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Patrick Reusse

Reusse: Bennetts' deaths will have Cobbers filled with sadness for a long time

Football coach Terry Horan: Barry Bennett, a gentle giant, and Concordia's all-time greatest athlete.

Reusse: Two bad days have earned coach Diaz place in Twins history

Twins third base coach Tony Diaz talked with Eddie Rosario at Target Field earlier this season.

Red Sox and Cubs fans have Wavin' Wendell Kim to remember. And now the Twins have a third base coach on the way to becoming a legend of the wrong kind.

Reusse: After decade of travels, Swarzak has World Series shot with Atlanta

Cleveland Indians' Anthony Swarzak follows through on a pitch against the Chicago White Sox in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 14,

It was a decade ago that Anthony Swarzak made his debut for the Twins: the starting pitcher against the Brewers. There have been many stops since.

Reusse: Another improbable minor league pitcher could help Twins

Randy Dobnak

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: Handsome Harley could not afford to be well-liked by wrestling fans

Reusse: Handsome Harley could not afford to be well-liked by wrestling fans

Harley Race, a legend in AWA wrestling in this area as half of a villainous tag team with Larry Hennig, died Thursday at 76.

Reusse: Five weeks of freedom from NFL ends in grand style

Reusse: Five weeks of freedom from NFL ends in grand style

We've just finished a five-week period, from pro football's off-season workouts until the start of training camp, when the manufactured drama of the NFL gives way to the true drama of sports.

Reusse: Arlington turns out to watch favored son Glieden throw a first pitch

Reusse: Arlington turns out to watch favored son Glieden throw a first pitch

Arlington A's were power of state amateur baseball from 1979 to 1985, and "Kimmer'' was the third baseman on three championship teams.

Reusse: Legendary St. Olaf swim coach 'Haucker' dies at 87

Dave Hauck died at 87 over the weekend in Northfield. He was among the Four Horsemen of St. Olaf coaches: Porter, Gelle, Dimick and Hauck.

Reusse: Bouton's Ball Four was revolutionary for fans -- and sports writers

Former major league pitcher Jim Bouton signs copies of his book, "Ball Four: The Final Pitch," on November 27, 2000, in Schaumburg, Ill.

When Jim Bouton told us about Dick Radatz and the crate or oranges in 1970, a whole new world of possibilities surfaced for covering sports.

Reusse: A young California dad is trying to grasp loss of 'best friend' Tyler Skaggs

Former Twin Trevor Plouffe has retired to being a dad in his home state of California.

Former Twin Trevor Plouffe and Skaggs first met working out at Pepperdine University. Skaggs quickly read that small room, as he did all that he entered.

Reusse: Scoop monsters mislead Wolves, Twins fans again

Breathless media reports led Timberwolves and Twins fans that those teams were in the running to sign guard D'Angelo Russell (left) and closer Craig K

D'Angelo Russell was on his way to the Wolves. The Twins were hot on the trail of Craig Kimbrel. Ya, you betcha.

Reusse: As young Twins, Koskie was Ortiz's mischievous brother

Twins teammates Corey Koskie (47) and David Ortiz in 2002.

David Ortiz was the 'Big O' in Minnesota, and he offered perfect reactions as a prank target: profane, steamed and non-violent.

Reusse: Gophers make sweet softball music despite their challenges

Gophers softball coach Jamie Trachsel watched from the dugout during a super regional game against LSU at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

A northern climate is a big disadvantage for baseball and softball, but when you take on the challenge and reach the Women's College World Series, it's an amazing experience.

Reusse: Twins' turnaround started with turtle who thought he was hare

Yoan Moncada (10) of the Chicago White Sox tags out Willians Astudillo (64) of the Minnesota Twins after a rundown between third base and home plate d

There's no answer as to how a Twins team of modest expectations turned into a juggernaut. So, let's offer a theory for the source.

Reusse: Twins vs. White Sox brings memories of Holtzman: 'The Dean'

Reusse: Twins vs. White Sox brings memories of Holtzman: 'The Dean'

The White Sox are the only team that has been in the same grouping -- league or division -- with Twins since they arrived in Minnesota in 1961.

Reusse: Timberwolves selling buzzwords instead of basketball

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, left, new Wolves President of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, center, and Wolves CEO Ethan Casson, pose

The entire televised non-news conference with Gersson Rosas was intended to carry this message: 'We know that you as fans came to dislike Tom Thibodeau. Well, we didn't like him, either.'

Reusse: Decision on keeping Saunders will say a lot about Rosas

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders

Gersson Rosas arrives to bring fresh ideas to an organization with one playoff appearance in 15 years. Is he also here with orders to keep Ryan Saunders as coach?

Reusse: Prototype linebacker and cranky columnist had long, friendly feud

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman left hugged Scott Studwell after he announced that Studwell was retiring after after a 42-year playing and scout

During his playing career, Scott Studwell, the just-retired Vikings executive, assumed the role of primary protectorate of the locker room against media members not considered to be full supporters of the squad.

Reusse: Head butt leads to gash for Truax, two-round no-decision

Osseo boxer Caleb Truax received stitches to a cut on his forehead from his match against Peter Quillin at the Armory on Saturday night.

Caleb Truax and Peter Quillin smacked heads in the second round of their super middleweight match at the Minneapolis Armory. Then the bout, which started much later than expected, ended earlier than fans wanted.

Reusse: Boxing fights weather while ex-champ Truax fights for his future

Caleb Truax

Truax guaranteed he had a great training camp and said stakes are obvious in what has been classified as an elimination bout for IBF title fight.