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Wisconsin Sports 9-12-18

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>Cubs Slow Milwaukee’s Charge With 3-0 Decision

(Chicago, IL)  —  Jose Quintana and three relievers shut out the Milwaukee Brewers on three singles Tuesday night, 3-0.  The defeat pushes Milwaukee two games back of the division-leading Chicago Cubs.  Jhoulys Chacin absorbed the defeat despite giving up only one hit and a walk in five innings.  An error on a pickoff play cost the Brewers a run in the second.  The loss means Milwaukee won’t get the three-game sweep it needed to retake first place.  Christian Yelich walked in the fourth inning to reach base for a 27th straight game.  Chase Anderson starts the last game of the three-game series tonight at Wrigley Field.  He will be opposed by Kyle Hendricks.

 

>>UPDATE–Judge Finds Probable Cause For Case Against Cephus To Proceed

(Madison, WI)  —  A Dane County Circuit Court judge tells defense attorneys they failed to meet the burden to have charges dismissed against U-W football player Quintez Cephus.  He will stand trial on two counts of sexual assault.  The decision by Judge Jill Karofsky came after attorneys for the Badger wide receiver argued video surveillance showed his two accusers were not impaired on the morning of the incident.  Testimony from a Madison police detective was a big factor in the judge’s decision.  No trial date has been set.

 

>>Burden Will Rest On Packer Offensive Line In Game Against Minnesota

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Offensive line play could be a major factor in how much success the Green Bay Packers have while hosting Minnesota Sunday.  If he plays, quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be less mobile than normal — and the Vikings have a pass rush which produced 37 sacks last year and three sacks in the season opener.  Minnesota gets plenty of pressure from its front four, but it also blitzes a lot.  It will be up to the Packers line keep those purple helmets off Rodgers — if he has to perform with a gimpy knee.

 

>>BYU Cougars Still Waiting For Offense To Show Up

(Madison, WI)  —  The Brigham Young Cougars are looking for a little offense in their third game of the 2018 season.  If it’s going to come, it’s going to have to do so against one of the strongest defensive units in college football — the Wisconsin Badgers.  Cougars coach Kalani Sitake made a change at offensive coordinator in the off-season and it hasn’t paid off yet.  While B-Y-U meets its third straight opponent from a power-five conference, there is talk of replacing starting quarterback Tanner Mangum and the team’s best running back is averaging less than four yards-a-carry.

 

Wisconsin Sports 9-11

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>Brewers 1 Game Out Of 1st Place After Beating Cubs

(Chicago, IL)  —  Mike Moustakas scored the winning run on a sixth-inning wild pitch as the Milwaukee Brewers closed to within one game of first place Monday night.  The 3-2 win at Wrigley Field runs the Brewers’ winning streak to four games in-a-row.  Lorenzo Cain went four-for-five and starter Wade Miley improved his record to 4-2.  The Chicago Cubs are trending down, losing for the fifth time in the last seven games.  The powerful bats have gone quiet.  Milwaukee sends staff ace Jhoulys Chacin to the mound tonight in an effort to join the Cubs at the top of the Central Division standings.  Jose Quintana goes for Chicago.

 

>>Aaron Rodgers’ Availability For Vikings Game May Not Be Firm Until Sunday

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy says it’s too soon to make a judgment on his quarterback’s availability for the next game.  A gimpy Aaron Rodgers took the field in the second half Sunday and led the Packers to a come-from-behind 24-23 victory over Chicago.  He will likely still be missing his usual mobility if he does play against the Vikings.  That would seem to dictate a quick-hitting, short pass attack.  The final decision on whether he plays or not will likely wait until the last minute.

 

>>UW Releases Preliminary Week-3 Injury Report

(Madison, WI)  —  Two Badger linebackers have been added to the week-three preliminary injury report for the University of Wisconsin.  Outside linebacker Tyler Johnson is questionable for the B-Y-U game due to an injured leg.  Inside linebacker Griffin Grady is out, also with a leg injury.  Coach Paul Chryst says Grady’s injury isn’t as bad as he thought initially.  True freshman safety Reggie Pearson has missed the first two games with a leg injury and he is still listed as questionable for this Saturday.

