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Wisconsin Sports 10-20

>>Rodgers: “Comeback Starts Now” After Surgery “Went Well”

(Green Bay, WI)  —  “Comeback starts now.” That’s what Aaron Rodgers wrote on Instagram, after the Packers’ quarterback had surgery Thursday on the broken right collarbone he suffered last weekend. Rodgers posted a photo from his hospital bed — he said the surgery “went well” — and he thanked fans for all the “love, support, thoughts, and prayers.” Now, the Packers must decide how to handle the recovery process and decide whether to keep him on the Green Bay roster or put him on injured reserve, thus allowing him to return in eight weeks if the Packers are in the playoffs at that point. Linebacker Clay Matthews says he’s surprised the officials did not throw a flag on Minnesota linebacker Anthony Barr after he drove Rodgers’ throwing shoulder into the ground following his hit. Meanwhile, Packers’ linebacker Ahmad Brooks did not practice Thursday after being limited Wednesday with a back injury — and that was the only change to the team’s injury report.


>>Packers’ Legend Starr To Attend Saints Game Sunday

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Legendary Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr will be at the Packers’ home game against New Orleans on Sunday. But he does not plan to attend Saturday’s 50th anniversary reunion of the 1967 Super Bowl champion team that also won the “Ice Bowl” against Dallas on a 13 below day at Lambeau Field. The 83-year-old Starr has been recovering from a heart attack and a series of strokes — but he’s in better health now, so his family will join former teammates at the Saints’ contest Sunday. Starr has not been to Green Bay since 2015, when he helped Brett Favre celebrate the unveiling of his Number Four on the Lambeau facade.


>>Badger Penalties Almost Double

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin is no longer one of the cleanest football teams in the country. The Badgers are getting six-point-two penalties per game this year, almost double last year’s average of three-point-four. As the unbeaten Badgers get ready to host Maryland tomorrow (Saturday), tackle Michael Dieter says he and his teammates need to correct mental errors — and trust themselves more by not grabbing opponents or jumping offsides. Fifth ranked Wisconsin brings a 6-0 record into the Maryland contest, including a 3-0 mark in the Big Ten while the Terrapins come in at 1-2 in league play and 3-3 overall. Eight Badgers are ruled out for the game due to injuries — including receiver Jazz Peavy and defensive ends Chikwe Obasih and Isaiahh Loudermilk.


>>WIAA State Tourneys: Football Playoffs Begin, Girls Team Tennis

(Undated)  —  Two-hundred-24 Wisconsin high school football teams begin their quest for a state championship tonight (Friday), as the playoffs begin in seven divisions. But that’s only part of a very busy weekend of prep sports activity. The girls’ state team tennis tournament begins at U-W Madison, as undefeated Mequon Homestead goes for a second straight Division One title in tonight’s (Friday’s) quarterfinals. A new champion will be crowned in Division Two, as the semifinals begin tomorrow (Saturday) morning with title matches in both divisions in the afternoon. Also this weekend, regionals continue in boys’ soccer and girls’ volleyball — and sectionals take place in boys’ and girls’ cross country.


>>Bucks Try To Go 2-0, Host Cavs In Home Opener

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Bucks will try to go 2-0 tonight (Friday), as they play Cleveland in their home opener. It’s the first of a season long four straight home contests for the Bucks, who won their opener at Boston by eight points on Wednesday night. The Cavaliers added former Marquette standouts Dwayne Wade and Jae Crowder during the offseason, part of an effort to provide a better supporting cast for LeBron James. Cleveland is also 1-0 after beating the Celtics on Thursday night.


>>Other Sports: Cubs, Women’s Soccer, Admirals, Schwab Cup

(Undated)  —  The Chicago Cubs fall one game short of what would have been their first back to back World Series since 1907 and ’08. The Dodgers crushed the defending champions 11-1 Thursday night at Wrigley Field, as L-A wins the National League pennant for the first time since 1988. In women’s college soccer, Marquette lost Georgetown 3-0 as the Golden Eagles were outshot 22-3. In the American Hockey League, the Milwaukee Admirals are 3-0 entering their home opener tonight (Friday) against Hershey — and the Admirals will be without center Frederick Gaudreau after he was recalled by the N-H-L’s Nashville Predators. And in golf, the first of three Charles Schwab Cup playoff tournaments begins today (Friday) on the senior P-G-A Champions tour with the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Virginia — and the opening field of 72 includes Jerry Kelly of Madison who comes in fifth on the tour’s money list — and Fox Point native Skip Kendall, who’s 70th.

