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Duckpin bowling is a variation of the more popular 10-pin bowling, with smaller pins and a ball slightly larger than a softball.

Reusse: Duckpin bowling provides a diversion for traveler in D.C.

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.
Competing in an ARCA race Saturday at Elko Speedway is another career step for 17-year-old Hailie Deegan.

Reusse: Racing prodigy Hailie Deegan shuns the soft pedal

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.
Harmon Killebrew took a big swing during the final weeks of the 1967 American League pennant race, when four teams battled to the final days of the se

Reusse: Baseball killed the 'Pennant Race' to serve the modern fan

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.
Bob Rosburg in 1959.

Patrick Plus: One week in 1959 changed Minnesota's sports life

The PGA Championship was not the only significant event in these parts that final week of July 1959.

Reusse: Golf grabbed Twin Cities spotlight in the summer of '59

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.

Reusse: Twins' pitching needs trickle downstream

The Twins have already used 23 pitchers this season. Sounds like chaos, although it's not by current big-league standards.
Amber Fiser against UCLA at the 2019 Women's College World Series at the Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City

Reusse: Coverage of women's sports calls for candor, not coddling

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.
Reusse: Lakefield's Resch is quiet, confident and at the top of her game with Raptors

Reusse: Lakefield's Resch is quiet, confident and at the top of her game with Raptors

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 had to shell out $775,000 to sign Max Kepler as a 16-year-old because plenty of other teams' scouts were tracking his progress as well.

Reusse: Skip ahead 12 years, and Twins' Kepler is a budding star

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.
There were fans to quiet at Hazeltine National this weekend — this marshal on the 18th green Saturday could attest to that — but attendance for th

Reusse: Where were they? State's golf crowds fail to show at Hazeltine

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.
Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano struck out vs. Boston on June 19, a common sight this season.

Reusse: Sano still a frustration for Twins

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 hit a tee shot on No. 3 during the second round

Reusse: Park playing nearly as well as she did here in '08

Inbee Park won the 2008 U.S. Women's Open at Interlachen. This week at Hazeltine, Park again has her name on the leaderboard.
Ariya Jutanugarn tees off on No. 8 during the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club

Reusse: Jutanugarn sisters share passion for golf - not much else

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
Twins relief pitcher Taylor Rogers

Reusse: So-called pitching crisis with Twins bullpen greatly exaggerated

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.
Twins first baseman C.J. Cron during Saturday night's game.

Patrick Plus: Cron fits right in with Twins group of sluggers

Blocked by Albert Pujols with the Angels and dumped by the Rays, he has found the right team in the Twins.
Twins players swarmed catcher Mitch Garver after his two-out, two-run homer Friday night.

Reusse: Those small Target Field crowds of April are now a distant memory

Remember those small crowds at Target Field in April and May? They were a distant memory Friday night.
Twins first baseman C.J. Cron reacted to a foul ball in the second inning against the Royals on Friday night.

Reusse: Cron's baseball family pedigree helping him fit in nicely

Joe Mauer's replacement at first base might be headed to Cleveland for the All-Star Game.
Joe Mauer, at far left, and Moe Hargrow, fourth from left, were teammates on Jimmy Lee’s state champion team.

Reusse: On court, pals Moe and Joe put on a show

Before playing basketball for the Gophers, Moe Hargrow became buddies hooping it up with Joe Mauer.
Tiger Woods holds the trophy after capturing the 100th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in June of 2000

Reusse: Tiger's Pebble Beach performance ranks at the top

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.

Reusse: Texas sportswriter Fraley was a competitor to the end

Family and friends assembled Friday at the Rangers ballpark for a memorial celebrating Gerry Fraley, an all-time great ball writer .
Mitch Garver reacts to getting hit by a pitch in front of Tampa Bay catcher Mike Zunino on June 2

Reusse: Beware of the June Swoon in Major League Baseball

Twins fans, beware: Historically, June is not this club's month to shine.
Bob Shelton, 85, prepared to tackle Hiawatha Golf Course with a group of black players that started nearly 50 years ago.

Reusse: A storied history behind that sweet golf swing at Hiawatha

Bob "Sweet-Swingin' " Shelton, 86, has been part of a golf group at Hiawatha for decades, and hopes to keep his regular summer tee times instead of the property turning into a Minneapolis nature preserve.

Reusse: Up north, college schedule is cold comfort

The frustration level among major college baseball coaches located in a northern climate is such that there are suggestions that two College World Series would…
Washington's Amirah Milloy at the plate.

