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Former Gophers head coach Tracy Claeys is Washington State’s defensive coordinator and has helped lead the Cougars into the top 25.

Reusse: Claeys is winning at Washington State, thinks his Gophers would have too

Former Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys, fired after the 2016 sexual assault scandal and fallout, is the defensive coordinator for the top-25 Cougars.
October 13, 1975: Jets quarterback Joe Namath set up to pass, unaware of Vikings end Jim Marshall behind him.

Reusse: Broadway Joe brought the cool to NFL

Minnesota received a full dose of Joe Willie Namath in October, 1975
Jimmy Butler

Reusse: Butler's second-quarter spurt shows Thibodeau's stubbornness merited

After Friday it's clear: Jimmy Butler offers a game and an on-court attitude that demands Tom Thibodeau's stubbornness in trade negotiations with the rest of the league.
Minnesota outside hitter Alexis Hart, in a match last season.

Reusse: Hart grew from athlete to player hitting for Gophers volleyball

A mighty presence when she delivers a kill with full force, Gophers junior Alexis Hart has learned that sometimes a calculated drop shot over the net is just as impressive to those in the know.

John Gagliardi karaoke tale emerges

COLLEGEVILLE, MINN. – You never knew what St. John’s football coach John Gagliardi would be doing to occupy himself if you dropped by during…
John Gagliardi, pictured in 2004, died at age 91 on Sunday. He coached 60 seasons at St. John’s.

Reusse: Johnnies vs Tommies caps emotional week of Gagliardi's death

John Gagliardi didn't believe in emotional pregame speeches, and his successors at St. John's will honor that tradition before playing St. Thomas.
Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler has talent, but his ego is taking over.

Reusse: Once an underdog, Butler has become an egomaniac NBA star

The feeling in Chicago was that Jimmy Butler's game stopped growing a few years ago, as his head grew ever larger. That was on display with his behavior Wednesday at Wolves practice.
John Gagliardi.

Reusse: Mike Grant on John Gagliardi, 'the smartest man I've ever known'

The Eden Prairie coach and former St. John's tight end learned from Gagliardi that football was about players and not "stupid drills."
A poster recalls the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center’s time as home for Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey. The Bulldogs moved to Amsoil Arena i

Reusse: 'Duluth Branch' has come long way since early days at Curling Club

Once housed in the small, cold Duluth Curling Club, the Bulldogs men's hockey team now is defending NCAA champions.
Minnesota Duluth forward Jade Miller got roughed up by Gophers forward Garrett Wait, left, and Gophers defenseman Jack Sadek when matters turned tense

Reusse: Gophers look on as Duluth unfurls championship hockey banner

Bob Motzko could have had the Gophers stay in the locker room during Duluth's banner raising. He chose the bench, either in the name of sportsmanship, or to show the team what it's like to win the big one
Twins outfielders Eddie Rosario, Jake Cave and Max Kepler

Reusse: Twins' unknowns go well beyond the manager

The Twins next season will field a lineup lineup with Eddie Rosario in left and either vague or no answers in center, right, catcher, first, second, shortstop and third.
Martin Luther receivers Harrison Hochmuth, left, and John Arndt, right, flank coach Mark Stein.

Reusse: From the bottom to a big win, solving a football mystery in New Ulm

Unheralded Martin Luther College hasn't been blessed with much football success over the years but has found a way to start this season 3-1 including a four-touchdown victory over mighty St. Scholastica. How?
Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk

Reusse: Predicting how the Wild will do is a futile effort

There is nothing more futile in sports forecasting than trying to figure out what's going to happen in the NHL before the first puck is dropped.
Paul Molitor extended his hitting streak to 38 games on July 4, 1989 in Milwaukee

Reusse: Nothing surprised us about Molitor (until he got fired)

Throughout Paul Molitor's career, from the Gophers to a manager in the big leagues, his greatness was expected.
Max Kepler

Reusse: Kepler's regression is greatest Twins mystery of all

Max Kepler will lead the 2018 Twins in games played, plate appearances and walks - and is hitting just .222.
Juan Graterol was among the Twins playing at Target Field on Friday in a doubleheader.

