WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: Badgers shutout UMass in Andersen debut
MADISON - The Gary Andersen era kicked off to a good start, as 23rd-ranked Wisconsin demolished Massachusetts yesterday afternoon 45-0 in front of over 76,000 fans at Camp Randall Stadium.
UW running backs Melvin Gordon, James White and Corey Clement rushed for well over 100 yards in the game. Quarterback Joel Stave had a slow start, but got things rolling as the game progressed. He finished 9-of-17 for 197 yards and two touchdowns to wide receiver Jared Abbrederis. Defensively, the Badgers were solid, allowing just 212 yards of total offense.
The Green Bay Packers have finalized the 52-man roster. Quarterback Vince Young, widely considered to be the projected backup to Aaron Rodgers, was released by the team. Young’s performance at Kansas City on Thursday may have been a reason behind his release. Other cuts include running back Alex Green, tight ends Matthew Mulligan and D.J. Williams, wide receiver Tyrone Walker and fullback Jonathan Amosa.
A heartbreaking loss for the Milwaukee Brewers last night, falling to the Los Angeles Angels 6-5. Closer Jim Henderson allowed a Hank Conger two-run homer in the ninth inning to blow the save and pick up the loss. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy had a solid outing - going 3-for-5, scoring a run and four RBIs (two-run double in the first inning).
Milwaukee’s own Anthony Pettis took home the UFC lightweight belt, submitting champion Benson Henderson with the armbar lock. Pettis won the title in front of a home crowd in Milwaukee at UFC 146. Before last night, Henderson held the title for 18-months and dominated every opponent that attempted to take the title. Pettis received the championship shot after contender T-J Grant suffered a concussion last month. Pettis and Henderson could get a rematch, according to UFC officials.
The University of Wisconsin volleyball team won the Pepperdine Classic, beating the host Waves in four sets (25-22, 31-29, 35-22, 25-10) in Malibu, California Saturday. Ellen Chapman led the Lady Badgers with 22 kills and two service aces in the final game. New UW head coach Kelly Sheiffield is now 3-0 and to start the season and did so despite having several players out with injuries. Coming off the upset win over Pepperdine, the Badgers will now travel to the North Dakota State Classic in Fargo, North Dakota next week.
Wisconsin-native Steve Stricker shot a six-under 68 in yesterday’s second-round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Massachusetts. Stricker is five-shots back from leader Sergio Garcia and is an 11-way tie for ninth place.
BIG TEN - FOOTBALL
(23) Wisconsin 45, Massachusetts 0
(2) Ohio State 40, Buffalo 20
Illinois 42, S. Illinois 34
Cincinnati 42, Purdue 7
(17) Michigan 59, Central Michigan 9
Penn State 23, Syracuse 17
N. Illinois 30, Iowa 27
(18) Nebraska 37, Wyoming 34
(22) Northwestern 44, California 30
LA Angels 6, Milwaukee 5
Texas 2, Minnesota 1
Detroit 10, Cleveland 5
Boston 7, Chicago White Sox 2
Chicago Cubs 4, Philadelphia 3
Burlington 4, Wisconsin 3
Cedar Rapids 5, Clinton 0
South Bend 5, Dayton 2
Great Lakes 4, Fort Wayne 3
Lansing 5, West Michigan 4
Peoria 9, Kane County 0
Beloit 5, Quad Cities 4
Bowling Green 5, Lake County 3
HIGH SCHOOL – PREP FOOTBALL
Walworth Big Foot 35, Delavan-Darien 30
Ithaca 48, Living Word Lutheran 40
Lake Country Lutheran 27, Burlington Catholic Central 7
Chicago Loyola, Ill. 31, Milwaukee Marquette 8
Nekoosa 30, Byron, Ill. 14
Wisconsin Heights 39, Shell Lake 14