College Colors Day: Fan Appreciation at MOA

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MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) -- As part of the University of Minnesota's support for the upcoming College Colors Day, Gopher Hockey student-athletes Brady Skjei and Mike Reilly will participate in a fan appreciation autograph signing this Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Mall of America. 

The duo will greet fans and sign autographs from 1-2 p.m. CT on the first floor, Northeast Corner Concourse of the mall. 

Gopher fans are also encouraged to show their support for the University of Minnesota all next week including the official College Colors Day - Friday, Aug. 29. 

College Colors Day is a day set aside for all universities across the country to engage their fans in wearing their respective school's colors. This year, it has also become a competition where tweets & Instagram posts are being recorded, with points going to the schools. For the University of Minnesota to score points the hashtags: #CollegeColors & #SkiUMah must be used. Learn more at CollegeColorsDay.com. 




What They're Saying - Aug. 19

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Check out the Gophers live (MyGopherSports)
True freshman who could play this season (Star Tribune)
A look at the linebackers (GopherSports)
Legania moves to O-line (Pioneer Press)
What you missed yesterday (GopherSports)
Cockran hoping to making his presence known (Pioneer Press)
Some #ALSIceBucketChallenge submissions from yesterday ...

USA Hockey Holds Women's National Festival

USA Hockey held its 2014 Women's National Festival last week at the Lake Placid Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. Senior Rachael Bona, junior Hannah Brandt, sophomore Dani Cameranesi, junior Milica McMillen, freshman Cara Piazza and sophomore Lee Stecklein participated in the five-day festival, which was used to select the 22-player rosters for the under-18 and 22-and-under teams to face Canada in this week's three-game series.

Day one highlights included on and off-ice strength and conditioning tests and a welcome from USA Hockey Director of Women's Hockey Reagan Carey.

Day two at the Women's National Festival included a game between Team Blue and Team White. USA Hockey shared a highlight video of the game with comments from head coach Ken Klee and select players. The highlights include goals by Hannah Brandt at the 2:30 mark and Dani Cameranesi at the 2:45 mark.

Following the festival, Brandt, Cameranesi, McMillen and Stecklein have been chosen to represent the United States as part of the 2014 U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team. The U.S. and Canada face off in three games Thursday, Friday and Sunday this week in Calgary, Alberta, at Canada Olympic Park.

Week in Review: Preseason

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Gopher Volleyball Update (8/18/14)

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MAGIC Blog: Gophers Update (8/18/14)

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What They're Saying - Aug. 18

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Gophers will sport some new helmets this season (GopherGridiron)
Check us out on Instagram (Instagram)
Claeys back in his comfort zone, molding strong defense (Star Tribune)
BTN was at practice on Friday and Saturday. Here is what they saw (BTN)
BTN crew was also Tweeting while on campus (BTN)
Come to a game (MyGopherSports)
Five things to preview the season (AP)
Sherels is living his dream (Pioneer Press)
Support Gopher football, get cool stuff (GopherSports)
Vikings bring passionate fan base to campus (Star Tribune)
NFL great helped Gophers out this summer (ESPN.com)
Can Donovahn Jones be Minnesota's deep threat in 2014? (The Daily Gopher)
Which true freshman can play this year? (1500ESPN)
Who is the No. 2 running back? (Pioneer Press)
Watch out for these guys (KFAN and KFAN)
Cobb is the man to begin the season, but Gophers have depth at running back (1500ESPN)
Q&A with Ryan Santoso (Star Tribune)
A look at the backs (GopherSports)
Cockran looking forward to taking another step forward in 2014 (FSN)
Elmore moves to defense, while Legania moves to offense (Pioneer Press and Star Tribune)

What They're Saying - Aug. 15

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Brick by Brick: Season 2, Episode 1 debuted last night (GopherSports)
Running backs, tight ends competing for No. 2 spots (Pioneer Press)
Who caught TD passes (Star Tribune) in yesterday's scrimmage? (Pioneer Press)
Scrimmage photos (GopherGridiron)
Don't forget about Donnell (Star Tribune)
What you missed yesterday (GopherSports)
Five things to know about the Gophers (Associated Press)
Find tickets for the Aug. 28 opener (MyGopherSports), and ride Metro Transit there for free (GopherSports)
These items could be yours (GopherSports)

David Cobb's autograph will soon be on this bus:

Softball Summer Blog #6: Sydney Fabian

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My summer has been one for the books. The excitement of summer began almost immediately after the excitement of season ended. About a week after our super regional appearance I got on a plane and headed to Vietnam.  

I was blessed to work with a program for student-athletes called Coach For College. The purpose of the program is to promote higher education through sport. I taught baseball and English to sixth and seventh graders in rural Vietnam. We taught young people the various skills you can learn from sports, and how they can apply those skills to learning and continuing their education passed middle school and even high school. 

In Vietnam it is not uncommon for kids to stop their education after middle school due to the exams to get into high school and university being too tough to pass. I learned so much through my experience with Coach for College. Being able to travel to the other side of the world is a remarkable and life-changing experience and I encourage everyone, if they have the opportunity, to do it.

After my return from Vietnam, I headed straight to campus so I could reunite with my team and we could start our various summer adventures. I spent a lot of time at my roommate Paige's cabin. There, we enjoyed swimming, water tubing, water sports, and relaxing in the sun. Paige and I agree that her cabin is the greatest place on earth (refer back to Paige's blog). 

Along with the cabin, I have volunteered for the MAC center, gone to numerous Twins games and concerts, and have spent time at my house hanging out with my family. I also have a part time job working at a bakery where I deliver and set up wedding cakes. It's a very fun job and I have yet to drop a cake...knock on wood. 

To end the summer, you can find me at the State Fair working in the Fresh French Fries booth. I have great friends at the booth and it will be a great finish to a great summer! Thanks for taking the time to read about my summer, I hope all of yours are going as well as mine! 

Go Gophers! 

Previous Blogs:
Softball Summer Blog #1: Erica Meyer
Softball Summer Blog #2: Erika Smyth
Softball Summer Blog #3: Madie Eckstrom

Sara's Summer in the Pros:
Entry #1

What They're Saying - Aug. 14

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Trio of defensive lineman has started 67 career games (GopherSports)
A look at the defensive tackles (Pioneer Press)
What you missed yesterday (GopherSports)
Santoso has a big leg (FSN)
Best deal you will find all day (GopherSports)
Mitch Leidner has a fan in Blue Earth, Minn. (Reusse)
Coming to the Aug. 28 home opener? Take Metro Tranist for free! (GopherSports)
Best case/worst case scenarios (ESPN.com)
Minnesota looking to take the next step (AP)
Find out what makes Mitch Leidner tick (GopherSports)
Opponent previews (The Daily Gopher)
Eric Decker went searching on the Internet (New York Post)