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Wisconsin Sports 10-15

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>>Brewers Take Championship Quest To West Coast

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  The winning streak is over, but the Milwaukee Brewers will try to start another one tonight (Monday) at Dodger Stadium.  Each team is trying to get the advantage in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.  It’s tied one game each coming into tonight’s (Monday’s) 6:39 P-M contest.  Jhoulys Chacin starts for Milwaukee after a 15-8 season with a 3.50 earned run average.  He will be opposed by standout rookie Walker Buehler, who was 8-5 with a 2.62 E-R-A.


>>2 Struggling Teams Meet At Lambeau Field On Monday Night Football

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Both of the teams meeting tonight in Monday Night Football need a victory.  The Green Bay Packers are staggering along with a 2-2-1 record and coming off a disappointing loss at Detroit last Sunday.  The San Francisco 49ers have suffered four losses in five games so far.  Starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo headlines a list of nine starting players who won’t suit up for the visitors.  The Packers have injury problems of their own and they really need All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers to rediscover his magic.  He was mediocre in the loss to the Lions.  Kickoff is at 6:15 P-M.


>>Badgers Drop To No. 23 After Loss At Michigan

(Ann Arbor, MI)  —  The Wisconsin Badgers dropped to number-23 in the Associated Press college football poll after a 38-13 loss at Michigan Saturday.  Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook struggled through his worst game of the season and the Badgers lost a Big Ten Conference game for the first time.  Wisconsin was playing without several starters, including defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk, safety D’Cota Dixon, cornerback Faion Hicks, and cornerback Scott Nelson.  The Wolverines held Wisconsin to 272 total yards, including just 89 through the air.  The Badgers host Illinois next weekend.


>>Green Bay Packers Hall Of Fame FB Jim Taylor Dies, 83

(Baton Rouge, LA)  —  Hall of Fame fullback Jim Taylor died suddenly at his Baton Rouge, Louisiana, home over the weekend.  The former Packer was 83 years old.  Taylor was an offensive mainstay for Coach Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s.  He was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976.  He was league M-V-P in 1962 when he rushed for one-thousand-474 yards and scored 19 touchdowns, a record which stood for years.


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>>Brewers Go With Gio In Game One

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers will start left-hander Gio Gonzalez in tonight’s (Friday’s) first game of the National League Championship Series.  Brewers manager Craig Counsell announced Thursday the starting pitchers for the first three games of the series will be Gonzalez, Wade Miley, and Jhoulys Chacin, in that order.  Gonzalez was undefeated in three decisions with a two-point-13 earned run average after coming to Milwaukee in a trade from Washington August 31st.  Game one of the N-L-C-S starts at 7:09 P-M.  The Dodgers and Brewers will submit their playoff rosters this morning.


>>Badgers Football Strong On The Road — It Will Have To Be

(Ann Arbor, WI)  —  Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst has led his Badgers to 16 wins in 17 road games since taking over the program.  The one loss was at Michigan two years ago.  Wisconsin comes into Saturday’s Big Ten Conference showdown ranked 15th in the country, with a 4-1 record and undefeated in conference play, but also dealing with injuries, a missing starter due to a sanction and loads of inexperience on the defense.  Kickoff is set for 6:30 P-M Saturday.


>>Receivers’ Health Improving, But What About the QB?

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Wide receivers Geronimo Allison and Randall Cobb are recovering from injuries, with both participating in Thursday’s Packer practice.  Allison has cleared the concussion protocol but is still dealing with a sore hamstring.  Today’s (Friday’s) padded practice will offer a more clear indicator of whether the two will be available for the game against the 49ers.  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was rehabbing Thursday.  Rodgers has had a setback with his strained knee.  He and tight end Jimmy Graham are still expected to play against San Francisco.


>>Bucks Cut Shabazz Muhammad

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on six-foot-six forward Shabazz Muhammad.  Coach Mike Budenholzer and the team management cut the 25-year-old shooter on the way down to the final 15-player roster.  Christian Wood is the favorite to claim the final roster spot, with some support for Tyler Zeller.



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>>Brewers Manager Not Saying Who Starts Friday — Officially

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell tells reporters he doesn’t have a name for them yet when he’s asked about a game-one starting pitcher.  Counsell hasn’t officially named a starter for Friday’s first game of the National League Championship Series.  Most observers think Jhoulys Chacin will get the start, but Counsell could choose to go with a “bullpen game,” just like he did to start the series against Colorado.  Oddsmakers have chosen Milwaukee as the long shot to take the World Series title — one betting house putting their odds at four-to-one against.  Friday’s game starts at 7:09 P-M.


