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Sophomore Angus Flanagan plays during the Gopher Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.

Gophers’ Angus Flanagan to play in 2021 Walker Cup

April 16, 2021
Flanagan is officially on the 10-man roster after previously being a part of the 15-player prospect pool in December.
MaKenna Partain waits to bat on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Gophers softball wins three of four during Partain’s record-breaking weekend

March 30, 2021
In 2019, Partain broke the single-season runs record with 66.
Sophomore Gable Steveson celebrates after a winning a match during the meet against Nebraska at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 21.

Gable Steveson wins first NCAA heavyweight title

March 21, 2021
Top-ranked Steveson defeated Mason Parris 8-4 to secure the Gophers sixth heavyweight title in program history.
Episode 34: Gophers women's hockey stunned by tournament snub

Episode 34: Gophers women’s hockey stunned by tournament snub

March 12, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the NCAA tournament committee's decision to leave the Gophers women's hockey team out of the tournament, the team's reaction and whether seniors will elect to return next season.
University of Minnesota women’s hockey team lines up before their game against Ohio State in Ridder Arena on Saturday, Nov. 21. The Gophers won in a shut out with an ending score of 4-0.

Gophers to miss NCAA women’s hockey tournament for the first time in 13 years

March 9, 2021
Minnesota is currently ranked fifth on USCHO.com.
Gophers Gable Steveson faces off with his opponent at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 9. The Gophers lost to Penn State 31-10.

Gable Steveson wins second Big Ten title for Gophers wrestling

March 9, 2021
The No. 9 Minnesota Gophers placed fifth overall in the 2021 Big Ten wrestling championships.
Gophers defenseman Madeline Wethington pursues an opponent at Ridder Arena on Sunday, Nov. 22. The Gophers ultimately fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes 2-1.

Gophers women’s hockey falls 5-3 to top-seed Wisconsin in WCHA Final Faceoff

March 7, 2021
The Gophers will not receive an automatic bid for the NCAA tournament after a loss to Wisconsin. They will find out on Sunday whether they make the tournament.
Gophers Brayton Lee fights a takedown at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. The Gophers lost to Penn State 31-10.

U wrestling’s Brayton Lee talks moving up weight class and upcoming Big Ten championships

March 2, 2021
Lee moved up from the 149-pound class to 157 this year.
An Iowa State wrestler takes down Gopher Wrestler Boo Dryden at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 22. The Gophers lost with a final score of 35-4.

The Gophers wrestling team defeats Northwestern 29-10

February 23, 2021
Minnesota has won five straight duals as it turns its attention toward the Big Ten Championships.
Gophers defenseman Madeline Wethington pursues an opponent at Ridder Arena on Sunday, Nov. 22. The Gophers ultimately fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes 2-1.

No. 4 Ohio State sweeps second-ranked Gophers women’s hockey team on senior weekend

February 14, 2021
The Gophers are 2-4 on the season against the Buckeyes.
An Iowa State wrestler takes down Gopher Wrestler Boo Dryden at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 22. The Gophers lost with a final score of 35-4.

No. 13 Gophers wrestling tops No. 9 Illinois 25-13

February 6, 2021
Top-ranked heavyweight wrestler Gable Steveson recorded his 10th career pin.
Gable Steveson stands on the podium after receiving his second place award on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Steveson lost the match against Anthony Cassar of Penn State 4-3.

Top-ranked heavyweight Gable Steveson talks upcoming title quest and off-season during COVID-19

February 4, 2021
After his 2020 championship campaign was cut short due to the pandemic, Steveson is still laser-focused on winning his first heavyweight NCAA crown.
University of Minnesota women’s hockey team lines up before their game against Ohio State in Ridder Arena on Saturday, Nov. 21. The Gophers won in a shut out with an ending score of 4-0.

No. 2 Gophers women’s hockey earn three points in split against Ohio State

January 30, 2021
After being swept in their last two-game series versus No. 1 Wisconsin, the Gophers split their two game series versus No. 3 Ohio State.
University of Minnesota women’s hockey team lines up before their game against Ohio State in Ridder Arena on Saturday, Nov. 21. The Gophers won in a shut out with an ending score of 4-0.

