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Twins prospect Wander Javier, during spring training last season.

Reusse: Javier, now 20, grows up before the Twins' very eyes

Three-and-a-half years after giving Wander Javier a $4 million bonus, the Twins like what they have seen - but they need to see more.
Lynx star Maya Moore

Reusse: Moore is why the Lynx are what they are today

What changed in 2011 with the Lynx coming off a 14-20 season? Maya Moore — a two-time National Player of the Year and two-time national champion — came in from UConn as the first overall draft choice.
Gophers head coach Richard Pitino

Reusse: Simply put, it's make-or-break time for Gophers coach Pitino

If Year 6 for Richard Pitino does not include at least an NCAA tournament appearance for the Gophers men's basketball team, he should not be with the team for a Year 7.
Other than longtime star quarterback Tom Brady (right), coach Bill Belichick, left, has experienced plenty of roster turnover with the Patriots and st

Reusse: Players (besides QB) change, yet Belichick's Patriots stay on top

We should know by now — 18 seasons after Belichick first took New England to the playoffs — that mere mortals trying to predict what the Patriots will do might as well be throwing darts at a board.
John Michels in 1967.

Patrick Plus: 'You didn't want to mess with Johnny'

John Michels had 'it' as the Vikings offensive line coach over 26 seasons.
Augsburg coach Ted Riverso built an MIAC women’s basketball contender around, from left, Arianna Jones, Tamira McLemore, Abby Jordan, Camryn Speese,

Reusse: Auggies' Riverso knows all about Tommies' MIAC success

Ted Riverso has been on both sides of the MIAC rivalry, first at St. Thomas and now at Augsburg.
The coaching tree is strong among the Saunders and Pitino families. But surname alone doesn't mean a thing.

Reusse: Having famous father only goes so far before reality settles in

Ryan Saunders and Richard Pitino are both worthy coaches, but they were young, popular hires largely because of their famous fathers.
Vikings fans watch from the stands during the second half against the Chicago Bears, a game the Vikings lost ending their season.

Reusse: Vikings apologists ignore smell coming from their team

The Vikings went from 13-3 to 8-7-1 and the excuse-making for that slide by the Purple faithful is ridiculous.
Gophers men’s hockey coach Bob Motzko watched his team lose to Ferris State last Saturday.

Reusse: Motzko working to steady Gophers hockey team's bumpy ride

The Gophers head into Penn State series coming off another lapse against Ferris State.
The Packers and end Clarence Williams denied Fran Tarkenton and the Vikings a big win amid high expectations on Dec. 10, 1972, at Met Stadium, as well

Reusse: We've seen this Vikings movie before, haven't we?

Sunday's Vikings loss brought back memories of a similar situation in 1972, when another season of high expectations was derailed by an inconsistent offense.

Reusse: Thank you, 2018, for these top five moments

Patrick Reusse witnessed plenty in 2018, but he narrowed down his five favorites
UCLA football coach Terry Donahue, left, and Iowa football coach Hayden Fry met with the media ahead of the 1986 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Reusse: Rose Bowl used to be the ultimate in Big Ten football universe

The Rose Bowl on New Year's late afternoon was can't-miss TV until the college football bowl structure was altered.
Nelson Cruz, hugging Seattle teammate Kyle Seager after Cruz hit a solo home run against San Diego in September, didn’t become a full-time MLB playe

Reusse: Nelson Cruz's slugging, mentoring of Sano both will help Twins

Said Twins GM Thad Lavine: "I'm wondering if Miguel has ever had another player from the Dominican who can be as helpful as Nelson has a chance to be with him."
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, left, and Gophers coach P.J. Fleck will meet in this season's Quick Lane Bowl, which is one of 40 bowl games. In 1985

Reusse: College football just might have too many bowls

There were seventeen bowl games in 1985. … It was getting silly, then, right?
Hollis Cavner promises a strong field for the inaugural 3M Open in July.

Reusse: What golf fans are asking: Who's playing in the 3M Open?

