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Dennis Brackin

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Dennis Brackin is responsible for overseeing coverage of the Twins, Timberwolves, Lynx and college sports.
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Will MLS investment pay off for Minnesota owners?

Will MLS investment pay off for Minnesota owners?

The gamble in investing in MLS is that financial success is linked to the continued growth of soccer in this country, and more specifically on broadening the MLS fanbase.
Milone sharp, Escobar slugs as Twins beat Yankees 3-1

Milone sharp, Escobar slugs as Twins beat Yankees 3-1

The Twins on Tuesday had no reason to regret naming Tommy Milone their fifth starter.
MLS expected to announce deal to add Minnesota expansion team

MLS expected to announce deal to add Minnesota expansion team

What’s unknown at this time is whether Bill McGuire will reveal at the Wednesday announcement that he has finalized plans for an outdoor downtown stadium.
Minnesota moves closer to MLS; stadium issue needs to be settled

Minnesota moves closer to MLS; stadium issue needs to be settled

The remaining hurdle for Minnesota is finalizing for a new downtown outdoor soccer stadium, as preferred by the league. How it would be funded is still unknown.
United owner McGuire group has MLS backing for expansion team

United owner McGuire group has MLS backing for expansion team

Former UnitedHealth boss, with Pohlad family and Glen Taylor backing, wants to build a new soccer stadium near Target Field.
MLS labor issues muddy expansion waters

MLS labor issues muddy expansion waters

The CBA between the league and players expired Jan. 31, and a strike is being threatened.
Twins call claims of artificial noise in '87 Series 'comical'

Twins call claims of artificial noise in '87 Series 'comical'

One of the most recognizable voices in sports broadcasting, Al Michaels, said he is convinced that the Twins pumped artificial noise into the Metrodome in 1987.
Sportsperson of the Year: Grant a winner on and off the field (Dec. 25)

Sportsperson of the Year: Grant a winner on and off the field (Dec. 25)

Even more so than iconic coaches in Mike Grant's life, his mother’s devotion to humanity guides all he does at Eden Prairie.
Eden Prairie wasn't always a powerhouse

Eden Prairie wasn't always a powerhouse

The program that Mike Grant inherited upon arriving at Eden Prairie in 1992 had a record of 6-45 the previous six seasons. Those numbers don’t…
MSU Mankato's Omaha connection has paid big dividends

MSU Mankato's Omaha connection has paid big dividends

The MSU Mankato offensive line shares prep history from Omaha. The Mavericks (13-0) host Concord (W. Va.) in Saturday’s Division II national semifinals.
Cost for Gophers football season tickets to rise for most seats

Cost for Gophers football season tickets to rise for most seats

The Gophers unveiled scholarship seating fees to that will impact more than 28,000 seats in TCF Bank Stadium, an increase of almost 20,000 seats from the current premium seating plan.
McNeil's future with Gophers in doubt after felony charges

McNeil's future with Gophers in doubt after felony charges

An account of the alleged crime said the woman was strangled and whipped.
Glenn Robinson III under contract, working with new teammates

Glenn Robinson III under contract, working with new teammates

Second-round pick Glenn Robinson III, newly under contract, is at work proving his worth as a wing player.
Charges dropped against former Wolves player Cunningham

Charges dropped against former Wolves player Cunningham

The forward had been charged with felony domestic assault.
Wolves open season Oct. 29 in Memphis; Cavs visit in January

Wolves open season Oct. 29 in Memphis; Cavs visit in January

LeBron James and Co. visit Flip Saunders and the Wolves at Target Center on Jan. 31. It's the marquee game of the Timberwolves 2014-15 schedule released Wednesday by the NBA.
Winona State player's death linked to an enlarged heart

Winona State player's death linked to an enlarged heart

Shawn Afryl’s former high school coach says the ex-Illinois recruit had an enlarged heart that had gone undetected.
Aspiring Winona State football player dies during workout

Aspiring Winona State football player dies during workout

Shawn Afryl, 22, who had just transferred from the University of Illinois, was taking part in voluntary strength and conditioning drills when he collapsed and died.
Gophers football great, fundraiser Bob McNamara dies at 82

