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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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Tanisha Wright, left, played for Seattle against Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson in a 2013 game at Target Center.

Former WNBA star Tanisha Wright ends 'retirement' to join Lynx

Wright, whose defensive prowess allows her to guard both guards and forwards, left to become an assistant coach at North Carolina-Charlotte last season.
Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson (right, with director of player development Brad Bombardir) in 2010.

Wild gives Hendrickson a break to watch son win state hockey title

The assistant coach got home from Vancouver in time to watch son Mason play for Minnetonka, which defeated Duluth East for the Class 2A boys' hockey title Saturday.
Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve

After so much winning, Reeve working her general manager game

Cheryl Reeve has pushed to expand the way the Lynx prepares, both for April's draft and for the upcoming season when the Lynx will try to win their fifth WNBA title in eight years.
The Wolves’ Nemanja Bjelica found success attacking Utah’s Rudy Gobert inside last week and also made six three-pointers Thursday against Boston.

With Butler down, Bjelica has stepped up for Wolves

His minutes having spiked since Jimmy Butler's knee injury, Nemanja Bjelica continues to get more aggressive. Thursday he scored a career-high 30 points and had 12 rebounds. He also played 40 or more minutes for the second consecutive game.
Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) takes a shot in the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Xcel Energy

Wild aims not to let games on the road get away this time

After poor play on the road last week, the Wild hopes to this time keep games under control against Vancouver and Edmonton.
Andrew Wiggins put up a shot against the Rockets' Clint Capela last month.

Survive and advance: Tough stretch to make or break Wolves playoff hope

With 16 games left the Wolves are 38-28. They are in a virtual tie with San Antonio and New Orleans for fourth in the West, one game behind Portland, but just two games from being out of the playoff picture.
The Jazz's Jae Crowder (99) and Joe Ingles defended as Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague looked to pass during the first half Friday.

Teague on Rubio hit: 'I didn't think I hit him that hard'

Karl-Anthony Towns and Jeff Teague admitted to losing their cool at Utah, where both were ejected during a game the Wolves went on to lose.
Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) needed help to get off the floor Friday in Houston.

Back for the playoffs? Wolves' Butler has surgery on knee

The team said he will be out indefinitely, but Jimmy Butler has been telling people he intends to return for the playoffs after hurting his knee in Houston.
Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins (22) drives against Chicago Bulls’ David Nwaba during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturd

Wolves shake off adversity to beat Chicago 122-104

Playing their first game without the injured Jimmy Butler and just hours after arriving back to Minnesota after team plane issues, the Timberwolves hunkered down for a win.
The Target Center crowd reacted after Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford made a three-pointer during the second half against the Lakers earlier this mo

Wolves players recharged after welcome breather

No team played more games in January than the Wolves, so the week-long All-Star break was a chance to gear up for a final 21-game push.
Jessie Diggins, of the United States, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the during women's team sprint freestyle cross-country skiing final a

'Classic Jessie.' Hometown friends celebrate Diggins' Olympic gold

Coaches and training partners predict future Olympic success.
Jamal Crawford, right, is encouraged by the Wolves’ standing at the All-Star break, but Jimmy Butler wants and expects much more.

Wolves happy but not satisfied as All-Star break hits

The team is third in the West but needs to work harder to survive a tough post-All-Star-break stretch.
The Target Center crowd reacts after Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11) made a three-pointer during the second half.

Wolves finish emotional night with comeback win over Lakers

The Wolves, who had their 13-game home winning streak broken by Houston on Tuesday, started another Thursday on a night when the late Flip Saunders was honored pregame.
A pregame ceremony honoring Flip Saunders included an unveiling of a permanent banner in Target Center to honor his memory.

Former Wolves players honor Flip Saunders

It was Flip Saunders Night at Target Center, honoring the man who did so much for basketball in the state, a man lost to Hodgkins lymphoma two years ago.
The Timberwolves will remember their late coach and president of basketball operations when they celebrate Flip Saunders Night on Thursday.

