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Wisconsin Sports 10-26

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>Badgers QB Hornibrook Questionable, In Concussion Protocol

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin Badgers could be forced to change quarterbacks when they play at Northwestern Saturday.  Junior Alex Hornibrook is going through the concussion protocol and may not be available.  He wasn’t listed on the Badgers’ injury report and he was seen doing conditioning work after Thursday’s practice.  If Hornibrook doesn’t play, he would be replaced by Jack Coan, who hasn’t thrown a pass this season.  The winner of the game will hold first place in the Big Ten Conference West Division.

 

>>Bucks Start NBA Season 4-0 For 1st Time In 17 Years

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Minnesota Timberwolves face yet another undefeated team when they host Milwaukee tonight (Friday) at the Target Center.  The Wolves’ record dropped to 2-3 with a loss to Toronto Wednesday.  The Bucks are doing damage with a dramatically different offensive approach, averaging nearly 41 three-point shots-a-game, almost double last year’s average.  Milwaukee is hitting those long bombs, too.  At 15-a-game they rank third in the N-B-A.

 

>>Packers Top Punt Returner Still Sidelined

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The Packers could activate punt returner Trevor Davis, but that step hasn’t been taken yet.  Green Bay is struggling to return punts, averaging less than five yards-a-return this season.  Davis suffered a hamstring injury before the season opener against the Chicago Bears.  He is eligible to return, but the team has a glut of wide receivers who need snaps right now and Davis would have to take one of their spots.  Green Bay has been using Randall Cobb and Tramon Williams to return punts in his absence.

 

>>4 Brewers Listed Among Gold Glove Finalists

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Four Milwaukee Brewers are listed among the finalists for this year’s Gold Glove awards for fielding excellence.  Centerfielder Lorenzo Cain, catcher Manny Pina, third baseman Travis Shaw and leftfielder Christian Yelich are in the running for the post-season awards to be announced November 4th.  Three finalists were named at each position.

 

Wisconsin Sports 10-25

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>Greek Freak’s Triple-Double Keeps Bucks Undefeated

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Only five N-B-A teams still haven’t lost a game and the Milwaukee Bucks are one of them.  Giannis Antetokounmpo’s triple-double led the Bucks to a 123-108 home victory over Philadelphia Wednesday.  Atetokounmpo put up 32 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists to dominate the stat sheet, but Khris Middleton chipped in 25 and Brook Lopez had 21.  The Bucks fell behind early but rode a 49-point second quarter to their third victory in three games.  Milwaukee plays at Minnesota Friday night.

 

>>Badger Defenders Healing, But It May Take More Time

(Madison, WI)  —  The injury-plagued Wisconsin Badger defense gets one starter back, but it may take more time to return to full strength.  Cornerback Faion Hicks is expected to play Saturday against the Northwestern Wildcats.  The status of safeties D’Cota Dixon, Scott Nelson and Reggie Pearson may not be clear until game day.  It’s possible Eric Burrell and Evan Bondoc will be paired at safety again Saturday.  Bondoc made the most of his first career start by intercepting a pass, forcing a fumble and recording one-and-a-half tackles for loss against Illinois.

 

>>Rodgers:  Toughest 5-Game Stretch Of Career

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers can’t remember a more challenging stretch of games in his 10-year N-F-L career.  Four of the next five games will be on the road and all of the opponents have winning records except the 3-3 Seattle Seahawks.  The undefeated Los Angeles Rams are coming up this weekend.  Rodgers says he and the Packers will know where they stand when they return home in six weeks.  Three of the opponents — the Rams, Patriots and Vikings — are defending division winners.

 

>>Brewers Brain Trust Expecting Only “Slight Changes” In Off-Season

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Even though they face some serious decisions in the coming weeks, Milwaukee Brewers team leaders expect only slight changes in the off-season.  Young, talented pitching and a solid batting order make major changes unnecessary for the team which won more games than any other National League squad.  The biggest decisions in the weeks to come will be what to do about second baseman Jonathan Schoop and whether to try to hang on to third baseman Mike Moustakas.

 

Wisconsin Sports 10-24

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>Badgers Ground Game Faces Big Challenge At Northwestern

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin ground game is rolling after producing 727 total yards in victories over Iowa and Illinois.  It might be a little tougher when the Badgers travel to Northwestern.  Led by junior defensive end Joe Gaziano, the Wildcats offer an intimidating front four on defense.  Even though Wisconsin won last year’s game against this West Division opponent, running back Jonathan Taylor was held to just 80 yards and Wisconsin rushed for only 109 on 37 carries.  Taylor hasn’t been held below 100 yet this season.

