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Patrick Reusse

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Rickie Fowler waited to putt at the 10th hole during the third round of the 3M Open on Saturday.

Reusse: Changes made TPC Twin Cities tough enough for the PGA Tour

The course in Blaine gave up low scores when the seniors played there, but the new challenge has been seen in the 3M Open.
Rickie Fowler adjusted his sunglasses Friday at the 3M Open at the TPC Twin Cities.

Reusse: Big names needed to pull the weight at 3M Open

The life that even a handful of big names can put into a tournament was demonstrated early on Friday afternoon in Blaine.
ISG Field in Mankato has been upgraded with a turf field, a large video scoreboard and club suites in right field.

Reusse: Northwoods League carries on with sluggers, substitutes and a beauty of a ballpark

Mankato's ISG Field showcases players like Matt Higgins, like Pete Alonso before him a Home Run Derby champion.
Ernie Francis Jr. on Saturday night in Nashville. He came up to Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday and won for the first time this season.

Ernie Francis Jr. comes from behind to win at Brainerd International Raceway

The driver secured his 24th victory in Trans Am's top level on a weekend of tribute to Jed Copham.
Besides pitch and hit, Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani can also run — as he demonstrated by scoring the winning run from second against Baltimore

Reusse: Enjoy the phenomenon that is Shohei Ohtani

The Angels' every-tool player visits Thursday through Sunday, and it's time to ignore the detractors and just watch.
The famous scoreboard at Met Stadium was a beauty.

Reusse: Baseball scoreboards, they don't make 'em like they used to

$33 million for a new scoreboard at Target Field? How about just bringing back the one that showed pitching changes, out-of-town games and the straightforward messages offered on the old Twins-O-Gram.
Ayden, Kristi and Alyssa Copham, in front of painting of their late husband & father Jed.

Reusse: Brainerd race track hopes for return to glory starting this weekend

There was a time when you could see actor Paul Newman race in northern Minnesota along with some of the world's best-known auto racers. Brainerd International Raceway wants to bring back that excitement.
Voshon Lenard had a little something extra for the Michigan Wolverines when they came to visit early in 1992.

Gophers made big statement vs. Michigan ahead of Fab Five's NCAA tourney run

The Fab Five was on their way to becoming rock stars, but Voshon Lenard, a Detroit native, stole the spotlight in the Barn.
The Washington Redskins carried coach Joe Gibbs off the Metrodome field after the 1992 Super Bowl.

Winning coach of Metrodome's Super Bowl, Joe Gibbs, was an all-timer

He won three big ones with three different quarterbacks.
Tom Kelly brought us joy.

Minnesota fans are overdue to be dazzled again

The 30-year drought of titles for men's pro teams will come to an end eventually. Right?
Fans at Hazeltine took cover as lightning (seen in this 1991 photo) touched down.

A bolt from the sky became an unforgettable tragic memory from 1991 U.S. Open

Deadly strike during first day takes one life, but brings families together.
Owner Norm Green and his dogs Charles and Rupert watched a North Stars practice on May 20, 1991, at Met Center.

Norm Green was going to save the North Stars ... until he didn't

He went from a hero and savior to perhaps the most despised figure in Minnesota sports in a hurry.
The Stanley Cup Final, the Super Bowl, The U.S. Open and the Final Four were just part of the sports landscape in Minnesota 30 years ago.

Reusse: Thirty years ago, all eyes from the sports world were on us

For an 11-month span in 1991-92, Minnesota was the focal point of the nation's sporting world. Thirty years after the Twins and the Vikings made us big-league in our beloved erector set, Met Stadium, we found ourselves bigger than all the rest.
Sandy Glieden and family presented a bench in loving memory of Kim Glieden to the Arlington A’s during a pre-game memorial ceremony at the Arlington

Reusse: Water tower is lasting tribute to Arlington townball tradition

Arlington brought home townball championships in 1967, 1969, 1979, 1984 and 1985. The pride over this was such that Arlington's water tower maintains the design of a baseball.
How did this 1960 photo of Billy Jurges end up in a Star Tribune sports column? Rabbit hole, that’s how.