Night for Flip: Wolves will celebrate Saunders before Thursday's game

It only took the mention of Flip Saunders' name for Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau go all "six degrees of sentimentality." at Wednesday's practice.
Lindsay Whalen scored 17 points off the bench in USA's 2016 gold medal game victory

Whalen closes door on future USA Basketball participation

Lindsay Whalen is building her experience as a basketball commentator while playing for the Lynx as long as possible.
Minnesota Timberwolves' Jeff Teague, left, drives around New Orleans Pelicans' Dante Cunningham in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday,

'Different' again: Wolves stay hot at home, winning 12th straight

The Wolves scored the game's first nine points, led New Orleans by 18 not long thereafter and held on for the wire-to-wire win. It was another impressive outing on their home court.
Andrew Wiggins

Wiggins, at just 22, on cusp of a scoring milestone

Wiggins scored 15 points Saturday night, giving him 5,996 for his career. Wednesday at Cleveland, he presumably will be the sixth-youngest player in league history to reach 6,000 points.
Kansas City Chiefs Coach Hank Stram is carried from the field, Jan. 11, 1970, in New Orleans, after his team defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super B

How 'another game' became the Super Bowl of today

A history of the Super Bowl, from before it was the Super Bowl
Minnesota Lynx guard Renee Montgomery (21) shoots as Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker (3), right front, defends during Game 2 of the WNBA fin

Lynx lose guard Renee Montgomery to Atlanta, creating backcourt issues

The Minnesota Lynx's journey through free agency got a little more challenging with the news that backup guard Renee Montgomery has signed with Atlanta.
With All-Star guard Jimmy Butler healthy and back in the lineup, he wants teammate Andrew Wiggins (pictured) to keep pushing his limits.

Butler to Wiggins: Don't change a thing about your game

With All-Star guard Jimmy Butler healthy and back in the lineup, he wants teammate Andrew Wiggins to keep pushing his limits.
Brooklyn Nets center Tyler Zeller (44) fouls Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, J

Wolves stay strong at home in win over Brooklyn

The Wolves are 10-0 in their last 10 home games, and 6-0 when playing on the heels of a two-game losing streak.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler reacts during player introductions before an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Saturday, Jan. 2

Butler returns to Wolves lineup after missing four games

The Wolves went 2-2 without All-Star Jimmy Butler this time, after suffering back-to-back one-sided losses when Butler was sick early in the season.
Once Andrew Wiggins elevated high above him, there was nothing Raptors center Jakob Poeltl could do to stop the Wolves forward from rocking the rim fo

Shorthanded Wolves rise to challenge, rally to defeat Toronto

Andrew Wiggins' dominant play helped make up for the absence of ailing Jamal Crawford and Jimmy Butler.
Jimmy Butler, left, was out with a sore right knee while while Jamal Crawford sat with a sprained left big toe.

Butler, Crawford sidelined vs. Raptors with injuries

Jimmy Butler, the team's leading scorer, missed the game with a sore right knee. Jamal Crawford, one of the team's best scorers off the bench, has a sprained left big toe.
Karl-Anthony Towns, front left, and the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard, front right, go after the ball during the first half of an NBA basketb

Wolves-Magic game preview

The Wolves just completed the second 5-0 homestand in franchise history and have won 12 of their past 15 games.
Veteran Jamal Crawford of the Wolves has the sixth most 3-pointers in NBA history.

Winning without threes: Wolves defy what's trendy in the NBA

More and more, the accepted offensive formula for winning in the NBA includes lots of three-pointers plus lots of lay-ups and dunks. The Wolves aren't going there.
Sabazz Napier looks to steal the ball from Andrew Wiggins

Wolves complete perfect homestand with rout of Trail Blazers

The Wolves completed only the second 5-0 homestand in franchise history (the other one was 17 years ago) and have won their last eight games at home.
Jimmy Butler winced while holding his back as he broke away for a dunk against the Suns on Dec. 16, a tough 108-106 home loss that led to the Wolves w

