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The Milwaukee Brewers emerged from last week's All-Star break about the same way they went into it - sputtering a bit. Expectations were low for the Brew Crew this year, as the team continues to rebuild with an eye towards future success.

The Sports Post managing editor and Lake Effect sports contributor, Shaun Ranft stopped by this week to offer a mid-season review of the home team and share his thoughts about what's gone right, and wrong, for other teams.

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Despite their losing record, the Milwaukee Brewers represent the pinnacle of the baseball world in Wisconsin. But fans don't necessarily need to go to Miller Park to watch high quality baseball. There are two minor league teams that call the state home, the Beloit Snappers and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in Appleton.

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The last of golf’s major tournaments tees off next week with the PGA Championship taking place in Springfield, New Jersey. However, golf fans in our area are eager for next year’s U.S. Open, which will be held at Erin Hills in southeast Wisconsin.

There are several golfers associated with the state. The most recent, significant name is Edgerton native Steve Stricker.

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Baseball’s major league season is long, which is a good thing for some, annoying to others and a real grind to the people involved in it.

The Milwaukee Brewers enter this week with twelve games already in the books. If they were a football team that would represent three-quarters of their schedule. But this is baseball, so the Brewers are less than a tenth of the way to the finish line.

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The Milwaukee Bucks agreed yesterday to a 30-year lease on the new arena, which they hope to begin construction on this summer. They’ll pay a minimum of a million dollars a year to the Wisconsin Center District. Meanwhile, another nearby project the Bucks are partnered with also took a step forward this week.

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It is no secret that women’s inequality is still a significant issue in today’s society. Many women still earn only 79 cents for every dollar earned by men for the same jobs.

Major League Baseball players are into the last week of spring training before the season begins.  For players on the bubble, as they say, there are just a few days left to impress the coaching staff in an effort to make the team.

In Milwaukee, players in one little league program have a little longer to make the team that will travel in Puerto Rico this summer. But unlike their major league counterparts, these prospects in the Felix Mantilla Little League will need to impress in the classroom and the baseball field.

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A major investigative piece from the New York Times says the NFL's studies on concussions from 1996 through 2001 were grossly flawed. The league has long relied on the data from those studies to back their claim that the verdict is still out on long-term health effects of concussions.

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While they're having a mixed season on the court, the Milwaukee Bucks made news this week with the release of a design for the team's new downtown arena, and the announcement that Mortenson has been chosen as the company that will manage the arena's construction.

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You couldn't blame sports anchor and Milwaukee area native Trenni Kusnierek for being a bit apprehensive about speaking publicly on her struggles with depression and anxiety. After all, the sports world in which she plies her trade thrives on an image of strength. Kusnierek worried about what she might hear from her new bosses at Comcast SportsNet New England. Or her viewers. Or the athletes she covered.

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More new construction is coming to Milwaukee’s near west side. A new athletic research facility will be built on four city blocks bordered by Michigan Street, north 6th Street, 10th street and the Marquette Interchange. The project is a partnership between Marquette University, Aurora Healthcare and the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Even though we don’t have the Packers to watch any more this season, there’s been a lot to take in – and discuss – in recent days regarding sports in Wisconsin.

Veteran catcher, Jonathan Lucroy, made waves this week when he suggested that a trade could be the best thing for him and the Brewers. Some believe Lucroy is asking for a trade, while others felt the conceit could decrease his value as a player.

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The NFL playoffs get underway this weekend.  It was not that long ago that Green Bay Packer fans had plenty of confidence in the Green and Gold going through the postseason.

But no longer.  There is plenty of angst in Titletown as the Packers travel to D.C. to play Washington's football club.

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The Green Bay Packers return home this weekend for a game against the Detroit Lions.  The game couldn’t come at a better time for the Packers who just lost two road games in a row, and in convincing fashion.

There’s more than a little angst in Packer Nation at the moment, and sports contributor Howie Magner thinks it may be a bit of an over-reaction from fans.

"Suddenly, people are wondering if they are going to make the playoffs, or if they need to fire everybody.  Or whether they should trade Aaron Rodgers, which is all kind of silly," he says.

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Pro football fans in Wisconsin might be going through withdrawal this weekend.  The Green Bay Packers have this week off and don’t return to action until next Sunday night against Denver.

That means they’re assured of spending another week as one of the NFL’s undefeated teams. Sports contributor Howie Magner says one key reason the Packers remain undefeated is because the defense is better than most expected.

"The offense has been playing well enough to win games and the defense has really been securing those games," he says.

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