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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.


Gophers men's hockey turns it on late to win 6-3, sweeping Mich. St.

Though not as complete as Friday's effort, the Gophers added three more points to their massive Big Ten standings-leading total.


Great eight: Gophers pound Michigan State to open series at Mariucci

Logan Cooley scored nine seconds into the opener of the Big Ten series and added two assists, and fellow freshman phenom Jimmy Snuggerud had a goal and two assists. Justen Close made 21 saves for the shutout.


Fleck fills three positions on Gophers football support staff

Defensive analyst Dennis Dottin-Carter, offensive analyst Keegan O'Hara and graduate assistant Shaq Vann will be joining P.J. Fleck's staff.


Strong season has Gophers' LaCombe in Hobey Baker Award talk

Senior Jackson LaCombe is among the nation's top scoring defensemen.


Gophers men's hockey looks for season sweep against Spartans

The Gophers are first in the Big Ten standings and have beaten Michigan State twice already on the road.


Gophers vs. UMD preview: Two of top women's hockey teams collide

Two of the best teams in the country go at it Friday and Saturday at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth.


U women's hockey on a 10-game tear. Three weeks of big games start now

The Gophers have outscored opponents 62-6 during their winning streak, which started at the beginning of December. But three of the marquee schools in women's hockey are just ahead, starting with UMD.


U, Bemidji women are two hockey teams going in different directions

The No. 3 Gophers have won eight games in a row; the Beavers have lost six straight and 12 of 13.


Gophers men try to sweep season hockey series with Wolverines

The No. 2 Gophers will try to expand their 10-point lead in the Big Ten standings against the Wolverines, who are in sixth place.


Just in time, Close steps in to backstop Gophers hockey team

After serving as an apprentice to Jack LaFontaine, Saskatchewan native Justen Close is in line for All-Big Ten honors.