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Wisconsin Sports 3-6

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

>>Marquette Still Scrambling For Its 1st Big East Conference Title (South Orange, NJ) — Marquette needs two more victories to clinch at least a tie for the Big East Conference title — the first for the Golden Eagles. The first step in that direction comes tonight at Seton Hall. Marquette won the first meeting with the Pirates in January 74-71. The Eagles trail Villanova by a half-game after losing two-in-a-row, but they still have a 23-6 record overall. Seton Hall is 16-12.

>>Brewers Take Cactus League Pitchers’ Duel Against Colorado, 1-0 (Scottsdale, AZ) — Tyler Saladino’s seventh-inning double drove in the only run of the game as Milwaukee blanked the Colorado Rockies Tuesday 1-0. Thirteen pitchers took the mound for the two teams with reliever Taylor Williams picking up the victory and Miguel Sanchez tossing a scoreless ninth for the save. The Brewers’ spring record is now 3-5. Corbin Burnes turned the corner on a disappointing spring training so far, tossing three shutout innings as the starter. Milwaukee hosts the Arizona Diamondbacks this afternoon.

>>Packers Ticket Prices Going Up — Still Some Of The Cheapest In The NFL (Green Bay, WI) — The Green Bay Packers have announced higher ticket prices for the 2019 season. More than half of the tickets will go up by two-dollars-a-game or less, with a range of increases between one-and-six dollars. Packers tickets are still some of the cheapest in the N-F-L, despite the team’s success. The overall increase of three-point-one percent is the smallest hike in the last 10 years. Invoices are going out to season-ticket holders this week.

>>Badger Senior Howard Named All-Big Ten (Madison, WI) — The Wisconsin women’s basketball team has had two of its players earn post-season honors. Senior Marsha Howard was named to the second team All-Big Ten squad and freshman Imani Lewis earned honorable mention. It’s the second straight conference honor for Howard. She is 23rd on the U-W career scoring list with one-thousand-71 points and is 12th on the career rebounding list with 661.

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

>>Bucks Stunned By Lowly Phoenix Suns in 114-105 Upset Loss (Phoenix, AZ) — The Milwaukee Bucks blew a fourth-quarter lead and suffered a stunning upset loss in Phoenix Monday 114-105. It’s the first time all season Milwaukee has lost two games in a row. The Bucks led 82-76 after three periods and built a 10-point lead in the fourth before the Suns took over. Phoenix has won two-in-a-row after suffering through a 17-game losing streak. The team with the worst record in the N-B-A has swept the season series from the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points and 13 rebounds. The West Coast swing ends with three wins in five games. The Bucks host Indiana Thursday.

>>New Trial Date Set For Badger Football Player Quintez Cephus (Madison, WI) — A judge in Dane County Circuit Court has set July 29th as the date for the sexual assault trial for University of Wisconsin football player Quintez Cephus. Two U-W students say he sexually assaulted them at his apartment last April. Cephus was originally to go on trial last month, but the date was delayed. He maintains the encounter with the two women was consensual. The pending case kept him off the field for the entire 2018 football season.

>>Golden Eagles, Badgers Fall In AP Basketball Poll (Milwaukee, WI) — Both Marquette and the University of Wisconsin slid lower in this week’s Association Press Top-25 basketball poll. The Badgers dropped two spots to number-21 after splitting games against Indiana and Penn State. Marquette made 40 turnovers in two losses and fell out of the top-10, coming in this week at number-16. The Golden Eagles return to action tomorrow night at Seton Hall. They have lost their last two games to Villanova and Creighton.

>>Mark Johnson Named Conference Hockey Coach Of Year For 8th Time (Madison, WI) — The Wisconsin women’s hockey team has received four individual regular-season awards from the W-C-H-A. Coach Mark Johnson was named the coach of the year for the eighth time since 2006. Annie Pankowski is the offensive player of the year, Kristen Campbell is the top goaltender and Sophie Shirley is the rookie of the year. The second-ranked Badgers open the post-season against Ohio State in the W-C-H-A Final Faceoff semifinals in Minneapolis Saturday.

