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Wisconsin Sports 2-21

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 21, 2019 (Thursday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Marquette Takes Over 1st Place In Big East By Beating Butler 79-69 (Milwaukee, WI) — By claiming a tough 79-69 win over Butler at the Fiserv Forum Wednesday night the Marquette Golden Eagles are finally in first place in the Big East standings. Marquette is 11-2 in conference play, a half-game ahead of Villanova after the Wildcats were upset at Georgetown. The Eagles weren’t shooting well and didn’t take control of the game until an 11-point run in the second half. Markus Howard led the way with 28 points and Theo John had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Marquette plays at Providence Saturday in its next game.

>>Boston Celtics Come Into Fiserv Forum Needing A Win (Milwaukee, WI) — The Boston Celtics handed Milwaukee its first loss of the season earlier this year. Boston plays the Bucks at Fiserv Forum tonight (Thursday) needing a victory as the post-season approaches. The teams have split the first two meetings. The Celtics say a loss isn’t a death sentence for the season, but a win could be a statement to the N-B-A that they are still the team to beat in the East. The addition of Nikolas Mirotic gives Milwaukee another weapon as it enters the home stretch with the best record in the league.

>>Wisconsin Men’s Hockey Adds Speedy Skater For Next Season (Madison, WI) — Wisconsin men’s hockey coach Tony Granato says his newest recruit is big addition due to his size, speed and versatility. N-H-L draft prospect Ryder Donovan of Duluth signed a National Letter of Intent Monday. He makes an already-promising U-W freshman class even more impressive. Donovan is six-three, weighs 184 and has played against top-level competition. Granato compares him to current Badger defenseman K’Andre Miller, who leads the team in scoring.

>>Brewers Must Figure Out How Moose Fits At 2B (Phoenix, WI) — Mike Moustakas doesn’t fit the profile of the typical major league second baseman at six-feet tall and 225 pounds. The Milwaukee Brewers will be using the Cactus League games to see if their commitment to the power hitter at the keystone position is going to work out. Moustakas has played in the middle of the diamond and was even drafted as a shortstop. His former Kansas City manager Ned Yost has no doubts he can do it. The man known as Moose has been an average defender at third base.

Wisconsin Sports 2-20

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 20, 2019 (Wednesday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Finally, It’s Back: Brewers Spring Training Starts With 1st Full Squad Workout (Phoenix, AZ) — Some players have been arriving at the Milwaukee Brewers spring training complex for a week or more — then the first full-squad workout at the Brewers Fields of Phoenix was held Tuesday. Many of the same players are back from last season and they are saying the focus is the same — making it to the World Series. The Brewers took Major League Baseball by surprise in 2018, making it all the way to the National League Championship Series. Players like third baseman Travis Shaw say it’s time to close a page on last year, stop talking about it, and start over.

>>”Skate With The Badgers” Event Coming Up Sunday (Madison, WI) — The doors of the Kohl Center will open at 11:30 A-M Sunday for the annual “Skate with the Badgers” event. All Wisconsin hockey fans will have the chance to hit the ice with current Badger players and staff members. The activities run from noon to 2:00 P-M. This is all about skating, with no sticks or pucks allowed on the ice. Even if you don’t have skates, you can get autographs from the players while you are in the stands. The team will wrap up the regular season the following weekend at home.

>>ESPN: Packers Roster 6th-Best In NFL (Green Bay, WI) — If an E-S-P-N expert is right, the return to the playoffs for the Green Bay Packers may not be nearly as difficult as it was thought. Columnist Mike Clay ranks the Packers’ roster the 6th-best in the N-F-L. That rating only includes players currently under contract and it could be affected dramatically by the 2019 draft. Clay gave Green Bay a high grade at quarterback, but the offensive line was rated even higher. His grades point out the positions which need to be dramatically improved — safety, edge rusher and linebacker.

