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Rick Solem

Sports, news journalist since 2002. | Hometown: Greenville, Wis. | Avid noonball basketballer and sand volleyballer in La Crosse | Two-time Waupaca Boatride first-round playoff loser | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Cut from UW-SP's basketball team in 2000 on Midnight Madness as a junior walk-on | Went on to become UW-SP intramural basketball champion | Then UW-SP club lacrosse defenseman with two career goals (on two shots).

Health director concerned about Loggers games, other large gatherings, as virus surges in La Crosse

Playing sports in a viral pandemic is something the billion-dollar industry at the pro level is having a difficult time figuring out. The NBA wants to play in a bubble. Baseball will be regionally. Neither with fans. In fact, neither sport may get going at all. At the college level, virus outbreaks are sending large […]

Giannis: 2020 NBA title ‘toughest championship you could ever win’

Some say the 2020 NBA championship should come with an asterisk. While that may be true, given the circumstances with COVID-19 and the long layoff from the last regular-season games, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo argues that perhaps that asterisk should represent how much more difficult attaining the title will be. “I feel like a […]

La Crosse native Kobe King leaving Nebraska men’s basketball program for personal reasons

It looks as though La Crosse native Kobe King is leaving the University of Nebraska men’s basketball team. The team has apparently been together for about two weeks, and the redshirt junior is stepping away for personal reasons. Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg said in a statement Friday morning that King is leaving “for personal reasons. […]

NCAA rules D.J. Carton can play for Marquette right away

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette says the NCAA has granted guard D.J. Carton a waiver that will enable the Ohio State transfer to play for his new team in the upcoming season. Carton otherwise wouldn’t have been able to make his Marquette debut until the 2021-22 season. The 6-foot-2 guard has three seasons of eligibility remaining. […]

Trempealeau County hunting ranch quarantined, after two bucks test positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

Two deer from a Trempealeau County ranch have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. That, according to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). All 505 animals on the 1,597-acre ranch are now being quarantined by DATCP — so no live animals or carcasses can leave the area. The quarantine will remain while […]

Guy who hopped on tractor, tried carving name into Miller Park field, caused $40k in damage

He caused $40,000 worth of damage to Miller Park. His crime: Trying to carve his name into the playing field.   Kenyon A. Lambert allegedly got into Miller Park through an unlocked door, hopped on one of the tractors there and — once the grounds crew saw him — the 40-year-old told police he wanted […]

AP Exclusive: Athletes wary about virus, testing upon return

Chris Thompson is an NFL running back. He also is the father of a 4-month-old daughter, Kali. Guess which of those facts matters more to him when he ponders eventually returning to work amid a pandemic. “If I go practice or play and I come back home with the virus … that’s my biggest worry,” […]

AP sources: Players want more games, no more salary cuts

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players appeared likely to propose more regular-season games this year while holding to their demand for full prorated salaries, people familiar with their deliberations told The Associated Press. Washington pitcher Max Scherzer, among eight players on the union’s executive subcommittee, issued a statement late Wednesday night calling management’s proposal for […]

A look at the La Crosse Area YMCA’s preliminary plan to reopening June 1

Wisconsin businesses can reopen but for some, it’s not quite that simple. The La Crosse Area YMCA is coordinating phased plan to getting members back in its facilities while taking every precaution to stop the spread COVID-19. This isn’t quite set in stone yet, according to La Crosse Area YMCA CEO Bill Soper, but the […]

High-tech devices help NFL teams keep players safe, in shape

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Darius Leonard works relentlessly at his rural South Carolina home to prepare for another football season. He’s also wary of pushing too hard, knowing a minor injury could become a major setback given the dearth of medical experts in his area. So when in doubt, the Indianapolis Colts star confers with his […]

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