Gophers eliminated after weather delay, late rally vs. Washington

The Gophers plated two runs in the seventh inning but couldn't top the Huskies, nor Mother Nature, in a Women's College World Series elimination game delayed more than three hours by thunderstorms.
The Gophers’ Allie Arneson wasn’t counting on such a short run in the series, even against the Pac-12’s best.

Reusse: Gophers meet their match, and more, vs. Pac-12 softball foes

The Gophers arrived to the Women's College World Series hoping to discover if the Pac-12's long-held mastery in softball was ready to be challenged. There was a definite answer.

Reusse: Lemons still reigns in Oklahoma City

Abe Lemons was the coach who turned basketball into a huge wintertime deal in Oklahoma City a half-century before the Seattle Supersonics became the Thunder in 2008.
Allie Arneson

Reusse: Gophers' Arneson burning for more moments in College World Series

Over the past four postseason games, Allie Arneson has five hits and five RBI — including Thursday's hit off Rachel Garcia, a two-time National Player of the Year.
MaKenna Partain tags a UCLA baserunner during Thursday's loss to UCLA.

Reusse: Gophers dust off after loss, prepare for another Pac-12 power

After losing to UCLA on Thursday in the opening round of the Women's College World Series, the Gophers are keeping their heads up with eyes on Saturday's elimination game vs. Washington.
Maddie Houlihan slid into home vs. UCLA in the first game of the Women's College World Series but the Gophers could only get two runs in and lost the

UCLA attacks Gophers early, late in 7-2 softball World Series opener

Bubba Nickles homered on the fourth pitch of the game off Gophers ace Amber Fiser in the opening game of the Women's College World Series and the Bruins responded to a U rally with a big inning.
Amber Fiser

Reusse: Fiser is latest, perhaps greatest Gophers softball ace pitcher

Junior Amber Fiser, named a first-team All-America on Wednesday, is merely the most recent ace pitcher trained by Piper Ritter
Former Gophers coach Linda Wells.

Reusse: First College World Series for Gophers softball? Not quite

The formative days of attempting to crown a worthy collegiate champion in women's fast-pitch softball are a strange place to visit. The Gophers are part of that history.

Reusse: Fraley's death leaves huge void in press box

Longtime sportswriter Gerry Fraley, 64, died Saturday. He worked mostly in Atlanta and Dallas and was respected - not to mention tested - by colleagues, peers, players and coaches.
Gophers pitcher Amber Fiser (13) celebrated with catcher Emma Burns

Reusse: Gophers softball eyes Oklahoma City, but not there yet

The Gophers are a game away from joining the eight-team field, but don't try to engage coach Jamie Trachsel, or the team in general, in conversation about joining next week's College World Series
A concussion cost Kierstin Anderson-Glass two years of competition, but now the pitching ace is back leading St. Thomas into the Division III World Se

Reusse: This Tommies' comeback story is one for any day, any league

Kierstin Anderson-Glass is a candidate to be a Division III All-America as a pitcher nearly three years after suffering a severe concussion.
St. Thomas and St. John's battled in a 2017 football game held at Target Field. The MIAC rivalry could be coming to a close as soon as Wednesday, if n

St. Thomas' fate in MIAC could be announced as soon as today

The college presidents that favored removing the Tommies apparently had the nine votes necessary to do so secured this week.
Gary Hartmann, shown in photo from 2010

Reusse: Memories of high school running days rush back in New Prague

Gary Hartmann's desire to organize did not end with New Prague's first cross-country team.
Brainerd International Raceway owner Jed Copham, right, stands with his wife, Kristi, and Forrest Lucas, founder and owner of Lucas Oil Products, duri

Reusse: Following tragedy, BIR's Copham takes up challenge of 'a racetrack to run'

Jed Copham drowned off the family boat in the waters near the Sanibel Bridge last fall. His wife continues to run Brainerd International Raceway.
Wearing a touch of pink like every other major leaguer on Mother’s Day, Rays catcher Anthony Bemboom walked into the dugout before his big-league de

Reusse: 29-year-old Minnesota rookie makes emotional MLB debut on Mother's Day

The Rays catcher from Sauk Rapids played before an audience that included his mother, a breast cancer survivor.
The Twins' Mitch Garver high-fives third base coach Tony Diaz after he hit a home run against the Tigers during the fourth inning

Reusse: If Twins victories keep coming, fans will show up too

Twins president Dave St. Peter said mild research indicated that two out of three buyers had not purchased a Twins ticket in three years. Winning, and cheap tickets, hope to change all that.
Maddie Houlihan, in 2017.

