Producer | Puck Drop

Randy Johnson is the producer of Puck Drop for the Star Tribune. He previously was the beat writer for University of Minnesota football and hockey, along with other college sports.

Johnson also spent 17 years as sports copy editor/layout editor at the Star Tribune after five years in a similar role with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. From 1991 through 1995, he was assistant sports editor and Penn State football beat writer for the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.


Gophers running back Ibrahim set to play against hometown Terrapins

The junior running back was one of the Gophers' lone bright spots against Michigan. His next challenge comes at Maryland, where he grew up about 15 miles from the school's stadium.


WCHA announces new schedule with teams starting play Nov. 20

The starting date will fall in between the Big Ten's (Nov. 13) and the NCHC (Dec. 1), with the WCHA the first to announce a specific schedule.


Hurry-up attack: Friday game gives Gophers less time to fix problems

The season moves on — and this week it's at a quicker pace than usual, as the Gophers prepare for Friday night's game at Maryland, the first of three such Friday contests over the next four weeks.


Fleck relishing NFL success for Winfield Jr., other former Gophers

If P.J. Fleck needed a pick-me-up after the Gophers' 49-24 loss to Michigan, he received it Sunday from three former players who are making an impact as NFL rookies.


Twin Cities' Hockey Niñas take to the ice to promote state's traditional sport

At a time when hockey officials and boosters are working to expand the sport, particularly among minorities, four girls in Bloomington have made it their mission, as well.


Michigan loss makes clear depleted Gophers 'have a lot of work to do'

Instead of dictating terms to the opponent as they had most of last year, the Gophers were the ones forced to play in a fashion dictated by their opponents. It didn't go well.


Gophers offensive line loses two starters for opener

Curtis Dunlap Jr. was on the sideline at TCF Bank Stadium with a cast on his left foot and using a scooter during pregame warmups, but there was no sign of Daniel Faalele.


Gophers shut down in 49-24 season-opening loss to Michigan

In retaining the Little Brown Jug, Michigan rushed for 256 yards (8.6 per carry), taking advantage of a Gophers defense that was replacing seven starters, including four NFL draft picks.


Randy Johnson's Gophers-Michigan game prediction

At stake is the Little Brown Jug, a trophy the Wolverines have won in 43 of the past 47 meetings. Will Minnesota buck that trend?


ESPN's 'College GameDay' crew getting familiar with Minneapolis

Host Rece Davis and Co. are back in town for Saturday's broadcast after making their first visit here last November.