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Patrick Reusse

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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.
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his third goal of the game as he beats New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) to

In the Sunshine State, the Lightning burns bright

The Tampa Bay Lightning, which host the Wild on Thursday, is cruising along with the best record in the NHL. Hockey legend Phil Esposito got the puck rolling, a Stanley Cup title came in 2004, and owner Jeffrey Vinik has the team seeking a return to the pinnacle.

Reusse: MLB teams getting wiser on contracts

A Major League Baseball team not paying a 31-year-old pitcher as much as he wants isn't collusion. It's the market.
Twins pitcher Jake Reed, in 2017

Reusse: As other flamethrowers flame out, Reed still has a flicker with Twins

Jake Reed is healthy now, the last of the flock of hard-throwing righthanders the Twins invested in four years ago, and also surrounded by strangers in the home clubhouse at Hammond Stadium.
Janie Reed eyes Olympic gold on softball diamond

Janie Reed eyes Olympic gold on softball diamond

Jake Reed is trying to make it to the big leagues for the first time. His wife Janie will be playing for the U.S. national team for the fifth year when the schedule ramps up.
Marney Gellner of Fox Sports North interviews NBA players such as Wolves guard Tyus Jones all the time. Her next planned conquest: Twins baseball play

Reusse: Home in any broadcast booth, Gellner gets shot at the Twins

Friday will be Marney Gellner's first time doing play-by-play on a Twins broadcast, after filling in with the Timberwolves for the first time in December and her work with the Lynx.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora smiled from behind the batting cage during Boston's first full-squad workout in Fort Myers, Fla., earlier this month.

Reusse: Under Cora, Red Sox a far cry from their surly past

Boston won 108 games and a World Series working for a manager, Alex Cora, who knows how to deal with people.

Reusse: After 545 victories, McDonald closes out coaching career at Vermilion CC

Last week, Paul McDonald's run-and-gun team ended the regular season with a 113-65 victory at Hibbing, and with no berth earned in the state tournament, that was it as a basketball coach:

Reusse: Baseball's bench coach role rapidly expanding

Rocco Baldelli has an official bench coach in Derek Shelton, a holdover from Paul Molitor's staff, and Bill Evers, 65, a dugout consultant billed as "major league coach" and hired on Rocco's recommendation.
Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, left, lands a left to Orlando Romero in their lightweight title bout at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1983

Reusse: Big weekend of boxing brings 'Boom Boom' to Minneapolis Armory

Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini will be the analyst for Saturday night's Premier card at the Armory. The main event has Anthony Dirrell and Avni Yildirim meeting for the WBC's vacant super middleweight title.
Twins minor league pitching coach Stu Cliburn says the political turmoil in Venezuela isn’t enough to keep him from coaching there.

Reusse: Twins coach navigates Venezuelan political climate

Stu Cliburn looked past the ongoing societal and political upheaval in Venezuela to return to this winter as pitching coach for the Magallanes Navigators.

Reusse: Henning basketball rekindles its glory days

Fifty-three years after losing to Edina-Morningside in the state semifinals, Henning has a shot to get back to the boys' basketball state tourney. The Hornets are the No. 7 team in Class 1A
Red Sox lefthander David Price warmed up as pitchers and catchers reported for their first workout at their spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fl

Reusse: Red Sox are clear spring training kings of Fort Myers

For the second time, Red Sox fans will arrive at "Fenway South" on Fort Myers near the Twins' facility basking in a World Series title.
Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash's team was one of the feel-good stories of 2018, improving by 10 victories despite undergoing a massive makeover tha

Reusse: Rays keep finding ways to succeed against overwhelming odds

The Twins hired their new manager away from one of the most innovative organizations in baseball. Here's the story behind Tampa Bay's success.
Tyler Jay, drafted sixth overall by the Twins in 2015, has not developed as hoped.

Reusse: Twins whiffed on Jay, and the rest of 2015 draft as well

The Twins had the sixth overall selection in 2015 and went with Tyler Jay. Boston took Andrew Benintendi with the next pick

Reusse: HBO documentary on Breslin, Hamill both joyous and sad

The documentary on the New York “street’’ columnists, Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill, titled “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists,’’ recently arrived on HBO, brings a…
Eveleth High School 1973 state championship teammates from left, Jeff Perushek, Greg Salmi, Bob Pazzelli, and John Rauzi pose with a commemorative pla

Reusse: Restored game film brings red carpet to Range for 'world premiere'

Eveleth's 1973 state football championship victory over Willmar will be celebrated tonight at Margie's Roosevelt Bar in the Iron Range city's downtown.
Kentucky's Reid Travis is a graduate transfer this season for the Wildcats.

Reusse: Former DeLaSalle star Travis shines bright in new Kentucky home

Reid Travis is in his fifth collegiate season and having what might be the time of his life amid the unmatched madness that surrounds University of Kentucky basketball.
Former Gophers softball catcher Kendyl Lindaman took advantage of new rules in the NCAA's "transfer portal" to be eligible to play at the University o

Reusse: Former U softball star Lindaman took transfer road to Florida

Kendyl Lindaman, the two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, said she left Minnesota for Florida to get the best from herself by facing the best competition in the country on almost a weekly basis.
LaMonte Wade, who played in the 2015 Big Ten baseball tournament at Target Field, finished last season at Class AAA Rochester.

Reusse: Former Maryland baseball star Wade climbs Twins ladder

Last year, Wade was given an invitation to big-league spring training and stayed until mid-March. This time, with four years of minor league service, he was placed on the 40-player roster.
October 18, 1966: Hamline co-captain Duane Benson of Grand Moadow

Reusse: 'Benny' did it all for Hamline football in 1966 championship year

Duane Benson, who died on Tuesday at 73 from cancer, was the MIAC's MVP in 1966, and played for a decade in the NFL.
Mar. 7, 1968: Hockey coach Dick Roberts with Alan Hangsleben, 12, Dick Ellerbusch, 13, and Lee Moyer, 14.

Warroad hockey legend Roberts dies at 93

Dick Roberts grew up playing hockey on the outdoor rinks in Warroad in the early 1940s, then was a Gophers defenseman for three varsity seasons starting in the winter of 1945-46.
Brusdar Graterol, a 20-year-old Twins pitching prospect from Venezuela, had Tommy John surgery in 2016, but now is back throwing 100-mph fastballs.

Reusse: Enticing Twins prospect from Venezuela throws 100 mph

Has there been a prominent big-leaguer from Brusdar Graterol's hometown in Venezuela? His answer: "Not yet. Maybe soon.''
Tennessee forward Grant Williams

Reusse: Tennessee hoops, Mankato history mesh

Gilbert Williams helped Mankato State to the first-ever North Central league title. The youngest of his sons, Grant, has grown to 6-8 and is the junior star of No. 1-rated Tennessee.
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes

Reusse: Vols coach Barnes remains on ascent two decades after dramatic loss to Gophers

Since losing to the Gophers in two overtimes in the 1997 Sweet 16 as coach of Clemson, big-time college coaching has been kinder to Rick Barnes, now 64 and in possession of 678 career wins.
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
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