Sports http://www.mndaily.com/rss/sports en Big Ten boasts talented running backs http://www.mndaily.com/sports/football/2014/10/22/big-ten-boasts-talented-running-backs By: <a href="/users/jsatzingermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jack Satzinger</a><br/><p>When Georgia running back Todd Gurley was suspended indefinitely earlier this month for allegedly violating NCAA rules, it opened up the race for the Heisman Trophy.</p> <p>Gurley, who has rushed for 773 yards over five games this season, was a front-runner for the award.</p> <p>But Gurley&rsquo;s suspension has also given relevance to the Big Ten, a conference that has had a hard time gaining respect this season with once prominent programs like Michigan and Penn State struggling.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/football/2014/10/22/big-ten-boasts-talented-running-backs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:50:54 +0000 adohnalek@mndaily.com 88645 at http://www.mndaily.com ‘I fought through it’ http://www.mndaily.com/sports/football/2014/10/21/%E2%80%98i-fought-through-it%E2%80%99 By: <a href="/users/jsatzingermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jack Satzinger</a><br/><p>Minnesota&rsquo;s locker room was electric.</p> <p>After the Gophers upset then-No. 9 Wisconsin last January, reporters weaved throughout Williams Arena&rsquo;s underbelly as joyous shouts echoed from the facility&rsquo;s showers.</p> <p>Some athletes sat in front of their lockers ready to take questions, but in the center of the jubilation was Andre Hollins, hunched over crutches to keep weight off his left ankle.</p> <p>After knocking down a shot on the first possession of the game, Hollins landed on Badgers guard Josh Gasser&rsquo;s foot.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/football/2014/10/21/%E2%80%98i-fought-through-it%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:53:34 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88607 at http://www.mndaily.com Gophers learn from near-loss to Purdue http://www.mndaily.com/sports/football/2014/10/21/gophers-learn-near-loss-purdue By: <a href="/users/jsatzingermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jack Satzinger</a><br/><p>When Gophers coaches addressed the media on Tuesday afternoon following Minnesota&rsquo;s 39-38 victory against Purdue on Saturday, they uttered the same phrase multiple times: &ldquo;teaching moment.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Gophers were favored to beat the Boilermakers by double digits heading into the game, but they trailed by 11 at halftime, and big plays punctuated the entire game.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/football/2014/10/21/gophers-learn-near-loss-purdue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:49:13 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88605 at http://www.mndaily.com Tapp helps lead young Gophers http://www.mndaily.com/sports/volleyball/2014/10/21/tapp-helps-lead-young-gophers By: <a href="/users/rtimmermanmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Rachel Timmerman</a><br/><p>What a difference a year makes.</p> <p>Sophomore middle blocker Paige Tapp watched from the sideline for a majority of last season, playing in only 21 sets.</p> <p>More than halfway through this season, Tapp has more than tripled that number.</p> <p>After playing every match this season, Tapp has emerged as a go-to player and a leader on the court.</p> <p>&ldquo;She&rsquo;s able to execute on the court at a higher level than she was a year ago, clearly,&rdquo; head coach Hugh McCutcheon said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/volleyball/2014/10/21/tapp-helps-lead-young-gophers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Volleyball Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:45:51 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88604 at http://www.mndaily.com Banham works to cement legacy http://www.mndaily.com/sports/womens-basketball/2014/10/20/banham-works-cement-legacy By: <a href="/users/bhelfandmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Betsy Helfand</a><br/><p>Rachel Banham dropped 15 points in the first game of her collegiate career nearly three years ago.</p> <p>In her debut performance, the guard led her team in scoring.</p> <p>Fast-forward to Banham&rsquo;s senior year and not much has changed.</p> <p>Though she likely has the most talented supporting cast since she began college, Banham will still shoulder a major load of the Gophers&rsquo; offense.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/womens-basketball/2014/10/20/banham-works-cement-legacy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Women's Basketball Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:34:21 +0000 adohnalek@mndaily.com 88587 at http://www.mndaily.com Column: Gophers will thrive from disappointment http://www.mndaily.com/sports/womens-hockey/2014/10/20/column-gophers-will-thrive-disappointment By: <a href="/users/dnelson" title="View User Profile">David Nelson</a><br/><p>For what seemed like the first time in a long time, Minnesota traveled to face the Wisconsin Badgers last weekend as the second-best team in the nation.