 

>>Packers:  Rodgers No-Show At Tuesday Practice

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The Packers decided to play it safe with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, holding him out of the team’s Tuesday practice.  Rodgers is still dealing with that knee injury he suffered in the first game of the season.  He was the only player on the 53-man roster who didn’t participate to some degree.  Rodgers says he hopes to practice today (Wednesday) and he’s still dedicated to getting the metal brace off his knee.  Starting wide receivers Geronimo Allison and Randall Cobb and cornerback Jaire Alexander increased their workload at Tuesday’s practice.

 

>>Brewers Counting On Return To Form By 1B Thames

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  He got hurt, lost his job, then wasn’t on the postseason roster this year.  Despite that, the Milwaukee Brewers say slugger Eric Thames is definitely in their plans for 2019.  He has one year left on the three-year, 16-million dollar deal he signed with the Brewers.  In the first two seasons, Thames has hit 47 homers in 234 games, good for 100 runs batted in and an O-P-S of .846.

 

>>Coach Says Middleton Can Be Elite 3-Point Shooter

(Middleton, WI)  —  Coach Mike Budenholzer’s new offense has opened things up for Khris Middleton.  His coach says the six-foot-eight Middleton can be an elite three-point shooter and the last game against the New York Knicks supports that.  Middleton connected on seven-of-eight threes on the way to a 30-point performance.  A bigger challenge awaits the hot shooter when the Bucks host the Philadelphia 76ers tonight (Wednesday).  The Sixers bring a 2-2 record into the game.

 

Wisconsin Sports 10-23

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>3-Pointers Big For Bucks In 124-113 Win

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Giannis Antetokounmpo hit the three-pointer which put his team up to stay and Khris Middleton was seven-of-eight from long range in Monday’s win at New York.  Shots from outside the arc were a big factor in the third straight win for the Milwaukee Bucks.  The Bucks blew a half-time lead, then powered back for a 124-113 win over the Knicks.  Antetokounmpo finished with 31 points and 15 rebounds, while Middleton scored 30 and Eric Bledsoe dished out 13 assists.  The Bucks take tonight (Tuesday) off, then host the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night.

 

>>Packers Expect Rodgers To Practice Tuesday

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says he expects his starting quarterback to practice today (Tuesday).  Aaron Rodgers has been limiting his practice time since injuring his knee in the first game of the season.  He wants to lose the knee brace he’s been wearing.  McCarthy says he’d like to see that piece of equipment gone when his team plays the Rams, too, but that is a decision for the medical staff.  Rodgers has piled up some impressive statistics while slowed by the sore knee, but an improved ability to move around would be a big help.

 

>>Badgers Women Top Hockey Poll

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin women’s hockey team is back at the top of the college hockey poll this week.  The Badgers swept Princeton while top-ranked Clarkson split a weekend series with St. Lawrence, knocking the Golden Knights out of the number-one spot.  Wisconsin held on to the top spot in the poll for 18 straight weeks last season.  This makes five straight seasons that the Badgers have spent at least some time ranked number-one in the country.

 

>>Badgers Football Hopes To Keep Forcing Turnovers

(Madison, WI)  —  The snow helped, but the Wisconsin Badgers defense can feel good about forcing five first-half turnovers in the 49-20 win over Illinois.  The Badgers are missing several starters with injuries in the middle of the season.  The forced turnovers take some of the pressure off less-experienced players.  Wisconsin is still right in the middle of the race for the West Division championship.  The Badgers bring a 3-1 conference record into Saturday’s game at Northwestern, while the Wildcats are 4-1.  Iowa and Purdue are tied with Wisconsin.

