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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).

Rodgers Arrives In Green Bay For Start Of Training Camp

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers has made it to Green Bay on the eve of the Packers’ first training-camp workout. Rodgers was seen arriving at Lambeau Field on Tuesday morning, the day after NFL Network and ESPN reported the reigning MVP was closing in on a deal that would keep him with the […]

Division leading Brewers hit the road to Pittsburgh for first of six away from Milwaukee

The first of a six-game road trip for the Milwaukee Brewers tonight. Brett Anderson takes the mound for the Brewers, up against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pregame for Pirates-Brewers on WKTY Tuesday begins at 5:35 p.m. on 96.7 FM / 580 AM. The Brewers lead the NL Central by seven games over the hated Cincinnati Reds. […]

Mike Kearns tribune on WKTY tonight

A tribute to the late, great WKTY legend Mike Kearns airs tonight on the station. Tune in at 6 p.m. to 96.7 FM / 580 AM or stream online here or on the WKTY app. A lot of good stories will be told and, if you knew Kearns personally, it will hopefully bring up many […]

Nearly 3 dozen athletes with Wisconsin ties in Tokyo games

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Besides Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday of the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, nearly three dozen athletes with Wisconsin connections will be going for the gold as the Tokyo Olympics get underway. The Badger State athletes will represent Team USA in competition that includes trap shooting, track and field, rowing and sailing. […]

Iowa race track cuts ties with announcer after racist rant

ALGONA, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa race track said Thursday that it will cut ties with an announcer who went on a racist rant against Black fans and athletes who kneel during the national anthem as a protest against racial inequality. The Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowa, said its leaders “do not condone” the […]

Milwaukee Bucks’ fans celebrate NBA championship with parade

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Thousands of fans lined downtown Milwaukee streets on Thursday to catch a glimpse of their beloved Bucks in a parade to celebrate the city’s first NBA championship in half a century. Six police officers on horseback clopped past cheering fans at the head of a procession that included a hook-and-ladder fire truck, […]

Title rewards Antetokounmpo’s decision to commit to Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — This could have been the offseason in which Giannis Antetokounmpo entered the free-agent market and perhaps teamed up with another superstar to try winning multiple NBA titles together. Antetokounmpo instead will spend the summer celebrating a championship he won with the team that picked him. Leading the Bucks to their first NBA […]

Giannis’ biggest fans watch, celebrate title a world away

SEPOLIA, Greece (AP) — With less than a minute remaining in the game, Yiannis Tzikas was already setting out plastic cups to fill with champagne. “It’s over. No one can turn this game now,” he said, his hands trembling slightly as he popped the cork. Tzikas runs the Kivotos Cafe, where Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis […]

Bucks’ 50-year wait ends with a title behind 50 from Giannis

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had the Larry O’Brien Trophy in one arm, the NBA Finals MVP trophy in the other and there was a cigar on the table in front of him. All the work it took to lift the Milwaukee Bucks from a team that won 15 games when he was a rookie […]

For first time in MLB history, an all-women sportscasting team

A first ever for women in sports Tuesday night. It’ll happen during the Baltimore Orioles-Tampa Rays game, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on Youtube. The sportscasting team will be comprised entirely of women. It’s never happened before in Major League Baseball. Five women: Melanie Newman on play-by-play, Sarah Langs with analysis, Alanna Rizzo on the […]

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