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

>>6-Run First Inning Powers Cincinnati Past Brewers 11-5 (Phoenix, AZ) — The Cincinnati Reds touched Milwaukee starter Josh Tomlin for two homers and six runs on the way to an 11-5 Cactus League win Sunday. The Brewers got home runs from Manny Pina, Hernan Perez and Christian Yelich, but were never able to catch up. Tomlin took the loss as Milwaukee’s spring record fell to 3-6. The Brewers are off Monday and they play a road game against Colorado Tuesday.

>>Second Big East Conference Loss Knocks Marquette Out Of 1st Place (Milwaukee, WI) — Two turnover-filled losses have knocked Marquette out of first place in the Big East Conference standings. Creighton capitalized on 22 Golden Eagle turnovers Sunday in a 66-60 upset loss for coach Steve Wojciechowski’s team. Thirty-three points from Markus Howard couldn’t prevent the second defeat in less than a week. Marquette travels to New Jersey to play Seton Hall Wednesday night. The Golden Eagles are 23-6, including 12-4 in conference play — Villanova is 13-4.

>>Bucks Sign 6-Time All-Star Center Pau Gasol (Milwaukee, WI) — The Milwaukee Bucks keep bolstering the roster for the team’s N-B-A stretch run. The latest addition is veteran center Pau Gasol who bought out his contract with the San Antonio Spurs Friday and was introduced as the newest Bucks player Sunday. Gasol is 38 years old and has missed more than half of his team’s games this season. The Bucks hope he has enough left in the tank to help them clinch a top playoff seed and win some games in the post-season.

>>Bucks Try To Bounce Back From Loss At Utah (Phoenix, AZ) — It seems unlikely, but the lowly Phoenix Suns have a chance to sweep the season series from the team with the best record in the N-B-A. The Suns host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight (Monday). The Bucks are trying to bounce back from a 115-111 loss at Utah Saturday. That broke a 10-game road winning streak and left Milwaukee with a 48-15 record, with 19 games left in the season. Phoenix pulled a major upset of its own Saturday, beating the L-A Lakers 118-109.

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

>>Wisconsin Looks For 11th Straight Win Over Penn State Saturday (Madison, WI) — The Wisconsin Badgers will try to beat Penn State for the 11th straight time when the Nittany Lions visit the Kohl Center Saturday. It could be a low-scoring game because the Badgers have given up less than 62 points-a-game on defense, 11th-best in the country, while Penn State is 231st national in offense, scoring just over 70 points-a-game. The Badgers will be looking for their 20th victory of the season. They are 11-6 in Big Ten Conference games, while Penn State is 5-12.

>>Cactus League: Brewers Wipe Out Big Deficit, Beat Reds 10-8, Split Squad Beats Giants 6-2 (Phoenix, AZ) — The Cincinnati Reds had an 8-1 lead when Milwaukee bats came alive. The Brewers scored three in the fifth inning, a run in the sixth and crossed the plate five times in the seventh on the way to a 10-8 Cactus League win Thursday. Jesus Aguilar drove in three runs. Mike Moustakas had the only homer for the split squad. The other Brewers team lost to San Francisco 6-2. Erik Kratz had a homer in that contest. Milwaukee has a 2-5 spring record with a Friday afternoon game against Seattle on the schedule.

>>Former Packer Coach Apologizes For Tirade At HS Basketball Game (Green Bay, WI) — Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has reportedly apologized for an outburst aimed at referees after his stepson’s high school basketball game Tuesday night. An abuse-of-officials report was filed with the W-I-A-A by the officiating crew which worked the game at Pulaski High School. Officials at Notre Dame Academy have called the profanity-filled incident unacceptable, saying it doesn’t reflect the institution’s values. Pulaski defeated Notre Dame 67-66.

