Joe Christensen | Star Tribune
Gophers football reporter | Gophers, Big Ten

Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He's a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker's Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.


Gophers basketball, hockey leaving ESPN 1500 for 'The Fan' family of stations

The University of Minnesota has opted to move all of its sports programming to the iHeartRadio family of stations, which features 100.3 FM radio in the Twin Cities.


Fleck keeps landing Minnesotans in 'down year' for state recruits

Fleck has yet to land a consensus four-star recruit, so the Gophers are expected to drop as traditional powers ranked behind them begin filling up their classes.


Humiliated at home again, Twins thumped 14-3 by Seattle

The Twins suffered their sixth consecutive home loss, and they have given up at least seven runs in each of their past five games at Target Field.


Twins' Santiago wonders if WBC injury bug hit him, too

Twins lefthander Hector Santiago wonders if pitching in the World Baseball Classic is the reason why he has landed on the disabled list for the first time in his seven-year big-league career.


Hechsel, Roese hoping to end Gophers track careers in 800m NCAA finals

Former southeast metro rivals Mitch Hechsel and Nate Roese forged a bond running as Gophers. Their track careers have taken different routes, but all roads led one final meet — the NCAAs in Eugene, Ore.


Gophers baseball likely needs to win Big Ten tourney to make NCAAs

Two losses to Purdue last Saturday cost the Gophers a regular-season Big Ten title and dimmed their postseason hopes.


Now there's much more buzz when Gophers coaches hit the road

Organizers estimated that about 300 people turned out in Winona on Monday to see P.J. Fleck and Richard Pitino, dwarfing the crowd that came to the event last time it was in town.


All about that change: Groenewegen dominates Gophers softball opponents

Sara Groenewegen and her changeup give the Gophers a chance vs. anyone. She has eight career no-hitters and holds the Gophers' all-time strikeout record, with 1,187.


Gophers softball team is No. 1 (if you poll college coaches)

After not being among the 16 teams seeded in the NCAA tournament, the Gophers were treated more favorably by coaches voting in the final softball poll of the season.


Shocked, angry Gophers vow to regroup after NCAA softball snub

After seeing they'd be sent on the road, one Gophers softball player said: "We were mad, sad, angry, whatever. But we took a couple minutes to digest it and tried to find a way to move on."