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Mallards go batty

Each spring, one of the biggest challenges facing Madison Mallards manager C.J. Thieleke is to take college players accustomed to using aluminum bats and get them comfortable hitting with wood. >More takes baseball whimsically

Baseball, perhaps more than any other sport, encourages fans to become obsessed with the game's lore, statistics, history and mythology. Craig Robinson, an English artist in Bellingham, Wash., has combined all those aspects in the wonderfully distracting >More
 Home Talent League offers cheap thrills

Middleton's Home Talent League baseball team plays its home games at Sorenson/Bakken Field on Mendota Avenue, just north of University. If you get there early enough for a Sunday afternoon game, you can plop your lawn chair on the hill overlooking the third-base line, under a canopy of leafy trees. >More
 Stricker da man at U.S. Open

Two years ago, in the 2007 U.S. Open, fans here were cheering on Madison golfer Jerry Kelly. Angel Cabrera, the portly, chain-smoking Argentinian, went on to win that weekend, but Kelly finished a respectable seventh. >More
 Memories of Stan Van Gundy

"Beleaguered" would be the perfect word to describe Stan Van Gundy's brief career in Madison, if "disheveled" wasn't also available. But now he stands on the brink of redemption. >More
 Social media turns basketball into more than a game for Vander Blue, Badgers

Last week when local high school basketball star Vander Blue announced he was de-committing from Wisconsin, it represented a coming-of-age moment for not only the all-state junior from Madison Memorial, but for those UW coaches whose careers often rely on their tenuous relationships with gifted teenagers. >More
 Former Badgers skate for Stanley Cup

Most of the UW-Madison graduates who accepted their diplomas at the Kohl Center last weekend weren't born yet when Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios led the Badgers to the 1983 NCAA hockey championship. >More
 Mad Rollin' Dolls fight for 2009 season championship

Throughout the first four years of Mad Rollin' Dolls roller derby, the Unholy Rollers and Vaudeville Vixens volleyed between third and last place. Derby is hardly a static sport, though, and now at the end of the league's fifth season, these historic underdogs will lace up their skates, strap on their helmets, and battle for the championship trophy this Saturday. And they didn't get there without a fight. >More
 Brett and circuses

It's been just over two weeks since the New York Jets officially released Brett Favre. Since then we've had front-row seats to Cirque de Favre. And while Packer fans fume at every leak and debunked report that puts Favre in a Minnesota Vikings jersey next season, I have to wonder, as Russell Crowe's Maximus did in Gladiator, "Are you not entertained?" >More
 The Brewers, by the numbers

Any knucklehead can see that Rickie Weeks is absolutely mashing the ball. But it takes a more sophisticated analysis to determine whether Weeks and other Milwaukee Brewers are earning their keep. >More
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