Reusse: How a sportswriter can waste a July day 'doing research'

Dog days and rabbit holes: You start by looking up a baseball manager and, before you know it, you're recalling scenes from "The Natural" and "True Detective 2."
PAUL SIEGEL – STAR TRIBUNE Gene Mauch “tells off” a disturbing fan. 1959 file photo

Reusse: July 4th Millers-Saints doubleheaders generated fireworks in more ways than one

One game in St. Paul, one in Minneapolis formed a summer rivalry that went beyond baseball.
Hayfield’s Easton Fritcher rounded second base to third for a triple during the top of the sixth inning in the Class 1A baseball championship at Tar

Reusse: Return of sports was a remarkable story for the first half of 2021

In the middle of the year, we're almost back to normal thanks to vaccinations.
David Morrell Jr. celebrated after knocking out Mario Cazares at The Armory on Sunday.

Morrell, Cazares fight at Armory drew 1.3 million viewers

Premier Boxing Champions has grown fond of hosting boxing events at the Armory in Minneapolis. Their next event, on Aug. 7, will be another test for the sports popularity here.
John Roethlisberger at the Olympics.

Reusse: Minnesota's 'warriors' have made marks in Olympic gymnastics

The University of Minnesota's decision to cut the Gophers men's program is taking a beating in the wake of more Minnesota success in the sport.
Fans filed into Target Field on Saturday before the game was postponed.

Reusse: Twins forget fans with flimsy excuse for rainout

The Twins spent the first three months of the season disappointing their fans on the field, but Saturday's postponement because of light rain upped the ante.
Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson looked back to see a touchdown signal after catching the infamous “Hail Mary” from Roger Staubach in December 1975.

Reusse: We got jobbed, Minnesota sports fans. Over and over

A thorough analysis of the state's biggest games reveals the great conspiracy.
David Morrell Jr. prepared during morning training at the Circle of Discipline gym in Barnum earlier this year.

Reusse: David Morrell Jr., in fifth pro boxing bout, to defend title at Armory

The 23-year-old from Cuba, an accomplished amateur fighter, won a title three bouts into his pro career.
Twins starter Bailey Ober made it through four innings with a 2-1 lead Tuesday but gave up three hits, a walk and left down 3-2 after one out in the f

Reusse: After flashes of competence, Twins' pitching reverts to form

During the team's five-game winning streak, the staff's ERA was 2.57. Then came Tuesday's game with three three-run innings for the Reds, along with some equally shoddy fielding.
New York Mills baseball players rushed out of the dugout Wednesday to celebrate their dramatic 15-inning victory over Randolph in the longest game by

Reusse: Mighty 920 brings baseball 'game for the ages' to life on the radio

Gordy Kosfeld's ancient tape recorder remains as well-known within a 50-mile radius of Faribault as Sid Hartman's was in the locker rooms of Minnesota's pro teams.
The St. Paul Saints home opener against the Iowa Cubs at CHS Field in St. Paul.

Reusse: Saints fans miss quality and 'craziness' of independent ball

How do these well-established Saints fans judge the entertainment value of their favorite team as a Twins' affiliate in comparison to the 28 previous seasons with no affiliation?
A pitcher caught using a “sticky’’ substance will be suspended for 10 games — with pay.

Reusse: Major League Baseball finds itself in a sticky situation

Baseball steps in mid-season with the threat of suspensions to police latest broiling controversy, this time one involving pitchers.
Jim (Mudcat) Grant chatted with former Twins outfielder Aaron Hicks when the 1965 World Series team was honored during a ceremony in 2015.

Mudcat Grant, ex-Twins pitcher and AL's first Black 20-game winner, dies

Jim "Mudcat" Grant, a key figure on the Twins' 1965 World Series team, was 85. He spent four season of his 14-year career with the team.
On Sunday, the Adelman and Rademacher families and other baseball fans in Rosen, Minn., will recognize the 50th anniversary of Greg Adelman’s death

Reusse: 50 years later, small town recalls tragedy on the townball field

There were 10 Adelman kids, an average-sized farm family in that era. Greg was the second oldest among 10 and would return from the Twin Cities on weekends to play for his team.
Former Twins’ pitcher Jim “Mudcat” Grant, left, and second baseman Frank Quilici watch highlights of their 1965 World Series team on the scorebo

Reusse: August 2005: A Twins reunion story so good you couldn't make it up

For the `65 Twins, the biggest year belonged to Jim (Mudcat) Grant, a pitcher who was solid for most of his 14-season career and sensational in that glorious Minnesota summer.
Bryon Buxton has spent this week with the Class AAA St. Paul Saints while the Twins struggle without him.

