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Former UW basketball players take their talents on the road

Marcus Landry anticipates returning to Madison this summer to complete the one course he needs to get a degree in life science communications from the University of Wisconsin. Landry, 25, a standout with the Badger men's basketball team from 2005 to 2009, now is making an impact with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League. >More
 NCAA slight is Badger hockey fans' good fortune

When the NCAA women's hockey tournament brackets were posted early this week, Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson likened his reaction to the quarterfinal pairings to being "kicked right in the belly." Wisconsin is the runaway top seed in the field, 34-2-2 overall with a 24-game unbeaten streak since Dec. 4. In a typical eight-team tournament, the top seed draws the eighth-seeded team in the first round, which according to college hockey's PairWise rankings should be Dartmouth. >More
 Jordan Taylor: A point guard for the ages?

Jimmer Fredette -- yes, his name is Jimmer -- is averaging more than 27 points a game for third-ranked Brigham Young this season, making him the top men's college basketball scorer in the country. This statistic, coupled with BYU's 27-2 record, makes Fredette the favorite to win the Wooden Award, which goes to college basketball's player of the year. >More
 Protesters ? the Green Bay Packers

Most NFL players limit their use of Twitter to the most mind-numbing ephemera. Take Green Bay Packers' tight end Tom Crabtree. "Just got an insane workout in," reads a recent entry. "Feel like I could go outside and beat the shit out of this blizzard." But then there's this, from Monday: "I don't like to get into politics on Twitter. But I fully support WI unions and I think Gov. Walker is out of his damn mind." >More
 There's no reason to rush the court!

I cringe whenever I see UW students rush the court after a Kohl Center basketball victory, as they did after last Saturday's win over then-number-one Ohio State. At this point in the college basketball season, upsets seem to happen every other day - witness Kansas State's takedown of top-ranked Kansas. Time and again, ESPN features shots of fans filling gym floors, from the West Coast Conference to the Atlantic Coast Conference. >More
 Madison East's Nimrod Hilliard IV is putting his heart in it

When Nimrod Hilliard IV digs in on defense in Madison East's full-court zone press, he gets low and wide, like youth basketball players are coached to do. And as the opposing point guard approaches with the ball, he grins widely, claps and shouts "Let's go!" -- maybe to his teammates, maybe to the opponent. >More
 A Super Bowl reading list worthy of Packers fans, casual and hardcore

There are hundreds of stories about which team is better at the zone blitz, which quarterback has the better "pocket presence" or whatever. Here are some articles from Super Bowl week that are actually fun to read. >More
 Green Bay Packers talking points for Super Bowl XLV

Green Bay Packers football has never been merely a pastime in Wisconsin. Some refer to it as a religion, but the number of churches that schedule services around kickoff each Sunday indicates it's much more serious than that. Still, some among us don't tune in live to Mike McCarthy's weekly press conferences, pore over Peter King's weekly Monday Morning Quarterback columns or rearrange our replica jerseys in numerical order. >More
 Ben Roethlisberger's bad behavior

Last March, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was accused of, but not charged with, sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman in a Georgia nightclub. The documents released by investigators chronicle a night of, at best, boorish behavior. In refusing to press charges, the woman's attorney said her client was concerned about intrusive attention that would come from a trial. >More
 The end of NFL football?

Enjoy your postseason run, Packers fans. The NFL might take an extended leave of absence this off-season. The league's collective bargaining agreement between the owners and players is set to expire on March 3. If a new agreement isn't reached by then -- and there's been little movement -- players could be locked out. Some believe a work stoppage could stretch into next fall and lead to canceled games. >More
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