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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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Vikings notes: Taylor Heinicke pushing for third quarterback spot

Vikings notes: Taylor Heinicke pushing for third quarterback spot

The undrafted rookie continued to push his candidacy for a spot as the team’s third quarterback with his 11-for-11 performance against the Cowboys on Saturday.
Lynx rally past Phoenix; Whalen hurt, out until playoffs

Lynx rally past Phoenix; Whalen hurt, out until playoffs

Guard Lindsay Whalen didn’t play after an injury during the second quarter. But Maya Moore scored 28 and Sylvia Fowles shut down Mercury star Brittney Griner in the second half.
Lynx coach Reeve: 'We're going to break out of this'

Lynx coach Reeve: 'We're going to break out of this'

The Lynx are in a 1-4 stretch with five games left.
'Aiming' for Vikings rookie Waynes to start

'Aiming' for Vikings rookie Waynes to start

After Thursday’s practice at Winter Park, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards said the teams is still “aiming” to have rookie corner Trae Waynes start by opening day.
Important weekend on tap for the Lynx

Important weekend on tap for the Lynx

The Lynx will face two of the WNBA’s best teams, beginning Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
Hodges gets next start at middle linebacker for Vikings

Hodges gets next start at middle linebacker for Vikings

Gerald Hodges, a backup at both outside linebacker positions, will get the start at middle linebacker in the Vikings’ preseason game in Dallas on Saturday.
Fowles steps up in Lynx victory

Fowles steps up in Lynx victory

With the Lynx offense sputtering and Los Angeles closing fast, Sylvia Fowles took over during a fourth-quarter stretch of the Lynx’s 72-64 victory over the Sparks at Target Center.
Reeve positive despite two straight Lynx losses

Reeve positive despite two straight Lynx losses

The Lynx flew back from Phoenix Saturday morning having lost a second-consecutive game because of fourth-quarter problems. It is the team’s first losing streak this season.
Thielen's route to the Vikings roster is uncertain

Thielen's route to the Vikings roster is uncertain

Adam Thielen, a 2013 undrafted free agent out of Minnesota State Mankato, is well aware of the talent in Vikings camp at receiver.
Vikings notes: Zimmer wants team to get a history lesson

Vikings notes: Zimmer wants team to get a history lesson

The Vikings and Pittsburgh play in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday in Canton, Ohio. Mike Zimmer has arranged for his team to get a tour.
Vikings notes: Team taking precautions with Barr's knee

Vikings notes: Team taking precautions with Barr's knee

Anthony Barr remains sidelined because of inflammation in his surgically repaired left knee. But Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he expects Barr back sooner than later.
Wolves, Andre Miller reach one-year deal

Wolves, Andre Miller reach one-year deal

The 39-year-old will provide depth at the point guard position beyond Ricky Rubio and Tyus Jones.
Newcomer Fowles shines as Lynx dismantle Atlanta

Newcomer Fowles shines as Lynx dismantle Atlanta

The recently acquired center scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Lynx's winning culture is a big draw

Lynx's winning culture is a big draw

Can you remember any time in recent years when a high-profile player wanted so badly to play in Minnesota, he or she was willing to not play at all if it didn’t happen?
Sporting a new look, Lynx fend off the Sparks

Sporting a new look, Lynx fend off the Sparks

The Lynx took advantage of 22 L.A. turnovers to score 21 points. And Maya Moore, who struggled at times hit two key baskets late to preserve the victory.
Sylvia Fowles gets wish by landing with Lynx

Sylvia Fowles gets wish by landing with Lynx

Fowles said she craved the ensemble feel of a Lynx team filled with former Olympic teammates, a situation that doesn’t feel like it’s all on her shoulders.
Lynx add All-Star center Sylvia Fowles for second-half run

Lynx add All-Star center Sylvia Fowles for second-half run

Fowles, who sat out the first half of the season while seeking a trade, has wanted to be here for months. The Lynx finally figured out a way to get her.
Lynx's Moore cites win over Seattle as turning point

Lynx's Moore cites win over Seattle as turning point

Huge comeback vs. the Storm saved a victory and brought out Maya Moore’s ‘A’ game.
Lynx fall to Sun in 'a game we should have won'

Lynx fall to Sun in 'a game we should have won'

