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Wisconsin Sports 12-6

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>Fast Start To 2nd Half Propels Bucks To 115-92 Victory Over Detroit

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Bucks already held an 11-point lead when they went on a 19-to-four run to open the second half.  They weren’t challenged the rest of the game in a 115-92 home victory over the Detroit Pistons.  Point guard Eric Bledsoe scored 27 points and had four steals.  The Bucks have taken 12 out of their first 14 games at Fiserv Forum.  Guard Khris Middleton missed the game for personal reasons.  The Bucks host the Golden State Warriors in a Friday game.


>>Packers Place CB Kevin King On IR … Again

(Green Bay, WI)  —  For the second time in his two seasons in the N-F-L, Green Bay Packers cornerback Kevin King has been placed on injured reserve.  King and running back Tra Carson were placed on I-R Wednesday.  The Packers claimed cornerback Natrell Jamerson and defensive lineman Fadol Brown off waivers to fill the roster positions.  The 23-year-old King played in only five games this year, with 14 tackles and one interception.


>>5 Badgers Named To All-Big Ten Conference 1st Team

(Madison, WI)  —  Record-setting running back Jonathan Taylor leads five Wisconsin Badgers who have been named to the Big Ten All-Conference first team by the Associated Press.  Taylor was joined by left guard Michael Deiter, center Tyler Biadasz, right guard Beau Benzschawel and inside linebacker T.J. Edwards.  Right tackle David Edwards was placed on the second team.  Only Michigan — with seven — had more players on the first team.


>>3 Badgers Chosen To Play Four USA Hockey At World Junior Championships

(Madison, WI)  —  Three Wisconsin Badgers have been chosen to try out for the U-S-A men’s hockey team at the World Junior Championships.  Freshmen defensemen K’Andre Miller and Ty Emberson will join sophomore forward Sean Dhooghe in the competition for spots on the roster for the tournament which runs December 26th through January 5th in Canada.  Miller leads the team with 15 points and Dhooghe has seven goals in the early going this season.


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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>Marquette Wins 4th Straight 76-69

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Twenty-one points from Big East Player of the Week Markus Howard led Marquette to a 76-69 win at home against Texas-El Paso Tuesday night.  It was the fourth straight win for the Golden Eagles.  Marquette was up by seven, 37-30, at the half and built the lead as big as 17 points before the Miners rallied.  The visitors got as close as four points, 60-56, with seven minutes to go.  Freshman Joey Hauser had 15 points for Marquette in the non-conference game.  The Eagles host Wisconsin Saturday at the Fiserv Forum.


>>Packers Quickly Make Another Coaching Change

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Green Bay Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin has made a quick change on his staff.  Linebackers coach Winston Moss was fired Tuesday after a tweet earlier in the day about leadership.  Moss had been with the Packers for 13 years.  He had served as associate head coach for just-fired head coach Mike McCarthy since 2007.  Philbin didn’t explain his decision to end Moss’ long tenure with the team.


>>Wisconsin Freshman Picks Up Big Ten Weekly Award After 5-Point Performance

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin freshman K’Andre Miller has been named the Big Ten Conference Star of the Week after a five-point weekend against Penn State.  Miller had an assist Friday and a goal and three assists in the 8-5 Saturday win against the Nittany Lions.  Miller was the first Badgers defenseman to had a four-point game in almost seven years.  Wisconsin is unbeaten in its last four starts and takes on Michigan State this weekend at the Kohl Center.


>>Columnist:  Brewers Have Talked To Yankees About P Sonny Gray

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  A columnist for M-L-B-dot-com says the Milwaukee Brewers have talked to the Yankees about right-handed starting pitcher Sonny Gray.  John Morosi reports the Brewers have indicated interest in the pitcher several times in the last few years.  Although Gray had an earned run average of 4-point-90 last season, his peripherals were solid and his fastball averaged almost 94 miles-an-hour.  The Padres are also said to be interested in the 29-year-old pitcher.


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>>Badgers Win On Late Clutch Shots Against Rutgers

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin Badgers hit five of their last six shots to complete a 69-64 come-from-behind win over Rutgers at home Monday night.  The Badgers had trailed by five at half, 31-26.  Senior Ethan Happ scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, getting 14-point help from D’Mitrik Trice.  The victory marked the third straight time coach Greg Gard’s team wiped out the other team’s lead on the way to a win.  Wisconsin’s record improves to 8-1.  The Badgers were ranked 12th in the weekly A-P poll announced earlier Monday, an improvement of 10 places.


