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Wisconsin Sports 2-7

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)(CORRECTED)  February 7, 2019 (Thursday) at 4:48 am  Dale Forbis (…to fix location of UW-Michigan game Saturday)

>>Tough Badger Defense Provides Important Road Victory At Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) — A strong Badger defense held Minnesota to 34 percent shooting in a 56-51 Wisconsin road victory Wednesday night. The decision gives the Badgers a split of the season series against their rivals. Ethan Happ scored 15 points and had 13 rebounds as Wisconsin improved its record to 17-6, including 9-3 in Big Ten Conference play. Forward Nate Reuvers blocked seven shots. Jordan Murphy had 16 points and 19 rebounds for the Gophers. The Badgers are tied With Michigan State for third place in the league standings, one game behind Michigan — the team they play Saturday.

>>Bucks Score-And-Score-And-Score-And-Score In 148-129 Win (Milwaukee, WI) — The Milwaukee Bucks set a team record with 85 points in the first half of a 148-129 victory Wednesday against the Wizards. Giannis Antetokounmpo hit 17-of-21 shots on the way to a 43-point night. Eric Bledsoe ran the offense, played strong defense and had 22 points and 11 assists. The Bucks got off to a strong start with 50 points in the first period and had 11 players score at least one point before it was over. Milwaukee goes for six wins in-a-row at Dallas Friday night.

>>QB Aaron Rodgers Hits Contract Trigger, Pockets $19.5M (Green Bay, WI) — Here’s a little “walking around” money for Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He hit a contract trigger Wednesday which guaranteed his roster bonus for the 2020 season which is worth 19-and-a-half-million dollars. Rodgers cap number for the Packers will be about 32-million dollars for the 2020 season — 26-and-a-half-million this year. The big numbers were put on paper last summer when the future Hall of Famer signed a four-year, 134-million dollar contract extension.

>>Bucks Trade Thon Maker To Pistons (Milwaukee, WI) — The Milwaukee Bucks have traded center Thon Maker to the Detroit Pistons. In the deal announced Wednesday afternoon, the Bucks will be receiving 22-year-old small forward Stanley Johnson. The six-foot-seven, 245-pound Johnson is a consistent defensive player who is averaging seven points and three-and-a-half rebounds-a-game. Maker’s departure from Milwaukee may have been decided when he and his agent discussed his preference for more playing time — or his willingness to be a part of a trade.

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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 6, 2019 (Wednesday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Marquette Wipes Out 15-Point Deficit Only To Fall By 1 Point, 70-69 (Milwaukee, WI) — Marquette managed to eliminate a 15-point second-half deficit — and even led by a point with 16 seconds left — then guard Shamorie Ponds scored the game-winning points on a layup. Ponds had 28 points in the Red Storm’s 70-69 victory at the Fiserv Forum Tuesday night. It was the first time the Golden Eagles have tasted defeat on their home court and it ended an eight-game winning streak. An off-balance shot by Markus Howard was off-line in the closing seconds. Sam Hauser had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Marquette, while Howard finished with 17. The Golden Eagles host Villanova Saturday.

>>Bucks Return Home To Face Washington Wizards (Milwaukee, WI) — The Milwaukee Bucks return home after a four-and-one road trip to face the Washington Wizards tonight (Wednesday). The same two teams met last Saturday in a 131-115 game taken by the Bucks. Washington has lost four-of-its-last-five. It gets worse — point guard John Wall ruptured his left Achilles tendon when he fell in his home. He will be out of action for a year or more. Wall’s surgery hasn’t been scheduled yet.

>>Packers Carry Over $7.8M In Unused Cap Money From 2018 (Green Bay, WI) — The N-F-L Players Association reports the Green Bay Packers will carry over more than seven-point-eight-million dollars in unused cap money as they get ready for the 2019 season. No other N-F-C North team has as much to spend on free agents and roster adjustments. Only the 49ers and Cowboys have more. As it stands now, the Packers will have a little over 44-point-three-million dollars in cap space — if they don’t resign pending free agents Randall Cobb, Lance Kendricks or Clay Matthews. The team would save another three-point-three-million by releasing linebacker Nick Perry.

