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Patrick Reusse

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A Boston Red Sox worker watched players take the field after changing the manual score board at JetBlue Park during 2019 spring training.

Reusse: At spring training, it's times of trouble for Red Sox

The angst surrounding the Red Sox, some based on the forthcoming results of an investigation into sign stealing; more so, this month's trade of outfielder Mookie Betts, are obvious.
Minnesota Twins special coaches Torii Hunter and Michael Cuddyer joked after hitting balls to outfielders during practice on Wednesday in Fort Myers.

Reusse: Former Twins players weary of Astros-bashing

"This isn't a good time for the players to be this split,'' former Twins player rep Michael Cuddyer said. "You have to let it end.''
Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson spoke with Jhoulys Chacin last week in Fort Myers.

Reusse: K-Vest? Rapsodo? Trackman? Twins, Gophers get high-tech help

The Twins and Gophers have added an array of high-tech tools to better analyze performance. Another plus? Bringing coaches to the pros from college programs that embrace technology.
Byron Buxton

Reusse: Buxton has belief, now needs health

Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, injured at the end of last season, says he "found myself" once before, and has belief again.
Tim Herron watches his shot from the ninth fairway during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational last March.

Reusse: 'Lumpy' is par for the course in his Champions Tour debut

Tim Herron, the Wayzata pro affectionately known as "Lumpy" throughout his career, will be a popular addition to the 50-and-over Champions Tour.
Pitcher Caleb Thielbar threw at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida, during the first day of pitchers and catchers workouts.

Reusse: Five years after last MLB pitch, Thielbar resurfaces with Twins

Lefthanded reliever Caleb Thielbar, a training camp invite from Randolph, Minn., has found extra jump in his fastball after reaching the age of 30.
Chaim Bloom

Reusse: Duress no excuse for Red Sox to back out of bad deal

The Red Sox and their new general manager the Red Sox needed an excuse after the reaction to trading star Mookie Betts to the Dodgers.
Amber Fiser spoke to the media before the team left for College World Series last May.

Reusse: With Fiser in the circle, expectations high for Gophers despite changes

Amber Fiser keeps working to improve even after a first team All-America season.
Twins pitching prospect Jordan Balazovic was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

Reusse: Twins pitching prospect Balazovic wants to remain a starter

Jordan Balazovic definitely has a starter look to him. He's tall and with a delivery that's continuously repeated. As Ron Gardenhire would say, "The ball really comes out of his hand."
Hamline end Dick Donlin in 1955.

Reusse: Hamline standout Dick Donlin failed to impress Bud Grant

But the three-sport star was the highest-selected player in the NFL draft out of the MIAC.
Dave Stevens, of the Disability Channel, reports on the field before a game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles in December.

Reusse: At Twins camp, 'NubAbility' champions limb-restricted athletes

Former St. Paul Saint Dave Stevens, born with no legs, helps with the cause. Now in its sixth year at the Twins' spring training complex, the "NubAbility" event reaches limb-restricted youths.
Ben Bartch

Reusse: St. John's tackle Bartch measures up at Senior Bowl

Ben Bartch, the Johnnies' left tackle who stands out at 6-5, 308 pounds, was the lone D-III athlete among the 110 seniors invited to Mobile, Ala.
Kobe Bryant “took me under his wing,” said Devean George, left, the Minneapolis native who won championships with the Lakers alongside Bryant.

From Augsburg to Lakers: Teammate George said Bryant toughened him

Devean George beat outrageous odds to be drafted out of Division III Augsburg — by way of Benilde-St. Margaret's High — by the Lakers with the 23rd selection in 1999 draft.

Reusse: Rock Ridge comes to Minnesota 46 years after 'Blazing Saddles'

Minnesota soon will have the Rock Ridge Wolverines, a consolidation of Virginia and Eveleth-Gilbert, making any Mel Brooks fan proud.
Gary Fasching (football) and Pat McKenzie (men's basketball) replaced legends at St. John's. They were photographed here in 2015.

Reusse: National search searches? St. John's just recruits across the hall

The Johnnies, under coach Pat McKenzie since 2015, are 16-1 and ranked No. 2 nationally in Division III men's basketball.
January 27, 1989: Gophers coach Clem Haskins gleefully embraced Willie Burton, who had 20 points and 13 rebounds on this night.