>>New Madison Football (Soccer) Club Will Play Minnesota United In Exhibition (Madison, WI) — Forward Madison Football Club will host Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United at Breese Stevens Field next June. That “friendly,” or exhibition, game will be the first time an M-L-S team has played in Wisconsin in 14 years. Forward Madison just started preseason training for the United Soccer League season. Madison has a one-year affiliation agreement with Minnesota United. That includes some preseason training in March at United’s indoor practice facility in Blaine, Minnesota. Forward Madison opens its season April 6th at Chattanooga, with the home opener April 27th.

Wisconsin Sports 2-19

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 19, 2019 (Tuesday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Illinois Stays Close But Drops 15th Straight To Badgers 64-58 (Madison, WI) — Illinois kept it close but lost to the Badgers for the 15th straight time Monday by a 64-58 score. The Illini actually held the lead during much of the game. The visitors held Ethan Happ to six points and three rebounds, but let Brad Davison break free for 18 and Khalil Iverson added 16 points. Illinois missed 15-of-26 layups and committed 13 turnovers as its four-game winning streak was snapped. Wisconsin’s next game is at Northwestern Saturday night.

>>Bucks GM: Regular Season Wins Could Translate To Post-Season Success (Milwaukee, WI) — Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst says his research makes him feel good about the team’s possibility of post-season success. The Bucks haven’t won a playoff series in 17 years, but they currently have the best record in the N-B-A. Statistically, Milwaukee has the best defense, the fourth-best offense and the best net rating in the league. Horst says his team is a legitimate contender. Wins over powerful opponents like the Warriors, the Raptors, the Celtics, the 76ers and the Rockets suggest this is more than just a team on a long hot streak.

>>Wisconsin’s Steve Stricker To Captain U.S. Ryder Cup Team In 2020 (Milwaukee, WI) — P-G-A pro Steve Stricker of Madison is expected to be announced as the captain of the 2020 United State Ryder Cup team at a Wednesday news conference. Stricker will lead the team while the competition is held at Whistling Straits near Kohl a year from this September. He and his 12 team members will be trying to turn things around after the European team has taken four of the last five meetings. The 51-year-old Stricker has won 12 events on the P-G-A tour and three events on the P-G-A Tour Champions.

>>Brewers: Moose To Give 2nd A Shot During 2019 Season (Phoenix, AZ) — Brewers manager Craig Counsell says the team is going to give last year’s third baseman, Mike Moustakas, a shot at playing second this season. He’s never played the position in the major league. Last year, when Moose arrived in a trade, Travis Shaw did an adequate job switching to second. Moustakas must be cleared by a physical exam today in Phoenix before he joins the team. Shaw was a finalist for a National League Gold Glove last season — even though he spent much of the final two months filling in at second.

Wisconsin Sports 2-18

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 18, 2019 (Monday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Team LeBron Comes From Behind In NBA All-Star Game 178-164 (Charlotte, NC) — The N-B-A All-Star team chosen by LeBron James hit 22 three-pointers in the second half to defeat Team Giannis 178-164 Sunday. The Bucks star, Giannis Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 38 points — including 11 dunks — and his Milwaukee teammate Khris Middleton added 20. Team Giannis had built the lead to 20 points before Team LeBron started hitting the long shots. At one point in the first half, Antetokounmpo and Middleton worked together to score 13 points in just 93 seconds. Kevin Durant was named Most Valuable Player of the N-B-A All-Star game, scoring 18 of his 31 points during the second-half comeback.

>>”Moose” Returns To Milwaukee Brewers On 1-Year Agreement (Milwaukee, WI) — The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly signed free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year deal. Moustakas is a solid fielder who hit 28 home runs last season while playing for Kansas City and the Brewers. Terms of the deal haven’t been released but is thought to be worth 10-million dollars. The left-handed hitter declined a 15-million dollar mutual option after the 2018 season, but he has now ended up back with Milwaukee for at least one more year.