 

Wisconsin Sports 10-19

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>Odds Against Brewers, But Not Impossible

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The home fans will welcome their Milwaukee Brewers tonight with the home team’s backs firmly pressed against a wall.  Los Angeles leads the best-of-seven series three-games-to-two and could wrap up a trip to the World Series with a victory.  Since the inception of the wild card for baseball, teams trailing like Milwaukee is have won a league championship series or the World Series only 10-out-of-39 times.  However, Miller Park could make a difference.  Of the 19 times the team behind was returning home, they wound up taking the series eight times.  All the Brewers have to do is duplicate what the Dodgers just did — win two games in a row on their home turf.  Wade Miley starts for the Brewers, with first pitch at 7:09 P-M

 

>>Bucks Play Home Opener at Fiserv

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Bucks bring their new-look offense and some familiar players to their brand-new Fiserv Arena for the home season opener tonight (Friday) at 7:30 P-M.  Milwaukee is getting some love from the national press, with one writer at S-B Nation saying they can win the East if they master their new offense.  The Bucks will be going for two wins in two games as Indiana visits the new arena.  They beat Charlotte Wednesday night 113-112.

 

>>Rodgers Named FedEx Air Player Of The Week

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Leading his Green Bay Packers teammates to a come-from-behind win over San Francisco Monday night has earned an N-F-L honor for Aaron Rodgers.  The Packer quarterback has been named the FedEx Air Player of the Week.  He threw for 425 yards and two touchdowns in the 33-30 victory.  Rodgers completed a game-tying T-D pass to Davante Adams with a minute-55 to go, then drove his team 81 yards, setting up Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal.  He has 12 touchdown passes this season and only one interception.

 

>>Badgers Defensive Backfield Still Dinged Up With Illini Visiting

(Madison, WI)  —  The injury report for Saturday’s Wisconsin Badgers homecoming game shows just how thin the team’s defensive backfield is.  Reserve cornerback Travian Black is out with a leg injury and three safeties — D’Cota Dixon, Scott Nelson, and Reggie Pearson — are listed as questionable.  So is cornerback Faion Hicks.  All are suffering from leg injuries.  Kickoff from Camp Randall Stadium is set for 11:00 A-M Saturday.

 

Wisconsin Sports 10-18

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>Kershaw Gem Gives Dodgers Playoff Edge

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  Left-hander Clayton Kershaw stopped Milwaukee on three hits over seven innings as the Dodgers grabbed the edge in the National League Championship Series Wednesday.  The 5-2 win puts the Brewers on the brink of elimination.  Los Angeles leads the best-of-seven series three-games-to-two as it tries to make it to the World Series in back-to-back seasons for the first time in 40 years.  Lorenzo Cain’s R-B-I double in the third scored Milwaukee’s first run and Curtis Granderson knocked in the other one in the ninth inning.  The teams take today (Thursday) off, then Wade Miley starts Friday night in Milwaukee.  The lefty started Wednesday’s game, too, but walked the only batter he faced.

 

>>Bucks Start Fast, Hold On To Win Season Opener 113-112

(Charlotte, NC)  —  The Milwaukee Bucks built a 20-point lead, then had to fight off a charge by the Charlotte Hornets to win the N-B-A season opener for both teams, 113-112.  Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and passed out eight assists in the Wednesday victory.  Point guard Kemba Walker did most of the damage for Charlotte with 41 points.  The Hornets actually led with 36 seconds left.  Milwaukee returns home to the Fiserv Arena to host Indiana in a home opener Friday night.

 

>>Criminal Drug Charges To Be Filed Against Packers TE

(Appleton, WI)  —  The Outagamie County district attorney’s office confirms plans to file criminal drug charges against Packers tight end Lance Kendricks.  Marijuana was found in Kendricks’ vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate-41 last year.  He was originally released with a warning for speeding, then he was cited for marijuana possession in December.  The citation was dismissed last week so the more series criminal charge could be filed.

 

>>Badgers Basketball Holds Annual Red-White Scrimmage Sunday

(Madison, WI)  —  Everybody gets in free when the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team holds its annual Red-White scrimmage Sunday afternoon.  Preseason practices started three weeks ago.  The doors will open at the Kohl Center at 2:00 P-M, with the scrimmage starting 90 minutes later.  The Badgers return almost 95 percent of last year’s scoring and will be led by two-time All-Big Ten forward Ethan Happ.  Fans who show up will be able to meet coaches and players during an autograph session after the scrimmage.  The season opens November 2nd with U-W-Oshkosh visiting.

