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3-time U.S. national champion Ashley Wagner skated onto the ice at the start of the Championship Ladies Group B practice session Wednesday.

Gallery as Lead Art Test

This is a dek.
Sid Hartman was networking before anybody coined the term

Sid Hartman was networking before anybody coined the term

He was a dynamo of networking several decades before anyone used the term to describe buddying up to people who might assist in a chosen field, Patrick Reusse says.
Legendary columnist Sid Hartman dies at 100

Legendary columnist Sid Hartman dies at 100

Sid Hartman created a rags-to-riches story unlike any his hometown has seen, working his way from the very bottom of the newspaper industry to becoming one of the most influential members in his profession.
Reusse: Fleck, Gophers fired up for Michigan (writes new senior scribe)

Reusse: Fleck, Gophers fired up for Michigan (writes new senior scribe)

Certain obligations are placed on a sportswriter when he becomes the senior scribe in the Twin Cities, like knowing Fleck and his Gophers will be more than ready for Michigan.
Reusse: Chad Hartman remembers his father as a Dad, a Grandpa – and also as 'Sid!'

Reusse: Chad Hartman remembers his father as a Dad, a Grandpa – and also as 'Sid!'

Twin Cities talk-show host Chad Hartman saw his famous father in ways that other people could never experience. Telling stories during a late-night phone call with Patrick Reusse this week brought on memories and some laughs.
Reusse: Resting was not an option for Sid; that's what made him great

Reusse: Resting was not an option for Sid; that's what made him great

Rest in Peace for Sid Hartman? That's not a message of compassion for Sid. That's an insult. Sid lived by hurrying up and not waiting.
Twins' Nelson Cruz could be the MVP … except designated hitters can't win

Twins' Nelson Cruz could be the MVP … except designated hitters can't win

The 40-year-old is in the top five in the American League in average, home runs and RBI.
Reusse: Beer and baseball still go hand in hand in Milwaukee

Reusse: Beer and baseball still go hand in hand in Milwaukee

The Cubs are south, Lake Michigan is east, Packers north, Badgers west and now Giannis Antetokounmpo — there's lots of competition, but Milwaukee has proven that baseball still can be found in its soul.
Reusse: MLB's future can't have 7-inning games and split doubleheaders

Reusse: MLB's future can't have 7-inning games and split doubleheaders

Teams can do anything with schedule while playing with no fans. That changes when they start selling tickets again.
Reusse: 3M Open newbies go on to big things at PGA Championship

Reusse: 3M Open newbies go on to big things at PGA Championship

Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff and Viktor Hovland were fresh faces on the pro tour at the 2019 3M Open. On Sunday, they shot 64, 65 and 66 in the final round of the PGA Championship.
Reusse: Bowling team had to clear way for Vikings to land their name

Reusse: Bowling team had to clear way for Vikings to land their name

The original Vikings were a bowling team about to land a franchise in the National Bowling League, a new concept in kegling and planning to start competition in October 1961.
Reusse: Young genius. Twins appear to have scored with Derek Falvey

Reusse: Young genius. Twins appear to have scored with Derek Falvey

Falvey was a little-known 33-year-old member of the Cleveland front office when the Twins hired him in 2016 to head their baseball operation amid much skepticism.
Reusse: Never too soon to panic over Twins pitching

Reusse: Never too soon to panic over Twins pitching

Jake Odorizzi was a savior for the Twins' starting staff in 2019. He'll start the 2020 season sidelined by a sore back, and some of the others in the rotation aren't exactly inspiring confidence.
Rosario's way: Swing first, ask questions later

Rosario's way: Swing first, ask questions later

Twins coaches want Eddie Rosario to take a more patient approach at the plate, without trying to curb his "magic hands" and aggressiveness. Rosario says he has a plan but is trying to heed that advice.
Will the Twins stumble in 2020 because their hitters won't be as sharp as the pitchers for part of the shortened season?

Reusse: Twins have easy schedule to playoffs? Stop and think about that

Solid pitching teams will have a greater advantage than normal over hard-hitting teams in this 60-game season. And the 2019 Twins won 101 games as a hitting team
Reusse: In Pioneer League, St. Thomas football in for the long haul

Reusse: In Pioneer League, St. Thomas football in for the long haul

St. Thomas' MIAC football rivals are located 3, 4, 10, 45, 45, 70, 80 and 240 miles away. In the Pioneer League, they'll visit Drake (250), Valparaiso (450), Butler (581) and Dayton (700) as closest rivals.
Reusse: Provus, Gladden calling road games from home a loss for fans

