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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Bucks rally to beat Celtics

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BOSTON - The Milwaukee Bucks came back from 22-points down last night to beat the Celtics in Boston, 105-98. 

The Bucks ended the game with a 10-0 run.  Zaza Pachulia had six points during that stretch, and 20 for the night.  He put Milwaukee in front for good by hitting two free throws with 43-point-five seconds left.  Bucks' coach Larry Drew relied on a hot bench that scored all but five of Milwaukee's points in the fourth quarter, when the Bucks dominated 34-15.  A solid defense held Boston to just 4-of-19 from the floor in the final 12 minutes.  Milwaukee got 68 points from its bench players.  Gary Neal started at point guard in place of the injured Brandon Knight and Luke Ridnour.  Neal had 14.  Brandon Bass led Boston with 17 points.  Vitor Faverani had 18 rebounds and 12 points, as the Celtics dropped to 0-2 under new coach Brad Stevens.  Injured guard Rajon Rondo brought some levity to the proceedings when he wore a beard costume, as the World Series champion Boston Red Sox were honored before the game.  The Bucks are now 1-1.  They'll play their home opener tonight against Toronto, which is also 1-1.

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While the game was officially a tie, the No. 13 ranked University of Wisconsin men's hockey team lost in a shootout to No. 12 Lake Superior State Friday at the Kohl Center in front of a crowd of 7,000 fans. The Badgers, 2-2-1, trailed 3-1 in the first period before UW's Tyler Barnes scored a pair of goals in the third to tie the game and send it into overtime. UW goalie Landon Peterson finished with just 22 saves as Wisconsin outshot the Soo Lakers 44-25. Michael Mersch had the Badgers other goal on a power play. The series finale is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center. Lake State remains undefeated at 4-0-1. 

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The Marquette University women's basketball team beat Division III UW-Whitewater 78-to-59 last night in an exhibition game in Milwaukee.  The Golden Eagles led by 11 at the half.  They out-shot the Warhawks 50-33 percent.  Katherine Plouffe scored 26 for Marquette, which converted all 12 of Whitewater's turnovers into points.   Mary Merg led the Warhawks in scoring with 17.  Marquette will open its regular season a week from today at home against Wake Forest.

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University of Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon expects a less-than-rousing reception today, when his Badgers play at Iowa.  As a high school standout at Kenosha Bradford, Gordon committed to the Hawkeyes at the beginning of his senior year -- and he changed his commitment to the UW in November of that year.  Gordon already has a-thousand rushing yards this season, even though he splits time with senior James White in the Wisconsin backfield.  Gordon averages nine-and-a-half yards a carry, with 11 touchdowns.  Iowa is left with converted fullback Mark Weisman, who has 732 yards, a four-point-nine yard average, and three scores.  Wisconsin brings a 3-1 Big Ten record into today's game.  Iowa is 2-2 in the conference.  ABC will have the TV broadcast starting at 11 this morning. 

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Green Bay Packers' receiver James Jones and tight end Ryan Taylor were both limited at practice yesterday, as they continue to recover from knee injuries.  Jones has been out for three weeks, but there's still a chance he can play in Monday night's home match-up against the Chicago Bears.  Taylor had cartilage removed October 16th, but there's a chance he can play on special teams against the Bears.  The Bears expect to have all their players available except for quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Lance Briggs, both out with continuing injuries. Meanwhile, the Packers have lost a Sunday Night game for the first time since NBC took over the marquee broadcasts several years ago.  The Packers' November 17th contest against the Giants at New York will be moved from 7:30 to 3:25 that afternoon.  NBC will show Denver and Kansas City on that Sunday night instead.

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In the state high school football playoffs last night, all six defending champions that played last night were victorious.  Mequon Homestead had the closest call, with a 28-20 win over Sussex Hamilton in Division-Two.  Returning Division 1 champ Hartland Arrowhead also won, as did Waukesha Catholic Memorial, Somerset, Amherst, and Glenwood City.  The defending titlist in Division 6, Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs, plays tonight at home against Deerfield.  Fifty-one of the 56 Level-Two games were played last night, leaving five for today.

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Both co-leaders in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup will start in the Top-10 in tomorrow's Triple-"A" Texas-500 at Fort Worth.  Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth from Cambridge will start sixth, after he qualified last night with a lap at 195-point-518 miles an hour.  Jimmie Johnson will start three spots ahead of Kenseth in third, after his qualifying lap at 195.943.  Kenseth and Johnson are tied for first in the Chase standings with three races left.  Carl Edwards won the pole for tomorrow's event, his second of the season.  Paul Menard of Eau Claire will start fourth, after he turned in a qualifying lap at 195-point-837 miles an hour.  Beloit-born Danica Patrick will start 30th, and Travis Kvapil of Janesville 38th.

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Wisconsin NASCAR Truck Series' driver Johnny Sauter placed second last night at the Win-Star World Casino 350 in Fort Worth Texas.  Sauter, from Necedah, moved up one place to fourth in the Camping World Truck season standings with two events left.  Ty Dillon dominated from start-to-finish to win the race, leading for 130 of the 147 laps.  Matt Crafton still leads the series, and he can clinch the season title next week.  Meanwhile, Matt Kenseth of Cambridge plans to compete in today's NASCAR Nationwide Series' race, the 300-mile O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. 

