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.

Wolves boss Rosas misses Rockets' visit to Target Center

The new Wolves boss was scouting in Europe.

U women up to challenge, knock off No. 19 Arizona State by 14

Coach Lindsay Whalen was determined to beef up her team's nonconference schedule, and the Gophers knocked off a Sun Devils team that reached the NCAA Sweet 16 last season.

James Harden's 49 points send Rockets to rout of Wolves

Again playing without Andrew Wiggins, the Wolves could not muster up a response to Houston's challenge.

Prep connection for Destiny Pitts, Jasmine Powell carries over to Gophers

The two players teamed up for a state title in high school in Detroit.

Gophers women shrug off slow start in win over UW-Milwaukee

The Gophers women's basketball team learned a couple things in its 77-61 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon.

Long-range flubs doom Wolves to overtime defeat vs. Denver

The Wolves shot only 35.1 percent overall and went 6-for-45 on three-point shots — with those 39 misses being the third most ever in an NBA game.

Saunders impressed by team's fourth-quarter defense

A lineup that included Treveon Graham, Josh Okogie and Robert Covington — along with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins — spent the fourth quarter playing some of the best defense fans at Target Center have seen in a while.

Gophers freshman guard Scalia starts career on right foot

Sara Scalia, coach Lindsay Whalen's first recruit, was impressive in the season opener. Now, she looks for more.

Paying the price: Gophers women lose opener to Missouri State

Missouri State, an NCAA Sweet 16 team last season, outrebounded Minnesota 41-21 and held the Gophers to 40 percent shooting from the field.

Goal for Gophers women: NCAA tournament bid in Whalen's Year 2

The view from outside the program is lofty, too, given that the Gophers are ranked No. 23 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25.