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Wisconsin Badgers football needs a signature win in 2014
The University of Wisconsin football team opened fall camp this week with more questions and inexperience than usual. Only three starters return on defense. Quarterback Joel Stave, now a junior, remains unproven in big games, and the four players who caught the lion's share of his throws last season are gone. >MoreMadison Radicals seek to return to Ultimate title match for second year
Our little slice of heaven here between the lakes can scarcely compete with New York or the Bay Area for much of anything, but in the narrow world of Ultimate Frisbee, Madison is living large. That's right, the Madison Radicals advanced to the semifinals of the American Ultimate Disc League playoffs with a 25-16 thumping of Indianapolis last Saturday at Breese Stevens Field. >MoreMallards mania remains strong in Madison
After a disappointing first half, in which the Madison Mallards finished third in the Northwoods League South division, the team has shown early signs during the second half of regaining the form that carried it to last year's league championship. >MoreDo Jabari Parker and Jason Kidd offer hope for the hapless Milwaukee Bucks?
It's not necessarily a good sign that the Milwaukee Bucks have been a far more engrossing franchise in the past few weeks than they were during the previous regular season. >MoreVote for Jonathan Lucroy to go to the 2014 All-Star Game!
It's beginning to look like all my recent apprehension about the Milwaukee Brewers was just stuff to fill column space. They began the week with the best record in the National League, and although they still have half the season left to spit the bit (pause here to summon your own worst memory from 45 mostly futile years), the Brewers are now an odds-on favorite to make the playoffs. >MoreGolf, the sport for the 1%
The U.S. Open golf tournament begins this morning in North Carolina, and Tiger Woods " the One, the greatest of his generation, the alpha and omega " remains sidelined while recovering from back surgery. He also missed the Masters, the first major tournament of the year, prompting The Atlantic to ponder golf's future sans Tiger and pronounce it "bleak." >MoreThe 2014 NBA Finals, finally
It might seem hard to believe, given that the Wisconsin Badgers played themselves into and out of the NCAA Final Four a full two months ago, but basketball season has pressed on. And on. And on. >MoreCan the Madison Mallards win again in 2014?
With spring semesters ending at universities across the country, a mostly new crop of Madison Mallards have filtered into town to begin their summer internships " defending the team's 2013 championship from the rest of the Northwoods League at the Duck Pond in Warner Park. >MoreStorm clouds gathering for Milwaukee Brewers?
At this point in the year, your evaluation of the Milwaukee Brewers might reveal more about you than it does the team. If you're an optimist, then the pitching is just fine, the hitting eventually will come around, and the Crew is still in first place despite slumping through May thus far, so shut up. >MoreJared Abbrederis is rewarded with Packers pick in NFL draft
All right, fans, you can come out now. It's safe to turn on ESPN or local radio without hearing another day's yammering dedicated to measurables, motors and upside. America's biggest quasi-sports event is in the books for another year. We are off the clock. The NFL draft is over. >MoreThe Madison Radicals are compelling contenders in 2014
We went to the Madison Radicals' home opener last Saturday, and to quote the old Jim's Journal comic, it was okay. That's not quite fair, actually. It's tempting for a meat-and-potatoes sports fan to smirk at the prospect of professional Frisbee, but Madison has treated Ultimate seriously for decades, an attitude that was evident last weekend among the crowd of 900 at Breese Stevens Field. >MoreThe Brewers' amazing April
If you're a casual fan, you may very well be taking your sweet time to get into baseball season. After all, it's one of the few things that last even longer than a Wisconsin winter, so you're completely reasonable not to pay the first bit of attention until Memorial Day or July 4th. >MoreDumb unwritten rules trigger the 'brawl' between the Brewers and Pirates
The Brewers are hot and have claimed the early lead in the National League Central. But the only thing anyone wanted to discuss after Sunday's game with Pittsburgh was the "brawl" ignited by Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez, who violated hidebound baseball protocol in the third inning by flipping his bat and pausing a beat too long to inspect a deep line drive he soon converted to a triple. >MoreThe Milwaukee Bucks' chronic wasting disease
Because you certainly lost any faint trace of interest in the Milwaukee Bucks months (or years) ago, I am compelled to report that their season has ended. They fashioned the worst year in franchise history and did it with style, erasing a 20-62 effort in 1994 with a six-month spree of steaming garbage time that couldn't have been much worse. >MoreBuck up, Bucky: Wisconsin men's basketball is looking great for 2014-15 season
Basketball is a cruel game. Shit happens. The big shots fall your way one weekend; the next week they don't. Feel free to ladle on your own consoling clichés. Once the sting has passed from Saturday's loss to Kentucky in the national semifinals, the point will remain that the UW men's basketball team had maybe its best season in program history, and next year could be better yet. >More