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Experienced, hungry 
Badgers look to replace Brust
Rookie Jabari Parker
 headlines new-look Bucks
MADISON ó It's best to get the question out of the way quickly: Yes, the Wisconsin Badgers are hungry to get back to the Final Four. Anything otherwise would have veteran coach Bo Ryan finding a way to get his team aiming for it. Going into his 43rd year in the profession, Ryan has one accomplishment still missing on his resume ó a Division I national championship. MILWAUKEE ó Rookie Jabari Parker speaks in the calm, measured tones of a 10-year veteran. A polished demeanor exudes confidence, while a strong work ethic draws respect from his new NBA teammates. The Milwaukee Bucks' 19-year-old forward seems ready for the off-court attention that comes with being a cornerstone for a franchise in transition. 
   
Bumgarner, Giants top
 Royals 7-1 in Series opener
New-Look NBA: A player's
perspective, Paul Pierce

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ó Win or lose, Jake Peavy is a treat to watch when he pitches. He scowls, he shouts, he grimaces, he grins. Never hard to tell how things are going for him. And depending how he does for the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night against Kansas City rookie Yordano Ventura, this World Series could quickly shape up as an even match or a mismatch.

 

WASHINGTON ó The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the upcoming season from three perspectives: A player's viewpoint, from the bench, and from the front office. An interview with veteran forward Paul Pierce of the Washington Wizards tips off the series:

Today's Feature


Maryland knows it must stop Wisconsin's run game
COLLEGE PARK, Md. ó Maryland's defense has one imposing objective Saturday at Wisconsin: neutralize running back Melvin Gordon and the nation's leading rushing attack. The Terrapins (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) can become bowl eligible for a second straight season with a win over the Badgers (4-2, 1-1).

Pistorius spends first night in single jail cell
JOHANNESBURG ó Oscar Pistorius spent his first night in a single cell in the hospital wing of a prison in the capital, Pretoria, said a prison official.

Halep routs Serena Williams at WTA Finals
SINGAPORE ó Serena Williams was routed 6-0, 6-2 by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals on Wednesday in one of the most one-sided losses of the 18-time Grand Slam champion's career.

Novak Djokovic welcomes baby boy Stefan
BELGRADE, Serbia ó Novak Djokovic is a proud father. The top-ranked tennis player tweeted Wednesday that he and his wife, Jelena, were celebrating the birth of their first child ó a boy named Stefan.

Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad
IRVING, Texas ó Michael Sam will have to wait for a third team to give the NFL's first openly gay player a chance to appear in a regular-season game.


RECENT FEATURES

 

Extreme team
"The desire or need for risk varies by each personís innate personality," says Dr. Jennifer Heinemann, clinic director and psychologist at Psychological Health Services in Brookfield. "Pair a need for risk-taking with someone who likes to be outdoors and physical, and you have extreme sports." 

Get hooked
Polo, once exclusively the domain of the rich, is reinventing itself here and across the country to attract new players and spectators to the game. The Milwaukee Polo Club, which has been around for about six decades, has thrown off its airs in favor of a common-man experience.

 

Our Olympics
With our legendary winters and world-famous gemutlichkeit, Milwaukee should be an obvious choice to host a future Winter Games. But if we canít get the attention of the International Olympic Committee, perhaps we should host our own Olympics ó Milwaukee style.
 


Full skate ahead
"The first question I always get," says speed skater Mitchell Whitmore, "is ĎWere you in the Olympics?í" In fact, Sochi will be his second trip to the Olympic Games.

 

 

Road to Sochi
Itís time to come in from the cold Wisconsin air and settle in for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 6-23 in Sochi, Russia. With memorable champions including Eric Heiden, Bonnie Blair, Dan Jansen and members of the "Miracle on Ice" 1980 hockey team, our stateís winter sports legacy runs deep.


Rookie Run
"Get off the court, Nate." Those five words spoken by Bucks assistant coach Scott Williams sum up why Nate Wolters is in the NBA in the first place and has been a pleasant surprise in his rookie season. 


'A' Player
Sergio Rivas first played pool in the basement of his West Allis home when he was 10 years old. Four years later he has some lofty goals when it comes to shooting stick. "I want to be untouchable by anybody," he says.

