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.


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.


Will beating Wisconsin clinch a Rose Bowl berth for Gophers? Yes, but ...

If the Gophers defeat Wisconsin, will that clinch at least a Rose Bowl berth for Minnesota, with a trip to the College Football Playoff still in the cards? Here's what will happen if Minnesota wins.


Badgers favored over Gophers for Big Ten West title showdown

The early betting lines have Wisconsin favored by a field goal over Minnesota.


Showdown Could Stir Stadium Village's Ghosts

Bruce Smith emerged as a national star with his performance for the No. 2 Gophers vs. No. 3 Michigan in 1940.


'Mentor, friend, teacher.' Players mourn coach who made U volleyball big

Mike Hebert led the U to three Final Four appearances and made the NCAA tournament 14 times in 15 seasons before retiring in 2010. "He wasn't just a coach," a former player said.


Gophers climb to No. 17 in AP poll, highest ranking since 2004

The Gophers moved up three spots in the AP poll and four spots in the coaches' poll following a rout over Rutgers.


Yankees flash some excellent leather to throttle Twins' offense

The Yankees didn't just use majestic home runs to bounce the Twins from the postseason this time. Aaron Boone's squad did the little things well, too.