Reusse: Houlihan's bat is a constant in Gophers' run of softball success

Maddie Houlihan has never lost a Big Ten tournament game while with the Gophers, while also collecting the award for most outstanding player last May
North Dakota's John Santiago

Reusse: UND running back Santiago fighting above his weight for shot in NFL

John Santiago, at 5-9, is one of 36 players on the field for the Vikings for a weekend tryout that can end quickly.
Gustavus baseball coach Brad Baker

Reusse: Investment in baseball pays off for Gustavus with MIAC title

Brad Baker planned on going to law school, played minor league baseball and stumbled into investment banking before his alma mater called, looking for a baseball coach.

Reusse: Lopez film misses mark on his fate with Wolves, in NBA

Felipe Lopez, the subject of ESPN's latest "30 for 30" documentary, wound up as a backup, not an NBA star.
Twins pitcher Taylor Rogers and Jason Castro celebrated a victory against the Indians in March.

Reusse: Twins using Rogers wisely by using him whenever he's needed

Taylor Rogers has become a rarity in recent Twins history: a pitcher who is the focal point of the bullpen and does not serve as the closer.

Reusse: Baseball is shifting away from the double play

The classic double play truly has been lost is to the infield shifts that now dominate baseball.
Willians Astudillo

Reusse: Astudillo's versatility keeping him on roster - for now

Willians Astudillo is not just one of three catchers the Twins have on their big-league roster, he "is just a really good baseball player."
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau is pacing the room watching the NHL playoffs this spring. “I can’t stand the idea we’re not in.”

Reusse: For Boudreau and Wild, it's torture on the outside looking in

On Monday, Boudreau was starting his third week of digesting the fact that the 2018-19 Wild was only his second team in a dozen NHL seasons to miss the playoffs.
Outrage in the MIAC over football? Nothing new, Patrick Reusse writes: Long before the budding brouhaha over St. Thomas and coach Glenn Caruso, at rig

Reusse: MIAC issue is 'about football' and that's nothing new

Long before the budding brouhaha over St. Thomas' giant presence in the MIAC, there was outcry over St. John's and its lopsided scores.
Junior Seau

Reusse: Seau's story offers sobering contrast before NFL draft

If your plans for later in the week involve absorbing the NFL draft, don't warm up by watching the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary "Seau."
Tyler Duffey

Reusse: Duffey hopes three-for-one curveball keeps him on Twins staff

Never has so much emphasis been put on spinning the baseball as in this game now driven by high-tech analysis. And Tyler Duffey sees his curveball as three pitches.
Glenn Caruso celebrated with his St. Thomas football team after beating St. John’s in 2017 at Target Field.

April 5th: MIAC presidents to discuss forcing St. Thomas out of the league

There will be a meeting of the 13 MIAC presidents on April 18 to decide whether to move forward with the action of changing league bylaws, and expelling enrollment-rich St. Thomas.
The effect of Peter Quillin’s head butt showed on Caleb Truax as the second round wound down.

Caleb Truax and Peter Quillin fight to no decision after accidental head butt

Truax fight at the Armory is stopped after head butt.

Reusse: San Francisco Dons basketball faced backlash for integration in 1950s

The Dons were the first team to win an NCAA title with three black starters
The all-standing supporters section of Allianz Field

Reusse: From Xcel to Allianz, appetite for stadiums grew

The $250 million Allianz Field opens Saturday for the Loons, the latest shiny-new shrine for the Twin Cities sports market.
Virginia guard De’Andre Hunter entered into the college basketball history books Monday night at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Reusse: Above all else, Minneapolis was treated to outstanding basketball during Final Four

While others add up dollar signs and ratings points Tuesday, let's celebrate the most important thing: excellent basketball.
Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl

Reusse: In an instant, Auburn goes from victory to defeat

Tigers coach Bruce Pearl was on his way for the coaches' handshake, and then he and his players and the Auburn horde in the stands became aware that a foul had been called.
Minnesota Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders

Reusse: Expect Saunders to keep Wolves coaching job

Ryan Saunders, 32, has the backing of Timberwolves players and from afar. Plus, the Wolves still owe a sizable chunk of money to Tom Thibodeau.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski cuts down the net after the Blue Devils' 82-72 victory against Arizona to win the NCAA National Championship in 2001.

