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>>Reports:  Brewers Make Offer To Darvish

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Several insider reports indicate the Milwaukee Brewers have made an official contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish.  The hard-throwing right-hander is considered to be the best pitcher still on the market.  Darvish had a 10-12 record last season with a 3.86 E-R-A while pitching for the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers.  The Brewers have already added Yovani Gallardo and Jhoulys Chacin to their rotation, but they still need an ace to carry the load until Jimmy Nelson returns from shoulder surgery.  The Rangers, Cubs, Twins and Yankees are also interested in signing Darvish.


>>Badger Men Upset No. 1 Fighting Irish 5-0

(Chicago, IL)  —  The Wisconsin men’s hockey team finally put it all together, shutting out the number-one team in the country 5-0 Sunday at the United Center in Chicago.  That ended Notre Dame’s 16-game winning streak.  Sophomore goaltender Jack Berry stopped a career-high 40 shots to pick up the win.  Five different Badgers scored goals in the victory, including sophomore Trent Frederic, who leads Wisconsin with 11.  Wyatt Kalynuk broke the scoreless tie in the first period, then Frederic doubled the lead.  Seamus Malone, Linus Weissbach and Sean Dhooghe completed the scoring.  Wisconsin returns to action Friday night at home against Penn State.


>>Bucks Clinging To Playoff Qualification While Greek Freak Is Missing

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Bucks are hoping Giannis Antetokounmpo can get back into the action tonight at home against Phoenix.  He has missed his team’s last two games, including a 116-94 loss to Philadelphia Saturday which knocks the Bucks back to 8th place in the Eastern Conference standings.  Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 29 points and nine rebounds.  Milwaukee lost despite the first triple-double of Khris Middleton’s career — 23 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.  The Bucks tied Saturday’s game late in the fourth quarter, then watched Philadelphia own the rest of the game with a 36-14 run.


>>Badger Football Assistant Could Be Head To Notre Dame

(South Bend, IN)  —  Wisconsin’s inside linebackers coach could be headed to Notre Dame to coach the offensive line, according to several reports.  Bob Bostad first came to Madison in 2006.  He has coached four linemen who were named first-team All-American — tackle Gabe Carimi, center Peter Konz and guards John Moffitt and Kevin Zeitler.  Another 11 linemen were named All-Big Ten.  When he first joined the Badgers staff he was the run-game coordinator for five seasons and the team averaged at least 200 yards-a-game in each of those seasons.


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>>Bucks Antetokounmpo Named All-Star Starter 2nd Year In-A-Row

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes the first Buck named as a starter at the N-B-A All-Star game for two straight years since Marquis Johnson.  That was 37 years ago.  The N-B-A announced the two starting lineups for the game in Los Angeles Thursday.  Antetokounmpo is averaging 28 points, 10 rebounds and a little over four-and-a-half assists-a-game for the Bucks.  He finished second to perennial All-Star LeBron James in the final vote tally for the Eastern Conference team.


>>Wright State Rolls Up Big Lead, Holds Off Phoenix Rally, 80-67

(Green Bay, WI)  —  League-leading Wright State was in control from the opening tip-off while beating the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay 80-67 Thursday night in a Horizon League contest.  The Raiders built a 23-point lead before Green Bay started a comeback which fell short.  Khalil Smith scored 20 points and had eight rebounds for the Phoenix.  Green Bay’s record is 8-14, including 3-6 in the Horizon League.  A home game against Northern Kentucky is coming up Saturday at noon.


>>Northern Kentucky Picks Up 91-64 Win At UW-Milwaukee

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Northern Kentucky was never seriously threatened in a 91-64 runaway at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Thursday night.  Drew McDonald had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the winners.  Brock Stull led Milwaukee with 12 points and five assists.  Northern Kentucky hit 60 percent of its shots and out-rebounded the Panthers 37-23.  Milwaukee’s record falls to 9-12, including a 2-6 mark in Horizon League games.  The Panthers host league-leading Wright State Saturday night.


>>Badgers Try To Bounce Back From Lopsided Loss At Purdue

(Madison, WI)  —  The University of Wisconsin needs a win when struggling Illinois visits the Kohl Center in Madison tonight.  The Badgers are trying to rebound from a disappointing blow-out defeat at Purdue earlier this week.  Although Wisconsin’s record is a sub-par 9-10, five of the losses have come against ranked opponents and the 78-50 defeat by the Boilermakers was the only one that was so one-sided.  Turnovers and 25 percent shooting from outside the arc have hindered the Badgers recently.  The imminent return of point guard D’Mitrik Trice would be a help, but the team hasn’t announced if he is available tonight.


