Howie Magner

Sports Contributor

Senior editor Howie Magner is Milwaukee Magazine's sports columnist and writers the Sports Nut blog at MilwaukeeMag.com. An occasional actor, poker player and train travel enthusiast, he spent 15 years slinging newspaper ink in Oklahoma, Ohio and Michigan before settling in Bay View with his Wisconsinite wife. The University of Tulsa grad has won numerous writing awards for features, commentary and news.

Twitter: @HowieMag

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When baseball season opened, there were high hopes for the Milwaukee Brewers.  They’d had a rough end to their 2014 season, but the pundits thought they had the potential to bounce back.

But, as we know by now, that didn’t happen – it’s been a struggle all year for the Brew Crew, and that was reflected when the team sent a host of players elsewhere in the last few weeks. 

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After being the Wisconsin Badgers basketball coach for the last 14 years, Bo Ryan announced he will be retiring after next season.

Ryan lead the Badgers through multiple final fours, championship games and has even brought through some first round draft picks.

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Governor Scott Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and County Executive Chris Abele held a joint press conference yesterday to announce a deal reached that would allow for the construction of a new basketball arena in downtown Milwaukee.  

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It’s been a long time since the Milwaukee Bucks were the hottest ticket in town. A big crowd is expected tonight at the BMO Harris Bradley Center for the team’s biggest game of the year: Game 6 of their first round series.

The Bucks could have claimed victory just for making it to the 2015 NBA Playoffs. But in the first round against Chicago, they have two very real victories they can point to. Though, they still trail the Bulls, 3-to-2, in the best-of-seven series.

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Badger basketball fans have even more reason to celebrate. The University of Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky is the Associated Press' player of the year.

The 7-foot forward was a runaway favorite and is the first Wisconsin player to win the award.

Lionel Aldridge played defensive end for some of the legendary Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960s.

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For about 55 minutes of football on Sunday afternoon, it looked like the Green Bay Packers would be playing for a Super Bowl title in a couple of weeks. 

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Last weekend, the Green Bay Packers got through the closest game they’ve played in a while. 

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The Milwaukee Bucks will take the court in Auburn Hills, Michigan tomorrow for a game against the Detroit Pistons.  It'll be their sixth game of the season - the team has two wins and three losses so far.

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The controversy continues surrounding calls for a new basketball arena in downtown Milwaukee.

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