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Gophers forward Bryce Brodzinski consoled his former teammate, St. Cloud State forward Grant Cruikshank, as the teams shook hands after Saturday night

Reusse: Speed dialed up in NCAA hockey regional, and U was ready

The speed trap facing the Gophers in their quest for a trip to the Frozen Four in Florida in two weeks came from St. Cloud State. They didn't fall into it.
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton’s Drew Werkman (50) shot a layup beyond the reach of Cherry’s Noah Asuma on Friday at Target Center. Werkman finished with 1

Reusse: Prairie pride, nostalgia at the fore as R-T-R returns to title game

Though 60 years have passed since one of the most iconic championship games in the one-class era, the Knights still offer memorable tilts.
After a highly successful freshman season at St. Thomas, Andrew Rohde has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Reusse: St. Thomas basketball starts winning — and loses its star player

Their second season as a Division I school was a successful one for the Tommies. But they're learning some lessons the hard way about the realities of big-time college sports.
The Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center has been the site of numerous NCAA championships, along with the Big Ten and state high school meets.

Reusse: Gophers aquatic center remains a favorite for NCAA meets

The Gophers have "one of the fastest pools in the world," coach Kelly Kremer said.
Mike Veeck made quite a mark on the Twin Cities sports scene.

Reusse: Veeck was miracle-worker for St. Paul Saints

On Wednesday, it was announced the Goldklang Group that includes Mike Veeck and Bill Murray sold the Saints to Diamond Baseball Holdings.
Expect to see a frenzied scene on Saturday night at Mariucci Arena like this one from earlier this season.

Reusse: Big chill finally over as fans fill arena again for Gophers men's hockey

A loaded lineup and a sold-out arena — this is a great comeback for Minnesota hockey. And there's no reason to think the momentum will die off anytime soon after the sparse crowds of a few years ago.
Remember Vance “Vanimal” Worley? He was the Twins’ Opening Day starter 10 years ago — and was knocked out by the Unuted States in the third in

Reusse: World Baseball Classic swings mightily — and it's a big miss

The WBC was started in 2006, one year after the International Olympic Committee dropped baseball and softball from its roster of sports for not being properly "global.'' It still isn't.
Vikings coach Bud Grant and his offensive coordinator, Jerry Burns, diagrammed a play during the 1968 season.

Reusse: Bud, Sid and Burnsie best friends who had nothing in common

Three of the most memorable men in Minnesota sports all left us in their 90s, while leaving behind more than enough stories and memories.
Tony Finau held his trophy after winning the 3M Open last July at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.

Reusse: 3M Open not a top-tier Tour event, but Cavner remains optimistic

The reordering of pro golf after LIV Golf's emergence shakes all the way down to Blaine, where 3M Open CEO Hollis Cavner believes the changes will ultimately be good for his PGA Tour event.
John Mayasich at the Chaska Curling Center.

Reusse: From boot hockey in Eveleth, Mayasich became high school legend

Former Gophers star John Mayasich had 36 goals during his team's dominant run in the Minnesota high school hockey tournament.
Trevor Plouffe during a rainstorm in the 2016 season, his last season with the Twins.

Reusse: Following Plouffe's journey into sports podcasting

Trevor Plouffe, who was with the Twins from 2010 to '16, now has experience on both sides of the journalism experience.
Purdue forward Rickie Woltman knocked the ball away from Iowa star Caitlin Clark during Friday’s third Big Ten women’s basketball tournament quart

Reusse: After decades of Gophers rivalry, Iowa still puts on most memorable show

At the Big Ten women's basketball tournament, Iowa continued its tradition of enjoyable Minnesota games.
The Swenson family, from left: Amy, Jeff, Ethan, Melissa, Brett and Brady.

Reusse: Swenson family ties shine at Class 3A wrestling tournament

There are "wrestling towns'' dotted across the state, because Great Grandpa Pete and his seven brothers from the farm in southern Minnesota started wrestling before World War II.
Twins utility players Jerry Kindall, left, and Sandy Valdespino during spring training in 1965 in Orlando, Fla.

Former Twins outfielder Sandy Valdespino dies at age 84

After a long stint in the minor leagues, he broke into the big time with the Twins' 1965 World Series team.
Boxer Jamal James trained at Circle of Discipline on Dec. 24

James returns from layoff with unanimous decision win at Minneapolis Armory

Prior to Saturday night's lopsided win, Jamal James, now 34, had last fought on Oct. 30, 2021.
David Morrell worked out at the Circle of Discipline gym in Barnum on June 4.