With Blazers back in town, Wolves' surge comes full circle

The Wolves will finish up a five-game homestand Sunday against Portland looking for just their second 5-0 homestand ever.
Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler, left, tries to get between New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, and Jarrett Jack, right, in the first

Wolves use closing charge to win seventh straight at home

New York shot north of 55 percent for much of Friday night's game but the Wolves opened the fourth quarter on a 24-6 win to take control in front of yet another sold-out crowd.
Zach Lavine

Former Wolves teammates excited for Lavine's return in Chicago

Eleven months after a torn ACL ended his 20016-17 season - and his time in Minnesota - Zach LaVine is set to return Saturday when the Bulls host Detroit at United Center.
Celtics guard Kyrie Irving tried to move past Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones during the first quarter Friday.

Wolves get chance to show off improved defense vs. LeBron, Cavs

Against a Cavaliers team getting healthy with the return of Isaiah Thomas, Cleveland scored a season-high 131 points in a weekend victory at Orlando
Four-time WNBA champion Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve is this year's recipient of the Star Tribune Sportsperson of the Year.

Cheryl Reeve, Minnesota Lynx' transformer in chief

Cheryl Reeve likes to describe herself as the mother of an extended family. She has the players' backs but isn't afraid to kick their butts. Most of all, she appeals to the team by investing the time to understand what the Lynx need to play their best.
Taj Gibson (67) and Jimmy Butler (23) reacted after a Butler basket at Target Center on Dec. 27.

Numbers say Wolves' Gibson is having his best season

Taj Gibson's solid play has boosted Wolves, but he's done it on a bigger stage.
Wolves guard Jimmy Butler put up a first-quarter shot between Lakers forwards Brandon Ingram (14) and Kyle Kuzma at Target Center on Monday night. But

Wolves stick it to outmatched Lakers

A 16-0 run to open the game helped Minnesota win for the seventh time in the past eight games.
Outside of the rotation for most of the season, Wolves center Cole Aldrich has continued to work hard in practice and maintain a positive attitude off

On bench or slam-dunking, Wolves' Aldrich stays upbeat

Outside of the rotation for most of the season, Aldrich has continued to work hard in practice and maintain a positive attitude off the court. That gets noticed.
Wolves point guard Jeff Teague fell to the ground in pain after injuring his left knee late in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednes

Wolves' Teague injures knee in fourth quarter

Wolves point guard Jeff Teague injured his left knee and had to leave the game following a scrum for a loose ball with 13.4 seconds left in regulation Wednesday night against Denver.
Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler attempted a three-pointer but was fouled by Nuggets guard Torrey Craig in the second quarter. Butler finished with a g

Butler's 39 points lift Wolves past Nuggets in OT

The star guard scored 23 of those points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Jimmy Butler (23) was fouled by Al-Farouq Aminu (8) with 2.5 seconds left in the game. Butler made his two free throws to give the Timberwolves the le

What sore back? Butler scores 37, hits last-second free throws in Wolves win

After there were questions about whether he was even going to play against Portland, Jimmy Butler carried the Wolves to victory on his (sore) back.
Jimmy Butler flipped a pass out of the reach of the Trail Blazers’ Evan Turner in the first quarter.

By keeping it loose, Butler overcomes back problem

Coach Tom Thibodeau said he wasn't surprised that Jimmy Butler fought through back pain and played Monday night.
Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler didn’t back down against the defense of Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson while driving for a layup in the first qua

Wolves let another get away, fall again to Suns

Phoenix limped into town with a lengthy injured list and a five-game losing streak. The Suns proceeded to turn the ball over 27 times, trailing the Wolves — sometimes by double figures — for three-plus quarters.
Jamal Crawford

Crawford hoped to play more minutes when signing with Wolves

For Jamal Crawford, learning how be effective in the playing time he's been given has been a challenge.

Thibodeau adds Georges-Hunt to Wolves' thin rotation

Tom Thibodeau adjusted his rotation Thursday for the first time since he went essentially with a three-man bench these past two weeks.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns was fouled in the first quarter by Dallas forward Maximilian Kleber

Wolves claw out 97-92 victory over Dallas

Jimmy Butler's 10-point fourth quarter, and some stingy defense, helped Minnesota open a five-game homestand with a victory.
Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones watched Apple Valley during a game last season.