Camille Little hit a jump shot with eight seconds to play in overtime, her only points of the game, to give Connecticut a 78-77 overtime victory over the Lynx.
With Whalen sidelined, Lynx' lineup shuffled again

With Whalen sidelined, Lynx' lineup shuffled again

Injuries and trades will alter the team’s look, but coach Cheryl Reeve likes its resolve.
Lynx trade Monica Wright to Storm for Renee Montgomery

Lynx trade Monica Wright to Storm for Renee Montgomery

Montgomery played one season with the Lynx before being part of the January 2010 that brought point guard Lindsay Whalen back to Minnesota.
Team effort helps Lynx overcome Sky, loss of Seimone Augustus

Team effort helps Lynx overcome Sky, loss of Seimone Augustus

It took the Lynx a little while to figure out how to play without the injured Seimone Augustus on Friday, but Maya Moore's 29 points helped secure an 84-66 win over the Sky.
Cruz's role with Lynx expands with Wright out after knee surgery

Cruz's role with Lynx expands with Wright out after knee surgery

Minnesota hosts Chicago Friday night in a meeting of the two conference leaders in the WNBA. For the Lynx, it is a much-anticipated rematch of last week’s loss in Chicago.
Wolves' new arrival Bjelica has paid his dues

Wolves' new arrival Bjelica has paid his dues

Nemanja Bjelica, drafted in 2010, is versatile and makes teammates better. The Wolves officially announced Bjelica’s signing during a news conference Wednesday. The reigning Euroleague MVP signed a three-year deal worth nearly $12 million.
Wolves might look for a veteran point guard

Wolves might look for a veteran point guard

The only backups to Ricky Rubio now are Lorenzo Brown and Tyus Jones.
Moore, Augustus selected to start WNBA All-Star Game

Moore, Augustus selected to start WNBA All-Star Game

Lynx stars Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus have been honored as starters in the WNBA All-Star Game, and others could join them when reserves are announced July 21.
Lynx get ahead of Stars early and never look back

Lynx get ahead of Stars early and never look back

The Lynx credited their big win to Rebekkah Brunson and winning battles inside.
Playing two at home, United FC wants to move up in standings

Playing two at home, United FC wants to move up in standings

After a disappointing spring season sprint, the Loons will start their home fall season with games against Ottawa on Saturday and Jacksonville on Wednesday.
Wild's Eriksson Ek, Bouramman like what they see of Twin Cities

Wild's Eriksson Ek, Bouramman like what they see of Twin Cities

Top pick Joel Eriksson Ek comes to town to give Wild, fans a sneak peek.
Cruz figures to provide immediate help for Lynx

Cruz figures to provide immediate help for Lynx

The veteran point guard specializes in defensive intensity and projects to back up Lindsay Whalen.
Lynx stars' frustration sparks turnaround

Lynx stars' frustration sparks turnaround

The Lynx have played their best basketball of the season since allowing 51 first-half points in Seattle.
Lynx lean on emotion, and need yet more

Lynx lean on emotion, and need yet more

Emotion will be fuel for game against Phoenix in Brittney Griner’s return.
Newest Wolves Towns, Jones share spotlight

Newest Wolves Towns, Jones share spotlight

Amid the euphoria, the two first-round draft picks are eager to learn with the Wolves.
Wolves poised to add 2010 draft pick Bjelica

Wolves poised to add 2010 draft pick Bjelica

The Serbian power forward was named Euroleague MVP this past season.
Tulsa shocks Lynx in WNBA West showdown

Tulsa shocks Lynx in WNBA West showdown

Coach Cheryl Reeve had an ugly assessment of the Lynx' play in its loss to Tulsa on Sunday night.
Lynx, Tulsa bring WNBA-best 5-1 records in rematch tonight

Lynx, Tulsa bring WNBA-best 5-1 records in rematch tonight

On opening night the Lynx came back from a 16-point first-quarter deficit to beat Tulsa. Since then the Shock has gone 5-0, winning by an average of more than 14 points.
Lynx aim to get revenge against depleted Phoenix

Lynx aim to get revenge against depleted Phoenix

The 2014 WNBA champs will be missing three starters from last year.
Lynx use bench to earn victory over Seattle