Reusse: Twins still without Buxton, or any answer for Astros

Byron Buxton's absence has only intensified the negative narrative, "He'll never stay healthy.'' That attitude about their best player can't be helpful to the Twins' business operation as it battles an alarming lack of interest.
Bryon Buxton, normally the Twins center fielder, was on CHS Field for warmups Tuesday as he began a rehab assignment with the St. Paul Saints.

Reusse: Buxton has plenty to prove for the big contract he wants

Byron Buxton started a rehab assignment in St. Paul on Tuesday and this could be the start of the most important four months in Buxton's 10 seasons in pro ball.
In the little-known up-north outpost of Barnum, Circle of Discipline boxers go to train, in the woods and away from the city. Here, Circle of Discipli

Reusse: Minneapolis boxers bond at remote northern training camp

The Circle of Discipline camp in Barnum, about two hours north of the Twin Cities in a town of 649 people, takes all the distractions out for its fighters.
Mike Randolph

Reusse: In Randolph's case, overprotective Minnesota hockey fans got it wrong

Mike Randolph's exit from Duluth East was an emotional end of the line for a longtime coach all too familiar with devoted followers of Minnesota high school hockey.
Twins manager Gene Mauch (right) gestured with a sweeping arm to newly acquired relief pitcher Mike Marshall on June 26, 1979.

Reusse: Marshall had unique spot in Twins history, leisure suits and all

The history-making reliever, who died on Monday, was a favorite — for a while — of manager Gene Mauch. Marshall's quotes were better than his fashion choices.
U.S. Open women’s singles champion Naomi Osaka, right, attends a press conference in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Osaka defea

Reusse: In defense of Naomi Osaka — and sportswriters doing their jobs

Tennis executives failed to offer Osaka options, a terrible decision that could ripple through a separated and splintered sports media.
Josh Donaldson

Reusse: From Donaldson to doctored baseballs, 'spin' is all the rage

The MLB brouhaha over suspect pitches has parties trying to protect their careers.
Nino Niederreiter, second from left, celebrated with teammates after scoring the game winning goal in overtime of Game 7 in the Wild’s series with C

Reusse: Game 7? On the road? Wild history tells us that's no problem

On three occasions, the team has pulled off unlikely victories to silence the visiting crowds and advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Trevor Larnach, left, and Alex Kirilloff.

Reusse: When Buxton returns, Twins will face 'fantastic' outfield problem

Injuries have provided young prospects Trevor Larnach and Alex Kirilloff with opportunities, and their production sets the stage for some interesting decisions.
Manager Ken Staples won two Northern League pennants with the St. Cloud Rox.

Reusse: Staples lent fiery flavor to old St. Cloud Rox of the Northern League

Back in the day, a manager like Ken Staples of the St. Cloud Rox argued with umpires and bosses and dined with local sportswriters. Such was life in the Northern League.
Bob Karn is in his 50th year of coaching St. Cloud Cathedral baseball. Logan Simones is a second-generation player for Karn. 

Reusse: Karn's commitment to players, baseball remains firm after 50 years

St. Cloud Cathedral coach Bob Karn is nearing 80, and he's still active in the classroom and on the baseball diamond.
Enigmatic Miguel Sano belted three homers Tuesday against the White Sox, but his plate discipline remains suspect. So does the Twins’ ongoing fixati

Reusse: Too big, too slow. Sano a symbol of devotion, disappointment

For one night, we saw Miguel Sano's promising power with his three-homer game. But it would be a surprise if Sano sticks with such a disciplined strategy.
The Wild and Twins find themselves at the extreme edges of success and failure.

Reusse: Is the Wild's rise or the Twins' collapse the bigger surprise?

The Wild, behind Kirill Kaprizov, has assembled the talent for an extended playoff run. The Twins, however, have been reduced to ridiculous protests on the way to MLB's worst record.
Jake Petricka spent 2020 with the Blue Jays organization but did not appear in a major league game.

Reusse: Minnesotan's path back to MLB will take following very un-MLB rules

Veteran reliever Jake Petricka of Faribault is joining the independent Atlantic League, which is experimenting with some significant changes to baseball's rules.
Lions center Frank Ragnow prepared to block the Falcons’ Mykal Walker during a game in Atlanta last season.

Reusse: Chanhassen's Frank Ragnow hooks a big one with $70 million contract

The Detroit Lions rewarded their center with the richest deal for anyone ever to play the position.
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve voiced her displeasure at the officials for taking time off the clock near the end of the game.

