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The late Juan Kachmanian first came to the Twin Cities professional wrestling market in 1958 as Ivan the Terrible - and soon returned under different monikers.
Brian Dutcher had to wait until age 57 to become a head coach, but he is running with the opportunity. San Diego State, 18-0 overall and 7-0 in the Mountain West, is the last remaining undefeated team.
The hot spring training story this season in Fort Myers will be for Twins' exhibitions, not Red Sox games.
Patty Creem has been with the Twins since they moved spring training to Fort Myers in 1991. Her business card reads: Spring Training Box Office Supervisor. "IDK; ask Patty'' might be a better title.
Owing to his demeanor and to his team's success, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron has become a gigantic presence as he leads his team in Monday's College Football Playoff title game.
The pecking order in Minnesota sports: (1) Minnesota, (2) Everybody else, except for special runs like what the Gophers football team pulled off vs. Auburn.
There's not much question that NBC's pregame coverage of Saturday's playoff game will include a highlight or two from the most disappointing loss in Vikings history.
The Winter Classic reached its lowest-ever television exposure Wednesday, when Nashville and Dallas in the Cotton Bowl stadium drew an average audience of 1.97 million viewers (including streaming).
Tyler Johnson, the standout Gophers receiver who was a prep basketball and football star at Minneapolis North, will be honored Saturday at the high school he helped save.
Anthony Carter's remarkable two-game playoff run got the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game 32 years ago.
Basketball's version of the home run has transformed the game into an unwatchable mess.
The father of the All-America safety was a Jim Thorpe Award winner, as was the father's Gophers rival Tyrone Carter.
A decade after a swimming pool accident made her a quadriplegic, Thomson has graduated from college and is seeking her next challenge.
Phil Housley went straight from high school to the NHL - all thanks to Doug Woog.
The Totino-Grace product and his Montana State teammates have a tough task in visiting North Dakota State in the FCS semifinals.
Gophers coach Hugh McCutcheon spends 95% of his time with his long frame perched on a courtside chair, absorbing every action during the frenzy of a match.
"The Wooger" coached the team to six Frozen Fours and was "the blue-collar friend to all hockey people."
Miami has been cruising this season with its new leader, a season after finishing below .500.
It was hard to fathom this was the same team that was a noncompetitive 20-point loser to Iowa in the Big Ten opener. But the Gophers kept Ohio State off balance from start to finish.
Janel McCarville and Lindsay Whalen led the magical run to the 2004 Final Four, and the boisterous crowds that team attracted have found another compelling draw in this season's Final Four volleyball team.
The Johnnies remain a college football force while St. Cloud State has decided to pack up the program.
There was a quality beyond the norm to be found in all of this year's six people who were inducted in the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.
MSU-Mankato linebacker Alex Goettl has a 3.93 grade-point average, and scored on an interception after figuring out an opponent's trick play during Saturday's Division II quarterfinals.
Much like the Miller twins, Coco and Kelly, from Rochester Mayo two decades ago, Hopkins' Paige Bueckers is on another level.
Minnesota State Mankato carries the No. 1 ranking in both men's college hockey polls but still has yet to win an NCAA tournament game. The Mavericks are 0-6 all time.
You've heard it a lot: "If you have two quarterbacks, you don't have one." Minnesota State thinks it has proof otherwise, as well as one of the nation's best Division II teams.
The Shelby Ford started a rivalry with General Motors' Corvette in Sports Car Club of America racing in the United States, featured in the current movie "Ford vs. Ferrari," and also in "24 Hour War," from 2016.
Jesper Horsted made an over-his-helmet, 18-yard touchdown reception Thursday.
Traditions within Caledonia's football team run deep, from early mornings to tough practices to blond dye-jobs.
A tradition since 1978: Here is Patrick Reusse's Thanksgiving Day column.
The sellout streak is over and the announced attendance of 17,574 was padded perhaps by a couple of thousand. But the alleged decline in interest in this team was not felt at the X.
There's a growing number of NBA players who are firing away from three-point range based on the analytical arithmetic, not on outside shooting skill.
Jim Beattie, who recently died at 77, was a 6-foot-9 heavyweight who had one of the most interesting stories you will find among Minnesota's home-state athletes.
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.