 

>>WIAA Considers Rule Change Banning Athletes Convicted Of Felonies

(Stevens Point, WI)  —  The governing body for high school athletics in Wisconsin is considering a rule charge which would ban participants who have been convicted of a felony.  The W-I-A-A has rules on the use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, but nothing about criminal conduct.  The proposal would make a change to the W-I-A-A constitution.  A decision is to be made between partial or full high school career bans.  Standout Deontay Long played for Washington High School in this year’s state tournament, even though he had pleaded guilty to felony armed robbery.

 

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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>Rodgers Shakes Off “Tweaked” Knee, Engineering Comeback

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Two-time N-F-L Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers missed a lot of the season opener for his Packers, but he returned to the field with enough time to engineer a big comeback.  Green Bay scored 21 points in the fourth quarter while beating the arch-rival Chicago Bears 24-23 Sunday.  The Bears built a 20-point lead, but couldn’t hold it.  Rodgers threw touchdown passes to Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison in the fourth quarter, overcoming an impressive performance by Chicago quarterback Mitch Trubisky, new linebacker Khalil Mack and a much-improved Bears team. Rodgers connected on 20-of-30 passes for 286 yards.  Cobb caught nine passes for 142 yards, including a 75-yard scoring play.  Rodgers says he will be ready to play next week against Minnesota.

 

>>Brewers Beat SF 6-3, Now 2 Games Back In Central Standings

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  A sixth-inning grand slam by Jonathan Schoop powered Milwaukee past the San Francisco Giants Sunday by a 6-3 score.  The weekend sweep leaves the Brewers two games behind the Chicago Cubs in the N-L Central Division standings with a three-game series in Chicago coming up.  Rookie Corbin Burnes earned his fourth win in relief and Corey Knebel closed the door for his 15th save.  Wade Miley takes the mound for the Brewers in the first game of the Chicago series.  A sweep would return Milwaukee to first place.

 

>>Badgers Keep Winning But Continue To Fall In Football Poll

(Madison, WI)  —  Another win for the Wisconsin Badgers and for the second straight week their place in the Associated Press football poll drops one spot.  The Badgers rolled past New Mexico Saturday 45-14, but watched Oklahoma leapfrog over them in the fifth.  Wisconsin is ranked sixth after being fourth in the season-opening poll.  Alabama remains in first and Clemson, despite a narrow win, is again second.  The Badgers are also sixth in the coaches’ poll — but they were sixth on the list last week as well.

 

>>SATURDAY:  Badgers Start Slow (Again), Then Run Lobos Out Of Stadium

(Madison, WI)  —  Sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor fumbled early in Saturday’s home game against New Mexico, then pounded the Lobos for 253 rushing yards in a 45-14 runaway.  The visitors scored first and Wisconsin was sluggish in front of the Camp Randall crowd.  An interception by safety Scott Nelson stopped one New Mexico drive and a powerful Badger ground game controlled the rest of the action.  Wisconsin claimed its first lead with 2:20 left in the first half.  Quarterback Alex Hornibrook did more handing off than passing, hitting eight-of-11 for 148 yards and a touchdown.  A.J. Taylor caught that scoring pass and gained 134 yards on five receptions.  The Badgers host B-Y-U next Saturday.

 

Wisconsin Sports 9-7

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>Favorable Schedule Gives Brewers Chance To Make Run At The Top

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Fresh off taking two-out-of-three from first-place Chicago, the Milwaukee Brewers host San Francisco tonight (Friday) at Miller Park.  The schedule is lining up for manager Craig Counsell’s team.  Milwaukee plays nine of its next 12 games at home and 12 of the 21 games remaining in the season before the home fans.  Chase Anderson looks for his 10th win in the game against the Giants.  Milwaukee is four games behind the Cubs and a half-game up on the surging St. Louis Cardinals.  Of the 21 games remaining in the 2018 season, the Brewers will only play six against teams with a winning record.

 

>>Packers Ready To Throw Bigger Defensive Package At Chicago

(Green Bay, WI)  —  New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine says we only saw about five-percent of the Packers’ defensive plays during the preseason.  Another 40-to-50 plays are being installed before Sunday night’s game against the Chicago Bears.  Coming into the 100th season of professional football in Green Bay, the Packer defenders are trying to establish an attitude.  They’re saying things like Bears linebacker Khalil Mack isn’t the only one able to get to the quarterback.  Lots of new, hungry players are ready to go, with veteran leadership from people like Clay Matthews.  He says teammates on his side of the ball are trying to set an identity for the upcoming season.

