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Rosin blossoming as ace, prospect

May 3, 2010

Over the course of a collegiate athleteâÄôs career, there are bound to be various highs and lows for the individual and his or her team. The hope is that both player and team finish on the better...

Men, women make early Big Ten exit

May 2, 2010

When the Minnesota womenâÄôs tennis team fell to Big Ten foes Illinois and Indiana last month, head coach Tyler Thomson questioned his teamâÄôs attitude. He said it would need an adjustment...

Gophers women’s tennis team ousted from Big Ten’s

April 29, 2010

After ending the regular season with six straight team losses, the Gophers women's tennis team saw its free-fall continue Thursday, this time costing the team its post-season. Minnesota entered the Big...

Phil Williams delivers a punch to Caleb Truax Friday at the St. Paul Armory.

Judges’ draw gives Truax first blemish of career

April 25, 2010

Draw is a word not often heard in sports. For Osseo, Minn. native and University of Minnesota alumnus Caleb Truax , that word spoken at the end of his title fight Friday night signaled the end to his previously...

Decker and Triplett selected in NFL Draft

April 25, 2010

The long wait between the end of the football season and the NFL draft paid off for two Gophers, as wide receiver Eric Decker and linebacker Nate Triplett heard their names called during the three-day...

Football players hoping to hear their names

April 21, 2010

For a select few, Thursday marks the beginning of the dream. Collegiate football hope a culmination of years of hard work and on-field performance will be rewarded when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell walks...

Sperling has persevered for Gophers

April 19, 2010

Grinder is a term often used to describe the fourth-line hockey player whose main purpose is to serve as an on-ice filler while the top-shift players rest before reclaiming their spots on the ice. Jackie...

Senior Dino Bilankov plays against Wildcats Andrew McCarthy on Sunday at Baseline Tennis Center.

Women drop two more conference matches

April 18, 2010

As the regular season nears conclusion, the Gophers womenâÄôs tennis team finds itself in its worst slump of the season. After having their off-court toughness questioned by head coach Tyler Thomson...

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Seniors leave a changed program

April 12, 2010

Gophers basketball players Damian Johnson and Lawrence Westbrook will leave the program following collegiate careers that were at the center of the Minnesota programâÄôs renaissance. Johnson and...

Thomson says Gophers need attitude change

April 11, 2010

Losing weekends in any sport are bound to happen. The troubling aspect for the Gophers womenâÄôs tennis team is not that it was swept this weekend by Illinois and Indiana, but the lack of emotional...

Olympic diver beginning to feel home

April 6, 2010

A transfer student-athlete in her first year at Minnesota may be the best diver in the nation. But for Kelci Bryant, even that is not good enough. Bryant is only a sophomore, but she has earned a list...

Men, women struggle against tough Buckeyes

April 4, 2010

For the second straight weekend, the Gophers menâÄôs and womenâÄôs tennis teams had up and down results against Big Ten competition. At home after two matches in Michigan last weekend,...

Ness named to Big Ten Winter Academic All-Conference Team

March 31, 2010

In his final academic semester at the University, Gophers wrestler Jayson Ness earned a place on the Big Ten Winter Academic All-Conference team. Ness is 1 of 61 wrestlers to receive the academic honor,...

Gopher senior Jayson Ness finished this season with a perfect 32-0 record and as the NCAA Division 1 Champion.

Title caps legendary career for Ness

March 30, 2010

To say NCAA champion wrestler Jayson Ness had a good month of March would be about as appropriate as saying Joe Mauer made a little money in his new Twins contract. Having already graduated with a degree...

Ugandan coaches visit U for training program

March 29, 2010

On the surface, they couldnâÄôt be more different. Geographically, the United States is nearly 8,000 miles from Uganda . Economically, the difference is even vaster. While the United States experiences...

Big Ten plays sees men and women win one match, lose another

March 28, 2010

The Gophers menâÄôs and womenâÄôs tennis teams both saw Big Ten conference action, with each team ending the weekend with one win and one loss. On the womenâÄôs side, head coach...

Major shakeup in Gophers men’s hockey broadcasts

March 26, 2010

The voice of Gophers mens hockey for the past 24 years is no more, as Fox Sports North announced Frank Mazzocco will not have his contract renewed for next season. Mazzocco had teamed with former Gophers...

Hockey vs. North Dakota

Maturi indicates Lucia’s job is still safe

March 24, 2010

Just more than a week after the Gophers menâÄôs hockey team saw its season come to a close, The Minnesota Daily sat down with Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi to talk about the 2009-10...