There's one golfer who gets asked about more than any other when fans wonder who's coming to the first PGA 3M Open in July. (No, it isn't Tiger Woods.)
Gophers forward Rem Pitlick can put the puck into the net, but high ticket prices are keeping fans out of the seats.

Reusse: Steep prices keeping fans away from Gophers' big sporting events

Where is everybody? Many Gophers' single-game ticket prices have been sent to the stratosphere by being prorated at a similar price to the fee-attached season tickets.
Nebraska middle blocker Lauren Stivrins

Reusse: Nebraska's grit, determination go unrewarded in championship match

The Huskers pushed Stanford to five sets, and in the end, they were done in on a questionable overturn after a challenge from Cardinal coach Kevin Hambly on whether a serve was in or out.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer watched afternoon practice in 2016.

Reusse: Spielman needs to assert control over Zimmer, not the other way around

Message to Vikings GM Rick Spielman: Stop listening to your famously impatient coach.
Lindsey Berg, shown here in 2012 at the Team USA Media Summit in Dallas, has ties to Stanford volleyball. The Cardinal are in Saturday's NCAA title ma

Reusse: Ex-Gophers setter Berg has old and new ties to Stanford volleyball

Stanford volleyball coach Kevin Hambly was an assistant with the Minnesota Chill, a professional volleyball team former Gophers setter Lindsey Berg played for after college.
Former Gophers volleyball coach Mike Hebert, seen here in 2010, led Illinois to the Final Four in 1987 and ’88, and the Gophers in 2003, ’04 and �

Reusse: Former U coach began Big Ten's volleyball rise with Illini

Mike Hebert, who coached the Gophers to Final Fours in 2003, 2004 and 2009, was the first coach in the Big Ten to bring a team — Illinois — to the Final Four in 1987.
Minnesota State, Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner

Reusse: Mankato football swallows tough pill in playoff loss to Ferris St.

The Mavericks have had a long run in excellence over the past decade, and what has been missing will be missed again this December: a national championship.
Macalester men's basketball coach Abe Woldeslassie

Reusse: Men's basketball coach tries turnaround back at Macalester

Abe Woldeslassie and assistant Conner Nord are recruiting energetically; for now, the Scots definitely need buy-in while facing a talent gap on most nights in the MIAC.
Minnesota setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson (13) was comforted by teammates as she hugged middle blocker Taylor Morgan following their 3-1 loss against

Reusse: Volleyball career ends earlier than anticipated for Gophers all-time great

Samantha Seliger-Swenson was the standout setter during a four-year run when Gophers volleyball began receiving interest from mainstream followers of Twin Cities sports.
Larry Hennig was better known as “Pretty Boy’’ or ‘‘The Axe.’’

Reusse: Whether 'Pretty Boy' or 'The Axe,' Larry Hennig was an original

Before making a name for himself on the pro wrestling circuits, Larry Hennig was a Minnesota state wrestling champion at Robbinsdale High School in 1954. He died this week at age 82.
Amir Coffey (5) watched the ball after an attempted shot in the second half. Coffey had a career high 32-points.

Reusse: Coffey plays his best when Pitino needed it the most

This was as important as any game Richard Pitino has coached in what currently stands as a failed reign as keeper of the most famous barn in Minnesota.

Reusse: Longing for the simplicity of the Metrodome

There is too much meandering through endless corridors and too many different seating areas at U.S. Bank Stadium. Gone are the days of simple design: find your section, and sit down.
Bethel coach Steve Johnson, in 2010

Reusse: Bethel football program on right path again

Bethel went 5-5 overall and 4-4 in the MIAC in 2015. Bethel was determined to make that mediocrity a blip on the program's résumé but until this season it has posted similar results.
Josh Okogie dunks in the fourth quarter

Reusse: Wolves fans still want to worry instead of being happy

Even on a fabulous night for the Wolves, there was distress among some fans about the playing time of rookie Josh Okogie. Here's a blunt message to them

Reusse: How many football lives can Orlando have?

