Author Archives: Rick Thomas

Indy 500 Postponed Until August 23

Indy 500 Postponed Until August 23

The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic. The race will not run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. The race will instead be held Aug. 23. IndyCar initially said it would resume racing May 9 at Indianapolis. That race will now…Read more »

The Latest: Evers Issues Order Closing Businesses

The Latest: Evers Issues Order Closing Businesses

Gov. Tony Evers issued an order Tuesday closing businesses deemed to be nonessential, ordered no gatherings of any size and placed restrictions on travel across Wisconsin for a month in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Evers’ order has numerous exceptions, including for hospitals and other health care facilities, grocery stores, bars…Read more »

Evers Orders Non-Essential Wisconsin Businesses Closed

Evers Orders Non-Essential Wisconsin Businesses Closed

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is ordering the closure of all non-essential businesses starting Tuesday due to the coronavirus outbreak. He’s also urging people to stay at home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus that has killed four people in the state and infected at least nearly 400. Evers tweeted Monday that he would…Read more »

Man Charged in 2008 Killing of Wisconsin College Student

Man Charged in 2008 Killing of Wisconsin College Student

A 53-year-old man has been charged in the 2008 killing of a University of Wisconsin-Madison student who was found strangled and stabbed in her downtown apartment. Madison police said Friday that David Kahl was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, 12 years after 21-year-old Brittany Zimmermann was killed. Kahl is in custody on unrelated charges and…Read more »

Wisconsin Badgers Win March Madness (Virtually)

Wisconsin Badgers Win March Madness (Virtually)

The Wisconsin Badgers have won the 2020 March Madness – sort of.  ESPN used its “Basketball Power Index” to simulate the basketball tournament that was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The sports network says its simulated Final Four included Maryland, BYU, Virginia and the Wisconsin Badgers. Coach Greg Gard’s “virtual” team went on…Read more »

Packers Sign Two Players Before Formal Start of FA Period

Packers Sign Two Players Before Formal Start of FA Period

The Green Bay Packers have signed two players – even before the formal start of the N-F-L’s free agency period.  Linebacker Christian Kirksey signed a two-year deal with the Pack.  Kirksey had been released by the Cleveland Browns a week ago and that made him free to sign with any team immediately. The other signing…Read more »

DHS Reports 33 Cases of Coronavirus in State

DHS Reports 33 Cases of Coronavirus in State

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports 346 people have been tested for coronavirus in the state, with 33 of them testing positive. The information comes from the DHS website. Doctors say one patient has recovered after testing positive. The Fond du Lac County Department of Health reported five additional patients there have tested positive…Read more »

CDC Hints Sports Schedules Could Be Shut Down Through April

CDC Hints Sports Schedules Could Be Shut Down Through April

The already-delayed professional sports seasons in North America could be on hiatus for significantly longer than first planned. New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday night seem to suggest that sports in this country could for all intents and purposes be gone until May, if not later. That’s twice as…Read more »

Big 10, Power 5 Scrap Tournaments; NCAA Tourney in Doubt

Big 10, Power 5 Scrap Tournaments; NCAA Tourney in Doubt

The biggest conferences in college sports– including the Big Ten– all canceled their basketball tournaments because of concerns about the coronavirus, putting the celebrated NCAA Tournament in doubt.  The Power 5 conferences also include the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference. Within minutes of each other, they announced that the remainder of their tournaments…Read more »