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.


Repaired Cashman could be a centerpiece somewhere in U's defense

Expectations are high for a healthy Blake Cashman after the former Eden Prairie star led the Gophers in sacks last season. But where will he play?


Listening, learning are in play as U football reacts to assault scandal

The Gophers had cleaned their image under former coaches Jerry Kill and Tracy Claeys. But that effort took a major hit when several players were involved in an alleged sexual assault. Now, with Fleck in charge, the Gophers are trying to repair their image again.


'Being P.J. Fleck' producer went in wondering, 'Is this guy for real?'

Four-part ESPNU documentary follows new Gophers coach, digging behind the scenes.


At home with Fleck: Family life just as fast and furious as football

Besides laying groundwork for the Gophers and recruiting at a turbocharged pace, 36-year-old P.J. Fleck reanchored himself at home, with training camp set to open Tuesday.


P.J. Fleck's first Gophers team picked to finish low in West by Big Ten media

Wisconsin picked to win the West; only Purdue and Illinois rank below Gophers in division predictions.


Gophers' women's hockey conference seeking online donations

The WCHA Women's League has launched a crowdfunding page to solicit donations to offset annual costs for the seven teams that remain after North Dakota dropped its program.


P.J. Fleck will be subject of four-part show on ESPN, BTN

ESPNU and Big Ten Network plan to air a four-part series in August called "BEING P.J. Fleck," with a behind-the-scenes look at the new Gophers football coach.


Fears become reality as U softball coach Allister leaves for Stanford

Athletic director Mark Coyle said he "aggressively" pursued an extension with Jessica Allister and was willing to make her one of the highest-paid coaches in the Big Ten.


Ace softball pitcher from Maple Grove transferring to Gophers from LSU

Sydney Smith had a 54-1 record at Maple Grove and now gives Gophers a potential replacement for graduating All-America pitcher Sara Groenewegen.


An early look at some pivotal Gophers as the Fleck era nears

Tackles and whistles — and, oh yeah, that new head coach's tenure — start in less than three weeks for the Gophers.