>>Wisconsin Badgers Football Class Of 2019 Taking Shape

(Madison, WI)  —  Even in the middle of the season, college football teams are busy recruiting high school athletes.  Linebacker J-D Bertrand of Georgia has announced he’s been offered a scholarship by the Wisconsin Badgers.  Websites like Rivals and 247Sports designate him as a four-star recruit.  The Badgers have received a verbal commitment from three-star recruit Spencer Lytle, an outside linebacker and another linebacker, Jared Casey, is expected to announce his decision today (Thursday), with Wisconsin one of his possible destinations.


>>Clinton-Dix:  ‘I Don’t Think I’m Going To Be Here Next Year”

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is hoping for a long-term deal with the Packers at the end of the 2018 season, but he’s not counting on it.  Clinton-Dix is off to a strong start with an N-F-L-leading three interceptions.  Pro Football Focus gives him the seventh-best grade among all safeties in the league.  He says he’s playing every game as if it’s his last.  He tells reporters he has to be honest with himself and that means he doesn’t think he’s going to be in Green Bay next season.


>>Coach Bud’s Motion Offense May Help Bucks Realize Offensive Potential

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Bucks’ offense was rated in the top-seven in the N-B-A last year, but the team is hoping the best is yet to come.  New coach Mike Budenholzer’s motion offense, driven by more three-point shots, may unleash the athletic potential of the Bucks young players.  Milwaukee fans know they will see more of the pick-and-roll and they hope superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo can exploit the floor spacing the offense should create.  The Bucks open the regular season six days from tonight (October 17th) at Charlotte.


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>>Badger Football Player Sues University, Claims Constitutional Rights Violated

(Madison, MI)  —  The Wisconsin Badger football player facing sexual assault charges has filed suit against the university.  Quintez Cephus says his constitutional rights were violated.  The 20-year-old Cephus was criminally charged last August and he is scheduled for arraignment tomorrow (Thursday).  His lawyers say the university’s investigation violated his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and his 14th Amendment right to due process.  The wide receiver is currently on a forced leave of absence from the football team.


>>Dodgers:  Need To Exploit Advantage In Starting Pitching

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers hope to exploit their advantage in starting pitching as they take on the hottest team in baseball.  Milwaukee Brewers starters lasted just 12-and-two-thirds innings in the three-game sweep of Colorado and they are viewed as the weakest part of the team.  There’s one problem:  those starters didn’t allow the Rockies to score a single run — and following them to the mound is the sport’s strongest bullpen.  Jhoulys Chacin is expected to start Friday’s opener for Milwaukee.


>>Bucks Give Non-Starters Court Time In 119-115 OT Preseason Loss

(Oklahoma City, OK)  —  Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer rested his five rotation players in Tuesday’s preseason game at Oklahoma City.  The players fighting for a roster spot made it close while dropping a 119-115 overtime decision to the Thunder.  A long 3-pointer by Tim Frazier tied the score with less than a second left in regulation after the Bucks had trailed by as many as 12 points.  Milwaukee native Deonte Burton — playing for Oklahoma City — scored his team’s first 11 points in overtime on the way to the win.  The Bucks wrap up the preseason Friday at Fiserv Forum against Minnesota.


>>Packers Front Office Makes Tuesday Moves

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The Green Bay Packers were moving players around on their practice squad Tuesday.  Running back Joel Bouagnon (joh – EL BWON – yoh) was released and the team signed running back Tra Carson and wide receiver Keon Hatcher.  Carson is a second-year player originally signed by Cincinnati in 2016.  He spent last season on injured reserve.  Hatcher was released by the Oakland Raiders after the first week of the 2018 N-F-L season.


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>>Packers QB Has Knee Injury Setback

(Green Bay, WI)  —  An extra day of rest will come in handy for the Green Bay Packers and their starting quarterback this week.  Aaron Rodgers tweaked his tender knee when he was tackled on the sixth play of Sunday’s loss in Detroit.  Rodgers performed well and appeared mobile, but he said the knee hurt more after the game than it had the last couple of weeks.  It isn’t clear how this development will affect his practice availability yet.  The Packers next game isn’t until Monday against the San Francisco 49ers.


>>Small Number Of Tickets Still Available For NLCS

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers will open sales for a small number of single-game tickets for the National League Championship Series today (Tuesday) at 10:00 A-M.  Tickets set aside for Wisconsin residents only were sold out by Monday afternoon, with prices ranging from 60-to-325-dollars.  By late Monday morning, the Ticket King resale site was offering standing room for 138-dollars apiece and those prices were headed higher.  All ticket sales are being conducted online only.


>>Badgers Down To Makeshift Defensive Backfield For Michigan Game

(Madison, WI)  —  Injuries are sidelining a number of important Wisconsin Badgers defensive backs as the team faces a trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan, Saturday.  Cornerbacks Travian Blaylock and Caesar Williams missed the Nebraska game and are listed as questionable for this week.  Another cornerback, Daron Harrell, is also questionable and Faion Hicks and safety D’Cota Dixon could be dealing with injuries, if they take the field.  Starting safety Scott Nelson has to sit out the first half of the Michigan game for his targeting ejection, meaning the Badgers will be scrambling for healthy personnel again the Wolverines.


