’s track and field athletes take home All-American honors

June 13, 2017

Six Minnesota athletes went to Eugene, Oregon to compete in the NCAA Track and Field Championships on June 8 and all left with All-American honors.Madeline Strandemo, Taylor Wiebke, Emma Spagnola, Emerald...

Wieland falls short of first; men’s team concludes season at NCAA Championships

June 13, 2017

The Gophers wrapped up their season this week in Eugene, Oregon as seniors Nate Roese, Luca Wieland, Mitch Hechsel and sophomore Obsa Ali competed in their final events of the year at the NCAA Championships.Wieland,...

A member of the Golden Gopher Spirit Squad during the 2016 Homecoming game at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

Minnesota’s homecoming game set for Oct. 21 against Illinois

June 1, 2017

Minnesota will play Illinois in its Homecoming game Oct. 21 at 2:30 or 3 p.m., the team announced Wednesday.Head coach P.J. Fleck — entering his first season with the team — will...

Junior Toby Hanson bats for the Gophers during their game against Illinois on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Siebert Field.

Minnesota’s season ends after failing to qualify for NCAA baseball tournament

May 30, 2017

When the 64 teams for the NCAA tournament were announced on Monday, the Gophers did not hear their name called.Minnesota (36-21, 15-8 Big Ten) missed the cut for the postseason tournament and its season...

University Board of Regents Chair Dean Johnson addresses other board members in a Dec. 2015 meeting. Johnson announced the board would launch an official inquiry to find who on the board leaked information of a sexual harassment case to KSTP Wednesday evening. 

UMN officials investigate regents for leak of harassment case in athletics dept.

May 11, 2017

News of a sexual harassment investigation in the University of Minnesota’s athletics department has led to an inquiry of the school’s Board of Regents.Regents held an emergency meeting Thursday after...

Gophers men's basketball Head Coach Richard Pitino talks to his team during a timeout on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino receives contract extension

May 4, 2017

Gopher men’s basketball head coach Richard Pitino received a contract extension through the 2022 season on Wednesday.“I've seen accountability, commitment and focus from every student-athlete and member...

Peronnin shines in final collegiate outing, Minnesota golf takes eighth at Big Tens

April 27, 2017

Senior Emie Peronnin finished third in what might be her final competition as a Minnesota golfer, just two strokes shy of the Big Ten Championships victor.But the senior wasn’t completely satisfied with...

Tristan Duran competes on the high bar during the Gophers' meet against the Air Force on Jan. 21, 2017. The Gophers beat the Air Force 407.700 to 395.350.

Minnesota men’s gymnastics gets top-5 spot at NCAAs

April 24, 2017

Gophers men’s gymnastics earned its highest finish in 15 years on Saturday.Minnesota took home fifth place in the first round of the NCAA championships Friday, its first top-five finish since 2002. With...

Gophers Junior Zach Liebler competes on the vault at the Sports Pavilion on Mar. 5, 2016.

Veteran men’s gymnastics duo readies for final Minnesota meet

April 20, 2017

Senior Mitchell Soukup said that this last week is the epitome of what he has worked for in his four years with the Gophers.Soukup, along with fellow senior Zach Liebler, heads to the NCAA Championships...

Gophers wide receiver Tyler Johnson runs the ball down the field against the Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.

Gophers football put on entertaining show in spring game

April 17, 2017

In its first spring game under head coach P.J. Fleck, Minnesota’s Team Maroon came away with a 42-40 victory in an entertaining matchup at this year’s spring football game.Five healthy offensive linemen...

Women's Tennis coach Chuck Merzbacher directs training routines during practice Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the Baseline Tennis Center.

UMN tennis coach Chuck Merzbacher to retire at season’s end

April 13, 2017

After 28 seasons as a tennis coach for both men’s and women’s collegiate teams, Chuck Merzbacher announced his retirement Tuesday. Merzbacher coaches the Gophers women’s tennis team and will retire...

Justin Karstadt competes on the parallel bars against Penn State at the Sports Pavilion on Jan. 23, 2016.

Gophers men’s gymnastics team takes third; three earn medals

April 10, 2017

Head coach Mike Burns went to Champaign, Illinois for the Big Ten Championships and left as Big Ten Coach of the Year.Burns coached his team to a third place finish, as No. 5 Minnesota earned a 413.300...

Junior Anna Greene rows during the University's team practice on the Mississippi River on April 18, 2016.

Gophers rowing finishes in fourth at Big Ten Double Dual amid illness

April 10, 2017

Minnesota finished fourth out of four teams Saturday in the Big Ten Double Dual.Two Gophers rowers stayed home due to strep throat, and the team couldn’t find a way to fill the void.“[The] Big Ten...

Jalon Stephens yells a chant in between events Saturday at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers scored the fourth highest team score in program history, defeating Nebraska  435.150-428.100.

Gophers men’s gymnastics heads to Big Ten meet with confidence

April 7, 2017

The Gophers head into the postseason knowing they can outscore any team in the Big Ten.No. 5 Minnesota scored a Big Ten best 426.950 in its dual against Nebraska before it heads to Champaign, Illinois...

Despite little time in water, Gophers rowing attempts to hit stride

April 1, 2017

The Gophers women’s rowing team faces adversity early in the Spring season. Minnesota cannot practice in the water year round, because of the state’s weather, but the team competes against...

Freshman Justin Karstadt competes on the parallel bars at the Sports Pavilion on Feb. 13, 2016.

Gophers men’s gymnastics beat Nebraska on the road

March 27, 2017

The Gophers needed the third-highest score in the NCAA this season to earn a road victory.Minnesota earned a team-high score to defeat Nebraska 426.950-425.550 in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday.“We started...

