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2022 playoff runs for the Wolves and Wild started on April 21 in Target Center and ended precisely three weeks later on Thursday night in St. Louis.

Reusse: We continue on in the land of 10,000 playoff disappointments

Spring of 2022 offered another pair of first-round playoff exits in basketball and hockey as the years of postseason futility grow longer.
Cleveland Guardians radio announcer Tom Hamilton has already made the transition from the baseball team’s previous name.

Reusse: What's in a name? Practice, says Cleveland radio voice Hamilton

Tom Hamilton, the play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Guardians, has been with the team for 33 years, yet he adjusted to the new name with aplomb.
Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez celebrated his first of two home runs in Thursday’s regularly scheduled game against the Twins.

Reusse: Reality shuts out hope in Astros three-game sweep of Twins

A team that had won nine in a row at home was stopped cold from the first pitch to the last by a team with superior talent (and a 10-game winning streak).
Patrick Reusse with Miguel Sano in 2015.

Reusse: Twins' high hopes for Sano derailed by injuries, strikeouts

Miguel Sano has had potent stretches his potential greatness. But it's hard to get past the injuries and historic, astounding numbers of strikeouts.
Royce Lewis made a play on a ball hit by Oakland’s Sheldon Neuse, throwing him out, during the first inning Friday at Target Field

Reusse: Lewis makes one small step from St. Paul, a giant leap to the majors

Injury to Carlos Correa opened the door the the much-anticipated debut of the talented shortstop.
Carleton pitcher Kiefer Lord does not have a typical D-III arm, and his 95-mph fastball is drawing interest from larger schools.

Reusse: Need a D-I college pitcher? Here's one at, of all places, Carleton

Sophomore Kiefer Lord looks out of place at Carleton College in Northfield, where he throws 95 and has a breaking pitch worthy of a look at the highest level of college baseball.
Ryan Saunders expects to be back coaching in the NBA next season.

Reusse: Saunders, a teacher then and now, watches Wolves with pride

Former Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders has kept his eyes on his former players, many of whom developed under his watch, as they battle in the playoffs. He says he'll be ready when he's back coaching in the NBA next season.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is fouled as he shoots against Grizzlies forward Kyle Andersonin the first half

Reusse: At the brewhouse, Wolves fans start with cheers, end with tears

The Wolves fans at HeadFlyer Brewing were left hanging to the very end amid beers with fancy names and some dogs who came with their owners..
Gophers center fielder Natalie DenHartog has hit 15 home runs this season to go with a .336 batting average. is a two-time first-team All-Big Ten perf

Reusse: Big Ten series for Gophers baseball and softball teams converge

In neighboring parks, both squads swept to victories Friday, fell Saturday and were looking for redemption on Sunday.
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson reaches for a wide throw as the Twins’ Max Kepler slides safely to second

Reusse: Frigid offense somehow finds a way in Twins' victory

The Twins can't seem to get the bats going, but they have carved out a modest two-game winning streak despite scoring three runs in those two games.
D’Angelo Russell (0) meets defense from Memphis Grizzlies’ Desmond Bane (22), Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) and Brandon Clarke (15) during the second hal

Reusse: This wasn't just a choke by the Wolves. It was a double-choke

Joining missed field goals and over-celebrating teams in Minnesota sports lore will be Thursday night's Wolves roller-coaster collapse.
Wolves super fans Stephanie and Phil Halverson, with their son Camden, took a spring break vacation to Boston recently to watch the Wolves take on the

Reusse: Wolves' success is rewarding a fan base that's been there all along

The excitement around this resurgent Timberwolves team isn't reserved for home games, as fans have planned vacations around seeing games on the road.
Jack McNeely had two goals and 15 assists this past season with Minnesota State Mankato.

Reusse: McNeely symbolizes Minnesota State Mankato's hockey rise

A Lakeville North product, Jack McNeely exits the Mavericks program 26 years old and not ready to stop playing the game.
What Karl-Anthony Towns has shown this season was not wiped out by one bad play-in game.

Reusse: The TNT take on Towns ignores everything we have learned about him

The Timberwolves big man has shown this season he's committed and can dominate from all over the court.
Tom McCarthy took a shot on goal during a 1980 game against Hartford.

Reusse: North Stars remember McCarthy for his skills, friendship

North Stars standouts Neal Broten and Dino Ciccarelli were peers with Tommy McCarthy, who died at age 61, yet still looked to him as a leader.
D’Angelo Russell celebrated after hitting a three-pointer late in the third quarter.