Cherkowski and Murphy: the future of Gophers women’s hockey

January 28, 2021
Freshmen Anne Cherkowski and Abbey Murphy are both on fire this season, playing on the Gophers’ top two lines.
Patrick McKee competes at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

McKee named Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week

January 22, 2021
Patrick McKee was awarded the honor after his fantastic performance in a Michigan State tri-meet last Saturday.
Sophomore Angus Flanagan plays during the Gopher Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.

Q&A with Angus Flanagan and Justin Smith

January 18, 2021
Gophers’ golf coach Justin Smith and top player Angus Flanagan weigh in on the Gophers’ seven upcoming tournaments.
Gophers defenseman Madeline Wethington pursues an opponent at Ridder Arena on Sunday, Nov. 22. The Gophers ultimately fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes 2-1.

No. 2 Minnesota sweeps St. Cloud State in unique 3-game series

January 11, 2021
Amy Potomak returned from an injury that held her out for the first half of the season.
The University of Minnesota women’s hockey team plays against Ohio State at Ridder Arena on Saturday, Nov. 21. The Gophers ended the night with a 4-0 win.

Gophers women’s hockey postpones final two series

December 6, 2020
The end of the first half of the Gophers’ season has shifted with their opponents after Wisconsin and Ohio State saw a rise in COVID-19 cases.
Photo Courtesy of Gopher Athletics

Gophers women’s hockey faces tough schedule including opener against Ohio State

November 20, 2020
The Gophers face three of the top four WCHA teams in their eight-game slate.
Episode 23: Cuts and Title IX compliance

Episode 23: Cuts and Title IX compliance

October 8, 2020
In this week's episode of "The Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the athletics department's proposal to eliminate three men's sports and the expected roster cuts to women's sports under the proposal.
Regent Michael D. Hsu attends a scheduled Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Sep. 13, 2019.

Gophers’ athletics department cutting women’s roster spots along with three men’s sports

October 4, 2020
Following the protest on Sept. 16, new developments have risen in the fight for men’s track and field, gymnastics and tennis — most notably planning to cut women’s roster spots.
Thomas Longbella lines up a shot on the putting green in the indoor golf training facility in April 2019. The facility borders the Les Bolstad Golf Course and allows for practice throughout winter months.

Gophers’ men’s golf improving despite no school competitions this fall

September 23, 2020
Gophers’ men’s golf keeps fresh outside of NCAA play.
Protestors march past Northrup in protest of the potential cancellation of several men’s sports programs on Wednesday, Sep. 16. The protest march began in Athlete’s Village and ended in front of Morrill Hall, near President Joan Gabel’s office.

UMN student-athletes, coaches and fans protest decision to cut sports

September 18, 2020
Student-athletes, coaches and fans gathered outside Athletes Village and marched to president Joan Gabel’s office in protest of the U’s decision to cut three men’s sports.
Gophers' dance bonding and practicing without football and comps in the fall

Gophers’ dance bonding and practicing without football and comps in the fall

September 8, 2020
The 19-time national champion and 3-time world champion Gophers dance team is one of the elite DI programs in the country.
Photo Courtesy of Janelle Elise Photography

Gophers dance bonding and practicing without football and comps in the fall

September 7, 2020

Fans of Gophers' football and Gophers' men’s basketball can catch the Minnesota dance team on the field and court during games, but few know the ins and outs of one of the most successful sports programs...

Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck calls out to a referee at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota holds a 24-17 lead over Auburn heading into the third quarter of the Outback Bowl. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Fleck talks Bateman, COVID and first day of training camp

August 8, 2020

Even with the new procedures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a season about to start with players on limited practice reps and All-American wide receiver Rashod Bateman opting out of the 2020 season, Gophers'...

Michael Thompson earned his second career PGA Tour victory on Sunday, July 26. (Matthew Kennedy / Minnesota Daily)

Michael Thompson wins the 2020 3M Open

July 28, 2020

The second annual 3M Open was similar to the year previous, with a number of golfers in contention on Sunday at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. Michael Thompson emerged as the winner, an unlikely golfer to...