Gophers football great, fundraiser Bob McNamara dies at 82

McNamara Center was one of the most important projects.
State of Minnesota baseball: Strong, but could be better

State of Minnesota baseball: Strong, but could be better

Baseball in Minnesota is going strong, but big challenges exist including the lack of inner-city participation and corresponding future interest.
St. Paul's fields of All-Star dreams

St. Paul's fields of All-Star dreams

Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris and Joe Mauer all started illustrious careers on the playgrounds of St. Paul.
Catcher Engle's 'stardom' with Twins was short-lived

Catcher Engle's 'stardom' with Twins was short-lived

Dave Engle, the Twins’ 1984 representative, lost his catching job because of quirky lobs to the pitcher.
Lynx prepare for White House visit, busy stretch of games

Lynx prepare for White House visit, busy stretch of games

As part of the 2013 WNBA champion Lynx, Maya Moore will make her fifth White House visit. Thursday's honor comes ahead of a busy stretch of Lynx games.
A look at Game 7s in Minnesota history

A look at Game 7s in Minnesota history

The state has gone a decade without appearing in one, but Minnesota teams have a rich history of Game 7s. State teams have suited up…
'Ice out!' Looking ahead to opening the cabin

'Ice out!' Looking ahead to opening the cabin

With spring here, at least officially, a cabin owner looks ahead to another fun season of swimming, boating and serious family time.
Jan. 15: Q&A with U of M fundraising chairman Lou Nanne

Jan. 15: Q&A with U of M fundraising chairman Lou Nanne

Lou Nanne has heard the reasons why University of Minnesota sports teams can’t compete and decided: That’s enough.
Reliever Guerrier returns; Buxton tops another prospects list

Reliever Guerrier returns; Buxton tops another prospects list

Matt Guerrier will report with Twins pitchers and catchers on Feb. 16, and he fully expects to win a job in the Twins bullpen, a position he held from 2004 through 2010.

Full transcript: Lou Nanne talks with the Star Tribune

Transcript from interview with Star Tribune’s Dennis Brackin and Lou Nanne, chairman of the University of Minnesota’s $190 million athletics fundraising campaign:STAR TRIBUNE: Pretend I’m…
Dome's flaws came into play

Dome's flaws came into play

It took all of one game for people to realize that the Metrodome was not as ideal as originally envisioned.
1991-92: Sports capital of the USA

1991-92: Sports capital of the USA

The Metrodome basked in the glory of some of sports’ biggest events in 1991 and ’92.
Metrodome: Sweet and sour sorrow (October 2, 2009)

Metrodome: Sweet and sour sorrow (October 2, 2009)

Parting with the Dome thrills baseball purists, but baseball fans hold tight to their memories.
For Gophers, Metrodome went from blessing to curse (November 21, 2008))

For Gophers, Metrodome went from blessing to curse (November 21, 2008))

The Metrodome, first seen as a recruiting advantage for the U and later as a curse, will lose its college tenant Saturday. The football program thrived at first, but after Lou Holtz left, 'You didn't know what time of day it was.'
From 1989: Timberwolves' Harv and Marv liked an informal approach

From 1989: Timberwolves' Harv and Marv liked an informal approach

Harvey Ratner and Marv Wolfenson were undaunted in their quest to bring NBA basketball to Minnesota.
North Dakota snaps U women's 62-game winning streak 3-2

North Dakota snaps U women's 62-game winning streak 3-2

Fourth-ranked North Dakota defeated Minnesota 3-2 Sunday afternoon, snapping the Gophers' women's 62-game winning streak.
Gophers women's hockey streak faces tough test against North Dakota

Gophers women's hockey streak faces tough test against North Dakota

In the last meeting with UND, the Gophers won in three OTs in an NCAA regional. Minnesota in in the midst of a 61-game winning streak.
Gophers women's hockey winning streak evokes wonder and worry

Gophers women's hockey winning streak evokes wonder and worry

History hangs in the balance every time the Gophers women's hockey team gets on the ice. Its 61-game winning streak is the longest in major college hockey, men’s or women’s.
Source: Gardenhire will stay with Twins as manager

Source: Gardenhire will stay with Twins as manager

Twins officials confirmed late Monday morning that Ron Gardenhire and his coaching staff will return in 2014. A press conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Worth the debt? A cabin owner reflects upon his investment.