 

>>Another Badgers LB Transitions To FB

(Madison, WI)  —  Redshirt sophomore Mason Stokke is following in the footsteps of Alec Ingold.  He’s switching positions from linebacker to fullback and working with the senior Ingold and position coach John Settle.  Stokke is just two weeks into his transition as the Badgers host New Mexico Saturday morning at 11:00.  Ingold says the younger player is picking things up rapidly.  All Stokke has to do is keep his eye on number-45.

 

>>NFL Makes Internet Access To Games Free For Viewers

(New York, NY)  —  Consumers cutting the cable and people angered by players kneeling during the national anthem have hit N-F-L ratings hard.  Viewership dropped eight percent during the 2016 season and another nine percent last year.  That is why the National Football League is giving free access to its games on the internet.  The league wants to expand its online audience.  No longer do you have to sign in with a cable or satellite subscription.  Based on the most recent broadcast contracts, the league is rolling in the money.  Profits were up almost 900-million dollars last season.  That could change in a couple of years when the next broadcast contract is negotiated.

 

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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>Brewers Drop Last Game Of Cub Series 6-4

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers didn’t get the sweep they were shooting for.  Two unearned runs helped sink ace right-hander Jhoulys Chacin in his effort to win his 15th game of the season in a 6-4 loss Wednesday.  The Cubs took the lead with a four-run fourth inning and never trailed.  Milwaukee got the tying run on base with nobody out in the ninth, but still lost for only the second time in the last eight games.  Curtis Granderson hit his 12th home run for the Brewers, but he also struck out to end the game.  Christian Yelich had a pinch-hit single to extend his string of reaching base to 22 games in-a-row.  Milwaukee is off today, then Chase Anderson starts the first of a three-game series against the Giants Friday.

 

>>Badgers Secondary Loses Another Backup

(Madison, WI)  —  A second experienced defensive back is leaving the Wisconsin Badgers football team.  Redshirt sophomore Patrick Johnson had to deal with illness during preseason camp, then missed the opener with a concussion.  Johnson was on the team’s depth chart as the number-three safety.  The Badgers announced he has left the team this week.  Another experienced defensive back, redshirt sophomore cornerback Dontye Carriere-Williams left the team last week.  Johnson had played 13 games as a freshman in the 2016 season but was limited to four last year by a shoulder injury.

 

>>LB Burks Returns To Packers Practice

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Packers linebacker Oren Burks took part in padded drills Wednesday after missing time with a dislocated shoulder.  Burks suffered the injury during pregame warm-ups before the August 24th preseason game at Oakland.  Another linebacker, James Crawford, also returned to practice Wednesday.  Both Crawford and Burks had returned to the sidelines after treatment earlier this week.  Safety Josh Jones was the only Packers who didn’t take part in Wednesday’s practice inside the Don Hutson Center.

 

>>Ironman Wisconsin Makes Changes Due To Flooding — Still On

(Madison, WI)  —  Ironman Wisconsin is still on the schedule for Sunday, despite the flooding in the Madison area.  An estimated crowd of 45-thousand is expected to attend the 17th annual event.  Flood waters have blocked some streets, forcing an adjustment to the court for the bicycle portion of the competition.  The first and last three miles of that event have been modified.  If any other route changes become necessary, they will be announced tomorrow (Friday).

 

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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>Energized Brewers Cut Cubs Lead To 3 Games

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  An 11-1 rout at Miller Park moves the Milwaukee Brewers to just three games behind the division-leading Chicago Cubs.  Lorenzo Cain reached base five times and Wade Miley held the Cubs to just one run in six innings while the Brewers won for the sixth time in the past seven games.  Miley’s win was his third of the season.  He and three relievers combined on a five-hitter.  Chicago scored first in the top of the second, but it was all-Milwaukee the rest of the way.  Jonathan Schoop came on as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and drove in three runs.  Milwaukee ace Jhoulys Chacin starts tonight as the Brewers go for a sweep of the first-place Cubs.

 

>>CBS Power Rankings:  Packers No. 1

(New York, NY)  —  In another way-too-early-to-mean-anything media ranking, the Green Bay Packers are the early choice to win the Super Bowl.  C-B-S Sports-dot-com is ranking the Packers number-one in the N-F-L going into the first weekend of the regular season.  The evaluation says there have quarterback Aaron Rodgers back and the team’s defense should be much improved.  The Jacksonville Jaguars were picked number-two, just ahead of the New England Patriots.  The big key for the Packers, says the online article, will be the development of a pass rush by the defensive unit.

