Sports enterprise reporter | General assignment

Joe Christensen, a Star Tribune’s sports team leader, graduated from the University of Minnesota and spent 15 years covering Major League Baseball, including stops at the Riverside Press-Enterprise and Baltimore Sun. He joined the Star Tribune in 2005 and spent four years covering Gophers football.

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


Iowa cuts four sports as pandemic creates major budget shortfall

Iowa announced that with the Big Ten's postponement of fall sports, its athletic department projects a $100 million budget deficit.


Reports: Big Ten planning on postponing football, possibly to spring

The Big Ten is close to postponing football season, possibly from fall to spring semester because of the pandemic, with an announcement expected in coming days, according to multiple news outlets.


Canterbury Park owner Curt Sampson dies at age 87

He built a telecommunications network from Hector, Minn., and helped rescue Canterbury in 1994.


MIAC, Midwest Conference cancel nonconference games for fall sports

The MIAC on Thursday joined the growing list of college sports leagues nationally that have banned nonconference games for fall sports.


Historic move: St. Thomas gets NCAA approval for Division I move

It's the first time in the NCAA's modern era that a school has received permission to reclassify from Division III to Division I.


19 Gophers sports programs post perfect APR scores, a school record

Minnesota's previous record was 18 programs in the NCAA's annual look at each team's Academic Progress Rate.


Gophers AD Mark Coyle receives two-year contract extension, raise

The new deal, approved by the Board of Regents, gives Coyle an annual salary of $975,000 and the chance to earn more through incentives.


St. John's and St. Thomas move rivalry finale to U.S. Bank Stadium

The 119-year-old Johnnies-Tommies football rivalry is heading for U.S. Bank Stadium this fall, and that likely will be the end of it.


Gophers women return to top 25, with 11-game winning streak

Lindsay Whalen's team ranks No. 24 in the latest AP Poll with its only loss to No. 21 Missouri State.


New ticket data another measure of excitement over Gophers' season

The year-by-year comparison shows that 81.6% of the tickets the Gophers sold this season were actually used, compared to just 59.8% in 2018.