WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Flynn back with the Packers
GREEN BAY - Matt Flynn is back with the Green Bay Packers. Various media reports said the sixth-year pro signed with the team last evening, as an apparent backup to Scott Tolzien.
Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy reiterated yesterday that Tolzien would make his first NFL start on Sunday against the Giants at New York. Tolzien, the former University of Wisconsin standout, threw for 280 yards and a touchdown in last Sunday's Packer home loss to Philadelphia. McCarthy said Flynn looked good during his workout with the team yesterday. His biggest advantage is that he knows the Packer offense, which has changed little since he left as a free agent at the end of the 2011 season. Offensive coordinator Tom Clements said the terminology and the basic plays are the same. Flynn is reported to have problems with an elbow -- and any questions about his ability to play will be answered during the practices for the Giants game which begin tomorrow. Meanwhile, there are questions about what will happen with Seneca Wallace, the original backup to the injured Aaron Rodgers. Wallace injured a groin in the game two days ago, but McCarthy said he still could have played in an emergency. Wallace played just one series against the Eagles. Also, media reports said the Packers were planning to bring in veteran quarterback John Skelton today. He was with Cincinnati and San Francisco earlier in the year. Before that, Skelton started 17 games with Arizona over three years.
The Packers' offensive line remains a question mark, after injuries to two starters in the loss to Philadelphia. Center Evan Dietrich-Smith and tackle Don Barclay both went out with knee injuries. Coach Mike McCarthy says he won't know at least until the end of the week whether they can play on Sunday against the Giants at New York. Six players were hurt against the Eagles, and McCarthy says all six claim they're okay. The coach says he won't know for sure until the team returns to practice tomorrow. When Dietrich-Smith went out, T.J. Lang finished the game at the center -- his first game at the position at any level in his career. McCarthy says he's uncertain whether lineman Derek Sherrod can return yet. Sherrod has just returned to practice after breaking a leg in December of 2011. Meanwhile, the coach had no further updates on the other injured Packers from the Philly game. Linebacker Nick Perry hurt a foot, corner Casey Hayward injured a hamstring, and defensive end Johnny Jolly and quarterback Seneca Wallace both had groin injuries.
Redshirt freshman Dan Voltz is expected to start his second straight game at center for the No. 17 ranked University of Wisconsin football team on Saturday at home against Indiana. Coach Gary Andersen said yesterday that the normal starter, Dallas Lewallen, has not made enough progress to practice today. Lewallen, a redshirt junior, suffered a leg injury in the Badgers' win at Iowa nine days ago.
Milwaukee Bucks' center Larry Sanders will be out for six weeks, after he had surgery yesterday to fix a ligament in his right thumb. The Bucks confirmed that Sanders suffered the injury in a Nov. 3 altercation at a downtown Milwaukee night club. Prosecutors investigated the incident, but did not file criminal charges. The Bucks play at Miami tonight, and Sanders is just one of several Milwaukee players battling injuries. That includes Sanders' back-up, Zaza Pachulia, who missed practice yesterday with a sore foot after heavy-duty playing time in Milwaukee's last two games against Dallas and Cleveland. Also, guard Luke Ridnour has had two cortisone shots to reduce pain from a sore back. He has not played at all during the regular season. Starting power forward Ersan Ilyasova is still out with a bad right ankle. Bucks' coach Larry Drew said starting point guard Brandon Knight will play more tonight against the Heat. He returned Saturday after being hurt in the season opener. Knight played 15 minutes in the loss to the Mavericks. Also, Drew said he could not confirm forward Carlos Delfino's report on his Web site that he'll need more surgery on the foot he broke last spring. Delfino said it would put him out for the season.
The UW-Milwaukee men's basketball team won its first game of the season last night at Davidson, 81-to-77. The Panthers came back from 11 points down with around 15 minutes left. Steve McWhorter put Milwaukee in front for good by hitting a basket with just under three minutes left. The Panthers then made 9-of-11 free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Matt Tiby scored 21 points for UWM, which improved to 1-1. Brian Sullivan and Tom Droney each scored 22 for Davidson, which lost its home opener for the first time since 1991. Davidson is now 0-2. Milwaukee will play in a three-game weekend tournament at Northern Illinois starting on Friday.
The Marquette University women's basketball team crushed Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 96-44 in Milwaukee last night. The Golden Eagles scored the first 12 points of the game, and led by 31 at the half. Katherine Plouffe and Katie Young both had their second straight double-doubles for Marquette. Plouffe had 18 points and 13 rebounds. Young added 12 points and 11 boards. Cassidy Wright, Christina Lasane, and Carlisha Walker each had nine points for Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Marquette improved to 2-0. They'll play at Vanderbilt on Sunday.
The Marquette men's basketball team is still at No. 17 in the new AP college basketball media poll, and Wisconsin held steady at No. 20. Marquette also remains 17th in the USA Today coaches' poll, while Bo Ryan's Badgers moved up two spots in that survey to No. 19. Both Marquette and Wisconsin won their regular season openers last weekend -- Marquette beating Southern, and the Badgers victorious over Saint John's. Kentucky and Michigan State are first-and-second in both national polls. The Badgers will try to go 2-0 tonight when they host Florida. Marquette will attempt to do the same at home against Grambling State this evening. In the women's AP media poll, UW-Green Bay is three spots away from the Top-25 after the Phoenix won their opener against Northern Illinois.
Marquette and UW-Milwaukee found out yesterday who they'll play in the first round of their NCAA women's Division I soccer tournament. Marquette will host Western Michigan on Friday night, and UWM will play at Michigan on Saturday night. Marquette is 18-3, and will play a Western Michigan team that's 9-5-5. The winner will face either Iowa or Notre Dame in the second round. Milwaukee enters the national tournament at 10-8-1, and will face a Michigan squad that's 15-3-1. The Panthers lost to Michigan 3-0 in their regular season opener in late August. Despite finishing 10-7-2, the UW-Madison women's team did not receive an at-large bid.
Wisconsin will have two teams in the NCAA Division III women's soccer tournament. UW-Whitewater and Saint Norbert of De Pere were among 64 schools that were given bids yesterday. Whitewater will host a four-team sub-regional. The Warhawks, the WIAC champions, are 16-0-4. They'll open against Saint Scholastica on Saturday. The Duluth school is 18-2-1. The winner will play either Capital or Chicago on Sunday. Saint Norbert is headed to Washington of Saint Louis to play the host school on Friday. Saint Norbert, the Midwest Conference tournament champ, is 15-3-2. They'll face a Washington team that's 17-1.
Meanwhile, only one Wisconsin men's soccer team is part of a Field-of-61 in their Division III tournament. UW-Oshkosh received an at-large berth, as the WIAC does not get an automatic berth in men's soccer. The Titans are 15-1-4, and will play Hope College on Saturday at Wartburg. Hope is 16-4-2.
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team rose one place to 12th in the new weekly poll from U.S. College Hockey Online. The Badgers had a bye this past weekend, and they're 3-2-1 overall. The Wisconsin women remain second in their College Online survey. The female Badgers were also off during the weekend. They're at 8-2. Minnesota remains at the top of both the men's and women's Division I polls. In Division III, defending national champion UW-Eau Claire remains atop the College Online men's poll at 2-0. Saint Norbert of De Pere is still second. Stevens Point rose four spots to sixth. River Falls and Concordia-Wisconsin also received votes. In the D-III women's poll, Plattsburgh remains first. UW-Superior jumped four places to No. 5. River Falls dropped one place to sixth. Saint Norbert fell one spot to ninth. Stevens Point also received votes.