 

>>Badgers Advance To No. 6 In Coaches’ Poll

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin Badgers are ranked number-six in this week’s Amway coaches’ poll.  They were number-seven last week.  Wisconsin remains the second-highest ranked Big Ten Conference squad behind number-four Ohio State.  The Buckeyes didn’t get much love from the coaches, falling one spot after a 77-31 rout of Oregon State.  Another Big Ten team, Penn State, fell one slot to number-10 after narrowly avoiding an upset loss to Appalachian State.  Michigan State is number 13 this week while Michigan is down to number-22 after losing to Notre Dame.  The Badgers fell one slot to fifth in the Associated Press poll.

 

>>Wisconsin AD Alvarez Welcomes Former Assistant Back To Madison

(Madison, WI)  —  New Mexico defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove will feel right at home on the sidelines in Camp Randall Stadium this weekend.  Cosgrove was an assistant coach for current athletic director Barry Alvarez when he coached the Badgers.  The Lobos meet U-W Saturday at 11:00 A-M in a nonconference contest.  Both teams won their openers.  Cosgrove worked with Alvarez and the Badgers from 1990-to-2003, many of those years as defensive coordinator.  He has strong Wisconsin ties.  Cosgrove’s wife is from Milwaukee and he went to college at U-W-Oshkosh.

 

Wisconsin Sports 9-4

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>Brewers Walk Off Because Yelich Ran It Out

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Outfielder Christian Yelich has been hitting a ton, but it was his groundout which scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth against the Cubs Labor Day.  Yelich beat out the throw to first on a double-play grounder, scoring Keon Broxton from third with the winning run in a 4-3 decision over Chicago.  Jeremy Jeffress got the win in relief.  Milwaukee cut the Cubs division lead to four games and edged away from third place St. Louis with the victory.  Zach Davies pitched five effective innings in his first start since late May.  Wade Miley starts Tuesday’s game against Chicago looking for his fifth win of the season.

 

>>Badgers “D” Looks Just The Same, Even With 7 Fresh Faces

(Madison, WI)  —  College football fans expecting a dropoff by the Wisconsin Badgers defense after a lot of turnover may have been surprised.  Coach Paul Chryst’s defenders were solid every time Western Kentucky got into the red zone.  Four trips by the Hilltoppers resulted in just one field goal.  The Badgers were third-best in the nation last year in red zone touchdown percentage.  In four of the last five years, Wisconsin has surrendered a T-D on less than 45 percent of the times an opponent entered the red zone.  Western Kentucky couldn’t even punch it in when recovering a Badger fumble on the 18-yard line.

 

>>Packers Make Roster Moves Leading Up To Sunday’s Opener

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The Green Bay Packers front office was busy on Labor Day with several transactions announced.  General Manager Brian Gutekunst signed running back Darius Jackson from the Cowboys’ practice squad while releasing cornerback Herb Waters.  The Packers also signed veteran linebacker Korey Toomer and put wide receiver Jake Kumerow on injured reserve.  Cornerback Tony Brown and safety Marwin Evans were signed to the practice squad.

 

>>Badger Linebacker Leaves Team, Remains In School

(Madison, WI)  —  A member of the Wisconsin football team is stepping away from the sport as a senior.  Outside linebacker Arrington Farrar left the squad last week but is still in school pursuing a degree.  Farrar was a prized recruit from Atlanta when he arrived in Madison and he got playing time as a true freshman at safety during the 2015 season.  He was beaten out by Christian Bell on the team’s two-deep depth chart and decided to pass on his senior season.

 

Wisconsin Sports 8-31

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>Packers Drop Final Preseason Game At Kansas City 33-21

(Kansas City, MO)  —  With backups and hopefuls playing the game, the Kansas City Chiefs came from behind to beat Green Bay in the fourth and final preseason game 33-21 Thursday night.  Quarterbacks Tim Boyle and DeShone Kizer shared the snaps after the trade of Brett Hundley to Seattle.  They threw three interceptions but had some good moments, too.  Kizer connected with Geronimo Allison on a 31-yard T-D pass on a fourth-down play.  Boyle’s one-yard throw to tight end Robert Tonyan gave the Packers a 14-10 lead.  They built the margin to 21-10 before Kansas City took over in a mostly-forgettable second half.  Right tackle Bryan Bulaga saw game action for the first time since injuring his knee last November.  The coaches and general manager Brian Gutekunst will go over the film, discuss player values and finalize the 53-man roster before Saturday’s 3:00 P-M deadline.