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Rhinelander native Dan Forsman is tied for 28th -- second-to-last going into today's third round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.  Forsman shot a two-over-par 73 yesterday in his second round of the PGA Champions Tour's playoff event for the Schwab Cup season title.  Forsman was 39th going in.  He's at five-over-par 147 after two rounds, with two to go.  Fred Couples is the lead at 15-under.

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UW-Milwaukee won the Horizon League regular season title in women's soccer last night, with a 1-0 victory at Oakland.  Vienna Behnke scored the only goal of the match in the 13th minute.  The Panthers earned the top seed in next week's conference tournament, with a bye to the semifinals.

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UW-La Crosse will go for back-to-back titles at the WIAC cross country meet today in River Falls.  Eau Claire placed second a year ago.  La Crosse senior Josh Dedering is the top returning men’s runner.  He placed second a year ago.  On the women’s side, Eau Claire is going for its seventh consecutive conference championship.  La Crosse was last year’s runner-up.  Natalie Powell of La Crosse is the top returning returner after she took sixth last year.

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Dominican has won all seven men’s soccer titles in the brief history of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.  They’ll be going for No. 8 in the coming week.  A six-team conference tournament kicks off today, with top-seeded Benedictine and Number-two Dominican both earning first-round byes.  The other four teams will square off this afternoon.  No. 6 Edgewood plays at third-seeded Aurora.  Fourth-seeded Concordia-Wisconsin is at home against No. 5 Milwaukee School of Engineering.  Today’s winners advance to the semifinals on Tuesday. 

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SCOREBOARD

In the NBA...

Milwaukee 105, Boston 98

In women's exhibition college basketball...

Marquette 78, UW-Whitewater 59

At the WIAA boys' state high school soccer tournament in Milwaukee...

Division 1 Semifinals

Muskego 1, Hartland Arrowhead 0

Green Bay Preble 2, Madison West 1

Division 2 Semifinals

Cedarburg 2, Whitefish Bay 1

Oregon 4, Marshfield 1

Today's championship matches:

Division 4: Racine Prairie vs. Milwaukee University School, 10 a.m.

Division 3: Green Bay Notre Dame vs. Ashland, noon

Division 2: Oregon vs. Cedarburg, 3 p.m.

Division 1: Muskego vs. Green Bay Preble, 5 p.m.

In the American Hockey League...

Milwaukee 4, Rockford 2

In men's college hockey...

Wisconsin 3, Lake Superior State 3 (Officially a tie, LSSU wins shootout, 3-2)

WIAA Wisconsin high school football scores:

Level 2 playoffs

Division 1

Appleton North 34, Bay Port 14

Hartland Arrowhead 45, Manitowoc Lincoln 17

Franklin 17, Kenosha Indian Trail 14

Germantown 34, Fond du Lac 7

Milwaukee Marquette 14, Lake Geneva Badger 3

Mukwonago 35, Sun Prairie 30

Oconomowoc 27, Middleton 24

Division 2

Holmen 14, La Crosse Central 7

Mequon Homestead 28, Sussex Hamilton 20

Kimberly 43, Cedarburg 14

Menasha 42, Ashwaubenon 22

Oshkosh North 17, DeForest 7

Waterford 14, South Milwaukee 7

Waukesha West 28, Whitefish Bay 14

Division 3

Waukesha Catholic Memorial 37, Pewaukee 13

Greendale 31, Brown Deer 0

La Crosse Logan 21, Reedsburg Area 15

Monona Grove 41, Edgerton 21

Mount Horeb-Barneveld 40, Lodi 14

Plymouth 21, Wisconsin Lutheran 7

Seymour 34, Waupaca 7

Appleton Xavier 30, West De Pere 28

Division 4

Walworth Big Foot 38, Clinton 7

Ellsworth 38, Black River Falls 26

Freedom 30, Campbellsport 8

Nekoosa 31, Columbus 6

Platteville 31, Brodhead-Juda 21

Manitowoc  Roncalli 20, Little Chute 7

Somerset 28, Prescott 14

Winneconne 34, Wautoma 20

Division 5

Amherst 42, Westby 16

Bloomer 27, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 0

Cedar Grove-Belgium 50, Bonduel 7

Lancaster 34, Laconia 13

Stanley-Boyd 28, Fall Creek 21

Stratford 28, Arcadia 14

Division 6

Brookwood 27, Iowa-Grant 7

Darlington 41, Cuba City 0

Hurley 36, Athens 0

Iola-Scandinavia 46, Algoma 27

Oshkosh Lourdes 39, Ozaukee 6

Shiocton 53, Coleman 6

Webster 14, Edgar 6

Division 7

Alma/Pepin 50, Greenwood/Granton 12

South Wayne Black Hawk 42, De Soto 0

Burlington Catholic Central 20, Fall River 0

Glenwood City 42, Owen-Withee 21

Lake Country Lutheran 35, Almond-Bancroft 16

New Lisbon 22, Loyal 21

Pittsville 18, Independence-Gilmanton 0

Potosi 40, North Crawford 8

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Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
(715) 273-4334
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