Wisconsin Sports 10-19

>>Bucks Win Season Opener

(Boston, MA)  —  Giannis Antetokounmpo has 37 points, 13 rebounds, and three assists as the Milwaukee Bucks win their regular season opener at Boston, 108-100. The Bucks led by five at the half, but the Celtics used a 16-4 run to lead by four going into the final period. The Bucks tied the game with six and a half minutes left, and then built a seven point lead as the Celts failed to score a field goal in a four and a half minute stretch. Milwaukee hung on from there, outshooting Boston 50-to-43-percent as Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 18 points and Kyrie Irving added 17. Milwaukee backup center Greg Monroe had stitches to treat a cut to his right eye suffered late in the first quarter — and the 1-0 Bucks will now get ready to host Cleveland tomorrow (Friday) night in the Bucks’ home opener.


>>Packers’ Hundley Has High Hopes Before His First NFL Start

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Brett Hundley has strong confidence going into his first N-F-L start for the Packers on Sunday at home against New Orleans. The third year pro had his first full practice with the Number One offense Wednesday in place of the injured Aaron Rodgers and Hundley then said, “Aaron’s a Hall of Famer, and I want to be a Hall of Famer one day … I will lead this team.” Hundley won’t have much to build on after having three interceptions, one touchdown, and a meager 39-point-six passer rating in relief of Rodgers last week at Minnesota. But coach Mike McCarthy says Hundley is a lot more comfortable with the system than Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien were in 2013, when Rodgers missed seven weeks. Hundley will need a good offensive line — and starting guard Lane Taylor missed practice Wednesday with a bad ankle while starting tackles Bryan Bulaga and David Bahktiari were both limited.


>>Badgers’ QB Hornibrook Excels In Red Zone, Third Downs

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook is among the nation’s best at converting third downs. The sophomore has completed 61-percent of passes that moved the chains on third down this season, with an efficiency rating of 177-point-two. That’s the third best in the F-B-S, only behind Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State and national leader Jake Fromm of Georgia. Tight end Troy Fumagalli says Hornibrook pays attention to the details — and it also helps him in the red zone, where he has completed 14 of 20 passes for eight touchdowns and no picks within the opponents’ 20 yard line. Fifth ranked Wisconsin remains unbeaten after six games, as the Badgers get ready to host Maryland on Saturday.


>>MLB Playoffs: Cubs Stay Alive, Yankees Take Lead Against Astros

(Undated)  —  The Chicago Cubs avoid being swept in the National League Championship Series with a 3-2 home victory against the L-A Dodgers Wednesday night. Javier Baez homered twice, and Jake Arietta struck out nine in six and two thirds innings as Chicago trails L-A three games to one going into Game Five of the N-L-C-S tonight (Thursday) at Wrigley. With the exception of Cubs’ pitching coach Chris Bosio, no former Brewer was a factor in either playoff contest Wednesday. The New York Yankees blanked Houston 5-0 at home to take a 3-2 lead in the American League title series. The Yanks can clinch a World Series berth tomorrow (Friday) night in Game Six in Houston.


>>UWM Women’s Soccer Team Remains Unbeaten After Shutout Win

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The U-W Milwaukee women’s soccer team remains unbeaten after a 6-0 home win against I-U-P-U-I on Wednesday. McKaela Schmelzer and Lourdes Onwuemeka each scored twice for the Panthers, who are now 13-0-and-3 overall and 6-0-and-2 in the Horizon League. The Jaguars snapped a 12 match winning streak and lost their first conference match after winning their first six — while Milwaukee remains one of only two teams in Division One to stay unbeaten, the other being U-C-L-A which plays at Washington State tonight (Thursday). The U-W Green Bay women’s soccer team lost at home to Illinois/Chicago 2-1. And in college volleyball, Wisconsin coach Kelly Sheffield earned his 400th career victory as the Badgers blanked Maryland in three sets.


>>Milwaukee Marathon Course Too Short

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Those who ran in last weekend’s P-N-C Milwaukee Marathon cannot use their times to qualify for other events like Boston. That’s because a measuring error left the 26 point two mile course about eight tenths of a mile short of that. It’s the second straight year the Milwaukee event had an incorrect distance after former owner Chris Ponteri set up a course that was at least a half mile too long in 2016. R-O-C Productions purchased the event this year, and it used the same measuring personnel from last year which shortened the course too much. R-O-C president Joe Zimmerman said the course was checked and rechecked to verify that all cones were properly placed, but they were still set short.