 

>>Cain’s HR Ends 2nd Straight Marathon Win In Cincy, 2-1

(Cincinnati, OH)  —  Veteran outfielder Lorenzo Cain’s 10th home run put the Milwaukee Brewers ahead, then Josh Hader protected the lead in a 2-1 victory at Cincinnati Thursday afternoon.  Joakim Soria earned his first win by pitching a scoreless 10th inning.  After scorching pitchers for a combined 25 runs Wednesday, the Brewers and Reds only managed three runs on 12 hits in 11 innings.  The Brewers took two-out-of-three games in the series.  Wade Miley did what he could to give the over-worked bullpen some rest, stopping the Reds on six hits and a run in seven-and-one-third innings.  The Brewers will start Jhoulys Chacin in a 6:05 P-M game tonight (Friday) against the Washington Nationals.

 

>>UW-Oshkosh Fires Volleyball Coach

(Oshkosh, WI)  —  The story is changing about the 2017 departure of the men’s club volleyball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  Published reports indicate coach Brian “Lumpy” Schaefer was fired at the end of an investigation which concluded he had sexually harassed a player.  At the time, the university reported Schaefer had “stepped down to pursue other opportunities.”  Schaefer was accused of repeatedly sending sexually explicit texts, supplying alcohol to a player, then engaging in a game the player found to be “weird.”

 

>>Endurance Athlete Faces Busy, Challenging Week

(Guenther, WI)  —  A 46-year-old Marathon County man says he is going to swim, bike and run a total of one-thousand miles across Wisconsin starting next Monday.  Chad Esker of the Town of Guenther plans to complete seven Ironman-length triathlons in seven days — totaling 984 miles — then add on another 16 miles.  The challenge is being called The Northern Soles 1000.

 

Wisconsin Sports 8-30

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>Brewers Outslug Cincinnati In 10 Innings, 13-12

(Cincinnati, OH)  —  Christian Yelich hit for the cycle and went six-for-six as the Milwaukee Brewers outscored Cincinnati 13-12 Wednesday.  An R-B-I single by Erik Kratz drove in what would prove to be the winning run in the top of the 10th inning, shortly after Jesus Aguilar had put the Brew Crew ahead with his 30th home run.  Cincinnati led by five runs, 9-4, at one point, but no lead was safe for either team.  Yelich is eight-for-11 with three homers and eight R-B-Is in the first two games of the series.  Jeremy Jeffress picked up the win in relief.  Wade Miley starts for Milwaukee today in the series finale.  He has never lost at Great American Ball Park after four decisions.

 

>>UPDATE–Aaron Rodgers Highest-Paid Player In NFL History

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Aaron Rodgers is officially the highest-paid player in N-F-L history.  The Green Bay Packers and their quarterback have reached agreement on a four-year deal worth 134-million dollars.  He gets half of that — 67-million — before the end of this calendar year.  The Packers announced the extension of his contract Wednesday afternoon.  The guarantee is so large the Packers will have to draw from their reserve fund, estimated to contain 380-million dollars set aside for a rainy day.  He will be under contract until he is 40 years old, but he won’t be playing tonight in the final preseason game at Kansas City.

 

>>Badgers Success On 3rd Down Goes A Long Way Toward Winning Games

(Madison, WI)  —  Converting third down plays has become almost expected for the Wisconsin Badgers.  With a veteran quarterback, a Heisman Trophy contender at running back, and an experienced offensive line, Wisconsin score a lot of points in the 2018 season.  The Badgers moved the chains and earned a first down on 48-point-six percent of their third-down plays last season.  The team has topped the 40-percent mark in all three seasons since head coach Paul Chryst returned to Madison.  The first team to challenge that record will be Western Kentucky, Friday at 8:00 P-M at Camp Randall Stadium.

 

>>Timberwolves-Bucks Preseason Game To Be Played In Iowa

(Minneapolis, MN)  —  The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced their October 7th preseason game against Milwaukee will be played in Iowa.  The Wolves have a G League team based in Des Moines, but the game will be played at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames.  The last time the Milwaukee Bucks played in Iowa was four years ago in Cedar Rapids.  The Bucks won that game 105-98.  Tickets for the game go on sale Tuesday, September 4th, at 10:00

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