WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Flynn reportedly back in Packers' camp
GREEN BAY - Former Packers' quarterback Matt Flynn was reportedly planning to audition for his old team today.
Green Bay will need a second healthy quarterback for next Sunday's game with the Giants at New York, if Seneca Wallace cannot return from the injured groin he suffered in yesterday's home loss to Philadelphia. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said the Packers could sign Flynn, if they believe that a previously-injured elbow has healed enough. Then if Wallace gets healthy late in the week, the Packers could decide which one would be the better choice to back up Scott Tolzien. The ex-Wisconsin Badger has already been named the Packers' starting quarterback for the Giants' contest, after he threw for 280 yards and a touchdown in his regular season debut. Flynn set a Packer record with six touchdown passes in the 2011 regular season finale in which Aaron Rodgers rested -- but Flynn has accomplished virtually nothing since, with stints at Seattle, Oakland, and Buffalo.
Green Bay Packers' coach Mike McCarthy says it's time for his players to step up, focus on winning, and stop worrying about who's not there. McCarthy said this afternoon that the Packers' inability to produce in the fourth quarter has been a recurring problem -- and it's the one that he talked vaguely about yesterday when he said he would have something to fix today. The coach admitted he couldn't fix anything right now. The Packers have lost quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Seneca Wallace to injuries the past two games -- but third-stringer Scott Tolzien threw for 280 yards in his NFL debut in yesterday's home loss to Philadelphia, and he's been named the starter for Sunday's game against the Giants at New York. McCarthy said he'd work on Tolzien's footwork this week, but he said he did some things exceptionally well against the Eagles. Many pundits have said the problem yesterday was the defense. McCarthy said there was poor tackling -- and it will be a heightened priority at practice this week. He said the Packers have a had a lot of injuries, but they had a chance to overcome them yesterday and didn't.
University of Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland was named today as the Big Ten football co-defensive player-of-the-week. Borland, a senior, tied a career-high with two sacks in Saturday's 10-point Badger victory over BYU. He also registered a quarterback hurry that led to a Wisconsin interception. Borland shares the weekly defensive honors with Randy Gregory of Nebraska. Also, former Green Bay athlete Peter Mortell of the University of Minnesota was honored as the top Big Ten special teams player for the second week in a row. Mortell averaged 46 yards on four punts, including a career-high 62-yarder, as the Gophers beat Penn State on Saturday. Mortell is a sophomore from Green Bay Notre Dame.
Two teams from Wisconsin were named this morning to the NCAA Division III women's volleyball tournament. UW-Stevens Point earned an automatic bid to the Field-of-64, after winning the WIAC tourney. UW-Whitewater was also named as an at-large contestant. The Pointers are 31-4, and will play Wartburg on Thursday in Saint Paul. Wartburg is 25-11. The winner will face either Saint Benedict or Midwest Conference champion Cornell in the second round on Saturday. Whitewater, at 26-7, is playing Washington-Saint Louis on Thursday in Elmhurst, Illinois. That winner will face either NACC champion Dominican or CCIW champion Elmhurst in Saturday's second-round. Washington comes in at 27-11.
The NCAA is taking bids to host the Division III baseball World Series, starting in 2015. That means the tournament could be moved from Fox Cities Stadium near Appleton, where it's been since 2000. The community is bidding to keep the tourney for at least another three years. However, the NCAA says it's also considering bids from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Eastlake, Ohio near Cleveland. A final decision is expected next month.
The Brewers announced 14 games today in which all fans will get either bobble-heads or "T"-shirts. As always, the bobble-heads will be given away during Sunday games at Miller Park. For the first time, T-shirts will go to all fans at six Friday night games from June through August. A second Carlos Gomez bobble-head will be handed out during the April 27th game against the Cubs. It will commemorate the Gold Glove Award he won this season. Kyle Lohse, Norichika Aoki, and Jean Segura will also bobble-head days throughout the season. On June 15th, a "Vintage Brewers' Bobble-head" will be a replica of the first bobble-head dolls created a half-century ago. Fans will get to vote on a bobble-head to be given away July 27th. As always, one of the Klement's Racing Sausages will have a bobble-head day -- the Chorizo on August 10th. Hall-of-Famer Robin Yount closes out the bobble-head schedule on September 14th. You'll find more information at Brewers.com.
The UW-Milwaukee men's basketball team will play at Davidson tonight in North Carolina. Both teams are 0-1. UWM lost its season opener on Friday night, 76-72 to former Horizon League foe Loyola-of-Chicago. The Panthers committed 18 turnovers in that game, and they only made 17 free throws to Loyola's 33. Matt Tiby led Milwaukee in that game with 21 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Tonight, they'll face at Davidson team that lost its opener to Duke, 111-77 on Friday night. De'Mon Brooks, the Southern Conference Player-of-the-Year, scored 24 for Davidson. The Wildcats lost to Marquette last spring in the NCAA Tournament. And speaking of Marquette, the Golden Eagle women will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff tonight. Marquette won its opener on Friday, 90-71 over Wake Forest.
The Marquette University men's soccer team has earned a first-round bye in this week's Big East Conference tournament. The Golden Eagles have the No. 2 seed. They'll play either No. 3 Xavier or sixth-seeded Butler in the semi-finals on Friday night in Chester, Pennsylvania. Marquette and Georgetown tied for the Big East regular season crown, but the Hoyas earned the top-seed after beating Marquette a couple weeks ago. Marquette enters the tournament at 10-5-2 overall. Meanwhile, Wisconsin has the No. 2 seed for the Big Ten men's soccer tournament at Ohio State. The Badgers will open against seventh-seeded Northwestern in a quarter-final on Wednesday. Wisconsin had 13 regular season wins for the first time in almost two decades. Also, UW-Milwaukee is the only Wisconsin team among the six schools in the Horizon League men's soccer tourney. The Panthers have the Number-two seed and a first-round bye. They'll play either No. 4 Cleveland State or fifth-seeded Wright State in the semi-finals on Friday.
Pewaukee native Mark Wilson tied for 48th at the PGA's McGladrey Classic over the weekend at Sea Island Georgia. Wilson finished at even-par 280, while champion Chris Kirk went 14-under. Wilson dropped six spots in the new World Golf Rankings to Number-166 today. He also tied for 137th in the Fed-Ex standings for the 2014 season that began after the last Fed-Ex Cup playoffs in September. Jerry Kelly of Madison is 83rd in the Fed-Ex totals. He dropped 19 places after he withdrew from the McGladrey Classic following a rough first round. Kelly also fell four spots in the World Rankings to 194th. Jimmy Walker leads the Fed-Ex standings. Tiger Woods remains atop the World Rankings, with Steve Stricker of Madison in seventh. He hasn't played since the President's Cup almost a month-and-a-half ago.