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Patrick Reusse kicked off the college basketball season with a 475-mile round trip through threatening weather with veteran Division I official Eric Curry. Here's how it went.
In 1974, Jim LeClair, a young linebacker with the Bengals from St. Paul, was convinced to accept the challenge to take on a wrestling bear.
Do you need more evidence of Gophers and Vikings progress? Perhaps you're a member of the Prove-It-To-Me sect of Minnesota fans, who came into prominence during the Twins' season.
St. Olaf's major accomplishment was a touchdown at the end of the third quarter that ended a streak of being outscored 221-0 by the Tommies.
The Minnesota prep football playoffs started in 1972. Conference champions were rated by a computer. And 45 years later, 60-year-old men from Cambridge still wonder about the process.
Hutchinson and Marshall were both 8-0 in the regular season. Hutch was rated No. 1 in the final 4A ratings and Marshall at No. 8.
Former Prior Lake star CC McGraw was 13 years old and competed with older players well enough to be offered a scholarship by the Gophers while she was still a ninth-grader.
Commissioner Jim Delany recruited Maryland and Rutgers to give the Big Ten an East Coast presence. Maryland brought a tolerable résumé. Rutgers seemed silly then and is a farce now.
George Wemeier, whose Minneapolis Washburn teams went unbeaten for 60 games in the late 1960s and early '70s, died this week.
During the exhibition seasons, the Wolves showed themselves to be a collection of sub-mediocre shooters denting rims in Scottsdale, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Indianapolis and Milwaukee.
A report in Baseball America states MLB's aggressive proposal to the minor leagues calls for a reduction in affiliates from 160 to 120 and that St. Paul is one spot where MLB wants to place minor league affiliates.
What led to Saturday's second-half domination was the manner in which the Johnnies offensive line destroyed the Tommies' pass rush.
The only World Series title for the franchise had come in 1924, beating John McGraw's New York Giants 4-3 in 12 innings in the seventh game at Washington's Griffith Stadium.
Since the drama started last spring that resulted in St. Thomas being asked to leave the conference, St. John's fans are feeling more angst than their Tommies counterparts.
One factor making this strategy viable is the move to a 26-player roster in 2020. That makes it basically a given that teams will have 13 pitchers from Opening Day through Aug. 31.
Gophers cheerleaders and dancers are letter-winning athletes with fully-staffed squads that perform at games and compete nationally. It was not always this way.
In the Age of the Internet, there are people who watch baseball as if they are watching football, where every blip is a crisis. That's not how the 2019 Twins should be judged.
Even when the Twins proved plenty worthy by making the playoffs, the Yankees were simply a better ballclub.
Rocco Baldelli's qualities as a manager don't appear to be enough to stop this Yankees lineup. But they assisted greatly in winning 101 games.
Yankees veteran slugger Edwin Encarnacion shares the lead for visiting home runs at the Twins ballpark.
A consistent release point has enabled rookie righthander Randy Dobnak to command his excellent sinker.
Add dull to another season of subpar results by the Wild and that will put an end to the passion of the team's fans, even in the State of Hockey.
As Rocco Baldelli's improbable sluggers prepare for a best-of-five division series vs. the Yankees, the '02 Twins remain the franchise's last to win a postseason series.
Michael Pineda throwing the starting pitching options into disarray with a 60-game suspension for use of a banned substance has continued a Twins postseason tradition.
It's hard to overstate what rookie Luis Arraez has meant to the Twins' lineup during this playoffs-bound season.
A phenomenal summer on the Twin Cities sports scene got brighter Wednesday night at Allianz Field when Minnesota United earned its first-ever MLS playoff berth.
He is following in the same steps as other Twins lefthanded closers.
The results — namely, Jaxon Nelson and Chaz Smedsrud — of hockey fever hitting far southwestern Minnesota two decades ago are now appearing on college rosters.
Kyle Gibson has yet to fully recover from E. coli he picked up last winter, which likely is tied to the colitis he was diagnosed with after the All-Star break.
A least one former Packers player from the 1940s was no fan of the legendary coach.
Sixty years ago, Minneapolis-St. Paul was among six franchises announced for the AFL before ultimately backing out and waiting out an invite to the NFL in 1961. But what if?
Willians Astudillo lives to swing the bat. He will play most anywhere on a diamond, anywhere that he's wanted, to get his hacks. Last September, he became a folk hero in Minnesota.
The catcher position has never been handled better than it has been by Rocco Baldelli and his staff. Garver has looked fresh and strong, and so has Castro, coming off a season when he had knee surgery.
Winning when your fans have relied on angst for so long is dangerous stuff.
Pitchers are groomed to be starters, but after the rotation is set, "you're either a reliever or in the minors."
Aging players coming through in the clutch. Dynamic rookies. Emerging veterans. Injuries on defense. Does this sound familiar to you?
Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman needed to get real help for new offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski. Enter Gary Kubiak into a situation where jobs are on the line.
