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gophers basketball: 'super saturday' preview vs. ohio state, in new york city


11 a.m. vs. ohio state • madison square gardentv; radio: btn; 1130-am, 103.5 fmwatch murphy vs. bates-dioppreview: the gophers (14-7, 3-5 in conference) are playing their third game in new york this season saturday after beating massachusetts and alabama in the barclays center classic in brooklyn in november. minnesota had reggie lynch and amir coffey and were nationally ranked and undefeated on the last trip to the big apple. now richard pitino is down two starters (lynch suspended and coffey hurt shoulder) and his team has four losses in the last five games, including three by an average margin of 22 points against northwestern, purdue and maryland. pitino has tried two different starting lineups (michael hurt and jamir harris took turns replacing coffey), but the gophers are still searc






gophers-ohio state women's basketball preview


6 p.m. at ohio state • no tv, 93.3-fmgophers face high-scoring ohio statepreview: after their first home loss of the season, the gophers (12-3, 1-1 big ten) travel to ohio state, the conference preseason favorite. on sunday, the gophers got outscored 22-15 in the fourth quarter in a 79-74 loss to nebraska. ohio state, ranked no. 10, is one of four big ten teams that has started conference play 2-0. the buckeyes (13-2, 2-0), the defending big ten regular-season champion, defeated indiana 85-70 on sunday for their sixth win in a row.players to watch: g kenisha bell leads the gophers in scoring (21.7 points per game). bell scored 30 on sunday — her sixth consecutive game scoring at least 20 points. sophomore g gadiva hubbard, who scored 15 on sunday, is averaging 13.3 points per game. senior






series preview: gophers hockey at ohio state


5:30 p.m. friday, 7 p.m. saturday at ohio state big ten network, 1130-am, 103.5-fmteams coming off losses collidepreview: the gophers, ranked no. 7 in the uscho.com poll, are coming off a home split vs. wisconsin. the gophers (10-7-1, 4-5-1-1 big ten) won the series opener 5-4; the badgers won the second game 3-2. the gophers outshot the badgers 42-32 in the loss, including 20-10 in the third period. ohio state, ranked no. 15, is coming off a 4-0 loss to penn state last saturday. the loss ended a five-game unbeaten streak for the buckeyes (8-4-4, 3-4-1), who had tied penn state 5-5 in the series opener. the gophers and buckeyes split four games last season — each won once on the road.players to watch: senior d steve johnson assisted on both gophers goals in the loss saturday for his first






gophers-michigan state women's basketball game preview


7 p.m. vs. michigan state • big ten network, 88.5-fmpreview: the gophers (11-10, 2-6) have lost three of their past four games and at the halfway point of the big ten season are in 12th place. the spartans (14-7, 4-4) have been without head coach suzy merchant since jan. 17, when she went on medical leave. the team is being run by istant amaka agugua. michigan state broke a three-game losing streak on wednesday at wisconsin. the last time these teams met (feb. 21, 2016, in east lansing), they combined for 220 points. the spartans are the only big ten team to beat maryland or ohio state this season. they beat the buckeyes 94-75 in east lansing.players to watch: michigan state’s tori jan ka (22.0) and the gophers’ carlie wagner (20.1) rank 2-3 in the big ten in scoring. jan ka scored a schoo






gameday preview: no tv but watch the gophers-umass game live here


11 a.m. vs. umass • new york • no tv, 1130-am, 103.5-fmu spends weekend in new yorkpreview: the no. 14 gophers (5-0) play the first of several games in new york city this season against massachusetts at liu-brooklyn’s steinberg wellness center. on this same trip, they play alabama on saturday to end the barclays center classic in brooklyn. minnesota returns to the big apple on jan. 20; it will play ohio state and the gophers hockey team will play michigan state at madison square garden. msg also will host the big ten tournament for the first time from feb. 28 through march 4. the minutemen (3-1) were picked to finish at the bottom of the atlantic 10 this season after seven players left the program when derek kellogg was fired a 15-win season in 2016-17. first-year coach matt mccall has onl






