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The Green Bay Packers open their 2015 season with a game in Chicago against the arch-rival Chicago Bears, amid the usual high expectations for the Green and Gold.

Lake Effect sports contributor Howie Magner is not sure whether those high expectations are likely to be met this season. 

"There are players on the defensive side of the ball that can make game-winning plays, but as a whole (if you're a Packers fan), what you want is the defense to be good enough," says Magner.

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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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On the heels of a dramatic championship performance by the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, a Madison man is hoping to score big with a new spin on the game.  It’s also a spin on another sport. 

Kurt Bjurlin is one of the inventors of Futpong – a game that he envisions could change the face of American soccer.  But first, the product has to reach market. 

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Starting next week, Milwaukee will be host city to the 33rd JCC Maccabi Games - one of the largest youth athletic competitions in the world. The competition will have roughly 1,000 Jewish youth from around the world competing in over 15 various sporting events over five days.

"It’s about an exciting, engaging event for five days, with kids from all over the world," says director of the Jewish Community Center Maccabi Games, Jesse Rosen.

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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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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.

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Former Milwaukee Bucks forward Larry Sanders says goodbye to basketball, for now.

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For as long as there have been magazines, television and sports, there have been professional athletes appearing in commercials and advertisements, endorsing products. 

Why Arena Projects Succeed... or Fail

Feb 11, 2015
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As debate over financing for a new Bucks arena continues, the so-called jock tax option is still in play. 

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One of the elements of Governor Walker's proposed budget that is certain to provoke debate is his plan to fund a new sports arena in downtown Milwaukee.

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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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The Milwaukee Bucks' iconic former basketball court, designed by pop artist Robert Indiana, is up for sale again.

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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 story of Dennis Munson, Junior, was one of those news stories that many of us probably noticed briefly and then forgot about.  A young kickboxer from Milwaukee who died only hours after his first official match.

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