Sunday, August 31, 2014

LSU Tigers claw their way back in 28-24 win over Wisconsin

No. 14 Wisconsin led 13th-ranked LSU 24-7 at one point early in the third quarter of the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff in Houston. Victory on a national stage seemed within reach for the team so painfully accustomed to close losses under the spotlights. But the Badgers squandered the lead, due in part to injuries sustained by key defensive players, and an inability to complete passes. They gave up 21 unanswered points in their loss to the perennial SEC powerhouse.

The Wisconsin Badgers take the field before their game against LSU at NRG Stadium in Houston, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.

Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Reggie Love (16) breaks loose for a first quarter touchdown.

Wisconsin Badgers personnel prepare to place injured defensive end Konrad Zagzebski onto a stretcher in the first quarter.

Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Alex Erickson narrowly misses a catch while defended by LSU Tigers cornerback Jalen Collins (32) in the first quarter.

Wisconsin Badgers cornerback Darius Hillary (5) and LSU Tigers wide receiver Travin Dural (83) fly through the air on an incomplete pass in the second quarter.

Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon dives into the end zone for a second quarter touchdown.

LSU Tigers safety Jalen Mills (28) intercepts a pass intended for Wisconsin Badgers tight end Troy Fumagalli, background, in the fourth quarter.

LSU Tigers players celebrate safety Jalen Mills' (28) interception of a pass intended for Wisconsin Badgers tight end Troy Fumagalli in the fourth quarter.

LSU Tigers running back Kenny Hilliard (27) beats Wisconsin Badgers cornerback Peniel Jean (21) to the end zone for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

LEFT: Wisconsin Badgers guard Warren Herring (45) sits on the bench injured in the fourth quarter. RIGHT: Wisconsin Badgers head coach Gary Andersen reacts to LSU's comeback in the fourth quarter. 

LSU Tigers safety Ronald Martin (26) intercepts a pass intended for Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Reggie Love (16), background, in the fourth quarter.

Wisconsin Badgers defensive end Chikwe Obasih (34) stands near midfield after the Badgers' loss.

Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon (25) walks alone to the locker room at NRG Stadium after the Badgers' loss.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tug-of-War team to represent U.S. at world championships

A tug of war competitor uses a nail to apply a sticky resin to his hands before the start of the Mount Vernon, Wis., team's practice at Forest of Fame Park, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The team will represent the United States at the upcoming Tug-of-War World Championships in Madison.

Competitors dig their specialized, homemade boots into the soil while pulling during the practice.

Competitors pull against each other during practice.

The hand of Steve Moorman of Manchester, Iowa, grips the rope.

Jack Davis, 6, plays with a toy tractor as his father, mother, and other extended family members practice. Davis' grandfather is a former competitor and current coach.

Coach John Davis observes a pull during the practice. Concrete weights used for strength training sit in the background.

 Aubrey McNett of Monroe rests between pulls late in the practice.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dane County's competitive housing market

Perron Nicholas poses for a portrait in the house he and Mary Lauten recently purchased on the west side of Madison, Wis., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Nicholas and Lauten scheduled a showing of the house the morning it was listed, and within one day they were one of six parties bidding on it.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Meylor, Mount Horeb/Barneveld bump-off defending state champ Monona Grove

Mount Horeb's Max Meylor (7) and Monona Grove's Toren Young (28) shake hands with other captains before the coin toss at the teams' game in Monona, Wis., Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

Monona Grove's Zach Stinson (3) wraps up Mount Horeb's Wyatt Thompson (25) on a run in the first quarter. 

Mount Horeb's Cole Breuer (6) makes a catch for a touchdown past Monona Grove's Nick Maier (66) in the second quarter. 

Mount Horeb's Kollyn Beyer (8) nearly intercepts a pass intended for Monona Grove's Trey Powers (20) in the fourth quarter. 

Mount Horeb's Jonny Fisher (10) and Kollyn Beyer (8) break up a pass intended for Monona Grove's Trey Powers(20) on the Silver Eagles' final fourth quarter possession.

Mount Horeb's Nick Noethe (21) and Kollyn Beyer (8) celebrate their win over Monona Grove at the end of the game.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Laufenberg, Waunakee roll over Edgewood in opener

Waunakee running back Troy Laufenberg (21) celebrates while crossing the goal line on a touchdown run in the first quarter of a game against Madison Edgewood at Middleton High School in Middleton, Wis., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. 

Waunakee's Alex Helt (7) powers forward for a few extra yards on a catch as Madison Edgewood's Cordell Murphy, right, holds on for the tackle in the first quarter.

Waunakee quarterback Casey Marksberry (2) throws a pass in the first quarter.

Waunakee running back Troy Laufenberg (21) stiff-arms Madison Edgewood's Bryce Haefer (21) on a run late in the second quarter.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Rev. Bruce Burnside sentencing

The Rev. Bruce Burnside sits back in his chair after speaking on his own behalf at his sentencing hearing for second-degree reckless homicide at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison, Wis., Thursday, July 31, 2014. Maureen Mengelt died in 2013 when she was struck by Burnside's vehicle while jogging in Sun Prairie. It was determined Burnside had a blood-alcohol level of 0.128 percent that day, above the legal limit of 0.08 in Wisconsin. Burnside was sentenced to 10 years of prison time.

Courtroom occupants on the defense side of the gallery listen as the Rev. Bruce Burnside speaks during the sentencing hearing.

 The Rev. Bruce Burnside is led away after being sentenced to 10 years in prison. 

Kevin Mengelt, facing, the husband of the late Maureen Mengelt, is embraced while leaving the courtroom by family friend Ron Locast after the sentencing hearing.