gameday preview: gophers basketball at illinois


3 p.m. at illinois • state farm center • btn (1500-am)preview: the gophers (15-7, 3-6 big ten) opened conference play with two big road victories at purdue and northwestern. but they have lost three in a row away from home since then, against michigan state, penn state and ohio state. can they break a five-game losing streak urday at illinois? the gophers haven’t won in champaign since 2013. the illini (13-10, 3-7) have won five of the past six games in the series. but they have lost five of their past six games this season, including 57-43 at home tuesday against big ten co-leader wisconsin.players to watch: gophers senior g akeem springs is averaging 18 points on 51 percent shooting from the floor (20-for-39) and 45 percent from three-point range (9-for-20) since being inserted into the






dwyer, groenewegen power u to big ten softball tournament title


ann arbor, mich. — thanks to big performances from sydney dwyer and sara groenewegen, the gophers are big ten softball tournament champions again.the gophers beat ohio state 6-0 to win the championship saturday, their third conference tournament title in four seasons. that came after dwyer hit a walk-off home run to carry the gophers to a 6-5 victory over illinois in the semifinals earlier in the day.dwyer homered twice against the illini, and she also broke a scoreless tie in the championship game with a two-run homer in the fifth inning against the buckeyes. groenewegen, who was perfect through that point, finished ohio state off from there, finishing with a two-hitter. the star pitcher won all three tournament games for the gophers after winning the semifinal with two perfect innings of






minnesota scene: gophers recruit wins new york's mr. basketball honor


gophers four-star basketball recruit isaiah washington became the latest new york city point guard to be named mr. basketball in the state of new york on monday, according to jorge lopez, his coach at st. raymond high school.washington, who averaged 26 points and six assists for the ravens, scored a season-high 54 points in a loss to cardinal hayes this season. but he's expected to be more of a facilitator for the gophers next season.the 6-1 bronx, n.y., native is ranked as the 64th-best player in the 2017 class by 247sports.com's composite ranking. washington joins patrick school (n.j.) senior guard jamir harris in the gophers' freshman class next season."isaiah washington is as dynamic a point guard as you'll find in the country," gophers coach richard pitino said earlier this year. "so






gophers recruit isaiah washington named mr. basketball new york


what does gophers four-star recruit isaiah washington have in common with kenny anderson, stephon marbury and sebastian telfair?the st. raymond high school senior joined three new york city point guard legends being named mr. basketball in new york on monday, according to his high school coach jorge lopez.washington, who averaged 26 points and six assists for the ravens, is the second straight big ten recruit to win the new york mr. basketball award. maryland's kevin huerter earned the top honor last season. minnesota coach richard pitino signed a mr. basketball for the second straight season, including the state of minnesota's top senior amir coffey from hopkins last year.washington, a 6-foot-1 bronx native, is the 64th best player in the 2017 class by 247sports.com's composite ranking. h






gophers-unlv women's basketball preview - startribune.com


4:30 p.m. at unlv • no tv, 93.3-fmu faces another unbeatenpreview: the gophers and unlv, two unbeaten teams will meet for the first time in 13 years. it’s the fourth meeting in the series, but the first time the two have met in las vegas. the gophers (6-0) defeated wake forest 93-81 on saturday. unlv (4-0) is coming off a 68-52 victory over hofstra.players to watch: gophers g gadiva hubbard, who was averaging 10.8 points per game, scored a season-high 25 points to lead the gophers on saturday. rebels c katie powell, a 6-4 junior, is averaging 15.8 points and 11 rebounds per game. g brooke johnson, a 6-0 senior, is averaging 14 points and g nikki wheatley, a 5-5 junior, 13 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. wheatley had 15 points and 12 rebounds against hofstra.joel rippel






gophers added to barclays center classic; will make three trips to nyc


gophers coach richard pitino is trying to take over new york.well, that might not really be his intention. but making three trips there next season will give minnesota a chance to make a statement in the big apple. the gophers most recently found out they would be playing in the barclays center classic in brooklyn around thanksgiving next season, a source with direct knowledge confirmed tuesday.cbssports.com’s jon rothstein first reported the barclays classic field, which includes byu, alabama and massachusetts. the exact date and matchups have yet to be determined.pitino should have a preseason top 25 team going into the 2017-18 season with nearly his entire squad returning from a 24-win team that reached the ncaa tournament for the first time since 2013.the gophers will return to new yor






gophers 4-1-1: everything on saturday's gophers-oregon state game


oklahoma quarterback baker mayfield clearly recalls the blowout in norman when ohio state came to town a year ago. the young buckeyes dominated, quieting the home crowd in a 45-24 thumping of the sooners.