>>Brewers Equipment Caravan Headed For Arizona — Spring’s Not Far Off Now (Milwaukee, WI) — In just hours a moving van carrying the equipment for spring training will arrive at the renovated and renamed Brewers Fields of Phoenix. The van was being loaded Tuesday with gear and goods like 20-thousand baseballs, 60 cases of sunflower seeds and hundreds of pounds of personal gear. The ribbon-cutting at the new facility is set for Tuesday, with pitchers and catchers reporting the next day, and the first full-squad workout on February 19th.

Wisconsin Sports 2-5

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 5, 2019 (Tuesday) at 2:46 am  Dale Forbis

>>Cold-Shooting Nets Fall To Surging Milwaukee Bucks, 113-94 (Brooklyn, NY) — The Brooklyn Nets shots an ice-cold 32 percent while losing to Milwaukee Monday night 113-94. The Nets connected on just five-of-42 three-pointers. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points, to go with 15 rebounds and nine assists while the Bucks extended their winning streak to four-in-a-row. Malcolm Brogdon scored 16 points and Eric Bledsoe bounced back from an injury to score 15. Antetokounmpo was the Eastern Conference Player of the Week last week for the sixth time this season. The Bucks take a day off, then host Washington Wednesday.

>>Rodgers Avoids Surgery, Will Participate In Packers’ Off-Season Program (Green Bay, WI) — Word that All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers won’t need surgery indicates he will take part in the Packers’ off-season program. Rodgers suffered a knee strain in the first game of the 2018 season. He wore a brace in games for two months. He had indicated surgery might be necessary after the season ended, but hadn’t given any other indication until an interview on the N-F-L Network. Rodgers says he’s feeling fine and the concussion he suffered in the last game of the season has cleared up.

>>Marquette’s Markus Howard Is Candidate For Cousy Award (Springfield, MA) — High-scoring guard Markus Howard of Marquette is one of 10 candidates for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award. The watch list of 20 candidates named in October has been trimmed to 10. Howard is averaging 25 points-a-game, while hitting more than 91 percent of his free throws. The winner will be announced April 12th. Cousy played for Holy Cross and was named a consensus All-American after his senior year in 1950. He’s an N-B-A Hall of Fame member who played on league championship teams six times.

>>Disappointing 8-5 Season Doesn’t Stop UW From Giving Chryst A Raise (Madison, WI) — One of the agenda items for Thursday’s U-W System Board of Regents meeting is an amended employment agreement for head football coach Paul Chryst. The item listed on the agenda includes the line “additional compensation agreements.” The Badgers were disappointing in an 8-5 season, but Chryst has compiled a solid 42-12 record since taking over the program. He made three-and-three-quarter-million dollars in 2018 and is currently under contract through January 2024.

Wisconsin Sports 2-4

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 4, 2019 (Monday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Brooklyn Nets Try To Break Losing Streak Against NBA’s Hottest Team — Milwaukee (Brooklyn, NY) — The Brooklyn Nets will be trying to end a two-game losing streak when they take on the best team in the N-B-A tonight (Monday). The Milwaukee Bucks have lost just once in their last 12 games and, at 38-13, they are 25 games over .500 for the first time in 33 seasons. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 37 points in Saturday’s 131-115 win over the Wizards — and he set a Bucks team record by going 17-for-17 at the free throw line. Point guard Eric Bledsoe missed the game against Washington but is expected to return to action tonight.

>>Packers QB Honored For Comeback Game Against Bears (Green Bay, WI) — Packers fans can remember the season opener when quarterback Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of the action with a knee injury, then came back to lead his team to a second-half comeback victory. That 24-23 decision over the Bears makes Rodgers the winner of the N-F-L Moment of the Year. Rodgers was given the award at the N-F-L Honors show during Super Bowl week in Atlanta. It was presented to him by Brett Favre. The Packers were down 20-0 when Rodgers surprised his coaches — and everyone else — by leading led Green Bay to the stunning victory.

