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Reusse: Wolves have made too many solid moves for this to be another failure

Free agent signee Jamal Crawford looked pleased to join Wolves President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Tom Thibodeau in a roster built to contend.

Championships are something to dream about. The Wolves right now are dealing with the reality they have to get back in NBA's competitive mix.


Reusse: 'Culture' issue at U of M extends beyond athletes

Mark Coyle and Eric Kaler at the Holiday Bowl in December.

Culture has become the holy word of athletics and business — used so often it's meaningless, even when tossed around by the newest 'old' members of the U's Board of Regents.


Reusse: A photo staff that shines continues to make a newspaper terrific

Members of the University of Minnesota rowing team get into position on the river for their morning work out Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.

We're offering a slice of Americana in Sunday's sports section -- and once again, still photos will bring it to life.


Reusse: 2 years after closing All-Star Game, Perkins' career could be closing

On Wednesday, as the All-Star festivities close down in Miami, Glen Perkins will be heading back to Florida for what would appear to be his last shot at rescuing even a smidgen of the 2017 season.


Reusse: Hrbek never got over All-Star snubs

Kent Hrbek celebrates his grand slam against St. Louis during the 1987 World Series.

Kent Hrbek was overlooked for the All-Star Game in 1986 and snubbed again in 1987, which led him to boycott.


Reusse: Santana excited about possibility of Colon as teammate again

Bartolo Colon will make a start for Class AAA Rochester on Thursday. After that, he could be facing Yankees at Target Field on June 18.


Reusse: Hand was draft prospect at Chaska in '08, now an All-Star

San Diego pitcher and Chaska native Brad Hand

There was a large collection of scouts watching the lefty reliever pitch for the Hawks as a senior.


Reusse: Hot take on Thibs turned cold in a hurry

After 8,000 or so columns, you're going to eat some. That was the case last week.


Reusse: Rubio needs a coach with confidence in him, and it's not Thibodeau

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, left, talks with Ricky Rubio in the second half of a game in February.

We already know half the result of Wolves' point guard switch: It has to be a benefit for Rubio to escape Minnesota.


Reusse: On board with Peterson in New Orleans. What about Rubio?

Adrian Peterson signed autographs for fans during a workout in New Orleans.

One reason for New Orleans to prefer Adrian Peterson over Mark Ingram: Adrian's not from Alabama.


Reusse: Boras' career as agent started in contract battle with Twins in 1983

Scott Boras, baseball's super agent, represented Royce Lewis. It went better with No. 1 this time with Twins than with Tim Belcher.


Reusse: When judging MLB draft, arm yourself with patience

There is no other sport where a high school signee has to improve four of five different times to make it to the big leagues.


Reusse: MLS players leave mid-season, and call themselves a major league?

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia (29) caught a scoring attempt from the Minnesota United on Saturday during the second half of the MLS soccer match at Children�s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. Sporting Kansas City won 3-0. ORG XMIT: B7310202769Z.1

Top players are summoned from big-league teams, and the schedule keeps on going.


Hazeltine scores again: KPMG Women's PGA coming in 2019

A panoramic across the lake at hole number 16 at the 2016 Ryder Cup, Friday morning play at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, with foursomes competition.

After last year's Ryder Cup success at Hazeltine National, golf fans wondered about what the next major event would be at the Chaska course. The official announcement about the KPMG Women's PGA Championship will come Friday.


Reusse: Yes, Jimmy Piersall was ejected after game's first pitch at the Met

Baseball Reference, the game's greatest invention since 90 feet between the bases, confirmed that wacky event from a summer night in 1962.


Reusse: St. Cloud lost a character in Dick Rengel

Rengel was proud to be an umpire that never took enough offense to eject a player or coach from a game.


Reusse: Bullpen decisions remain mysterious in Twins' Falvey regime

There are some prospects with live arms that could earn Paul Molitor's trust. They remain stuck in the high minors.


Reusse: Oliva puts Houston's Altuve in AL's top two players

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve, left, and George Springer head to the dugout after scoring in the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 in Minneapolis.

Houston's small and mighty second baseman, Jose Altuve, has seven hits in two games against the Twins. And no one's surprised.


There's wide contrast in Teddy's popularity and performance so far

We haven't had a pro athlete as popular as Bridgewater with such modest achievement in Minnesota's 57 years as major league market.


Reusse: Wilfs lauded for paying for their own 'iconic' practice complex

Minnesota Vikings owners Mark Wilf, left, and Zygi Wilf watch warmups on the sideline before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

You know what the Church Lady would say in response to the praise from Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren? "Well, isn't that special.''