Reusse: Provus, Gladden calling road games from home a loss for fans

Three people not being allowed in an open booth is going to make big-league baseball safer? That's a tough theory to buy.
Reusse: Baseball has never looked worse than during current exchange of insults

Reusse: Baseball has never looked worse than during current exchange of insults

The pandemic and George Floyd's death have created a different America than a few months ago. The ability to ignore this and not reach a deal is mind-numbing
Reusse: Hunger for baseball is obvious in Minnesota's town ball communities

Reusse: Hunger for baseball is obvious in Minnesota's town ball communities

Minnesota town ball teams, barred by restrictions, have been traveling to neighboring states to play. ""People want to see baseball so badly we've had 40, 50 people watching us practice," said Milroy Irish manager Bob Dolan.
Reusse: Blaine Fusion has traveled by design in the past; now, it's by necessity

Reusse: Blaine Fusion has traveled by design in the past; now, it's by necessity

Jamie Heipel's Class B team has been playing 60-some games annually over past decade. It has taken creativity just to get started in 2020 as Minnesota continues to ban baseball games.
Reusse: On Hiawatha's tees, black golfers group sees course of America changing

Reusse: On Hiawatha's tees, black golfers group sees course of America changing

At Hiawatha Golf Club on Tuesday, there was a search for perspective on where we are, where we could be going, in a city and a state these older black men have made home.
Reusse: Remembering the Vikings' Big Quit at Giants Stadium

Reusse: Remembering the Vikings' Big Quit at Giants Stadium

The Vikings were favored and bursting with confidence prior to the NFC Championship Game in January 2001. The only thing they failed to do was show up.
Reusse: MSU Mankato was biggest loser when college hockey shut down

Reusse: MSU Mankato was biggest loser when college hockey shut down

The Mavericks had veterans dedicated to putting past NCAA woes behind them, a 31-5-2 record, another WCHA regular-season title, and a grip on a No. 1 regional seed.
Reusse: The night Bobby Heenan wore the weasel suit in St. Paul

Reusse: The night Bobby Heenan wore the weasel suit in St. Paul

"I wasn't in attendance on this notorious night in the St. Paul; instead, our friend Dark Star (RIP, 6-01-2012) was the eyewitness who rated this as his all-time favorite sporting event."
Reusse: Longtime Gophers strength coach weighs in on way to retirement

Reusse: Longtime Gophers strength coach weighs in on way to retirement

Bob Rohde will retire Friday a couple of months short of 41 years with the Gophers. He was hired for football, although all athletes could use the weightlifting room at the Bierman Building. And they did.
Reusse: When 'Captain Dynamite' blew himself up at Met Stadium

Reusse: When 'Captain Dynamite' blew himself up at Met Stadium

The last thing found about the 'captain' in a quick internet search was him being in a Houston court on a charge of illegally storing dynamite. His explanation: The dynamite was the source of his livelihood.
Reusse: Baseball memories of Lake Street turn to ashes

Reusse: Baseball memories of Lake Street turn to ashes

The final game at Nicollet Baseball Park was Sept. 28, 1955. The site became a bank, which was torched Friday night.
Reusse: Stephen Jackson, other activists score with straight talk at Mpls. City Hall

Reusse: Stephen Jackson, other activists score with straight talk at Mpls. City Hall

Longtime NBA player Stephen Jackson bared his soul in talking about George Floyd, a dead friend that he called his "twin."
Pro poker player Anderson waits for 'real Vegas' to return to life

Pro poker player Anderson waits for 'real Vegas' to return to life

With casinos closed, Minnesota native Danielle Andersen has resorted to playing card games with neighborhood kids.
Reusse: Brothers in boxing can't fully share pain over George Floyd's death

Reusse: Brothers in boxing can't fully share pain over George Floyd's death

For Phil Williams and Ryan Burnet, bonded by their work together at a boxing gym in north Minneapolis, emotions are running raw in the wake of Floyd's death.
Reusse: There's room to roam in MLB parks, so let's get teams back

Reusse: There's room to roam in MLB parks, so let's get teams back

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.
Reusse: Herron will always be Lumpy 2 among Wayzata peers

Reusse: Herron will always be Lumpy 2 among Wayzata peers

Before Tim Herron became known as Lumpy on the PGA Tour, he asked Wayzata's first Lumpy for permission.
Reusse: Can catchers stay safe at home in pandemic baseball?

Reusse: Can catchers stay safe at home in pandemic baseball?

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.
Reusse: For Jake and Janie Reed, athletic careers on hold together

Reusse: For Jake and Janie Reed, athletic careers on hold together

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.
Reusse: Can a switch to sidearm salvage reliever Jake Reed's career?

