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How COVID-19 may have made the economic divides in youth sports worse than before

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: Out of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, Milwaukee County ranks 70th in both health outcomes and health factors, according to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Health outcomes measure length and quality of life, while health factors account for things that can improve health, such as access to education, quality clinical care, healthy food or affordable housing.

As participation in youth sports grows, more are winding up on the injured list

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: The prime injury culprits are specialization — which the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health defines as participation in a single sport for more than 8 months of the year — and overtraining.

A groundbreaking 2017 University of Wisconsin study of 1,544 Wisconsin high school athletes found that those who specialized were 70% more likely to sustain a lower extremity injury than athletes who played multiple sports.

“Should we really be asking our young kids to do what we’re asking our collegiate athletes?” asked David Bell, associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory.

“Kids aren’t programmed to do a single sport for 15 to 20 hours a week for the entire year.”

1971 Milwaukee Bucks NBA championship oral history

USA Today

A favorite to win the championship from the moment they traded for Oscar Robertson, the Bucks expected no problems in the Western Conference playoffs. They “hosted” the San Francisco Warriors in the first round but had to play their three home games in Madison. And while the Bucks had played five regular-season “home” games in Madison, they had to change venues for the Warriors series from the Dane County Coliseum to the University of Wisconsin Field House.

Toffoli’s 2 goals lead Canadiens past Flames


The Canadiens announced they called up F Cole Caufield from the AHL’s Laval Rocket and placed him on the taxi squad. Caufield, who played for the University of Wisconsin, won the Hobey Baker Award last week as the top player in the NCAA Division 1. … The Canadiens also called up G Cayden Primeau from the Rocket on an emergency basis to back up Allen.

Badgers senior setter Sydney Hilley excels on, off court

Wisconsin State Journal

From a distance it might seem as though Sydney Hilley is almost too good to be true. Not only is she an All-American setter for the No. 1 University of Wisconsin volleyball team, she’s also the program’s first ever first-team Academic All-American. A three-time team captain, she’s also considered a consummate leader with an unquestioned work ethic.


UW chancellor Rebecca Blank understands the importance of hiring a capable replacement for retiring AD Barry Alvarez

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Chancellor Rebecca Blank understands the importance hiring the right person to replace University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez.

“Leadership matters,” Blank told reporters Wednesday after UW officials announced the formation of a nine-member search committee. “And leadership matters for maintaining the culture and the ethos and the quality of programs we have here.

Tom Oates: Barry Alvarez undoubtedly brought much-needed swagger to UW

Wisconsin State Journal

If UW needed a little swagger in 2014, you can imagine how badly it needed swagger in 1990 when then-athletic director Pat Richter hired Alvarez, an on-the-rise assistant coach at Notre Dame, to turn around a UW football program that had bottomed out by 1989. At the time, UW’s football and men’s basketball programs barely registered on the national radar and the athletic department was bathing in red ink.

Barry Alvarez’s impact at UW


It was 17 years ago that a 43-year-old assistant coach at Notre Dame blew into town. Barry Alvarez turned a dismal football program into a national force.

UW officially announces retirement of Barry Alvarez as athletic director


The College Football Hall of Famer arrived in Madison in 1990 as the team’s new football coach and transformed a struggling program into an annual contender in the Big Ten, winning multiple Rose Bowls. Alvarez retired from coaching after the 2005 season, after serving in the dual roles of football coach and athletic director in 2004 and 2005.

6 potential candidates to replace Barry Alvarez as Wisconsin’s athletic director

Wisconsin State Journal

Replacing Barry Alvarez as the University of Wisconsin’s athletic director will be both a tremendous opportunity and challenge. UW is looking for Alvarez’s successor after he announced Tuesday he was retiring after 17-plus years at the helm of the athletic department. With sweeping changes coming to the way college sports are run, UW’s next leader needs to be capable of leading the Badgers into a new era.

Badgers volleyball team repeats as Big Ten champions

Wisconsin State Journal

The Big Ten Conference didn’t get around to sending its 2021 volleyball championship trophy to the UW Field House on Thursday. No problem. The University of Wisconsin just got its trophy from last year out and deputy athletic director Chris McIntosh presented it to the team for the celebration following the Badgers’ title-clinching sweep of Michigan.

Canadiens sign Cole Caufield to entry-level contract


Police: Driver dead after car crosses median on Dixie HighwayWho said no one would want to play for the Patriots? Bill Belichick still…Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has stayed true to his word and has signed top prospect Cole Caufield as  quickly as could be considered possible. After the top-seeded University of Wisconsin was unceremoniously upset in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament by Bemidji State University on Friday, Caufield’s collegiate career came to an end.