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The Daily

SPORTS

The Brewers' pitching problem

A baseball cliché you're likely to hear a lot during the playoffs is "good pitching beats good hitting." That is, except when it doesn't. Philadelphia, the team with by far the best pitching in Major League Baseball this season, is still trying to figure out how its staff of Cy Young and postseason MVP winners could have been eliminated by St. Louis in the divisional round. >More
 NLCS roundup: NYT climbs aboard the Brewers bandwagon just in time for a thumping

In two games at home against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Milwaukee Brewers have been outscored 18-12, which makes them lucky to be tied heading to St. Louis for games three, four and five on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. >More
 Pure joy: How the Brewers' playoff run turned a sportswriter into a fan

It was in the middle of John Axford's meltdown in the ninth inning last Friday when I realized why I had become a sportswriter. In the business, all you invest is your time and energy. No loyalties, except to the reader. No passion, except to the story. The result is the result. Just make it quick and be sure to give me something to write about. But not this afternoon and night. >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
 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
 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
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