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Enjoy this moment of Wisconsin sports dominance

In case there remained any doubt about which team reigns over Wisconsin in October, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob Wolfley erased it on his SportsDay blog Monday. Over what many are calling the most spectacular sports weekend in the state, ever, over twice as many Milwaukee households watched the heavily favored Green Bay Packers play a non-conference game against the Denver Broncos than tuned in to see either of the Milwaukee Brewers first-round playoff games. >More
 Gimme a G! Sports teams step up to the plate with green initiatives

In sports, as in life, the desired path is always from the minor to major leagues. Yet, in a 21st-century twist, the new stadium housing the Madison Mallards baseball team has reversed that logic. When the team embarked on a $2 million renovation of their stadium in Warner Park, they chose to reuse seats from a couple of major league baseball stadiums, filling up the stands with chairs from the famed Camden Yards in Baltimore, and several rows in left field from Wrigley Field in Chicago. >More
 Rucks and scrums: Wisconsin rugby squad looks to qualify for nationals

The UW-Madison rugby club plays its home matches on the western edge of the University Bay fields, prudently near UW Hospital. Its out-of-the-way location recalls an Oscar Wilde description of the sport: "Rugby is a good occasion for keeping thirty bullies far from the center of the city." >More
 Russell Wilson so far

At his weekly press conference, Wisconsin head football coach Bret Bielema reveals the team's most valuable players from the previous game for all the units. Senior transfer quarterback Russell Wilson got the nod for the offense two weeks ago after the Badgers rolled Oregon State, 35-0. In that game, Wilson completed 17 of 21 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. >More
 Ways to watch the Wisconsin vs. Northern Illinois football game

The news that the Wisconsin Badgers' visit to Chicago's Soldier Field to play Northern Illinois won't be televised has been met with a resounding shrug this week. Maybe that's because fans expecting an easy win over the mid-major Huskies are already looking ahead to the Big Ten opener against Nebraska on Oct. 1. >More
 Brewers' countdown to victory

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Milwaukee Brewers' "magic number" stands at 11. The figure, lowest in the major leagues, represents the number of Brewers wins or St. Louis Cardinals losses needed to clinch the division title. >More
 What's good about kids football

When my son decided to stop playing soccer in fourth grade in favor of football, I was disappointed. I grew up playing both sports and found the subtle approach of the Norwegian dad who oversaw our soccer team preferable to the in-your-face barking of our football coaches. I loved the soccer routine, complete with the sideline socializing over coffee on Saturday mornings and seeing the kids become more confident as their skills developed. But it always bugged me that the team rarely strayed from a hierarchy with the fastest, most athletic kid at the top. >More
 Home-field advantage: It's a season of promise for Wisconsin Badgers football

The contrast between Middleton High School's two contributions to the 2011 Wisconsin Badger football team is apparent on the team's media day, held on a hot, bright August afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium. The athletic communications staff arranges a couple dozen folding chairs in the middle of the field for veteran starters, the players most likely to be sought after by reporters. >More
 Badgers football conditioning coach Ben Herbert emphasizes healthy living

It's clear from spending even a few minutes with the University of Wisconsin football team's strength and conditioning coach, Ben Herbert, that while he's a prodigious talker, he also loves to communicate visually. >More
 Football as a major

Revelations surfaced last week that a booster entertained University of Miami football players with lavish yacht parties, nights out at strip clubs and gifts of cash and jewelry. This comes not long after Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was forced out after it emerged that he covered up for some of his players who had traded jerseys and other swag for tattoos. These scandals have renewed the perennial argument over whether college athletes should be paid. >More
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