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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Badger basketballers lose second straight

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MADISON - Michigan ended a string of 11 straight losses in Madison, with a 77-70 victory over the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team last night at the Kohl Center.  

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The Badgers dropped their second straight game after a 16-0 start -- and they're sure to tumble down the national polls tomorrow after being third a week ago.  The Wolverines never trailed in the second half, and they led by as many as 15 before the Badgers got to within one with less than a minute left.  Nik Stauskas then took over, hitting a three-pointer and going 6-for-6 from the foul line to seal Michigan's victory.  Stauskas had a game-high 23 points.  Caris LeVert added 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and four steals as the Wolverines won their seventh straight game to improve to 5-0 in the Big Ten and 13-4 overall.  Josh Gasser scored 16 points for the Badgers.  Sam Dekker added 10 points and 10 boards, as Wisconsin fell to 3-2 in the conference and 16-2 overall.  

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The Marquette University men’s basketball team scored only 17 points in the final 21 minutes yesterday and lost at Butler in overtime, 69-57 in Indianapolis.  The Bulldogs won their first game in their new Big East Conference, and they ended a five-game overall losing streak.  Butler was down by 12 with over 16 minutes left in regulation.  The Golden Eagles would score only two more field goals in regulation, as the Bulldogs went on a 15-to-3 run to take a late lead and force overtime. Butler then opened the extra period with a 12-2 run to pull away.  The Eagles were out-shot 41-to-31 percent.  Davante Gardner had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Marquette, which dropped to 2-3 in the conference and 10-8 overall.  Kellen Dunham and Khyle Marshall each scored 18 for Butler, which improved to 1-5 in the conference and 11-7 overall.

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The Milwaukee Bucks lost their eighth straight game last night, 114-104 at Houston.  Terrence Jones scored a career-high 36 points for the Rockets, who came back from a humiliating loss to Oklahoma City in which they scored only 19 points in the second half.  James Harden added 22 points for Houston, and Dwight Howard had 20 points and 14 rebounds.  The Bucks trailed by 10 at the half.  Houston led by 16 after three quarters, and they cruised the rest of the way.  Brandon Knight had 26 points and seven assists for Milwaukee, which dropped to an NBA worst 7-32.  The Bucks were sloppy with the ball, committing 20 turnovers which led to 26 Houston points.   The Rockets improved to 27-15.  The Bucks play at San Antonio tonight.

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Former Green Bay Packers' safety Darren Sharper is due in court February 14th, on suspicion of sexual assault in Los Angeles.  Sharper, who played eight of his 14 NFL seasons in Green Bay, was booked on Friday and released on a 200-thousand-dollar bond.  L-A Police said it's investigating Sharper's possible involvement in two sexual assaults in West Los Angeles in October and earlier this month.  Also, New Orleans Police said it's investigating an alleged sexual assault by Sharper last September 24th.  The 38-year-old Sharper was also suspended from the NFL Network, where he's been working as an analyst.  Sharper made the Super Bowl as a Packer in his rookie season of 1997.  He had 36 interceptions and five touchdowns in Green Bay.  Sharper then moved on to Minnesota and New Orleans, where he won a Super Bowl with the Saints in the 2009 season.  Sharper retired in 2010 with six All-Pro nominations and five Pro Bowl bids.

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The University of Wisconsin women's hockey team completed a two-game sweep at Bemidji State with a 3-1 victory yesterday.  Alex Rigsby set a new Badger record for the most career victories as a goaltender with her 92nd, surpassing Jessie Vetter.  The senior Rigsby had 19 saves, as she returned from a seven-game absence due to injury.  Katy Josephs, Brittany Ammerman, and Karley Sylvester scored for Wisconsin, which improved to 15-3-2 in the W-C-H-A and 19-3-2 overall.  Bemidji State dropped to 6-11-1 in the conference and 9-13-2 overall.

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Madison golfer Jerry Kelly is tied for 18th going into today's final round of the PGA's Humana Challenge.  Kelly shot a four-under-par 68 in his third round yesterday in La Quinta, California.  He's at 14-under-202.  Patrick Reed has been the leader after all three rounds.  Reed is at 27-under, with a seven-stroke lead over Charley Hoffman and Brendon Todd.  Pewaukee native Mark Wilson missed the 54-hole cut by six strokes.

SCOREBOARD

In men's college basketball...

