Spectator Sports


Kimberly Winheim

The Madison Radicals win a cool season opener against the Minnesota Wind Chill. Better yet, there are fun changes in store at their home turf, Breese Stevens Field. Read more



Robert Buchta

With the Milwaukee Brewers out of the playoff hunt since April, it’s refreshing to see the Madison Mallards making a postseason run. Read more



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Attention at this year’s Wimbledon, which begins Monday, is focused on Serena Williams. Williams has won 20 Grand Slam events (the sport’s most important annual tournaments: the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open). Read more


After opening the season with an impressive 7-1 start, the Madison Mallards hit a rough patch — right in the middle of a tight race in the South Division of the Northwoods League. Read more



James T. Addis

The best of the Mallards promotions for 2015 Read more

Isthmus Summertimes


William D. Walker

The Madison Radicals are one of the most talented pro teams in the American Ultimate Disc League. They are also a huge asset to the local ultimate community, from high school girls and boys, to the UW and elite-level club programs. Read more



Todd Hubler

Former Green Bay Packer offensive tackle Mark Tauscher recalls the day the fifth round passed, and then the sixth... “With the 18th pick in the seventh round — pick 224 — I was given a chance.” Read more


Some pundits call into question the legitimacy of college sports and say student athletes in revenue-generating sports should be paid. But there are downsides to that. Jeff Anders comments. Read more


In Episode 5 of the Outside the Booth podcast, Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang fills in for Matt. Mark and T.J. discuss the Packers' off-season, the loss to Seattle and T.J.'s appearance in "Pitch Perfect 2." Read more

Outside the Booth


David Stluka / UW Athletics

You know that numbness you feel when something you were certain would happen, in the end, does not? That’s how I felt as the final seconds of the NCAA men’s basketball national championship game ticked off the clock Monday night. Read more



Noah Willman

There was chanting, there was dancing, but there were notably fewer high-fives as basketball fans came to grips with the painful ending to an exemplary season. Slideshow images by Noah Willman. Read more



David Stluka/UW Athletic Comm

Imagine if 7-foot senior Frank Kaminsky had bolted to the NBA following last year’s heartbreaking one-point Final Four loss to Kentucky. He wouldn’t have earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors and be a top candidate for national player of the year. Read more


In Episode 4 of the Outside the Booth podcast, Mark Tauscher and Matt Lepay chat with Wisconsin Badgers guard Josh Gasser about the team's repeat run to the Final Four. Listen here or on iTunes. Read more

Outside the Booth

In Episode 3 Mark Tauscher talks to Matt Lepay, who is on location in Los Angeles for the Badgers' Sweet 16 game, about the matchup with North Carolina. They also discuss Chris Borland's retirement from the NFL due to concussion concerns. Read more

Outside the Booth


Jeneene Olson-McConley

The Madison East Purgolders, driven by talent, adrenaline and sheer emotion following a tumultuous week, crushed Kenosha's Indian Trail High School, 65-39, to advance to the state tournament for the first time since 1990. Read more


In Episode 2 Mark Tauscher and Matt Lepay discuss Wisconsin’s Big Ten Tournament Championship, the NCAA Tournament, NFL free agency, the Rocky movies and more. Read more

Outside the Booth

When Mark Tauscher joins Matt Lepay on Badgers football broadcasts, they always talk about how fun it would be to do something outside the booth. Here's the first episode. Read more

Outside the Booth

"We have a long history of speed skating," says Madison Area Sports Commission vice president Jamie Patrick. The Madison Speed Skating Club has sent somebody to the Olympics every year since 1972, including FitzRandolph three times. Read more



Laurie Stark

Tuesday night, the west-side Barnes & Noble hosted Johnny Weir, the flamboyant Olympic figure skater calls "the Lady Gaga of skating." He was promoting his new memoir, "Welcome to My World". Read more