 

Gridiron action
Hallowed Ground: More than 1 million fans and counting have taken the Lambeau Field stadium tour. Donít take a trip to Lambeau without stopping at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. 

Linked In
Brian Wroblewski is not a great golfer, but there are few people who are more passionate about the game. Wroblewski became frustrated after hearing friends talk about great weekend 7xperiences on various area courses and wondered why his golf buddies couldnít have shared those experiences by playing together.


The Bachelor
The Milwaukee Bucksí Luc Richard Mbah a Moute loves his Milwaukee neighborhood. Itís close to downtown and work and the always interesting Brady Street. "I like to walk to the lake when itís nice or jog there, too," he says.




Court time
As the country ramps up for March Madness, watch for players with Milwaukee ties when the 68 teams take to the courts this month. Racine Horlick grad Jamil Wilson, a 6-7 junior forward, one of Marquetteís leading scorers and rebounders, and Jake Thomas, a 6-foot-3-inch junior guard from Racine St. Catherineís, hope to help the Golden Eagles to a third straight Sweet 16 appearance.

Chairman on the board
Neal Levin dips far into his childhood to recall how he got involved in skateboarding. Around him, the roar of stoked skaters makes for a constant echo throughout his cavernous Four Seasons Skatepark.


The brotherhood of football
Connie Watt was the youngest of five girls in her family ó and she knew what she wanted when she was starting her own. "I prayed when I was pregnant that I would have boys, and thatís what I got," she says.


Blast off!

Owning a professional sports team never even crossed the mind of Waukesha resident Elzie Flenard when he was playing high school basketball in Illinois. Now, Flenard, 29, is the new owner of the expansion Milwaukee Blast.



Make way for Jennipede
Marathon runners are a dedicated bunch normally ó letís face it, running 26.2 miles requires some serious devotion. But on Oct. 2, members of Team Jenny will show what dedication truly means when they run linked together during the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon.


'Soling' Away
Unlike Winken, Blinken and Nod, sailing from the nursery in a wooden shoe, the Soling sailors from the Milwaukee Yacht Club sail in boats built for speed and maneuverability.


Bike basecamp
When you love what you do, it shows. You live it, think it and are obsessed with it 24/7. Perhaps freelance photographer Peter DiAntoni is obsessed with biking, or he is at least very passionate about it ó insomuch that he created a biking magazine to prove it.



Go with the flow
Abe Clarkís first running goal was set back in fifth grade. A twinge of sibling rivalry turned into a passion when Clark was determined to beat big brother Benís new mile record at Gillett Middle School in Gillett.



Chasin' the dream
Ask a young boy what he wants to be when he grows up. If he doesnít say a firefighter, the answer is probably a Major League baseball player. The dream starts in T-ball, and for most continues to Little League.


A whole new ballgame
The Lakeshore Chinooks will be one of 17 teams from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa and Ontario competing in the Northwoods wooden bat baseball league this summer.


LAX in the house
Lacrosse, one of the nationís fastest growing sports, has found a home throughout the Midwest, including Milwaukee. Itís been played predominantly on the East Coast, but itís gaining ground here through youth and high school programs.


Art of the swing
As global creative director of Racquet Cosmetics for Wilson Sporting Goods in Chicago, he is not your average art director. "Iím not the kind of person who walks around wearing black clothes with a serious expression at all times," he laughs. "I love color, and I love to laugh and have a good time. Thatís the real me."



Mission possible
Looking to burn some serious calories? Join the boot camp craze sweeping Milwaukee. These military-inspired workouts pack a powerful punch ó and major fun.


Off the beaten path
Taking her place on the front line of the 2012 USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross Nationals last month in Madison, 17-year-old Corrie Osborne was already among the nationís cyclo-cross elite.



London calling
Gwen Jorgensen never dreamed of becoming an Olympic athlete. Even during college, when she reached All-American status in track, she didnít have her sites set on representing the United States at the games.



Adventure bound
First it was the marathon, then the triathlon; now itís adventure racing for thrill-seeking athletes. Adventure racing takes the running, biking, paddling and distance from other endurance sports, but ramps up the challenge.
 

 
























 









 






 



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