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.


All-America Gophers swimmer McHugh suffers gunshot wound

Max McHugh's father confirmed his son (left), one of the nation's top breaststrokers, was hurt. Also reported wounded by SwimSwam.com was McHugh's teammate, Nick Saulnier.


Former U softball star Groenewegen returns from coma to lead Canada

Last July, pitcher Sara Groenewegen spent 10 days in a medically induced coma, battling legionnaire's disease, a severe form of pneumonia.


Gophers cut some season ticket prices for men's hockey, men's basketball

The U's athletic department announced that season tickets for men's basketball will start at $340, the lowest price since the 1995-96 season


'Old Town road' song has Raiders rocking

Red Raiders players have been blaring the Lil Nas X rap song for weeks, before and after victories, and it's become a theme song for fans, too.


Texas Tech defensive stopper Owens could be limited in title game

Coach Chris Beard said Tariq Owens was "pretty sore" after spraining his ankle in the semifinals but that he expects him to play Monday.


Former Gopher Daquein McNeil found not guilty of first-degree murder

Once-promising U basketball player waited nearly two years for a verdict in Baltimore.


NCAA considering a change to graduate-transfer rule, which would make them less desirable

The proposed change to the graduate-transfer rule would put colleges on the hook for a two-year scholarship commitment, instead of just one season.


Izzo wants to breathe rare air with second title at Michigan State

This is the seventh time since a 2000 championship run that Michigan State has reached the Final Four, giving Tom Izzo, 64, a score to settle in Minneapolis.


Why Michigan State can win the national championship

Cassius Winston’s mother saw the elation on Michigan State coach Tom Izzo’s face Sunday after the Spartans knocked off No. 1-seeded Duke. “I said, ‘How…


Duke's dream crushed by Spartans

Michigan State's 68-67 upset of No. 1 overall seed Duke shocked players on both sides, with the Spartans engaged in a wild celebration while Blue Devils players, including Apple Valley's Tre Jones, left the court quietly and in tears.