Reusse: 'Tough shots' were needed vs. Clippers and Russell took 'em

Point guard D'Angelo Russell had been erratic, needing to rise above his inconsistency and shooting struggles. Tuesday night against the Clippers, he did. Bring on more of this D-Lo.
Phil Hughes in 2017, a season when the Twins righthander had a second surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. But he never regained his old effectivenes

Reusse: Twins' Archer hopes to overcome thoracic outlet syndrome

Chris Archer will debut Tuesday after offseason surgery to correct the problem — which ended the career of former Twins pitcher Phil Hughes (pictured) — in June 2020.
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton (left) and shortstop Carlos Correa waited in the dugout to take the field before facing the Mariners at Target Field

Reusse: Twins fans still waiting for something to cheer about

After a disappointing 2021, the Twins failed to sell out their home opener for the first time since 2009.
Mike Hastings directs his team against Minnesota in the second period of an NCAA college hockey Regional Final last March

Reusse: Cast aside, MSU Mankato now a national power under Hastings

During the men's college hockey shake-up caused by the Big Ten, MSU Mankato was left behind when a new conference was formed. The message directed at the Mavericks' program was clear.
Megan Walstad, right, Miss Basketball for Eastview in 2018, and her coach Molly Kasper attended Sunday’s championship game at Target Center

Reusse: Last time Bueckers lost in Minnesota was also for a title

South Carolina Gamecocks, meet the 2018 Lightning from Eastview High, located at the intersection of Flagstaff Avenue and 140th Street in Apple Valley. You now have something in common.
Lefthander Tommy Hall was the only other rookie to start on Opening Day for the Twins, in 1969.

Reusse: The other rookie pitcher who started for the Twins on Opening Day

Rocco Baldelli has named rookie Joe Ryan the Opening Day starter this year. The only other rookie to get that honor was Tommy 'The Blade' Hall in 1969.
ESPN’s Holly Rowe interviews UConn coach Geno Auriemma Friday at Target Center.

Reusse: ESPN's Rowe sets standard for sideline reporters with passion, professionalism

The athletes and coaches she covers for ESPN show their respect and open up to Holly Rowe's insightful questions. Rowe has created that bond without any sacrifice of professionalism.
Chris Voelz, a champion for women’s sports in Minnesota and everywhere.

Reusse: Voelz took on challenges — and sportswriters — to fight for U women's sports

When Chris Voelz was women's athletic director, she battled for facilities that are vital to Gophers women's sports today — and with Star Tribune columnists who didn't get it. Voelz is one of this year's new members of the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame.
Minneapolis North coach Larry McKenzie reacted after a whistle in the first half during Saturday’s Class 2A boys’ basketball championship game aga

Reusse: Racist message sent to player as North ends season of challenges

After winning its Class 2A semifinal, a North player received a social media message containing racial slurs from a non-playing student at a school in the losing team's cooperative program.
Marshall’s Terry Porter, middle, met with Mike Forrest, left, and Dave Meisner, Cloquet’s backcourt in the classic 1963 title game.

Reusse: Competitors recall glory days of Minnesota one-class basketball

A reunion near Williams Arena brings fond memories of teams like Sherburn, Marshall, Bemidji, Duluth Central, Cloquet and more.
Augsburg men’s hockey coach Greg May

Led by ex-Gophers staffer, Augsburg reaches D-III Frozen Four

Greg May, the former director of hockey operations at the U, is in his first season of coaching at his alma mater. The Auggies play No. 1-ranked Adrian on Friday.
Super welterweight Tim Tszyu, 20-0 with all previous bouts in his homeland of Australia, will face Terrell Gausha in a headline event at the Minneapol

Armory to host one-two punch of spring boxing events

The Minneapolis Armory will host two PBC boxing cards on March 26 and June 4.
Karl-Anthony Towns was named the Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday for the rejuvenated Timberwolves.

Reusse: NBA has talent all over; NCAA men have nothing but bricks

The opinion here is more schools playing at a level they don't belong at makes for putrid entertainment to start most seasons — and for shoddy postseason play.
Agent Scott Boras represents both of the promising shortstops at the top of the Twins organizations.

Reusse: Here is the real winner in the Carlos Correa Twins signing ...

Applause, please, for Scott Boras, the agent who represents both Carlos Correa and Royce Lewis.
Tim Tszyu brings his undefeated record to The Armory next weekend.

Reusse: Armory to host another PBC fight. Will fans show up without a local angle?