>>Pankowski Now A Finalist For Kazmaier Award (Madison, WI) — Senior forward Annie Pankowski is now one of three finalists for the 2019 Patty Kazmaier Award — given each season to the top player in women’s college hockey. Pankowski and teammates Mekenzie Steffen and Kristen Campbell were just named first-team all-W-C-H-A. Sophie Shirley, Abby Roque and Maddie Rolfes made the second team and Shirley and Britta Curl were named to the W-C-H-A all-rookie team. Wisconsin takes on St. Cloud State starting tonight (Friday) in a quarterfinal playoff series at LaBahn Arena.

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

>>QB Hornibrook Leaving Wisconsin Football Program (Madison, WI) — The University of Wisconsin has announced its starting quarterback for the last three years is transferring. Alex Hornibrook has decided to go through the N-C-A-A transfer protocol. Hornibrook’s replacement will likely come from among Jack Coan, Danny Vanden Boom, Chase Wolf or Graham Mertz. Spring practice opens March 26th. Hornibrook won 26 of his 32 starts over three seasons, giving him the best winning percentage among all U-W quarterbacks at .813.

>>Marquette Drops Important Game To Defending National Champ Villanova (Philadelphia, PA) — The Marquette Golden Eagles missed out on a chance to all-but-lock-up the Big East Conference title by losing 67-61 at Villanova Wednesday night. A clutch three-pointer with two-and-a-half minutes to go put the Wildcats ahead and they went on to break a three-game losing streak. Markus Howard led Marquette with 25 points, even though he missed some court time while he was in foul trouble. If the Eagles win their last three games, Villanova still can’t catch them. Next game for Marquette is Sunday against Creighton at the Fiserv Forum.

>>Bucks Keep Winning, But It Wasn’t Easy In Sacramento 141-140 In OT (Sacramento, CA) — Eric Bledsoe had a triple double — 26 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists — as the Milwaukee Bucks went overtime to beat the Kings at Sacramento 141-140. The two teams combined to take 230 shots Wednesday night. Nikolas Mirotic had his biggest game since joining the Bucks with 21 points and eight rebounds. The Kings tied the game with a furious fourth-quarter rally, wiping out a 13-point deficit. Giannis Antetokounmpo missed about half of the game and scored just 17 points. The Bucks play the Lakers at Los Angeles Saturday.

>>Brewers Bats Stay Silent In 6-1 Cactus League Loss To Cleveland (Phoenix, AZ) — Milwaukee Brewers bats haven’t awakened yet. Seven Cleveland pitchers held Milwaukee to just two hits in Wednesday’s 6-1 Cactus League decision. Corey Ray’s second homer of the spring was the only run the Brewers scored. The game was tied 1-1 until the Indians pounded four home runs and scored five times in the last three innings. Rookie Trey Supak took the loss. Milwaukee is 1-4 with a game this afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds.

Wisconsin Sports 2-27

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 27, 2019 (Wednesday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Indiana Completes Upset Win Over Wisconsin In 2 OT, 75-73 (Bloomington, IN) — Indiana freshman guard Romeo Langford hit the game-winning layup with less than a second left in overtime as the Hoosiers upset Wisconsin 75-73. Indiana broke a five-game losing streak with the Tuesday night victory. D’Mitrik Trice had just tied the game by connecting on three clutch free throws with nine seconds left in the second overtime. He had forced the first overtime with a pair of free throws and also forced the second overtime with a three-pointer. Ethan Happ led the Badgers with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Wisconsin returns to action at home Saturday against Penn State.

>>Defending National Champions Desperate For A Win Against Marquette (Philadelphia, PA) — Stuck in a three-game losing streak, the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats are in desperate need of a win tonight (Wednesday). The problem is, the opponent is a Marquette team which has won 12 of its last 13 games. A victory virtually assures the Golden Eagles the number-one seed in the Big East post-season tournament. Number-10-ranked Marquette has a smothering defense and — during the current hot streak — is hitting 52 percent from the field and better than 42 percent on three-pointers.

