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UW softball on the rebound

In its 16th year as a varsity program, Wisconsin softball is a lackluster brand. The last time the Badgers had a winning conference record or were competitive in the Big Ten was 2005. Coach Chandelle Schulte was fired a year ago after three straight feeble campaigns, including two last-place conference finishes. >More
 Great expectations for Bart Houston

Remember Xavier Harris? News in 2006 that he had committed to play wide receiver at Wisconsin caused members of the Badgermaniac message board to dub him "Xavier the Savior." Some predicted the Fort Lauderdale native would start as a freshman and lead the Badgers to national prominence. >More
 Madison Mallards' new logo makes a statement

When John Krull was charged with creating a new identity for the Madison Mallards last fall, as the team broke ground on a new stadium and hired a new field manager, he was given some clear parameters by the team's front office. >More
 UW Badgers spring football game no longer lame

ESPN is televising five college football spring games this year, up from two last year. The Big Ten Network will air every conference team's spring game except Nebraska's, which typically draws upwards of 60,000 people in Lincoln. >More
 Now it's Coach Kelsey's turn

With an easy sense of humor and gift for gab, Bobbie Kelsey charmed the sportswriters, athletic department big shots and players gathered for her debut press conference Monday in the Kohl Center media room. Having been in town just a few days, Wisconsin's new women's basketball coach immediately became the most charismatic personality in the UW's sports sphere. >More
 The Mad City 100K makes for a spectator-friendly ultra marathon

The great conundrum of endurance sport is the inverse relationship between a competition's degree of difficulty and its friendliness to spectators. In general, the greater the distance or more inhospitable the terrain over which the athletes race, the more sporadic the opportunities to watch and the more difficult it is to reach a variety of perspectives from which to observe. >More
 Brewers swing and miss the fun

Back in November, when he was hired to succeed Ken Macha as the Milwaukee Brewers' manager, Ron Roenicke made a promise about the club in 2011. "We're going to be aggressive from first to third and, at times, we're going to get thrown out," he said. "But over the course of the season, I guarantee we will score a lot more runs being aggressive." >More
 Meet the Brew crew

Despite a full disabled list (Zack Greinke, Corey Hart, Jonathan Lucroy and LaTroy Hawkins are all nursing injuries), opening day arrives for Milwaukee Brewers fans with as much hope as ever. Some stories to watch: >More
 As the basketball bounces...

It's been an incredible week for local hoop heads. The Badger men's basketball team defied the pundits and imposed its style of play on Belmont and Kansas State to reach the NCAA tournament's "Sweet Sixteen." Madison Memorial won its third state championship in seven years in a triple-overtime thriller against De Pere at the Kohl Center. And Madison East's Nimrod Hilliard IV was named the state's Mr. Basketball, a well-deserved honor for the city's most electric player. >More
 March sadness for Wisconsin men's hoops?

On Thursday night, the Tru TV network will abandon its regular programming, which includes such fare as Disorder in the Court and Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, for the first-round NCAA men's basketball tournament match-up between your Wisconsin Badgers and the Bruins of Nashville's Belmont University. >More
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