 

Wisconsin Sports 10-17

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>Dodgers’ Walk-Off Win Ties NLCS At 2 Games Apiece

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  Cody Bellinger singled to right field, scoring Manny Machado with the game-winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning Tuesday night.  The 2-1 victory by the Dodgers ties the best-of-seven National League Championship series at two games apiece.  Junior Guerra took the loss after the Milwaukee bullpen had to go 12 innings following an injury to starter Gio Gonzalez.  Pitchers dominated, allowing just 15 hits — two for extra bases — while striking out 32.  All position players for both teams were used, including the entire Dodgers bullpen.  Wade Miley starts for Milwaukee this afternoon in game-five which starts at 4:05 P-M Central time.

 

>>New-Look Bucks Ready For Season To Start

(Charlotte, NC)  —  The Milwaukee Bucks open the regular season at Charlotte against the Hornets tonight (Wednesday), hoping they can continue their offensive production seen in the preseason games.  Firing up more than 40 three-point shots-a-game, the Bucks were first in offensive efficiency and 10th on defense.  Players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton are hoping to take advantage of the wider driving and passing lanes that the long-range shots open up.  Coach Mike Budenholzer has an enthusiastic and healthy team ready to go.

 

>>UW Hockey Climbs In Polls To No. 15

(Madison, WI)  —  Last weekend’s sweep of Boston College has earned the number-15 ranking in the men’s college hockey poll for the Wisconsin men’s team.  Six Big Ten teams are ranked in the top-20 — only Michigan State is missing.  Ohio State is still number-one, followed by Notre Dame.  The men play at Clarkston Friday and at St. Lawrence Saturday.  Those two opponents combined for no wins and four losses on the opening weekend.

 

>>Packers Have Some Time To Think About Things On Bye Week

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Despite this week’s bye, the Green Bay Packers don’t have much time to enjoy Sunday’s come-from-behind victory over San Francisco.  Green Bay faces a challenging stretch where four out of the next five games are on the road – and the opponents have winning records.  The Packer defense was depressingly soft against a weak 49er team in the first half.  Only heroics from quarterback Aaron Rodgers turned some substandard play into a thrilling 33-30 win.  The four upcoming road games are against the Rams, Patriots, Seahawks, and Vikings — teams with a combined 16-7-1 record.

 

Wisconsin Sports 10-16

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>Brewers Go Up 2-Games-To-1 In NLCS With Shutout Win

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff shut out an opponent for the third time in six postseason games, beating the Dodgers Monday night 4-0.  Orlando Arcia belted a two-run homer and Jhoulys Chacin combined with four relievers on the shutout.  Los Angeles did manage to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but closer Jeremy Jeffress struck out Yasmani Grandal and Brian Dozier to end the game.  The Dodgers were held to five hits and they struck out 14 times.  Game-four of the best-of-seven series is tonight (Tuesday) at 8:09 P-M.

 

>>Packers Rally From Behind To Beat San Francisco 33-30

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers rallied his team from behind to score twice in the closing minutes of a 33-30 win on Monday Night Football.  The Packers trailed 30-23 with less than four minutes to go.  A 27-yard field goal by Mason Crosby broke the tie and gave Green Bay the win.  Rodgers threw for 425 yards and two touchdowns.  With most of the Packers’ starting wide receivers sidelined with injuries, Davante Adams caught 10 passes for 132 yards and both passing T-Ds.  Crosby was perfect on four field goal attempts after missing four kicks the week before.  Green Bay gets to enjoy the victory during a bye week, then plays at Los Angeles against the Rams October 28th.

 

>>F Christian Wood Earns Final Spot On Milwaukee Bucks Roster

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Impressive performances in summer league and preseason play have earned forward Christian Wood the final roster spot with the Milwaukee Bucks.  The six-foot-10 forward averaged 13-and-a-half points-a-game and just over seven rebounds in 19 minutes of playing time this preseason.  He edged out Tyler Zeller, Tim Frazier and Shabazz Muhammad for the 15th and final roster position.  The Bucks also made a last-minute trade before Monday’s deadline which netted them a future second-round draft pick and some cash from the Washington Wizards.

 

>>Wisconsin Native Hired By Big Ten Conference

(Rosemont, IL)  —  A native of Oconomowoc has been hired by the Big Ten Conference to serve as assistant director of basketball and football operations.  Delaney Osterday comes to the conference headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois from the Georgetown University athletics department.  Osterday is a graduate of Georgetown after playing four years on the Hoyas softball team.  She assumes her new position Tuesday.

 

Wisconsin Sports 10-15

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

 

>>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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