Reusse: Morrell returning to the Armory — as reflective ringside spectator

As super middleweight champion David Morrell Jr. rises through the ranks, seriously injuring a Kazakhstani fighter during a November card in Minneapolis still haunts him.
Ryan Kershaw, Carleton men’s basketball coach.

Reusse: St. Thomas leaving MIAC, however it happened, has been good

It's only the middle of the second college sports season since St. Thomas left the MIAC and already both the school and the league are getting much of what they wanted from the divorce.
Clem Haskins spent six seasons as Western Kentucky’s coach before getting his chance with the Gophers in 1986-87.

Reusse: Haskins recalls early years at U, knows what Ben Johnson is feeling

Before building teams that went to the NCAA tournament, Clem Haskins suffered loss after loss when he took over an overmatched Gophers team in the 1980s. Sound familiar?
Twins infielderJohn Castino flexed for the crowd at Met Stadium after a two-run homer in September 1979, the season he shared AL Rookie of the Year ho

Reusse: Former Twins star John Castino has a dramatic idea to improve baseball

A walk takes three balls, not four; he believes it will protect pitchers' health and make for more action.
Gophers swimmer Bar Soloveychik has school records in four individual freestyle events.

Reusse: Meet the Israeli swimmer shattering Gophers records

Bar Soloveychik broke the team's longest-standing record in the 1,000 yard freestyle and has come to like his new home — mostly: "You can die at any moment with this ice."
Mike Carroll (making fist) is in his 24th season as the Gustavus women’s hockey coach.

Reusse: Southern Minnesota hockey dynasty looks to take next step

Women's hockey at Gustavus is an MIAC power. The Gusties are looking to get to the Division III final four for the ninth time — and finally come home with the biggest prize at that level.
Tom Carroll collected himself during the 1978 state championship game before scoring the winning goal in double overtime to give Edina East a 5-4 triu

The Carroll family hockey legacy, stretching back to Edina

Gustavus women's hockey coach Mike Carroll has assistant coaches who are brothers, all part of a family that has deep roots in Edina.
Kenny “The Sodbuster” Jay posed for photos in 1998 with officers who adored the wrestler in West St. Paul.

Reusse: 'The very capable Kenny Jay,' a wrestler who always lost, dies

Kenny Jay grew up in central Minnesota and became a pro wrestling "jobber." The job? Make the match look good before the predictable finish. Then there was the time he fought Muhammad Ali (for $1,000 and a limo ride).
Anthony Edwards said the Timberwolves just aren’t hitting open shots on offense right now.

Reusse: Nightly minutes matter to Edwards, but not to those who elect NBA All-Stars

Anthony Edwards has the numbers and proven durability to be an All-Star, something apparently lost on those who cast votes for Zion Williamson and others.
Former Minnesota Duluth player and coach Mike Sertich, right, with friend and longtime Bulldogs supporter Dave Zentner, shown during a visit this week

Reusse: Sertich full of hockey memories and Iron Range pride while he fights cancer

It's easy to trace the success of Minnesota Duluth hockey back to Mike Sertich, still full of pride for the North Country.
Gophers coach Ben Johnson says he’s trying to build a program that can be a sustained winner in the Big Ten — but that build won’t happen overni

Reusse: Johnson playing it slow and steady amid dismal Gophers season

Dealing with a depleted roster and an ongoing reset, Gophers men's basketball coach Ben Johnson is staying calm and aiming for a sustainable program.
Bill Butters during North Stars training camp in 1978.

Reusse: For Hockey Day in White Bear, the name Bill Butters always pops up

A standout in football and hockey, Butters played for the Gophers, Fighting Saints and North Stars.
Bethel football coach Steve Johnson addressed his team after a playoff victory last fall.

Reusse: A long road from Gagliardi's shadow to Coach of the Year

Steve Johnson had to be convinced to take the coaching job at Bethel in 1989. He gradually grew the program into a big winner and was named Division III coach of the year by his peers.
Cross-country skiers find their satisfaction at Wirth Park.

Reusse: At Wirth Park's Trailhead for skiers, 'wildest dreams' are realized

Built up for a World Cup event that didn't happen, it gets heavy use by the cross-country set.
Luis Arraez consistently delivered the Twins quality plate appearances, not only in his 2022 AL batting champion season but throughout his big-league

Reusse: Trade of batting craftsman Arraez doesn't sit well

Pitching might be expensive, but dealing the popular AL batting champion won't help the team field a more effective lineup.
A sports page from the Jan. 28, 1951, edition of the Minneapolis Tribune.

