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Torpedo-shaped boats will race along the Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers this weekend, as rowing teams compete in the annual regatta. It’s the 17th Annual Milwaukee River Challenge.

 

Proceeds from a weekend benefit will sponsor a new program to help diversify the Milwaukee Rowing Club. Race and Ethnicity Reporter Aisha Turner visited the Rowing Club over the summer to learn about its efforts to bring new participants into the sport.

 

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Torpedo-shaped boats raced along the Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers this weekend, as rowing teams competed in the annual regatta. It was the 17th Annual Milwaukee River Challenge.

 

Proceeds from a weekend benefit will sponsor a new program to help diversify the Milwaukee Rowing Club. Race and Ethnicity Reporter Aisha Turner visited the Rowing Club's middle school team over the summer to learn about its efforts to bring new participants into the sport.

 

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The Cheesehead has become an iconic piece of Wisconsin culture and as we await the start of Packer season this weekend, we can expect to see a lot more of them in the coming months.

But the Cheesehead itself is a relatively new item, created 30 years ago by a man named Ralph Bruno. He's now the owner of Foamation, the company that produces the Cheesehead and other related products, which just set up shop in Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood. 

If you're involved in high school athletics, you know the scene. There's increasing pressure to specialize in a single sport and play it year-round.

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Not many members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League are still around today. The league lasted from 1943-'54, and was created by Phil Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, to keep ballparks busy after the U.S. had begun sending many of its Major League players to fight in World War II.

An advertising blimp fell from the sky on Thursday and crashed near the scene of golf's U.S. Open in Wisconsin, injuring the pilot.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office described the pilot's injuries as "serious." It said in a statement that the pilot was the only person on board.

"The initial investigation reveals the blimp may have experienced mechanical problems prior to the crash," the sheriff's office added.

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The Town of Erin, about 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee, is taking center-stage for one of sport’s biggest events—the U.S. Open. The tournament starts Thursday. Some residents have not been sure what to expect, while others have joined in to welcome thousands of golf fans, sports reporters and PGA organizers.

One person who has stepped up his activity is Jake Busalacchi, general manager of Tally Ho, a brightly-colored pub about five minutes from Erin Hills, the golf course hosting the tournament.

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Those who frequent Fourth Street in Milwaukee may be familiar with the plaques featuring athletes, which are mounted alongside the UWM Panther Arena. They are the most visible part of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, one of the oldest state organizations to honor athletes in the country. 

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Many of us dream of becoming Olympians. Most of us content ourselves with watching them on television. But despite having her right leg amputated at age five due to a birth defect, Bonnie St. John lived her Olympic dream - and was the first African American to win Winter Olympic medals. She took home a silver and two bronze at the 1984 Winter Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

The Wisconsin Badgers ousted the top-seeded Wildcats in a surprising upset in the second round of the men's tournament. The eighth-seeded Wisconsin closed the game at 65-62, thanks to momentum brought by Nigel Hayes in the closing seconds.

Hayes' layup lifted the Badgers from a tie before Vitto Brown's free throw sealed the win for good.

Wisconsin gained the edge when Villanova called a timeout with 11 seconds remaining.

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It used to be that coaches and trainers didn’t pay much attention when an athlete took a blow to the head during practice or competition. But that attitude has changed drastically over the last couple decades.

"I think we've gone a complete 180," says Lindsay Nelson, an assistant professor of neurosurgery and neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. 

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It’s a good time of year to be sports fan. In the coming weeks, there are two major events on the calendar: the NCAA basketball tournament and the start of baseball season. If you listen to Wisconsin Badgers basketball games on the radio or watch the Milwaukee Brewers on TV, there’s a good chance you've heard Matt Lepay. 

Lepay is the longtime radio play-by-play man for Wisconsin basketball and football, and now a fill-in television announcer for the Brewers. Lepay is an Ohio native who has won Wisconsin’s sportscaster of the year award seven times.

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The Midnight Basketball Leagues will aim to attract young men ages 17 to 25 to offer them a healthy activity and a safe place to gather. During league sessions, the young men will also be able to connect with community resources such as help with recovering a driver's license or finding employment, and they will be able to interact with police, who will offer mentoring opportunities.

After three quarters, this game looked for all the world like a rout by the Atlanta Falcons. They were up 28-9. Their quarterback Matt Ryan, who just won the regular season MVP on Saturday night, was playing like an unstoppable Super Bowl MVP, too.

Then, something unbelievable happened: The New England Patriots came back.

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For sports fans, it’s a big weekend. And it’s also a big weekend for people who enjoy expensive TV ad campaigns. That must mean Super Bowl Sunday is rapidly approaching. The fifty-first edition of the proverbial big game pits the Atlanta Falcons against the New England Patriots.

For Packers fans, it’s a rough time, as we are again denied the opportunity to watch Aaron Rodgers square off against Tom Brady on the world stage. Sports contributor Shaun Ranft is going to watch the game anyway to see how this year's Super Bowl storylines will unfold.

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