Reusse: No Duke at this Final Four? No reason at all to mourn

We already were required to watch two of coach Mike Krzyzewski's five national champions celebrate here. Seeing Zion Williamson wasn't a good enough reason to root for Duke to be here again.
‘Hoosiers’ of the North: Williams Arena (the Barn) was packed to the rafters the night of March 26, 1960, when Edgerton defeated Austin in the one

Reusse: Welcome to Minnesota. We have many grand basketball stories to tell you

Minnesota has been every bit the State of Basketball in widespread interest as it has been the State of Hockey. You just need to know where to look.
Minnesotan Terry Kunze, in a December 1981 photo, has a zest for basketball at any and all levels.

Reusse: An ode to basketball nuts – and Terry Kunze, the king of 'em

This winter, he saw 60 high school games around the state as a member of the Mr. Basketball committee. He's also a constant presence at MIAC and junior college games – and even keeps up with the Spanish League on TV.
Cleveland shortstop Hanley Ramirez looked back at the umpire Saturday at Target Field.

Reusse: Cleveland's demise might come sooner than anticipated

Good news for the Twins: Without radical changes to its lineup, it's not going to take 90 wins to unseat Cleveland in the AL Central.

Reusse: In memory of Ole Gunderson, an all-time St. Olaf great

Ole Gunderson ran 49 yards for a touchdown on his first carry in 1969, and the Oles were 25-2 in Gunderson's three seasons.
Twins righthander Jose Berrios impressed right out of the gate Thursday, including a deft fielding play on a bunt for the second out of the first inni

Reusse: Were we watching the 'Next Johan' take apart Cleveland?

Only minutes into the season opener, Jose Berrios had done a couple of things that caused Johan Santana to come immediately to mind.
Fans from Marshall, Minn., cheered on the Twins at the Metrodome on Opening Day in 1984.

Reusse: Grand Old Game? It's a memory worth defending

Opening Day arrives with an adjusted Twins team preparing to play an altered game. But there are some signs of hope for 2019 that you may not have noticed.
Eddie Rosario, left, is an up-and-coming star for the Twins. He is no relation to Wilin Rosario, right, who is trying to recapture the success he had

Reusse: Rosarios in Twins organization in close quarters, different worlds

Five years ago, Eddie was serving a suspension and Wilin was a starting catcher in the majors. Now Eddie might be the best player on the Twins while Wilin is trying to stick with them.

Reusse: 'Double S' was a thorn in Twins' side

Jim Essian hit 33 home runs in a 12-year big-league career with five teams. He hit four of those for the White Sox between June 24 and July 3, 1977, against the Twins
Luke Raley, of the Twins organization, during an at-bat during an Arizona Fall League game against the Scottsdale Scorpions

Reusse: 'July Seven' hold promise in Twins farm system

The Twins made three significant trades by the July 31 deadline last summer, and by one account the team "did well" in the players acquired.

Reusse: 1961 prep hoops debacle required common sense

For some, back-in-my-day is far enough back to remember when pompous bureaucrats and school administrators were devoted enemies of talent development.

Reusse: Baseball held to higher standard than other sports

There's much less tanking in baseball than in the NBA and NFL. And when things go awry around the diamond, we're outraged.
That man on the motorcycle needs no introduction in Fort Myers, Fla. — literally — but we’ll give you one anyway: he’s Detroit manager and for

Reusse: Gardy's rebuild gets serious during second season with Detroit

There are few opposing managers that could show up at a opponents' ballpark and require only a nickname to be identified. Ron Gardenhire coming to Fort Myers is in that group.

Reusse: Cornbread, Bombo, Loooo have to get in line behind Astudillo as Twins folk hero

Based on former baseball boss Terry Ryan's 2-to-8 (best) scale for assessing talent, here were the other top candidates when making the Astudillo assessment.
The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. MGM Resorts International is the official gaming partner of Major League Baseball.

Reusse: Baseball's latest partnership with gambling makes for strange bedfellows

It's an uneasy mix that raised some eyebrows among those at Twins camp.
Since 2015, Jeff Vinik's Lightning has been in the Stanley Cup Final, in the conference finals in two other seasons, and currently is the runaway lead

Reusse: Tampa owner builds NHL powerhouse

Since 2015, Jeff Vinik's Lightning has been in the Stanley Cup Final, in the conference finals in two other seasons, and currently is the runaway leader as the NHL's most dominant team.
A Southern California native, Phil Hughes became a Tampa Bay Lightning while spending spring training in Florida.

Former Twin Hughes basks in Lightning's glory

When Tampa Bay lights the lamp, former Twins pitcher Phil Hughes can't help but smile.
Former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk, center, signs autographs for fans after being named a community representative Thursday night Sept

From Expo Hall to current success, Andreychuk has seen it all with Lightning

The veteran and key member of Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup champion now works as a team vice president.
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