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Junior Tyler Johnson runs the ball on Saturday, Sept. 14 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Tyler Johnson and wide receiving crew look to carry early success into Big Ten Play

September 20, 2018

Junior Tyler Johnson will enter Minnesota's first Big Ten game this weekend leading the league with five touchdowns. Johnson, who was highly touted as a recruit from nearby Minneapolis North, is primed...

Freshman Bryce Williams keeps the ball away Miami University on Saturday, Sept. 14 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Gophers rout Miami for third consecutive win

September 16, 2018

No Rodney Smith, no problem for Minnesota as it rolled over Miami to round out the non-conference part of the team's schedule with record of 3-0.  Minnesota beat Miami of Ohio (0-3) 26-3 on Saturday...

Gophers cruise past Miami for third consecutive victory

September 15, 2018

It is onto Big Ten play for the undefeated Gophers. Minnesota (3-0) defeated Miami (0-3) 26-3 on Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium. Junior Tyler Johnson caught three touchdown passes. True freshman...

Antoine Winfield Jr. is poised to be a star

September 13, 2018

When Antoine Winfield Jr. realized the running back was going to throw the ball in the back of the end zone, he caught up to the receiver and intercepted the ball while somehow keeping one foot on the...

Daily Breakdown: Gophers open up as two-touchdown favorites over Miami of Ohio

September 12, 2018

The Gophers jumped off to a quick start in their 2018 campaign with wins against New Mexico State and Fresno State.  This week Minnesota (2-0) will battle Miami of Ohio from the Mid-American Conference....

Running back Rodney Smith faces oncoming tackles as his team mates make a path during the game against New Mexico on Thursday, Aug. 30 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Smith out for the season with knee injury

September 10, 2018

Another injury blow has hit Minnesota's running game, this time to veteran Rodney Smith. Smith, the first-string running back and veteran leader of the Minnesota offense is out for the season due to a...

Redshirt Sophomore Seth Green attempts to avoid a tackle during the Gopher game against Fresno State on Saturday, Sept. 8 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Gophers running game adapts after Rodney Smith leaves game with injury

September 9, 2018

When the Gophers' (2-0) redshirt senior running back Rodney Smith left the field in the first quarter without putting any weight on his left leg, Minnesota was forced to find another replacement at the...

Quick Hitters: Minnesota dominated New Mexico State

September 6, 2018

Final: Minnesota 48 – New Mexico State 10  After a slow start to their first home game of the season, the Gophers were able to put together a 28-point second quarter to pull away from the Aggies...

Questions from the other side: Robert Kuwada

September 6, 2018

The Minnesota Daily sports staff chatted with Robert Kuwada, a sports reporter from The Fresno Bee, about the Gophers' upcoming Saturday game against the Fresno State Bulldogs. Q: What are some things...

Seth Green celebrates earning a touchdown with quarterback Zack Annexstad during the game against New Mexico on Thursday, Aug. 30 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 48-10.

Gophers dominate New Mexico State in season opener

August 31, 2018

A 10-7 deficit in the second quarter was no match for an offensive explosion from Minnesota in the second quarter to lead the Gophers to victory Thursday. The Gophers (1-0) beat the Aggies (0-2) 48-10...

Senior Matic Spec returns the ball during a game against Ohio State at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 30.

Gophers to play Georgia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

May 2, 2018

The Gophers will travel to Norman, Oklahoma to face the University of Georgia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, as announced on the NCAA selection show Tuesday.  Whichever team wins will...

Riley Johnson plays at the Windsong Golf Club during the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 13, 2015.

Gophers finish last in the Big Ten championships

April 30, 2018

The Gophers finished last in what is likely their last tournament of the season. Minnesota finished 14th at the Big Ten championships this weekend. The Gophers shot a combined 56-over par. The two seniors,...

Senior Felix Corwin returns the ball during a match against Ohio State University at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 30.

Gophers lose to Ohio State in Big Ten championships semifinals

April 30, 2018

The No. 3 team in the country proved to be too tough for the No. 37 Gophers.  Minnesota lost to Ohio State 4-1 on the Saturday morning of the semifinals of Big Ten championships. The tournament took...

Senior Caroline Ryba competes in her singles match against the University of Michigan at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 23.

Gophers fall in round one of the Big Ten championships; season ends

April 30, 2018

The Gophers came into the Big Ten championships with the best home record, 12-2, in the team's history. That fit well with the fact that Minnesota was hosting the conference tournament, but Maryland traveled...