Reusse: U greats Willie Burton, Clem Haskins unified for all time

On Sunday, Willie Burton's No. 34 jersey will be retired at Williams Arena, a tribute being embraced in incredible fashion by his teammates, coaches and others at the U.
March 31, 1970: Pampero Firpo

Reusse: Ervan? Ivan? Pampero? 'It is I, it is me'

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.
San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher is held back by a referee as he calls to his team during the first half against Iowa on Nov. 29

Reusse: Finally given chance to lead, Brian Dutcher rides the wave at San Diego State

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.
Reusse: Twins pass Red Sox in appeal with Donaldson's addition, Cora's subtraction

Reusse: Twins pass Red Sox in appeal with Donaldson's addition, Cora's subtraction

The hot spring training story this season in Fort Myers will be for Twins' exhibitions, not Red Sox games.
Patty Creem

Reusse: What's up at Twins spring training? This woman knows it all

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.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron and the Tigers celebrated winning the Peach Bowl playoff game against Oklahoma on Dec. 28

Reusse: The most interesting man in sports? That's LSU's 'Coach O'

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 Gophers and coach P.J. Fleck enjoyed themselves at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., beating Auburn 31-24 to finish an 11-2 season and briefly nudg

Vikings a clear No. 1 in Minnesota sports, except when ...

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.
Chiefs coach Hank Stram was carried off the field on Jan. 11, 1970, in New Orleans, after his team defeated the Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV.

Reusse: For Vikings' most stunning calamity, go back to 1970

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.
Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov wears a Texas Winter Classic stocking cap during warmups before their outdoor Winter Classic game with the N

Reusse: Winter Classic comes to Target Field as TV viewership is down

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).
Then-Minneapolis North senior guard Tyler Johnson dunked the ball off an alley-oop pass in the first half of the 2016 Class 1A boys’ basketball cham

Reusse: Gophers' Johnson among city's most important athletes ever

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.
Vikings wide receiver Anthony Carter slipped away from 49ers cornerback Tim McKyer during an NFC playoff game on Jan. 9, 1988. Carter piled up 227 rec

Reusse: Win at New Orleans and San Francisco in January? Vikings have done it before

Anthony Carter's remarkable two-game playoff run got the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game 32 years ago.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns put up a three-point attempt against the Nets in October.

Reusse: Little to love in awful, three-point-heavy NBA game of today

Basketball's version of the home run has transformed the game into an unwatchable mess.
Sophomore safety Antoine Winfield Jr. has been healthy, a game-saving phenomenon and a unanimous All-America in 2019 for the 10-2 Gophers as they prep

Reusse: Dynamic connections run deep for Gophers' Winfield Jr.

The father of the All-America safety was a Jim Thorpe Award winner, as was the father's Gophers rival Tyrone Carter.
Erin Thomson, the daughter of WCCO-AM’s Steve Thomson, graduated with honors from the University of Arizona in May. “I’ve sent out 50 job applic

Reusse: Ten years later, Erin Thomson ready for her next big move

A decade after a swimming pool accident made her a quadriplegic, Thomson has graduated from college and is seeking her next challenge.
Phil Housley

Reusse: Housley owes much to Woog

Phil Housley went straight from high school to the NHL - all thanks to Doug Woog.
Montana State offensive lineman Lewis Kidd (76) and wide receiver Mitchell Herbert helped carry the Great Divide Trophy after a 31-20 victory over riv

Reusse: After one historic playoff victory in high school, Lewis Kidd tries for another in college

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 watched a replay during a match against Louisville in the fourth round of the NCAA volleyball tournament.

Reusse: In style and substance, McCutcheon like Wild's Lemaire

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.
Former Gophers hockey coach Doug Woog at the Doug Woog Arena, the former Wakota Arena in South St. Paul that was renamed in his honor.

Former Gophers hockey coach Doug Woog dead at 75

"The Wooger" coached the team to six Frozen Fours and was "the blue-collar friend to all hockey people."
Heat forward Jimmy Butler dunked over Wizards forward Rui Hachimura last week in Miami.

Reusse: Butler providing Heat spark Thibodeau expected with Wolves

Miami has been cruising this season with its new leader, a season after finishing below .500.
Gopehrs forward Jarvis Omersa grabs a rebound in front of Ohio State guard E.J. Liddell in the first half

Reusse: Gophers score their best regular-season victory under Pitino

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 stood with Gophers coach and former teammate Lindsay Whalen during Sunday's jersey retirement ceremony

Reusse: McCarville-Whalen teams paved greater appreciation of women athletes

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.

Reusse: Battle for Stearns County football supremacy shows St. John's the victor

The Johnnies remain a college football force while St. Cloud State has decided to pack up the program.
(From left) Host Lea B. Olson, Lindsay Whalen, Willard Ikola, Jim Gagliardi, John Randle, Randall McDaniel, host Anthony LaPanta and Star Tribune spor

Reusse: Hall of Fame class driven differently to same successful end

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.
Alex Goettl is one of 12 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which will be awarded Tuesday night in New York City.

