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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Dekker wants UW teammates to get tougher

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MADISON - University of Wisconsin sophomore guard Sam Dekker says the Badger men have played "soft" and "un-aggressive" lately -- and that's why they've lost four-of-their-last-five.  Dekker vented to assistant coach Gary Close for 45 minutes after practice yesterday, and then took his concerns to reporters.  

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He said players can understand losing to a team with better talent -- but it hurts to lose when a team is out-hustled.  Dekker said that with the possible exception of Michigan, the Badgers should have beaten Northwestern, Indiana, and Minnesota earlier this month.  He said quote, "It's time to buckle down, and time to hold ourselves accountable and not let that happen again."  Associate head coach Greg Gard agrees that the Badgers have lost their intensity level too often lately.  Wisconsin was ranked as high as third in the country during their 16-0 run which ended a couple weeks ago against Indiana.  Wisconsin is now ranked 14th, with a 4-4 Big Ten record and a 17-4 overall mark.  Tomorrow, they'll face an Ohio State team that's had similar struggles, losing five-of-their-last-six.  The Buckeyes lost an overtime game to Penn State on Wednesday night, and dropped to 3-5 in the conference and 16-5 overall.

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It's been just over nine years since the Milwaukee Bucks won a game in Orlando -- but tonight, they actually have a chance of ending that string.  That's because the Magic has the NBA's second-worst record at 12-35.  Only Milwaukee is worse, at 8-37.  The Bucks have lost 14 straight games in central Florida.  In most of those outings, Dwight Howard plugged up the middle.  He's long gone, but the Bucks still cannot slack off in the post.  That's because the Magic's current center, Nikola Vucevic, has four straight double-doubles against Milwaukee.  He had 17 points and 11 rebounds when the Bucks dropped their last game at Orlando, 94-91 back on November 13th.  Vucevic is averaging 22 points and 14-and-a-half boards in his last four contests against Milwaukee.  He recently had a concussion, but he returned Wednesday night and had 16 points and 10 boards in a 15-point Orlando loss at Toronto.  The Bucks are coming off a home loss to Phoenix on Wednesday.  Milwaukee has lost four straight overall, and seven straight road games.  The Magic has only won two of its last 17 games overall.

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Green Bay Packers' defensive lineman Mike Daniels says he's already working on next season -- and he wants to make sure the team's younger defenders are doing the same.  At the Super Bowl in New Jersey this week, Daniels said he wants to take a leadership role in his third season with the Pack.  He finished second on the Packers with six-and-a-half sacks in 2013, while inspiring teammates with his hard style of play and vocal encouragement. Daniels would be the elder statesman on the defensive line if Pickett, B.J. Raji, Johnny Jolly, and C.J. Wilson do not return.  Daniels said he's especially concerned about lifting up the younger defensive players that GM Ted Thompson brought in -- like Datone Jones, Casey Hayward, Nick Perry, and Jerel Worthy.  Daniels said Jones was upset with a lack of playing time in his rookie year -- and he hopes that will put a fire in Jones' belly in 2014.  Like others in his unit, Daniels does not blame defensive coordinator Dom Capers for Green Bay's 25th place defensive showing in the NFL last year.  

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Pewaukee native Mark Wilson was scheduled to begin his second round early this afternoon at the PGA's Waste Management Phoenix Open.  And he's some ground to make up if he wants to stay around for the weekend.  Wilson began the day at three-over-par 74.  The projected cut-line as of early afternoon was at even-par 71.  As of the lunch hour, Wilson was tied for 117th at Scottsdale, Arizona.  Greg Chalmers was the leader at that point at 10-under.

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Only a few of Wisconsin's Division III college basketball teams will play tonight.  Northland College of Ashland will host a men's-and-women's double-header against North Central of Minnesota.  Northland International of Dunbar has a home twin-bill on tap against Finlandia of Upper Michigan.  The Maranatha Baptist women are at home in Watertown against Mount Mary of Milwaukee.

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The Milwaukee Admirals will try to break a two-game losing streak tonight, when they play at Iowa.  The Wild have a six-game point streak, even though they're in last place in the American Hockey League's Midwest Division.  Iowa is 19-16-3-3 overall, with six victories in its last nine home contests.  The Admirals are 20-13-6-3 -- and they're 4-0 against Iowa this season.  The Admirals are third in the Midwest, just a point behind second-place Chicago.  Milwaukee will return home to face division-leading Grand Rapids tomorrow night.

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The Milwaukee Wave will play at Saint Louis tomorrow afternoon.  Milwaukee is still in first place in the Major Indoor Soccer League standings at 10-2.  The Wave are coming off a 21-9 home victory over Saint Louis last weekend.  Marcio Leite had a hat trick in that game -- and for that, he was named to the MISL's Team-of-the-Week.  Leite is seventh in the league in scoring for 32 points -- including eight two-point goals.  

