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SPORTS

U.S. women's national team in the hunt for a third World Cup

Before this week, the most indelible image of women's soccer in this country was Brandy Chastain pulling off her jersey after defeating China in the 1999 Women's World Cup. But Heather O'Reilly's goal and subsequent celebration against Colombia in last Saturday's World Cup match have a good shot at taking over that position. >More
 Russell Wilson: UW's big man on campus

Fans of Friday Night Lights will remember the character Ray "Voodoo" Tatum, a star quarterback who transferred to Dillon, disrupting the team's chemistry and nearly destroying the Panthers' playoff chances in the show's first season. I was reminded of Voodoo while reading about big-shot quarterback Russell Wilson transferring to Wisconsin this week. >More
 Wisconsin's best soccer player: Jay DeMerit

In the U.S., professional soccer players fall somewhere between obscurity and anonymity when it comes to name recognition. Ask a fan to list American players, and you'll likely hear Landon Donovan, maybe Tim Howard or Jozy Altidore, possibly Freddy Adu. Only the diehards will mention Jay DeMerit. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: Meet your 2011 Madison Mallards (video)

Five ball players and a coach go over baseball movies, walk-up songs, uniform preferences and titanium necklaces at the all-new Duck Pond. >More
 Stricker's Open opportunity

In the 30 years from 1971 to 2000, Americans won all but three U.S. Open golf tournaments. In the 10 years from 2001 to 2010, they won only four, with Tiger Woods claiming two (in 2002 and 2008). To some, this is a welcome indication that golf, thanks in large part to Woods' global brand, has exploded in popularity around the world. >More
 The Madison Mallards' winning ways

Our hometown nine, the Madison Mallards, proved they're as committed to winning as they are to hosting a great time when they fired manager C.J. Thieleke at the end of last season. His crime: missing out on the Northwoods League postseason for two consecutive years and three out of the last four. >More
 Up close and personal

From our general admission seats just three rows off the field at Appleton's Fox Cities Stadium, my 12-year-old son and I can hear every syllable of chatter from the players. Each of the UW-Whitewater players standing at their dugout rail gleefully holds up three fingers as the umpire calls a third consecutive ball. We can hear them discuss the tendencies of the pitcher from Western New England College. >More
 NBA basketball: An international sport

The 2011 NBA playoffs have generated a few interesting stories: the fall of the L.A. Lakers and Boston Celtics; the emergence of a young superstar in Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant; the timely gelling of Miami's roster of mercenaries. But the NBA, a league that has made deliberate moves toward globalization over the last two decades, might be most interested in telling the tale of the Dallas Mavericks. >More
 Duck Pond 2.0: Madison Mallards' new stadium nearing completion (slideshow)

was lucky enough to score a tour of the Madison Mallards' renovated Duck Pond at Warner Park by general manager Conor Caloia last week. Construction is set to wrap up on May 26, but with most of the seats in place it was easy to see the improvements over the old stadium. True, some of the shabby charm of the old setup is gone, but it won't take long for fans to fall in love with the new amenities. >More
 Sizing up the Brewers

With proven bats like Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, a vastly improved pitching staff and an enthusiastic new manager, the 2011 Milwaukee Brewers were predicted by many to be the National League Central Division champs. But with a quarter of the season gone, whether the team can meet those expectations is open to question. >More
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