Reusse: Can a switch to sidearm salvage reliever Jake Reed's career?

Rochester bullpen coach Mike McCarthy gave reliever Jake Reed a blunt message: What you're doing hasn't been good enough.
Reusse's mailbag: 'Why do you hate Coach Fleck so much?'

Reusse's mailbag: 'Why do you hate Coach Fleck so much?'

" 'Hater' has turned into a throwaway term in the internet age to label anyone with a differing sports opinion." Patrick Reusse answers the Fleck question and more.
Reusse: Retold Sonmor hockey stories still among the best

Reusse: Retold Sonmor hockey stories still among the best

The only stories better than former Gophers, Fighting Saints and North Stars coach Glen Sonmor telling his were others telling theirs about him.
Reusse: HBO's 'The Scheme' on college basketball corruption a must-see

Reusse: HBO's 'The Scheme' on college basketball corruption a must-see

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…
Reusse: Sold-out tee times, big smiles and adequate pace

Reusse: Sold-out tee times, big smiles and adequate pace

Tee times became available shortly after Friday's announcement golf courses could open this weekend. He or she who hesitated teed off late Saturday.
Reusse: Vikings forced to drop big dreams for T-Jack, Williamson

Reusse: Vikings forced to drop big dreams for T-Jack, Williamson

Tarvaris Jackson and Troy Williamson could never harness their raw talent together on the field for the Vikings in the mid-2000s.
Reusse: (Target) Field of Dreams, Day 1: A good day, a bad loss

Reusse: (Target) Field of Dreams, Day 1: A good day, a bad loss

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.
Reusse: An epic ending to the era of Minnesota's one-class basketball

Reusse: An epic ending to the era of Minnesota's one-class basketball

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.
Reusse: Twins bench coach Bell and Edina hockey: It's all relative

Reusse: Twins bench coach Bell and Edina hockey: It's all relative

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.
Reusse: KAT's got a friend in Russell, which is supposed to make us optimistic

Reusse: KAT's got a friend in Russell, which is supposed to make us optimistic

The NBA not about trying to win tonight's game. It's about interpersonal relationships. It's about players with $150 million contracts being placed in the role of martyrs
Reusse: Tony Fernandez' influence ongoing in 'Cradle of Shortstops'

Reusse: Tony Fernandez' influence ongoing in 'Cradle of Shortstops'

The Twins' Jorge Polanco, the American League's incumbent All-Star shortstop, has called Tony Fernandez his "idol.'' That gives you a snapshot of the lasting power of the Fernandez' legend.
Reusse: Jimmy Butler must be laughing as he reads latest from KAT

Reusse: Jimmy Butler must be laughing as he reads latest from KAT

Butler's on quite a run. His team's 34-15, he's an All-Star again, and then he had the chance to read Karl-Anthony Towns talking about being "disrespected."
Reusse: Twins pitching prospect Balazovic wants to remain a starter

Reusse: Twins pitching prospect Balazovic wants to remain a starter

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."
Reusse: Zealots rewarded as Mahomes engineers Chiefs' rally

Reusse: Zealots rewarded as Mahomes engineers Chiefs' rally

Fifty years after Hank Stram became Minnesota's No. 1 sports villain, there are qualities with these Chiefs that allow us to approve of their second Super Bowl title.
Reusse: At Twins camp, 'NubAbility' champions limb-restricted athletes

Reusse: At Twins camp, 'NubAbility' champions limb-restricted athletes

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.
From Augsburg to Lakers: Teammate George said Bryant toughened him

From Augsburg to Lakers: Teammate George said Bryant toughened him

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.
Reusse: Four daughters made Kobe four times lucky as citizen of this planet

Reusse: Four daughters made Kobe four times lucky as citizen of this planet

When it comes to kids, boys are terrific, and girls are the best. This is a secret better learned late than never.
Reusse: Twins pass Red Sox in appeal with Donaldson's addition, Cora's subtraction

Reusse: Twins pass Red Sox in appeal with Donaldson's addition, Cora's subtraction

The hot spring training story this season in Fort Myers will be for Twins' exhibitions, not Red Sox games.
Reusse: Why I grew up cheering for LSU in rural Minnesota

Reusse: Why I grew up cheering for LSU in rural Minnesota

Patrick Reusse's youthful exuberance for Gophers football was sparked by being an eyewitness to a kickoff return for a touchdown in 1954. His fascination with LSU football also involved a kick return.
Reusse: Browns fans surely excited after playoff look at Stefanski's offense

