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Saturday, April 19, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 42.0° F  A Few Clouds

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Meet new Madison Mallards manager Donnie Scott

It only takes a second for Madison Mallards president Vern Stenman to point out the biggest reason his team qualified for the Northwoods League playoffs for the first time since 2008 last week. "It's Donnie Scott," says Stenman, invoking the name of Madison's first-year manager. "Have you met Donnie yet? You gotta meet him. He's made for this level." >More
 If you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Remember when Brewers fans chuckled about their team's domination over the Pittsburgh Pirates? It happened as recently as May 24, when headlines such as "Brewers beat Pirates...again" appeared in state media outlets. At that time, Milwaukee's record against Pittsburgh was 47-8 over the last seven seasons. >More
 Time to show LeBron some love

The scene at the end of game seven of the NBA finals last week evoked a flurry of compliments on social media and talk radio. Before donning their championship caps and T-shirts and preening for the media, or even gathering to celebrate together as a team, members of the Miami Heat embraced their opponents, most notably San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich, a notorious grump. >More
 In defense of Brett Favre

After the Green Bay Packers released Desmond Bishop on Monday, ESPN Wisconsin's Jason Wilde reported that the linebacker would be visiting with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday. Wilde followed that news immediately with a cautionary tweet. >More
 Ryan Braun's other stats

Earlier this week, an unscientific ESPN poll asked fans if they believe Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun's denials that he has used performance-enhancing drugs. Overall, 57% said they didn't believe his original denial in 2012 and don't believe him now, with only 9% saying they believed him both times. In Wisconsin, 42% trust Braun both times and 27% believe him neither time. Nationwide, 18% say they don't know what to believe, which lines up pretty well with Wisconsin's 16%. >More
 Jester Weah is a three-sport all-star

When Jester Weah was a standout junior basketball player at Madison Memorial, he and a couple teammates allowed Isthmus to shoot video of their annual trip to get intricate designs shaved in their hair for the state basketball tournament. Despite getting the most elaborate haircut, Weah was overshadowed in the piece by his more loquacious teammates. "Jester is a man of few words," Memorial basketball coach Steve Collins told me later. >More
 Milwaukee Brewers' new lows

The Milwaukee Brewers finished April at 14-11 and just a half-game behind St. Louis in the National League's Central Division standings, leading many to believe the 2013 campaign would be competitive and fun. They went on to win just five of their next 24 and are now 13½ games out of first. Only two major league teams -- Miami and Houston -- are playing worse. >More
 Follow the UW-Madison teams at this weekend's USA Ultimate College Championships at Reddan Park

Madison sports fans looking to discover a sport on the rise are fortunate to have the USA Ultimate College Championsips at Reddan Park in Verona this weekend. Forty teams total -- 20 women's and 20 open -- are competing for national titles beginning with pool play on Friday and Saturday with elimination rounds beginning Saturday evening. Quarter-finals are Sunday morning with semi-finals in the afternoon at Mansfield Stadium on the Madison Memorial High School campus. >More
 NBA playoffs interesting despite small markets

In football, a Super Bowl match-up between two small markets like Green Bay and Indianapolis would be greeted with great enthusiasm, and television ratings would be no worse than if New York were playing Chicago. That's not true of the National Basketball Association. >More
 Madison 56ers season opener

Jed Hohlbein is not used to watching soccer games from the sidelines. As a player for Middleton High School, the Wisconsin Badgers and the Madison 56ers over the last 15 years, Hohlbein has logged a lot of minutes at center striker because he's adept at putting the ball in the net. >More
 Haudricourt nation

If you're a Milwaukee Brewers fan on Twitter and you're not following Tom Haudricourt (@Haudricourt), you're doing it wrong. The veteran Milwaukee Journal Sentinel baseball beat writer won't just serve up interesting stats and analysis throughout a game. >More
 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
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