Angus Flanagan drives the ball at the 3M Open in Blaine on Thursday, July 23. (Matthew Kennedy / Minnesota Daily)

Angus Flanagan competes at 3M Open

July 26, 2020

The University of Minnesota presence was felt at the first two days of the 3M Open. Three current and former Gophers competed on Thursday and Friday, including rising senior Angus Flanagan who made his...

Sophomore Angus Flanagan plays during the Gopher Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.

Flanagan prepares for his PGA debut

July 21, 2020

Fans of Minnesota golf knew they could count on two former Gophers competing at the 3M Open this weekend in Blaine, and now a current member of the men's golf team has been added to the mix.  Rising...

Forward Jordan Murphy looks to drive towards the hoop at the Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017.

Jordan Murphy selected to BTN all-decade team

July 14, 2020

Jordan Murphy, the Gophers' basketball team's all-time leading rebounder and second all-time leading scorer, recently added to his long list of accomplishments by earning a spot on the Big Ten Network's...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

2021 Gophers’ recruiting update: Offense

July 9, 2020

In addition to adding a pair of four-star defensive backs, the Gophers' football team has also added a pair of four-stars on the offensive side of the ball in 2021. With starting quarterback Tanner Morgan...

2021 Gophers' recruiting update: Defense

2021 Gophers’ recruiting update: Defense

July 6, 2020

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Gopher football head coach P.J. Fleck has stayed busy building the future of his program. He's seen impressive results.  Following the Gophers' breakout 2019 season,...

Forward Grace Zumwinkle looks to pass the puck at Ridder Arena on Friday, Oct. 19. The Gophers beat Ohio State 3-0.

Grace Zumwinkle ready to lead going into her senior season

June 27, 2020

Perhaps no team at the University of Minnesota felt the sting of its season being canceled more than the Gophers' women's hockey team. Minnesota was three wins away from its seventh national championship...

Redshirt Christine Portillo tees off at the sixth annual Minnesota Invitational at the Prestwick Golf on Monday, Sept. 10. 2018.

Redman taking summer without in-person contact with players in stride

June 24, 2020

For the last eight seasons, head coach Michele Redman has worked to instill a winning culture within the Gophers' women's golf program.  Joining the program in August 2011, Redman has seen great success...

Gophers Goaltender Sydney Scobee deflects the puck at Ridder Arena on Friday, Jan. 17.  Minnesota suffered a 1-4 loss to Ohio State. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Scobee honored for outstanding play

June 5, 2020

Senior goaltender Sydney Scobee was a force for the Gophers' women's hockey team this season. She helped lead the Gophers to the top of the ranks, held a .928 save percentage on the season and helped the...

Waconia High School senior and University of Minnesota golf recruit Connor Glynn follows the ball during the Minnesota state tournament at Bunker Hlils Golf Club in Coon Rapids on Tuesday, June 11. 

Freshman phenom Glynn ready to roll for his sophomore campaign

June 1, 2020

It didn't take long for Connor Glynn to make an impact for the Gophers' men's golf team.  As one of only two first years on the Gophers' roster this season, Glynn's stellar play in the fall stood...

Sophomore Angus Flanagan plays during the Gopher Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.

Flanagan’s fantastic fall success won’t be seen this spring

April 27, 2020

Following a standout start to his junior season, Gophers golfer Angus Flanagan was primed for a breakout spring with the hopes of elevating his name to the top of college golf. That was until the pandemic...

Gophers Head Coach Brad Frost addresses the team during a timeout at Ridder Arena on Friday, Jan. 17.  Minnesota suffered a 1-4 loss to Ohio State. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Women’s hockey ready to retool for next season

April 18, 2020

The NCAA women's hockey season came to an untimely end Thursday, March 12 — right before the NCAA Tournament was set to kick off. The Gophers were coming off of a close overtime loss in the WCHA Tournament...

James Han plays a game of Overwatch with the University ESports team on Sunday, Oct. 28. While Han typically serves as the team's manager, he is filling in for a sick teammate during this Sunday tournament.

While traditional sports sit on the sideline, esports persist

April 8, 2020

The University of Minnesota will not have any school-sponsored sports competing for the rest of the school year.  But it will have esports.  Otherwise known as competitive gaming, esports gained...

