Joe Christensen | Star Tribune
Sports enterprise reporter | General assignment

Joe Christensen, the Star Tribune’s sports enterprise reporter, graduated from the University of Minnesota and spent 15 years covering Major League Baseball, including stops at the Riverside Press-Enterprise and Baltimore Sun. He joined the Star Tribune in 2005 and spent four years covering Gophers football.

The National Sports Media Association named Christensen as the 2003 Maryland Sportswriter of the Year and 2014 Minnesota Sportswriter of the Year.


Several U football players disciplined, face possible bowl game suspension

Sources say at least six players could face a suspension that lasts through the Dec. 26 Quick Lane Bowl.


Murder trial of former U basketball player McNeil ends with hung jury

Daquein McNeil was coach Richard Pitino's first recruit for Minnesota and averaged about 10 minutes per game as a freshman guard on the Gophers 2014 NIT championship team.


Butler trade saga ends, but conditions that created it still hot

On Wednesday, the Wolves will face a team clinging to a superstar — a New Orleans Pelicans franchise that wonders how long the good times can last with Anthony Davis.


Gophers goalie Nielsen sparks surprise Big Ten soccer title

Maddie Nielsen's intimidating presence, keen instincts and steely nerves helped Minnesota cap an improbable championship run as the tournament's No. 7 seed.


U soccer captain returns months ahead of schedule after torn ACL

Emily Peterson is an "incredible human," her coach says. She thought her season was over in March, but instead she'll be on the field Sunday trying to extend it.


How did Rocco Baldelli's promising playing career get derailed so badly?

The man the Twins picked to replace manager Paul Molitor doesn't have Hall of Fame credentials, but Baldelli certainly has stories all his own.


Modern managers way different than those Twins have hired

The profile of the modern managerial hire has been trending younger, with previous major league experience not as important as other factors.


'People love us': Minneapolis second to none as host of major sporting events

Fresh off the Super Bowl, Minneapolis is preparing to host the men's basketball Final Four and other national events. Meanwhile, city leaders have their sights on the College Football Playoff and WrestleMania.


Garnett's $77 million lawsuit a stark warning for other pro athletes

Most people can't fathom what it's like having that much money, let alone losing it. But sports millionaires could feel Garnett's pain.


After marathon wait, Gophers get 'first-class' track and field stadium

The U's facilities upgrade originally had no plans for the $13 million stadium; now the school aims to host regional and national events there.