>>Preseason Action Giving Bucks A Taste Of Life On The Road

(Oklahoma City, OK)  —  Shortly after rolling over Minnesota in Sunday’s N-B-A preseason game, players with the Milwaukee Bucks were on a plane flying to Oklahoma City.  It’s a road trip for the Bucks this week as they play the Thunder tonight (Tuesday) at 7:00 P-M.  The current road trip will be the longest Milwaukee takes over the first month of the season.  They will embark on a four-game Western Conference trip beginning November 6th.  Coach Mike Budenholzer and his staff see this as a chance for players to bond and experience life on the road in professional basketball.


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>>Milwaukee Takes NLDS Series Lead With 3-2 Win In 10 Innings

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Mike Moustakas stroked a two-out run-scoring single to right field in the 10th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 3-2 win over Colorado Thursday afternoon.  The Brewers won their ninth game in a row while taking a one-game-to-none National League Division Series lead.  Milwaukee led 2-0 on a homer by Christian Yelich with a man on base in the third and the Rockies were limited to one hit over eight innings until they tied the game in the ninth.  The Rockies and Brewers meet again this afternoon in Miller Park in a game starting at 3:15 P-M.  Jhoulys Chacin starts for Milwaukee and Tyler Anderson for Colorado.


>>Rodgers Practices, Knee Getting Better

(Green Bay, WI)  —  All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers was a full participant in Thursday’s practice, a strong indicator his knee is improving.  The team’s three top wide receivers were out, though.  Rodgers has been dealing with pain and limited mobility after suffering a strained knee in the season opener against the Chicago Bears.  Dealing with the injury, the two-time M-V-P has still completed 63 percent of his passes for 282 yards-a-game and a passer rating of 97-point-four.  The Pack plays at Detroit against the Lions Sunday.


>>Nebraska Scouting Report:  Badgers D Still Really, Really Good

(Madison, WI)  —  A Nebraska Cornhusker team needing a win badly knows what a difficult assignment it faces Saturday night at Camp Randall Stadium.  Long a dominant football program, the Huskers are winless after four games.  Even though Wisconsin had to replace seven starters from last year’s 13-1 team, the U-W defense still ranks in the top-10 nationally in points allowed, in the top-20 for total yards allowed and in the top-25 for passing yards allowed.  A Cornhusker website says it succinctly — “the Badgers are still really, really good.”


>>Badgers Hockey Has Big Obstacles While Trying To Return To Elite Status

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey program will rely on defense and young talent as it tries to get back to the top echelon of college programs.  It won’t be easy.  The Badgers’ 34-game schedule includes 29 games against opponents who are ranked in preseason polls.  League coaches are picking them to finish sixth out of seven teams and the five squads above them are all ranked in the preseason polls.


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>>Brewers Post-Season Starts With NLDS Against Rockies

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Colorado’s extra-inning win over the Chicago Cubs Tuesday sets the stage for tonight’s (Thursday’s) first game of the National League Division Series.  Milwaukee won five-of-seven games against the Rockies during the regular season.  The Brewers also have an extra day of rest and they’re riding an eight-game winning streak.  Both teams come in red-hot, with the Rockies posting a 51-and-28 record since July 2nd.  Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell hasn’t chosen his starter for the game at Miller Park, but he has indicated he will pick someone from the bullpen.  First pitch is at 3:07 P-M.


>>Every Significant Member Of GB Passing Attack Listed On Injury Report

(Green Bay, WI)  —  All three Green Bay Packer receivers are listed on the team’s Wednesday injury report.  Randall Cobb is dealing with a sore hamstring, while Geronimo Allison is in the concussion protocol and Davante Adams’ problem hasn’t been specified.  Cobb and Allison missed Wednesday’s practice, while Adams was limited.  There’s optimistic news on the defensive side, with cornerback Kevin King being a full participant in that workout.  The Packers play at Detroit Sunday.


>>UW Hockey:  A Little Consistency In Goal Would Be Welcome

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin Badgers ranked in the bottom-five for save percentage during the 2017-2018 college hockey season, the third straight year that has happened.  Coach Tony Granato’s squad needs some consistency in the net to be more competitive.  Granato will try to find the answer at goaltender from a group including freshman Daniel Lebedeff and juniors Jack Berry and Johan Blomquist.  Berry is the only one who has seen significant ice time against Division One opponents.  The Badgers open the season at home against Boston College October 12th.