Tyus Jones not just a spectator to younger brother Tre

Wolves guard Tyus Jones checks in with younger brother Tre - who is Duke-bound after this season at Apple Valley - after nearly every game.
Grizzlies center Marc Gasol drove against Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson in the second half Monday. Gasol scored 21 points in Memphis' 95-92 victory.

When Wolves go cold, Memphis ends 11-game losing streak

Jimmy Butler scored 30 points again, but ended the game with a turnover, a missed shot and a sprained pinkie as the Wolves were held to two free throws in the final 3 minutes, 45 seconds.
Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin shot a reverse layup against Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32), guard Jeff Teague (0) and center Gorgui Dien

Butler, Thibodeau lament Wolves' poor defense

Coach Tom Thibodeau and guard Jimmy Butler stressed the need for defensive focus after the Wolves struggled against Memphis, which ended an 11-game losing streak.
J.B. Bickerstaff, a former Gophers player, wound up in charge as interim head coach in Memphis after David Fizdale’s firing.

Memphis' Bickerstaff inheriting head-coaching job again

Former Gophers player and Wolves assistant J.B. Bickerstaff was named interim head coach of the Grizzlies after one of his best friends — David Fizdale — was fired 20 games into the season.
Karl-Anthony Towns walked off the court at the end of the game. Washington beat Minnesota by a final score of 92-89.

Starters pile up minutes as Wolves suffer another fourth-quarter fade

The Timberwolves starting five all played at least 37 minutes Tuesday night, and get little time to rest with a game tonight in New Orleans.
Tyus Jones attempted a shot while being defended by Tim Frazier in the first quarter.

Jones starts again for Wolves, working his way to more minutes

More and more, it appears Tyus Jones is gaining Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau's confidence, though Thibodeau was clear Jones needs to continue to work on his individual defense.
Fans cheer during the second half of an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at U.S. Ba

Vikings in Super Bowl? Things just got more serious for planners

No team has played in a Super Bowl at its home stadium. If the Vikings make it, everything from aftermarket ticket prices to merchandise sales to the level of excitement in the Twin Cities would be ratcheted up.
Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns gives back to charity on Thanksgiving

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns spent Thanksgiving afternoon at the House of Charity in Minneapolis, serving free meals.
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) drives around a screen by Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) with defense from Minnesota Timberwolves guard Aaron Bro

Out-of-sync Wolves fall 109-97 at home to Miami

Miami on Friday buried the Wolves under an avalanche of three-pointers en route to the victory.
Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague and Orlando guard Elfrid Payton battleed for a loose ball during the second half.

Wolves' fourth-quarter failings reason for concern

The final 12 minutes of Wednesday's game showed just how fragile the Wolves have been in the fourth quarter, especially of late.
Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson and Orlando forward Evan Fournier chase a loose ball during the second half.

Wolves nearly blow 26-point fourth-quarter lead in victory over Orlando

The Wolves on Wednesday began a four-game homestand by ending a two-game losing streak - barely.
Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins

Timberwolves welcome four-game homestand

Wednesday's game against Orlando was the first of four in a row at Target Center over the coming week.
Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) gets tangled up with Detroit guard Reggie Jackson (1) for a rebound during the first half.

Foul finish: Pistons go on late-game run to beat Wolves again

Up 11 points after Shabazz Muhammad made two free throws with 9:57 to play, the Wolves were outscored by 14 the rest of the way and fell to 10-6 for the season.
Gorgui Dieng

Wolves notes: Dieng embarks on another durability streak

Gorgui Dieng is back at the beginning after he missed three consecutive games, ending a streak of 175 straight, because of a sprained index finger on his shooting hand.
Tyus Jones

Mixing it up: Tyus Jones giving Wolves chemistry off the bench

One thing coach Tom Thibodeau is looking for is the ability of a player coming off the bench to work well with the starters.
Teammates cheered as the Gophers scored during the third quarter.