Two Gophers seniors sign entry-level hockey deals

March 23, 2010

Gophers senior forwards Tony Lucia and Mike Carman have signed professional contracts with the NHL teams that drafted their rights. Tony Lucia signed a deal with the San Jose Sharks, who drafted the forward...

Hockey vs. Wisconsin

Gophers can’t change last season’s ways

March 23, 2010

ItâÄôs beginning to sound like a broken record. The Minnesota menâÄôs hockey team finishes in disappointing post-season fashion. Almost immediately after the season ends, the GophersâÄô...

WCHA Regular Season Awards Announced; Gophers nowhere to be found

March 18, 2010

Just hours before the play-in game between Minnesota-Duluth and North Dakota kicks off the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five, the WCHA named its major award winners, and Minnesota was...

Jordan Schroeder bolts U; Signs deal with Vancouver

March 18, 2010

Following the first losing season in over a decade, the Minnesota men's hockey team will have to rebound next year without it's most potent playmaker, as sophomore Jordan Schroeder has signed an entry...

Gophers end season with WCHA first-round loss to Sioux

Gophers end season with WCHA first-round loss to Sioux

March 15, 2010

GRAND FORKS, N.D. âÄî The first postseason showdown between college hockeyâÄôs biggest rivals in Grand Forks since 1987 took all three games to be decided, and in the end it was the better...

Men’s Hockey Live Blog-GAME 3-Gophers vs. (5) North Dakota

March 15, 2010

FINAL-Minnesota will be on the outside looking in of the WCHA Final Five for the first time in 12 seasons. The Gophers drop to 3-2 all-time in Game 3's. North Dakota takes the season series 3-2-2. 00:42...

Men’s Hockey Pre-Game report: Gophers vs. (5) North Dakota-Deciding Game 3

March 14, 2010

A weekend series which has seen one of the worst postseason losses in the history of Minnesota men's hockey as well as one of its best played games of the season concludes tonight, with a trip to St. Paul...

Men’s Hockey Live Blog: Gophers vs. (5) North Dakota

March 14, 2010

FINAL-A Gophers team that looked dead in the water just 24 hours ago pulls off the stunner 4-2, forcing a deciding game 3 tomorrow night. GOPHERS 4; NORTH DAKOTA 2. 00:00.5 3rd-Jordan Schroeder adds the...

Men’s hockey Live Blog: Gophers vs. (5)North Dakota

March 13, 2010

FINAL-Minnesota is humiliated, left to wonder how they are handed their worst loss of the season, and arguably of the Don Lucia era, in a game they had to win... 4:27 3rd-North Dakota hadn't scored in...

Men’s hockey Pre-Game report: Gophers vs. (5) North Dakota

March 13, 2010

We are just under one hour away from the post-season edition of the most intense rivalry in college hockey. While this isn't the dominant Minnesota team of years past, Don Lucia's current squad enters...

Hockey vs. Wisconsin

Gophers visit Grand Forks for WCHA tourney

March 10, 2010

Whenever the most-played rivalry in menâÄôs college hockey occurs, itâÄôs bound to be hard hitting and intense. North Dakota and Minnesota meet this weekend for the chance to play in St....

WCHA playoff preview: Round of 10

March 9, 2010

The conclusion of the menâÄôs hockey regular season also signals the end to all the hypothetical playoff scenarios, tiebreaker possibilities and playoff pairings. Now, the ten teams have been officially...

Men’s hockey Live Blog: Gophers vs. (3) Wisconsin

March 7, 2010

FINAL-In a game with no playoff implications except possible momentum moving forward, Minnesota absolutely dominated, winning 6-1. 4:57 3rd-Frustration is starting to boil over for the Badgers, resulting...

Men’s hockey Pre-Game report: Gophers vs (3) Wisconsin

March 7, 2010

Due to action around the conference on a busy Saturday night, today's game between the Gophers and Badgers that could have had serious playoff implications for not just those two teams but the entire conference...

Hockey vs. Wisconsin

Wisconsin series split appropriately closes Gophers’ 2009-10 regular season

March 7, 2010

The final series of the regular season for the Gophers menâÄôs hockey team against No. 3 Wisconsin encapsulated glimpses of the entire season; from the lack of lucky bounces seen all season in...

Gophers to play Sioux next weekend

March 7, 2010

FridayâÄôs 3-2 loss to Wisconsin sealed MinnesotaâÄôs fate as the No. 7 seed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs. Saturday, two other conference games determined where...