South Dakota State made the move to Division I and along with that came the kind of facilities, including a $65 million football stadium, that you'd expect to see at a bigger-name school.
The uniforms worn by big league players this weekend put a cap on an epidemic of cute that has taken over the Twin Cities sports market.
August has been subpar for Twins ace Jose Berrios in the past, but this season it's been worse. The earned run average for this month is 8.44, but he hasn't pitched that well.
Growing up in rural Minnesota, Taylor Reiss established herself as a volleyball star who took on the role of much bigger players in college. "She was over-the-top in wanting to win," one of her coaches said.
Ask David Morrell Jr. about his last tough fight and he'll tell you, "The only tough fight I've ever had was waiting 14 months in Mexico, waiting for the chance to live my dream." That's a title dream.
The Cologne Hollanders townball team has rewarded its faithful followers in ways that set them apart from rivals and from baseball's mainstream. Their success is worth a look.
Yvette Woell remains close to the Eagles program nearly five years after daughter Rachel's death.
It's a 35-minute train ride from the stop for Allianz Field to the last stop on the Green Line near CHS Field. And nobody's mad at the home teams who play in those stadiums.
When the No. 1 issue is deciding which terrific running back should get the most carries, it's an offensive show that should be enough to fill TCF Bank Stadium.
Injuries to key players and an evaporated lead in the AL Central are testing the Twins' first-year manager.
As the Twins close in on a team home run record, do we appreciate what's going on up here on the prairie with a history-shattering power display?
Brothers Payton, Trevor and Max Otterdahl starred at Rosemount and have moved on to promising careers in weight throwing.
Veteran players Nelson Cruz and Sergio Romo produced an antidote for newcomer-created angst by Sam Dyson.
Eric Tadt had been a cross-country and distance runner at Janesville (Wis.) Parker when he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in 2005. The quality…
The opening of a new training camp begged this question to fans gathered in Eagan: Does Mike Zimmer still have your confidence as the Vikings coach?
There have been other dramatic home stretches for the Twins, indoors and outdoors, but this is a whole new era when it comes to wear-and-tear. The end of this homestand proved that.
It's been a long road for the Aussie, from Twins prospect to All-Star reliever.
For fans of a certain age, it's like this: Eddie Rosario is part Rod Carew, part Dan Ford.
If you're among the Twins fans clamoring for the team to make a drastic move to help the bullpen, a reminder that things often don't turn out in the long run.
What's left of duckpin can be found in Maryland, Connecticut and Rhode Island. In the early 1960s, there were 450 duckpin centers on the East Coast, and that number is now 40 and declining.
Hailie Deegan, 17, will be running in the ARCA Menards Series race at Elko Speedway, a 250-lap feature that is the Twin Cities short track's event of the season.
Major League Baseball traded midsummer's pennant race for a wild-card race in baseball lexicon. It's a trade that had to be made to serve the modern sports consumer.
The PGA Championship was not the only significant event in these parts that final week of July 1959.
Golf fans in 1959 were treated to the PGA Championship at Minneapolis Golf Club on July 30-Aug. 2, followed by the Trans-Mississippi Amateur at Woodhill Country Club on Aug. 17-22.
The Twins have already used 23 pitchers this season. Sounds like chaos, although it's not by current big-league standards.
Forty-seven years after Title IX, 38 years after the NCAA became involved in women's athletics, we're still often treating women's athletic competition with a caution that helps no one.
Teresa Resch left a job as senior operations manager for Ultimate Hoops at Life Time Fitness and signed on with the Toronto Raptors in 2013. Now she has a title.
The Twins gave Kepler a five-year contract for $35 million in February, after taking a leap of faith when first signing the outfielder from Germany as a teenager.
Take your choice of options. The bottom line is Minnesota's reputation as a golf mecca took a hit over the four days of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
Five weeks after returning to the Twins following a cut heel, Miguel Sano's flailing was setting a new standard for horrendous: 14 strikeouts in 20 at-bats into Saturday.
Inbee Park won the 2008 U.S. Women's Open at Interlachen. This week at Hazeltine, Park again has her name on the leaderboard.
Moriya Jutanugarn and her sister Ariya, are just 17 months apart but the golf games the sisters play have nothing in common, and neither do their personalities
Sorry to disappoint the Twins' budget-blasters, but there is no pitching crisis here as long as reasonable health continues. With Taylor Rogers leading the way, the relief staff is at least capable.
Blocked by Albert Pujols with the Angels and dumped by the Rays, he has found the right team in the Twins.
Remember those small crowds at Target Field in April and May? They were a distant memory Friday night.
Joe Mauer's replacement at first base might be headed to Cleveland for the All-Star Game.
Before playing basketball for the Gophers, Moe Hargrow became buddies hooping it up with Joe Mauer.
Tiger Woods' 15-stroke romp to victory in the 2000 U.S. Open came on a layout that 155 other players found to range from difficult to impossible. The 24-year-old Woods destroyed the oceanside course.