>>Golden Eagles Try To Extend Winning Streak Against UTEP

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Marquette Golden Eagles go for their fourth straight non-conference win when the University of Texas-El Paso visits the Fiserv Forum tonight (Tuesday).  Marquette has won three straight after a second-half collapse cost them a loss to the powerful Kansas Jayhawks two weeks ago.  The U-TEP Miners have a record of 3-4 after blasting Northwestern State Saturday 77-47.  Markus Howard leads the Golden Eagles with a 22-point-six points-a-game average.  He poured in 45 in the upset win over Kansas State.


>>Murphy Will Pick Next Packers Coach With Input From Gutekunst

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy says he and General Manager Brian Gutekunst were “on the same page” when it came time to make a coaching change.  With four games left in the 2018 N-F-L season, the team has already started its formal search for a replacement for Mike McCarthy.  Murphy and Gutekunst spoke to the media during a Monday news conference about McCarthy’s firing.  Praise was offered for the man who led the team’s on-the-field performance for the last 13 years, but the two said it was time for a change.


>>Antetokounmpo Named Eastern Conference Player Of The Month

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for October and November.  Antetokounmpo averaged 27-point-three points, 12-point-nine rebounds and six assists-a-game.  He ranked second in conference scoring, fourth in rebounding and fourth in field goal percentage.  He scored 30 points eight times in 20 games.


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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>3rd Straight Packers Loss Costs McCarthy His Job

(Green Bay, WI)  —  When kicker Mason Crosby’s 49-yard field goal went wide ride into a strong wind it cost the Green Bay Packers a 20-17 upset loss to Arizona.  It also cost veteran head coach Mike McCarthy the job he has held for the last 13 seasons.  The Packers have lost three in a row and five out of their last six games.  Joe Philbin will be the interim head coach for the final four games of the season.  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers set a team record in the second quarter when he hit Davante Adams with a 16-yard completion.  It was his 295th straight pass without an interception.  The Packers host the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday.


>>Wisconsin Chosen For Pinstripe Bowl Against Miami

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin Badgers can salvage a disappointing 2018 season with a win December 27th in the Pinstripe Bowl.  The Badgers will take on Miami in a post-season contest for the second straight year.  The game at Yankee Stadium is scheduled to kick off at 4:15 P-M.  Both teams had 7-5 records this season.  Official bowl invitations were issued Sunday after the four-team field for the College Football Playoff was announced.


>>Markus Howard Scores 45 In Golden Eagle Upset Of Kansas State

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Junior guard Markus Howard scored 45 points to lead Marquette to an 83-71 upset of the previously-undefeated Kansas State Wildcats Saturday.  Howard scored 26 of his points as his Golden Eagles team built a 44-33 lead over K-State in the first half.  Sacar Anim, with 16, was the only other Marquette player in double figures.  Marquette hit 68 percent of its shots during the first half and 57 percent overall.  The Eagles return to action at the Fiserv Forum Tuesday against the University of Texas-El Paso.


>>Wisconsin Men’s Hockey Scores 5 Straight Games To Come From Behind

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin men’s hockey team wiped out a two-goal deficit by scoring five straight times in an 8-5 win over Penn State Saturday.  The Badgers had taken a 3-1 lead early in the second period when the Nittany Lions scored four goals in-a-row.  Senior forward Will Johnson had a pair of goals in the high-scoring game.  The eight goals are the most put on the board by a Badger team in five years.  Wisconsin hosts Michigan State next weekend.


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>>Packers 2-TD Favorites To Defeat Arizona Cardinals In Must-Win Game

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The Green Bay Packers were completely healthy coming off their bye week and entering what was clearly a tough stretch of five games against good teams.  Now, having lost four of those five and having as many as eight players likely to miss Sunday’s action, the Packers season is in disarray.  Green Bay is a two-touchdown favorite against the struggling Arizona Cardinals and the injury news is getting better.  Left tackle David Bakhtiari, cornerback Bashaud Breeland and tight end Jimmy Graham all practiced on a limited basis Thursday.  To keep their shrinking mathematical chances of making the playoffs alive a win against the Cardinals is necessary.