>>Brewers Hitters Still Haven’t Shown Up For Spring Training (Phoenix, AZ) — Chase Anderson took the loss after giving up all of the San Diego Padres runs in a 3-1 Cactus League defeat Tuesday. The Brewers bats have been silent in the first four games of spring training. Anderson surrendered a pair of home runs in his two innings on the mound. Milwaukee’s only run scored on an error and the only extra base hits were doubles by Mike Moustakas and Yasmani Grandal. Milwaukee will bring a 1-3 record into this afternoon’s (Wednesday’s) home game against Cleveland.

>>Rodgers Rated Best Quarterback In NFC North By Pro Football Focus (Green Bay, WI) — It wasn’t anywhere near his best season, but Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been ranked the best at his position in the N-F-C North. Rodgers led all quarterbacks in the division with 44-hundred-42 passing yards. He also had 24 scoring passes and just two interceptions. Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky was the worst quarterback in the North, mostly due to his division-leading 12 interceptions. Pro Football Focus did the rankings for the 2018 season.

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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 26, 2019 (Tuesday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Greek Freak Out For 1 Game, Bucks Roll On 117-106 (Chicago, IL) — With Giannis Antetokounmpo and two teammates sidelined, the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t miss a step. Their 117-106 victory at Chicago Monday night completed just the team’s second season sweep of the Bulls. Antetokounmpo missed the action with a sore knee. Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon picked up the slack by scoring 22 points each. The Bucks trailed 38-25 after one period, then dominated the rest of the way, building the margin to 20 points at one time. Milwaukee starts the West Coast portion of this five-game road trip at Sacramento Wednesday.

>>Badgers Basketball Faces Another Big Ten Opponent Trending Down (Bloomington, IN) — The Wisconsin Badgers took care of business against a struggling Northwestern basketball team over the weekend. They will try to keep Indiana on the downward trend during a road game tonight (Tuesday) on the Hoosiers’ home court. Indiana has lost five in a row and 12 of its last 13 games. On the other hand, the Hoosiers did upset number-10 Michigan State February 2nd. Over the last 10 years, the Badgers have beaten Indiana 19 out of 21 meetings.

>>Brewers Drop 4-3 Cactus League Game To Angels (Phoenix, AZ) — Newcomers Corey Spangenburg and Lucas Erceg pounded home runs for the Brewers in a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels Monday. Milwaukee is 1-2 in spring training so far. The Angels were held to five hits but made a loser out of rookie right-hander Jon Olczak by scoring three runs in his single inning of work. The Brewers host San Diego this afternoon.

>>Winless Weekend Bumps Wisconsin Women’s Hockey Back Down To No. 2 (Madison, WI) — The rival Minnesota Golden Gophers just snatched the W-C-H-A title from Wisconsin — and now they’ve leap-frogged over the Badgers to the number-one ranking in this week’s college women’s hockey poll. Wisconsin returns to second place. The Badgers suffered two shootout losses over the weekend against Ohio State. They needed four points to earn at least a share of their fourth straight conference title — and they got two. The Gophers get the bye and Wisconsin will host St. Cloud State starting Friday in the best-of-three quarterfinal playoff series.

Wisconsin Sports 2-25

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 25, 2019 (Monday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Monday Contest At Chicago Starts 5-Game Road Trip For Bucks (Chicago, IL) — The Milwaukee Bucks start a five-game road trip at Chicago tonight (Monday), followed by a West Coast swing. Milwaukee is pretty good on the road, winning 20-of-29 so far. They’re also red-hot with 10 wins in their last 11 games. Khris Middleton scored 28 points to lead the Bucks past the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday 140-128. The game was tight until the fourth quarter. The newest Buck, forward Nikolas Mirotic, was good for 17 points and six rebounds against the Wolves.