gophers basketball, hockey leaving espn 1500 for 'the fan' family of stations


the radio landscape for gophers sports changed tuesday with an announcement that their men’s basketball, men’s hockey and women’s basketball games are moving from 1500am espn to iheartmedia channels, such as kfxn (100.3-fm).kfxn , commonly known as k-fan, will broadcast between 12 and 20 gophers men’s basketball games next season, depending on conflicts with the vikings and wild. the rest of the team’s games will move to ktlk (1130-am) with a simulcast on 103.5 fm.all gophers men’s hockey games will be broadcast on 1130am and simulcast on 103.5 fm. all gophers women’s basketball games will be broadcast on 93.3 fm.gophers football games, already broadcast on kfxn, will remain on that station through the 2020-2021 school year.the gophers announced that live radio coverage of all four of thes






big changes for gophers sports radio and app broadcasts


the radio landscape for gophers sports changed tuesday with an announcement that their men’s basketball, men’s hockey and women’s basketball games are moving from 1500-am espn to iheartmedia channels, such as kfan (100.3-fm).kfan will broadcast between 12 and 20 gophers men’s basketball games next season, depending on conflicts with the vikings and wild. the rest of the team’s games will move to ktlk (1130-am) with a simulcast on 103.5-fm.all gophers men’s hockey games will be broadcast on 1130-am and simulcast on 103.5-fm. all gophers women’s basketball games will be broadcast on 93.3-fm.gophers football games, already broadcast on kfan, will remain on that station through the 2020-2021 school year.the gophers announced that live radio coverage of all four of these teams — football, men’s






ohio state puts 7-0 big ten mark on line against minnesota


a look at the upcoming week around the big ten conference:game of the weekend: minnesota (14-6, 3-4) vs. no. 22 ohio state (16-4, 7-0), saturday, at new york. the gophers and buckeyes meet in the third annual "super saturday — college hoops & hockey" at madison square garden. the buckeyes continue to impress in chris holtmann's first year in columbus . ohio state has won four straight big ten road games in a single season for the first time since 2011 after winning at northwestern on thursday. saturday's game ends a stretch of three straight away from home for the gophers. they broke a three-game losing streak with their overtime win at penn state and visit maryland on thursday night before heading to the big apple.looking ahead: no. 23 michigan (16-4, 5-2) is on a roll as it steams toward






ohio state 3, gophers women 2


anthony souffle – star tribunegallery: minnesota golden gophers forward lindsay agnew (14), forward caitlin reilly (23), and ohio state buckeyes goaltender kassidy sauve (32) watched as a loose puck floated in front of the net in the second period.






hartman: 'it's going to be lit' washington says of gophers' basketball


it’s hard to think of a more exciting prospect to come to the university of minnesota men’s basketball program than isaiah washington, the four-star point guard from new york city.washington, who started what amounts to a mini-brand with his “jelly fam” social media buzz, gave his first media interview since arriving in the twin cities for the fall semester on friday.“i picked minnesota because i wanted to start my own legacy here and prove to kids that you don’t have to go to these big-time schools to be successful,” washington said.nba stars came to his games at st. raymond’s high school in the bronx, and he has become something of a next-generation star in the basketball world, with more than 373,000 instagram followers (@jellyfam_dimes), despite not yet playing a single college game.hi