Riley Johnson plays at the Windsong Golf Club during the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 13, 2015.

Gophers lean on experience heading into Big Ten championships

April 26, 2018

Heading into the Big Ten championships, the Gophers feel they are peaking at the right time.  Minnesota is coming off their tie for sixth out of 13 teams at the Hawkeye Invitational in tough weather...

Matic Spec returns the ball during a match against Ohio State University at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 30.

Senior Matic Spec excelling at right time for Gophers

April 26, 2018

Throughout college, senior Matic Spec has had trouble finding the form he once had in his freshman season — until now. Spec, who currently is on a nine-match winning streak heading into his final Big...

Senior Sabrine Garrison follows her drive during the Minnesota Invitational on Sept. 11, 2017 at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury, Minnesota.

Sabrine Garrison shines in her final Big Ten championships

April 23, 2018

Senior Sabrine Garrison said she was emotional after finishing her final collegiate round.  In her last tournament, Minnesota's only senior finished in seventh at the Big Ten championships.  Garrison...

Senior Matic Spec returns the ball during a game against Ohio State at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 30.

Gophers blow out Wildcats; lose to Illinois to close out regular season

April 23, 2018

Senior Matic Spec won in straight sets on Sunday to extend his consecutive match winning streak to nine. However, Spec's victory was the only point for the Gophers on the day.   No. 35 Minnesota (14-7,...

Junior Caitlyn Merzbacher returns the ball during her singles match against the University of South Dakota at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 9.

Gophers split series with victory over Iowa and loss to Nebraska

April 23, 2018

Junior Caitlyn Merzbacher reached 21 victories on the season, but that was not enough for the dual victory.  Minnesota (14-11, 6-5) lost to No. 46 Nebraska (18-6, 7-4) 4-3 on the outdoor courts in...

Junior Caitlyn Merzbacher returns the ball to the University of Northern Iowa with partner Mehvish Safdar at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Jan. 26.

Mehvish Safdar remains strong suit in doubles

April 19, 2018

It seems as though every tennis player has their own unique game.  Senior Mehvish Safdar does not normally play in the singles portion of the dual, but she is considered one of the top doubles players...

Senior Sabrine Garrison follows her drive during the Minnesota Invitational on Sept. 11, 2017 at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury, Minnesota.

Sabrine Garrison closes out collegiate career; looks for medical schools

April 19, 2018

Gophers senior Sabrine Garrison will play in her last Big Ten Championship this weekend.  In her head coach's words, Garrison is the epitome of what a student-athlete represents. Garrison has flourished...

Riley Johnson plays at the Windsong Golf Club during the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 13, 2015.

Minnesota finishes tied for eighth in shortened Hawkeye Invitational

April 16, 2018

Even when conditions got tough with wind, rain and cold, senior Riley Johnson put together his best finish with Minnesota in Iowa City, Iowa.   He finished tied for eighth. Minnesota finished tied...

Junior Muyu Wu plays at the fourth annual Minnesota Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at the Minikahda Club.

Gophers finish 10th in shortened Lady Buckeye Invitational

April 16, 2018

Junior Muyu Wu led the Gophers along with Joanne Free in a shortened tournament over the weekend. Minnesota placed 10th in the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational that featured 14 teams, including nine Big...

Junior Caitlyn Merzbacher returns the ball during her singles match against the University of South Dakota at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 9.

The Gophers drop two matches to top 15 teams in Illinois

April 16, 2018

A couple of slow starts for Minnesota set them back in its road trip to Illinois over the weekend.  Minnesota (13-10, 5-4 Big Ten) lost to No. 12 Northwestern (17-4, 10-0 Big Ten) 6-1 on Sunday in...

Senior Matic Spec returns the ball during a game against Ohio State at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 30.

Gophers sweep Michigan State; postpone Sunday match against Michigan

April 16, 2018

Ninety minutes into the dual match against Michigan State, Minnesota had clinched its sixth Big Ten victory of the season.  The No. 36 Gophers (13-6, 6-2 Big Ten) beat Michigan State (8-15, 1-7 Big...

Freshman Vlad Lobak returns the ball during his doubles match with partner Eli Ogilvy against the University of Pennsylvania at the Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Vlad Lobek learns from his freshman season

April 12, 2018

For freshman Vlad Lobek, the past weekend in Indiana offered a prime example of learning from experience.  Last Friday, the winner of the match would take home the victory in the dual against Indiana....

