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.

Whalen's vow to keep Minnesota's best from leaving starts paying off

When Lindsay Whalen was named women's basketball coach at the U, she promised to do what her predecessor, Marlene Stollings, wouldn't: Keep Minnesota's best prep players from leaving the state

Top recruit Heyer from Chaska says she'll play for Whalen's Gophers

Mallory Heyer, a junior power forward considered a top-three recruit in her 2022 class, announced on Twitter she will attend the U.

In 1918, Little Brown Jug rivalry navigated a pandemic — and war

As the Gophers prepare to face Michigan on Saturday in a season opener delayed by COVID-19, this 104th installment of the rivalry offers a chance to look back to another time college football faced a pandemic.

Reeve likes Lynx roster, but WNBA could be stronger than ever next season

The Lynx will have to improve to keep pace with a league that — with several star players expected to return — might be the deepest in its history next season.

U women's basketball team in good hands with sophomore guards

Jasmine Powell and Sara Scalia worked hard in the offseason to improve upon standout freshman seasons.

With practice starting for U women, Whalen 'energized' by challenges

Last year's promising start was waylaid by internal strife, including the suspension and transfer of star Destiny Pitts. This season is bringing a different kind of uncertainty.

Seattle slams door on Lynx's 'special season' with series sweep

A 24-2 first-quarter run by the Seattle Storm put them in control of Game 3 vs. the Lynx, and they never gave that up to win by 21 points and send the Lynx home.

They'd be the first: Down 0-2, Lynx need three in a row in best-of-five series

Game 3 is Sunday afternoon, when the Lynx will begin trying to do what no other league team has ever done: come back. WNBA teams are 0-13 in five-game series when falling behind 0-2.

Seattle outruns Lynx to take two-game playoff lead; Collier annoyed

A 14-0 finish to the first half by Seattle — which came with Napheesa Collier on the bench with three fouls — put the Storm well ahead at halftime. Collier didn't like the calls.

Last-second loss only strengthens resolve of Lynx

Underdogs against Seattle, the Lynx are eager to prove they aren't just happy to be in the WNBA semifinals.