Reusse: Browns fans surely excited after playoff look at Stefanski's offense

Kevin Stefanski's hire carries as much "recency'' momentum to Cleveland as Matt Patricia's did to Detroit after 2018 Super Bowl.
Reusse: What's up at Twins spring training? This woman knows it all

Reusse: What's up at Twins spring training? This woman knows it all

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.
Reusse: In era of chucking threes, pure NBA shooters hard to find

Reusse: In era of chucking threes, pure NBA shooters hard to find

There's a growing number of NBA players who are firing away from three-point range based on the analytical arithmetic, not on outside shooting skill.
Reusse: Wise Boomer willing to share Gophers football perspective with curious youth

Reusse: Wise Boomer willing to share Gophers football perspective with curious youth

There are a couple of notations required in the Gophers' best start (9-0) since 1904 narrative -- including Bernie Bierman's four national champions that only played eight games.
Reusse: As Twins reach playoffs, it's time to remember feisty 2002 club

Reusse: As Twins reach playoffs, it's time to remember feisty 2002 club

As Rocco Baldelli's improbable sluggers prepare for a best-of-five division series vs. the Yankees, the '02 Twins remain the franchise's last to win a postseason series.
Reusse: Pineda's absence fits in with Twins playoff lore

Reusse: Pineda's absence fits in with Twins playoff lore

Michael Pineda throwing the starting pitching options into disarray with a 60-game suspension for use of a banned substance has continued a Twins postseason tradition.
Reusse: Twins' power prowess is historic, so savor the blasts, fans

Reusse: Twins' power prowess is historic, so savor the blasts, fans

As the Twins close in on a team home run record, do we appreciate what's going on up here on the prairie with a history-shattering power display?
Reusse: Another improbable minor league pitcher could help Twins

Reusse: Another improbable minor league pitcher could help Twins

With Michael Pineda on the injured list and Martin Perez reeling, there's an opening for Devin Smeltzer ... and perhaps 24-year-old Randy Dobnak, who has also made an odd baseball journey.
Reusse: Twins using Rogers wisely by using him whenever he's needed

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.
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.
The biggest victory in Clem Haskins’ coaching career, winning the Midwest Regional final over UCLA in 1997, is no longer officially part of NCAA or

Reusse: Bus ride to Ohio State left lasting impression of Clem Haskins

Sitting across from the former Gophers coach in the front of a darkened, quiet bus for three hours was a lesson about being a black kid growing up as a basketball prospect in the Old South.
‘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.
Reusse: Hamline has a basketball story that tops 'em all in Minnesota

Reusse: Hamline has a basketball story that tops 'em all in Minnesota

Texas Tech is in Minneapolis for its first Final Four. Guess what? The first two times Tech played in postseason tournaments, the small St. Paul university was a national basketball powerhouse.
Sharpshooting Janet Karvonen set the state scoring record and led New York Mills to three Class A titles.

High-scoring Karvonen, New York Mills dynasty captivated Minnesota's early girls' basketball fans

Janet Karvonen finished with 3,129 points, a state record that stood for 17 years.
George Mikan (99) hoisted coach John Kundla after the Lakers won their third NBA title in four seasons in 1952.

Mikan's arrival made Lakers the pro basketball team to beat

The Lakers and Mikan joined the Basketball Association of America in 1948-49 and then won five titles in six seasons.
Minnesota basketball history, the first 100 years: From James Naismith to Lindsay Whalen

Minnesota basketball history, the first 100 years: From James Naismith to Lindsay Whalen

Sixteen mostly sweet facts about the first 100 years, or so, of Minnesota basketball.
Reusse: Lakers' rivalry with Harlem Globetrotters was brief, crowd pleasing

Reusse: Lakers' rivalry with Harlem Globetrotters was brief, crowd pleasing

The Minneapolis Lakers won six titles in their first seven seasons of existence, yet nothing topped a handful of exhibitions with the Harlem Globetrotters for packing in crowds.
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.
Reusse: Grand Old Game? It's a memory worth defending

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.
Reusse: Rosarios in Twins organization in close quarters, different worlds

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: Nelson Cruz's slugging, mentoring of Sano both will help Twins

Reusse: Nelson Cruz's slugging, mentoring of Sano both will help Twins

Said Twins GM Thad Lavine: "I'm wondering if Miguel has ever had another player from the Dominican who can be as helpful as Nelson has a chance to be with him."
Reusse: Outside indications pointed to Cousins being a phoney, but ...

Reusse: Outside indications pointed to Cousins being a phoney, but ...

New Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins arrived as a perceived self-promoter, but one phone call changed all that.