Gophers Forward Taylor Heise lines up a pass at Ridder Arena on Friday, Feb. 28. The Gophers scored two power-play goals on the way to a 4-2 victory over St. Cloud State.

No. 3 Gophers advance to the WCHA Final Faceoff

March 2, 2020

The Gophers women's hockey team swept the St. Cloud State Huskies this weekend, keeping their hopes of regaining the WCHA Championship alive.  If they win two games next weekend, they will be crowned...

Gophers Goaltender Sydney Scobee deflects the puck at Ridder Arena on Friday, Jan. 17.  Minnesota suffered a 1-4 loss to Ohio State. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Gophers looking to reclaim the WCHA title

February 28, 2020

After finishing the regular season with a sweep of Minnesota State, the Gophers' women's hockey team now shifts its focus to reclaiming the WCHA championship. Minnesota fell to Wisconsin last season after...

Gophers Goaltender Sydney Scobee deflects the puck at Ridder Arena on Friday, Jan. 17.  Minnesota suffered a 1-4 loss to Ohio State. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Gophers sweep Minnesota State-Mankato on senior weekend

February 24, 2020

Senior weekend proved fruitful for the Gophers women’s hockey team as they easily swept Minnesota State-Mankato, outscoring the Mavericks 8-1 in the games. Along with the series sweep, it was also a...

Olivia Knowles gets ready to take the puck on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at Ridder Arena. The Gophers lost to the Wisconsin Badgers 2-1.

Brown and Knowles proving vital to Minnesota’ defensive success

February 22, 2020

This season, the Gophers women's hockey team has boasted one of the top defensive units in the country.  They've allowed the sixth-lowest amount goals of any team in the country, and most importantly,...

Forward Sarah Potomak looks to pass the puck at Ridder Arena on Saturday, Feb. 1. The Gophers lost to Minnesota Duluth 0-2.

Gophers women’s hockey rebounds in Bemidji with a sweep

February 10, 2020

After being ranked in the top-two all season long, the Gophers' women's hockey team found themselves in an unfamiliar spot dropping to fourth in the national rankings. Yet this weekend, Brad Frost's team...

Forward Grace Zumwinkle looks to pass the puck at Ridder Arena on Friday, Oct. 19. The Gophers beat Ohio State 3-0.

No. 4 Minnesota will try to climb back out of recent slump against Bemidji State

February 7, 2020

The Minnesota women's hockey team has been on a bit of a cold streak the past two weeks, winning only one of its last four games despite losing only twice up to that point in the season. The slump has...

Forward Amy Potomak lunges for the puck at Ridder Arena on Saturday, Feb. 1. The Gophers lost to Minnesota Duluth 0-2.

Gophers split series against Minnesota-Duluth

February 3, 2020

It was a tale of two games for the Gophers' women's hockey team this weekend as they split their series against No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth at Ridder Arena.  Minnesota has now lost three of its last four....

Gopher basketball alumnus Willie Burton addresses fans at Williams Arena on Sunday, Jan. 26. Burton was inducted to the Gopher Hall of Fame during halftime.

Gophers honor hoops legend Willie Burton

January 30, 2020

At halftime of Sunday's 70-52 loss to Michigan State, the Gophers honored Minnesota basketball legend Willie Burton. Burton, the third all-time leading scorer in Gopher history, was a key cog in helping...

Gophers Goaltender Makayla Pahl watches the puck at Ridder Arena on Friday, Jan. 17.  Minnesota suffered a 1-4 loss to Ohio State. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

No. 2 Minnesota swept by No. 1 Wisconsin in the Border Battle

January 27, 2020

The Minnesota women’s hockey team experienced their worst weekend of the season in a rematch with the top-ranked team in the country, the Wisconsin Badgers.  On Friday, the Gophers erased a 3-1...

The Gophers play Ohio State as part of an outdoor game at Parade Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, Jan. 18. (Anna Landis / Minnesota Daily)

No. 1 Minnesota splits series with No. 5 Ohio State

January 20, 2020

The Gophers returned to home ice during Hockey Day Minnesota and beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 2-1 on Saturday after falling in what was their worst performance of the season in a 4-1 loss the day earlier. Minnesota...