SCOREBOARD

In men's college basketball...

Marquette 61, Providence 50

UW-Milwaukee 68, Wright State 64

UW-Parkside 99, Saint Joseph 71

Wisconsin Lutheran 82, Dominican 66

Maranatha Baptist 103, Dayspring Bible 54

In women's college basketball...

Michigan State 71, Wisconsin 67

UW-Green Bay 74, Oakland 58

Saint Joseph 62, UW-Parkside 52

In Wisconsin boys' high school basketball...

Alma/Pepin 63, Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 49

Ashwaubenon 44, Sheboygan South 33

Auburndale 61, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 41

Baldwin-Woodville 58, St. Croix Central 30

Bangor 71, Royall 52

Barron 38, Unity 32

Black Hawk 47, Darlington 46

Black River Falls 58, Sparta 50

Bloomer 49, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 43

Brillion 59, Chilton 49

Cambria-Friesland 55, Pardeeville 44

Cameron 65, Prairie Farm 51

Burlington Catholic Central 65, Milwaukee Thomas More 41

Clayton Ridge-Guttenberg, Iowa 63, River Ridge 39

Clear Lake 63, Minong Northwood 52

Clintonville 42, Omro 28

Cochrane-Fountain City 66, Melrose-Mindoro 48

Crivitz 55, Niagara 26

Deerfield 62, Horicon 40

DeForest 61, Portage 50

Dodgeville 67, Lancaster 62

Whitefish Bay Dominican 55, Racine Prairie 24

East Troy 76, Beloit Turner 58

Eau Claire Memorial 64, Merrill 61

Madison Edgewood 66, Milton 65

Elk Mound 55, Mondovi 35

Fall River 57, Rio 31

Fennimore 41, Iowa-Grant 37

Fort Atkinson 55, Oregon 50

Franklin 60, Kenosha Bradford 51

Germantown 88, Glendale Nicolet 37

Gilmanton 70, Independence 56

Goodman/Pembine 57, Elcho 44

Hillsboro 62, Necedah 48

Johnson Creek 68, Madison Abundant Life 61

Kettle Moraine Lutheran 49, Milwaukee School of Languages 41

Kenosha St. Joseph 52, Martin Luther 26

La Crosse Central 60, Menomonie 56

Lodi 77, Lakeside Lutheran 62

Lomira 34, Laconia 25

Manitowoc Lutheran 65, Hilbert 35

Marathon 55, Edgar 41

Markesan 56, Princeton/Green Lake 22

Marshall 88, Cambridge 44

Mayville 68, Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs 60

Menominee Indian 55, Rosholt 41

Menomonee Falls 99, Milwaukee Marquette 83

Monona Grove 51, Monroe 46

Montello 84, Valley Christian 46

Mount Horeb 69, Waunakee 49

New Glarus 76, Waterloo 57

New London 58, Denmark 50

New Richmond 57, Durand 52

Wausau Newman  53, Pittsville 39

Ozaukee 71, Kohler 48

Peshtigo 72, Lena 19

Platteville 42, Prairie du Chien 38

Plymouth 49, Campbellsport 43

Port Edwards 69, Tigerton 30

Postville, Iowa 61, De Soto 40

Poynette 49, Lake Mills 45

Racine Lutheran 43, Faith Christian 39

Racine St. Catherine's 66, Somers Shoreland Lutheran 45

Randolph 46, Waupun Central Wisconsin Christian 39

Reedsville 54, Menasha St. Mary’s  43

River Valley 48, Richland Center 43

Manitowoc Roncalli 54, Valders 46

Sauk Prairie 64, Baraboo 59

Sheboygan Christian 58, Cedar Grove-Belgium 48

Sheboygan Lutheran 58, Howards Grove 53

Slinger 59, West Bend East 57

Somerset 65, St. Croix Falls 56

Spring Valley 59, Boyceville 31

Stoughton 49, Reedsburg 46

Stratford 57, Northland Lutheran 54

Milwaukee Tenor/Veritas 59, Early View Academy of Excellence 57

Turtle Lake 60, Webster 27

Wabeno/Laona 81, White Lake 43

Watertown Luther Prep 51, Columbus 48

Wausaukee 76, Coleman 36

Wauwatosa East 50, West Allis Hale 47

Westby 51, Viroqua 33

Wild Rose 60, Plainfield Tri-County 42

Williams Bay 82, Dodgeland 36

Wisconsin Heights 69, Belleville 56

Wrightstown 63, Mishicot 35

In Wisconsin Girls' high school basketball…

Adams-Friendship 66, Mauston 33

Altoona 50, Cadott 39

Ashwaubenon 40, Sheboygan South 37

