Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 7:23pm
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Two out of four potential trophies made their way home to Catalonia last season. That did not stop a wave of disappointment and criticism from engulfing FC Barcelona this summer.

The reality is that winning only two out of four trophies last season is a letdown for a club that has won 74 domestic and 20 international trophies in its storied history. Despite winning La Liga and the Supercopa de España, the team still entered the offseason with a bitter taste in its mouth.

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 8:46pm
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It took 47 minutes for the floodgates to open Saturday evening.

Over the course of 15 minutes early in the second half, F.C. Barcelona rattled off four straight goals to power its way to a 4-0 victory over S.S.C. Napoli.

The two European clubs squared off in front of a heavily pro-Barcelona crowd of 60,043. It was small by Michigan Stadium standards, especially in light of its soccer history.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 12:37am
Michigan coach Mel Pearson enters his third season as the head coach of the Wolverines.

The Michigan hockey team’s season ended earlier than expected in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis. After an inconsistent regular season, the Wolverines were unable to collect themselves and make a deep postseason run. Players and coaches alike assert that it was not a season up to par with normal program standards. If this year is any different, the returning players and coaches will need to turn the sour taste from last year into a sustained level of motivation and urgency that, at times, eluded last season’s team.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 8:35pm
Senior guard Akienreh Johnson will be one of the team's leaders heading into this season.

Despite not beginning its regular season until November, the Michigan women’s basketball team has been hard at work in Ann Arbor.

The team is working tirelessly to continue to mesh as a unit and is looking to break through to the Sweet Sixteen after ending its season in the Round of 32 in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. 

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 12:08am
Senior guard Ben Bredeson is one of four returning starters on the offensive line.

CHICAGO — At the start of the 2018 season, the depth at offensive line was an area of question.

There was no clear starter at either tackle position, and Michigan was coming off a season in which it allowed the second-most sacks in the Big Ten. But over the course of the season, the offensive line developed and finished tied for the third-fewest sacks allowed in the conference.

Fast forward to the present. The Wolverines are returning four of last year’s five starters, with the only question being who will win the battle for the starting right tackle position.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 6:51pm
Former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer (above), who went 7-0 against Michigan, is replaced by first-time head coach Ryan Day.

CHICAGO — If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. That seems to be the mantra for first year Ohio State coach Ryan Day.

Day takes the reigns from Urban Meyer, who after seven years as the Buckeyes’ head coach won three conference championships and the national championship in 2014. Not to mention Meyer also finished with a perfect 7-0 record against Michigan throughout his tenure — big shoes to fill for Day as he steps into his first season as a head coach.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 6:12pm
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Michigan men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard announced new staff hires Monday. Most notable among the additions is the return of Jay Smith to Ann Arbor. Smith will serve as the director of player personnel and development.

Howard and Smith share a relationship dating back to Smith’s time as an assistant coach for the Wolverines from 1989-1996 and was part of the effort that helped recruit the Fab Five.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 5:46pm
Rising senior forward Nick Pastujov has seen an increase in production in each season with the Wolverines.

Heading into his freshman season with the Wolverines, Nick Pastujov was tasked with more than just preparing himself for the transition to college hockey. A shoulder injury and its ensuing surgery added injury rehabilitation to the to-do list for the then-freshman forward. And in the 28 games he played in his first season, Pastujov recorded just one goal and two assists.

Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 5:27pm
Forward Franz Wagner announced that he will be joining the Wolverines this upcoming fall. It is Michigan coach Juwan Howard's second commitment during his tenure.

Guard Franz Wagner will be joining the University of Michigan starting this upcoming year. The 17-year-old was on a dual-contract with Alba Berlin and SSV lok Bernau Alba this past year, deciding between staying overseas and coming to play in the NCAA.

In the end, he chose the latter, following the footsteps of his older brother and former Michigan forward Moritz Wagner. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 8:35pm
Athletic director Warde Manuel met with the Board of Regents on June 20 to discuss the fiscal year budget.

The University announced its projected budget for the athletic department at the end of June. It projects a balanced budget for the 2020 fiscal year — which began July 1 — after finishing with a $1 million surplus in the 2019 fiscal year.

Last year’s surplus is a result of $190.7 million in operating revenues against $189.7 million in operating expenses. The projection for fiscal year 2020 is based on $196.3 million in revenues and expenses.