>>Wisconsin Basketball Enters Big Ten Conference Play

(Iowa City, IA)  —  The 6-1 Wisconsin Badgers start Big Ten Conference play tonight (Friday) at Iowa.  The last time the Badgers visited Iowa City, they were pushed around in an 85-67 loss.  Wisconsin comes in ranked 22nd in the country with only one loss to number-four Virginia.  The Badgers have started their last two games with some cold shooting in the first half.  They weren’t able to come back against the Cavaliers, but they beat North Carolina State by four points Tuesday night.


>>Superman (Shaq) Gives Up His Nickname To Bucks Star

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Averaging 27 points and 13 rebounds-a-game, Giannis Antetokounmpo may have outgrown the “Greek Freak” nickname.  Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal is ready to give up his “Superman” title.  O’Neal is widely known as one of the best big men in N-B-A history.  On The Stephen A. Smith Show” on E-S-P-N Thursday, O’Neal said he’s never given up that nickname before, but he is now.  O’Neal says the Milwaukee Bucks star is dominating in the paint, “taking it to the hole and throwing it down.”


>>Friday Big Day For Brewers Front Office

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns has some big decisions to make today.  One dozen Brewers players are arbitration-eligible today unless they get new contracts.  National baseball writer Ken Rosenthal is reporting there is a “strong possibility” Stearns either trades second baseman Jonathan Schoop today — or cuts him lose.  Schoop was obtained in a trade for the stretch drive and never put it together while hitting .201 for Milwaukee.  He’s projected to make about 10-million dollars next season.


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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>Middleton’s 3-Pointer Gives Bucks 116-113 Win Over Chicago

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Khris Middleton hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to give the Milwaukee Bucks a 116-113 win over Chicago at the Fiserv Forum Wednesday night.  Giannis Antetokounmpo filled the stat sheet with 36 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.  Malcolm Brogdon added 24, hitting all six of his 3-point attempts.  The Bucks wiped out a double-digit Bulls lead in the first half.  Former Bucks Jabari Parker scored 24 for Chicago.  Milwaukee plays the Knicks at Madison Square Garden Saturday.


>>Packers Practice With 8 Players On Sidelines

(Green Bay, WI)  —  With the window of opportunity for post-season play rapidly closing, the Green Bay Packers are dealing with a growing number of injuries.  Eight players missed Wednesday’s practice.  Coach Mike McCarthy says left tackle David Bakhtiari is improving, but kick returner and wide receiver Trevor Davis is out for the Arizona game.  Others who didn’t take the field Wednesday are cornerback Bashaud Breeland, safety Kentrel Brice, running back Tra Carson, defensive end Mike Daniels, tight end Jimmy Graham and safety Raven Greene.


>>Baseball American Names Brewers 2018 Organization Of The Year

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Baseball American has broken with tradition and named the Milwaukee Brewers the 2018 Organization of the Year.  The magazine and online site normally goes with World Series winners.  The award is given to organizations which have exceeded expectations — and the Brewers certainly qualify.  Three years after beginning a complete rebuild, Milwaukee beat the Chicago Cubs in a one-game playoff for the Central Division title, coming up just one game short of qualifying for the World Series.


>>Wisconsin Places 3 On All-Big Ten Conference Volleyball Team

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin sophomore middle blocker Dana Rettke was a unanimous selection for the All-Big Ten Conference volleyball first team this season.  The six-foot-eight Badger athlete averaged four kills per set in conference matches, leading the Big Ten with one-point-41 blocks per set.  Rettke was joined on the post-season honor squad by teammates Sydney Hilley and Madison Duello.  All three Badgers are underclassmen.


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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>Badgers Come From Behind To Edge North Carolina State 79-75

(Madison, WI)  —  Ethan Happ produced another double-double and Brad Davison drew a charge and hit two critical late free throws in a 79-75 win over North Carolina State Tuesday night.  The victory as part of the A-C-C-Big Ten Showdown improves Wisconsin’s record to 6-1 with a Big Ten opener against Iowa coming up Friday.  Happ scored 19 points and took down 11 rebounds.  D’Mitrik Trice connected on a big 3-pointer in the final 24 seconds and finished with 18 points and six assists.  Wisconsin fell behind 41-29 early the second half, but outscored the Wolfpack 50-34 the rest of the way.


>>Marquette Comes Back From Thanksgiving Break To Whip Charleston Southern 76-55

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Fordham transfer Joseph Chartouny had six assists and seven steals to help Marquette roll to an easy 76-55 win over Charleston Southern Tuesday night.  Junior Markus Howard’s 17 points led five Golden Eagles in double figures.  The win improves Marquette’s record to 5-2 with a game coming up Saturday at home against a strong Kansas State squad.  Marquette led by 10 at the half and blew the game wide open by scoring 11 straight points early in the second half.  The Eagles took the lopsided win despite committing 19 turnovers and hitting only three free throws.