Mankato linebacker finalist for college football's 'Academic Heisman'

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.
Hopkins guard Paige Bueckers, shown last season, is the No. 1 recruit in the country and bound for UConn.

Reusse: Hopkins guard Bueckers shows she's the real deal

Much like the Miller twins, Coco and Kelly, from Rochester Mayo two decades ago, Hopkins' Paige Bueckers is on another level.
Minnesota State Mankato coach Mike Hastings is in his eighth season with the Mavericks and has a contract that runs through 2027.

Reusse: One big thing still missing in Mankato's hockey turnaround

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.
Reusse: MSU Mankato quarterbacks share the job — and team's success

Reusse: MSU Mankato quarterbacks share the job — and team's success

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.
Dick Roe said of the Shelby Cobra wide-body: “They made 29 total and only two had the wide fenders — my VIN number was 2557, and the other was 255

Reusse: Ford joined life in fast lane in 1960s

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.
Chicago Bears tight end Jesper Horsted, defended by Detroit Lions defensive back Will Harris, catches an 18-yard pass for a touchdown

Reusse: Roseville not surprised by Horsted's play with Bears

Jesper Horsted made an over-his-helmet, 18-yard touchdown reception Thursday.
Caledonia players continued the bleached blonde mohawk tradition as they cruised to a fourth consecutive Class 2A football championship last November.

Reusse: Caledonia's 67-game streak features a style more than hair

Traditions within Caledonia's football team run deep, from early mornings to tough practices to blond dye-jobs.
Turkeys on a Minnesota turkey farm.

Patrick Reusse's 2019 Turkey of the Year

A tradition since 1978: Here is Patrick Reusse's Thanksgiving Day column.
The Wild's Jordan Greenway celebrated his second-period goal, his second of the season, in a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche at Xcel Energy Center on T

Reusse: Enthusiastic fans? Determined skaters? Wild still has both

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.
Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic hit a fourth-quarter three-point shot, a welcome sight in this current NBA.

Reusse: In era of chucking threes, pure NBA shooters hard to find

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 of St. Paul, left, boxed Charles Smith of Minneapolis in the Upper Midwest Golden Glove competition in 1960.

Reusse: All because Jim Beattie answered a boxing ad

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.
Kelly Pfeifer, John Higgins and Eric Curry worked a game in Sioux Falls.

Reusse: A ref, a coach and a columnist walk into an arena ...

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.

Reusse: LeClair took on a bear; the result is in dispute

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.
Gophers defensive backs Antoine Winfield Jr. (11) and Chris Williamson were jubilant following their 52-10 victory over Maryland.

Reusse: Gophers football is latest target for 'Prove It' sect of fans

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.

Reusse: St. Thomas football bids Northfield a 56-7 adieu

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.

Reusse: The one that got away lives on in memories in Cambridge

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's head coach Andy Rostberg, in 2014

Reusse: Hutchinson football makes long-awaited return trip to state

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.
Defensive specialist Rachel Kilkelly, left, and libero CC McGraw collided while going for a dig in the first set against Indiana last month.

Reusse: Meet Gophers volleyball's newest leader: CC McGraw

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.
Rutgers holder Cole Murphy pretended to shine the shoes of Scarlet Knights place kicker Justin Davidovicz on Saturday but it's hardly been fin and gam

Reusse: Delany's Rutgers/Big Ten idea was bad then and is worse now

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.
Minneapolis Washburn players carried coach George Wemeier on the field at Met Stadium after winning the first high school football state championship

Reusse: Faith in players, keen mind carried Wemeier to prep football greatness

George Wemeier, whose Minneapolis Washburn teams went unbeaten for 60 games in the late 1960s and early '70s, died this week.
Disdaining the midrange jumper is now a requirement for Wolves coach Ryan Saunders, surrounded as he is by assistants he didn’t hire, in order to ri

Reusse: Wolves have new style and staff, but not the players to win

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 member of the grounds crew striped the outfield at CHS Field in May

Reusse: MLB wants to downsize minors; is St. Paul a new option?

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.
St. John's quarterback Jackson Erdmann drove through St. Thomas' defense in the second quarter.

Reusse: St. John's O-line paves the way to victory

What led to Saturday's second-half domination was the manner in which the Johnnies offensive line destroyed the Tommies' pass rush.
March 19, 1939: Senators' President Clark Griffith (left).

Reusse: Griffiths got to enjoy only one championship in nation's capital

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.
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: Most upset about St. Thomas leaving MIAC? It's the Johnnies

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.
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.