Barneveld 78, Juda 17

Beaver Dam 63, West Bend West 29

Belmont vs. Benton/Shullsburg, postponed

Bloomer 49, Cumberland 7

Brodhead 62, Whitewater 59, OT

Clinton 69, Evansville 30

Colby 39, Gilman 20

Columbus Catholic 40, Spencer 15

DeForest 51, Baraboo 34

Destiny 49, Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong Learning 18

Eastbrook Academy vs. Kenosha Reuther, postponed

Fall Creek 43, Stanley-Boyd 31

Florence 38, Crivitz 31

Fox Valley Lutheran 52, Waupaca 26

Freedom 50, Berlin 31

Green Bay Preble 41, Algoma 35

Hartford  46, Watertown 35

Hayward 64, Maple Northwestern 33

Milwaukee Heritage Christian 63, Brookfield Academy 35

Highland 50, Potosi 41

Ironwood, Mich.  40, Washburn 36

Ithaca 52, Weston 29

Janesville Craig 49, Sun Prairie 44

Janesville Parker 72, Beloit Memorial 44

Jefferson 46, Palmyra-Eagle 16

Kickapoo 49, La Farge 32

Ladysmith 47, Barron 32

Lake Country Lutheran 63, Milwaukee St. Joan Antida 22

Loyal 51, Augusta 36

Madison Memorial 31, Madison West 29

Marathon 67, Edgar 32

McFarland 66, Beloit Turner 41

Middleton 83, Madison East 49

Monticello 57, Pecatonica 27

Neillsville 51, Owen-Withee 36

New London 48, Denmark 19

North Crawford 43, Seneca 35

Green Bay Notre Dame 85, Green Bay West 13

Oconto 69, Sturgeon Bay 25

Onalaska 38, La Crosse Logan 31

Osseo-Fairchild 57, Chippewa Falls McDonell 45

Prentice 45, Chequamegon 34

Prescott 45, Osceola 26

Racine Washington Park 63, South Milwaukee 48

Eau Claire Regis 46, Thorp 33

Rib Lake 49, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 32

Ripon 54, Winneconne 51, OT

River Ridge 55, Cassville 21

Rosholt 49, Tigerton 40

Shiocton 37, Bonduel 35, OT

Somers Shoreland Lutheran 57, Milwaukee Thomas More 43

Somerset 60, St. Croix Falls 45

South Shore 55, Butternut 11

Spooner 56, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 23

Southern Door 48, Green Bay NEW Lutheran 40

Turtle Lake 57, Webster 31

Verona Area 47, Madison La Follette 30

Wakefield-Marenisco Michigan 53, Solon Springs 39

Waunakee 51, Portage 45

West Bend East 47, Slinger 37

Wittenberg-Birnamwood 63, Iola-Scandinavia 39

Appleton Xavier 52, Little Chute 39

In Wisconsin boys' high school hockey…

Antigo 3, Waupaca 2

Black River Falls 6, La Crosse 4

Buffalo Minnesota 6, River Falls 1

De Pere 1, Appleton United 0

Eau Claire Memorial 8, Eau Claire North 1

Hayward 6, Ashland 2

Hudson 4, Rosemount, Minn. 3

La Crescent, Minn. 6, Sparta/Mauston 0

Middleton 4, Janesville 3

Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson Minnesota. 2, Burnett County Blizzard 2

New Richmond 8, Somerset 1

Northland Pines 7, Medford 0

Northwest Iceman 7, Chequamegon/Phillips 0

Oshkosh 3, Waupun 2

Eau Claire Regis/Chippewa Falls McDonell/Bloomer 9, Baldwin-Woodville 2

Superior 5, Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl, Minn. 2

Verona 14, Madison La Follette-East 0

Waukesha 3, Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago 0

Waunakee 7, Stoughton 5

Wausau East 2, Merrill 0

Wausau West 8, Marshfield 0

Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln 5, Mosinee 1

In Wisconsin girls' high school hockey…

Central Wisconsin 2, Appleton United 0

Chippewa Falls 3, Eau Claire North/Memorial/Altoona 2

Central Wisconsin 2, Appleton United 0

Fond Du Lac 8, Waupaca/Amherst/Iola-Scandinavia/Manawa 2

Hayward/Spooner 6, Burnett County Blizzard 3

Hudson 3, St. Croix Valley Fusion 2

Point-Rapids 4, Lakeland 0

Sun Prairie 5, Rock County 1

Tomahawk 5, Medford 2

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