July 10
Connecticut guard Paige Bueckers

Bueckers wins ESPY Award, advocates for Black female athletes

In her acceptance speech for winning the ESPY for best women's college athlete, former Hopkins standout Paige Bueckers called for better coverage of Black female athletes.
July 9
Dawson Garcia averaged 13 points and six rebounds per game as a freshman at Marquette last season.

Former Prior Lake standout Dawson Garcia transferring from Marquette to North Carolina

The 6-11 Garcia spent one season at Marquette, which has undergone a coaching change from Steve Wojciechowski to Shaka Smart.
July 8
Playing for North Carolina, Sterling Manley (21) faced Duke and Gary Trent Jr. (2) in a 2018 clash.

Ex-North Carolina center Manley turns pro, eliminating chances of transferring to Gophers

Sterling Manley had several discussions with new Gophers coach Ben Johnson but has seen his pro stock rise in recent weeks.
July 3
In 2020, Daniel Oturu became the first Gophers men’s basketball player drafted in 16 years.

2020 NBA draft revisited: Where the Minnesotans were picked

The state produced one first-rounder and three second-rounders last year.
July 3
Jalen Suggs (right) is projected to be a top-five pick in the July 29 NBA Draft.

With Jalen Suggs and Co., NBA prospects from Minnesota 'starting to rain down now'

A record four Minnesotans were picked in the 2020 NBA draft, and Suggs leads a list of prospects heading into this summer's draft.
Puck Drop
July 2
Minnesota State Mankato players celebrated after a goal at this year’s Frozen Four, in one of the team’s final moments as a WCHA team.

WCHA's men's hockey era officially ends after 70 years

The league shuttered operations this week, as expected, following the departure of seven teams that have joined the newly revived CCHA.
July 2
Jericho Sims participated in the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago earlier this month.

The top NBA draft prospects from Minnesota at a glance

Jericho Sims, Matthew Hurt, McKinley Wright and others round out another strong list.
July 1

St. Thomas names two assistant women's hockey coaches for Division-I debut

Bethany Brausen and Marty Sertich will be full-time assistants.
July 1

MIAC setting up two-division football

Carleton, Gustavus Adolphus, St. John's, St. Olaf and St. Scholastica will form the Northwoods Division. Augsburg, Bethel, Concordia (Moorhead), Hamline and Macalester College will form the Skyline Division.
July 1
Paige Bueckers, Chet Holgren (top right) and Gable Steveson (bottom right) have huge social media followings which would add to the value of their end

Three Minnesota athletes who could profit most off NCAA's 'NIL' ruling

These Minnesota natives have more than 1.3 million Instagram followers combined, which adds to what they can command for endorsement deals.
July 1
Former St. John’s quarterback Jackson Erdmann was on the NCAA’s working group studying NIL rights.

Starting today, NCAA athletes can profit off name, image and likeness

The NCAA's board of directors officially approved clearance for athletes to make money off things such as social media posts, endorsement deals and sponsorships.
June 30

NCAA's new name, image and likeness policy at a glance

The new policy begins affecting NCAA student-athletes on Thursday.
High Schools
June 30
Lucas Heyer

Top-rated Minnesota football recruit commits to Stanford

The Gophers were one of several other Power Five teams that offered Hill-Murray's Lucas Heyer, a consensus four-star recruit, a scholarship.
June 29

Tommies select Trotter as their first Division I softball coach

Jennifer Bagley Trotter replaces John Tschida, who decided to remain as a Division III coach, returning to St. Mary's, his alma mater.
June 27
Joel Bauman wrestled for the Gophers in 2010 — here going against teammate Scott Schiller. Three years later, he quit the team when the NCAA told hi

Scoggins: Score one for the NCAA resisters with Supreme Court's unanimous decision

The U.S. Supreme Court essentially told the NCAA to shove it this past week, too, voting 9-0 against the governing body in an antitrust case that will change the way college sports operate.
June 22
Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard.

Secret recording reveals rift between Badgers seniors, men's basketball coach

The Madison newspaper report details 37 minutes of a meeting last season between Greg Gard and Badgers men's basketball players, including two prominent Minnesotans.
June 21
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the NCAA’s limits on education-related perks for college athletes

Supreme Court unanimously backs payments to athletes in NCAA case

The court ruled against the NCAA's limits on education-related perks for college athletes, upholding a lower court's decision that was one of the most important in the movement to increase compensation for student-athletes.
June 18
UConn guard Paige Bueckers (5) drives against High Point guard Chyna McMichel (22) during the first round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

Paige Bueckers nominated for Best Women's College Athlete ESPY

Bueckers averaged 20 points, six assists and five rebounds per game for UConn, which advanced to the NCAA women's basketball semifinals before losing to Arizona.
June 18
Mason Ferlic had such a good year that he actually qualified for the Olympic trials in the 1,500, steeplechase and 5,000-meter run but said he will on

Roseville native Ferlic gets past his past to make Tokyo bid

Mason Ferlic has battled injuries, Nike declining to renew his contract and moments when he doubted his career trajectory. But he's got a shot at qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in steeplechase.
June 17
An unused barbell in the gym at the Anderson Athletic & Recreation Complex at the University of St. Thomas.

After threat of Title IX lawsuit, St. Thomas agrees to reinstate women's tennis team

The private university agreed to restore it after players threatened to sue.