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USA Cycling national championships take over Madison's Capitol Square Sunday

This year, around 1,000 cyclists were riding in the para-cycling and amateur road race championships. Rachel Leif, event coordinator for USA Cycle, was pleased by the turnout for the event and plans to continue working with Madison for future events. >More
 How Jackie Robinson found a friend in Wisconsin

You've heard about the troubles Jackie Robinson faced when he integrated major league baseball in 1947. He heroically stood up to death threats, physical assaults and racial slurs. >More
 If you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Remember when Brewers fans chuckled about their team's domination over the Pittsburgh Pirates? It happened as recently as May 24, when headlines such as "Brewers beat Pirates...again" appeared in state media outlets. At that time, Milwaukee's record against Pittsburgh was 47-8 over the last seven seasons. >More
 Time to show LeBron some love

The scene at the end of game seven of the NBA finals last week evoked a flurry of compliments on social media and talk radio. Before donning their championship caps and T-shirts and preening for the media, or even gathering to celebrate together as a team, members of the Miami Heat embraced their opponents, most notably San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich, a notorious grump. >More
 In defense of Brett Favre

After the Green Bay Packers released Desmond Bishop on Monday, ESPN Wisconsin's Jason Wilde reported that the linebacker would be visiting with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday. Wilde followed that news immediately with a cautionary tweet. >More
 Ryan Braun's other stats

Earlier this week, an unscientific ESPN poll asked fans if they believe Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun's denials that he has used performance-enhancing drugs. Overall, 57% said they didn't believe his original denial in 2012 and don't believe him now, with only 9% saying they believed him both times. In Wisconsin, 42% trust Braun both times and 27% believe him neither time. Nationwide, 18% say they don't know what to believe, which lines up pretty well with Wisconsin's 16%. >More
 Jester Weah is a three-sport all-star

When Jester Weah was a standout junior basketball player at Madison Memorial, he and a couple teammates allowed Isthmus to shoot video of their annual trip to get intricate designs shaved in their hair for the state basketball tournament. Despite getting the most elaborate haircut, Weah was overshadowed in the piece by his more loquacious teammates. "Jester is a man of few words," Memorial basketball coach Steve Collins told me later. >More
 Milwaukee Brewers' new lows

The Milwaukee Brewers finished April at 14-11 and just a half-game behind St. Louis in the National League's Central Division standings, leading many to believe the 2013 campaign would be competitive and fun. They went on to win just five of their next 24 and are now 13½ games out of first. Only two major league teams -- Miami and Houston -- are playing worse. >More
 Follow the UW-Madison teams at this weekend's USA Ultimate College Championships at Reddan Park

Madison sports fans looking to discover a sport on the rise are fortunate to have the USA Ultimate College Championsips at Reddan Park in Verona this weekend. Forty teams total -- 20 women's and 20 open -- are competing for national titles beginning with pool play on Friday and Saturday with elimination rounds beginning Saturday evening. Quarter-finals are Sunday morning with semi-finals in the afternoon at Mansfield Stadium on the Madison Memorial High School campus. >More
 More eyes turn to Madison's Ultimate Frisbee fields

About 570 spectators gathered at Breese Stevens Field on Mother's Day to watch Madison's new professional Ultimate team, the Madison Radicals, battle Chicago opponents the Windy City Wildfire for first place in the American Ultimate Disc League. >More
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