Reusse: Twins playing out season's last days with uncaptivating lineup

The Twins never have put a less interesting collection on the field over the final one-third of the schedule than what has been foisted on ticket owners since Aug. 1.
After recently demanding that the Wolves trade him, All-Star guard Jimmy Butler is a bigger celebrity right now than he’s ever been.

Reusse: Butler is a rebellious star in a rebellious league

Jimmy Butler might have messed up Tom Thibodeau's plan, but he is also at this moment more prominent in the NBA's pantheon of stars than at any previous time.
Wild defenseman Nick Seeler and Stars center Gemel Smith tangled in front of Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk

Reusse: 'Never a good loser' Wild's Seeler doesn't dodge a challenge

From the backyard rink to the pros, Eden Prairie's Nick Seeler hasn't backed down and is now among the Wild's top six defensemen.
Jimmy Butler wants out, and it's the latest chaotic story line to hit the Wolves in 30 seasons of chaos.

Reusse: Butler's trade request builds on what Wolves do best: chaos

It's the 30th season of Timberwolves basketball, so why not start it out with more of the same? The Jimmy Butler Situation is the latest story for a franchise full of turmoil.
James Nunnally

Reusse: Nunnally had many distant stops before arrival with Wolves

James Nunnally has become familiar with numerous working environments and international cities in the pursuit of what's now an actual NBA opportunity with the Wolves.
Steve Fritz

Reusse: 'Tommie for life' Steve Fritz to retire as athletic director

Basketball star, graduate, coach and administrator. Steve Fritz came to the St. Thomas campus on the corner of Summit and Cretin in September 1967 and never left.
Fran Tarkenton and John Gilliam were a top passing combination for Vikings coach Bud Grant in the 1970s.

Reusse: Power of 8, talent will lead Vikings to Super Bowl

Every 10 years, something unique happens in Vikings history, so get ready for this season.
Reusse: Falvey, Levine try to match 'smooth-talking' Calvin Griffith

Reusse: Falvey, Levine try to match 'smooth-talking' Calvin Griffith

From when Calvin Griffith owned the Twins to now, baseball responses from the front office have the same tone -- even if the words are different.
Tom Gugliotta, left, and Corliss Williamson fought for control of the ball

Reusse: 'Googs' visit brings Wolves' chaos years back to mind

Tom Gugliotta saw it all here: From the odd couple, Laettner and Rider, to what could have been with KG and Steph.
Fred Zamberletti, who is currently seriously ill, made lots of friends and collected many stories during more than 40 years as head trainer of the Min

Reusse: Love pours in for ex-Vikings trainer as news of grave condition spreads

Bud Grant visited Fred Zamberletti a couple of days ago and there was no laughter to share. The former Vikings trainer couldn't communicate.
Twins outfielders Jake Cave, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler conferred during a pitching change in a May game at Target Field.

Reusse: Twins bosses preach sustainability, then foster silliness

The majority of Minnesota's sporting public has been turned so cynical about the words "Twins'' and "prospects'' that it does zero to create interest for next season.
Matt Leritz Park in “Midway,” which is between Menahga and Wolf Lake

Reusse: Snurdbirds are town ball power in a no-man's-land stadium

How did Midway get its name? How can a place without people field a baseball team? Where can you see them play? And what's a Snurdbird, anyway?

Reusse: Latest bouts bring boxing referee Nelson back home

Mark Nelson has refereed from Australia to Germany and in 10 states. He recently became one of four nonresident referees sanctioned in Nevada
Jamal James reacted after he knocked out opponent Mahonry Montes in the welterweights class.

Reusse: Minneapolis boxer James wins amid oddness at the Armory

The second boxing card held at the renovated Minneapolis Armory turned strange by the time Minneapolis welterweight Jamal James arrived to face Mahonry Montes.
Tigers lefthander Francisco Liriano watched the Twins score three runs on a first-inning homer by Jorge Polanco on Thursday at Target Field.

