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Patrick Reusse

Reusse: Dozier emulates Grant's credo about durability

Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier

It is harder to play through injuries these days than ever. But 50 years ago, Bud Grant came down from Winnipeg to coach the Vikings and soon was telling us durability was as important as ability.

Reusse: MIAC needs to look at option to lessen absurd competitive imbalance

Hamline athletic director Jason Verdugo says limit on roster sizes is at least "worth a discussion.''

Reusse: Stelmaszek was wondrous practitioner in noble art of baseball humor

Former Twins manager Tom Kelly, left, laughed with Twins bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek after Kelly tossed him a ceremonial pitch during the pregame ceremony at Target Field to retire the former manager's No. 10 in September of 2012.

Stelly was a Twins coach for 32 years, and there was not a more popular figure in the clubhouse or the organization.

Reusse: Gophers volleyball exciting again, with 'Triple S' in charge

Setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson (middle, shown celebrating a point against Michigan in September) excels at getting the volleyball to the Gophers' young but talented hitters.

A weekend sweep before two sellouts at the Pavilion, directed by setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson, put the younger Gophers at 23-2 overall and 12-2 in the Big Ten.

Reusse: Gophers failed to take hint from 2016 team: When schedule is easy, win

From the day P.J. Fleck was hired as head coach, the Gophers football loyalists have been downgrading the nine wins for Claeys as having been the result of an easy schedule.

It's been worth a few laughs to hear Gophers loyalists bad-mouthing a 9-4 record, as cover for how Fleck's first season might end.

Reusse: Players, not owners, built the NFL of today

NFL owners feed off the damaged bones, joints and brains of players, and somehow believe they are the game.

Reusse: 'Cool vibe' belongs in NBA, and Wolves could attract an audience

The Timberwolves have been 29th in NBA attendance for the past three seasons. That will change, if Jimmy Butler can lead a resurgence on court.

Reusse: Defense can carry Vikings to Super Bowl, even with Keenum at QB

Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson was upended by Vikings strong safety Andrew Sendejo in the second quarter Sunday.

Mark Wilf sounded like he was having a hallucination when he talked of a home-field Super Bowl last spring. Now ... this defense makes anything possible.

Rubio burns inside, and it came to fore in Friday's fourth quarter

Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) drives to the basket as the Minnesota Timberwolves' Taj Gibson (67) defends in the first half on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

Rubio would have left Target Center with a homecoming victory, if Crawford had not turned into Jamal-gone-wild in fourth.

Reusse: UNC's approach to NCAA charges might just work for Gophers

In the wake of Friday's news from the NCAA Division I Committee of Infractions, perhaps the Gophers could get back all those basketball wins and various banners.

Reusse: Big reason Molitor's still here? His Twins caught the ball

Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco forces out Cleveland Indians' Austin Jackson at second base and throws out Jose Ramirez at first base to complete the double play during the third inning in a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Skip the defensive analytics and look at the basics: Twins went from 126 errors to 78, and from 15th to second fewest in AL. "Most nights, we made the right plays," manager Paul Molitor said.

Reusse: Lynx now, Lakers then have parallels

Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve was overcome with emotion as she spoke to fans at Thursday night's WNBA Championship victory rally.

The Lynx have had a nucleus of four standouts for the four titles, and the Lakers also had a nucleus of four stars for most of their dynastic run.

Reusse: 2018 Twins need more pitching, less than 290 pounds of Sano

Miguel Sano

The Twins have a lineup for this to be a real turnaround, not another mirage. But it's going to take two new starters, two more relievers and Miguel Sano to decide to be great.

Reusse: Vegas hero Todd Blyleven once followed in father's footsteps

Todd was in the concert crowd at the Las Vegas shooting -- and he did all he could to help.

Reusse: College basketball's shady deals nothing new

How long have financial scams like the one revealed in last week's FBI indictment existed? "I think forever," one former shoe rep said.

An old man looks to solve mystery of his anti-Duke obsession in hoops

Why is the only thing that matters when the NCAA bracket is revealed is finding a team to Duke? This question needs an answer.

Reusse: Labor required from pitchers was bit different for '67 Twins

Sunday marks the end of regular season when Twins returned to playoff. It also marks the 50th anniversary of a painful loss in Fenway Park.

Reusse: Dream Team showed value of star power

Now 25 years later, taking NBA legends to the Olympics remains an epic and long-serving marketing triumph for basketball.

Reusse: Thibodeau has found something new to stress himself out

The Wolves left town for over two weeks on Friday. The players can expect to hear much in that time from Coach Thibodeau on a proper defensive closeout.

Reusse: Upheaval in D.C. golf doesn't mean PGA Tour is headed to Twin Cities

Quicken Loans tournament still on 2018 schedule, but there's no listed location. Congressional has bowed out as a future host.