>>Bucks Open Exhibition Season With Rout Of Chicago Bulls

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The stat sheet looks a lot like last season.  Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo played less than half the first preseason game, yet came up with a double-double in Milwaukee’s 116-82 win over the Chicago Bulls.  It was the first game played in the new Fiserv Arena.  Eric Bledsoe added 16 and Khris Middleton 15 in a game the Bucks led from start to finish.  Milwaukee connected on 13-of-24 3-pointers, an indicator of the new offensive philosophy brought on board by head coach Mike Budenholzer.  Former Buck Jabari Parker was held to two points, four rebounds, and two assists.


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>>Start Times For Brewers NLDS Series Games Announced

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers will host Colorado in the first game of the National League Central Division Series Thursday at 4:07 P-M.  Major League Baseball released game times for the N-L-D-S Tuesday.  The first two games will be at Miller Park, with Friday’s first pitch at 3:15 P-M.  Those games will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1, with game three at Coors Field starting at 3:37 P-M Sunday.  The broadcast will available on M-L-B Network.  Since the Packers-Lions game kicks off at noon Sunday, Wisconsin sports fans will be able to watch the two contests back-to-back.


>>Young Stars Drawing Attention To Milwaukee Bucks

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Greek Freak and his teammates are becoming a hot ticket in the National Basketball Association.  Four years ago, the Milwaukee Bucks were dead last in the league in road attendance, but that has changed.  The Bucks and their young stars roared up to eighth in the league last season when playing on the road.  The teams ahead of Milwaukee include Golden State and the home of one of the greatest pro basketball players of all time, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.


>>Wisconsin Badgers:  Some Good, Some Bad Recruiting News

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin Badgers fans are getting some optimistic news for the football program and disappointing news for basketball.  The football Badgers have extended an offer to five-star wide receiver Kyle Ford of Orange, California.  The U-S-C Trojans are considered the favorites for Ford, but Wisconsin is still in the running.  In basketball, four-star power forward Zeke Nnaji released his top-five list Monday night and Wisconsin wasn’t on it.  It’s small consolation that Kentucky also wasn’t included on the young star’s list of possible college destinations.


>>Lions Think Rodgers Is Healthier Than Official Reports

(Detroit, MI)  —  Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia says Green Bay’s quarterback looks good to him and is apparently moving around “just fine.”  With an important Northern Division game coming up Sunday, Patricia says the Packers seemed to be trying to limit Rodgers a little bit for his health, but the film makes it look like the All-Pro isn’t physically limited at all.  Rodgers hurt his knee in the season opener.  A Lions website quotes Rodgers as saying his knee felt “tremendously better” after the Buffalo game.


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>>Brewers Beat Chicago 3-1, Secure NL Central Division Title

(Chicago, IL)  —  A 3-1 win Monday afternoon at Wrigley Field secures the National League Central Division title for the red-hot Milwaukee Brewers.  Lorenzo Cain knocked in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Milwaukee bullpen locked down the team’s eighth-straight victory entering the playoffs.  Shortstop Orlando Arcia went four-for-four, Corey Knebel got the win in relief and Josh Hader closed it out.  The Cubs’ only run came on an Anthony Rizzo homer.  The victory in the tie-breaker by Milwaukee means the Cubs host Colorado today (Tuesday) in the Wild Card game.  The Brewers are off until Thursday when they meet the winner of that game.


>>Packers CB Alexander Says Bills QB Was Talking Too Much

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Green Bay rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander says the rookie quarterback for Buffalo was talking a little too much.  At one point, flags were flying when Alexander pushed Josh Allen to the ground.  Alexander is suggesting Allen “flopped” on the play.  Alexander also intercepted one of Allen’s passes in the 22-0 pasting the Packers handed to the visiting Bills.  Strangely, Alexander wasn’t flagged for the push.  That went to linebacker Blake Martinez.


>>NBA Insider:  Bucks Reject Butler-For-Middleton Offer

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  An N-B-A insider suggests the price would have to come down for the Bucks to consider a trade for All-Star guard Jimmy Butler.  N-B-A-dot-com is reporting the Minnesota Timberwolves offered Butler in a trade for Khris Middleton, but the Bucks weren’t buying.  The six-foot-eight small forward, Butler, is a star and he has demanded the Timberwolves trade him.  The indication is Milwaukee might talk if the Wolves switched to Eric Bledsoe or Malcolm Brogdon, or both, in such a deal.


>>Wisconsin Badgers Playing A Lot Of Football Under The Lights

(Madison, WI)  —  The University of Wisconsin is reporting its October 13th game against Michigan will be played at night.  With kickoff at 6:30 P-M due to an A-B-C television broadcast, the Badgers will be playing their third straight night game and the fourth in six games this season.  Wisconsin has victories over Western Kentucky and Iowa while playing on prime-time television.  While the Badgers take on Nebraska this week, the Wolverines will be facing Maryland in a homecoming game.


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