>>Odds-Makers: McCarthy Will Be Next NFL Coach To Go

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Las Vegas experts are betting Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy will be the next N-F-L head coach to lose his job.  The Packers have underperformed while dealing with injuries in a 4-6-1 season.  They need to win their last five games to have a chance at the post-season.  Jets coach Todd Bowles is the second choice of the odds-makers to be on the unemployment lines soon.  For Green Bay to win out, it will have to win at least two road games — and the Packers have lost eight straight away from Lambeau Field.


>>Milwaukee Bucks Offensive Production At Historic Levels

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Bucks offense based on ball movement and 3-point shots is producing offense at a historic pace.  Milwaukee has posted a 14-6 record one-fourth of the way through the N-B-A season, with an average winning margin of 12 points-a-game.  The Bucks have produced an offensive rating of 116-point-one, the highest by an N-B-A team in 45 seasons — even better than the Michael Jordan-led 1991-92 Chicago Bulls.  Defenses may adjust and the long shots could stop falling, but the Bucks’ offense is the talk of the league so far.



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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

>>Bucks’ Comeback Falls Short Against Hornets

(Charlotte, NC)  —  Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb each had 21 points, and the Charlotte Hornets held on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-107 on Monday night after nearly squandering a 25-point, third-quarter lead.  The Bucks nearly came all the way back, cutting the lead to one with 17 seconds left on a layup by Giannis Antetokounmpo. But Walker made two free throws with seven seconds to go in the game and the Bucks failed to get off a good shot after a side inbounds, with Eric Bledsoe forced to launch an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer that hit off the glass and the rim and bounced away as time expired.  Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists as Milwaukee fell to 14-and-5. The Chicago Bulls come to Milwaukee Wednesday to take on the Bucks.


>>Packers Prepare For Cardinals

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The Packers are back home this Sunday to host the Cardinals.  Green Bay just finished a stretch of four road games in five weeks, losing all four to fall to 0-and-6 on the road and 4-6-and-1 overall.  Arizona has dropped three straight games to fall to 2-and-9 on the season.


>>Wisconsin Football Awaits Sunday’s Bowl Selection Show

(Madison, WI)  —   Wisconsin football awaits the college bowl selection show this Sunday.  The Badgers wrapped up the regular season with a 37-15 home loss to Minnesota this past Saturday.  Wisconsin is 7-and-5 on the season.  The new College Football Playoff rankings come out tonight (Tuesday).


>>College Basketball Roundup

(Undated)  —  In college hoop, Wisconsin is at home tonight (Tuesday) against North Carolina State in the A-C-C/Big Ten Challenge.  The 5-and-1 Badgers are 22nd in this week’s Coaches’ Poll.  Marquette also hosts Charleston Southern tonight.  Green Bay is at home against Northern Illinois Wednesday.


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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)

>>Packers’ Road Woes Continue At Minnesota

(Minneapolis, MN)  —  The Packers remain without a road win.  Green Bay lost 24-17 at Minnesota on Sunday Night Football.  Aaron Rodgers threw for 198 yards and one TD as the Packers fell to 0-and-6 on the road and 4-6-and-1 overall.  Green Bay hosts Arizona this Sunday.


>>Bucks At Hornets Tonight

(Charlotte, NC)  —  The Bucks make a quick stop in Charlotte tonight (Monday) to play the Hornets.  Milwaukee went 4-and-2 on its six-game homestand and will be back home again Wednesday against Charlotte.  The Bucks are 14-and-5 overall, two games behind the Raptors for the Eastern Conference lead.


>>Badgers Give Axe Back To Gophers

(Madison, WI)  —  Paul Bunyan’s Axe is back in Minneapolis.  Wisconsin lost Saturday’s regular season finale 37-15 to Minnesota in Madison.  The Golden Gophers ended a 14-game skid to the Badgers to reclaim the prize in their rivalry.  Wisconsin slipped to 7-and-5 with the loss.


>>College Basketball Roundup

(Undated)  —  In college basketball, Wisconsin is back in action Tuesday at home against NC State in the A-C-C/Big Ten Challenge.  The Badgers are 5-and-1.  Also Tuesday, Marquette entertains Charleston Southern.  Green Bay is at home against Northern Illinois on Wednesday.

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