Worth the debt? A cabin owner reflects upon his investment.

A cabin owner reflects upon the wisdom of a taking on a second home, a second mortgage and a second set of yard work.
Job no longer secret, relatively speaking, for new Wolves GM

Job no longer secret, relatively speaking, for new Wolves GM

Milt Newton kept Minnetonka in-laws in dark during Wolves GM talks, not wanting to prematurely raise hopes.
Ex-Gopher Jackson brings intensity to Timberwolves assistant job

Ex-Gopher Jackson brings intensity to Timberwolves assistant job

The former Gophers standout has ramped up offseason workouts in his role as assistant coach.
Legendary task: Fasching takes over for Gagliardi at St. John's

Legendary task: Fasching takes over for Gagliardi at St. John's

Gary Fasching isn’t only taking over at St. John’s, he’s replacing John Gagliardi and his record 489 wins.
Major league games slow to a crawl

Major league games slow to a crawl

The Twins are pretty much like every other team, as the average nine-inning game has increased from 2:46 in 2005 to 2:51 in 2008 to 2:56 in 2012 to 2:58 — three hours in the American League —this season.
For former Gophers star Burton, pomp will follow circumstance

For former Gophers star Burton, pomp will follow circumstance

More than 20 years after Willie Burton’s Gophers glory days, he'll return to the University of Minnesota to get his degree.
Jan. 25: Suspensions haunt Maple Grove hockey team

Jan. 25: Suspensions haunt Maple Grove hockey team

As players return to the ice, Maple Grove High officials are mum about a purported sex video.
Timberwolves: Pale in comparison to the rest of the NBA

Timberwolves: Pale in comparison to the rest of the NBA

When Wolves offseason moves built a squad that's glaringly white, skeptics chimed in about motives.

Corner outfielders are a concern

Let’s cut to the chase: Josh Willingham and Chris Parmelee lack speed and range, meaning the starting center fielder better be able to cover a lot of ground.

Move to FM is new for Twins radio

Baseball meets music with KTWN (96.3-FM) as the new radio home. That ends a 52-year run on AM.

Stefano out at Maple Grove

The boys' hockey coach wasn't given a reason; no one else is talking, either.
Gophers fire Tubby Smith; search for new coach is in high gear

Gophers fire Tubby Smith; search for new coach is in high gear

University says the men’s basketball program needs a new start. The fired coach gets a $2.5 million buyout.
Former Gophers, NBA star Ray Williams, dead at 58, was 'ahead of his time'

Former Gophers, NBA star Ray Williams, dead at 58, was 'ahead of his time'

Ex-Gophers teammates of Ray Williams remember the exceptional feats of athleticism that set the 6-3 wing apart from others.
U women's basketball hopes Big Ten run lands NCAA at-large bid

U women's basketball hopes Big Ten run lands NCAA at-large bid

With the Big Ten tournament on deck, the Gophers fight not to miss the NCAA tournament for the fourth year in a row.
School officials interview hockey players about Maple Grove coach

School officials interview hockey players about Maple Grove coach

Crimson coach Gary Stefano remains in the center of an off-ice storm.
More problems for Maple Grove boys' hockey coach Gary Stefano

More problems for Maple Grove boys' hockey coach Gary Stefano

Two motions, including a no-confidence vote regarding Stefano, have been placed before the Osseo-Maple Grove youth hockey association, persons with knowledge of those motions said Tuesday.
Hall of Fame call unlikely for Jack Morris

Hall of Fame call unlikely for Jack Morris

Even after getting 66.7 percent of the vote last year, the St. Paul native's credentials are being overshadowed by the steroid era debate.
For Kirilenko, it's back to Utah where it all came together

