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Rich Nuessle was once a staple in the Twin Cities sports media. If you were in that circle and failed to have a wacky adventure with Rich, you had to be in quarantine. Behind the fun, though, was a hero with a tortured soul.
Swansea City, Borussia Fulda both let me down.
The former Twins outfielder was hoping to play in majors this season; instead he has been spending quality family time with his wife, a former Gophers hockey standout.
Players in other sports might have more trouble social distancing in smaller arenas and/or with more inherent collisions, but MLB is over-regulating with its 67-page list of dos and don'ts for reopening in the coronavirus era.
Was Tom Klawitter's start in 1985 the first "opener" in the major leagues?
Before Tim Herron became known as Lumpy on the PGA Tour, he asked Wayzata's first Lumpy for permission.
Former Twins Joe Mauer and Mike Redmond -- as well as catchers from the Gophers, the minors and amateur ball -- talked with Patrick Reusse about what could be ahead.
Jake Reed was signed by the Twins out of Oregon in 2014. He has pitched in more than 100 games in Class AAA but never in the majors. Janie Reed, Jake's wife, has waited longer to be an Olympian.
Are you ready for this? Buffalo at Las Vegas on Oct. 4. Even if it still had the real Mafia running the town, the Strip might be overmatched by Bills Mafia.
Invasive species (of all kinds) keep things interesting on Lake Minnetonka. Howard's Point Marina is still going strong. The owner said he bought it because "it's a neighborhood treasure."
Derrin Lamker, the former high school coach at Edina and Osseo, led Augsburg to a MIAC title in 1997. But the Auggies of 2018 and 2019 were 4-16 overall and 1-15 in the MIAC. Now he's head coach at his alma mater.
The former state championship-winning coach at Minneapolis Southwest wanted to take pressure off his players.
Wayne Hattaway, a staple in the Twins clubhouse for decades, died Thursday night at age 80.
While he waits for baseball's return, Dan Gladden recalls triumphs from World Series past: the slam, the double and some good baseball stories three decades later.
The Twins rookie-ball affiliate in Elizabethton, Tenn., established in the 1970s, has been targeted for elimination as part of a trimming of the minor leagues.
The only stories better than former Gophers, Fighting Saints and North Stars coach Glen Sonmor telling his were others telling theirs about him.
The first insistence received that I had to watch “The Scheme,’’ the freshly arrived HBO documentary on college basketball corruption, came from my wife. That…
Tarvaris Jackson and Troy Williamson could never harness their raw talent together on the field for the Vikings in the mid-2000s.
Lew Ford played 499 games (including five in the postseason) for the Twins, and then came a little bit of everything. He's currently with the Long Island Ducks in independent ball.
The first post-coronavirus gouge in athletic budgets should come in football — at Minnesota, and across the Power Five landscape.
Former Gophers player Leslie Knight has spent the last 11 years playing pro basketball and living in Spain — much more time than needed to absorb what Holy Week means in that country.
The Twins won five of six during Patrick Reusse's mythical "homestand" at Target Field, revisiting games from the team's past while the coronavirus pandemic robs us of games of the present.
Two first-inning grand slams by legendary Twins sluggers Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew made a lasting impression on one particular 16-year-old in the stands.
This chilly Friday was to be an off day for the Twins. We're at Target Field anyway, listening to what's being said. In baseball the stories can be more entertaining than the ballgames.
The post-victory angst after the Twins' 1-0 victory over Texas was dictated by manager Ron Gardenhire's decision to remove Johan Santana after eight innings. Santana had 17 strikeouts on 112 pitches.
Billy Martin brought the Oakland Athletics here as the manager for the first time and, this being Minnesota, it's no surprise that he quickly found himself in the middle of something.
Several thousand Brewers fans contributed to a full Target Field on Sunday. They seemed to congregate in the right field corner, with easy access to several beer locations.
The Twins unveiled a hitting attack of great potential in Florida exhibitions, with Rod Carew, Lyman Bostock, Disco Dan Ford and Larry Hisle being joined by rookie catcher Butch Wynegar.