Michigan 77, Wisconsin 70

Butler 69, Marquette 57

Valparaiso 75, U-W Milwaukee 62

UW-Parkside 75, McKendree 71

UW-Stevens Point 65, UW-River Falls 48

UW-Whitewater 97, UW-Superior 52

UW-Oshkosh 63, UW-Stout 59

UW-Platteville 80, UW-La Crosse 79

Saint Norbert 76, Illinois College 53

Lawrence 111, Grinnell 94

Carroll 68, Knox 47

Ripon 76, Cornell 63

Milwaukee School of Engineering 65, Concordia-Chicago 64

Concordia-Wisconsin 103, Rockford 91

Lakeland 86, Aurora 84

Marian 81, Benedictine 75

Carthage 76, Millikin 68

Minnesota-Morris 81, Northland 41

Dominican 80, Maranatha Baptist 65

Silver Lake 88, Finlandia 79

In women's college basketball...

Northwestern 74, Wisconsin 58

Saint John's 49, Marquette 47

Youngstown State 87, UW-Milwaukee 71

UW-Green Bay 90, Cleveland State 72

UW-Parkside 64, McKendree 54

UW-Whitewater 84, UW-Superior 79

UW-Oshkosh 74, UW-Stout 62

UW-Stevens Point 60, UW-River Falls 54

UW-Platteville 85, UW-La Crosse 82

Grinnell 62, Lawrence 48

Saint Norbert 66, Illinois College 42

Cornell 55, Ripon 45

Carroll 92, Knox 78

Concordia-Wisconsin 95, Rockford 71

Wisconsin Lutheran 72, Dominican 41

Milwaukee School of Engineering 63, Concordia-Chicago 48

Aurora 62, Lakeland 54

Benedictine 65, Marian 44

Carthage 73, Millikin 63

Minnesota-Morris 62, Northland 45

In the NBA...

Houston 114, Milwaukee 104

In women's college hockey...

Wisconsin 3, Bemidji State 1

In the American Hockey League...

Oklahoma City 2, Milwaukee 1

In the Major Indoor Soccer League...

Milwaukee 16, Missouri 4

Wisconsin boys' high school basketball...

La Crosse Aquinas 54, Sauk Prairie 31

Ashwaubenon 61, West De Pere 51

Beaver Dam 56, Waupun 44

Brookfield Academy 73, St. John's Northwestern Military Academy 36

Burlington 66, Verona 65

Caledonia, Minn. 66, La Crosse Logan 57

Burlington Catholic Central 40, Greendale Martin Luther 29

Colfax 69, Cadott 48

Darlington 62, New Glarus 34

East Ridge, Minn. 54, Middleton 51

Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 67, New Auburn 39

Madison Edgewood 49, Monroe 38

Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah 37, Kohler 36

Ellsworth 90, Pine City, Minn. 31

Fall River 61, Dodgeland 22

Milwaukee Hope Christian 70, Kenosha Christian Life 55

Kenosha St. Joseph 60, Racine Lutheran 35

Kettle Moraine Lutheran 69, Mayville 52

Laconia 72, Wisconsin Dells 49

Lomira 70, St. Lawrence Seminary 35

Merrill 46, Shawano Community 45

Milwaukee Messmer 73, Beaver Dam Wayland Academy 42

Milton 51, Elkhorn 45

Milwaukee South 46, Wrightstown 40, OT

Minneapolis Southwest, Minn. 82, Superior 72

Mounds View, Minn. 70, Baldwin-Woodville 44

Stevens Point Pacelli 70, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 48

Poynette 84, Baraboo 46

Prairie du Chien 37, Waukon, Iowa 31

Racine Washington Park 66, Nicolet 45

Manitowoc Roncalli 53, Holmen 52

Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs 69, New Holstein 42

Seymour 78, Oconto Falls 38

Shorewood 89, Cudahy 75

Spring Valley 50, Glenwood City 46

Stevens Point 63, Appleton East 33

Two Rivers 60, Sturgeon Bay 45

University School of Milwaukee 56, Lake Country Lutheran 41

Wauwatosa East 47, Waunakee 32

Wauwatosa West 74, Rochester John Marshall, Minn. 67

Whitehall 49, Independence 34

Wisconsin Heights 60, Belleville 52

Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln 60, La Crosse Central 49

Wisconsin high school Girls' basketball...

Adams-Friendship 55, Berlin 7

Argyle 58, Albany 33

Barneveld 73, South Wayne Black Hawk 43

Brillion 52, Nekoosa 44

Ellsworth 54, Pine City, Minn. 32

Kimberly 53, Merrill 42

McFarland 63, Orfordville Parkview 42

Milwaukee Vincent 56, Brookfield Academy 35

Monona Grove 73, Milwaukee Rufus King 64

Oconomowoc 44, West Bend West 29

Ripon 46, Wautoma 34

Stephenson, Mich. 68, Wausaukee 15

Superior 72, Eau Claire North 56

Verona 63, Sun Prairie 18

Wisconsin Dells 41, Belleville 20

Wisconsin Lutheran 61, Waukesha North 52

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