STATE SPORTS ROUNDUP: Packers lose QB coach to NY Giants
Green Bay Packers' assistant coach Ben McAdoo has been named the new offensive coordinator for the New York Giants. Giants' coach Tom Coughlin interviewed McAdoo on Monday, and he was hired yesterday to replace retiring coordinator Kevin Gilbride. The 36-year-old McAdoo was one of seven remaining coaches from Mike McCarthy's first staff in Green Bay in 2006. McAdoo was the Packers' tight end coach for six years, and the quarterbacks' coach for the past two seasons. Coughlin says McAdoo is a quote, "detailed, very, very meticulous coach who has been greatly influenced by Mike McCarthy." McAdoo calls the Giants' job a "golden opportunity."
The Wisconsin men's basketball team lost for the first time this season, 75-to-72 last night at Indiana. Yogi Ferrell scored 25 points for the Hoosiers, as they ended a 12-game losing streak to the Badgers which dated back to January of 2007. Third-ranked Wisconsin fell to 16-and-1 -- leaving Arizona, Syracuse, and Wichita State as the only unbeaten Division-One teams in the country. The game was tied at 65 when Ferrell scored five straight points. Wisconsin got to within one in the final minute on a Frank Kaminsky lay-up. Ferrell made a pair of throws which gave Indiana a three-point edge with 18-point-one seconds left. The Badgers blew a chance to send the game to overtime when Traevon Jackson and Ben Brust missed three pointers in the final seconds. Jackson led Wisconsin with a career-high 21 points, and Brust had 13. Coach Bo Ryan said his Badgers seemed to worry about getting fouls, due to the way the game was being called. Indiana made 7-of-10 free throws, while the Badgers only went to the line four times and made one. Indiana scored 52 of its 75 points in the paint, with a 31-26 rebounding edge. The Hoosiers improved to 2-and-2 in the Big Ten and 12-and-5 overall. The Badgers are now 3-and-1 in league play. They'll host Michigan on Saturday. Tonight, the Wisconsin women will play Indiana at home.
The longest winning streak in Wisconsin boys' high school basketball history ended last night, when Germantown lost at Brookfield Central 68-to-58. The Warhawks ended a 69-game winning streak, in which they won the last two Division-One state titles. Germantown had a three-point lead with 4:14 left, when Brookfield Central scored on five of its next six possessions to go in front for good. Lamonte Bearden, who will play his college ball at Buffalo, scored 24 points for Germantown. Vanderbilt recruit Riley LaChance had 23 points and three steals for Brookfield Central -- which was ranked third in Division-One by the A-P this week at 12-0. Top-ranked Germantown falls to 13-and-1.
It will be "Greek Night" in Milwaukee this evening, when the Bucks host the Memphis Grizzlies. Bucks' forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will be one of three Greek players in the game. Memphis center Kosta Koufos and guard Nick Calathes will join him. Antetokounmpo rarely left Greece before Milwaukee drafted him last summer. Calathes and Koufos were both born in the U-S, but they have a dual-citizenship -- and they play for the Greek national team. The 19-year-old Antetokounmpo played for the Greek Under-20 team last summer. Meanwhile, Antetokounmpo has an older brother going through the pipeline. Thanasis Antetokounmpo plays for Delaware in the N-B-A's Developmental League -- and he'll be eligible for this year's draft in June. Giannis says he talks to his brother every day, as they share what they've learned. Thanasis averages 12 points and four rebounds in more than 30 minutes a game for Delaware. The Bucks are 7-and-30, and will play a Grizzlies team that's 18-and-19.
Eddie Lacy is only the second Packer ever to win a rookie award from the Pro Football Writers of America. The writers named Lacy yesterday as their rookie-of-the-year. The Packers' second-round pick from Alabama received 45-of-93 possible votes. San Diego receiver Kennan Allen was second in the overall voting, and he was named the top rookie on offense. Buffalo linebacker Kiko Alonso was chosen as the defensive rookie-of-the-year. Green Bay's only other writers' award came in 1984, when safety Tom Flynn was named the defensive rookie-of-the-year. Lacy set a new Green Bay rushing record with 11-hundred-78 yards this season and 11 touchdowns. Lacy also made the writers' All-Rookie team, along with former Wisconsin center Travis Frederick of the Dallas Cowboys.
Beloit native Jim Caldwell was hired yesterday as the new head coach of the Detroit Lions. He replaces Jim Schwartz, who was fired the day after the regular season ended. Caldwell was the head coach at Indianapolis for two years, and he took the Colts to the Super Bowl in the 2009 season. However, the Colts went 2-and-14 the following year, and Caldwell was let go. In 2012, he became Baltimore's quarterbacks coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator in December of that year -- just before the Ravens won last year's Super Bowl. Caldwell also won a Super Bowl as an assistant under Tony Dungy at Indianapolis in 2006. Caldwell was a three-sport athlete at Beloit Memorial High School. At Detroit, Caldwell will coach against his home state team -- the Packers -- at least twice a year.
Milwaukee Brewers' minor league pitcher Will West has been given a second drug suspension. The 21-year-old left-hander was first suspended for 50 games last August. Yesterday, the Commissioner's office announced an additional 100-game suspension for further violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention-and-Treatment program. West tested positive for an amphetamine -- and he had a positive test for a drug-of-abuse for the third time. He'll sit out most, if not all of this year's minor league season depending on where he's assigned. Last year, West pitched in three games in the Arizona Rookie League. He had no record with a five-point-oh-six E-R-A.
For the fifth time in seven years, no former Milwaukee Brewers-or-Braves received enough votes to be added to the Walk of Fame at Miller Park. Candidates needed 65-percent of 40 ballots cast by the media and members of the Brewers' organization. Former Brewers' left-hander Teddy Higuera came the closest, falling two votes short with a total of 24. Ex-Brave Joe Adcock had 21 votes. Brewers' manager George Bamberger and 1982 World Series' pitcher Pete Vukovich each had 20 votes.