We've asked Patrick Reusse to bring us baseball each morning during what should have been the Twins' opening homestand. Six games over seven days, beginning with the 1979 home opener reimagined for April 2020.
Wendell Fredin's 67-year streak of making it to the Twin Cities for the tournament came to an end.
His Vikings linemate Tim Irwin called the late guard "my left arm."
"Triple S" enjoyed her time abroad before returning to Minnesota when the pandemic hit.
Take a look back at The Greatest Day in Minnesota Sports History: April 11, 1961. It was a three-hit shutout by Pedro Ramos, outlasting future Hall of Famer Whitey Ford
This Week in Minnesota Sports: There were the usual 18,000 customers inside Williams Arena to watch a state one-class basketball champion in 1970, when tiny Sherburn ended that era by beating South St. Paul.
Most negotiators would not be as proud as DeMaurice Smith seems to be about producing a deal with a lower cut of revenues and a grant of unchallenged power to a power-mad commissioner.
Senior Amber Fiser pitched in 46 of the Gophers' 60 games last season. Her senior season - like so many - has been cut short. Will she move on or take advantage of an added year granted by the NCAA?
3M Open CEO says tour commissioner Jay Monahan "is solid in crisis mode."
A "do-over" season being offered by the NCAA can be viewed as an optimistic scenario given this week's shutdown events. But for some, another year means spending more money to stay in school.
I nteractions with Sid Hartman have caused people to be annoyed, alarmed, amused, afraid, agonized, alienated and accepting, and those are just the “a’’…
At the same time that pro and college sports were taking dramatic action, Minnesota's girls' basketball tournament was going on as scheduled, and no complaints were overheard.
Nick Anderson's path to the major leagues detoured through the home remodeling business, amateur baseball and independent ball.
The Twins figure to start the season with four true outfielders, as Marwin Gonzalez rebounds from knee surgery he can't be classified as the main spare. That means Willians Astudillo is a long shot for Opening Day.
There is a connection from the 1954 Major League Baseball All-Star Game to this season's Edina Squirt A team. You just have to know where to look.
Bailey Ober pitched a total of 78⅔ innings at three levels last season, and stands 6-9 and with a right arm extension in his delivery that makes 90 mph get on a hitter quickly.
At 22, Alex Kirilloff is happily married with an infant daughter. He hopes his baseball life quickly catches up with his family life.
The Twins claimed Ehire Adrianza in 2017 for his fielding. His versatility and hitting since then have been a pleasant bonus.
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.
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.
"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.''
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.
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, injured at the end of last season, says he "found myself" once before, and has belief again.
Tim Herron, the Wayzata pro affectionately known as "Lumpy" throughout his career, will be a popular addition to the 50-and-over Champions Tour.
Lefthanded reliever Caleb Thielbar, a training camp invite from Randolph, Minn., has found extra jump in his fastball after reaching the age of 30.
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 keeps working to improve even after a first team All-America season.
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."
But the three-sport star was the highest-selected player in the NFL draft out of the MIAC.
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, 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.
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.
Minnesota soon will have the Rock Ridge Wolverines, a consolidation of Virginia and Eveleth-Gilbert, making any Mel Brooks fan proud.
The Johnnies, under coach Pat McKenzie since 2015, are 16-1 and ranked No. 2 nationally in Division III men's basketball.
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.
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.
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.
The hot spring training story this season in Fort Myers will be for Twins' exhibitions, not Red Sox games.
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.
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 pecking order in Minnesota sports: (1) Minnesota, (2) Everybody else, except for special runs like what the Gophers football team pulled off vs. Auburn.
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.
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).
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.
Anthony Carter's remarkable two-game playoff run got the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game 32 years ago.
Basketball's version of the home run has transformed the game into an unwatchable mess.
The father of the All-America safety was a Jim Thorpe Award winner, as was the father's Gophers rival Tyrone Carter.