</p> <p>After tying Minnesota-Duluth the week before, the No. 2 Gophers needed to earn their title back from top-ranked Wisconsin.</p> <p>Though it needed some extra time on Saturday night, Minnesota took care of business in Wisconsin and found itself back on top of the college hockey world Monday.</p> <p>And the Gophers will likely not move in the rankings again for the remainder this season.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/womens-hockey/2014/10/20/column-gophers-will-thrive-disappointment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Women's Hockey Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:28:13 +0000 adohnalek@mndaily.com 88584 at http://www.mndaily.com Gophers plagued by injuries in midfield http://www.mndaily.com/sports/soccer/2014/10/20/gophers-plagued-injuries-midfield By: <a href="/users/bgotzmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Ben Gotz</a><br/><p>The Gophers&rsquo; midfield has not been short on success this season. But right now, it may be short on&nbsp;players.</p> <p>Freshman Rachel McCloskey, who made an impact early on this season, watched her team lose 4-1 to Wisconsin Saturday night from the sideline while propped up by crutches.</p> <p>During that game, the Gophers saw another starting midfielder and a key team leader, senior Katie Thyken, get hurt.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/soccer/2014/10/20/gophers-plagued-injuries-midfield" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soccer Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:22:20 +0000 adohnalek@mndaily.com 88582 at http://www.mndaily.com Berkholtz leads Gophers to 15th place http://www.mndaily.com/sports/cross-country/2014/10/19/berkholtz-leads-gophers-15th-place By: <a href="/users/mgreensteinmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Matt Greenstein</a><br/><p>The Gophers women&rsquo;s cross country team came into the Wisconsin adidas Invitational looking for a top-15 finish.</p> <p>Minnesota accomplished that Friday, finishing 15th in a field of 38, which included some of the top teams in the country.</p> <p>Head coach Sarah Hopkins gave the team a &ldquo;B.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;You can&rsquo;t be too upset when you put up a solid performance at this time of year,&rdquo; Hopkins said.</p> <p>Redshirt juniors Liz Berkholtz, Becca Dyson and Kaila Urick led Minnesota.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/cross-country/2014/10/19/berkholtz-leads-gophers-15th-place" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cross Country Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:23:22 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88558 at http://www.mndaily.com Women dominate, men fall short in dual meet http://www.mndaily.com/sports/swimming-diving/2014/10/19/women-dominate-men-fall-short-dual-meet By: <a href="/users/dnelson" title="View User Profile">David Nelson</a><br/><p>A family emergency kept Daryl Turner from competing against Arizona State in the Gophers&rsquo; first dual meet of the season two weeks ago.</p> <p>However, the sophomore made sure his presence was felt Friday night as Minnesota faced off against Wisconsin &mdash; winning all four events he competed in.</p> <p>&ldquo;You don&rsquo;t know how much I missed this environment,&rdquo; Turner said. &ldquo;So I just wanted to come here and do all I could for the team.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/swimming-diving/2014/10/19/women-dominate-men-fall-short-dual-meet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Swimming & Diving Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:22:49 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88556 at http://www.mndaily.com Gophers downed by Badgers at home http://www.mndaily.com/sports/soccer/2014/10/19/gophers-downed-badgers-home By: <a href="/users/bgotzmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Ben Gotz</a><br/><p>Despite a strong first-half performance, the Gophers weren&rsquo;t able to keep up with their rivals from across the border.</p> <p>The Gophers (8-7-1, 5-4-1 Big Ten) allowed three second-half goals to visiting No. 15 Wisconsin, losing 4-1 on Saturday. It&rsquo;s the first time the Gophers have suffered a loss to the Badgers since 2010.</p> <p>&ldquo;Obviously, we&rsquo;re all upset,&rdquo; said senior midfielder Taylor Wodnick. &ldquo;We came out playing how we wanted to play, how we normally play, and [then] in the second half, it just wasn&rsquo;t&nbsp;connecting.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/soccer/2014/10/19/gophers-downed-badgers-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soccer Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:22:04 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88555 at http://www.mndaily.com