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.


Lynx finalize roster; Shepard, Sims not in initial 12

The moves were mandated by the WNBA despite the fact both training camp and the season have been delayed. This way players can start getting paid June 1.


Lynx waive two players, still have one more roster decision to make

Linnae Harper and Erica Ogwumike were waived without ever getting a chance to show what they could do on the practice floor.


WNBA season was supposed to have started Friday

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said this past week the league is focusing on about six scenarios to get play underway. There is no date for a return.


Baby changes Mother's Day, basketball for Lynx's Odyssey Sims

The Lynx had a team meeting recently, a Zoom-style catch-up. Here are the new players. Here are the rookies. One newbie might have stolen the show


Struggling to stay patient, Lynx star Collier awaiting WNBA season

The WNBA's 2019 Rookie of the Year has access to a gym near her home in Missouri and has a workout regimen. But otherwise she's "pretty much playing Monopoly and watching TV."


Youth sports, Walz administration working toward return to play

Todd Johnson from the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission is leading the way in creating a unified voice.


Thibault-Dudonis promoted to U women's associate head coach

Carly Thibault-DuDonis came to the Gophers from Mississippi State, where she spent two seasons — both ending in the NCAA Final Four — as an assistant and recruiter.


Minnesota youth soccer associations pitch plan for return of play

The five-step plan, over time, would take the sport from where it is now back to practice and, at some point, games and tournaments.


Why are Minnesota's pro teams named after the state, not a city?

While most pro teams are named after the cities they are based in, each of Minnesota's six teams uses the state name — the Twins, Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves, Lynx and United. Blame the Twin Cities.


'I owe everything to Shula.' Ex-Viking Lurtsema on coaching legend

Bob Lurtsema was undrafted out of Western Michigan in the 1960s. But he was signed by Baltimore — then coached by Don Shula — as a free agent. It was the start of a journey that led to the Vikings.