Kent Youngblood | Star Tribune
Reporter | Pro Sports

Kent Youngblood has covered sports for the Star Tribune for more than 20 years.

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.


Rookie of the Year Collier achieves goal she set at season's start

Over the course of 34 games, rookie Napheesa Collier played more minutes than anyone in the WNBA, flipping seamlessly for the Lynx between the two forward positions.


Lynx's Collier named WNBA Rookie of the Year

Napheesa Collier, taken sixth overall in the draft out of Connecticut, got 29 votes from the panel of 43 sportswriters and sportscasters. Dallas guard Arike Ogunbowale received the other 14 votes.


Reeve: Moore's uncertain status won't have impact on 2020 planning

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said she doesn't know whether star Maya Moore will return next season, "I know you'd like it to be cut-and-dried, black-and-white, but I'm pretty sure it's not."


Lynx need Fowles at her best in WNBA playoffs

Veteran center Sylvia Fowles is the most experienced player who can expect to get major minutes Wednesday. She helped the Lynx win two WNBA titles, winning regular season and league finals MVP in 2017.


Sims gives Lynx their winning balance

Lynx guard Odyssey Sims has led her new team in scoring 15 times this season.


Lynx have thrived recently by finishing what they started

The Lynx now control their fate for a first-round playoff game at Target Center, which they can wrap up by beating Phoenix tonight and Los Angeles on Sunday.


Lynx turn tables on Fever with potent scoring off bench in victory

Team's resolve in the fourth quarter is enough to top Indiana.


With three games remaining, Lynx eye top-six finish and home playoff game

Finish in fifth or sixth and the Lynx will open the playoffs with a single-elimination home game. Drop to seventh or eighth and it means going on the road.


Future face of the franchise? Rookie Collier steps up for Lynx

As 22-year-old Napheesa Collier excels, she finds herself in line for a Lynx veteran's torch-passing. "I'm grooming her to take over the team," 14-year veteran Seimone Augustus said.


Fowles helps herself to huge game as Lynx bring down Sky, reach playoffs

Sylvia Fowles finished with a season-high 25 points to go with 12 rebounds, helping the Lynx beat Chicago and clinch a ninth consecutive trip to the WNBA playoffs.