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Pat Borzi

Pat Borzi is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to the New York Times.

Maybe Minnesota just isn’t a basketball school

How many coaches have to cycle through here before officials acknowledge what should have been obvious a long time ago: Middle-of-the-pack Big Ten finishes, with an occasional NCAA Tournament appearance, are the best Gopher fans can hope for.

Richard Pitino

Joe Mauer’s perfect goodbye

In the top of the 9th inning, with no one on the field except the umpires, Mauer emerged from the Twins dugout in his old catching gear. Mauer had to be talked into this final gesture, which his father suggested to his wife about a month ago.

Joe Mauer