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Madison Bike Polo challenges NYC in New Year's Championships

Wind, ice, and snow have long been a minor deterrent for the committed squad of Madison bike polo enthusiasts who play through all four seasons. Cold conditions won't even be a factor over this long holiday weekend, though, as the group hosts the New Year's Championships, an indoor tournament that brings together many of the top teams from around the continent. >More
 Bo Ryan's Badgers seek signature win

Over Wisconsin men's basketball coach Bo Ryan's seven seasons in Madison, the Badgers have never missed the NCAA tournament, the benchmark for quality in college hoops. Badger fans have come to expect their team to be alive in March, and with a 9-3 nonconference record going into Wednesday afternoon's Big Ten kickoff game at Michigan, they have reason to be confident again this year. >More
 For Badgers, a Seminole moment

A year ago, Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden was preparing to play Kentucky in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, 25 players short. They had been suspended by the university in connection with a probe into academic misconduct. In all, some 60 FSU athletes allegedly had papers written for them and gotten answers for exams from athletic department staffers. Further official sanctions are expected in January. >More
 A Q&A with Dick Vitale, baby!

Dick Vitale is either beloved or notorious among college basketball fans, due to the excitement and sheer volume he has brought to his broadcasting career. But few can deny that he's the sport's most recognizable celebrity and a relentless supporter of the game. When he's in Madison once or twice a year to call a Badgers game, as he will be for Tuesday's tilt with Texas, the level of excitement at the Kohl Center is clearly elevated. >More
 UW-Whitewater Warhawks whoop it up

Last weekend, the UW-Whitewater Warhawks proved their mettle by beating fifth-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Division III national semifinals. On Saturday, the team plays the top-ranked Mount Union Purple Raiders in the title game. It starts at 10 a.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN2. >More
 Mad Rollin' Dolls look towards a bright 2009 at Alliant Energy Center

It was the end of an era on Saturday night, as the Mad Rollin' Dolls roller derby league bade 2008 -- and four years of play at Fast Forward Skate Center -- a fond farewell. >More
 Madison ice boating great Bill Mattison retires

Seeing Bill Mattison's name attached to the phrase "has officially retired from the sport of ice boating" may be difficult for longtime enthusiasts to reconcile. But there it is, announced by the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club. Mattison is letting the wind out the sails and cleaning out the Williamson Street garage workshop where he has built and repaired ice boats for almost 40 years. >More
 Stone's Badgers battle back

Finals week is nigh and, in the interest of academic pursuits, the UW-Madison will cease athletic activity for a week following the men's and women's basketball games at the Kohl Center on Saturday. >More
 Buckets of fun

There are few better cures for seasonal affective disorder than high school basketball. Just as the nights turn bitterly cold, dark and long, dozens of opportunities to walk into brightly lit, raucous high school gymnasiums start showing up on the calendar. >More
 Tryptophan and adrenaline

Escaping dishwashing duty on Turkey Day has for generations meant flipping on the TV. But this year, football fans might be better off elbow-deep in suds. The Detroit Lions, the worst team in the NFL at 0-11, host the Tennessee Titans, one of the best at 10-1, in the 11:30 a.m. game on CBS. >More
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