Gophers women clobber VCU 108-63, improve to 3-0

Thirteen Gophers played, 10 scored, and five were in double figures. Highly touted freshman Destiny Pitts recorded her first double-double.
Karl-Anthony Towns celebrates a basket in the second quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Target Center

Towns keeps his promise: Wolves end three years of losing to Spurs

While getting their first victory over the Spurs in 13 tries, the Wolves showed depth, persistence and a good bit of defense down the stretch.

Wolves' Karl-Anthony Towns says NBA should rethink its marijuana ban

Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has a big stage and some weighty opinions. Put the two together and it can be pretty thought-provoking.On Wednesday, Towns'…
Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11).

Stepping up: 7-3 Wolves measure themselves against Golden State

Wednesday's game at Golden State is a chance for the Wolves — who have won five in a row for the first time since January of 2009 — to prove they might be ready to run with the NBA's elite.
Wolves guard Jeff Teague collected 18 points and 12 assists against the Hornets on Sunday.

Wolves beat Hornets for longest winning streak in over eight years

Sunday night, the Timberwolves closed out back-to-back home games with back-to-back wins. They were led by new point guard Jeff Teague, who had 18 points and 12 assists.
Guard Jamal Crawford (11) gives the Wolves' second unit more scoring punch.

Second unit taking pressure off Wolves starters

Last season, with less depth forcing more minutes onto the starters, the Timberwolves ranked dead last in the league in points off the bench (22.8).
Wolves center Nikola Pekovic celebrated on Dec. 15, 2012, when he scored a game-high 21 points in a 114-106 victory over Dallas at Target Center. Why

Wolves to face Dallas with chance at four-game winning streak

Four-game streak would be first in nearly five years.
Karl-Anthony Towns showed fierceness and focus against Steven Adams and the Thunder.

Wolves teammates want consistency in all areas from Towns

Once again, Friday against Oklahoma City, Karl-Anthony Towns showed how high the bar can be.
Jamal Crawford has scored 10,005 points off the bench, second to just Stephen Curry’s dad, Dell, for bench points (11,147).

Wolves' Crawford is best at sixth-man role

Jamal Crawford reached an impressive milestone last week in Detroit, becoming just the second player in the past 35 years to score 10,000 points off the bench.
Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins hit the game-winning shot over the Thunder’s Steven Adams as the buzzer sounded Sunday night.

Wiggins' buzzer-beater shows Wolves' new-found composure

"We have experience and veterans now,'' center Karl-Anthony Towns said. "And we are learning ways to win."
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins, center, is mobbed by his teammates after hitting the game winning shot at the buzzer in the fourth quarte

'He called game': Wiggins' last-second shot steals win from Thunder

Andrew Wiggins' final shot, a straightaway 30-foot bank shot as time expired, capped a frenzied finish in which Oklahoma City had taken the lead seconds earlier on a three-pointer by Carmelo Anthony.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11) celebrated with his teammates after scoring a three point basket in the final minute of the second ha

Wolves' Jamal Crawford just needs a little spark

For Jamal Crawford, the key to getting into a zone can be as simple as a drive to the hoop.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after hitting a three-point basket in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against

George, Westbrook, Anthony part of Thunder's chemistry experiment

Can three volume scorers coexist on one team?
The addition of Jamal Crawford (11) has given the Wolves a capable three-point shooter.

Thibodeau asks Wolves for more three-point shots

The keys to that number growing, the coach said, are transition play, getting threes off offensive rebounds and executing out of double teams.
About to enter his third NBA season, Wolves forward Nemanja Bjelica is healthy after hurting his left foot and needing surgery last year.

Healthy Bjelica looks to regain touch with Wolves

The best stretch of his NBA career ended last year when he injured a foot.
Target Center interior with new scoreboard and improved seating, seen in July.

Renovated Target Center lures Wolves back for an encore workout

The newly renovated Target Center will make its official debut in Friday's home opener. But the players and coaches have had a good look at it.
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