Lynx use bench to earn victory over Seattle

Minnesota's reserves scored 46 points, led by guard Tricia Liston with 15, in the blowout of Seattle on Thursday night at Target Center.
Lynx signs teen to honorary contract, granting her wish

Lynx signs teen to honorary contract, granting her wish

Ariya Smith. She’s 14, been watching Maya Moore for years and is a big fan. Wednesday she got to meet her. Her reaction to the special day spent with the Lynx? "Speechless."
Lynx stars salvage season opener over Tulsa

Lynx stars salvage season opener over Tulsa

It wasn’t easy but the Lynx used their core players to defeat Tulsa 83-75 on Friday night in their season opener at Target Center.
'Old' Lynx start run for another WNBA title

'Old' Lynx start run for another WNBA title

Seimone Augustus is 31, Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson are 33. With the Lynx' key players healthy, there's a sense of urgency as the team starts the new season.
Zahui's WNBA lesson: 'It's tough not being the strongest'

Zahui's WNBA lesson: 'It's tough not being the strongest'

It didn't take long for former Gophers star Amanda Zahui B. to learn something important about her new job. She makes her WNBA debut with Tulsa on Friday at Target Center.
Lynx keep backup guard, cut former Gophers star Kelley

Lynx keep backup guard, cut former Gophers star Kelley

The Lynx waived small forwards Shae Kelley and Asia Taylor on Tuesday, bringing their roster to the league maximum of 12 with Friday’s season opener looming.
Depleted Lynx look to Dantas for help

Depleted Lynx look to Dantas for help

From a role player as a rookie to starting center, Damiris Dantas will be asked to play an unexpected role when the WNBA season opens on Friday.
Lynx have a few roster spots to settle

Lynx have a few roster spots to settle

If the Lynx’s exhibition game last week in Washington, D.C., was all about evaluation, the goal in Monday’s game against New York will be to settle some lingering roster issues and get momentum.
Healthy Brunson a boost for Lynx defense

Healthy Brunson a boost for Lynx defense

The gritty power forward has been the unsung hero of the Lynx’s success in recent seasons.
Lynx's scrimmage with Mystics focused on analytics, not rules

Lynx's scrimmage with Mystics focused on analytics, not rules

The two teams will hold what is being called an “analytic” scrimmage. It will have two 10-minute controlled scrimmages with some unusual rules.
For young Americans, a time to serve, not play

For young Americans, a time to serve, not play

At the end of World War II 70 years ago, America finally got back to baseball, boxing and all the games we love. Former Vikings coach Bud Grant, now 88 years old, and others remember the era.
Wolves hoping for better bounce from lottery pingpong balls

Wolves hoping for better bounce from lottery pingpong balls

In 18 previous lottery appearances, the Wolves have never improved their position in the draft. They have moved down 10 times.
Wiggins only unanimous pick for NBA All-Rookie team

Wiggins only unanimous pick for NBA All-Rookie team

All 130 voters in a panel made up of sportswriters and broadcasters chose Wiggins. LaVine was the No. 2 vote-getter on the second team.
Returning starters, Reeve focused on WNBA title

Returning starters, Reeve focused on WNBA title

Sunday marks the start of training camp for the Lynx. They open with the goal of winning a third league title in five years.
Lynx looking to center Jones to replace McCarville

Lynx looking to center Jones to replace McCarville

Coach Cheryl Reeve said she's confident that Asjha Moore will be a quality replacement for Janel McCarville even though she'd had health issues and hasn't played in the WNBA for two seasons.
Wolves unable to scratch surface of lottery success

Wolves unable to scratch surface of lottery success

On Tuesday, for the 19th time since 1990, the Wolves will be in the NBA lottery. They are hoping to make a dent in their record of incredible futility.
Agent: McCarville will take summer off and then decide future

Agent: McCarville will take summer off and then decide future

Agent Mike Cound said that McCarville’s decision was a difficult one, given her ties to the state and to the Lynx. He said that, should she play in the WNBA again, Minnesota “is the only place she wants to be.”
Reeve says McCarville 'decided she didn't want to play'

Reeve says McCarville 'decided she didn't want to play'

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said the former Gophers star and WNBA veteran was in the team’s plans right up until her agent informed the team of her decision not to play.
Maya Moore signs multiyear contract with Lynx

