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A World Cup of difference

The most pleasant surprise of this year's World Cup isn't the quality of soccer but the richness of the media coverage. Soccer fanatics are used to seeking out the foreign press for insight and attitude (I highly recommend Marina Hyde and "The Fiver" at, but this time around U.S. outlets are providing some welcome edge. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: Midwest Log Rolling Championships (video)

Wingra Park hosted the Midwest Log Rolling Championships on Sunday as a benefit for the Huntington's Disease Society of America. World champion log roller and tournament director Shana Martin introduces the sport, and a pair of competitors discuss tactics for maintaining balance atop the water. >More
 Badgers football fans devour student season tickets

In just 36 minutes this morning, undergraduates at UW bought 14,000 season tickets for Badger football home games. >More
 Something to quack about

At the Madison Mallards' "First Pitch" event in April, team president Vern Stenman, general manager Conor Caloia and manager C.J. Thieleke all gave the same answer when asked to name the guy they couldn't wait to see on the field at the Warner Park Duck Pond this summer: Virginia shortstop Stephen Bruno. >More
 Get set for the World Cup

he unparalleled spectacle that is the World Cup inspires hopes, dreams and questions around the globe. But among soccer fans in the United States, the key question is: Will this be the year the game is finally embraced here? >More
 Where to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Madison

The unparalleled spectacle that is the World Cup inspires billions of hopes, dreams, and questions around the globe, but among soccer fanatics in the United States, one is raised time and time again above all others: Will this be the year the beautiful game is finally embraced at home? Only the tournament will tell. >More
 Celtics vs. Lakers -- again

The Boston Celtics have won 17 NBA titles. They've beaten the Los Angeles Lakers for eight of them - including, most recently, 2008. The Lakers own 15 titles, two at the hands of the Celtics but none since 1987, when Magic Johnson and Larry Bird played in shorts that would test public decency laws today. >More
 Baseball's unwritten rules

With his team down 15-zip in the eighth inning last Friday night at Minnesota, Milwaukee Brewers centerfielder Carlos Gomez jerked a three-run homer into the Target Field seats. As he stood at home plate admiring the flight of the ball, he flipped his bat backwards, accidentally hitting Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer. >More
 Where can I get a Casey McGehee shirsey?

I took a day off work last week to see a Milwaukee Brewers game at Miller Park. My experience watching the Crew lose, 9-2, to Atlanta fully tested the axiom that the worst day at the ballpark beats the best day at work. Access to Secret Stadium Sauce was the deciding factor. >More
 Will it be a Big 15?

Remember when the Big Ten was an athletic league? That may have been true at one time, back when the success of a conference or college's athletic programs was measured by the wins and losses of their teams. But today, revenues determine which among the six most powerful college conferences - the Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Big East, Big 12, Pac-10 - is top dog. >More
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