Patrick Plus: The Liriano we once knew is long gone

Thursday's outing at Target Field again was a reminder of how far "Francisco the Kid" has fallen since his glorious run with the Twins 12 years ago.
Maple Grove assistant coach Gordy Shaw gestured during a video session with Crimson players Friday morning.

Reusse: Former U assistant bringing his football smarts to Maple Grove

Gordy Shaw's college coaching odyssey spanned four decades, including 14 years with the Gophers before being let go by Tim Brewster. Now he's moved to a different level.
Lew and Nancy Buckingham

Reusse: Much like life, handball is spiced by fine partners

Handball players from 10 countries are in Minneapolis this week competing in the triennial World Championships as well as the U.S. Four-Wall Nationals.

Reusse: Twins vs. MLB's rule of 90, an analysis

We believe this to be true: If a MLB team wins 90 games, it has had a fine season. And if it loses 90 games, it has had a putrid season.

Reusse: Storied Moorhead program has another taking his shot at NFL

A breakthrough by Brandon Zylstra — from Division III Moorhead to the Vikings — would be a long-shot success, but not unprecedented.
What will bring fans who flocked to the Ryder Cup to next year's 3M Open?

Reusse: State needs new generation of fans for 3M Open to thrive

The Ryder Cup was a happening for people who went to Hazeltine to consume beer, holler patriotic nonsense and tell friends they were there. Next year's 3M Open should have something unique to get that hard-partying crowd to show up.
(Clockwise) Former Twins Zach Duke, Lance Lynn, Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar

Reusse: Moves take Twins from deep to disastrous

The nonwaiver trade deadline has been reached and the result was in on the Twins' 2018 roster manipulation: Disaster.

Reusse: TPC Twin Cities set to transition into more challenging PGA Tour venue

The TPC Twin Cities in 2019 isn't going to be Carnoustie with the wind blowing, and it's also not going to be the gentle walk in the pasture
Cleveland lefthander Brad Hand, left, celebrated with fellow All-Star Yan Gomes after Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over the Twins at Target Field. Hand r

Reusse: Chaska's Hand willing to take on any bullpen role for new team

The lefthander recorded nine outs over two Cleveland victories against his hometown Twins.
Jon Mueller is the owner of Jonny B’s, a bar and restaurant at University Square in Mankato, near where the Vikings used to hold training camp.

Reusse: Mankato businesses quiet on Vikings' first training-camp weekend

Rather than thousands of Vikings fans milling along Stadium Road as in years past, the streets and bars were quiet in Mankato on the first weekend of Vikings' training camp
Matt Fiedler, in 2015

Reusse: Retired from pro ball, Fiedler recalls U years fondly

Matt Fiedler, the Gophers and Big Ten player of the year in 2016, has decided to retire from baseball at age 23, and return to Minnesota for his degree in kinesiology.
The Detroit Tigers' one two punch, Jack Morris, right, and Dan Petry in 1984.

Reusse: With Morris as ace, Detroit was baseball utopia in 1984

As the 1984 Tigers achieved the greatest 40-game start (35-5) in major league history in 1984, Jack Morris was 9-1 with a 1.97 ERA.
Bruce Grant led Minnesota Duluth to a 21-game winning streak as their quarterback in the early 1980s. He died early Tuesday at age 57.

Reusse: Storytelling helps fight pain of Bruce Grant's death

Growing up around the Vikings, nothing that happened on the football field could shock Bruce Grant, the son of legendary coach Bud Grant. Bruce died this week at age 57.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins

Reusse: Outside indications pointed to Cousins being a phoney, but ...

New Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins arrived as a perceived self-promoter, but one phone call changed all that.
Brian Dozier made a play against the Rays last week.

Reusse: Dozier has been a bargain for Twins from the beginning

The Twins have gotten a bargain on Brian Dozier since signing him for $30,000 in July 2009. Now, a playoff contender is likely to get the same in July 2018 by trading for him.
Jamal James, right, will take part in a professional boxing card next month at the Minneapolis Armory.

Pro boxing returns to the Minneapolis Armory in August

There will be another boxing card at the remodeled Armory on Aug. 24, featuring welterweight Jamal James, the event headliner in April, and Caleb Truax, former IBF super middleweight titleholder.
Chris Streveler at Minnesota and with Winnipeg.