>>Men’s/Women’s Hockey Both Split Weekend Series (East Lansing, MI) — The Wisconsin men’s hockey team got the extra point in the shootout after tying Michigan State 2-2 Saturday. Junior Max Zimmer found the back of the net in sudden death. Wisconsin hosts number-four Ohio State Friday and Saturday. (Bemidji, MN) — A pair of goals by senior Sam Cogan and the sixth shutout of the season by junior goaltender Kristen Campbell gave the Wisconsin women’s hockey team a 4-0 decision over Bemidji State Saturday. Wisconsin’s record is 24-4, including 14-4 in the W-C-H-A. The Badgers host Minnesota State Saturday and Sunday.

>>Badgers Football Receives Early Commitment For 2021 Recruitment Class (Grafton, WI) — A sophomore offensive lineman from Grafton has become the first commitment for the Badgers football team from the 2021 recruitment class. The six-seven, 265-pound athlete has a familiar name — J-P Benzschawel. He is the brother of sophomore tight end Luke Benzschawel and former All-American guard Beau Benzschawel. He has the athleticism needed to become a major asset to the U-W football program since he is a starter for the Grafton basketball team this winter.

Wisconsin Sports 2-1

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 1, 2019 (Friday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Bucks Clinch Season Series With 105-92 Win At Toronto (Toronto, ON) — The Milwaukee Bucks ended Toronto’s 10-game winning streak on its home court and clinched the season series with a 105-92 victory Thursday night. That means Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer will lead the Eastern Conference at the February 17th N-B-A All-Star game. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 points and Khris Middleton had 18 as Milwaukee moved a game-and-a-half ahead of second-place Toronto in the standings. The Raptors wiped out most of a 24-point deficit by cutting the lead to six, 98-92, with two minutes left. The Bucks then scored the last seven points of the game. Milwaukee plays at Washington Saturday night.

>>Terrapins, Badgers Fight To Stay In The Big Ten Race (Madison, WI) — Since the Wisconsin Badgers came up just short of rallying to beat Maryland two-and-a-half weeks ago, they have turned the season around. The Badgers will be shooting for their fifth straight victory when the Terrapins visit the Kohl Center tonight (Friday). Both teams have three conference losses, so each needs a win to stay within striking distance of a regular-season title or a good seed in the post-season tournament. The Badgers just returned to the top-25 this week, while Maryland is ranked 21st. The Terps won the first meeting January 14th by a 64-60 score.

>>All-Pro Tackle Bakhtiari Talks About Accountability (Green Bay, WI) — Too much complacency. That may have been a factor in the Packers’ slide to a 6-9-1 record this past season — and the decision to hire a new head coach. All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari says it was an issue in Green Bay. Bakhtiari says nobody was held accountable when they showed up late for team meetings or for catching the team plane as it took off for a road game. Bakhtiari was interviewed on E-S-P-N Wisconsin radio earlier this week. Matt LaFleur was introduced by team officials as a head coach who would hold players accountable when he was hired.

>>Wisconsin Men’s Hockey Looks For Wins On The Road At Michigan State (East Lansing, MI) — The Wisconsin men’s hockey team looks for success on the road tonight (Friday) and Saturday at Michigan State. The Badgers swept the Spartans in early December at the Kohl Center, but road wins have been scarce. Wisconsin has been victorious in just two of 10 road games this season. The key to success might be how well Wisconsin captain and defenseman Peter Tischke slows the offense provided by Spartan forward Taro Hirose, who has 42 points in 26 games. The Badgers bring a 9-11-4 record into the 6:00 P-M contest in East Lansing, 5-5-4 in the Big Ten.

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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  January 31, 2019 (Thursday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Golden Eagles Extend Winning Streak To 8-In-A-Row At Butler 76-58 (Indianapolis, IN) — It may have been below freezing outside Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, but Marquette guard Markus Howard was hot inside, hitting 14-of-23 shots and scoring 32 points in a 76-58 win. The Big East Conference victory extended the Golden Eagles’ winning streak to eight-in-a-row. Marquette’s record is 19-3, including 8-1 in conference play. Junior forward Sam Hauser followed Howard with 19 points in one of the only college basketball games being played in the Midwest. Marquette is off until next Tuesday when St. John’s visits the Fiserv Forum.

