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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).

Torchio continues Wisconsin’s run of success with walk-ons

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s history of developing walk-ons into key contributors caused John Torchio to take a leap of faith and pass up a scholarship offer from the hometown […]

Vikings see fired-up Za’Darius Smith for opener vs. Packers

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Za’Darius Smith wore a wide smile in the Minnesota locker room before practice on Monday, a knowing expression that exuded the eagerness of getting to his […]

Yelich, Wong HR, Mitchell’s 1st hit, Brewers beat Cubs 9-7

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich and Kolten Wong each homered for the second straight game and Garrett Mitchell drove in two runs with his first hit as a major leaguer, […]

NBA releases schedule, Bucks open at Sixers on Oct. 20; Johnny Davis and Wizards play at Milwaukee on Jan. 1

The NBA released its 2022-23 schedule on Wednesday. The season-opener will be Oct. 18, but the Milwaukee Bucks won’t play until two days later, at the Philadelphia 76ers. The Bucks […]

ESPN out of Big Ten TV rights negotiations

As the Big Ten prepares to become a 16-team, coast-to-coast superconference with the additions of USC and UCLA in 2024, it is ending a 40-year relationship with ESPN and moving […]

First look at overhauled, Hader-less bullpen Tuesday when Brewers head to Pittsburgh

He was a former No. 1 overall pick in the MLB draft. His ERA out of the bullpen this season, an astounding 2.95 over 40 games. Pregame for Brewers-Pirates begins […]

Red Sox double up on Brewers, salvage finale with 7-2 win

BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez and Christian Vázquez each had an RBI double that helped the slumping Red Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-2 Sunday for just their […]

Vikings, Jefferson believe star WR still on verge of takeoff

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — There’s a long list of standout NFL wide receivers who have found their footing in Year 3, when that learning curve for complex playbooks, quarterback chemistry […]

Old-guy quarterbacks could give Big Ten different look

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The story of Sean Clifford and Tanner Morgan’s began on a seventh-grade football field. Their final scheduled matchup is Oct. 22 when Minnesota visits Penn State. In […]

Transfer portal windows endorsed for final NCAA approval

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Division I college football players would have two periods of time — one in the winter and one in the spring — to enter the transfer portal […]

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