More from the Homepage
Staff Directory 10646276

Kent Youngblood

Reporter | Pro Sports
phone: 612-673-4365
Kent Youngblood is a general assignment reporter. He writes most often about the Timberwolves and Wild.
Recent content from Kent Youngblood
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.
Young could see Wolves changing direction before trade

Young could see Wolves changing direction before trade

On the day he returned to Target Center for the first time since being traded to the Nets, Thaddeus Young said it was a…

Whirlwind week finds Leopold's daughter on big stage

Clad in a Wild sweater with her father’s number on it, Jordyn Leopold put an exclamation point on a weeklong, feel-good story when she stood, took the microphone and said, “Let’s Play Hockey.”
Avalanche gets the last word in victory over Wild

Avalanche gets the last word in victory over Wild

Wild drops finale of season series to Colorado and its antagonist.
Journeyman Hamilton hoping for long stay with Timberwolves

Journeyman Hamilton hoping for long stay with Timberwolves

On Thursday Justin Hamilton was in New Orleans. By Friday morning he was practicing with future Hall of Fame player Kevin Garnett.
Neal might have a future with Wolves

Neal might have a future with Wolves

Few expected Gary Neal to stay with the team, but Flip Saunders believes he might have what it takes.
Clippers hold off depleted, cold-shooting Wolves

Clippers hold off depleted, cold-shooting Wolves

Even in a 1-for-14 fourth quarter, the Wolves' aggressive play got them to the free throw line enough times to keep it close.
Pekovic's frustration: 'Tough dealing with this every day'

Pekovic's frustration: 'Tough dealing with this every day'

It was a very frustrated Nikola Pekovic who watched Monday’s game between the Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers from the bench, his right foot/ankle too sore to let him play.
Garnett's day: Anticipation to participation in a new era

Garnett's day: Anticipation to participation in a new era

Cameras, cheers followed KG wherever he went.

Wolves notes: Be prepared for a roof-raising reception for KG

Kevin Garnett on Wednesday will make his first Target Center appearance in a Wolves uniform since April 9, 2007
Garnett makes an impression on first day back with Wolves

Garnett makes an impression on first day back with Wolves

Scene one:The Timberwolves weight room, Tuesday morning. Wolves forward Anthony Bennett, still hobbled a bit because of his right leg injury, decided to do…
Wolves' Muhammad feared the worst with injury

Wolves' Muhammad feared the worst with injury

Shabazz Muhammad knew something was wrong right away. It was early in practice Wednesday when the middle finger of his left hand got caught…
Young power forwards waiting for the 'KG effect'

Young power forwards waiting for the 'KG effect'

Plenty are looking forward to Kevin Garnett's return to the Wolves, but who might feel the impact of Garnett’s presence the most? Anthony Bennett and Adreian Payne.

Wolves notes: With roster set, time for long-range planning

The Wolves aren’t going to be in the playoffs, so the priority is seeing which players on the roster figure into the team’s long-term plans.
Waiting for Garnett, Wolves show resolve in victory over Phoenix

Waiting for Garnett, Wolves show resolve in victory over Phoenix

Kevin Garnett might have been the most popular man not in Target Center Friday, his pending, looming presence basically overshadowing the Wolves' win over Phoenix.

Round-trip Ticket: Garnett returns to Wolves

Kevin Garnett’s back, and Wolves hope his intensity influences young players
Dunk champ LaVine wants to show more of his game

Dunk champ LaVine wants to show more of his game

Establishing himself as an NBA player drives Wolves rookie Zach LaVine more than being known for slam dunks.
Payne sees a familiar face in Saunders after trade to Wolves

Payne sees a familiar face in Saunders after trade to Wolves

Adreian Payne was a freshman at Michigan State when he first met Saunders, who is good friends with Spartans coach Tom Izzo
Wolves put a scare into West's best but fall just short

Wolves put a scare into West's best but fall just short

The Wolves erased a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit, but they lamented the hole vs. Golden State got so big in the first place.
Wolves notes: Sidney Lowe has fond memories of Dean Smith

Wolves notes: Sidney Lowe has fond memories of Dean Smith

Wolves assistant coach Sidney Lowe never played for Dean Smith. But the great former North Carolina coach — who died Saturday night — still managed to have an impact on Lowe’s life.
Rubio-less Wolves make it three in a row, beat Pistons

Rubio-less Wolves make it three in a row, beat Pistons

Nikola Pekovic scored a season-high 29 points, leading a starting five that accounted for 98 points while Ricky Rubio rested up for tonight.
Dazzle and defense on display as healthier Wolves scrap past Heat

Dazzle and defense on display as healthier Wolves scrap past Heat

Down by double digits in the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves clawed back to top the Heat thanks to a renewed energy from Ricky Rubio.

Staying patient: Rubio trying to find his timing

Ricky Rubio is easing his way back from a severely sprained ankle.
Lynx coach: WNBA will be fine without Taurasi

Lynx coach: WNBA will be fine without Taurasi

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve doesn’t expect any of her players to miss the season to rest for overseas play, like WNBA star Diana Taurasi will this season.
Wiggins has 33 but Cleveland runs away from Wolves in the end

Wiggins has 33 but Cleveland runs away from Wolves in the end

Rookie Andrew Wiggins stood tall against LeBron James finishing with 33 points but Cleveland pushed its win streak to 10 games.
Rubio expected to return for Dallas game on Monday

Rubio expected to return for Dallas game on Monday

Ricky Rubio, out since severely spraining his left ankle in Orlando Nov. 7, is scheduled to return to game action Monday night in Dallas.
Brown makes positive second impression in return to Wolves

Brown makes positive second impression in return to Wolves

Lorenzo Brown, who was drafted by the Wolves in 2013, hopes to stick with them this time around.
Martin scores 21 in return, Wolves top Boston for home win

Martin scores 21 in return, Wolves top Boston for home win

Kevin Martin’s return to the lineup helped end the Timberwolves’ 10-game home losing streak.
Wolves notes: Team welcomes guard Brown back to the roster

Wolves notes: Team welcomes guard Brown back to the roster

Via 10-day contract, Lorenzo Brown returned to the team that drafted him and scored 11 points Wednesday night.
Wolves' Dieng up for trial run at power forward

Wolves' Dieng up for trial run at power forward

With Nikola Pekovic back in the mix the past two games, Wolves coach Flip Saunders is interested in having Pekovic and Gorgui Dieng play on the floor together.
Sponsored Links
From Around the Web
More from Star Tribune
Top Stories
Most Read