Gophers Junior Zach Liebler competes on the vault at the Sports Pavilion on Mar. 5, 2016.

Gophers’ vault proves to be strong suit

March 24, 2017

The Gophers’ best event this season has been one they can’t practice in their own facility.Minnesota has to go to the women’s gymnastics facility, Peik Gym, once a week to practice vault; however,...

Senior Lexi Tenenbaum competes in women's 3-meter dive at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 in Minneapolis.

Minnesota women finish 10th at NCAA Swim and Dive Championship

March 20, 2017

Senior Lexi Tenenbaum ended her collegiate career on a high note last weekend. Tenenbaum — who finished in 34th place on the 3-meter board last season — came in fourth this time and won...

Redshirt senior forward JaCorey Williams (22) looks to score on Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Bradley Center. The Gophers played against Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

Gophers fall to Middle Tennessee State in first round of NCAA tournament

March 17, 2017

Before Thursday’s first-round game, no Gophers player on roster had ever played in the NCAA tournament. But the Gophers — a team that won won 16 more games than it did the year — learned...

Walk-on Winkel makes the most of his chances in the lineup

March 11, 2017

Sophomore Ben Winkel didn’t crack the lineup a single time his first year with the Gophers. This season, he has made his presence felt in the opportunities he’s been given.Winkel finished in second...

Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6 at TCF Bank Stadium.

UMN to self-report minor NCAA violation involving P.J. Fleck

March 9, 2017

The University of Minnesota will self-report a minor recruiting violation to the NCAA regarding head Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck.An athletics department spokesman said the violation stemmed from...

University of Minnesota public address announcer Dick Jonckowski at Williams Arena during a Gophers men

After 31 years, legendary Gophers basketball announcer steps down

March 6, 2017

Dick Jonckowski unassumingly sat down in his chair just below the elevated floor of Williams Arena, with a smile on his face.Jonckowski acted as if the Minnesota-Nebraska game was like any other matchup...

Gophers guard Nate Mason gets pushed away by Highlanders guard Damon Lynn as they make their way down the court at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2016.

Gophers end regular season with 66-49 border battle loss

March 6, 2017

Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig scored just 11 points with three 3-point makes in the first border battle between the Gophers and Badgers.Koenig’s five 3-pointers and 17 points put a dagger in the Gophers’...

Gophers rout Cornhuskers on Senior Night

March 4, 2017

Guard Darin Haugh dribbled the ball one last time at Williams Arena as time expired and the crowd roared in approval. Minnesota defeated Nebraska on Senior Night 88-73, as the team’s win streak increases...

Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Report: Fleck contacted player before he received NCAA permission to leave the team

March 1, 2017

Kalamazoo, Michigan’s WWMT-TV reported Tuesday that Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck may have engaged in a recruiting violation. Robert Spillane, former Western Michigan linebacker, recently received...

Gophers center Reggie Lynch reaches for a rebound against Penn State on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Williams Arena.

Reggie Lynch leads defense in seventh-straight victory

February 27, 2017

Center Reggie Lynch went to the Gophers bench with 29.6 seconds left in the game as the sellout crowd at Williams Arena chanted his name.Lynch had 11 blocks and nine points in 29 minutes as Minnesota defeated...

Freshman Justin Karstadt concentrates during his performance on the pommel horse at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday.

Gagnon, Karstadt to compete against country

February 25, 2017

Sophomore Justin Karstadt and junior Joel Gagnon both compete on the men's gymnastics national team for Canada. For Minnesota’s next dual, the two gymnasts will compete against their own country.Gagnon...

Gophers guard Dupree McBrayer puts his hand up to block a shot against Wisconsin on Jan. 21, 2017, at Williams Arena.

Minnesota gets revenge in 89-75 upset over No. 24 Maryland

February 23, 2017

The Gophers’ last loss came to the Terrapins at Williams Arena on Jan. 28.The team got its revenge in College Park, Maryland Wednesday.Minnesota upset No. 24 Maryland 89-75 and the Gophers increased...

Yu Zhou competes in women's 3 meter diving at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 in Minneapolis.

Minnesota swim and dive team takes fourth at Big Tens

February 20, 2017

The women’s swimming and diving team will go into their next meets with momentum.No. 20 Minnesota finished in fourth place in the Big Ten Championships on Feb. 18 with the NCAA Championships on the schedule...

Rachel Culter competes on the balance beam during a meet at the Sports Pavilion on Feb. 11, 2017.

Minnesota gymnastics team falls to Denver on the road

February 20, 2017

The second-highest score of the season from the Gophers wasn’t enough for a win on Saturday.Minnesota fell 197.150-196.075 on the road to No. 11 Denver on Feb. 18.“We went in with the goal to hit 24-of-24...

Gophers center Reggie Lynch reaches to block a shot against Indiana University on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Williams Arena.

Springs finds redemption in 75-74 victory

February 16, 2017

Guard Akeem Springs taught young basketball players a valuable lesson Wednesday – always follow your shot.Springs missed a potentially game-winning 3-pointer for Minnesota, but got his own miss and laid...

Gophers forward Jordan Murphy moves the ball around the Clemson Tigers in Williams Arena on Nov. 11.

Mason and Murphy return to form

February 16, 2017

The Gophers knew they needed to rely on two of their leading scorers from last season – guard Nate Mason and power forward Jordan Murphy – to have success this year.Those two players brought Minnesota...

Freshman forward Eric Curry jumps to defend against sophomore forward Ivan Bender on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Sports Pavilion.

Murphy shines, Gophers force shooting woes

February 13, 2017

The Gophers utilized their opponent’s weakness — 3-point shooting — Saturday in a 72-63 victory over Rutgers (13-13, 2-12 Big Ten).Minnesota (18-7, 6-6) defeated the Scarlet Knights, who...