For Kirilenko, it's back to Utah where it all came together

The Wolves forward admits it will be "a little bit special" returning to Utah, where he spent a decade developing into a stalwart player.
Fasching gets St. John's coaching job, upsetting some alumni

Fasching gets St. John's coaching job, upsetting some alumni

The pick to replace legendary coach John Gagliardi is a former player and assistant there, but he's not Eden Prairie's Mike Grant, and that troubles some supporters. One called the search process "a colossal waste of time."
Morris era intersects steroids era in latest vote

Morris era intersects steroids era in latest vote

In his 14th year of eligibility, the St. Paul native shares a Hall of Fame ballot with names like Bonds, Clemens and Sosa.
Tommies QB O'Connell: Big talent from a small town

Tommies QB O'Connell: Big talent from a small town

 QB Matt O'Connell from tiny Clear Lake, Wis., attracted little interest from larger colleges, but St. Thomas coach Glenn Caruso knew he'd be a standout.
Legendary Gagliardi decides to call it quits

Legendary Gagliardi decides to call it quits

The winningest coach in college football history leaves at age 86 after 60 years at St. John's University.
Less-restrictive policy beefs up MIAC rosters

Less-restrictive policy beefs up MIAC rosters

By letting D-I and D-II transfers keep their redshirt years, more talent has migrated to the league.
College path speaks volumes about Tommies' James

College path speaks volumes about Tommies' James

 The All-America center found his way at St. Thomas.
'I'm blessed:' Concordia player gets second chance

'I'm blessed:' Concordia player gets second chance

After life on the streets and failure in school, Concordia-St. Paul football player Jermaine Clemon found "Mom and Dad," a stable life - and hope he wants to share.
Twins' 2012 draft slogan: Not another Adam Johnson

Twins' 2012 draft slogan: Not another Adam Johnson

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2000 amateur baseball draft was a huge bust, pitching in only nine major league games.
Up, up and away: Gophers coaches' salaries are on the rise

Up, up and away: Gophers coaches' salaries are on the rise

In the ultra-competitive world of college athletics, even salaries for coaches in nonrevenue sports are soaring, causing further strain on budgets.
Science behind pitching to contact

Science behind pitching to contact

Batters connect with pitches about 80 percent of the time, so make sure those occasions end in outs.

Teague assures 'skeptics' he is up to challenge

He said the years he worked at BCS schools prepared him for being in charge of revenue-producing sports.

Turnaround blueprints

Other teams have rebuilt from disastrous seasons, as the Twins must do.
For better or worse, DH turns 40

For better or worse, DH turns 40

The rule stays put, but the definition of a player most suited for the job changes.
Baseball's mega-deal madness

Baseball's mega-deal madness

Owners have opened up their wallets again, but as always, the teams that spend more don't necessarily win more.
Feb. 4: Joel Maturi's pay doesn't play well at Capitol

Feb. 4: Joel Maturi's pay doesn't play well at Capitol

Two legislators warn that the compensation package for the soon-to-be former athletic director will affect U's chances for funds.
U hopes hope keeps fans coming

U hopes hope keeps fans coming

The athletic budget relies heavily on the football team, which doesn't figure to be much of a draw next season.
Iowa QB gets bigger, better

Iowa QB gets bigger, better

James Vandenberg was skinny in high school, but his statistics sold Kirk Ferentz on recruiting him. Now the QB is rewarding that leap of faith.
Upbeat Gray doesn't dwell on past

Upbeat Gray doesn't dwell on past

Quarterback is confident he and the Gophers can rise to the challenge.

Area college football: Can UMD bounce back?

SATURDAY'S STORY LINES • The NSIC order was rocked by last week's upsets of UMD, which had been ranked No. 1 nationally, and No. 9…
U's Ra'Shede Hageman tackling switch to defense head-on

U's Ra'Shede Hageman tackling switch to defense head-on

Ra'Shede Hageman never got to realize his promise as a Gophers tight end, but he is embracing his role on the defensive line.
Harris resigns as director of U golf

Harris resigns as director of U golf

John Harris, whose one season as director of Gophers golf programs included success on the links and trouble off, resigned Friday after less than a year on the job.
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