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Morris Berg — known to longtime baseball fans as Moe Berg — was a catcher who later caught secrets from enemies of the U.S. during World War II.

A documentary about Berg's life in sports, and espionage, titled, The Spy Behind Home Plate is now playing at the Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee.   

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We’re just about to the weekend, a time when a lot of people enjoy the chance to pop open a bag of chips and a beer or a soda, and watch their favorite team or their favorite sport, or whatever game happens to be on TV.

But as all diehard sports fans know, rooting for a team can be a double-edged sword. It was a game a few weeks ago that drove that point home to essayist and Lake Effect sports contributor Shaun Ranft:

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While Wisconsin sports fans may be reeling from the Bucks' tough loss in the Eastern Conference Finals, Lake Effect sports contributor Shaun Ranft says fans should take solace in what was an extraordinary season by all accounts.


If you’re jonesing for a sports fix with a twist, consider cricket.

For the first time in the United States, the State vs. State competition takes place at three Milwaukee parks from July 4-7. This upcoming event is thanks, in great part, to Abdur Chowdhury, professor emeritus of economics at Marquette University and president of the National Cricket League, Inc.

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The Milwaukee Bucks are moving on to the NBA Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 18 years. The Bucks completed their conference semi-final series against the Boston Celtics Wednesday night, with a 25-point victory before a sellout crowd at the Fiserv Forum.

The Bucks started to pull away from the Celtics just before halftime, and by late in the third quarter the nearly 18,000 fans were sensing victory. They cheered loudly.

Milwaukeean Tyrone Daniels says the Bucks are overdue for a championship.

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The Kenosha Unified School District is under fire for what the American Civil Liberties Union calls an environment of pervasive gender discrimination.

The ACLU is asking the district to take more aggressive action in response to two eye-popping incidents that occurred in 2018. It is also demanding the district act to change a school culture “in which female students are objectified and sexualized.”

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A sporting event that could trigger more than $125 million in spending in Wisconsin is boosting its profile. Wisconsin-born professional golfer Steve Stricker was named Wednesday as U.S. team captain for next year's Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Whistling Straits Course in Sheboygan County.

But along with the cash, could come some trash talk.

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Transitioning out of one industry and into another can be challenging, especially after multiple years on the job. For many professional athletes, by the time they retire or are forced from the game by injury or obsolescence, they have been in their sport for 20 or 30 years. For too many of them, they find it difficult financially and emotionally to adjust to life after sports. 

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You may know the beer that made Milwaukee famous, but how about the man? Reggie “Da Crusher” Lisowski was a pro-wrestler from South Milwaukee, whose career spanned from the 1950s through the 80s. His tagline, “The man who made Milwaukee famous,” was a nod to his character, which was pure Milwaukee.

Milwaukee native Chris Multerer - known professionally as Chris Curtis - made a name for himself in the world of pro-wrestling. He spent more than 25 years in the ring, competing largely in the midwest against some well-known opponents, including national names like Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura.

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There are two groups of Milwaukee filmmakers premiering their films at the Sundance Film Festival this year. One of those films is a short documentary by a production company called Custom Reality Services. Filmmakers Brad Lichtenstein, Jeff Fitzsimmons and Maddy Power combined sports, social justice, history and virtual reality in their latest project.

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The last time we spoke with sports contributor Shaun Ranft, the Green Bay Packers had just fired longtime coach Mike McCarthy in the midst of a second consecutive mediocre season, replacing him on an interim basis with Joe Philbin.  The season didn’t get any better and the Packers missed out on the playoffs — by a lot.

This week, after reportedly considering up to a dozen high-profile names to replace McCarthy, the Packers hired someone who was more under-the-radar: Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur. 

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Editor's note: This piece was originally published Sept. 11, 2018.

Football is like politics. We support our leaders when we agree with them and want to throw the bums out when we don’t. The intersection between professional football and politics is pretty substantial, as Mark Leibovich learned over the past few years.

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Editor's note: This piece was originally published Aug. 22, 2018.

Pickleball has nothing to do with pickles, but here in Wisconsin, it is a big 'dill'.  Jokes aside, the once-niche sport has surged in popularity, especially here in Southeast Wisconsin.

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The Packers’ difficult season managed to get even worse over the weekend. Playing in perfect Lambeau Field weather — a cold and snowy Sunday — the Pack lost to the lowly Arizona Cardinals 20-17.  The Packers' record now sits at 4-7-1. While they are mathematically alive in the race for the post-season, only the most optimistic fans have expectations of seeing them in the playoffs.