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The Mallards' serious side

For as much goofy fun as a Madison Mallards baseball game can be, with its bat-spin races and all-you-can-eat-and-drink party deck, the club still has the primary goal of winning. We were reminded of that this week when the Mallards decided to can manager C.J. Thieleke, who compiled a 230-178 record over six seasons. >More
 After six years, C.J. Thieleke will not return as Madison Mallards manager in 2011

After failing to qualify for the Northwoods League postseason playoffs for the second consecutive season, the Madison Mallards announced Tuesday they were not renewing manager C.J. Thieleke's contract for the 2011 season. >More
 Of golf and morality

When Phil Mickelson won the Masters back in April, beating rival Tiger Woods by five strokes, the temptation to turn the victory into the story of a family man defeating a sleazy philanderer proved too much for some. As Mickelson celebrated with his wife and mom, both of whom are fighting breast cancer, CBS's Jim Nantz declared it "a win for the family," a treacly spin on his designation of Woods' 1997 Masters title as "a win for the ages." >More
 It's not over till it's over

Last Wednesday afternoon, minutes before Isthmus went to press, the Milwaukee Brewers were mired in the late innings of a 10-2 loss at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds. An editorial decision was made not to update the team's win-loss record, as listed in Scoreboard and this column, rather than assume the loss and risk an embarrassing inaccuracy. >More
 Brewers enjoy the present

The Brewers' inspired play of late (the team is 8-5 since the All-Star break) has helped lighten up these dog days of summer. Hearing a game like Monday night's tense victory over Cincinnati end with Bob Uecker shouting "Haaayyy struck heem out!" is a welcome treat after the 11 weeks Mr. Baseball spent recovering from heart surgery. >More
 Madison Hurling Club holds its own

Hurling might be the coolest sport you've never heard of, with rules and terminology that seem like something out of Harry Potter. "It's 3,000 years old," says Michael Statz, general manager of the Madison Hurling Club. "They say it's the longest continuously played sport in the world. They also call it the fastest game on grass." >More
 Shutting out the British Open

For the first time in its 150-year history, the British Open golf tournament will be broadcast entirely on cable TV in the U.S. this year. Starting Thursday, July 15, ESPN will carry all four rounds live in high definition -- also a first -- with recap shows featuring highlights on ABC at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. What a shame. >More
 Soccer comes of (r)age

According to Fox News commentator Glenn Beck, Wisconsin State Journal sports columnist Andy Baggot and others, dark forces are conspiring to make us like soccer. >More
 Madison gearing up to host the 2010 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships

Sports both novel and long-established regularly rise and fall in popularity, moving in and out of public consciousness. The emerging sport of bicycle polo, particularly the nascent hardcourt version, is one that is just starting to draw attention beyond its pioneering players. It is set to get a local boost when the Madison Bike Polo club hosts the 2010 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships over the weekend of July 16-18. >More
 John Axford is saving the Brewers' chances

A week ago, Brewers fans were growing dyspeptic over talk that beleaguered Trevor Hoffman might return as the club's closer. The 42-year-old Hoffman is Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader, with 596 over his 18-year career. >More
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