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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
 Madison Memorial beats Milwaukee Riverside, heads to state for eighth straight year

With an additional division forcing the Division I quarterfinals to be played at regional sites throughout the state on what the WIAA dubbed "Super Tuesday," Memorial's journey involved an extra step this year. Riverside, which finished atop the Milwaukee City Conference, stood in the way and matched the Spartans for the game's first half. >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
 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
 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
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