Connect with Isthmus:         Newsletters 

Sunday, February 1, 2015 |  Madison, WI: 15.0° F  Snow Blowing Snow and Breezy
The Daily


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
 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
Select a Movie
Select a Theater

Promotions Contact us Privacy Policy Jobs Newsletters RSS
Collapse Photo Bar