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1. Wisconsin names Paul Chryst new coach
Madison native and University of Wisconsin alumnus Paul Chryst is coming home. The university announced the hiring of the former Badgers assistant and Pittsburgh University head coach on Wednesday as the program's 30th head coach.
2. Kohl fulfills pledge with $100 million gift
Former Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl fulfilled his $100 million pledge toward the construction of a new Downtown multi-purpose arena with a gift to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. The foundation's board of directors approved receipt of the gift with the directive that the funding be dedicated to a future arena entity.
3. Preservation Alliance taking a survey on Bucks arena
The Milwaukee Preservation Alliance is currently conducting a survey regarding the construction of a new, multi-purpose arena that would house the Milwaukee Bucks. According to the MPA, the survey will help the group "develop a strategy that is aligned with our mission and the interests of our membership." The survey closes at midnight on Thursday, Dec. 18.
4. Torn ACL ends Parker's season
The rookie season of No. 2 overall draft pick Jabari Parker came to an end, officially, late Tuesday night with the diagnosis of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Parker injured the knee Monday night in Phoenix.
5. Lammi Sports acquires Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame assets
Lammi Sports Management announced it has acquired all of the assets for the 63-year-old Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, located alongside the UWM Panther Arena on 4th Street.
6. Brewers announce Selig Experience at Miller Park
The Milwaukee Brewers announced the construction of a new fan experience at Miller Park on Monday afternoon -- a state-of-the-art attraction to honor retiring baseball commissioner and former owner Allan H. "Bud" Selig.
7. Wisconsin football coach Andersen bolts for Oregon State
In a surprise announcement, University of Wisconsin head football coach Gary Andersen bolted Madison for Oregon State University.
8. Charity auction includes Braun, Lucroy, Cobb, Jordy and Jabari
The SURG Restuarant Group and owners Michael Polaski and Omar Shaikh have brought together some unique "once in a lifetime" opportunities all to help a friend and military leader with more than 20 years of service.
9. Thunderstruck: Rodgers doesn't throw picks. So what?
In our stats-driven society, we all know Aaron Rodgers is 68-32 in his first 100 starts, which is the same record Brett Favre had. And we know Rodgers has thrown about 4,000 fewer interceptions in his career than Favre did to this point. Which leads me to this question: "So what?"
10. Marquette hoops lose Burton, Dawson
Marquette University sophomores Deonte Burton and John Dawson have decided to leave the program and will transfer after the conclusion of the first semester on Dec. 14, head coach Steve Wojciechowski announced Tuesday afternoon in a statement released by the university.
11. Miller Park named baseball's best stadium
The Sporting News announced that Miller Park has been voted the Best Ballpark in its online poll of baseball fans. The home of the Brewers, which was seeded No. 12 at the outset and eventually defeated No. 2 Fenway Park to take the title after a series of match-ups in a tournament-style contest.
12. Tozer forms new futsal company
Former longtime Milwaukee Wave head coach Keith Tozer announced this afternoon that he is forming the Midwest Futsal Association and the Wisconsin Futsal League, with the goal of turning the Midwest into a hub for futsal.
13. Thunderstruck: Wisconsin has a full, fun, sports slate
The Packers are winning. So are the Badgers (in football and basketball). Melvin Gordon! The Bucks are relevant. As Wisconsin-based fans, we are seeing our teams have both local and national relevance. And it cannot be ignored.
14. Quit while you're ahead, champ
While most local fight fans paid big pay-per-view bucks to watch Manny Pacquiao pound Chris Algieri Saturday night, the burlesque that masquerades as live pro boxing nowadays slunk back into town at a south side hotel ballroom. Lyle McDowell, how 45, was allowed to box Enobong "The Nigerian Gentleman" Umohette and "won," but it was a far cry from a special event.
15. Braun enters 2015 healthy, happy
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun surprised early morning donors to the Hunger Task Force Wednesday by Helfaer Field near Miller Park, and the former MVP said the cryotherapy procedure has his thumb feeling great and fatherhood has provided exciting moments on a daily basis.
16. How an arena at Journal Square might look
OnMilwaukee.com reported that the Milwaukee Bucks were negotiating to purchase the Journal Sentinel buildings, commonly known as the Journal Square, with the intention of using the space for a new multi-purpose arena. ScopeBridge LLC helped us visualize what an arena could look like, and show that a multi-use stadium could indeed fit within that area just off the Milwaukee River and Pere Marquette Park.
17. Marquette lands a top recruiting class
Steve Wojciechowski hasn't coached an official game yet, but on Wednesday the new Marquette University coach landed one of the nation's top recruiting classes for 2015, headlined by Rice Lake forward Henry Ellenson.
18. The Alverno who? Stritch what?
The topic of sports nicknames of the "lesser known" Milwaukee colleges and universities came up recently during my Bucks ticket draft. No one could name Carroll College's mascot. It's Carroll University now, by the way. Cardinal Stritch University? I got my MBA there and didn't even know it had sports, much less a mascot.
19. Watch every interception Jay Cutler has thrown against the Packers
The Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field this Sunday. Prime time. Sunday night football. These games always make me nervous. This video made me feel better.
20. LeBron summons his inner Aaron Rodgers
In their respective sports, both Aaron Rodgers and LeBron James are amazing leaders, highly skilled players and true students of the game. So, I had to share LeBron's tweet from yesterday that addressed his team's somewhat lackluster start.
21. Thunderstruck: Time to feel the Bucks energy
It's been a long time since we in Wisconsin were energized by anything the Milwaukee Bucks did. For too long, the regime of Senator Kohl didn't allow for energy, for optimism, for success. It's time to get caught up in the energy. It's time to stop fighting it, and see where it takes us.
22. Packers release standing room only tickets
The Green Bay Packers are making a limited number of standing room only tickets available for the Bears game this Sunday and the Eagles game on Nov.16. The two games, including both a Green and Gold package game, will serve as a trial run for the concept.
23. Bucks home opener feels like a true event
The atmosphere in the BMO Harris Bradley Center was electric Friday night as the Milwaukee Bucks opened their 2014-15 home schedule against the Philadelphia 76ers. Was it the best basketball? Not always. But from start to finish, it felt like a true event and a place to be.
24. Lights, free rides and more for opening night
As a fan and a Milwaukee advocate, I love to share great things happening Downtown. One of these, for sure, is the huge Bucks logo on the side of the BMO Harris Bank building.
25. Zen and the art of longboarding
What exactly is a longboard? Well, it sure looks like a skateboard. But, it's longer and wider with larger wheels.