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Bo Ryan holds court

Astute observers of the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team might remember a handful of games when coach Bo Ryan wore a red sport coat. One of those times, his mother, Louise, happened to be watching on TV. "After that game, my mom told me, 'I wouldn't wear that again. It makes you look like you're parking cars,'" says Ryan. >More
 What's up for Wisconsin men's basketball in the 2014-15 season?

As the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team shoots for a 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and a second straight trip to the Final Four this season, Badgers coach Bo Ryan faces an impending age problem. >More
 When sportsmanship trumps winning

For all the value we place on "sportsmanship," the line separating a rule violation from a show of respect for an opponent is blurry. And sometimes, that just doesn't seem fair. >More
 New WIAA rules give suburban schools a better chance at state football titles

The state high school football playoffs opened last Friday night with 224 teams competing in seven divisions. A couple of new and significant organizational changes are in place this year, including one that allows the highest-seeded teams to host games through the quarterfinals. This resulted in first-round games at DeForest, Madison La Follette, Marshall, Middleton, Monona Grove and Waunakee. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2014 fills downtown Madison with lively discussions about medicine, math, mini-golf and more

The Madison Public Library Foundation has transformed the Wisconsin Book Festival into a year-round celebration of authors and reading. It doesn't just honor the written word, but pays homage to the things that inspire authors to write and the big ideas that make storytelling so exciting. >More
 UW mathematician Jordan Ellenberg highlights the value of contradiction at Wisconsin Book Festival 2014

Jordan Ellenberg, nationally recognized UW-Madison mathematics professor and author of the recent bestselling book How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, did something very unmathematical Thursday night: He made a last-minute change in plans. >More
 Roy Boone's Summer League heats up Madison adult hoops

Roy Boone's professional basketball career ended in 2007 at age 30 with the now defunct American Basketball Association's oddly named Minnesota Ripknees. But that doesn't mean he can't play ball anymore. "I still got it on the court," chuckles the 37-year-old former Wisconsin Badgers guard, and a member of UW's Final Four team in 2000 as a 6-foot-3-inch junior. >More
 Forward Community Investments celebrates 20 years of good work

In 1994, a small group of investors, philanthropists and community developers gathered in the basement at First Baptist Church of Madison to establish the Madison Area Community Loan Fund " a group with much more ambition than its dry name suggested. >More
 New Zeloski Marsh bike trail is a rewarding Jefferson County daytrip

The low-flying hawk circled above us, round and round so many times I wondered if it was getting dizzy. My wife, Lisa, and I were intruders on its territory -- a previously untouched-by-the-march-of-progress stretch of new trail in the Zeloski Marsh Unit of the Lake Mills Wildlife Area in Jefferson County, about 40 miles from Madison. >More
 The Madison Capitols open a new chapter for the city's hockey fandom

Madison's proud hockey heritage begins a new era this month. The Madison Capitols -- a 23-man squad of 16- to 20-year-olds -- will play the first game of their inaugural United States Hockey League season at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 18. The team's first five games, including Saturday's season-opening 4-3 loss to the Muskegon Lumberjacks, are on the road because of scheduling conflicts at the arena. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2014 is a celebration of authors, libraries and bold ideas

Madison Public Library and its foundation have transformed the Wisconsin Book Festival into a yearlong feast of stellar storytelling and intriguing ideas. With many events at the Central Library, the main portion of the fest (Oct. 16-19) is also a chance for attendees to enjoy the new building's art, gathering spaces and, of course, books. Here are some of the events we're most excited about. >More
 The Brewers' epic skid

Just when you thought the Milwaukee Brewers were out of the playoff picture, the Crew restored a little hope last weekend and won four out of five games against the Miami Marlins and the Cincinnati Reds. >More
 The hidden benefits of tug-of-war

Cathal McKeever's large right hand, roughened from years of pulling a thick 110-foot rope in countless tug-of-war matches around the world, firmly gripped my (much) smaller right hand as he explained why the United States is integral to the continued success of the ancient sport. >More
 Are you ready for some Bucky?

After opening this weekend against the LSU Tigers in "neutral" Houston, the Wisconsin Football Badgers will spend three September Saturdays at Camp Randall before their Big Ten conference schedule begins at Northwestern Oct. 4. Bucky will welcome Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska and Minnesota to the near west side in October and November for a total of seven home games. Madison is ready. >More
 WIAA's Big Eight Conference is a powerhouse in girls' swimming

If you were to ask high school Big Eight Conference swimmers Beata Nelson and Rachel Powers what they did during their summer vacations, you better have a little time on your hands. Because the Olympic hopefuls accomplished a lot. >More
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