Undefeated Tim Tszyu will face Terrell Gausha, a U.S. Olympian in 2012.
If Iowa State and Iowa each win twice this week, the NCAA women’s basketball tournament will have a dream matchup in the Sweet Sixteen: the Cyclones

Reusse: Passion for women's basketball in Iowa goes back over a century

The state was a hotbed for 6-on-6 basketball long before most states even sanctioned girls' basketball in high school, and the appearances of Iowa and Iowa State in the NCAA tournament shows the game is still in talented hands in the state.
Derek Falvey and manager Rocco Baldelli spoke at a news conference Sunday at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla.

Reusse: Donaldson fiasco over, Falvey must save reputation, season

The Twins boss needs to take the $50 million saved in the Josh Donaldson trade and get the team pointed somewhere other than last place.
Hermantown’s Ty Hanson hoisted a trophy the Hawks will be criticized for winning.

Reusse: Class 1A matchup nods to past; 2A pairing heralds the future

Hermantown doesn't deserve the criticism it will get for small-class success, and the big-class behemoths are the reason.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred spoked during a news conference Thursday in New York.

Reusse: Baseball owners played the waiting game, and it worked

Good vs. evil? This wasn't that. It was a negotiation. It's over. Now let's get this imperfect game started.
Wisconsin's Nate Reuvers blocks the shot of Minnesota's Marcus Carr during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020,

Reusse: For 24 years, Gophers basketball has eaten Wisconsin's dust

Minnesota hasn't finished ahead of the Badgers in the basketball standings since 1998, a span in which Wisconsin has reached three NCAA Final Fours while the U has won two tournament games.
Gophers basketball playetr Eric Magdanz in 1961.

Reusse: 60 years later, Magdanz still shares Gophers men's basketball record

Eric Magdanz scored 42 points to set a single-game Gophers record. Ollie Shannon tied the record in 1971.
Oliva8: Tony Oliva pauses at the plaque of Twins teammate Harmon Killebrew during his March 2, 2022, visit to the Hall of Fame. (Milo Stewart Jr./Nati

Reusse: Walking the Hall with Tony-O as baseball history comes to life

It was Tony Oliva's special day Wednesday at the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Patrick Reusse was invited to walk along with the Twins great as Oliva got a private tour in Cooperstown.
St. John’s guard Colton Codute went up for a layup against St. Olaf forward Carter Uphus in the Johnnies’ 76-57 MIAC playoff victory Friday night.

Reusse: It's a different-looking MIAC with St. Thomas not around

The conference has an abundance of competitive teams in men's basketball, but at the top, the Johnnies-Tommies rivalry no longer exists.
Ja’Sean Glover is Madelia’s star, and not just on the basketball court.

Reusse: Glover's basketball skills find unlikely, welcoming home in Madelia

This has been a wonderful winter to head for the Madelia gym in southern Minnesota to enjoy the final evenings of hoops entertainment provided by Ja'Sean Glover, who is closing in on 3,000 career points.
Gophers goalie Justen Close, shown in a 2020 Skate the Cities event in Blaine, has reeled off six consecutive victories.

Reusse: Gophers coach Motzko wasn't kidding: Close can play

The Gophers appeared to have a giant question in net when Jack LaFontaine turned pro in January, but Justen Close has been the answer.
Lindsay Whalen and the Gophers making it all the way to the Final Four in 2004 was a breakthrough moment for women’s sports in Minnesota.

Reusse: Title IX changed sports — and my perspective — during my career

It took me — and men like me — far too long to realize how essential girls and women are to sports. Columnist Patrick Reusse's journey to understanding that had some missteps as it unfolded.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) passed in front of Rams defensive end Aaron Donald during the Super Bowl on Feb. 13.

Reusse: NFL can't be ruined by analytics like MLB

Football is an 11-on-11 game; all the analytics on the planet aren't going to keep Aaron Donald out of your backfield.
Bud Grant posed with Kaden, 7, and Quinn O’Connell, 5, after their father, coach Kevin O’Connell, met the media Thursday.

Reusse: Grant never said 'culture,' but he created what O'Connell dreams about

Bud Grant shared one more thing while listening to culture and football talk from new Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell: Kirk Cousins has one particular quality Grant loves in a quarterback.
Bud Grant and Dennis Green, two of the best head coaches in Vikings history.

Reusse: Every Vikings head coach ranked, 1-9, as the 10th man arrives

The Vikings don't need Kevin O'Connell to be Bud Grant. But if their new guy reaches Dennis Green levels, they'll have a winner.
Canyon Barry played for the Wolves’ summer league team in 2019; now he plays for their Iowa G League team.

Reusse: Canyon Barry continuing father's free-throw legacy on Wolves farm team

The youngest of the many basketball-playing sons of Rick Barry continues to sink foul shots "granny style," but he can't persuade anyone to follow in his footsteps.
Balloons were placed at a memorial for Deshaun Hill Jr. on Friday in Minneapolis.

