Kent Youngblood | Star Tribune
Reporter | Pro Sports

Youngblood covered the Vikings in two NFC title games, Gophers football in two bowl games, both the Wild and Wolves in conference championship series and three Lynx WNBA champions.He has been writing about sports for nearly three decades, including several years in Wisconsin covering the Green Bay Packers, including two trips to the Super Bowl.


Boo who? Butler's 33 points lead Wolves to victory over Cavaliers

An announced sellout crowd at Target Center booed Jimmy Butler during introductions, then chanted "MVP!" after he scored 33 points in a 131-123 victory.


Wolves rookies Okogie, Bates-Diop still waiting their turn to play

Rookies Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop have watched the entire 48 minutes from the bench in the Wolves' first two games. No one should have been surprised.


Butler set to play; Wolves confident they'll get his best effort

Jimmy Butler has practiced only four times with his Wolves teammates this preseason and did not appear in a preseason game. He won't have a minutes limit Wednesday at San Antonio.


For Timberwolves, defense remains an immense challenge

Timberwolves' starters and subs alike need to zero in on curbing good shots. Minnesota finished the preseason 29th in opponent field-goal percentage, 26th in three-point-shooting defense and last in points allowed.


Towns to Wolves rookies: Savor your first NBA game

Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop could make their NBA debuts on Wednesday in San Antonio.


Source: Butler and Taylor meet, come to understanding on situation

Coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Jimmy Butler to be in a Wolves uniform when the season opens. Butler, meanwhile, had a message for fans who may be displeased with him.


Sparse crowd given little reason to cheer Wolves' lone home preseason game

Friday's game vs. Oklahoma City at Target Center — the third of five on the preseason slate and the only one to be played in Minneapolis — featured a smattering of boos.


Whalen's U debut could break attendance record at the Barn

Less than 500 tickets remain for Lindsay Whalen's coaching debut. Tickets are being discounted as the Gophers take advantage of the buzz surrounding her hiring.


Whalen runs upbeat, intense first U women's basketball practice

"It's nice to not have to do the sprints down and back," Lindsay Whalen said when asked the difference between being a player and a coach.


Gophers' Whalen wants to redo office with new mementos

The office of the new women's basketball coach shows off past successes. She hopes keepsakes from future triumphs soon cover those walls.