The last time Minnesota scored so few points? It was 72 years ago

Indiana stalled, the Gophers watched and a 1951 game produced a total of 58 points as a battle of stubborn coaches played out. fans booed, cheered . . . and sang.
Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler, left, and Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert (27) look for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketbal

Reusse: Gobert deal nears worst-trade territory for Timberwolves

We watched Walker Kessler own Monday afternoon at Target Center and, well, maybe Charles Barkley isn't far off in calling the Wolves' dealing for Rudy Gobert "the worst trade."
Kirk Cousins looks to dodge a tackle in the first quarter of Sunday’s game.

Reusse: Football gods tried once more, then gave up on the Vikings

Perhaps a pair of absurd decisions — a play call too silly, a pass too short — cost the Vikings their divine support.
Boxing promoters Tom Brown and Sandi Goossen-Brown were in attendance when boxer Aidos Yerbossynuly was severely injured at the Armory on Nov. 5. “W

Reusse: A boxer fought for his life at HCMC while the rest of the world moved on

On Dec. 2, a brief video was posted with Aidos Yerbossynuly of Kazakhstan dressed and ready to head to the airport and fly home.
Tom and Tim O’Neill and friends at an infamous Vikings playoff game.

Reusse: No need to revisit 'Giants 41, Vikings 0' — except for this story

In the middle of a stunning game Jan. 14, 2001, no one around here likes to recall, a stunning moment two Vikings fans will never forget.
Carlos Correa watched one of the 22 home runs he hit last season.

Reusse: Correa's return is good, even if some of you won't like it

Six years and $200 million guaranteed for the best two-way shortstop the Twins have ever had? The Carlos Correa deal is a good thing for many reasons.
Gophers forward Pharrel Payne defends Nebraska forward Derrick Walker in the second half Saturday

Reusse: Gophers showing some fight, if not many wins, after Johnson's 'Year Zero'

A close loss at ranked Wisconsin, followed by an overtime loss to Nebraska, showed potential for the U to crack the Big Ten win column more than a few times.
Carl Eller slipped his jersey on at Met Stadium on Dec. 19, 1971, when the Vikings completed an 11-3 regular season with a 27-10 victory over the Bear

Reusse: Eller has seen the two strangest teams in Vikings history

This year's team takes the title over Carl Eller's 1971 group, which had a dominant defense but a feeble offense.
Bill Campbell took a last look around Met Stadium in 1976 before leaving the Twins as a free agent.

Former Twins ironman reliever Bill Campbell dies at 74

The reliable righthander is the only player in major league history with 17 wins and at least 17 saves in a season.
The 2021 Minneapolis North football team is the focus of the upcoming “Boys in Blue” documentary.

Debut of 'Boys in Blue' will be first viewing for Mpls. North players

Showtime's four-part documentary revolving around the 2021 Minneapolis North High School football team premieres Friday night.
Tom Nordland, Roosevelt star of the ’50s and  known as @SwishCoach to Twitter followers of the basketball shooting method he taught, died in late De

Roosevelt basketball star Nordland, famed jump shooter, has died

After starring for the Teddies on their back-to-back state championship teams in 1956 and '57, Tom Nordland played for Stanford and went on to teach the "Swish" method of shooting.
Two football injury scares in Brainerd, years apart: Conner Erickson, left, in 2022, and Tyler Jensen (shown in a recent photo) in 2007.

Reusse: Football, dangerous as it is, compels us to watch, play

Some families in Minnesota know very well how dangerous football can be. Many of those Minnesotans were watching on Monday night, when Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the field, because we all keep watching, and some keep playing.
Charles Adams, football coach at North since 2010, provided the starting point for the documentary “Boys in Blue.”

Reusse: Docuseries' focus hits North High, Minneapolis and 'reality for these young people'

Showtime's "Boys in Blue" is the result of director Peter Berg's curiosity about the city he once knew.
St. Paul native Jack McCartan helped the United States win a gold medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics. Back then hockey was much more of a niche sport a

Reusse: Conceding defeat in this year's statewide battle between winter sports

Minnesota wasn't always the state of hockey. In bygone years, basketball ruled the roost from border to border.
In last season’s Class 2A girls’ hockey championship game, Minnetonka defender Olivia Laroche (2) tried to skate past Andover forwards Maya Engler

Reusse: Minnesota's girls, women impressive in the state of hockey

From high school tournaments to the collegiate ranks to the world stage, the sport has made amazing strides.
Sister Lois Wedl approved of the action on the basketball court at Claire Lynch Hall earlier this month.