defense steps up as no. 10 ohio state routs minnesota 91-75


columbus, ohio — stephanie mavunga scored 25 points and kelsey mitchell added 21 to help no. 10 ohio state rout minnesota 91-75 on thursday night.mavunga was sensational in hitting 11 of her 15 shots from the floor and grabbing five rebounds before leaving the game with 7:49 left. the buckeyes played tight, aggressive defense in limiting a golden gophers team that had been averaging nearly 87 points a game but shot just 39 percent from the floor. minnesota turned the ball over 17 times, leading to 18 ohio state points.ohio state (13-2, 2-0 big ten) won its seventh in a row, including all six games in the month of december.minnesota (12-4, 1-2) lost its second in a row, having dropped a conference matchup with nebraska on dec. 31.destiny pitts paced minnesota with 28 points, including seven






gameday preview: gophers vs. penn state at big ten women's basketball tournament


big ten women's basketball tourney5:30 p.m. vs. penn state at bankers life fieldhouse, indianapolis • btn, 1440-amslumping gophers need to get hot againpreview: the gophers (14-15, 5-11 big ten) enter the tournament as the no. 10 seed after losing three games in a row to end the regular season. no. 7 seed penn state (19-9, 9-7) defeated them 77-66 in the teams' only regular-season meeting at state college on feb. 8, and enters the tournament with five victories in its past six games. the gophers are 8-22 all-time at the big ten tournament and have never won it. their best finish was second place in 2005. the winner will play fourth-ranked maryland in friday's quarterfinals.players to watch: gophers guard carlie wagner was named second-team all-big ten on monday for the second consecutive s






gophers' washington listed as one of big ten's top freshman


richard pitino returns nearly everyone from a 24-win ncaa tournament team, including several players who received all-big ten honors.but freshman isaiah washington is arguably the most talked about player for the fifth-year gophers men’s basketball coach – and he hasn’t even made his debut yet.the 6-foot-1, 160-pound throwback new york city point guard has as much hype surrounding him as any newcomer in the big ten. and several preseason lists have already tabbed washington as one of the top incoming freshmen in the conference. “he had a really, really good summer,” pitino said. “that’s one step. that’s a small step, so we’ll see where it goes from here.”most recently, scout.com rated washington no. 2 among big ten freshmen expected to make an impact. the only player ahead of him was michi






gophers women's hockey team looks to get back to winning ways


after a surprisingly rocky opening weekend, the gophers women’s hockey team enters conference play focused on improving its defense.the seven-time national champion gophers lost their opening game last friday, a 4-3 stunner to merrimack at home. while they followed that with a 4-1 victory, the gophers this week are eyeing better results this weekend at ridder arena against ohio state.“our team is focused on what we can do better,” senior forward caitlin reilly said.coach brad frost wants his gophers to raise all levels of defense, which he said will spring better offensive possessions.freshman alex gulstene stopped 16 of 17 shots for minnesota in the second game vs. merrimack.ohio state had little trouble in its opening weekend, sweeping nonconference foe rensselaer polytechnic institute 4






sports on tv and radio


today's gophers-north carolina women's basketball game is available at 2:30 p.m. on the espn app and on the web hereon the air wednesdaybasketballtimetvradiocollege women: gophers at n. carolina 2:30 p.m. 93.3-fm, watch espncollege women: notre dame at michigan 5 p.m. btnnba: washington at philadelphia 6 p.m. nbatvcollege men: auburn at dayton 6 p.m. cbssncollege men: clemson at ohio state 6:15 p.m. espn2college men: penn state at n.c. state 6:15 p.m. espnucollege men: michigan at n. carolina 6:30 p.m. espnnba: timberwolves at new orleans 7 p.m. fsn 830-amcollege women: florida st. at iowa 7 p.m. btncollege women: middle tenn. at miss. 7 p.m. secncollege men: miami at gophers 8:15 p.m. espn2 100.3-fmcollege men: boston coll. at nebraska 8:15 p.m. espnucollege men: duke at indiana 8:30 p.m.






