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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.

U has 7 of state's top 9 football recruits — and Fleck wants the rest

Of the state's top nine recruits, according to, all but Nos. 1 and 3 on the list have made verbal commitments to the Gophers. The other two still haven't made a choice.

Gophers protect rivalry games as Big Ten schedule overhaul kills divisions

A major reshaping of the Big Ten football schedule, which coincides with USC and UCLA joining the conference in 2024, also changes how teams will qualify for the conference title game.

Big Ten of the future: Gophers' 2024, '25 football schedules at a glance

The Gophers' 2024 slate looks especially tough with North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa and Wisconsin. But in 2025, Minnesota avoids the Wolverines and the Buckeyes.

Big Ten sets major football schedule announcement for 3:30 p.m. today

The conference will announce each Big Ten home and road opponent for the 2024 and 2025 seasons along with a new scheduling model.

A look at Minnesota's top in-state football recruits in the class of 2024

With the Gophers heading into a key phase of their recruiting cycle, here's a player-by-player look at the top talent from Minnesota in this class.

Former U star Darwitz leaves post as Gophers women's hockey assistant

There were indications that Natalie Darwitz, a former Eagan, Gophers and Team USA standout, and head coach Brad Frost had philosophical differences.

Chanhassen edge rusher commits to Gophers for 2024 football season

Sam Macy's commitment gives the Gophers seven of the top nine Minnesota prep players in the class, according to 247Sports.

College Football Hall of Fame ballot filled with Minnesota ties

The class will be revealed early next year. There are also five more with connections to the state on the ballot for honors in college football's lower divisions, including a former Viking and two coaches.

Twins fall behind right away, keep striking out in 4-1 loss to Giants

Bailey Ober gave up San Francisco's four runs to the first four batters he faced. The pitching settled down, but the Twins offense flailed away without making much impact.

Buxton proving he can stick in Twins lineup by listening to his body

The Twins designated hitter was back hitting cleanup on Monday night after missing Sunday's game with knee soreness — he has appeared in 43 of 48 games this season.