With loss, Gophers men’s hockey team seals No. 7 spot

March 6, 2010

After suffering a devestating 3-2 heartbreaker at the hands of No. 3 Wisconsin in a Target Center showdown, the Minnesota men's hockey team has sealed its playoff seeding fate. Combined with a Colorado...

Men’s Hockey Live Blog: Gophers vs. No. 3 Wisconsin

March 6, 2010

FINAL-Minnesota loses a heartbreaker 3-2. The Gophers had several goals taken away upon review, and Schroeder alone had four excellent chances, none of which found the back of the net. 4:12 3rd-Despite...

Minn. looks to surge into playoffs

Minn. looks to surge into playoffs

March 3, 2010

An up-and-down regular season in which the Gophers menâÄôs hockey team opened the year 0-3-1 before making a late season surge concludes this weekend with a series against archrival Wisconsin....

The Gophers attempt to score Saturday against the Bulldogs in Duluth. The Gophers lost the game 0-3 to the Bulldogs.

Gophers fail to carry momentum Saturday

February 28, 2010

Will the real Gophers menâÄôs hockey team please stand up? Despite winning 3-2 in the series opener, Minnesota showed the Hyde to its Jekyll Saturday night falling to the Bulldogs 3-0. âÄúWhen...

Men’s Hockey Live Blog: Gophers vs. (10) Minnesota-Duluth

February 28, 2010

2:31 3rd-After pulling Kangas with three minutes left, Justin Fontaine capitalizes, netting the empty netter. GOPHERS 0; MINNESOTA-DULUTH 3. 11:33 3rd-Kevin Wehrs led a Gophers three-on-two, but Wehrs...

Men’s hockey Pre-Game report: Gophers vs. (10) Minn. Duluth

February 28, 2010

Before I get started with the pre-game report, apologies for not producing a live blog of last night's 3-2 Gophers win. Technical difficulties effecting the site prevented me from doing any live blogging....

Men’s Hockey pre-game report: Gophers vs. (10) Minn-Duluth

February 27, 2010

In the final regular season series at the DECC, Minnesota-Duluth will take on its interstate rivals in a game with playoff seeding implications for both teams. On the Bulldogs side, a three or four point...

Hockey vs. North Dakota

Gophers hope to stay hot up north

February 25, 2010

On the heels of a sweep and suddenly in the hunt for home ice, the Gophers menâÄôs hockey team will have a chance to further its chase of the No. 5 conference spot against a team with a recent...

Nick Leddy takes Rookie of the Week

February 24, 2010

Following a three point weekend in the home sweep of Colorado College, defenseman Nick Leddy has been named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's Rookie of the Week. This is the first WCHA rookie...

Men’s Hockey Playoff Outlook

February 23, 2010

With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, it is time to start looking ahead to possible first round match-ups of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association conference tournament. For those unfamiliar...

Gophers vs. Huskies lost 3-4

Trade issues could reflect program

February 23, 2010

First-round draft picks in any sport are seen as building blocks to the future, key cogs to help jumpstart a downtrodden franchise or move a team from perennial contender to a championship team. In years...

Gophers earn needed sweep

Gophers earn needed sweep

February 21, 2010

Facing No. 7 Colorado College in the final full regular season series at Mariucci Arena, the Gophers menâÄôs hockey team skated hard, shot smart and the results showed as Minnesota earned just...

Men’s hockey Live Blog: Gophers vs. (7) Colorado College

February 20, 2010

FINAL-Minnesota earned its third home sweep of the season at the final full regular season series at Mariucci Arena. The Gophers earned a much needed four points, and have now thrust themselves in contention...

Men’s hockey Pre-Game report: Gophers vs. (7) Colorado College

February 20, 2010

Fresh off the heels of a 3-0 Friday night win, Minnesota will look for a sweep roughly 19 hours later in a rare 3 p.m. start. Moved early to account for the time shift in today's Gophers men's basketball...

Men’s hockey Friday night Re-Cap

February 20, 2010

Due to technical difficulties we were unable to blog yesterday's Gophers men's hockey game after midway through the second period, but the remainder of the game saw Minnesota do what it could not all season...

Hockey vs. North Dakota

Colorado College visits in late-season crucial series

February 17, 2010

Though itâÄôs likely too late, the Gophers menâÄôs hockey team knows any remaining chance they have at gaining home ice in the first round of the conference tournament begins and ends with...