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Patrick Reusse

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St. John's fans waited for the game clock to run out before rushing onto the field after the Johnnies topped the Tommies 40-20 last fall. The football

Reusse: St. Thomas' MIAC departure might bother Johnnies more than Tommies

As the Johnnies defensive coordinator put it, "St. Thomas is the challenge. Beat the Tommies in anything, you're pretty good."
Twins 'opener' Randy Dobnak started ALDS Game 2 against the Yankees.

Reusse: Idea for Twins rotation: four starters, one 'pairing'

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.
Dana Williams, left, and daughter Taylor are cheer and spirit squad pioneers.

Reusse: Good cheer was a process at the U

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.
Stacey Green and Steve Frenzel take a selfie with Homer Hankies on their heads as fans prepared for Game 3.

Reusse: Despite playoff sweep, Twins brought relevance to long summer

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.
Certainly Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and the Twins’ Miguel Sano had differing emotions Monday as they gazed into the sky to find Sano’s infield

Reusse: There is no Yankees jinx over Twins, just Yankees superiority

Even when the Twins proved plenty worthy by making the playoffs, the Yankees were simply a better ballclub.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli talked with designated hitter Nelson Cruz, right, during the Twins workout on Sunday.

Reusse: Even a playoff flop would reflect positively on Baldelli

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 designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion has hit 17 home runs at Target Field — with five of those coming in his first four games at the then-new

Right at home: Encarnacion always enjoys hitting at Target Field

Yankees veteran slugger Edwin Encarnacion shares the lead for visiting home runs at the Twins ballpark.
Twins relief pitcher Randy Dobnak

Reusse: Game 2 starter Dobnak had big-league material well before joining Twins

A consistent release point has enabled rookie righthander Randy Dobnak to command his excellent sinker.
Wild owner Craig Leipold, left, hired Bill Guerin as the team’s general manager in August, but it’s not a move that will excite fans. Wins will.

Reusse: Wild needs to win more, score more to bring back buzz

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.
Jacque Jones (11) got a little recognition from his teammates after scoring in Game 4 of the 2002 American League Division Series against the Oakland

Reusse: As Twins reach playoffs, it's time to remember feisty 2002 club

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

Reusse: Pineda's absence fits in with Twins playoff lore

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.
Luis Arraez became a fan-favorite in May when he hit .375 during a 10-game stretch.

Reusse: Did Twins' big surprise Arraez come out of nowhere? (No, Iowa)

It's hard to overstate what rookie Luis Arraez has meant to the Twins' lineup during this playoffs-bound season.
Hassani Dotson (31) of Minnesota United celebrated with teammates after scoring the winning goal.

Reusse: Loons join Minnesota's phenomenal summer playoff parade

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.
Taylor Rogers on Tuesday.

Lefty Taylor Rogers takes up where others in Twins history left off

He is following in the same steps as other Twins lefthanded closers.
University of Minnesota hockey player Jaxon Nelson was a budding star for Luverne in 2016.

Reusse: They grow college hockey players on the prairie now?

The results — namely, Jaxon Nelson and Chaz Smedsrud — of hockey fever hitting far southwestern Minnesota two decades ago are now appearing on college rosters.
Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson.

Reusse: Twins need Gibson at his best, but he's battling more than hitters

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.
Green Bay Packers fans stand near statues of Vince Lombardi, left, and Curly Lambeau in 2011

Reusse: Was Curly Lambeau a 'miserable' coach?

A least one former Packers player from the 1940s was no fan of the legendary coach.

Reusse: What if the Vikings, not Raiders, went to the AFL?

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 hit an RBI single during the second inning against the Royals in April.

Reusse: Celebrating a full year of free-swinging 'La Tortuga'

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.
Jason Castro congratulated fellow catcher Mitch Garver after a game earlier this season.

Reusse: Twins catchers keep contributing, and give Baldelli credit

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.

Reusse: Winning Super Bowl would ruin Vikings fans' sweet angst

Winning when your fans have relied on angst for so long is dangerous stuff.
Twins relief pitcher Taylor Rogers

Reusse: The relief route is quicker path to majors for Twins pitching prospects

Pitchers are groomed to be starters, but after the rotation is set, "you're either a reliever or in the minors."
Reusse: For seasons of improbable success, Twins compare to '09 Vikings

Reusse: For seasons of improbable success, Twins compare to '09 Vikings

Aging players coming through in the clutch. Dynamic rookies. Emerging veterans. Injuries on defense. Does this sound familiar to you?
Vikings assistant head coach Gary Kubiak.

