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Jesus and Jason Collins

News that veteran NBA journeyman Jason Collins reveals that he's gay in an essay featured on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated had barely broken Monday morning when every heterosexual sports commentator with a Twitter account attempted to explain what it means. Many adopted the view that learning someone is gay should not be a big deal in 2013. >More
 Badger softball's promise

The Wisconsin softball team was holding on to third place in the Big Ten by a half-game going into Wednesday's scheduled doubleheader against Northwestern. Michigan and Nebraska were ahead of the Badgers in the standings, with each team playing 13 home games so far this season. >More
 'In an instant, it just stopped': Madison marathoner Bob Ansheles recalls his Boston experience

Bob Ansheles, the director of marketing and membership for the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce and a former sales manager at Isthmus, had finished the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon and was a couple blocks away from the finish line when he heard the first blast. >More
 Love the new, fun Badgers football squad

Less happens during an actual three-ring circus than what played out on the Camp Randall Stadium turf last Saturday morning. Over 800 fans showed up for an open spring practice -- something unheard of during the Barry Alvarez and Bret Bielema regimes -- and got a brief glimpse behind the curtain of big-time college football. >More
 Wisconsin Badgers and coach Gary Andersen open spring football practice to fans (slideshow)

Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen endeared himself by opening practice to the public Saturday. About 800 fans showed up and saw players run through drills for nearly two hours, from the mundane to the exciting, along with a dance contest that could only be described as bizarre. >More
 A wish list for the Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee right fielder Norichika Aoki accounted for the Brewers' only home run on opening day at Miller Park on Monday. Bernie Brewer's butt didn't hit the left-field slide for Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks or Aramis Ramirez, each of whom had over 20 dingers last season. Meanwhile, Aoki's third-inning blast would have been 10% of his entire 2012 home run output. >More
 The Baseball Thesaurus is an insider's guide to the game's lingo

Every time I hear Milwaukee Brewers announcer Bill Schroeder call a sharp line drive a "frozen rope," I'm reminded why I love the game. Words are as integral to baseball as statistics. It's a sport that makes people leap after synonyms like fielders flying into stands to catch a foul ball. >More
 Spotlight's on Wisconsin men's hockey in NCAA tournament

The Wisconsin men's hockey program has won six national titles, the most recent of which came in 2006. That title run was set up nicely for Wisconsin with two regional games in Green Bay and the Frozen Four in Milwaukee, all well attended by a fan base hungry for a taste of hockey glory they hadn't experienced since 1990. >More
 Great expectations for Bo Ryan's Badgers in March Madness

Sports commentators keep using the word "improbable" when talking about the Wisconsin men's basketball team. The Badgers were an improbable fourth seed in the Big Ten tournament and made an improbable run to the finals thanks to the leadership of Bo Ryan, the conference's improbable coach of the year. >More
 Can the Bucks take the Heat?

The Milwaukee Bucks currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, which means that if the NBA playoffs started today, they would face the Miami Heat in a best-of-seven series. That's the same Miami team that won it all last year, owns a 19-game winning streak going into Wednesday night's game at Philadelphia, and employs LeBron James, arguably the most dominant athlete in major sports. >More
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