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Patrick Reusse

Reusse: Proud and loud, Croatian Hall draws a crowd for World Cup final

Jack, 10, and Tate, 8, live near Zagreb in Croatia. They are visiting an aunt and uncle in the Twin Cities.

France's 4-2 victory reduced the need for celebratory shots of Slivovitz. That might not have been all bad.

When impatience is among your flaws, don't take the train to Chicago

To put it another way: We all pay for our mistakes ... and sometimes it's with airfare.

Fifth inning was ordeal, as Twins scored 4 and then gave up 5

Twins shortstop Ehire Adrianza hit a two-run single off the Cubs' Tyler Chatwood during the top half of a very long fifth inning Saturday at Wrigley F

You know it's a long inning on a steaming day when the entire infield runs for the dugout during a pitching change.

Reusse: Hildenberger goes from 'working on things' to working 8th

Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Trevor Hildenberger throwing in the eighth inning.

There was no wiggle room for Trevor Hildenberger when he signed as a23-year-old. The Twins gave him some this spring and it's paid off in recent weeks.

Reusse: Champions vs. PGA Tour events? Start with money and keep going

People watch golfers on the first tee at the 3M Championships in Blaine last year.

The mom-and-pop attraction that has been the 3M Champions event is going away. Forget about the free admission of recent years and a course designed for low scores, among other things.

Reusse: Where's Wolves-style vitriol for the underwhelming Twins?

Byron Buxton (left to right), Andrew Wiggins and Miguel Sano

Where are the Andrew Wiggins-style bashers for the local baseball team? The 2018 Twins have their versions of Wiggins in Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton.

Reusse: This wasn't what Gophers fans expected from Vic (as in victory)

Reusse: This wasn't what Gophers fans expected from Vic (as in victory)

Coach P.J. Fleck told us that Vic Viramontes was "unbelievable.'' So can we believe another rapid, loud word uttered about a Gophers recruit after the quarterback returned to California?

Reusse: Fine week for 'Lumpy': a nice check, a lone eagle and a Zagnut

Wayzata's Tim Herron -- at 48 years, four months -- is trying to regain his feel for competition as he closes in on being a "youngster'' on the Champi

Wayzata's Tim Herron is trying to regain his feel for competition as he closes in on being a "youngster'' on the Champions Tour.

Reusse: Quilici a baseball overachiever, helped by a dose of machismo

Frank Quilici in 1970

First generation of Twins' generation fell in love with Quilici on Oct. 6, 1965 at Met Stadium: Game 1 of World Series, bottom of third, Drysdale on the mound ...

Reusse: Fleck would likely have more top recruits if Hallman was still ranking

Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck

Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck landed his first top 100 recruit last week. But John Gutekunst used to get a handful of those, even if it was only in the St. Paul newspaper.

Reusse: Gophers baseball keeps rolling on glorious, crowded afternoon at U

Gophers pitcher Max Meyer at Target Field in 2018

Young pitchers have been the needed ingredient for John Anderson's deep, veteran lineup.

Reusse: A distressing discovery about the origin of my last name

The Chapel Bridge with the Water Tower at the river Reuss in the centre of Lucerne, Switzerland, 19 July 2013. In the back is the Jesuit Church. Photo

What started with a couple of Internet photos of The Reuss, a river in Switzerland, became a twisting tale that led to a distressing discovery with a Gophers football turn.

Reusse: Vikings, unlike other local pro teams, need no excuses

and with a fully-manned No. 1 defense, the team's goal for the season ahead is clear: No excuses. Super Bowl or bust.

The Vikings' roster is so stacked that no one drafted last week has to be relied on in 2018. (Disclaimer: Unless there are important injuries, which then can be the excuse.)

St. Paul and Winnipeg have done this before, a mere 45 years ago

You're right. The North Stars never played Winnipeg in a playoff series. But the Fighting Saints did, in year one of the WHA.

Reusse: Losing Parise to injury was too much for Wild fans to take

Fans sang along during the National Anthem before game 4 at Xcel Energy Center.

Every other collection of fans in the Twin Cities consists of front runners. Wild fans are not front runners. They have a love for this hockey team that is almost familial.

Reusse: Edina's Giles recalls hockey start in town shaken by bus tragedy

The Humboldt Fire Department lower a large Canadian flag to half-staff on the eastern entrance to the community on Highway 5 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan

Former UMD and Minnesota North Stars defenseman Curt Giles was 14 when he went to Humboldt, Saskatchewan in the fall of 1973 to start his successful pursuit of an NHL career.

That didn't take long: MLB's replay system is back as boondoggle in 2018

Commissioner Manfred promised a two-minute time limit in February. It took twice that in Detroit on Friday, with a game-changing call that was neither clear nor convincing.

Reusse: Wild, Wolves fans have different level of madness

Reusse: Wild, Wolves fans have different level of madness

In St. Paul, the forgiving crowd just wants to party in the playoffs. In Minneapolis, the vitriol toward coach Tom Thibodeau has reached its peak.

Reusse: Stanozolol delivers another spring training gut punch to Twins

Twins infielder Jorge Polanco (11) practiced his swing during workouts.

Early Sunday morning, there was optimism that Jorge Polanco's fielding would be fine. Later Sunday, the Twins lost their shortstop for 80 games.

Cousins' exit strategy from Washington was brilliant -- and, yup, I missed it

Those franchise tags Washington placed on Cousins weren't a lack of respect. They became his means to a triumphant end.