Joe Christensen | Star Tribune
Sports enterprise reporter | General assignment

Joe Christensen is a general assignment/sports enterprise reporter who previously spent 15 years covering Major League Baseball and four covering NCAA football. He is a Faribault, Minn., native and University of Minnesota graduate whose other newspaper stops have included the Baltimore Sun and Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise.


Former Gopher's murder trial sad chapter of once-inspiring story

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino gave Daquein McNeil a chance to fulfill his dream after a difficult childhood in Baltimore. Instead, McNeil took one wrong turn after another.


Outfielder Jake Cave returns for Twins

Jake Cave, 25, was called up prior to Saturday' game. He came to the Twins from the Yankees during spring training. The Twins first promoted Cave on May 1


Twins' top pick Lewis is charming Cedar Rapids – but for how much longer?

The shortstop, still just 18 years old, is showing he has big potential as a player and a person, while quickly climbing the Twins' minor-league ladder.


Chip off the old hitting coach: Vavra leads Gophers into Big Ten tourney

Junior Terrin Vavra, son of former Twins hitting coach Joe Vavra, leads the Gophers in most key offensive categories.


Women coaches keep winning in court, but losing careers

It's become a familiar pattern: A female coach wins a court judgment for her firing, while the man responsible for her firing gets rewarded.


Two freshman pitchers key Gophers baseball into Big Ten contention

Starter Patrick Fredrickson and closer Max Meyer have helped the Gophers win seven consecutive series heading into this weekend's series with Indiana.


U softball storms Badgers, continues comeback from struggling start

After advancing to the NCAA super regionals last season and going 56-5, the Gophers softball team got off to a slow start before winning 12 of its last 13 games.


Clarkson tops Colgate in OT for NCAA women's hockey title

The Golden Knights went overtime to win all three of their NCAA tournament games.


Colgate hopes to be like rival Clarkson — an NCAA women's hockey champion

Two-time NCAA champion Clarkson will play a first-time Frozen Four team in final


Frozen Four drama: Clarkson, Colgate win in OT to reach women's title game

Both of Friday's national semifinal games pitted an Eastern team needing extra time to take down a WCHA foe.