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Madison College baseball provides drama in postseason tournament

Proximity to the playing surface often trumps the quality of play when I'm making decisions about a sporting event to view. I'll take a wooden bench at a high school basketball game over the NBA on TV every time. And I was much happier in my seat three rows behind home plate at Robin Roberts Field last Saturday than I would have been in the left-field seats at Miller Park. >More
 Sad days for Brewers fans

A month ago, optimistic Milwaukee Brewers fans insisted it wasn't too brash to predict that their team would be in the thick of the National League's Central division race with St. Louis and Cincinnati. Today, they're watching games through their fingers and avoiding the daily injury reports. >More
 Multi-event SuperBadgers

Madison sports fans will be presented with a special opportunity May 11-13 when the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships come to town. Some of the best athletes in the country, kids who can run, leap and throw better than any college football or basketball players, will be strutting their stuff at the McClimon Complex. And the athletic royalty among them, the best of the best, are the multi-event athletes. >More
 A Badger hockey dream team?

Back in December, Paul Capobianco of the UW's Athletic Communications office posted an interesting question to the hockey blog: What if the NHL Badgers all played on the same team? With 20 former Badgers skating for NHL teams at the time, Capobianco was able to outline a plausible roster. >More
 Fastpitch softball at Goodman Diamond

Steeply banked bleachers perch fans right on top of the action -- and provide a view of Lake Mendota, too. Goodman Diamond is an intimate sports venue that should be rocking for Wisconsin fastpitch softball doubleheaders on Saturday afternoons. But thanks to Wisconsin's climate, fans huddled under blankets are usually outnumbered by empty seats. >More
 John Calipari > Bo Ryan: Coach Cal is a mastermind, not a criminal

John Calipari did not invent the "one-and-done" rule that precludes players from declaring for the NBA draft until a year after they graduate from high school and he has publicly spoken out against it. However, he also recognizes it for what it is and recruits accordingly. UK has reeled in the number one recruiting class every year since he has been in Lexington and is set for yet another. >More
 Bo Ryan > John Calipari: It's not just about winning the trophy

I think Bo Ryan understands that because his teams have been relatively successful here, his position comes with a bully pulpit from which he can push his vision of college athletics. It includes putting the institution ahead of the individual, making academics the top priority, earning a degree and leaving school with some life lessons in addition to basketball skills. But mostly, that statement indicates that Ryan believes there are more important things than winning basketball games. >More
 Bye-bye, Milwaukee Bucks

With a couple weeks left in the NBA season, the Milwaukee Bucks (28-29 going into Wednesday's game against New York) are battling for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Division. This is a rough approximation of the line that will be used by local TV sports anchors trying to sell Bucks highlights this week. Wow! A bona fide playoff contender in a league where over half the teams make the postseason -- get that champagne on ice! >More
 The starting five

There were no 20-game winners among the Milwaukee Brewers' five starting pitchers last season and no serious Cy Young candidates. The rotation was described as good, not great; efficient and solid, not flashy. But all five starters finished the season, which ended in the National League Championship Series, with winning records. >More
 UW Hodags reach out to ultimate's hungry fan base

The Wisconsin Hodags have been among college ultimate's top clubs over the last 10 years, winning national titles in 2003, 2007 and 2008. But since most of the sport's action takes place in warmer climates during the winter and early spring, Madison ultimate fans rarely get a chance to see them play. >More
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