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Kent Youngblood

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Kent Youngblood is a general assignment reporter. He writes most often about the Timberwolves and Wild.
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Newton, Babcock among the first to go under new Wolves regime

Newton, Babcock among the first to go under new Wolves regime

The Timberwolves announced nine staff moves Friday, including showing Milt Newton and Rob Babcock the door out of Target Center.
Montgomery turning into defensive stopper for Lynx

Montgomery turning into defensive stopper for Lynx

Renee Montgomery knows improved defense means more minutes as the Lynx season goes on.
Wolves will have options with No. 5 pick in draft

Wolves will have options with No. 5 pick in draft

The Ping Pong balls fell according to form Tuesday night: No teams moved up or down meaning the Wolves will select fifth while Philadelphia won the NBA draft lottery.
Wolves' hard-working rookie honoree now hoping for lottery luck

Wolves' hard-working rookie honoree now hoping for lottery luck

Karl-Anthony Towns will represent the Wolves at Tuesday's draft lottery.
NBA draft prospect Henry Ellenson a family-forged forward

NBA draft prospect Henry Ellenson a family-forged forward

The Marquette big man can thank his siblings for forcing him to learn small-man skills.
WNBA season story lines

WNBA season story lines

Five things to watch as the WNBA begins its 20th season.
Lynx season story lines

Lynx season story lines

Three things to watch as the Lynx begin their quest for a fourth WNBA title.
Healthy, excited Augustus happy to rejoin Lynx

Healthy, excited Augustus happy to rejoin Lynx

Veteran guard Seimone Augustus, who has battled knee injuries, played overseas in Russia this offseason but said she felt "great" after her first practice back with the Lynx.
Lynx lose game but gain boost with McCarville's return

Lynx lose game but gain boost with McCarville's return

The Lynx's preseason finale in Rochester was about taking a final look at players trying to make the team for the first time, and a first look at returning veteran Janel McCarville.
Fowles hopes to benefit from a full season with Lynx

Fowles hopes to benefit from a full season with Lynx

With a full training camp, coach Cheryl Reeve is convinced Sylvia Fowles will be even more effective. Fowles averaged 15.3 points with the Lynx last summer after joining the team midseason
At age 34, new Lynx player bringing good game and great maturity

At age 34, new Lynx player bringing good game and great maturity

Jia Perkins was 21, was a homegrown Texan, a star guard on a Texas Tech women's basketball team with NCAA championship aspirations. Then, in an instant, her life changed.
After year away, McCarville appears set to return to Lynx

After year away, McCarville appears set to return to Lynx

Hher return would provide more veteran depth in the post for the Lynx, who will be trying for a third time to win back-to-back league titles.
Gophers defensive players Murray, Campbell drafted in fourth round

Gophers defensive players Murray, Campbell drafted in fourth round

Cornerback Eric Murray was the first University of Minnesota player to be selected in the draft; linebacker De'Vondre Campbell was taken nine picks later.

Four Lynx provide U.S. team with an edge, coach Geno Auriemma says

Head coach Geno Auriemma said four Lynx players on the team are "incredibly unselfish."
New Wolves GM Layden learned from masters, including his Dad

New Wolves GM Layden learned from masters, including his Dad

Scott Layden, son of Utah exec Frank Layden, gathered hoops wisdom at several NBA stops.
For Lynx and new players, season begins with introductions

For Lynx and new players, season begins with introductions

When the team opened training camp Sunday at its practice facility at Mayo Square, there were only two players — Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore — who were a part of the team when training camp opened a year ago.
Lynx savor the memory of Prince's special invitation

Lynx savor the memory of Prince's special invitation

Lynx players begin training camp with their take on Prince's death.
Wild's new goal: a return trip to Dallas

Wild's new goal: a return trip to Dallas

Torchetti says the team needs to keep improving.
Schroeder makes immediate impact for Wild

Schroeder makes immediate impact for Wild

Playing in his first game of the series, Jordan Schroeder supplied a goal and plenty of speed.
Defending WNBA champion Lynx open training camp with concerns

Defending WNBA champion Lynx open training camp with concerns

The team has to essentially rebuild its bench and establish new rotations. "We're sort of reinventing ourselves," coach Cheryl Reeve said.
Haula's line doing job on defense plus scoring for Wild

