Sports http://www.mndaily.com/rss/sports en Minnesota beats Nebraska 28-24 http://www.mndaily.com/multimedia/slideshows/2014/11/23/minnesota-beats-nebraska-28-24 <br/> Football Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:32:24 +0000 asnyder@mndaily.com 88285 at http://www.mndaily.com Gophers prepare for final meet http://www.mndaily.com/sports/cross-country/2014/11/20/gophers-prepare-final-meet By: Matt Greenstein<br/><p>In what head coach Sarah Hopkins called a &ldquo;really quick turnaround,&rdquo; the Gophers will race at the NCAA championships Saturday just eight days after placing second at the NCAA Midwest regional.</p> <p>Hopkins has set the goal of placing in the high teens for the team.</p> <p>At last year&rsquo;s meet, Minnesota placed 20th in a field of 31 teams.</p> <p>&ldquo;Improving on last year&rsquo;s performances is definitely something we want to accomplish,&rdquo; redshirt junior Liz Berkholtz said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/cross-country/2014/11/20/gophers-prepare-final-meet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cross Country Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:51 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88270 at http://www.mndaily.com Kroells excels on, off mat http://www.mndaily.com/sports/wrestling/2014/11/20/kroells-excels-mat By: Danny Chen<br/><p>After two-time NCAA champion Tony Nelson graduated last spring, the Gophers wrestling program had a vacant starting spot at the heavyweight position.</p> <p>Redshirt sophomore Michael Kroells has taken Nelson&rsquo;s spot and has big shoes to fill.</p> <p>The wrestling team has had 22 individual national championships, and seven of them have been heavyweights.</p> <p>Kroells, who is 2-0 to start the season, has a chance to add to that winning tradition.</p> <p>Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said Kroells has a chance to become great because of his discipline.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/wrestling/2014/11/20/kroells-excels-mat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wrestling Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:13 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88269 at http://www.mndaily.com Gophers win tight match against Terps http://www.mndaily.com/sports/volleyball/2014/11/19/gophers-win-tight-match-against-terps By: <a href="/users/rtimmermanmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Rachel Timmerman</a><br/><p>A few unforced errors and miscommunications kicked off a rough match for the Gophers against lowly&nbsp;Maryland.</p> <p>But Minnesota rebounded from a loss in the first set to defeat the Terrapins in five sets on Wednesday night.</p> <p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think we played great,&rdquo; head coach Hugh McCutcheon said.</p> <p>Still, he said the win was essential for the young team to remain in the conversation for postseason play.</p> <p>Minnesota started the match slowly, leading to a first-set loss.</p> <p>McCutcheon said Maryland performed well at the service line.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/volleyball/2014/11/19/gophers-win-tight-match-against-terps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Volleyball Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:59:24 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88268 at http://www.mndaily.com Tale of two halves in matinee win http://www.mndaily.com/sports/womens-basketball/2014/11/19/tale-two-halves-matinee-win By: Matt Greenstein<br/><p>For Gophers star Rachel Banham, the first half of Wednesday&rsquo;s 93-76 victory was forgettable.</p> <p>In a dismal first half, Banham started the game shooting 25 percent from the field.</p> <p>The Gophers were in a hole, at one point down 12 points and in dire need of a scorer to come to light. But senior forward Shae Kelley came forward, giving the team a much-needed spark.</p> <p>&ldquo;If someone&rsquo;s not hitting [shots], someone else is picking up for it,&rdquo; Banham said. &ldquo;It definitely helps when someone else is picking it up.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/womens-basketball/2014/11/19/tale-two-halves-matinee-win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Women's Basketball Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:58:28 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88267 at http://www.mndaily.com Grand Prix comes to Minneapolis http://www.mndaily.com/sports/swimming-diving/2014/11/19/grand-prix-comes-minneapolis By: Danny Chen<br/><p>The Gophers have faced solid conference foes, Iowa and Wisconsin, in their conference dual meets so far this season. But that level of competition will be pumped up this weekend as many of the Gophers line up against Olympic medalists.</p> <p>USA Swimming hosts an annual series called the Arena Grand Prix, and Minneapolis is one of its host cities.</p> <p>Head coach Kelly Kremer said the University of Minnesota and his program benefits from the Grand Prix being in Minneapolis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/swimming-diving/2014/11/19/grand-prix-comes-minneapolis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Swimming & Diving Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:57:26 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88265 at http://www.mndaily.com Big men look to improve rebounding http://www.mndaily.com/sports/mens-basketball/2014/11/19/big-men-look-improve-rebounding By: <a href="/users/jsatzingermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jack Satzinger</a><br/><p>Richard Pitino has high hopes for his redshirt senior big men.</p> <p>Before the season, he said eight rebounds per game was a realistic average for Elliott Eliason. On Tuesday, he said he thinks Mo Walker is going to be one of the Big Ten&rsquo;s best low-post threats this&nbsp;season.</p> <p>But two games into the season, Eliason, Walker and the rest of the Gophers&rsquo; big men have struggled to rebound.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/mens-basketball/2014/11/19/big-men-look-improve-rebounding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Men's Basketball Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:56:51 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88264 at http://www.mndaily.com Strong power play creates momentum for Minnesota http://www.mndaily.com/sports/womens-hockey/2014/11/19/strong-power-play-creates-momentum-minnesota By: <a href="/users/gdonaldmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Grant Donald</a><br/><p>Despite having one of the best power plays in the country, the Gophers left Minneapolis last weekend disappointed in their power-play&nbsp;production.</p> <p>Minnesota came up empty on all three of its power plays in a surprising 1-0 loss to Bemidji State earlier this month.</p> <p>However, after scoring three power-play goals in their series against Ohio State last weekend, the Gophers returned as the top scoring power-play unit in the nation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/womens-hockey/2014/11/19/strong-power-play-creates-momentum-minnesota" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Women's Hockey Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:55:51 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88263 at http://www.mndaily.com Gophers aiming to regroup after sweep http://www.mndaily.com/sports/mens-hockey/2014/11/19/gophers-aiming-regroup-after-sweep By: <a href="/users/bgotzmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Ben Gotz</a><br/><p>For the first time all season, Minnesota is not on top of the college hockey world.</p> <p>After being swept by rival Minnesota-Duluth, the Gophers were knocked down to No. 4 in the USCHO.com poll. The team received 90 percent of first-place votes in the poll last week and none this&nbsp;week.</p> <p>&ldquo;Monday was not fun coming into the rink,&rdquo; redshirt sophomore Connor Reilly said. &ldquo;Everyone was pissed off.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/mens-hockey/2014/11/19/gophers-aiming-regroup-after-sweep" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Men's Hockey Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:54:54 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88262 at http://www.mndaily.com Big-game experience should help Leidner, Gophers http://www.mndaily.com/sports/football/2014/11/19/big-game-experience-should-help-leidner-gophers By: <a href="/users/gdonaldmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Grant Donald</a><br/><p>Redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner has had a roller-coaster season to say the least.</p> <p>Whether it was early-season injuries, leading the team to major victories against Michigan and Iowa or making costly mistakes against Ohio State and TCU, each week has brought something new to the Lakeville, Minn.,&nbsp;native.</p> <p>However, offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover&nbsp; said one thing has stayed consistent for Leidner &mdash; his will to compete.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/sports/football/2014/11/19/big-game-experience-should-help-leidner-gophers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:53:22 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88260 at http://www.mndaily.com