>>Jordy Nelson: Criticisms Of Rodgers “Comical” (Green Bay, WI) — Oakland wide receiver Jordy Nelson is sticking up for his former quarterback. Several players have trashed All-Pro Aaron Rodgers recently, with former Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley saying he is self-centered and former defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila calling Rodgers “arrogant.” Nelson says he thinks it’s comical to read the comments and he thinks the guys were just seeking attention. Nelson says there are hundreds of former teammates who know number-12 is a leader. Nelson says Rodgers just expects his teammates to practice well and he is demanding when they don’t.

>>Golden Eagles, Badgers Have Winning Weekend (Providence, RI) — Both Marquette and Wisconsin picked up important victories on the road Saturday. The Golden Eagles expanded their lead over Villanova in the Big East Conference standings by beating Providence on the road 76-58. Markus Howard had a rare bad-shooting night, but Sam Hauser picked up the slack with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Sacar Anim also scored 18. Brad Davison scored 16 to help Wisconsin avoid the upset at Northwestern. D’Mitrik Trice and Ethan Happ each had 14. The Wildcats cut the lead to one point with 15 seconds left, but Wisconsin pulled away and handed Northwestern its eighth-straight defeat.

>>Brewers Even Cactus League Record With 10-1 Win Sunday (Phoenix, AZ) — Hernan Perez pounded a first-inning home run and the Milwaukee Brewers were up by eight going into the bottom of the second inning. Milwaukee evened its Cactus League record with a 10-1 win over Texas Sunday afternoon. The Brewers lost 8-4 to the Cubs in the spring opener Saturday. Perez drove in seven runs and Orlando Arcia and Jesus Aguilar each went two-for-two with an R-B-I. Josh Tomlin started and got the win with a scoreless inning. Milwaukee plays the Los Angeles Angels this afternoon (Monday).

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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 22, 2019 (Friday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Bucks Hold On To Edge Boston Celtics 98-97 (Milwaukee, WI) — Khris Middleton hit an important three-pointer and the Milwaukee Bucks held on for a narrow 98-97 win at home over Boston Thursday night. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 13 rebounds as Milwaukee moved a game-and-a-half ahead of the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference standings. The win gives the Bucks the tie-breaker in the unlikely chance the two teams tie in the final standings. Nikolas Mirotic scored eight points in his first action with Milwaukee. The Bucks host Minnesota Saturday night.

>>Spring Training: It Doesn’t Rain In Arizona, Does It? (Phoenix, WI) — The Milwaukee Brewers had to move a lot of spring training activities inside Thursday when a rare rainstorm hit the team’s Phoenix-area complex. Players say they got some work in, but batting practice was affected the most. In most cases, when outside activities are stopped by rain or other factors, the Brewers take the opportunity to hold team meetings. Rain is in the forecast for Friday, too, with temperatures expected to struggle to get out of the 40s.

>>Wisconsin Hockey Standout Pankowski Up For Major Honor … 3rd Time (Madison, WI) — Wisconsin Badgers senior Annie Pankowski is a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award for the third time. The winner is considered to be the best player in Division One women’s hockey. If she is chosen, Pankowski would join five other Badgers as winners of the sport’s top award. The most recent was goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens in 2017. Pankowski leads Wisconsin with 17 goals and 37 points in 30 games. She will listen for her name to be called at the Frozen Four in Hamden, Connecticut March 23rd.

>>76th Annual WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament Underway (Madison, WI) — The 76th annual W-I-A-A state individual wrestling tournament is being held this weekend at the Kohl Center in Madison. Division One Mukwonago has the most tournament qualifiers this year with 11. Twenty-one competitors are former state champions, including 18 who won last year. Another 21 come into the tournament with an undefeated record. Champions will be determined by matches held Saturday.

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