>>Pro Football Focus: Aaron Jones Best RB In NFC North (Green Bay, WI) — Second-year ball carrier Aaron Jones has been named the best running back in the N-F-C North. Jones averaged a league-high five-and-a-half yards-a-carry during the 2018 season, rushing for 728 yards in 12 games. Pro Football Focus rates the 24-year-old slightly ahead of Lions rookie Kerryon Johnson. Jones improved as a pass receiver, catching 26 for 206 yards and a touchdown, giving him a total of nine T-Ds.

>>Badgers Try To Break 2-Game Losing Streak Against Illini (Madison, WI) — The Wisconsin Badgers face a rapidly-improving Illinois team at home tonight (Monday) while trying to snap a two-game losing streak. Illinois has won four games in-a-row as it entered the Kohl Center. The Badgers won the first showdown with Illinois 72-60 in Champaign last month. Sophomore forward Nate Reuvers powered his team to the victory with his first career double-double, scoring 22 points and taking down 10 rebounds. The Badgers have been idle for the last six days.

Wisconsin Sports 2-15

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 15, 2019 (Friday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Freshman-Dominated Badger Men Visit Notre Dame In Hockey (South Bend, IN) — Freshmen are doing the damage for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team in recent games. First-year players have accounted for 13 of the Badgers’ 22 goals in the last nine games. Wisconsin plays at number-15 Notre Dame this weekend. If senior forward Seamus Malone comes up with two points this week he will reach the 100-mark, becoming the 74th Badger in school history. Wisconsin has dominated the 71-game series with the Fighting Irish, but Notre Dame has won five out of the last 10 meetings, with one tie.

>>National Media Starting Notice Just How Good The Bucks Are (Milwaukee, WI) — The Milwaukee Bucks have the best record in the N-B-A, to go with a big lead in point differential. The question has been raised whether they are getting the respect they deserve. Eric Koreen of The Athletic points out the Bucks are “killing” teams — and he wrote that opinion before the trade for Nikola Mirotic. Another writer points out the team has been built to “maximize the gifts of Giannis Antetokounmpo,” adding many media members now say the Bucks are the kind of team they would pay to see.

>>Yelich Takes On Former Marlins Team President (Phoenix, WI) — Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich has some strong words for the Miami Marlins’ former team president. David Samson had suggested major league players and agents were to blame for the slow off-season, with more than 100 free agents still unsigned. Yelich called Samson out for what he called his “anti-player rhetoric.” Samson had tweeted players and agents have to adjust to a new reality. He said strikes and lockouts aren’t the solution — then he stressed he wasn’t meaning to criticize Yelich.

>>Port Washington Schools Suspend Student In “Blackface” Controversy (Port Washington, WI) — The father of the Port Washington High School student who was suspended in the latest “blackface” controversy says the images weren’t racially-motivated. He printed pictures of Nicolet basketball star Jalen Johnson and students in the crowd at Tuesday’s game held them up. The father says they were just trying to district Johnson while he shot free throws. The school district is investigating. Port Washington High School Principal Eric Burke has said district officials are “very disappointed in the conduct of the students.”

Wisconsin Sports 2-14

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 14, 2019 (Thursday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Bucks Wipe Out 10-Point 4th-Quarter Deficit, Win 106-97 (Indianapolis, IN) — Led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks came back from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to win at Indianapolis Wednesday 106-97. Antetokounmpo produced his fifth triple-double of the season with 33 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists. Malcolm Brogdon added 17 points and Khris Middleton had 15. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak by the Pacers as both teams move into the mid-season All-Star break. The Bucks are idle until February 21st when they host the Boston Celtics.

