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Patrick Reusse is a sports columnist who writes three columns per week. Write to Patrick by e-mailing and including his name in the subject line.

Reusse: Buxton has belief, now needs health

Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, injured at the end of last season, says he "found myself" once before, and has belief again.

Reusse: 'Lumpy' is par for the course in his Champions Tour debut

Tim Herron, the Wayzata pro affectionately known as "Lumpy" throughout his career, will be a popular addition to the 50-and-over Champions Tour.

Reusse: Five years after last MLB pitch, Thielbar resurfaces with Twins

Lefthanded reliever Caleb Thielbar, a training camp invite from Randolph, Minn., has found extra jump in his fastball after reaching the age of 30.

Reusse: Duress no excuse for Red Sox to back out of bad deal

The Red Sox and their new general manager the Red Sox needed an excuse after the reaction to trading star Mookie Betts to the Dodgers.

Reusse: With Fiser in the circle, expectations high for Gophers despite changes

Amber Fiser keeps working to improve even after a first team All-America season.

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: Hamline standout Dick Donlin failed to impress Bud Grant

But the three-sport star was the highest-selected player in the NFL draft out of the MIAC.

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.

Reusse: St. John's tackle Bartch measures up at Senior Bowl

Ben Bartch, the Johnnies' left tackle who stands out at 6-5, 308 pounds, was the lone D-III athlete among the 110 seniors invited to Mobile, Ala.

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.