>>Former Packer Assistants To Join Oklahoma Raiders

(Oakland, CA)  —  Former Green Bay Packer assistants Mike Trgovac and Edgar Bennett are joining the coaching staff of new Oakland Raiders head man John Gruden.  Bennett will coach wide receivers and Trgovac will handle the Raider defensive line.  This will be the first season since 1999 that Bennett hasn’t been a part of the Packers organization in some capacity.  Gruden announced his full coaching staff Thursday, while Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy is expected to do that next week.


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>>Heat Beat Bucks Again, 106-101

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Miami Heat defeated Milwaukee for the second time in four days, taking a 106-101 decision Wednesday night at the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center.  A 3-pointer by Khris Middleton cut the deficit to three points with 10 seconds left, but a pair of Miami free throws sealed the win.  Middleton’s 25 points led Milwaukee scoring.  Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22, to go with 10 rebounds and six assists.  Milwaukee has lost three out of its last four games and is seventh in the East standings.  The Bucks travel to Philadelphia for a game with the 76ers Saturday.


>>Brewers Reliever Jeffress Pleads Guilty To DWI

(Dallas, TX)  —  Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress was sentenced to three days in jail on a 2016 D-W-I charge.  Jeffress pleaded guilty during a court appearance in Dallas earlier this week.  He was given credit for time already served.  Jeffress was arrested during a traffic stop August 26th, 2016.  The 30-year-old pitcher returned to Milwaukee in a trade last summer.  Taking the mound for the Texas Rangers and Brewers he compiled a 5-2 record with an E-R-A of 4.68.


>>Packers Promote Policy To COO, General Counsel

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Green Bay Packers executive Ed Policy will begin his seventh season with the team as its chief operating officer and general counsel.  Team President Mark Murphy announced the promotion Wednesday.  Policy will take a more prominent role overseeing the business operations, including sales, marketing and human resources.  He has been leading the development of Titletown, the mixed-use project on 45 acres just west of Lambeau Field.  Phase One was recently opened and planning is moving forward on Phase Two.


>>Trice Practicing With UW Badgers Basketball Again

(Madison, WI)  —  He hasn’t been cleared to play, but sophomore point guard D’Mitrik Trice returned to practice with the basketball Badgers Wednesday.  Trice had surgery on his right foot five weeks ago and has missed Wisconsin’s last nine games.  The Badgers have struggled at times without their floor leader.  If Trice doesn’t suffer a setback during today’s (Thursday’s) practice, it is possible he could return to action when Wisconsin hosts Illinois in a Big Ten Conference game Friday.  He was averaging nine-point-four points-a-game when he went down, with 23 assists and only 13 turnovers in 10 games.


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>>Red-Hot Purdue Broils Badgers 78-50

(West Lafayette, IN)  —  The Wisconsin Badgers made 20 turnovers, fell far behind early in the game, and were never competitive in a 78-50 loss at Purdue Tuesday night.  It was the 14th straight win for the Boilermakers.  Junior center Ethan Happ scored 15 points and had seven assists, but Wisconsin suffered its most-lopsided defeat since Greg Gard took over the program.  Purdue scored the first 12 points of the game and finished 14-of-22 on 3-pointers.  The team’s third straight loss of a road game drops the Badgers’ record to 9-10, 2-4 in Big Ten Conference games.  Wisconsin hosts Illinois Friday trying to break a three-game losing streak in conference play.


>>Forward Jabari Parker Rejoins Bucks

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Bucks have recalled forward Jabari Parker from the Wisconsin Herd in the N-B-A’s G-League.  Parker has been sidelined for nearly a year with a serious knee injury.  He is expected to take the court for Milwaukee during the week prior to the All-Star break.  The Bucks hosts Miami tonight at the B-M-O Bradley Harris Center.  The Heat won easily the last time the two teams met last week.  Milwaukee is coming off a win against Washington in its last game, but the team has lost five times in the last nine outings.


>>Packers WR Adams To Play In Pro Bowl

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Wide receiver Davante Adams will join teammate Mike Daniels at the 2018 Pro Bowl game January 28th.  Adams missed the last two games of the regular season after suffering a concussion on a hard hit against Carolina.  He caught at least two passes in every game during the 2017 season, totaling 74 catches for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns.  He caught game-winning T-D passes against Dallas October 8th and against Cleveland December 10th.