Haula's line doing job on defense plus scoring for Wild

With the series going back to Dallas and the Stars up three games to one, the Wild needs its checking line more than ever.
Two games, one goal: Wild needs to end scoring slump

Two games, one goal: Wild needs to end scoring slump

For all the schemes and plans, after all the film review and adjustments, figuring out how to beat the Dallas Stars comes down to this: Scoring goals.
Banham selected No. 4 overall by Connecticut in WNBA draft

Banham selected No. 4 overall by Connecticut in WNBA draft

Just like Lindsay Whalen before her, the Gophers' Rachel Banham is headed to play for the Sun as the No. 4 overall pick.
Lynx have several needs to fill in Thursday's WNBA draft

Lynx have several needs to fill in Thursday's WNBA draft

The defending champs lost two key reserves.
Wolves finish season with a record 144 points in rout of New Orleans

Wolves finish season with a record 144 points in rout of New Orleans

In what likely was interim coach Sam Mitchell's final game, the team romped to its biggest victory margin of the season.
Players thank Mitchell with record-setting win over New Orleans

Players thank Mitchell with record-setting win over New Orleans

The Wolves closed the season by scoring a team-record 144 points and a 35 point margin of victory, then said goodbye to their interim coach.
Wild's Haula: Speedy and needed for a playoff run

Wild's Haula: Speedy and needed for a playoff run

Erik Haula set career highs in games played (76), goals (14), assists (20) and points (34) this season. His plus-21 rating tied for second-best in franchise history.
Wiggins, Towns among Wolves expressing support for Mitchell

Wiggins, Towns among Wolves expressing support for Mitchell

Timberwolves young star Andrew Wiggins didn't hesitate, saying he "definitely" would like interim coach Sam Mitchell back with the team next season.
After successful road trip, Wolves return home with an ugly thud

After successful road trip, Wolves return home with an ugly thud

Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell was in the locker room for a long, long time after Monday's 24-point loss to Houston. He wasn't happy at all.
Timberwolves notes: Bjelica is making the most of healthy finish

Timberwolves notes: Bjelica is making the most of healthy finish

Nemanja Bjelica is healthy again, he's getting significant minutes again. And, frankly, the game is fun for him again.
Wild's Stoll knows what it takes for a No. 8 seed to pull off an upset

Wild's Stoll knows what it takes for a No. 8 seed to pull off an upset

Veteran Wild center Jarret Stoll was part of two teams that pulled off the feat.
Torchetti to play Wild regulars Saturday if healthy

Torchetti to play Wild regulars Saturday if healthy

Interim Wild coach John Torchetti gave players Wednesday off, and Thursday's skate at Ridder Arena was optional. Most will play Saturday vs. Calgary.
With playoffs at stake, Wild needs to rediscover what works

With playoffs at stake, Wild needs to rediscover what works

A three-game skid with a playoff spot not secure has interim coach John Torchetti stressing the basics.
Sam Mitchell (and Las Vegas) right on Wolves' wins

Sam Mitchell (and Las Vegas) right on Wolves' wins

Interim coach Sam Mitchell cited the development of Zach LaVine, rookie Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins to state his case for a relatively successful season.

Mitchell (and Vegas) right on Wolves wins

In a season that was all, again, about development, Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell was asked before Sunday's matinee with Dallas at Target Center whether…
Detroit hands Wild its second loss in 2 nights

Detroit hands Wild its second loss in 2 nights

It was all uphill as Detroit, also in a playoff fight, kept the lead by exploiting breakdowns in the defense.
Wild notes: Injured Spurgeon unable to play Friday

Wild notes: Injured Spurgeon unable to play Friday

Wild coach John Torchetti said defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who has a lower-body injury, is day to day.
Stoll's play hitting stride for Wild as playoffs approach

Stoll's play hitting stride for Wild as playoffs approach

In the locker room, on the bench, on the ice. Stoll is a seasoned veteran who has elevated his play during the Wild's recent hot streak.
Chicago's Keith faces suspension for stickwork on Wild's Coyle