>>UW Athletic Department Asks For 11% Bump In Spending Authority (Madison, WI) — The University of Wisconsin athletic department will ask the Board of Regents for almost 160-million dollars in spending authority at Friday’s meeting. That represents an increase of 11-percent. The big jump is mostly due to the 20-million dollars needed for three major capital projects — completion of the Nicholas Recreation Center, renovations at the Kohl Center and Camp Randall Stadium, and work planned for the U-W Fieldhouse. [Watch for dating]

>>Brewers Open “Wisconsin Resident-Only” Ticket Presale For Cubs Games (Milwaukee, WI) — The Brewers open the “Wisconsin resident-only” presale of tickets for all 10 games against the Cubs in Milwaukee during the 2019 season. People living in Wisconsin will be able to buy up to eight tickets for each of the games and keep Cubs fans from filling the seats. The presale begins today (Thursday) at 9:00 A-M and the buyer’s account has to be able to be tracked to a legitimate address inside the Wisconsin state boundaries. Cubs fans will still be able to buy any tickets not sold during the presale.

>>Republican Senators Don’t Mention Kaepernick In Black History Month Resolution (Madison, WI) — Wisconsin Senate Republicans have followed the lead of their party members in the Assembly by refusing to mention controversial N-F-L quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAP ur nik) in a Black History Month resolution. The bill was approved Wednesday. Democrats said ignoring the Milwaukee native who is active on social issues puts them on the “wrong side of history.” Kaepernick has been fiercely criticized for kneeling during the national anthem starting in 2016.

Wisconsin Sports 2-13

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 13, 2019 (Wednesday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Marquette Avoid Let-Down, Beats Upset-Minded DePaul 92-73 (Chicago, IL) — Marquette scored 11 straight points in the first half and was never seriously challenged after that in a 92-73 Big East Conference win at DePaul Tuesday. Markus Howard scored 36 points on 12-of-21 shooting and Sam Hauser added 17. The Golden Eagles avoided a let-down after last weekend’s big win over Villanova. The Blue Demons actually owned the backboards, outrebounding Marquette 42-31. The Golden Eagles are off for a week, then host Butler February 20th. (Marquette’s record: 21-4, 10-2 Big East)

>>Badger Men Fall Apart In Closing Seconds, Drop 67-59 Game To Spartans (Madison, WI) — After moving into a position to challenge for the Big Ten title, a 67-59 punch in the mouth from Michigan State gives Wisconsin two losses in a row. All-American Ethan Happ had 20 points and 10 rebounds, but he also missed all six free throw attempts and made six turnovers in Tuesday’s game. The Badgers scored just three points in the last five minutes, 20 seconds. Cassius Winston scored 23 for the Spartans, while passing out six assists. Wisconsin is idle until next Monday when Illinois visits the Kohl Center.

>>Wisconsin Men’s Hockey Takes On Notre Dame Without Top Scorer (Madison, WI) — The Wisconsin men’s hockey goes on the road to face Notre Dame next weekend without its top scorer. Freshman defenseman K’Andre Miller will be sidelined with a leg injury he suffered in Saturday’s loss to Ohio State. Miller is the top-scoring freshman in the Big Ten with 17 assists and 22 points. He was a first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers in last year’s N-H-L Draft.

>>2 Wisconsin Freshmen Honored By WCHA (Madison, WI) — Two freshmen with the Wisconsin women’s hockey team have collected weekly honors from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Britta Curl was named the league’s forward of the week after tying a career high with three points in the weekend sweep of Minnesota State. Sophie Shirley was named rookie of the week for scoring three times in that series, including two goals Sunday. The Badgers are back in action Friday and Saturday at Minnesota-Duluth.

WISCONSIN SPORTS 2-12

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 12, 2019 (Tuesday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Bucks Survive Late-Game Rally By Bulls, Win 112-99 (Chicago, IL) — The Chicago Bulls cut Milwaukee’s lead to three points with three minutes to go, but the Bucks still won Monday’s game 112-99. Milwaukee outscored Chicago 12-2 the rest of the way. After missing Saturday’s loss to Orlando, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists in the victory. The Bucks won for the 13th time in their last 15 games, improving their league-leading record to 42-14 despite turning the ball over 17 times. The newest Buck, Nikola Mirotic, stayed on the bench and may not play until after the All-Star game. Milwaukee plays at Indiana against the Pacers Wednesday.