Reusse: Answers in Minneapolis? Hallman knows they're hard to find today

Deshaun Hill, the 15-year-old quarterback for North High, was shot and killed. It's a hard day to be hopeful, even as longtime sportswriter Charles Hallman is honored for his work.
Iowa guard Caitlin Clark, right, got congratulations from center Monika Czinano after one of her many good plays against the Gophers on Thursday.

Reusse: Clark stayed home, to the delight and awe of Iowa women's basketball fans

Sophomore guard Caitlin Clark was not at her best Wednesday, but still scored 32 points to help the Hawkeyes avoid an upset against the Gophers.
Wolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns went up against the Pistons’ Jerami Grant on Thursday at Detroit. The teams play again Sunday at Target Center.

Reusse: Towns a different KAT this season and Wolves reaping benefits

The numbers don't distinguish Towns, 2022 All-Star, from the player we saw in the previous three seasons. It's more of an eye test.
Scot Davis with granddaughter Taylan Mouser, 11, on Thursday, when Davis got his 1,200th victory as a high school wrestling coach.

Reusse: On his way to 1,200 wins, Davis makes prep wrestling the land of opportunity

Longtime Owatonna coach Scot Davis has been a vagabond lately, and is now coaching the St. Cloud program.
Brett Favre, left, and Vikings coach Brad Childress drove away from the St. Paul airport on Aug. 18, 2009.

Reusse: Could Harbaugh dethrone Favre as biggest Vikings shocker?

If the Vikings lure Jim Harbaugh away from Michigan, there will need to be an update to the list of biggest Vikings surprises.
The U.S. men’s national team warmed up (or tried to) before practice at Allianz Field on Tuesday.

Reusse: Hard to really know who'll benefit in single-digit soccer chill

As one Honduran fan headed to St. Paul for tonight's match says, "If the teams can't play their best because of the weather, that might be an advantage for us, not the U.S.''
Carleton coach Guy Kalland.

Reusse: Coaches, and families, can't stay idle in MIAC basketball

Removed from retirement, Augsburg's Ted Riverso and Carleton's Tammy Metcalf-Filzen find themselves rivals in Saturday showdown
Vikings president Mark Wilf, right, and new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah walked into Thursday’s press conference collaboratively.

Reusse: Welcome to our big, collaborative family, Kwesi. Enjoy the culture!

What in the name of Sisyphus has happened to our sports vocabulary here? Perhaps we need to make better Intentional Decisions about what we say.
Kevin Fiala scored with the goalie pulled on Saturday as the Wild tied the Blackhawks, then won in overtime

Reusse: Wild does incredible things over and over after pulling goalie

This isn't desperation anymore, at least not in the world of Wild coach Dean Evason, whose team has become accomplished at late-game rallies.
As the man in charge running the Green Bay Packers, Ron Wolf won a Super Bowl title and wound up enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Reusse: Collaboration? Nah. Give me an astute Vikings GM with broad power

Interference from the head coach just complicates matters and leads to too much back and forth. The next Vikings GM should have complete control.
P.J. Jones Jr. with a No. 12 jersey from his grandfather, Cesar Tovar. He wears No. 12 for Cretin-Derham Hall and the Little Caesar’s national 16-an

Reusse: Finally, 'Pepito' gets Hall of Fame recognition from Twins

Cesar Tovar's selection to the Twins' Hall of Fame may not register with many fans in the same way as Dan Gladden's. But it will bring special joy to a teenage baseball star in the Twin Cities.
Jared Olafson used a machine donated by Ironhide Equipment to clear the skate path.

Reusse: Warroad's hockey folks keep five-mile skating path safe and growing

The Riverbend Skate Path along the Warroad River now extends for 5.2 miles, connecting the east and west sides of the Canadian border town, as well as generations of hockey players.
Minnesota State Mankato coach Mike Hastings led the Mavericks to the Frozen Four last season.

Reusse: College hockey season has become 190 days of constant uncertainty

Roster depletion from the Olympics and, of course, COVID-19 have only added to the concerns.
Former Gophers wrestling coach J Robinson

Reusse: Revered yet embattled, Robinson to be honored by Gophers wrestling

There will be a reunion this weekend and a reconciliation of sorts with former coach J Robinson — although it's an accord not needed with the athletes and most college wrestling fans.
Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett (96) knocked the ball away from Vikings quarterback Case Keenum for a second-quarter fumble in the NFC Championship

Reusse: Missed home Super Bowl was a sign of Vikings to come under Zimmer

The no-show in Philadelphia was the beginning of the end for his tenure, which appears to have reached its conclusion.
Will Ramberg (25) went to work during a preseason Gophers practice.

