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Live Blog: Gophers Softball v. Purdue

May 2, 2010

The Gophers seek their first win since March 27 in a Sunday afternoon contest against Purdue, which stole nine bases in a 7-0 win on Saturday. Minnesota enters on a 12-game losing streak, which matches...

Minnesota freshman Alex Davis makes an error while Purdue steals 2nd base on Sunday at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Purdue runs past falling Gophers

May 2, 2010

The Gophers softball team struggled to stop an aggressive base-running opponent this weekend and Minnesota played catch-up just as it has in recent weeks. Purdue used its speed throughout a 7-0, 11-2 sweep...

Dorle climbing up learning curve

Dorle climbing up learning curve

April 28, 2010

Like many of her young Gophers softball teammates, Kari Dorle has been learning this year. The freshman catcher appears to be one of the players who will form the programâÄôs foundation for the...

Gophers linebacker, lineman sign with N.Y. teams

April 27, 2010

University of Minnesota linebacker Lee Campbell, the team's leading tackler last season, has signed a free-agent contract with the New York Giants of the National Football League, the Gophers announced...

Undrafted Gophers reach deals with NFL teams

April 26, 2010

For a handful of former Gophers football players, their hopes for a professional career did not end along with last weekendâÄôs National Football League draft. The team had announced by Monday...

Junior Deleon Eskridge during a scrimmage at TCF Bank Stadium in April. Eskridge finished with 12 carries for 40 yards Thursday night against Middle Tennessee State.

RBs still fighting for starting job

April 25, 2010

Gophers football coach Tim Brewster wants to see more from his running backs. While he hopes for more production from the Big TenâÄôs worst rushing offense the last two seasons, Brewster is also...

Sweep sends Minn. to 11th straight loss

Sweep sends Minn. to 11th straight loss

April 25, 2010

For the second straight weekend, the Gophers softball team struggled to find offense in a tight first game and then failed to out-slug their opponent in a rematch. The result was another two-game sweep,...

Cory Joseph turns down offer from Gophers

April 24, 2010

 Top men's basketball recruit Cory Joseph has turned down a scholarship offer to play at Minnesota, according to reports by the Star Tribune and Joseph, the third-ranked point guard and...

Gophers announce signing of fourth recruit

April 21, 2010

The Gophers men's basketball program has signed a fourth 2010 recruit to a National Letter of Intent, the team announced on Wednesday. Oto Osenieks, a native of Riga, Latvia, is a senior forward at Brehm...

Gophers hope to stop losing streak against Ohio St.

Gophers hope to stop losing streak against Ohio St.

April 21, 2010

Midway through the Big Ten softball season, the Gophers are having their resiliency tested. The Gophers play at No. 23 Ohio State as they try to snap a nine-game losing streak, which matches their longest...

Report: Gophers to add Latvian forward

April 19, 2010

Minnesota is expected to add the fourth member of its 2010 recruiting class on Monday, according to a report by the Pioneer Press. Oto Osenieks, a 6-foot, 9-inch, 210-pound Latvian forward who attended...

Sophomore pitcher Alissa Koch pitched all 14 innings of the Gophers' losses to Indiana at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium this weekend. Koch now has a 0-15 record this season.

Slide continues as Minn. falls to Indiana

April 18, 2010

Through a weekend that provided some negative history, the Gophers softball team sought to build on what it saw as growing pains. For the first time in 16 years, Indiana swept Minnesota, 1-0 and 8-3, to...

Live Blog: Gophers Softball v. Indiana

April 17, 2010

The Gophers will try to break a seven-game losing streak when they host Indiana at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. Final - In the seventh, Skrove hit a one-out single but didn't advance from there after Dorle...

Report: Gophers’ backup point guard could transfer

April 15, 2010

Gophers freshman basketball player Justin Cobbs could transfer to another school, according to a report by the Star Tribune. The report cited a source familiar with the situation saying that Cobbs will...

Gophers’ losing streak reaches 7

April 14, 2010

After spending a week in preparation for a weekend series against third-ranked Michigan, the Gophers softball teamâÄôs quick preparation and lineup juggling only led to similar results in a midweek...

Freshman shows few growing pains

April 13, 2010

As a freshman coming to the Minnesota softball program this season, Alex Davis had a reason to be humble. And becoming an everyday starter and the GophersâÄô best power hitter doesnâÄôt...

Minnesota bats stymied in both games by dominant Wolverines

Minnesota bats stymied in both games by dominant Wolverines

April 11, 2010

The scoreboard showed virtually nothing in favor of the Gophers softball team this weekend, so the women must now try to grow through losses. Minnesota was on the wrong end of a perfect game and managed...