Sophomore Muyu Wu plays at the fourth annual Minnesota Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at the Minikahda Club.

Muyu Wu transitions from China and becomes Gophers’ top golfer in the spring

April 12, 2018

In China, Muyu Wu sent out emails to coaches across the Big Ten that contained her scores and her swing in hopes of playing college golf. Her talent caught the eye of Minnesota head coach Michele Redman.  The...

Freshman Vlad Lobak returns the ball during his doubles match with partner Eli Ogilvy against the University of Pennsylvania at the Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Vlad Lobek redeems himself with dual-clinching victory

April 9, 2018

Freshman Vlad Lobek forced a third set on Friday in Indiana, but could not win the final match of the day to get the victory for the Gophers.  On Sunday, however, he redeemed himself and earned the...

Senior Caroline Ryba looks to return the ball at Baseline Tennis Center on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017.

Gophers women’s tennis go undefeated against Ohio State, Penn State

April 9, 2018

It was a senior season to remember for Minnesota’s Caroline Ryba and Mehvish Safdar.  Earlier in her senior year, Ryba had eclipsed the 50-match mark in the No. 1 singles spot. Safdar, along with...

Sophomore Tina Kreinis competes in her singles match against the University of Michigan at the baseline tennis center on Friday, March 23.

By channelling emotions, sophomore Tina Kreinis brings energy to Gophers

April 5, 2018

Sophomore Tina Kreinis is known by her teammates for her tenacity on the court. In her second year at Minnesota, she is learning how to channel it.  Kreinis said her competitiveness comes from being...

Angus Flanagan drives a ball at the 12th hole during the Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farms Golf Club in Independence, Minnesota on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Gophers finish 16th at The Goodwin

April 3, 2018

The Gophers improved their position on the leaderboard each day on their trip to California over the weekend. Minnesota participated at The Goodwin in Palo Alto, California on the Stanford University campus....

Sophomore Stefan Milicevic returns the ball during a match against Ohio State University at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 30.

Gophers split matches versus ranked foes

April 2, 2018

The Gophers pulled the dual match even at 2-2 with three matches left all in the third set, but could not finish the job as the Buckeyes ended on top Friday. No. 33 Minnesota (11-5, 4-1 Big Ten) faced...

Riley Johnson plays at the Windsong Golf Club during the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 13, 2015.

Senior Riley Johnson improves from underclassmen seasons

March 29, 2018

Senior Riley Johnson doesn’t go a day without thinking of the game of golf and how he can out work anyone in order to become someone great, he said. Associate head coach Justin Smith said, through his...

Senior Felix Corwin returns the ball during his singles match against the University of Pennsylvania at the Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Felix Corwin excels after taking over the No. 1 singles spot

March 29, 2018

Since Feb. 10, senior Felix Corwin has gone 8-1 in the No. 1 singles position for the Gophers.  Corwin, who started the season playing in the No. 2 spot, is now ranked No. 93 by ITA after starting...

Junior Josip Krstanovic returns the ball during his singles match at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 2.

Minnesota men’s tennis earns two conference victories

March 26, 2018

Minnesota came into conference play over the weekend with a 1-0 record in the Big Ten. By the end of their two duals, the Gophers remained undefeated. No. 35 Minnesota (10-4, 3-0) beat Nebraska (9-6, 0-3)...

Junior Caitlyn Merzbacher returns the ball during her singles match against the University of South Dakota at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 9.

Gophers lose two matches over the weekend

March 26, 2018

Junior Caitlyn Merzbacher improved her spring record to 17-2, but other Minnesota players could not figure out the Hoosiers. Minnesota (11-8, 3-2) lost to Indiana (13-6, 1-3) 5-2 on Sunday afternoon in...

Junior Barbara Mancera returns the ball during her singles match against the University of South Dakota at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 9.

Barbara ‘Bita’ Mancera is now comfortable after transferring

March 22, 2018

After she recovered from an injury, junior Barbara Mancera has improved with her new team. Mancera is 13-4 in singles play during the spring season on the women's tennis team and plays predominantly in...

Sophomore Cammy Frei returns the ball during her singles match against the University of South Dakota at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 9.

Gophers beat Maryland, Rutgers

March 19, 2018

Minnesota improved to 3-0 in the Big Ten after a victory over the Scarlet Knights.  The Gophers (11-6, 3-0) beat Rutgers (5-6, 0-2) 7-0 on Sunday at the Baseline Tennis Center. Like they did in their...

