Jason Joyce

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

Jul 11, 2013 2:00 PM Sports

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

Jul 3, 2013 2:00 PM Sports

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

Jun 27, 2013 2:00 PM Sports

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

Jun 20, 2013 2:00 PM Sports

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

Jun 13, 2013 2:00 PM Sports

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

Jun 6, 2013 2:00 PM Sports

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

May 30, 2013 2:00 PM Sports

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

May 24, 2013 2:04 PM Sports

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

May 23, 2013 2:00 PM Sports

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

May 16, 2013 2:00 PM Sports

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

May 9, 2013 2:00 PM Sports

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

May 2, 2013 2:00 PM Sports

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

Apr 25, 2013 2:00 PM Sports

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

Apr 18, 2013 2:00 PM Sports

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 more

Apr 11, 2013 2:00 PM Sports


Lesia Witkowsky

Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen endeared himself by opening practice to the public Saturday. more

Apr 7, 2013 3:13 PM , Sports

Milwaukee right fielder Norichika Aoki accounted for the Brewers' only home run on opening day at Miller Park on Monday. Bernie Brewer's butt didn't hit the left-field slide for Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks or Aramis Ramirez, each of whom had over 20 dingers last season. Meanwhile, Aoki's third-inning blast would have been 10% of his entire 2012 home run output. more

Apr 4, 2013 2:00 PM Sports

"Say no to Marsha Rummel," reads the flyer's headline, referencing the incumbent alder who has represented District 6 on the Common Council since 2007. Tiny type at the bottom indicates the piece is "Approved and paid for by Building a Stronger Wisconsin PAC, Randy Nash Treasurer." Rummel's opponent, Scott Thornton, disavows any knowledge of the piece. more

Mar 29, 2013 12:26 AM News

The Wisconsin men's hockey program has won six national titles, the most recent of which came in 2006. That title run was set up nicely for Wisconsin with two regional games in Green Bay and the Frozen Four in Milwaukee, all well attended by a fan base hungry for a taste of hockey glory they hadn't experienced since 1990. more

Mar 28, 2013 2:00 PM Sports


Jason Joyce

Madison's 6th aldermanic district, covering the near east side south of East Washington, is often held up as the city's most politically active and a Monday night city council candidate forum at St. Bernard's Church on Atwood Avenue reflected how seriously its residents approach local politics and policy. Three-term incumbent Ald. Marsha Rummel, a co-founder of Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative, is challenged by Scott Thornton, president of the Marquette Neighborhood Association and a team leader in the State Budget Office. more

Mar 26, 2013 3:56 AM News