Reusse: From Gophers to Canada, Streveler redeems himself at QB

Two years after transferring from the Gophers to South Dakota, Chris Streveler is in the CFL with Winnipeg.
Samantha Seliger-Swenson has helped the Gophers reach two Final Fours. The senior would like to make it three this year.

Reusse: Back from Italy, Seliger-Swenson can 'dream' of Gophers in local Final Four

Now a senior, Gophers volleyball setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson is five weeks away from starting what could be a memorable season. This year's NCAA Final Four is at Target Center.
Minnesota Twins center fielder Jake Cave (60) scored on a two run single by Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) in the fourth inning at Ta

Reusse: Cave thriving as Option A in place of struggling Buxton

Jake Cave comes from a part of the country that is rich with major league talent and, among others he admired growing up, was former Twins star Michael Cuddyer.
Jeff Teague conferred with Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau during a game last season.

Reusse: Say what you will, but Thibs has Wolves on winning track

Making headway in the Western Conference is going to be tough, but the fans have returned to Target Center.

Reusse: Maybe Twins are better off not spending

There is a Twins pattern in this failed decade: Record payrolls lead to lousy records.
One side of the story: Aaron Mathiowetz plays for the Yankees, one of two town ball teams in Milroy, Minn., where family matters became baseball matte

Milroy's big rhubarb

For decades, the town ball tradition in Milroy, Minn., was as deep-rooted a local summer treasure as any in similar locales across Minnesota. The descendants…
The Twins shouldn't have traded catcher Wilson Ramos back in 2010, but now it's too late to want him back. He's 31 next month and wearing the tear of

Reusse: When teams like Twins lack a good catcher, it's a sure sign of trouble

Through Twins history, the good runs — starting with Earl Battey in the 1960s, ending with A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Mauer from 2001-10 — have included catchers who could receive and could hit.
Ron Coomer, working in Wrigley Field in September 2016, is now in his fifth season as a Cubs radio analyst after departing the Twins.

Reusse: Coomer's love affair with Cubs, Chicago still brightly burns

The former Twins infielder and broadcaster seized the opportunity to return to the North Side in 2014.
Bill Veeck stood outside the old Comiskey Park in December 1975, when I purchased the White Sox. Veeck was heard to say, "It's all mine."

Legendary Bill Veeck was as colorful as they came

The longtime MLB owner was revered among the Wrigley Field Bleacher Bums.
Much to the approval of the Cubs fans in the Wrigley Field stands Saturday, plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt called Javier Baez safe at home plate as T

Reusse: Wrigleyville is home to many happy Cubs fans these days

An always-popular team seems to be even more so since winning it all two years ago.
Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward and fans watch as a foul ball bounces off the wall along the first base line in the second inning Friday.

Reusse: Even in down season, Twins fans flock to Wrigley Field

A three-run home run into the basket in left field from Joe Mauer gave the hordes of Twins fans in Chicago on Friday something mighty to cheer about.
Still muscle-bound more than 20 years after retiring from baseball, Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, shown in this undated photo, thinks even he could

Reusse: Start of Killebrew's career comes with asterisk

Sid Hartman, the GOAT of Minnesota sports writing, had a moment of heresy recently when mentioning Miguel Sano in the same sentence as Harmon Killebrew as a slugger of baseballs.
Eduardo Escobar doubled to right against the Angels earlier this month.

Reusse: Pint-sized pop. Escobar part of MLB's new power generation

There have been suggestions that in this age of constant, 97-mile-per-hour fastballs that players of smaller stature can benefit from a naturally quicker stroke.
Jay Pivec, in 2012

Reusse: Pivec decides it's time to leave college hoops coaching

Junior college Hall of Fame coach Jay Pivec learned from many of Minnesota's basketball coaching legends. But something happened recently that told him it was time to move on.
Colin Kaepernick (left) and Luke Heimlich.

