Joe Christensen | Star Tribune
Sports enterprise reporter | General assignment

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


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.


Can the 'Quarterback Whisperer' change the Gophers' ugly past at QB?

The Gophers have struggled for decades to establish a consistent presence at quarterback. Now, offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca has another project on his hands.


'Dang near identical.' U reminds Burnsville's Martin of prep turnaround

Kamal Martin led Burnsville High School to a reversal of fortunes as a senior, and says the signs are similar when he looks at this season's Gophers football team.


Northwoods League no longer a sleepy little summer outpost

Northwoods League alumni continue rising to prominence in major league baseball. Need an example? Max Scherzer and Chris Sale, the starting pitchers in the last two All-Star Games, both spent a summer in the wood-bat league.


Sell-off continues: Lynn to Yankees, Duke to Seattle

There could still be more dealing before baseball's 3 p.m. trade deadline as the Twins picked up four more minor-leaguers, including one who hit a home run against them earlier this year.


Keeping hope alive? Garver's walkoff double gives Twins 5-4 win

The victory, amid trades and a tough road trip, halted a three-game losing streak and pulled the Twins within eight games of the first-place Indians. Minnesota leads the season series 7-3.


Tweaking tradition: How changing baseball could make a better game

Third in a three-part series on the state of baseball: Speeding up and improving for future fans requires radical fixes. Not everyone agrees what those changes might be a decade from now. But it's coming.


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.