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Bret Bielema's next act

Okay, it's finally August. The Brewers have been unwatchable all year, and I can't read another sermon about performance-enhancing drugs. Can we talk about football now? >More
 Our best just say 'nae'

Watching a smiling Phil Mickelson stride toward the 18th green on Sunday, the British Open amazingly all but his after he stormed into the lead from five shots down, it was easy to preoccupy oneself with the incredible: How did he do it? What about those two 3-woods he smacked on his way to a birdie on the par-5 17th? And where was Steve Stricker, anyway? >More
 Wide world of carnage

When the news hit last week that a 20-year-old referee in the northeast of Brazil had a) sent off a 30-year-old player in an amateur soccer match on June 30; b) been attacked by said enraged player; c) pulled a concealed knife from his clothing and stabbed the player in the heart, killing him; and then d) been beaten, quartered and decapitated by spectators, his head left on a spike on the field " well, the reaction here was as you might expect. >More
 Meet new Madison Mallards manager Donnie Scott

It only takes a second for Madison Mallards president Vern Stenman to point out the biggest reason his team qualified for the Northwoods League playoffs for the first time since 2008 last week. "It's Donnie Scott," says Stenman, invoking the name of Madison's first-year manager. "Have you met Donnie yet? You gotta meet him. He's made for this level." >More
 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
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