gameday preview: northwestern at gophers women's basketball


preview: this game had been scheduled for jan. 11, but it was postponed after northwestern player jordan hankins died at age 19 on jan. 9. a memorial service was held wednesday. both teams played saturday and play again thursday; for northwestern (17-7, 6-5 big ten), which has lost two in a row, it makes for three road games in six days. the gophers (13-12, 4-8) beat rutgers 80-46 at home saturday, marking their fewest points allowed under coach marlene stollings.players to watch: gophers g kenisha bell scored 19 points saturday, going 11-for-12 on free throws; the gophers were 27-for-34 on foul shots overall. bell is averaging 16.7 points per game, second on the team to carlie wagner’s 19.4. wagner has struggled the past two games, shooting a combined 6-for-34. … northwestern senior f nia






gophers fall to ohio state but remain tied for first


columbus, ohio – the last time they met, ohio state broke a six-game losing streak against the gophers with an eight-goal outburst in early december at mariucci arena.this time the no. 12 buckeyes only needed five goals and a midgame rally to beat minnesota 5-4 on friday night in big ten hockey.“we knew we didn’t want to get into a shootout with them, and their guys made big plays for them tonight,” gophers coach don lucia said. “we had chances, and we battled back, but they earned the win in the third period.”despite the loss, the no. 5 gophers (17-8-2, 8-3 big ten) remained in a tie for first place in the big ten with wisconsin because the badgers lost 6-3 to penn state.after falling behind 2-0 against the buckeyes, the gophers took a 3-2 lead on vinni lettieri’s goal at 10 minutes, 15 s






ohio state rallies to upset no. 5 gophers in women's hockey


columbus, ohio – seventh-ranked ohio state scored two goals in the third period to upset the no. 5 gophers 3-2 on friday in wcha women’s hockey and extend its winning streak to four games.charly dahlquist tied the game at 2-all nearly 11 minutes into the final period on a power play. liz schepers got the winner several minutes later, at 16:04.both of them are among the eight minnesotans on the buckeyes squad.dahlquist is a junior forward from eden prairie; she transferred to ohio state this season after north dakota folded its program. schepers is a freshman forward from moundthe win kept the buckeyes unbeaten against minnesota this season. in early october at ridder arena, ohio state won the first game over minnesota 3-2 on dahlquist’s goal in the third and tied the second 5-5, winning th






gophers fall to ohio state but remain tied for first


columbus, ohio – the last time they met, ohio state broke a six-game losing streak against the gophers with an eight-goal outburst in early december at mariucci arena.this time the no. 12 buckeyes only needed five goals and a midgame rally to beat minnesota 5-4 on friday night in big ten hockey."we knew we didn't want to get into a shootout with them, and their guys made big plays for them tonight." gophers head coach don lucia said. "we had chances, and we battled back, but they earned the win in the third period."despite the loss, the no. 5 gophers (17-8-2, 8-3 big ten) remained in a tie for first place in the big ten with wisconsin because the badgers lost 6-3 to penn state.after falling behind 2-0 against the buckeyes, the gophers took a 3-2 lead on vinni lettieri's goal at 10 minutes,






georgia and ohio remain key recruiting battlegrounds for gophers under p.j. flec


the gophers had some big recruiting success in georgia under jerry kill and tracy claeys, landing such players as rodney smith, shannon brooks, jalen myrick and jonathan celestin.but new coach p.j. fleck’s staff is showing an ability to pull recruits out of the peach state, too.as i wrote here, five of the 17 players committed to the gophers hail from minnesota. four others are from georgia: cb terrell smith, rb nolan edmonds, de abi okonji and wr rashod bateman.all are ranked as three-star recruits and it’s interesting looking at some of their other scholarship offers – smith (florida, michigan state, ole miss), edmonds (louisville, illinois and cal), okonji (mississippi state, michigan state, kansas state).then there’s bateman. he’s an outstanding basketball player, good enough to get ho






women's basketball preview: gophers at rhode island


u women's gameday6 p.m. at rhode island • no tv, 93.3-fmfirst road game takes u eastpreview: seven gophers scored in double figures in a season-opening 107-73 victory over lehigh on saturday. rhode island opened its season on friday with an 81-64 victory over umass-lowell. the rams, who were 6-23 last season, were picked to finish 13th in the atlantic 10. in the teams' only previous meeting, the gophers defeated the rams 90-78 on dec. 1, 1979.players to watch: gophers g carlie wagner scored 22 points on saturday to surpass 1,600 career points (eighth all-time for minnesota with 1,619). g gadiva hubbard made a career-high six three-pointers on seven attempts and scored 22 points. g elemy colome, who sat out last season after transferring from james madison, had 19 points, nine assists and f