Reusse: NFL and MLB have 62 teams, and they're all cowards

The dramatically different cases of Colin Kaepernick and Luke Heimlich lead us to the same conclusion about those who run pro football and baseball teams.

Reusse: Tale of two Twins shows baseball can throw a curve

As Miguel Sano and Randy Rosario have proven, you just never know what might happen next.
Spectators sat and watched Colin Montgomerie putt during the 3M Championship in 2017. A news conference will be held Monday at the TPC Twin Cities cou

Announcement about PGA event in Minnesota expected Monday

A news conference is scheduled in Blaine on Monday and the expectation is that a PGA Tour event will be coming to the Twin Cities for the first time in a half-century.

Reusse: On the road, an old gym and remembering a friend much missed

  BELVIEW, MINN. – Sportswriter and everyone’s friend, the late and much-missed Mike Augustin had numerous tales that were worth repeating. One of our…
Jockey Mike Smith reacts aboard Justify after winning the running of the 143rd Preakness Stakes. Smith was one of the top jockeys when racing came to

Reusse: Mike Smith's rise from Canterbury teenager to Triple Crown hopeful

In the early days of horse racing in Shakopee, one thing that you could count on was young Mike Smith's ability to turn $5 into $25 more often than the other jockeys at the track.
Gophers baseball head coach John Anderson watched his players during batting practice at Siebert Field.

Reusse: U's Anderson won't seek victory at expense of pitcher's arm

Last weekend, the legendary coach at another school sent his starting pitcher out for the ninth inning of an NCAA regional game after a 2 1/2-hour rain delay. That's not how Gophers coach John Anderson rolls.
Reusse: How do Gophers fans see success? Depends on the sport

Reusse: How do Gophers fans see success? Depends on the sport

Some Gophers sports teams have to win and win it all to be successful, others get recognized just because they're relevant.
Minnesota's Toby Hanson hit an RBI double in the third inning against Canisius

Reusse: Anderson did right thing in keeping Gophers baseball on campus

In the madness of building sports facilities in the Twin Cities, none has been done better for the money than Siebert Field.
Terrin Vavra

Reusse: Vavra watches from Detroit as son makes All-America at U

The sons of Tigers coach Joe Vavra, who used to be with the Twins, have been outstanding baseball players, with the youngest in the NCAA tournament for the Gophers.
Obsa Ali of the Gophers won the steeplechase at the 2018 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

Reusse: Once a reluctant runner, Ali now shattering records for U

The former Richfield standout is aiming for an NCAA title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in Oregon.
Byron Buxton stole third base in the seventh inning vs. St. Louis last week.

Reusse: Buxton's bat looking as feeble as ever

Byron Buxton's defense is phenomenal, yes, he has speed. But at the plate he still hasn't been able to sustain any kind of consistency.
Reusse: Minnesota's NBA hex dates back to plane crash in a cornfield

Reusse: Minnesota's NBA hex dates back to plane crash in a cornfield

Too bad "Dark Clouds" is already taken by local soccer fans. It would be a fine handle for Minnesota's NBA followers, dating to a belly landing in a cornfield 58 years ago.
Rob Fornasiere, in 2016

Reusse: U baseball assistant leaving team in good place after 33-year run

Next week, the Gophers will be in the NCAA baseball tournament for the 17th time in the 33 years that John Anderson and soon-to-be-retired Ron Fornasiere have been a team.
Former Twins player, manager and broadcaster Frank Quilici, shown in April 1971

Reusse: For Quilici to succeed with Twins, he had to get around his nose

Frank Qulici's death on Monday led to a reporter digging up a story in which Quilici said his hot streak at the plate could be tied to changing his head position to account for the size of his nose.
Byron Buxton (top) and Miguel Sano

Reusse: If Sano and Buxton continue to struggle, Twins will be mediocre

This team will struggle to reach .500 if someone doesn't get to Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano.
Catcher Bobby Wilson

Reusse: Well-traveled Twins catcher Wilson gets to unpack for a while

Bobby Wilson started his pro career in 2003. Name a baseball outpost and Wilson probably has played in it, either for the home team or as a visitor. But now he figures to stick in Minnesota for the season.
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