Live Blog: Gophers Softball v. No. 3 Michigan

April 10, 2010

The Gophers softball team has its opener at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. Final - Taylor tosses a perfect game with 10 strikeouts. Final totals: MICHIGAN: 9 runs, 7 runs, 0 errors, 7 runners left on base....

No. 3 Wolverines present tough task for hopeful Gophers

April 7, 2010

The Gophers softball team will play its first outdoor home series of the season against a team that has never lost in MinnesotaâÄôs home stadium. A learning opportunity is one way to look at this...

Comeback effort falls short twice

April 4, 2010

It couldnâÄôt get much closer for the GophersâÄô softball team. Seventh-inning rallies fell short in each of the GophersâÄô 2-1 and 7-6 losses at Michigan State this weekend. Minnesota...

Freshman ace exceeding even her expectations

Freshman ace exceeding even her expectations

March 31, 2010

Following a great act isnâÄôt anything new for Lacey Middlebrooks. Coming from a Texas sports family, including an older brother playing professional baseball, the Gophers softball pitcher thrives...

Report: Tubby Smith says he hasn’t received any offers

March 31, 2010

Gophers men's basketball coach Tubby Smith said he hasn't received any offers for coaching jobs and said he expects to be at Minnesota next season, according a report by the Pioneer Press on Tuesday. A...

Gophers split first Big Ten series with Penn State in cool weather

March 28, 2010

After playing most of the nonconference season in warmer weather, the Gophers softball team felt the bite of cooler climates in its first Big Ten series. An expectation of inclement weather Sunday pushed...

Tubbytown isn’t moving to Auburn

March 25, 2010

For those concerned about Gophers men's basketball coach Tubby Smith leaving for Auburn, there was calming news on Wednesday night. Auburn announced that Tony Barbee will be its next head coach, officially...

Big Ten conference preview: more parity than ‘09

March 24, 2010

For a softball team that has shown its youth early in the season, the start of the Big Ten schedule may be a welcomed change. At the end of a stretch of 34 games in 39 days, Gophers co-head coach Lisa...

Brief dance caps season of adversity

Brief dance caps season of adversity

March 22, 2010

When the Gophers menâÄôs basketball season began in November, the focus was on recruitsâÄô legal issues. When it ended last Friday, much of the attention was on whether the head coach would...

Gophers win three straight for big weekend

March 21, 2010

The best way for the Minnesota softball team to finish its worst nonconference season in 15 years was with a winning streak. The Gophers (14-20) capped a 4-1 weekend at the Spring Hill Suites Invitational...


Tubby Smith calls coaching rumors ‘just talk’

March 20, 2010

MILWAUKEE âÄî Following a remarkable run in the Big Ten tournament and a second-straight NCAA tournament appearance, Gophers menâÄôs basketball coach Tubby Smith had to address rumors that...

Live Blog: NCAA Tournament: (11) Gophers v. (6) Xavier

March 19, 2010

MILWAUKEE - The Gophers are making their second-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament under head coach Tubby Smith. Xavier makes its fifth consecutive appearance in the Big Dance and its first under...

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Momentum abandons Gophers in first-round loss to Xavier

March 19, 2010

MILWAUKEE âÄî The GophersâÄô late-season magic didnâÄôt appear to make the trip with them to the first round of the menâÄôs basketball NCAA tournament. Minnesota couldnâÄôt...

Live Blog: Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament: Gophers v. No. 5 Ohio State

March 14, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- With the way the Big Ten tournament has gone so far, the championship has got to be a good one. Depending on who is asked, the Gophers may or may not be in the NCAA tournament entering...

Ohio State's Evan Turner blocks a Lawrence Westbrook shot in the first half of the Gophers' 61-90 Big Ten Tournament championship loss on Sunday.  Turner's top-seeded Ohio team overwhelmed Minnesota by scoring 57 points in the second half.

Gophers fall in Big Ten final but snag at-large bid

March 14, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS âÄî For the Gophers menâÄôs basketball team, the emotional roller coaster of Selection Sunday was simply a more abrupt version of the one they rode through this season. There...

Live Blog: Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament: Gophers v. No. 6 Purdue

March 13, 2010

Final - Now with back-to-back wins over top-15 opponents, the Gophers will play in their first Big Ten championship tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. against top-seeded Ohio State. GOPHERS 69, PURDUE 42. 6:21 2nd...

Minnesota guard Devron Bostick reacts after finishing a dunk in the second half of Minnesota's 69-42 rout of Purdue on Saturday. Minnesota will play Ohio State for the Big Ten title on Sunday.

Gophers thrash No. 6 Purdue to reach Big Ten championship

March 13, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS âÄî Anyone predicting this yearâÄôs Minnesota menâÄôs basketball team would be the programâÄôs first to advance to a Big Ten championship would have been mocked...