Reusse: Vikings needed help, and Kubiak was perfect for the job

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.
At first, most fans were skeptical about South Dakota State moving from Division II to Division I athletics. But the school has seen success and buolt

Reusse: Jackrabbits bringing 'Big Ten commitment' to battle with Gophers

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.
Twins third baseman Miguel Sano hit a solo home run on Friday, opening night of Players Weekend.

Reusse: Players Weekend uniforms latest example of overrated sports cuteness

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.
Twins starter Jose Berrios

Reusse: Berrios' failures are growing intolerable

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.
Taylor Reiss was the NCAA Division II athlete of the year.

Reusse: Minnesota volleyball player's drive leads to top Division II award

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.
Cuban boxer David Morrell Jr., now fighting out of the Circle Of Discipline gym in Minneapolis, waited 14 months for a visa to travel to the United St

Reusse: Has Minneapolis become the home of Cuba's best boxer ever

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.
Cologne Hollanders manager Craig Pexa and Spring Hill's Gordon Barten settled a tie game by seeing who could shotgun a beer first. But there was a con

Reusse: Townball tradition rewarded amid tales of beer and cheese curds

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, with assistant coach Bill Seifert, is a constant presence at Totino-Grace football practices and games. Her late daughter, Rachel, was a

Reusse: Clipboard-toting mom directs Totino-Grace football 'family' with daughter's devotion

Yvette Woell remains close to the Eagles program nearly five years after daughter Rachel's death.
When the Loons (top) and Saints are playing on the same night, as they did Wednesday night, there's an extra 30,000 or so fans spending money at or ne

Reusse: St. Paul's thriving summer sports scene all about a good time

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.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck answered questions during Big Ten football media days last month in Chicago.

Reusse: There's good reason for Gophers football's enthusiasm

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.
Twins starting pitcher Devin Smeltzer was pulled by manager Rocco Baldelli in the fifth inning Friday

Reusse: Baldelli is facing first crisis as Twins manager

Injuries to key players and an evaporated lead in the AL Central are testing the Twins' first-year manager.
Like Harmon Killebrew in 1964, Nelson Cruz is blasting his way into the Twins home run record books.

Reusse: Twins' power prowess is historic, so savor the blasts, fans

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?
Cory Otterdahl with his sons Payton, Trevor, and Max

Reusse: Shot put or discus, three Otterdahl brothers let it fly

Brothers Payton, Trevor and Max Otterdahl starred at Rosemount and have moved on to promising careers in weight throwing.
Twins pitcher Sergio Romo celebrated the final out, giving the Twins a 11-9 victory over the Royals.

Reusse: Cruz, Romo pick up slack where newcomer Dyson fails

Veteran players Nelson Cruz and Sergio Romo produced an antidote for newcomer-created angst by Sam Dyson.
Reusse: A 135-mile run that goes 8,639 feet up

Reusse: A 135-mile run that goes 8,639 feet up

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…
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made his way onto the field for a walk-thru during the first full day of practice on Friday.

Reusse: Vikings' 2018 failure doesn't leave fans disenchanted with Zimmer

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?
Devin Smeltzer, called up from Rochester on Wednesday, gave the Twins five admirable innings to save an exhausted bullpen

Reusse: Past seven games a grinding diamond drama for Twins

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.
Former Twins batterymates Liam Hendriks and Chris Herrmann met after the Athletics won at Target Field 5-3 on Friday night.

Patrick Plus: A's Hendriks wants status as 100 mph man validated

It's been a long road for the Aussie, from Twins prospect to All-Star reliever.
Twins outfielders Eddie Rosario and Jake Cave collided during a game with the Red Sox last month.

Reusse: Twins' Rosario a remarkable hitter who can make head-scratching plays

For fans of a certain age, it's like this: Eddie Rosario is part Rod Carew, part Dan Ford.
Wilson Ramos was traded away by the Twins in 2010, and is still making an MLB impact in 2019.

Reusse: Twins fans demanding trade should remember loss of Ramos

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.
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.