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Wisconsin Badgers and coach Gary Andersen open spring football practice to fans (slideshow)

Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen endeared himself by opening practice to the public Saturday. About 800 fans showed up and saw players run through drills for nearly two hours, from the mundane to the exciting, along with a dance contest that could only be described as bizarre. >More
 A wish list for the Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee right fielder Norichika Aoki accounted for the Brewers' only home run on opening day at Miller Park on Monday. Bernie Brewer's butt didn't hit the left-field slide for Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks or Aramis Ramirez, each of whom had over 20 dingers last season. Meanwhile, Aoki's third-inning blast would have been 10% of his entire 2012 home run output. >More
 The Baseball Thesaurus is an insider's guide to the game's lingo

Every time I hear Milwaukee Brewers announcer Bill Schroeder call a sharp line drive a "frozen rope," I'm reminded why I love the game. Words are as integral to baseball as statistics. It's a sport that makes people leap after synonyms like fielders flying into stands to catch a foul ball. >More
 Spotlight's on Wisconsin men's hockey in NCAA tournament

The Wisconsin men's hockey program has won six national titles, the most recent of which came in 2006. That title run was set up nicely for Wisconsin with two regional games in Green Bay and the Frozen Four in Milwaukee, all well attended by a fan base hungry for a taste of hockey glory they hadn't experienced since 1990. >More
 Great expectations for Bo Ryan's Badgers in March Madness

Sports commentators keep using the word "improbable" when talking about the Wisconsin men's basketball team. The Badgers were an improbable fourth seed in the Big Ten tournament and made an improbable run to the finals thanks to the leadership of Bo Ryan, the conference's improbable coach of the year. >More
 Can the Bucks take the Heat?

The Milwaukee Bucks currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, which means that if the NBA playoffs started today, they would face the Miami Heat in a best-of-seven series. That's the same Miami team that won it all last year, owns a 19-game winning streak going into Wednesday night's game at Philadelphia, and employs LeBron James, arguably the most dominant athlete in major sports. >More
 It's WIAA tourney time!

A year ago, Madison was accused of not adequately appreciating the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association's annual winter state tournaments and the millions of dollars in revenue they generate. Critics thought we were taking March Madness for granted. >More
 NFL vs. gays

Last weekend, football fans suffering severe withdrawal since the end of the season -- and presumably having no one nearby to intervene -- tuned in to the coverage of the NFL Scouting Combine to watch pro prospects get treated like racehorses at an auction. >More
 The new Big Ten hockey conference: Exciting?

Quoted in the Lansing State Journal a few weeks ago, Michigan State hockey coach Tom Anastos was enthusiastic about the new Big Ten hockey conference, which begins play next year. "I think Big Ten hockey will be a real exciting brand of hockey," he said. >More
 Badger women's b-ball prospects

In the middle of her second season as the Wisconsin women's basketball coach, Bobbie Kelsey continues to be direct, colorful and often brutally honest when addressing the challenges that go along with rebuilding the program. >More
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