Reusse: Once far removed, U's Ramberg is undersized, unlikely contributor for Gophers

Will Ramberg came to the Gophers men's basketball team by way of Cook County High School and McGill University in Montreal.
Gophers coach Ben Johnson talks to guard Payton Willis during the team’s game against Illinois on Tuesday

Reusse: Gophers met their match, but Johnson looks like an upgrade

Although Illinois dominated Tuesday, Gophers men's basketball coach Ben Johnson has generated optimism, while his predecessor Richard Pitino finds himself in a predicament.
When Bud Grant talks football, it’s wise to listen.

Reusse: Football doesn't need fixing, but that doesn't stop Grant from imagining improvements

Bud Grant is 94, still in love with the game and full of ideas.
Target Field is ready for Saturday’s Winter Classic.

Reusse: Minnesota outdoor hockey, from Marvin to Motzko to Micheletti

Saturday's Winter Classic at Target Field will be the marquee event for the NHL.
P.J. Fleck and Lou Holtz were two football coaches on the rise who made the Gophers a winner.

Reusse: Fleck's sustained success at U separates him from Holtz's legacy

P.J. Fleck has three Gophers bowl victories now and could take the program down a path that Lou Holtz might have paved, had he stayed.
Coach P.J. Fleck got doused after the Gophers’ 18-6 victory in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl on Tuesday night. The Gophers might have deserved a better b

Reusse: How Gophers ended up playing in Phoenix is mysterious

This is the first Guaranteed Rate Bowl, but the Gophers have been in this game several times before.
James Clark doesn’t like bad guys.

Reusse: No 'monster' at all, Clark goes from fighting bad guys to training fighters

After a colorful and eclectic journey through the decades and several countries — a life which might be made into a movie, based on his autobiography — James Clark trains fighters of all kinds in his Fridley gym.
Wisconsin’s Sydney Hilley (2) set the ball in an eventual win against the Gophers on Dec. 11 in an NCAA regional final.

Reusse: Minnesotan Hilley reaches top of NCAA volleyball with Badgers

Champlin Park graduate Sydney Hilley is a three-time All-America selection for Wisconsin and played a key role in the team's recent NCAA championship.
North Dakota State coach Matt Entz raised the FCS championship trophy alongside quarterback Trey Lance as they celebrated beating James Madison 28-20

Reusse: Is it best for NDSU to be the biggest fish in an even smaller pond?

The Bison have been an FCS force since their arrival, but the subdivision continues to shrink with programs chasing FBS "glory."
Lakers forward LeBron James works to the basket around Timberwolves forward Jarred Vanderbilt on Friday

Reusse: Topping ridiculous early hype is among LeBron's many achievements

Sam Mitchell remembers hearing "crazy" talk about the high school kid in Akron, Ohio. Then LeBron James changed the game — and the debates about "the greatest."
David Morrell worked out at the Circle of Discipline gym in Barnum on June 4.

Morrell-Fox bout headlines Saturday's national TV card at the Armory

David Morrell Jr. and veteran Alantez Fox are the main draw while VeShawn Owens of Minneapolis meets Alberto Puello in the undercard battle of super lightweights.
Coach Dean Evason is the man behind the Wild bench — and the catalyst behind speeding up the team’s offense.

Reusse: From Kamloops to St. Paul, Wild's Evason feels a need for speed

Coach Dean Evason showed instincts for teaching the game while still a player, and his development of a free-wheeling offense — and the addition of superstar-in-the-making Kirill Kaprizov — elevated the Wild to among the NHL elite.
American League President Joe Cronin presented Twins star Rod Carew with a silver bat for winning the 1969 AL batting title in June 1970. That bat was

Reusse: 1970 Twins featured five Hall of Famers, zero luck

They also had the AL Cy Young Award winner, but that wasn't enough to prevent another sweep at the hands of the Orioles.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns looke to pass the ball while covered by former teammate Ricky Rubio in the second half Friday.

Reusse: Even NBA play-in tournament hopes too high for Timberwolves

The team disgraced itself again with another uncompetitive loss Friday night after raising fans' hopes.
Ben Johnson and the Gophers have received praise for their 7-0 start, but the first-year head coach is making sure his players know tougher battles li

Reusse: Johnson won't bask in U's success or ignore challenges ahead

Ben Johnson and the Gophers have received praise for their 7-0 start, but the first-year head coach is making sure his players know tougher battles lie ahead.