Chicago's Keith faces suspension for stickwork on Wild's Coyle

Duncan Keith has been offered an in-person hearing with the NHL's department of player safety. That means a suspension that could extend into the playoffs.
Towns running hard at Wolves rookie records

Towns running hard at Wolves rookie records

The Timberwolves rookie center is a shoo-in for the NBA Rookie of the Year award. He is averaging 18.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.
'Older and grayer' (and smiling) Mitchell watches Wolves survive

'Older and grayer' (and smiling) Mitchell watches Wolves survive

Minnesota was up 20 points and coasting, then had to scramble after blowing that lead to edge Phoenix.
Taylor, not Newton, will probably decide on Wolves coach

Taylor, not Newton, will probably decide on Wolves coach

The Wolves owner said "it's probably my call" regarding the fate of Sam Mitchell.
Wolves come out flat and stay that way, fall to Utah

Wolves come out flat and stay that way, fall to Utah

The effects of back-to-back games were obvious, and even Ricky Rubio's energy couldn't ignite his team.
'Go on, big fella:' Karl-Anthony Towns flashes guard skills

'Go on, big fella:' Karl-Anthony Towns flashes guard skills

Does interim coach Sam Mitchell really want rookie center Karl-Anthony Towns taking chances by throwing his big man's body into guard skills?
Wolves find the 'on' switch, pull away from Kings

Wolves find the 'on' switch, pull away from Kings

Sam Mitchell thought his team was dealing with an emotional hangover when Wednesday's game with Sacramento began at Target Center. But it disappeared when the Wolves took control later in the game.
Greg Smith's audition with Timberwolves will continue

Greg Smith's audition with Timberwolves will continue

Greg Smith, who just finished his second 10-day contract with the Wolves, was signed by the team for the rest of the season.
Wiggins has 'a role I want' as go-to guy for the Wolves

Wiggins has 'a role I want' as go-to guy for the Wolves

Interim coach Sam Mitchell has made a point of putting the ball in Andrew Wiggins' hands in late-game, crunch-time situations and asking him to make a play.
Winning Warriors head to Target Center

Winning Warriors head to Target Center

Despite losing in San Antonio on Saturday, the Warriors (62-7) can become the winningest team in league history by winning 11 of their final 13 games.
Vanek a possible scratch as Wild returns home to face Carolina

Vanek a possible scratch as Wild returns home to face Carolina

Wild coach John Torchetti promised changes but offered no specifics. His actions spoke loudly at Friday's practice when he didn't have Thomas Vanek among the lines.
Torchetti puts Wild through a hard practice after loss against Oilers

Torchetti puts Wild through a hard practice after loss against Oilers

After game video showed far too few battles won, the Wild cranked up the intensity at practice.
Wolves rookie Nemanja Bjelica reports he's ready to play

Wolves rookie Nemanja Bjelica reports he's ready to play

Coach Sam Mitchell says a key is for the rookie to play with more toughness.
Wolves bench falters and falls victim to Charlotte, Kemba Walker

Wolves bench falters and falls victim to Charlotte, Kemba Walker

The Wolves bench scored a season-low nine points. It wasn't until late in the third quarter that any of the reserves even scored a point.
Prince remains mentor as role reduced on floor

Prince remains mentor as role reduced on floor

He's not playing as much since interim coach Sam Mitchell began giving Zach LaVine more starts and more minutes at the shooting guard position. But he's still playing, still trying to help the younger players.
Wolves go cold at Milwaukee and Mitchell gets mad

Wolves go cold at Milwaukee and Mitchell gets mad

Timberwolves interim coach Sam Mitchell, citing defense, benched three starters early in the second half of Friday's loss to the Bucks.
Wolves coach Mitchell wants more from LaVine on defense

Wolves coach Mitchell wants more from LaVine on defense

Sam Mitchell loves the mismatch Zach LaVine presents to opposing teams on offense. But he has to do more on the defensive end.
Wolves give a shot to D-League big man Smith

Wolves give a shot to D-League big man Smith

Greg Smith joined the Wolves to offer some much-needed frontcourt depth with many players ailing.
Lynx sign European veteran Elhotova but team 'has more work to do'

Lynx sign European veteran Elhotova but team 'has more work to do'