Maya Moore signs multiyear contract with Lynx

The Lynx will begin the season with four starters on multi-year contracts, which bodes well for the future of a team that’s won two WNBA titles in the last four seasons.
Chicago confident with 3-0 lead over Wild on eve of Game 4

Chicago confident with 3-0 lead over Wild on eve of Game 4

Return of Patrick Kane, strong goalie are factors.
It's official: Andrew Wiggins selected as NBA's top rookie

It's official: Andrew Wiggins selected as NBA's top rookie

Andrew Wiggins is the landslide Rookie of the Year  winner — the first Wolves player to earn the honor — and he has more to do.
Wolves' Wiggins to be named NBA Rookie of the Year

Wolves' Wiggins to be named NBA Rookie of the Year

Andrew Wiggins will become the first Timberwolves player to be named the league’s Rookie of the Year, according to a league source. The official announcement will be made Thursday.
August 10: Is Andrew Wiggins the next big thing in the NBA?

August 10: Is Andrew Wiggins the next big thing in the NBA?

The Kevin Love era is over, and now it’s up to young Andrew Wiggins to help the Wolves turn the page.
April 1: Wiggins continues to add to his game

April 1: Wiggins continues to add to his game

Timberwolves rookie Andrew Wiggins continues to grow as the season draws to a close.
Lynx trade for guard, draft Cal forward and U's Shae Kelley

Lynx trade for guard, draft Cal forward and U's Shae Kelley

It took some wheeling and dealing, but the Lynx addressed needs by acquiring a guard and selecting two forwards, including the Gophers' Shae Kelley.
Lynx not expecting immediate help from WNBA draft

Lynx not expecting immediate help from WNBA draft

The WNBA power doesn’t expect to draft a starter selecting so low.
Wolves loss helps lottery position, Pelicans' playoff spot

Wolves loss helps lottery position, Pelicans' playoff spot

Weirdly, both teams got what they needed: better playoff and lottery spots. Losing gave the Wolves the worst record in the NBA heading into Wednesday's season finale.
Rubio will concentrate first on getting healthy

Rubio will concentrate first on getting healthy

His season limited to just 22 games by a left ankle injury, Wolves guard Ricky Rubio said getting healthy is job No. 1 and that might mean not playing for the Spanish National Team at the European Championships.
Wolves get Martin back but Vucevic, Magic roll to victory

Wolves get Martin back but Vucevic, Magic roll to victory

Kevin Martin struggled in his return. He missed his first seven shots before finishing with 12 points in the Wolves’ loss to Orlando on Friday night.
Pekovic concerned about health, future

Pekovic concerned about health, future

His season over, with surgery looming, Wolves center Nikola Pekovic acknowledged he is concerned about his future, both on and off the basketball court.“Of course…
Same depleted lineup, same result as Utah crushes Wolves

Same depleted lineup, same result as Utah crushes Wolves

In coach Flip Saunders’ continuing quest to evaluate his young players, Monday's game saw more downs than ups.
Better late than never: Budinger shows he can still play

Better late than never: Budinger shows he can still play

After two injury riddled years, Chase Budinger finally has regained his form.
Foul ending in OT: Last-second free throws sink Wolves

Foul ending in OT: Last-second free throws sink Wolves

A disputed call allowed the Lakers to win in overtime. It was coach Flip Saunders and one of his players doing the disagreeing.
Wolves fade in loss to Charlotte

Wolves fade in loss to Charlotte

Flip Saunders’ young, depleted team ran out of energy after its early lead.
Mo Williams fondly recalls time with Wolves

Mo Williams fondly recalls time with Wolves

The veteran guard returned for the first time since the Wolves traded him.
Wild's Coyle finds confidence, game since All-Star break

Wild's Coyle finds confidence, game since All-Star break

Charlie Coyle has settled into his role as the third-line center for the Wild. He has five points in his past six games, and 12 in the 24 games since the All-Star break.
Wiggins eager to turn heads in Toronto homecoming

Wiggins eager to turn heads in Toronto homecoming

Of playing Wednesday in Toronto, Wolves rookie Andrew Wiggins said ‘if you only knew’ how much his homecoming meant to him.
Severely shorthanded Wolves blown out by Brooklyn

Severely shorthanded Wolves blown out by Brooklyn

The team was missing seven players and gave up 78 points inside on its way to losing for the ninth time in 10 games.
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