>>2019 Season Underway For Milwaukee Brewers — Starting In Arizona (Phoenix, AZ) — Pitchers and catchers are reporting to the renovated Brewers Fields of Phoenix today (Wednesday) to start preparing for the 2019 Major League Baseball season. The first official workout for Milwaukee will be Thursday, with position players due next Monday. The Brewers will try to duplicate and improve on last year’s visit to the post-season. The first Cactus League game will be February 23rd and the first game at the new complex in Phoenix will be February 26th.

>>Badger Offensive Lineman Leaves Football Due To Injuries (Madison, WI) — The Wisconsin Badgers will need to replace four departed starters in the offensive line for the 2019 season. One who would have been returning, standout left tackle Jon Dietzen announced Monday he is leaving football. The six-foot-six, 336-pound athlete has dealt with many varied injuries over his career and that led him to call it quits. Former teammate David Edwards calls Dietzen “the toughest dude I’ve ever played football with.”

>>Wisconsin Basketball Expecting Physical Game From Spartans (Madison, WI) — The Wisconsin Badgers know they will face a physical opponent when Michigan State visits the Kohl Center tonight (Tuesday). The Badgers will be trying to bounce back from last weekend’s 61-52 loss at Michigan in a game where they struggled to score inside. The Spartans lead the Big Ten Conference in field-goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to connect on less than 38 percent of their shots. Michigan State defeated U-W in all three meetings last year.

Wisconsin Sports 2-11

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)  February 11, 2019 (Monday) at 4:32 am  Dale Forbis

>>Wisconsin Women’s Hockey Completes Sweek Sunday 4-1 (Madison, WI) — Sophie Shirley put the Wisconsin women’s hockey team on the scoreboard 75 seconds into the action and the Badgers never gave up the momentum in LaBahn Arena Sunday. The 4-1 win over Minnesota State kept the Badgers in first place in the W-C-H-A over Minnesota by two points. Shirley scored a pair of goals and the freshman got scoring help from Alexis Mauermann and Britta Curl. Juniors Sam Cogan and Abby Roque both reached the 100-point career milestone over the weekend. Wisconsin travels to Duluth for a series starting Friday.

>>Bucks Expect To Have Antetokounmpo Back In The Lineup At Chicago (Chicago, IL) — The Milwaukee Bucks expect to have their top player back in the lineup when they meet the Chicago Bulls tonight (Monday). Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was held out of Saturday’s blowout loss to Orlando 103-83 to give his knee a chance to rest. The Bucks have won two of the four games they’ve played without the All-Star. The Bucks have beaten the Bulls two times this season — both at the Fiserv Forum. They still have the best record in the N-B-A at 41-14.

>>Marquette Edges Closer To Big East Conference Lead (Milwaukee, WI) — A 66-65 victory over Villanova Saturday moves the Marquette Golden Eagles to within one game of first place in the Big East Conference standings. The Wildcats were undefeated before Marquette took them down at the Fiserv Forum Saturday. Markus Howard and Sacar Anim combined to score the last 26 points of the game for the Golden Eagles. Howard led all scorers with 38. Marquette plays in Chicago at DePaul tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

>>Badgers Men Drop Big Ten Showdown At Michigan 61-52 (Ann Arbor, MI) — The second game between Michigan and Wisconsin looked a lot like the first one — except with a different winner. Michigan made the late-game plays this time in a 61-52 decision that leaves the Badgers two games behind in the standings and breaks a six-game winning streak. The Wolverines went on a 10-2 run over the last four minutes of the game to claim the important victory. Ethan Happ had 18 points and 11 rebounds but shot just two-of-nine from the field in the second half. The Badgers host Michigan State Tuesday at the Kohl Center.

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