Reusse: Think you're Minnesota's best fan? You don't have a prayer against Sister Lois

A simple invitation to watch a volleyball match in 1986 turned 91-year-old Sister Lois Wedl into an advocate for generations of athletes at the College of Saint Benedict.
The Twins retired Jim Kaat’s No. 36 in a ceremony at Target Field over the summer, days before the lefthander was inducted in the Baseball Hall of F

Reusse: Twins great Kaat finally living the life of a Hall of Famer

Though he may not be a common local sight like Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat is also basking in the Hall of Famer lifestyle after both men were inducted over the summer.
Naz Reid will need minutes even when Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns return to action.

Reusse: Do we trust the Wolves to properly put together their talent puzzle?

Anthony Edwards and Naz Reid, and Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns, and even D'Angelo Russell ... can these pieces fit together? There are no easy answers, ever, in Timberwolves basketball.
The abundance of lefthanded-hitting outfielders on the Twins roster leave many wondering what Max Kepler’s status is on the team.

Reusse: Latest Twins moves a throwback, should mean end for Kepler

The six seasons of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine have been topsy, turvy, topsy and now turvy again, and now they have wound up back where they started
The new guys in town: Norm Van Brocklin, center, with the first group of Minnesota Vikings in 1961.

Reusse: Vikings games are in our DNA, but it didn't start out that way

The Vikings will have a majority of Minnesota's attention on Saturday when they play their 1,000th game of significance. We couldn't have seen this coming in the early days of the franchise.
Montana State wide receiver Ravi Alston, middle, a former St. John’s standout, celebrated a touchdown during the quarterfinal victory against Willia

Reusse: Can a football division survive on the Dakotas, Montana?

The FCS level of college football is getting thin — no disrespect meant for the powers in the Dakotas and Montana.
It’s been hard for the Gophers women’s basketball team to gain traction when it’s easy for top players like Sara Scalia (14), shooting over Penn

Reusse: State's long-running big-time basketball malaise hasn't fazed youth players

As Timberwolves, Lynx and Gophers men's and women's basketball teams struggle, there's still a strangely hopeful vibe among the state's younger generation of players.
P.J. Fleck’s memory might be a little foggy. The accomplishments of Minnesota teams generations ago should not be forgotten.

Reusse: Despite Fleck's claim, this is not the golden era of Golden Gophers football

The Minnesota coach's framing of modern success is off, and the national champions and Rose Bowl teams of yesteryear would not at all be impressed with 3-3 in the lousy Big Ten West.
Billy and Gretchen Martin at home in 1969.

Reusse: Death of Billy Martin's ex-wife triggers Twins mysteries

Why was Martin so popular with the Twins' small, tight-knit group of employees in the 1960s, where he started as a player and then managed the team for one season before being fired? This could be the answer.
Bethel’s Joey Kidder celebrates one of his two touchdowns Saturday in the D-III playoffs.

Reusse: Bethel was willing to wait on basketball guard to finish D-III football run

Joey Kidder can move on to hoops now, after closing out football season with two touchdown receptions in playoff loss in Texas.
Simley teammates celebrated near the fan section to celebrate after defeating Hutchinson 34-24 in the Class 4A championship game at the Prep Bowl at U

Reusse: Simley makes a name for itself with football toughness

Spartans man up and turn tables on 4A Champion Hutchinson in the Prep Bowl, avenging a shellacking by the Tigers in the 2021 state tourney.
Minnesota’s Carter Booth (52), left, and McKenna Wucherer (3) block at the net against Illinois earlier this season.

Reusse: At 6-7, Booth gives U volleyball next-level blocking game

Carter Booth was named first-team All-Big Ten on Wednesday as a freshman. In addition to height, Booth's mobility brings a new dimension to volleyball for the NCAA-bound Gophers.
St. John’s defensive lineman Michael Wozniak, right, went against Wartburg’s Ethan Stockwell on Saturday in Collegeville, Minn.

Reusse: Playoff loss denies Wozniak a final 'excellent' Johnnies moment

Award-winning St. John's defensive tackle and Johnnies legacy Michael Wozniak was unable to lead his team on a long D-III postseason run.
Ryan Reaves threw four hits against the Maple Leafs in his Wild debut, earning roars from the crowd each time.

Reusse: Wild still searching for some doggone consistency

In a 4-3 loss that showcased how much the Wild are still figuring out what kind of team they are, a new face with an exciting pedigree offered some fun for the fans.
Turkey of the Year: Time to sharpen the knives.

Patrick Reusse's 2022 Turkey of the Year is ...