Katerina Elhotova has played professionally in Europe for 10 seasons and now is headed to the defending WNBA champion Lynx, who are far from satisfied.
'He will be Nikola Pekovic again'

'He will be Nikola Pekovic again'

The Timberwolves say center Nikola Pekovic is progressing but will be out indefinitely to make sure he returns 100 percent.
Wolves survive last-minute blunders to beat Celtics

Wolves survive last-minute blunders to beat Celtics

Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points, 13 assists and unhappy postgame thoughts about the team's performance. 'I'm upset. It should never have gotten to that point.'
Work is Towns' secret for avoiding 'rookie wall'

Work is Towns' secret for avoiding 'rookie wall'

With a bunch of injuries to big men, interim coach Sam Mitchell has leaned heavily on Towns and Gorgui Dieng recently. Towns has played more than 40 minutes twice in the past five games, more than 35 minutes four times.
Tyus Jones to get more playing time in coming weeks

Tyus Jones to get more playing time in coming weeks

Over the final 26 games, interim coach Sam Mitchell has pledged to give rookie point guard Tyus Jones playing time, more of a chance to show what he can do.
Knicks snap losing streak, beat Wolves 103-95 at Target Center

Knicks snap losing streak, beat Wolves 103-95 at Target Center

Their slow start enabled the Knicks to get up early and make Kurt Rambis a winner.
With a shrug, Wild players focus on future, not past

With a shrug, Wild players focus on future, not past

The day after Mike Yeo was fired as Wild coach, nobody really wanted to dig too deeply on why he was gone or what happened to put the team in its situation.
Slumping Wild comes home, looking for help in the stands

Slumping Wild comes home, looking for help in the stands

Coming back to Minnesota for a three-game homestand has coach Mike Yeo feeling wary. So he's asking for help from fans at the X.
Extra attention on Towns, Dieng opens floor for Wolves

Extra attention on Towns, Dieng opens floor for Wolves

For an idea of just how impressive Timberwolves big men Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng were Saturday against Chicago, consider the fourth quarter.
Final push sends Wolves past Bulls

Final push sends Wolves past Bulls

Big men Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng dominated from start to finish and Andrew Wiggins lit the torch late as the Wolves won their second in a row.
Wolves reserve Rudez was ready when his chance came

Wolves reserve Rudez was ready when his chance came

Little-used Damjan Rudez played quality minutes and was a factor in Wednesday's victory over the Clippers.

PARDON THE INTERRUPTION | AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, AT LEAST UNTIL SID ARRIVED

Two years after parlaying his job coordinating the Vikings' explosive 1998 offense into a head coaching job in Baltimore, Brian Billick had the Ravens in…
Lynx re-sign playoff MVP Fowles, Montgomery; trade Peters to Fever

Lynx re-sign playoff MVP Fowles, Montgomery; trade Peters to Fever

Free agents Sylvia Fowles and Renee Montgomery agreed to stay with Lynx while the team traded Devereaux Peters to Indiana for Natasha Howard.
Wild hoping for another second-half surge into playoffs

Wild hoping for another second-half surge into playoffs

It is an indication of how difficult January was for Wild that the team fell out of the playoff picture while on All-Star break.
Lynx coach Reeve mixed on new WNBA schedule

Lynx coach Reeve mixed on new WNBA schedule

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve liked the past format, but she is open to the changes.
Wolves playing at quicker pace per Mitchell's prodding

Wolves playing at quicker pace per Mitchell's prodding

That pleases their coach, but wins still scarce for young team.
Oklahoma City offers developing Wolves hope for the future

Oklahoma City offers developing Wolves hope for the future

Zach LaVine said being pushed showed the coaches care about him. Then he joked: "As much as they're on me, they must love me to death."
Wiggins lets play do the talking against Cavs

Wiggins lets play do the talking against Cavs

It's not just bright lights and big stars that have prompted Andrew Wiggins to shoot nearly 60 percent and average nearly 30 points in three games against Cleveland, where the Wolves play tonight.
Garnett heaps praise on Towns, mum on Mitchell

Garnett heaps praise on Towns, mum on Mitchell

Kevin Garnett spoke Saturday on a number of issues. On some he was rather effusive. On others, not so much.
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