Junior Muyu Wu plays at the fourth annual Minnesota Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at the Minikahda Club.

Gophers finish tied for 11th in the Clover Cup

March 19, 2018

Junior Muyu Wu put together a top 20 finish in the Gophers latest tournament in Arizona.  Wu led the way for the Gophers by finishing tied for 18th. The Gophers finished tied for 11th with a combined...

Angus Flanagan hits his drive at the 12th hole during the Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farms Golf Club in Independence, Minnesota on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Gophers tie for 11th in the Schenkel Invitational

March 19, 2018

The Gophers trip to Georgia included a career round from senior Charlie Duensing.  Duensing led the way in the second round, shooting a career-best, five-under 67. Minnesota finished tied for 11th...

Gophers lose 4-0 in NCAA Quarterfinal

March 11, 2018

The last time the Gophers didn’t make the Frozen Four, the year was 2011.  That changed when a trip back to Ridder Arena and a seventh straight Frozen Four was on the line in Saturday’s game against...

The Gopher women's hockey team watches on as senior defenseman Sydney Baldwin brings the puck down the ice on Dec. 1, 2017 at Ridder Arena.

Minnesota’s season ends in first round loss to Wisconsin

March 10, 2018

The last time the Gophers didn’t make the Frozen Four, the year was 2011.  That changed when a trip back to Ridder Arena and a seventh straight Frozen Four was on the line in Saturday’s game against...

Forward Taylor Williamson battles with Badgers defender Melissa Channell for the puck during the WCHA Final Faceoff at Ridder Arena on March 6, 2016.

After autoimmune disease, Taylor Williamson battles back into NCAA Tournament

March 8, 2018

Three minutes into Sunday’s WCHA championship game, the Gophers were gridlocked with the top-ranked Badgers at one goal apiece.  No. 7 Minnesota was the underdog. Wisconsin had previously won the...

Gophers finish ninth in Tiger Invitational

March 8, 2018

Freshman Angus Flanagan led the way for the Gophers as they participated in the Tiger Invitational. Minnesota finished ninth out of 17 teams on Tuesday. The tournament was played at The Grand National...

Senior Sabrine Garrison follows her drive during the Minnesota Invitational on Sept. 11, 2017 at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury, Minnesota.

Gophers finish 11th in the Meadow Club Women’s Intercollegiate

March 8, 2018

The Gophers traveled to their first tournament in three weeks. The team finished outside the top 10 in Fairfax, California. Minnesota finished the Meadow Club Women’s Collegiate in 11th place on Tuesday....

Head women's tennis coach Catrina Thompson observes practice on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

Head coach Catrina Thompson earns first Big ten victory

March 7, 2018

With three matches remaining and needing only one more victory in singles competition, Minnesota’s sophomore Tina Kreinis dug deep to win in three sets to clinch the Big Ten season opener for the Gophers.  Minnesota...

Junior Josip Krstanovic returns the ball during his singles match at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 2.

Gophers win two matches on road trip

March 7, 2018

The Gophers won two close matches on their road trip in Washington.  Minnesota (8-3) beat Washington (8-5) 4-3 on Saturday and followed that up with another 4-3 victory over Portland (6-6) on Sunday....

The Gophers celebrate their empty-net goal late in the third period to seal their victory in the WCHA championship game against Wisconsin at Ridder Arena on Sunday, March 4.

Gophers shock Wisconsin to win WCHA Final Faceoff Championship

March 5, 2018

Hockey sticks, gloves and helmets from Minnesota flew in the air as the players and coaches rushed to embrace each other, horn blaring to signify the end of the third period.  In the moments during...

Gophers win the WCHA Final Faceoff championship

March 4, 2018

   The Gophers captured their first WCHA Final Faceoff championship in four years after holding on to beat Wisconsin by one goal .  Wisconsin had won the previous three Final Faceoff’s...

Forward Lindsay Agnew fights for the puck during a game against Ohio State for the WCHA Final Faceoff semifinal on March 3 at Ridder Arena.

Gophers advance to Final Faceoff championship

March 4, 2018

Minnesota’s hopes of winning a WCHA Final Faceoff stayed alive Saturday after a tough, hard fought 2-0 victory over Ohio State. The Gophers will now face Wisconsin Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ridder Arena to...