This was going to be a difficult year to make a choice ... until it wasn't. As it came closer to the time to present the big bird, candidates emerged left, center and right.
Dennis Denning, a legendary baseball coach who won six high school state championships and then two Division III national championships with St. Thoma

Reusse: Denning impacted scores of lives on St. Paul baseball diamonds

Many of the city's greatest athletes had a direct link to the former Cretin-Derham Hall and St. Thomas coach.
Twins second baseman Jorge Polanco models a new jersey Friday at the Mall of America

Reusse: Even an old-time baseball guy could appreciate Twins' 'new era' revival

The music was loud and the uniform reveal splashy at the Mall of America. And, the columnist writes, the "Twin Cities" jersey definitely was neat.
Todd Hoffner routinely has Minnesota State Mankato ranked near the top of Division II.

Reusse: Mankato's Hoffner endures, inspires, suffers — and wins games

Minnesota State Mankato is back in the Division II football playoffs, an accomplishment in itself for the coach who has been through so much over the last decade.
The Armory will not host another boxing event until 2023.

December boxing card at the Armory in Minneapolis canceled

The next fight night at the Armory likely will be in January and could include local boxers Jamal James and Caleb Truax.
The dynamic play of St. Thomas freshman Andrew Rohde is one reason the Tommies are drawing good crowds — and why a rivalry with the Gophers could be

Reusse: A Gophers-Tommies men's basketball rivalry is begging to become a reality

Cross-river Division I foes would add some spark to U's ho-hum nonconference schedule, and actually fill some seats.
Gabriel Wolff (3) got around Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted defender Lance Luchsinger on his way to a 64-yard touchdown in the second quarter of Jackson

Reusse: Winless last year, prep team's incredible run finally ends

Two weeks after knocking off Minneapolis North, and a year after going 0-9, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted was a step away from U.S. Bank Stadium. Then they ran (and ran) into a stout opponent from southwestern Minnesota.
David Morrell Jr. lined up against Aidos Yerbossynuly before Saturday night’s fight, which Morrell won in a 12th-round knockout that reportedly left

Report: Boxer Yerbossynuly in coma after Saturday title bout at Armory

Aidos Yerbossynuly was beaten by David Morrell Jr., with the fight ending in the final round after Morrell knocked out the fighter from Kazakhstan with a series of punches.
Aidan Jones, right, of Minneapolis Washburn won the boys 3A with a time of 15:11.73, Sam Scott, left, of Minneapolis Southwest finished second with a

Reusse: High school cross-country runners display their mettle in icy drizzle at St. Olaf

Northfield campus has offered a beautiful and challenging course for the state meet for three decades.
David Morrell Jr., left, will fight Aidos Yerbossynuly on Saturday. Celebrity promoter Tommy Kramer was on hand Friday at the weigh-in.

Reusse: Boxing returns to Minneapolis Armory in a big way

Saturday's title bout will pit David Morrell Jr. against Aidos Yerbossynuly, both unbeaten super middleweights.
Julian Loscalzo, in the red hoodie, outside of Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia with his cousin, also Julian Loscalzo.

Reusse: Local Phillies fan makes Philly trip, even if he couldn't get into the games

Julian Loscalzo was drawn from St. Paul to his baseball-loving roots to watch the current Phillies attempt to complete this underdog run to the World Series title.
Anthony Edwards celebrated Friday night after scoring 29 points in the Wolves’ 111-102 victory over the Lakers at Target Center.

Reusse: Ant's maturation must include more drives, fewer threes

Young Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards is a product of the modern NBA, and that means he's not taking enough advantage of his ability to get to the basket.
St. Thomas running back Joshua Komis (5) makes a catch in front of San Diego Toreros safeties Chase Lyons (53) and Hunter Nichols (6) in the second qu

St. Thomas edges San Diego to move closer to Pioneer championship

The Tommies won a shootout at home against the league's recent powerhouse.
Shawn Shipman and St. Thomas are in first place in the Pioneer League.

Reusse: St. Thomas succeeds in D-I but lacks rivalries, recognition

Perhaps the biggest game for the Tommies since they made the leap to Division I is this Saturday, but it's fair to ask: Do any non-Tommies care?
George Mikan is having his number retired by the Lakers on Sunday. Two current Lakers, LeBron James, left, and Anthony Davis, might join him someday.

Reusse: Mikan's retired No. 99 will connect Minneapolis, L.A. and family

Two dozen members of the Mikan family will be there Sunday when George Mikan's jersey is retired, finally, by the Lakers franchise he helped launch.
Former Twins reliever Ryan Pressly has developed into an All-Star closer with the Astros, and he finished off the Yankees in each of the first two gam

Reusse: Pressly shows how big-league success can be a long time coming

Drafted by the Red Sox as a teenager and given a chance by the Twins in his 20s, Ryan Pressly has developed into an All-Star with the Astros in his 30s.