Reusse: Lynx show they are still missing Maya Moore

The team has done well to become competitive in its rebuild, but winning championships is another question.
Jim Klobuchar was the definition of a wordsmith, and he had to fight for every inch of print at the Star Tribune in the 1960s.

Reusse: First Klobuchar conquered Sid, then came bigger mountains

The death of Jim Klobuchar brought back memories of the 1960s Star Tribune sports department, fully alive and fighting for every inch of space.
Former Vikings head coach Jerry Burns greets Adrian Peterson after a practice in 2015.

Reusse: More than lively adjectives, 'BURNSIE!' brought football savvy to Vikings

We always spent too much time offering tales about the late former Vikings coach as a character and not enough honoring him for having an exceptional football brain.
The Twins can’t turn to Brandon Waddell anymore after he was claimed by Baltimore.

Reusse: Bullpen help for Twins isn't obvious across the river in Class AAA

Looking to add a real arm to the troubled Twins bullpen? The Class AAA St. Paul Saints don't appear to have the answer.
Gene Glynn, in 2018

Reusse: Longtime Twins coach Glynn circles back to his hoops roots

Gene Glynn will be back coaching high school basketball in a small southern Minnesota town when practice commences for the St. Clair Cyclones' 2021-22 season in November.
Gary Gaetti (at left) and Ray Miller in the days when Gaetti was a central fixture of the Twins, and Miller was in his brief tenure as manager.

Reusse: Miller claimed he set the stage for Twins' '87 World Series victory

To hear "The Rabbit" tell it, he improved Gary Gaetti, Kirby Puckett and the middle infield, but the Twins never gave him the leadoff hitter and bullpen help he requested.
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton made a diving catch on a ball hit by Rangers left fielder David Dahl in the top of the seventh inning.

Reusse: Buxton's emergence gives fans hope Sano will figure things out

Five weeks into the 2021 season, Byron Buxton has been the best player in the American League. This is good news for those down on Miguel Sano's recent slump.
Mark Rosen’s sports anchor days are over, but he can still be heard on KFAN.

Reusse: A salute to toughness, Denise and Mark Rosen

As a Twin Cities sports media mainstay since 1969, Mark Rosen can tell you all about the toughest athletes he's covered over the years. He also knows the toughest non-athlete: his wife, Denise.
D’Angelo Russell attempted a shot as he was defended by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.

Reusse: Wolves streak ill-timed, but a sign of something interesting

There's a four-letter word to describe the future for the Timberwolves, but you'll have to get to the end of the column to see it.
Ellee Jensen

Reusse: U softball junior Jensen enjoying second shot at postseason glory

Ellee Jensen missed most of the Gophers' World Series run in 2019 with injuries but is playing again.
Golden State’s Stephen Curry

Reusse: No long-range sweet shooter changed basketball like Curry has

Steph keeps making unearthly shots, off one foot or two, squared up or tilted, against defenders convinced they had him covered or that he was too deep to shoot.
Jake Cave has been struggling at the plate so far in 2021, but on Friday night the Twins outfielder hit his first home run of the season.

Reusse: Unlikely pair force Twins skeptics to say 'Youneverknow'

J.A. Happ and Jake Cave were not a twosome fans would have guessed to deliver in the team's time of need Friday in a win over the Pirates.
Veteran reliever Alexander Colome hasn’t had the smoothest of Aprils in his first month with the Twins.

Reusse: Not time yet to panic over the Twins, though intense fretting is in order

Picking apart a few of the Twins' issues as they returned home from a miserable road trip.
New head coach Derrin Lamker took a celebratory shower on the field after Augsburg’s victory over Martin Luther on Sunday.

Reusse: Long-suffering Augsburg wins game, declares itself 'MIAC champions'

Augsburg's football team won only one conference games in 2018 and 2019. So beating tiny Martin Luther over the weekend called for an outsized celebration.
Gophers baseball coach John Anderson partially attributes his team’s 4-20 record to a “COVID Crash,” limiting games played leading up to the Big

Reusse: Last-place Gophers baseball team falls victim to 'COVID crash'

The Gophers have lost a half-dozen games by outrageous scores, including 21-5 to Michigan on Friday, and are currently last in the Big Ten.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin

Reusse: Wild stalwart Brodin plays on and on, and ever so gracefully

Only 27, talented Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin is nearing 600 games played in the NHL.
Rocco Baldelli

Reusse: Caution would have made Baldelli a great doctor, but ... he's a manager

A lament about the Twins manager giving his players a lot of "time off their feet," and the problems that Rocco Baldelli has created by being so cautious.
Maybe Alex Rodriguez can help bring some new energy to Minnesota and our local sports.

