Sports en Lineman tackles hacking By: <a href="/users/jsatzingermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jack Satzinger</a><br/><p>Long before Caleb Bak tried his hand at protecting Gophers quarterbacks from opposing defenses, he was a&nbsp;self-proclaimed nerd.&nbsp;</p> <p>The former offensive lineman developed a passion for fiddling with computers from a young age, and after a blow to his head knocked him out of college football, his time for technology freed.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s hard for me not to sit down at a computer and tinker with it a little bit,&rdquo; Bak said.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:02:55 +0000 87403 at Former Gophers football star Bob McNamara dies at 82 By: <a href="/users/bhelfandmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Betsy Helfand</a><br/><p>Bob McNamara, an All-America football player and an influential Gophers fundraiser, died on Sunday night at age 82 after a battle with cancer.</p> <p>McNamara played both football and basketball for the University of Minnesota in the 1950s, but his influence in the athletics department spanned long&nbsp;after that.</p> <p>Athletics director Norwood Teague said in a statement that the University &ldquo;had no greater advocate&rdquo; than McNamara.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus Football Men's Basketball Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:59:03 +0000 87401 at Gophers stars return in search of title By: <a href="/users/jperovichmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Joe Perovich</a><br/><p>After a first-round exit from the 2013 NCAA tournament, five of Minnesota&rsquo;s key players left the team after three years of eligibility and signed professional contracts.</p> <p>Minnesota was the NCAA runner-up last season, and this offseason, Mike Reilly, Kyle Rau, Brady Skjei, Adam Wilcox and Hudson Fasching all faced similar decisions.</p> <p>But the Gophers players decided to put their NHL aspirations on hold for a chance at a national title.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Men's Hockey Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:58:38 +0000 87400 at Mannon qualifies for the P&G Gymnastics Championships By: <a href="/users/jperovichmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Joe Perovich</a><br/><p>For many athletes, summer brings a few months of development and the absence of competition. But timelines vary, and for some it&rsquo;s the time of year to be at the peak of their game.</p> <p>That includes rising senior gymnast and 2014 NCAA pommel horse champion Ellis Mannon, who competed at the 2014 men&rsquo;s national qualifier last weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo.</p> <p>He placed eighth overall and submitted top-10 finishes in three events &mdash; pommel horse, parallel bars and vault.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gymnastics Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:56:36 +0000 87399 at Gophers ready for NFL training camp By: <a href="/users/jsatzingermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jack Satzinger</a><br/><p>The past two months have been a whirlwind for former Gophers defensive tackle Ra&rsquo;Shede Hageman.</p> <p>After being selected No. 37 by the Atlanta Falcons in May&rsquo;s NFL Draft, Hageman received a reported $2.2 million signing bonus, bought a Porsche, moved south and started memorizing a thick, new playbook in preparation for the upcoming season.</p> <p>And as Hageman reports to Falcons training camp Thursday, he&rsquo;s confident in his ability to adjust to the life of being a NFL player.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:54:25 +0000 87398 at Megan Bozek leads Pro Ambitions camps By: <a href="/users/bhelfandmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Betsy Helfand</a><br/><p>When it comes to hockey, it&rsquo;s safe to say Megan Bozek knows what she&rsquo;s talking about.</p> <p>The defenseman captained the Gophers to a NCAA title in 2013 and won an Olympic silver medal in 2014 for Team USA.</p> <p>Bozek was back in Minnesota last week as part of a multi-state coaching tour for Pro Ambitions Hockey.</p> <p>From July 14-18, Bozek was in Blaine, Minn., leading a camp open to children and teens ages 6-18.</p> <p>Despite her credentials, Bozek still has to prove herself on the ice to the groups of up-and-coming hockey players.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Women's Hockey Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:52:49 +0000 87397 at Gophers adjusting to new style By: <a href="/users/jsatzingermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jack Satzinger</a><br/><p>Head coach Marlene Stollings said at the beginning of the summer that she&rsquo;d use the first few weeks of Minnesota&rsquo;s summer workouts to feel out the skill sets of her new players.</p> <p>Nearly a month in, the players are getting a feel for their new coaching staff, too.</p> <p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re very intense, but in a good way. They&rsquo;re teaching us fast, so you&rsquo;ve got to pay attention,&rdquo; senior Shae Kelley said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re going to explain something and expect you to be able to do it.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Women's Basketball Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:50:37 +0000 87339 at Lettieri, Shibrowski attend Wild camp By: <a href="/users/jsatzingermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jack Satzinger</a><br/><p>Vinni Lettieri has spent nearly two consecutive weeks playing hockey nonstop, going from the New York Rangers&rsquo; prospect development camp from June 30 to July 4 to the Minnesota Wild&rsquo;s development camp July 9&ndash;14.</p> <p>But after a Wild scrimmage Monday night, he didn&rsquo;t look one bit fatigued.</p> <p>As fellow campmates changed out of their sweat-soaked uniforms and into athletic apparel, the Gophers&rsquo; rising sophomore emerged from the locker room at the Xcel Energy Center wearing royal blue dress shoes and matching slacks.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Men's Hockey Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:49:08 +0000 87338 at Assistant named to prestigious coaching program By: <a href="/users/jperovichmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Joe Perovich</a><br/><p>Krystle Seidel has aspirations of coaching her own college soccer program in the future. But until then, the Gophers assistant coach is taking the necessary steps to reach that level.</p> <p>Seidel was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America&rsquo;s 30 Under 30 program in late June. She is the lone Big Ten representative in this year&rsquo;s program.</p> <p>The 30 Under 30 program is a one-year education and mentorship program aiming to cultivate 30 of the nation&rsquo;s brightest and youngest collegiate soccer coaches.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soccer Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:46:50 +0000 87336 at Cape Cod hosts Thonvold’s summer of development By: <a href="/users/jperovichmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Joe Perovich</a><br/><p>Growing up, Lance Thonvold often played catch in his backyard with his father.</p> <p>The ball would zip back and forth, and so too would the chatter and offhanded conjectures of what it would be like to play baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League.</p> <p>&ldquo;We always talked about how it&rsquo;d be really cool if I had the chance to play in the Cape Cod league,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>This summer, the rising Gophers junior right-hander is fulfilling the dream.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baseball Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:44:50 +0000 87334 at