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Time for a shot clock?

Maybe you read about a recent high school boys' basketball game in Alabama, the one in which Bibb County defeated Brookwood, 2-0 " a dubious accomplishment that tied the record for lowest-scoring prep basketball game in history. >More
 Role reversals

The University of Wisconsin hockey teams each snapped streaks last weekend. The men's team ended an 11-game skid with a 3-2 win over Ohio State, while the Buckeyes handed the Badger women their first loss in eight games with a 4-3 upset.It was one of those rare role reversals during a season in which we've watched with consternation as the once mighty Badger men " remember those nine Frozen Four appearances and last year's inaugural Big Ten title? " slipped and slid to a 3-19-4 record (1-9-2-2 in the Big Ten). >More
 Shorter seasons for better play

The National Basketball Association's All-Star Game will be held Sunday, Feb. 15, at New York's Madison Square Garden, preceded by three days of festivities " including televised skills challenges, slam-dunk and three-point contests, and celebrity scrimmages. >More
 Changes at Madison International Speedway

In addition to retaining the speedway's longtime Friday night tradition of spring and summer racing, new owner Gregg McKarns says he plans to add more events and develop thrill shows. >More
 Reasons to root for Seattle

The Seattle Seahawks probably feel like they're at McDonald's, because they must be lovin' this. Nobody is paying attention to the Patriots' NFC opponent in Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX; Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman's elbow simply can't compete with New England quarterback Tom Brady's balls. >More
 The 'Super Bowl' of climbing competitions

For the past two years, Madison climbing enthusiast Jeremy Hemberger watched the American Bouldering Series National Championships streamed live from the City Auditorium in Colorado Springs, Colo. Sooner or later, he thought, he would travel west and compete. >More
 How about them high school teams?

By now, you may have recovered from witnessing arguably the most improbable NFC Championship victory in NFL history. But discussions of how the Green Bay Packers squandered a 16-0 halftime lead over the Seattle Seahawks and lost in overtime, 28-22, will continue long into the offseason. >More
 Local alt-country artists breathe new life into classic Stones album

Matt Earley first heard the Rolling Stones' classic 1972 album Exile on Main St. at age 19, and it quickly became a go-to record for him. This week, the 45-year-old vocalist, guitarist and ukulele player for Madison's Americana string band Winn Dixie will lead the "Exile on Willy St." project -- a who's-who of the city's alt-country music scene -- in a one-time-only, front-to-back reworking of the 18-song double album now regarded as one of the finest records in rock history. >More
 The Packers look to the future

Can we please stop talking about the Ice Bowl now? The Green Bay Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys, 26-21, in an NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday that garnered all sorts of comparisons to the NFL Championship Game at Lambeau Field on Dec. 31, 1967. >More
 FEED Kitchens is attracting users, but has plenty of room for more

Tammy Markee-Mayas knew she could make a better veggie burger -- one packed with organic sweet potatoes, raw walnuts, fresh chickpeas and jalapeño and savory spices. She would market them under the name IGo VeGo Hand-Crafted Vegan Burgers and sell them in a food cart during the summer. All Markee-Mayas needed was someplace to make and package her burgers. >More
 Nearly all of Wisconsin's sports teams came up short in 2014

My mother, who isn't even a sports fan, claims she's unable to watch the Green Bay Packers on television if the point differential is less than 14. I've tried watching games with her; the tighter the score, the more stressed she gets until she finally leaves the room. >More
 Drummer John O.Reilly stays busy making music with Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Drummer John O.Reilly may have one of the coolest jobs in rock. He's spent the past dozen years touring each November through early January with one of two traveling versions of the holiday rock-opera extravaganza Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and he's gigged with everyone from Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and Blue Oyster Cult to Yoko Ono and the late Richie Havens. >More
 Is Steel Panther a novelty band or parody band?

The four aging, heavily made-up men in Steel Panther look like the bastard offspring from an unholy union of Poison and Mötley Crüe circa 1989. They write over-the-top hair-metal songs ripe with melody, muscle and machismo, fearlessly creating an amalgam of that maligned era's sound and embracing all its excesses and debauchery. >More
 Wisconsin Badgers football fan fatigue

Anyone who watched Ohio State pound Wisconsin 59-0 in Saturday's Big Ten Championship game might have noticed something else, too: Buckeye red appeared to trump Bucky red in the stands at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium. >More
 There's still hope for the Milwaukee Bucks

The next time you go to East Towne or West Towne mall, take a look at what people are wearing. You'll notice plenty of Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers sweatshirts and jackets, and probably even a few diehards (like me) donning a Milwaukee Brewers cap or T-shirt. >More
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