Wisconsin Sports 10-18

>>Bucks Open Regular Season At Boston

(Boston, MA)  — The Milwaukee Bucks open their N-B-A regular season tonight (Wednesday) at Boston against a Celtics team that already has one loss and a major injury to deal with. The Celts dropped their opener at Cleveland Tuesday night 102-99 — and Boston lost one of its top free agent pickups when Gordon Hayward suffered a left ankle injury. The Bucks return 12 of their 15 players from last season, including All Star Giannis Antetokounmpo who will clearly be their team leader. Teammates say Giannis improved the weakest area of his game during the offseason — his outside shot, as he only hit 28-percent of his three point attempts last year. On Tuesday, the Bucks resigned Gary Payton the Second to a two way contract, meaning he’ll go between Milwaukee and its new Oshkosh team in the developmental “G” League.


>>Packers Get Ready For Saints, Add New QB To Practice Squad

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The Green Bay Packers will start practicing today (Wednesday) for their Sunday home contest against New Orleans. The big focus will be on quarterback Brett Hundley, the second stringer who starts for the injured Aaron Rodgers. Joe Callahan is the backup, and the Packers signed rookie Q-B Jerod (juh rod’) Evans from Virginia Tech to their practice squad on Tuesday. The health of the offensive line is also a concern as starters Lane Taylor, David Bahktiari, and Bryan Bulaga try to bounce back from new or renewed injuries from last Sunday’s loss at Minnesota. On defense, coordinator Dom Capers says he’ll work on fixing missed tackles and mental errors from Sunday — and he, too, works around major injuries as corners Kevin King and Davon House and safety Morgan Burnett didn’t even play last week and corner Quinten Rollins went on injured reserve.


>>Badgers’ Next Opponent Down To Third String QB

(Madison, WI) — Wisconsin will host a Maryland team on Saturday that’s down to its third string quarterback. Sophomore Tyrrell Pigrome and freshman Kasim Hill are both out for the season after tearing A-C-L ligaments in their right knees. Sophomore Max Bortenschlager is now the starting Q-B, and he’s coming off losses to Ohio State and Northwestern by a combined score of 99-35. Maryland comes in at 1-2 in the Big Ten and 3-3 overall, while the fifth ranked Badgers remain unbeaten at 3-0 in the conference and 6-0 overall.


>>Badger Men’s Basketball Loses Key Recruit

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin men’s basketball team has lost one of its top recruits for next season. Tyler Herro, a senior guard at Whitnall High School in suburban Milwaukee, tweeted Tuesday night that he’ll pull out of a verbal commitment he made to the U-W 13 months ago. Herro is considered one of the top high school shooting guards in the country, and he said he decided to reopen his recruitment after conversations with his family and prayers. Coach Greg Gard now has two open scholarships for the Class of 2018, with National Signing Day less than one month away.


>>MLB Playoffs: Cubs On Brink Of Elimination, Yanks Tie AL Set

(Undated)  —  The Chicago Cubs are down three games to none in the National League Championship Series after losing to the L-A Dodgers 6-1 Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Chris Taylor and Andre Ethier homered for the Dodgers, and nobody with Brewer or Wisconsin ties played. That same thing was true in Game Four of the American League Championship Series. The New York Yankees tied the best-of-seven set at two games apiece at a 6-4 home win against Houston Tuesday night. The Dodgers will go for the sweep in the N-L Series tonight (Wednesday), and a win would send them to the World Series.


>>UW Green Bay Hires New Athletic Director

(Green Bay, WI)  —  U-W Green Bay will have a new athletic director next month. Charles Guthrie was named Tuesday to replace Mary Ellen Gillespie, who left in July to take a similar post at Hartford. Guthrie has spent the last three years as the athletic director at Division Two San Francisco State — and the Green Bay job will be his first at the Division One level. He was also the A-D at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington for three years. He’ll be introduced on the Green Bay campus November second and will start his new post November sixth.

