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The Daily

SPORTS

Purgolders kick it up a notch

Down 12 points going into the fourth quarter at Janesville Craig two weeks ago, Madison East exploded for 28 points, 17 of them from sophomore guard Nimrod Hilliard IV's cold-blooded outside shooting. But most of the credit for East's 75-71 overtime win owes to its swarming half-court defense. >More
 Madison East boys basketball team kicks it up a notch

Down 12 points going into the fourth quarter at Janesville Craig two weeks ago, Madison East exploded for 28 points, 17 of them from sophomore guard Nimrod Hilliard IV's cold-blooded outside shooting. But it was East's swarming, near-chaotic half-court defense that deserves most of the credit for its 75-71 overtime victory. >More
 UW v. Denver: Underrated rivalry

Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State all have Division I teams, but they're split between the Western and Central Collegiate Hockey Associations. Wisconsin is in the WCHA, competing against teams from significantly smaller schools like Alaska-Anchorage, St. Cloud State and Denver University. >More
 Knight, lite

On Saturday ESPN is bringing its popular College GameDay show to Madison, the traveling production's only stop at a Big Ten school this season. The show's format features a crew of former players and coaches breaking down the week's action in front of frenzied student fans. >More
 Matt Lepay: A different kind of talk-show host

Matt Lepay doesn't fit the stereotype of a sports talk radio host. Unlike barkers Jim Rome and Colin Cowherd, he takes a calm, almost cerebral approach on the month-old show he co-hosts on weekdays 68 a.m. with The Capital Times' Mike Lucas on 1070 AM. >More
 Mad Rollin' Dolls talk training and gear up for 'Super Roll Sunday'

This is not the Raquel Welch and Kansas City Bomber sort of roller derby that reigned in the '70s. This isn't even the roller derby of 2004, which early fans might have caught at Fast Forward Skate Center when the Mad Rollin' Dolls started to take shape. No, this is athletic. This is real. There are no rails, there are no fights, and there is certainly nothing staged or pre-determined about it. This is a sport. And while there might still be a few elements of camp remaining, this roller derby is as bona fide as it gets. >More
 Get your tickets for Gals on Ice!

The most successful tenant of the Kohl Center this winter, by far, is the Badger women's hockey team, with a record of 22-1-3. That's good enough for a share of first place in the WCHA and top ranking in the nation. >More
 Can we explain? You bet!

Betting on sports -- even the Super Bowl -- is illegal in Wisconsin, but there's no law against explaining the jargon of wagering. And the truth is, many people are unaware of the meaning of even the most common sports gambling terms. >More
 Mo' better Bucks?

An examination of the NBA standings earlier this week revealed a shocking truth. There, occupying the eighth slot in the Eastern Conference with a record of 19-21, sat the Milwaukee Bucks. If the regular season ended Tuesday, the Bucks would qualify for the playoffs and square off against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round. >More
 Menu planning, Madison Mallards style

Each year, Madison Mallards General Manager Vern Stenman gathers his staff for an afternoon of sampling potential ballpark fare. Plates of food, nearly all of it dipped in batter and deep fried, are brought out, sampled, critiqued, debated and either rejected or added to one of the menus offered to Mallards fans. This year, he let me tag along. >More
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