Minnesota forward Damian Johnson dunks the ball late in the second half of the Gophers' overtime upset of Michigan State on Friday night.

Gophers upset No. 11 Michigan State at Big Ten tournament

March 13, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS âÄî Opponents have charged back against the Gophers menâÄôs basketball in so many games this season. But in Friday nightâÄôs Big Ten quarterfinal against No. 11 Michigan...

Live Blog: Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament: Gophers v. No. 11 Michigan State

March 13, 2010

Final (Overtime) - Minnesota scored its last eight points on free throws to seal a huge win with regard to its NCAA tournament hopes. Joseph scored all of his 17 points in the second half and overtime,...

Live Blog: Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament: Gophers v. Penn State

March 12, 2010

Final - Four Gophers score in double figures as Minnesota defeats Penn State and advances to a quarterfinal against No. 11 Michigan State for a second-straight year. GOPHERS 76, PENN STATE 55. 7:05 1st...

Gopher senior Lawrence Westbrook drains a 3-pointer in the second half as Minnesota cruised to a 76-55 win over Penn State in its first game of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.

Gophers rout Penn State in Big Ten opening round

March 11, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS âÄî Gophers menâÄôs basketball coach Tubby Smith recently said that his team must earn the respect it gains. His players unveiled an expression of that theme before Thursday...

Gophers set for last tourney push

Gophers set for last tourney push

March 10, 2010

When the menâÄôs basketball season began four months ago, the Gophers didnâÄôt expect to be in their current position. With returning and recruited talent to rival any that theyâÄôve...

Live Blog: Gophers Men’s Basketball v. Iowa

March 7, 2010

Final - Westbrook had his seventh career 20-point game, Johnson had his fourth career double-double (including a career-high 11 assists), and Bostick tied his Big Ten season-high with eight points in a...

Seniors impress in reg. season finale

Seniors impress in reg. season finale

March 7, 2010

For one Sunday afternoon before the second season begins, the Gophers menâÄôs basketball team enjoyed a near-perfect script. All three Minnesota seniors had impressive showings in an 88-53 home...

Gophers struggle in test against one of nation’s best

March 7, 2010

The Gophers had a chance to see how they measured up to one of the best softball teams in the country this weekend, and they showed they still have far to go. Minnesota (9-13) was shut out in both of its...

Abysmal effort slims tourney hopes

Abysmal effort slims tourney hopes

March 2, 2010

In need of every possible win as the regular season winds down, the Gophers menâÄôs basketball team took a hard fall on the road Tuesday night. Minnesota suffered a season-worst 28-point loss in...

Middlebrooks named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week

March 2, 2010

After a weekend in which she pitched four complete games, earned three wins, threw two shutouts and tossed a no-hitter, Gophers freshman Lacey Middlebrooks was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, the...

Gophers senior forward Damian Johnson (34) and sophomore center Ralph Sampson III fight for the loose ball against Michigan guard Stu Douglass (1) during the first half of Minnesota's 71-63 loss at Williams Arena.

Late-charging Gophers seek revenge at Mich.

March 1, 2010

As the calendar turns to March, anticipation grows for the NCAA menâÄôs basketball tournament later this month. Selection Sunday is less than two weeks away, and the Gophers still have work to...

Minnesota forward Damian Johnson (34) grabs a rebound against Illinois forward Mike Tisdale on Saturday at Assembly Hall in Champaign IL.

Gophers keep tourney hopes alive

February 28, 2010

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. âÄî After another game in which the Gophers menâÄôs basketball team watched its opponent make a second-half rally to close a sizable lead, the players were able to smile...

Middlebrooks throws no-hitter as Gophers win 3 of 5

February 28, 2010

Freshman Lacey Middlebrooks pitched her first career no-hitter and led the Gophers softball team to three wins in five games at the Florida Gulf Coast Spring Break Invitational in Fort Myers, Fla., this...

Live Blog: Gophers Men’s Basketball at Illinois

February 27, 2010

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Gophers seek to rebound from a squandered upset chance on Wednesday against No. 3 Purdue in a matchup with Illinois at Assembly Hall on Saturday afternoon.  The Illini are currently...

Gophers miss golden opportunity

February 25, 2010

For most of the season, it had been the story of big games for the Gophers menâÄôs basketball team. But with newfound confidence from a two-game winning streak, Minnesota looked poised on Wednesday...

Live Blog: Gophers Men’s Basketball v. No. 3 Purdue

February 25, 2010

The Gophers have perhaps their best remaining chance to get a signature win for their NCAA Tournament resume, as they face No. 3 Purdue, which stands in first place in the Big Ten.  The Gophers haven't...