Wisconsin Sports 10-16

>>Rodgers’ Broken Collarbone Could Be Worse Than 2013

(Minneapolis, MN)  —  Tests will be performed to determine if Aaron Rodgers will need surgery on his broken right collarbone from Sunday’s 23-10 Green Bay loss at Minnesota. The Packers’ Q-B did not have an operation in 2013 when he broke his left collarbone and missed seven games — but reports say this one could be worse because it involved his throwing shoulder. The Packers say Rodgers may be out for the season after he was hit hard early by Vikings’ linebacker Anthony Barr, who went out later with a concussion — and it happened right after Rodgers made a rollout pass to Martellus Bennett who dropped the throw. Afterward, coach Mike McCarthy said third year backup Brett Hundley would start with practice squad Q-B Joe Callahan as the backup — and there was lots of speculation about Green Bay hitting the market to avoid a lost season. The Pack’s starting tackles both played together for the first time this season, but both left with injuries — Bryan Bulaga with a concussion and David Bahktiari aggravating his bad hamstring as guard Lane Taylor left with ankle and knee issues, and corner Quintin Rollins went out with an injured ankle.


>>Vikings Move Into NFC North Lead After Beating Packers

(Minneapolis, MN)  —  The Vikings have moved into first place in the N-F-C North Division with their 23-10 home win against Green Bay. Brett Hundley threw three interceptions in his first meaningful game in three years as the Packers’ quarterback, replacing the injured Aaron Rodgers. Hundley went 18 of 33 for 157 yards and his first N-F-L touchdown pass — while Minnesota Q-B Case Keenum went 24 of 38 for 239 yards, one score, and one I-N-T. Jerick McKinnon scored both Minnesota touchdowns on a 27 yard catch and a three yard run — and Harrison Smith led the Viking defense with one and a half sacks, one interception, and two pass breakups. Davante Adams had Green Bay’s only T-D, a 14 yarder from Hundley, and the Packers had a season low 227 yards as the Green Bay and Minnesota are now tied at 4-2 with the Vikes holding the tiebreaker and Detroit falling to third at 3-3 after their 52-38 loss at New Orleans.


>>Badgers Break Into National Top Five With Purdue Victory

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin football team has moved into the national Top Five after their 17-9 home win against Purdue on a rainy Saturday in Madison. The Badgers are now Number five in both polls, moving up two spots in the media survey and one place in the coaches’ poll. The U-W is 6-0 overall, and the Badgers say they’re concerned about their offense after running into a touch stretch in which they committed three turnovers and scored three points. Still, the U-W had 494 total yards of offense against the Boilermakers, and the Badgers will host Maryland on Saturday.


>>NLCS: Walkoff Homer Puts Dodgers Up 2-0 On Cubs

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  Justin Turner hits a three-run walkoff homer to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 4-1 home victory against the Chicago Cubs. That put L-A up two games to none in the best of seven National League Championship Series with Game Three tomorrow (Tuesday) night at Wrigley Field. Nobody with Brewers or Wisconsin ties played for either team Sunday, although former Brewers’ starter Chris Bosio helped maneuver five hurlers as the Cubs’ pitching coach. Manager Joe Maddon put in starter John Lackey who gave up Turner’s homer as the only hitter he faced. The American League Championship Series resumes tonight (Monday) at Yankee Stadium, with House leading New York two games to none.


>>NASCAR: Kenseth On Verge Of Playoff Elimination

(Talladega, AL)  —  Wisconsin NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth is on the verge of playoff elimination, as he dropped one place to tenth in the standings on Sunday. The Cambridge native finished 14th in the Alabama 500 at Talladega, and he has to jump two places next weekend in order to advance to the Round of Eight for the Monster Energy Series’ title. Kenseth finished Sunday’s race even though he was involved in a 16 car accident started by series leader Martin Truex Junior on the 172nd lap. Non playoff drivers Paul Menard of Eau Claire finished 12th, best among the Wisconsin contingent — and Beloit born Danica Patrick was 21st.


>>Other Sports: Kelly 6th On Champions Tour, Milwaukee Marathon

(Undated)  —  Madison golfer Jerry Kelly takes sixth at the P-G-A Champions Tour’s S-A-S tournament in Cary, North Carolina. Kelly shot a 70 in his third and final round Sunday at finish at minus ten 206, six strokes behind tournament winner Colin Montgomerie. Fox Point native Skip Kendall tied for 62nd at plus two. At the P-N-C Milwaukee Marathon, former U-W Platteville distance running standout Tyler Sigl from Seymour was the overall winner, completing the 26 mile course in two hours, 20 minutes, and 53 seconds. Former U-W Green Bay runner Callie Bartel took first among the women in 3:01:54, as only 21 of the 785 runners finished in less than three hours.

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