>>Team To Offer Star-Studded Lineup At “Brewers On Deck” January 28th

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  New stars, team legends, the coaching staff and owner Mark Attanasio will all be on hand for “Brewers on Deck” January 28th.  Tickets are 15 dollars in advance.  Legendary broadcaster Bob Uecker will attend, along with current players like Chase Anderson, Ryan Braun and Lewis Brinson.  Craig Counsell and his coaching staff will talk to fans, as will Milwaukee legends like Robin Yount, Larry Hisle and Cecil Cooper.  The event will run 10:00 a-m to 5:00 p-m at the Wisconsin Center.


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>>Marquette Has Its Way With DePaul 70-52

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Marquette Golden Eagles built a huge lead early in the second half, then coasted to a 70-52 Big East Conference win over visiting DePaul Monday night.  Six-foot-eight sophomore Sam Hauser led Marquette scoring for a second straight game with 19 points.  Midway through the first half, senior Andrew Rowsey scored the two-thousandth point of his N-C-A-A career.  Marquette’s record improves to 13-6, including 4-3 in the Big East.  The Golden Eagles take more than a week off, before returning to action January 24th at Xavier.


>>Greek Freak Cleans The Boards In 104-95 Win At Washington

(Washington, DC)  —  Forward Giannis Atetokounmpo took down a career-best 20 rebounds in Milwaukee’s 104-95 win over the Washington Wizards Monday.  He’s also scored a team-high 27 points.  Atetokounmpo was right in the middle of things as the Bucks were scoring 11 points in a row in the final minutes to ice the win.  Eric Bledsoe had 23 for Milwaukee.  The Bucks have been sub-par from 3-point range this season, but they connected on half of their long shots this time.  Milwaukee takes tonight off, then returns home to host the Miami Heat Wednesday.


>>Phoenix Win In-State Rivalry Game In OT 99-92

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay scored the last seven points of the game in overtime to beat U-W-Milwaukee 99-92 Monday night.  The Panthers held some good-sized leads in the first half and the Phoenix built up a good lead a couple of times after intermission, but the teams were tied when regulation time ended.  Three Phoenix players scored more than 20 points, topped by Sandy Cohen’s 29.  Kameron Hankerson came off the bench to score 24.  For Green Bay, Jeremiah Bell hit five-of-eight 3-pointers on the way to a 26-point night.  Brock Stull had 20 points and 10 rebounds.  Milwaukee hosts Northern Kentucky Thursday.  Green Bay is at home against Wright State.


>>DB Damarious Randall Recovering From Hand Surgery

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Doctors estimate it will take Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall six-to-eight weeks to recover from surgery on his hand.  The injury bothered the third-year defender all season, so he had surgery Monday in New York.  Randall is expected to be fully recovered by the start of the team’s official off-season program in mid-April.  Last week, outside linebacker Clay Matthews had a clean-up procedure done on his knee.  Both surgeries have been classified as “minor.”


>>Danica Patrick Confirms She’s Dating Packers QB

(Charlotte, NC)  —  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been linked, romantically, with NASCAR driver Danica Patrick since the start of the year.  Now, Patrick has confirmed the relationship.  Both of them ended relationships in 2017 — Rodgers with actress Olivia Munn and Patrick with fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Junior.  Patrick tells the Associated Press she and Rodgers met at the 2012 ESPY Awards show.  She’s planning to end her competitive driving career in 2018 at the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.  Rodgers hasn’t officially commented on the relationship, yet.


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 Blasted In Miami; At Washington Today

(Miami, FL)  —  The Bucks were outscored by 20 in the second half as they lost to the Heat 97-79 in Miami.  Giannis Antetokounmpo pumped in 22 points to pace Milwaukee, which shot just over 31 percent as a team.  The Bucks have lost four of their last six contests to dip to 22-and-20 on the season.  They visit the Washington Wizards today (Monday).


>>NFL Conference Championships Set

(Undated)  —  The A-F-C and N-F-C championship matchups are set.  The New England Patriots will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the A-F-C Championship Game this Sunday in Foxboro.  The Philadelphia Eagles will entertain the Minnesota Vikings in the N-F-C title game Sunday night.  Super Bowl 52 is set for February 4th in Minneapolis.


>>College Hoops Roundup

(Undated)  —  In college basketball action tonight (Monday), Marquette hosts DePaul, while Milwaukee visits Green Bay.  Wisconsin returns to action tomorrow night at seventh-ranked Purdue.

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