>>Brewers Rotation Has Young Help On The Way (Milwaukee, WI) — As the Milwaukee Brewers churned toward the 2018 National League Central Division title the experts kept saying the same thing — they didn’t have enough starting pitching. Some young arms are about to change that perception. Right-handed pitchers Corbin Burnes, Freddy Peralta and Brandon Woodruff made a difference for Milwaukee last season. Peralta compiled a 6-4 record in 14 starts. Burnes and Woodruff were effective in relief — and the Brewers hope to get Jimmy Nelson back this season. Team officials say there is another group of young hurlers with plenty of potential currently moving their way up through the minor league system.

>>Former Badger Makes Big Impression During Professional Hockey Debut (Boston, MA) — Former Wisconsin Badger hockey standout Trent Frederic earned a lot of attention during his professional debut. The Boston Bruins rookie went viral on Twitter when he and the Winnipeg Jets’ Brandon Tanev swapped punches. The 20-year-old Frederic had just been called up Monday and Tanev went after him in the second period Tuesday. A lot of attention was given to the fight because Frederic’s happy parents, Gaye and Bob, were in the crowd and were seen celebrating after their son dropped the gloves. The reason it went viral? His parents’ combination fist pump and high-five missed.

>>Packers Name Alvin Whitted Wide Receivers Coach (Green Bay, WI) — Day-by-day Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur is building his staff. Alvis Whitted (WHIT id) has been signed to be wide receivers coach according to a Wednesday announcement. He played nine seasons in the N-F-L and spent the last seven doing the same job at Colorado State University. He coached three All-American wide receivers while he was in Fort Collins. Another position, special teams coordinator, maybe about to be filled. Several sources say Vanderbilt special teams coach Shawn Mennenga is the choice and the job offer may have already been made. Mannenga was an assistant special teams coach with the Browns for seven seasons before returning to college.

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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  January 30, 2019 (Wednesday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Badgers Surrender 1st Half Lead, Then Rally To Win 4th Game In-A-Row (Lincoln, NE) — Guard Brad Davison powered an 18-4 run the second half as the Wisconsin Badgers took control and beat Nebraska Tuesday 62-51. The Badgers led the Big Ten Conference showdown by as many as 14 points in the first half, then watched the lead melt away. Trailing 40-37, Davison scored 10 of his points in the rally which built a 55-44 edge with four-and-a-half minutes to go. He led a balanced Wisconsin attack with 13 points. Ethan Happ and Nate Reuvers each had 10. The Badgers try to extend their four-game winning streak at home against Maryland Friday night.

>>Milwaukee Still Only NBA Which Has Yet To Lose 2-In-A-Row (Detroit, MI) — Tuesday’s 115-105 win at Detroit means the Milwaukee Bucks remain the only team in the N-B-A yet to lose two games in-a-row. That’s the main reason the Bucks have the best record in the league at 36-13. Giannis Atetokounmpo scored 21 points, adding eight rebounds and 11 assists. Eric Bledsoe chipped in 20 points and seven assists as Milwaukee bounced back from a loss at Oklahoma City. The Bucks take tonight (Wednesday) off, then play at Toronto Thursday.

>>Packers Expected To Keep TE Jimmy Graham (Green Bay, WI) — Although his only season in Green Bay wasn’t what he or the team wanted, the Packers are expected to hang on to tight end Jimmy Graham. N-F-L-dot-com is reporting the Packers will pay Graham’s five-million-dollar roster bonus March 15th. A broken bone in his hand helped limit Graham to 55 catches in 16 games, good for 636 yards and just two touchdowns — good numbers for a tight end, but well below Graham’s career norm.

>>Dominant Badger Women Have Goal In Sight: National Title (Madison, WI) — The Wisconsin women’s hockey team has won 23-of-26 games during yet another impressive start to a season. The Badgers have done their damage against powerhouse teams, sweeping number-four Princeton and splitting with number-2 Minnesota and number-seven-ranked Ohio State. Wisconsin has impressive depth, but no single player who stands out. Junior goal-keeper Kristen Campbell has proved she should be mentioned in the same sentence with other program greats. She has a 93-point-one save percentage — which is better than U-W’s all-time best goalkeeper Jessie Vetter.