The Apollos of the upcoming Alliance of American Football will be Orlando's sixth pro football team
What a turkey, this year's honoree.

Patrick Reusse's 2018 The Authentic Turkeys (aka Turkey of the Year)

There is a new moniker this year but the theme is the same: Presenting the 2018 "winner."
Brainerd International Raceway owner Jed Copham, right, stands with his wife, Kristi, and Forrest Lucas, founder and owner of Lucas Oil Products, duri

Reusse: Copham's death is a big loss for Brainerd International Raceway

It's hard to say anyone is irreplaceable, but BIR without Jed Copham is going to be tough.
Owatonna tailback Jason Williamson makes tacklers miss and then runs away from them. He had 199 yards vs. Elk River.

Reusse: Williamson carries Owatonna to Prep Bowl

Jason Williamson was held to 199 yards Friday - below his gaudy playoff average - but the Gophers recruit found the end zone five times for the Huskies.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robert Covington (33) celebrated his team's 107-100 win against the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday night.

Reusse: Covington starts in Thibs' World and shows he can defend

During Robert Covington's 41 minutes, his new teammates learned that his status as an all-NBA defender is 100 percent legitimate.
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau argued with official David Guthrie in the second quarter during Wednesday's game against the Pelicans at Target Cente

Reusse: After recent agony, Wolves better than before Butler's arrival

There is no doubt the Wolves, without recent draft blunders, would have a more impressive roster. But now finally rid of Butler, the team has a chance to more forward.

Reusse: Friday night at the U reveals gains from Title IX

A large crowd at Williams Arena to watched a young basketball coach lead the Gophers, and there were 5,500 excited volleyball fans in the adjacent arena behind the west wall.
Reusse: Mauer could do it all, but baseball is in his blood

Reusse: Mauer could do it all, but baseball is in his blood

Basketball was Joe Mauer's favorite sport growing up, and recruiting services said he was the best senior quarterback in the country, but Mauer's game was always going to be baseball.
The Wolves' Andrew Wiggins

Reusse: Wolves must find a way to get through to Wiggins

When the season settles down after the Jimmy Butler situation, the Timberwolves still will be left to face the No. 1 question for a successful future: What is to become of Andrew Wiggins?
Bill Brown led his teammates into training camp on July 27, 1972.

Ex-Vikings fullback Bill 'Boom Boom' Brown dies at 80

The four-time Pro Bowler is fourth in Vikings history in rushing yards and TDs.

Reusse: It's not just D-I football with imbalance

In all levels of football below the NFL, the power structure is predictable, and imbalance is often grotesque.
Gophers head coach Bob Motzko, during a game last month.

Breaks go against Gophers hockey in sweep by Mavericks

A night after getting blown out at home, the Gophers missed prime chances Saturday at MSU Mankato and now have lost three in a row.
Minnesota State Mankato head football coach Todd Hoffner, in 2015.

Reusse: MSU Mankato football perseveres, keeps streak alive

The No. 1-rated Mavericks made a clutch defensive stand, and then drove for a clinching field goal by Casey Bednarski to run their NSIC winning streak to 23 games.
North Dakota State safety Robbie Grimsley (5) is winding down a four-year college career that has included only five losses and three national champio

Reusse: At Hutch or NDSU, Robbie Grimsley rarely loses

The safety is wrapping up a four-year career with the Bison that has continued the success he found in high school.
Miguel Sano (left) and Byron Buxton

Reusse: Buxton, Sano the 'best' busts in local history?

With Byron Buxton turning 25 in December and Miguel Sano 26 in May, the clock is ticking on them both reaching the superstar status that many expected of them both.
Former Gophers head coach Tracy Claeys is Washington State’s defensive coordinator and has helped lead the Cougars into the top 25.

Reusse: Claeys winning in new job, thinks his Gophers would have won, too

Former U football coach Tracy Claeys, fired after the 2016 season, is defensive coordinator for 14th-ranked Washington State -- and is a bit sick of hearing about the 'culture' change in Gophers football.
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.
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