gameday: gophers women's basketball finishes regular season at no. 2 maryland


11 a.m. at no. 2 maryland • btn, 1500-amterrapins have plenty on linepreview: the gophers (14-14, 5-10) are trying to avoid their first losing regular season since they went 14-16 in 2011-12. they already are locked into the no. 10 seed for the big ten tournament, which begins wednesday in indianapolis. maryland (26-2, 14-1) is tied for first place with ohio state going into the final day of the regular season. the buckeyes, who beat the terrapins on monday, play at rutgers at 2 p.m. maryland beat the gophers 83-72 on jan. 1 at williams arena.players to watch: maryland will honor seniors brionna jones (19.2 ppg, 10.6 rpg) and shatori walker-kimbrough (18.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg) before the game. as terrapins, they have won 119 games and lost just 16.numbers: maryland is 5-0 all-time (2-0 at home) v






dwyer, groenewegen power u to big ten softball tournament title


ann arbor, mich. – thanks to big performances from sydney dwyer and sara groenewegen, the gophers are big ten softball tournament champions again.the gophers beat ohio state 6-0 to win the championship saturday, their third conference tournament title in four seasons. that came after dwyer hit a walk-off home run to carry the gophers to a 6-5 victory over illinois in the semifinals earlier in the day.the no. 2 gophers (54-3) have won 25 games in a row going into the ncaa tournament. the 64-team field will be announced sunday night, and the gophers are certain to play host to a four-team regional next weekend.“they’re just competitive,” gophers coach jessica allister told the big ten network following the championship game. “i keep saying that, but that’s all i can say. they believe in them






dwyer, groenewegen power u to big ten softball tournament title


ann arbor, mich. – thanks to big performances from sydney dwyer and sara groenewegen, the gophers are big ten softball tournament champions again.the gophers beat ohio state 6-0 to win the championship saturday, their third conference tournament title in four seasons. that came after dwyer hit a walk-off home run to carry the gophers to a 6-5 victory over illinois in the semifinals earlier in the day.the no. 2 gophers (54-3) have won 25 games in a row going into the ncaa tournament. the 64-team field will be announced sunday night, and the gophers are certain to play host to a four-team regional next weekend."they're just competitive," gophers coach jessica allister told the big ten network following the championship game. "i keep saying that, but that's all i can say. they believe in them






sara groenewegen's no-hitter powers gophers past northwestern in big ten softbal


sara groenewegen pitched a no-hitter friday, striking out 11 of the 24 northwestern wildcats she faced, and the gophers are moving on in the big ten tournament.minnesota beat northwestern 5-1 in the quarterfinal and next play the winner of the illinois-penn state game later friday, on saturday at 1 p.m. the winner of that semifinal advances to the big ten championship game later saturday at 6 p.m.groenewegen labored through a rough (by her standards) seventh inning but closed out the no-hitter for the gophers.freshman kendyl lindaman drove in two runs, and maddie houlihan had three hits, two stolen bases and an rbi.no. 2 seed michigan is the favorite on the bottom half of the bracket, and the wolverines and gophers could meet in the title game again this year. michigan would first need to






gophers tie with ohio state in women's hockey


the no. 4 gophers women’s hockey team tied ohio state 5-5 on saturday afternoon at ridder arena — and the gophers were fortunate to get the draw.the buckeyes (3-0-1, 1-0-1) outshot the home team 9-0 in the five-minute scoreless overtime. osu, which won the ensuing shootout 2-0 for an extra point in the wcha standings, won the series opener 4-3 to end a 44-game winless streak against minnesota.“it was an exciting hockey game, that’s for sure, kind of fire-wagon hockey out there,” gophers coach brad frost said. “… we did a lot of good things.”the gophers (1-2, 0-1) took a 2-0 lead in the first eight minutes as olivia knowles, on a power play, and caitlin reilly scored. after osu tied it, sophie skarzynski made it 3-2 gophers with 3:52 left in the opening period. alex woken restored minnesota