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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  January 29, 2019 (Tuesday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Marquette Has 2 Basketball Teams In Top-10 (Milwaukee, WI) — For the first time in school history Marquette has two basketball teams ranked in the top-10 nationwide. The Marquette men are 10th in the A-P poll and ninth in the U-S-A Today poll. They jumped up two spaces in both listings. The Golden Eagle women are number-10 in the A-P poll and the women’s coaches poll comes out today (Tuesday). It has been almost seven years since the Marquette men were in the top-10. They play at Butler Wednesday while the women are at DePaul next Sunday.

>>Badgers Look For 4th Straight Big Ten Conference Win On Road (Lincoln, NE) — The Wisconsin Badgers have to hit the boards a little harder when they play at Nebraska tonight (Tuesday). The Badgers are going for their fourth straight Big Ten Conference victory. Nebraska is building a reputation for strong defense, especially when it comes to defending three-point shots. Wisconsin has been out-rebounded in seven of its last eight games. Although the Badgers have won eight-of-12 against Nebraska since that team joined the conference, the Cornhuskers have taken three out of the last four meetings between the two.

>>5th Time: Antetokounmpo Named Eastern Conference Player Of Week (Milwaukee, WI) — For the fifth time this season Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Antetokounmpo averaged 30-point-seven points, 15-point-seven rebounds and four assists-a-game while the Bucks were winning two out of three. He was also named a starter and captain for the 2019 N-B-A All-Star Game last week. That contest will be played February 17th in Charlotte, North Carolina.

>>It’s Back To The Drawing Board As Packers Seek Back Up For Rodgers (Green Bay, WI) — There were hopes DeShone Kizer would finally become the back-up quarterback the Green Bay Packers have needed when he came over in a trade with Cleveland last year. It didn’t work out and the Packers will be on the lookout again this off-season. Kizer has all the physical tools and showed promise in the pre-season, but his efforts during the regular season were unacceptable. He was inaccurate and inconsistent and became rattled when the pressure was turned up.

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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  January 28, 2019 (Monday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>George, Westbrook Lead Thunder Past Milwaukee 118-112 (Oklahoma City, OK) — Dominant performances by Paul George and Russell Westbrook led the Oklahoma Thunder to a 118-112 win over Milwaukee Sunday afternoon. George scored 36 points and had 13 rebounds, while Westbrook produced his 16th triple-double of the season. Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe connected on a three-pointer will just over a minute left to cut the margin to three points, but Milwaukee never caught up. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 18 rebounds for the Bucks. They play at Detroit Tuesday night.

>>Solid Badger Defense And Ethan Happ’s Triple-Double Defeat Wildcats (Madison, WI) — Wisconsin was tough on defense, holding Northwestern to its poorest shooting performance of the season in a 62-46 Big Ten Conference victory Saturday. Senior Ethan Happ produced his second triple-double of the season, scoring 13 points, taking down a dozen rebounds and adding 11 assists. The Wildcats were held to 30 percent shooting from the field. Wisconsin’s lead was in double figures for more than half of the game. The Badgers will take a 14-6 record into a road game at Nebraska Tuesday.

>>3 Marquette Players Score More Than 20 Points In 87-82 Win at Xavier (Cincinnati, OH) — Marquette won its seventh straight game by outscoring Xavier Saturday 87-82. Three Golden Eagles scored 20 points or more, led by Markus Howard’s 31. Joey Hauser added 21 and his brother, Sam, had 20. The Musketeers had built an 11-point lead with 14 minutes to go when Howard started “lighting it up.” Marquette went on a 32-13 run and then a pair of Howard free throws with nine seconds remaining clinched the win. Marquette stays on the road, playing at Butler, Wednesday.

>>Wisconsin Hockey Teams Win 2 Saturday Games (Madison, WI) — Both the Wisconsin men’s and women’s hockey teams claimed conference victories Saturday. The number-one ranked women beat St. Cloud State 3-1 behind goals from freshman Britta Curl, junior Abby Roque and senior Emily Clark. U-W has beaten the Huskies 19 times in a row. The Badger men earned a split of the Border Battle by outscoring Minnesota 4-3 Saturday. Senior captain Peter Tischke scored the game-winner at 4:02 of the third period. It was Wisconsin’s first victory in six weeks.

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  • Wisconsin Sports 2-8 February 8, 2019
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