Reusse: Maybe Alex Rodriguez, of all people, can help restore Minnesota pride

Awful week, awful year. A-Rod? Awful past, but it's time we tried something new.
The St. John’s baseball field in 1923. By then, the Johnnies and Tommies baseball teams had been playing each other for more than a decade.

Reusse: Baseball field might be the final chapter in St. John's-St. Thomas rivalry

These schools could play again in the conference tournament, but if not, don't expect another Johnnies-Tommies competition in any sport any time soon.
Twins Byron Buxton celebrated after hitting a homer in the fifth inning.

Reusse: Morneau knows what he's seeing in Buxton

Former Twins standout Justin Morneau sees confidence, clarity in current Twins standout Byron Buxton. "He looks like a hitter with full confidence," Morneau said.
Twins pitcher Jose Berrios delivered a pitch in the third inning during the Twins home opener against the Seattle Mariners

Reusse: Economics, pitching. So much change since 1st home opener

Owner Calvin Griffith celebrated the first Twins opener 60 years ago by saying he was "disappointed by the size of the crowd." The $4 tickets were a bit much for some.
Don Brose holds Minnesota State’s 1980 NCAA Division II men’s hockey trophy with captain Steve Forliti (left) and Steve Loomis (right).

Reusse: Old, outdoor rivalry between St. Cloud State, Mankato returns at Frozen Four

The Huskies and Mavericks will meet Thursday in Pittsburgh in the NCAA semifinals, continuing a rivalry that dates to outdoor rinks in the 1970s.
The Twins received top bill in the next day’s paper after knocking off the Yankees in dramatic fashion on July 11, 1965

Reusse: Radio calls can capture Twins' memorable moments

The turnstile count at Met Stadium on July 11, 1965 was 35,253. And you know what the rest of baseball-loving Midwesterners did that afternoon? We listened on the radio.
Mountain Iron-Buhl reached the Class A final at the state tournament in 2017.

Reusse: Small-town tales. Mountain Iron-Buhl, Sleepy Eye St. Mary's make state

The Iron Range school has the same coach for its boys' and girls' teams; the one from southern Minnesota is sending its boys and girls to state despite a tiny enrollment.
Former Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau

Reusse: Pitino got a pass that Thibodeau and Childress didn't

The kindness shown toward Richard Pitino's departure was quite a contrast to the treatment received by a couple of coaches who actually improved their teams.
Derek Falvey backs development unique to each player.

Year 5 under Falvey, Twins keep breaking norms to develop talent

Using the 40-man roster, revamping minor-league operations and employees with new job titles and responsibilities are a big part of what Derek Falvey has brought to the Twins.
Jhoan Duran is one of several young Twins pitching prospects the club needs to start claiming roster spots.

Reusse: Time for Twins to develop young pitchers instead of acquiring old ones

The Twins have made a habit of bringing in older pitchers to fill out their rotation, and it's time for them to commit to a different tactic.
Lori, Yevette, Clem, Clemette and Brent Haskins all got their arms around the Big Ten trophy during a home celebration before the Gophers’ final hom

Reusse: Past Gophers basketball teams deserve to be celebrated by today's standards

What better way to ring in the future under Ben Johnson than by embracing the NCAA-ignored past?
The Twins’ Mitch Garver says the reason many teams are splitting catching duties in equal hunks than in the past goes well beyond the physical wear.

Mental strain leading teams to split catching duties, Garver says

"Catching is so much harder, more complicated, than in the past,'' Mitch Garver said. "We are using so many more pitchers and the stuff they are throwing is so much better."
A.J. Pierzynski is feeling fine at age 44: “I could get in the catcher’s gear and play a baseball game right now.”

Reusse: Twins in no hurry to bring back the days of the ironman catcher

Not so long ago, A.J. Pierzynski started 131 games for the Twins. This season, they might have two backstops reach half that total.
The now-departed pool for the Ascension Swim club in north Minneapolis had four lanes and was 20 yards in length.

Reusse: DeLaSalle's ascension to state swim title began at Ascension

Four of the five swimmers on the 1979 Islanders developed at the Ascension Swim Club in a little pool in north Minneapolis.