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.

Defenseman Nate Prosser welcomes his third stint with Wild

The defenseman rejoined the team for a third time.

GM Fletcher: Wild won't win until it starts playing 'the right way'

After getting outscored 13-5 in losses to St. Louis and Winnipeg, the Wild faces a stunning expansion success story Thursday when Vegas comes to the X.

Wild's luck – or, ahem, planning – shows signs of improving

If the Wild needed any more proof its luck has changed heading into Saturday's game at Washington, it came late in Thursday's 6-4 comeback victory over Nashville.

Wild's young defensemen beginning to emerge

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has been especially pleased with his second defensive pairing of Matt Dumba and Jonas Brodin.

Wild knows offense must kick into higher gear to help Dubnyk

Eventually, Devan Dubnyk's three-game shutout streak will end, and Jason Zucker might not rescue everyone with his recent scoring touch.

Tax deductions for college sports season-ticket plans could get wiped out

GOP tax reform bill targets deductions; Gophers, other schools could feel impact.

Making adjustments: Eden Prairie's Mittelstadt off to strong start for Gophers

The pressure on freshman forward Casey Mittelstadt has intensified, partly because the team's top returning scorers have gotten off to slow starts.

As dangerous as football? Girls' soccer confronts concussion issue

One study showed girls who play soccer are three times more likely to suffer concussions than boys who play the sport, and almost as often as high school football players.

Wild feasts on 'embarrassing' sloppiness from Islanders in 6-4 win

In Thursday night's victory over the New York Islanders, the Wild jumped out to a 3-0 lead and scored a pair of shorthanded goals.

Gophers men's hockey beaten by North Dakota for first time since '12

North Dakota scored three times during a five-minute major on the Gophers, paving the way to a 4-0 victory cruise before a sellout crowd of 11,890 at Ralph Engelstad Arena.