bemidji state beats gophers, ties women's wcha playoff series


senior forward ciscely nelson scored the go-ahead goal at 11 minutes, 9 seconds of the third period, and bemidji state upset the second-seeded gophers 2-1 on saturday at ridder arena, forcing a decisive third game in their best-of-three first-round wcha playoff series.nelson also assisted on summer thibodeau’s first-period goal for the beavers (12-19-3, 7-18-3-1), who beat the gophers 24-6-5, 19-4-5-3) for the second time this season.the gophers won the series opener 3-1 on friday.sarah potomak had tied it for the gophers with a shorthanded score in the final minute of the second period, but the gophers got nothing else past bemidji state goalie brittni mowat, who made 33 saves. mowat shut out the gophers 2-0 in october. gophers goalie sidney peters, who needed to make only eight saves in






bemidji state beats gophers, ties women's wcha playoff series


senior forward ciscely nelson scored the go-ahead goal at 11 minutes, 9 seconds of the third period, and bemidji state upset the second-seeded gophers 2-1 on saturday at ridder arena, forcing a decisive third game in their best-of-three first-round wcha playoff series.nelson also assisted on summer thibodeau's first-period goal for the beavers (12-19-3, 7-18-3-1), who beat the gophers 24-6-5, 19-4-5-3) for the second time this season.the gophers won the series opener 3-1 on friday.sarah potomak had tied it for the gophers with a shorthanded score in the final minute of the second period, but the gophers got nothing else past bemidji state goalie brittni mowat, who made 33 saves. mowat shut out the gophers 2-0 in october. gophers goalie sidney peters, who needed to make only eight saves in






ohio state finally beats gophers in women's hockey after a decade


it had been nearly 10 years since the ohio state women’s hockey team had beaten the gophers.but minnesota’s 44-game unbeaten streak against the buckeyes had to end some day. turns out it was friday night.ohio state edged the no. 4 gophers 3-2 at ridder arena in the wcha opener for both teams. charly dahlquist broke a 2-all tie with a goal for ohio state at 7 minutes, 22 seconds of third period.junior forward jacyn reeves scored twice for ohio state (3-0) in the first four minutes of the game.the gophers tied the score in the second period. junior defenseman sophie skarzynski got the first minnesota goal at 10:59. grace zumwinkle, a freshman forward, made it 2-2 at 14:19 with her third power-play goal of the season.junior kassidy sauve made 26 saves — 17 in the second period — for the bucke






reinforcements: gophers basketball freshmen washington, harris are early arrival


isaiah washington and jamir harris are starting their college careers a bit early.summer school opens in a couple of weeks at the university of minnesota, but the gophers’ two incoming men’s basketball recruits are joining the team this week.the last time washington and harris were together, they shared the same court at the jordan classic all-star regional game last month at the barclays center in new york.now they will be roommates and soon begin preparing to make an impact as freshmen for coach richard pitino, who returns several members of a 24-win ncaa tournament team.“originally, i was going to come down in june, but they wanted me here early,” harris said. “i couldn’t say no. it happened so quick. i’m very excited to experience new things in college and be a part of gophers nation.”






without immigration, canada’s growth could be close to zero in 20 years if low f


toronto – after debbie clarke’s first child had reached the “terrible twos,” she and her husband decided their family of three was big enough – adding a sibling would be just too much.“at the time i was working really late hours and i just didn’t think it was fair to have another child when i didn’t really have the time and the energy to put into another child,” said clarke of mississauga, ont., whose son austin is now 15.“when he was younger it was very hectic because i had to work nights. my husband worked days. i thought to myself, ‘you know what? i have to do what i think i can handle physically, emotionally financially … i think one is good enough for me.”‘clarke is among a growing proportion of canadian women choosing to have only one child – or none at all. and that trend towards li