Sports en Gophers blow past Eastern Illinois By: <a href="/users/jsatzingermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jack Satzinger</a><br/><p>For Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner, the script was flipped Thursday night.</p> <p>The Gophers opened their season with a mid-week home game under the lights for the second-straight year. But instead of being the back-up quarterback coming into the game during garbage time with little pressure on his shoulders, Leidner was &quot;the guy&quot; under center from the get-go.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:27:45 +0000 87551 at Minnesota defeats Eastern Illinois 42-20 Minnesota gophers took on the Eastern Illinois Panthers, Thursday evening at TCF Bank Stadium. <br/> <img src="" alt="" title="" width="180" height="120" class="imagecache imagecache-multimedia_page_more_multimedia imagecache-default imagecache-multimedia_page_more_multimedia_default"/> Football Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:14:47 +0000 87548 at Gophers split first two games By: Ben Gotz<br/><p>After opening up their nonconference schedule with an offensive explosion Friday, the Gophers lost to one of the top teams in the country Sunday afternoon.</p> <p>Minnesota opened its season with a win, defeating Stetson 10-0, but lost to No. 2 Florida State 4-1 in its second match.</p> <p>It was a tale of two games for the Gophers, who dominated possession against Stetson but saw the tables slightly turned when they played the Seminoles.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soccer Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:41:27 +0000 87530 at Gophers win lone exhibition game By: Ben Gotz<br/><p>The Gophers soccer team seemed to have one focus in their first match of the season: attack.</p> <p>In their warm-up for the regular season, the Gophers defeated North Dakota 3-0, thanks to a pressuring offensive performance that recorded 12 shots on goal in the match.</p> <p>For the Gophers, it was their first action on the field together since last November, and they were happy to just be back out there.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soccer Sat, 16 Aug 2014 04:25:42 +0000 87528 at TCF Bank Stadium set for Vikings’ arrival By: <a href="/users/jperovichmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Joe Perovich</a><br/><p>In the past year, TCF Bank Stadium has been the site of football, hockey and soccer games, as well as the University of Minnesota homecoming and MLB All-Star Game concerts.</p> <p>This weekend, the venue will get a new inhabitant when the Minnesota Vikings host the Oakland Raiders on Friday in a preseason game at TCF, their home for at least the next two seasons as they await their new stadium.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Wed, 06 Aug 2014 03:18:53 +0000 87508 at Coaches keep busy in summer By: <a href="/users/bhelfandmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Betsy Helfand</a><br/><p>Joel Johnson and Nadine Muzerall are used to sharing the same bench as coaches for the Gophers women&rsquo;s hockey team.</p> <p>This month, however, country loyalties have pitted the two on opposite sides.</p> <p>Muzerall, a Gophers assistant coach and Ontario native, was recently named an assistant coach for Canada&rsquo;s national women&rsquo;s under-18 team selection camp. And in May, Johnson, an associate head coach, was named the U.S. women&rsquo;s national under-18 team&rsquo;s head coach.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Women's Hockey Wed, 06 Aug 2014 03:10:33 +0000 87507 at Gophers begin fall camp By: <a href="/users/jsatzingermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jack Satzinger</a><br/><p>Looking ahead to the 2014 season, tight end is one of Minnesota&rsquo;s strongest positions on the offensive side of the ball.</p> <p>Maxx Williams is returning after a breakout freshman season, and senior Drew Goodger is a workhorse blocker capable of catching passes in the open field.</p> <p>But Duke Anyanwu, who could have played a big role at tight end along with Williams and Goodger, is out for the season with a right knee injury, Gophers head coach Jerry Kill told reporters Monday.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Wed, 06 Aug 2014 03:08:58 +0000 87506 at Big Ten remains a run-heavy league By: <a href="/users/jsatzingermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jack Satzinger</a><br/><p>Iowa running back Mark Weisman lowered his shoulder and rumbled in between tackles, bouncing off Gophers defenders for an 11-yard gain.</p> <p>Rain dripping off the Hawkeyes&rsquo; facemasks, they lined up for the next play, and quarterback Jake Rudock handed the football off to Weisman again: 5 yards.</p> <p>And again: 2 more yards.</p> <p>That sequence &mdash; part of Iowa&rsquo;s 23-7 victory at Minnesota last season &mdash; was a throwback display of Big Ten smash-mouth football.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Wed, 06 Aug 2014 03:06:46 +0000 87505 at Groenewegen reps native Canada By: <a href="/users/jperovichmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Joe Perovich</a><br/><p>Growing up, Sara Groenewegen watched the Canadian senior women&rsquo;s national softball team primarily from the dugout as the team&rsquo;s&nbsp;batgirl.</p> <p>Now, the Gophers pitcher serves a much more active role on the national team &mdash; she has competed on the team for two consecutive summers.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a dream come true to be named to the team last year and again this year,&rdquo; Groenewegen said. &ldquo;Being a batgirl for the team a while ago made me realize how high the level of play that [the players] were competing at.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Softball Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:17:21 +0000 87451 at New star Cobb embraces bigger role By: <a href="/users/bhelfandmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Betsy Helfand</a><br/><p>CHICAGO &mdash; David Cobb began last season as Minnesota&rsquo;s third-string running back.</p> <p>But when he got an opportunity in the first game of the season, he seized it.</p> <p>Starting running back Donnell Kirkwood sprained his ankle against Nevada-Las Vegas, and Cobb came into the game and rattled off a 60-yard run.</p> <p>After leapfrogging Kirkwood and Rodrick Williams at the position, Cobb kicks off this season as Minnesota&rsquo;s go-to guy in the backfield.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:15:54 +0000 87450 at