WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Green Bay signs free agent Peppers to $30 mil contract
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers have signed eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers. Considered one of the league’s best pass-rushers, the Packers signed the former Chicago Bear to a three-year contract worth $30-million.
Peppers says he signed with the Packers because he felt the team had the best chance to win the Super Bowl. The 34-year-old former first-round pick recorded 31 solo tackles, 7 sacks, two forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown for the Bears last season.
Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks took care of the Milwaukee Bucks, 115-94, in a Saturday matinee at Madison Square Garden in New York. Anthony scored 23 points in three quarters for the Knicks, who announced they will hold a press conference on Tuesday regarding a "major announcement” which reportedly relates to Phil Jackson taking over as team president and general manager. Jackson will be tasked with turning around a New York team that has rattled off a season-high six straight wins but is still on the outside looking in at the postseason. Tim Hardaway Jr. netted 20 points off the bench, Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith each went for 15 and Iman Shumpert had 14 in the rout. Nate Wolters paced the Bucks with 15 points, while Brandon Knight and Ramon Sessions chipped in 14 apiece in the club's sixth loss in seven games. The Knicks jumped out to a comfortable 60-42 lead at the break after shooting 56.4 from the field and a perfect 11-of-11 from the foul line in the first half.
Chris Heisey and Roger Bernadina each hit a two-run homer and the Cincinnati Reds rolled to a 16-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in a spring training game on Saturday. Neftali Soto and Chris Nelson added solo blasts for Cincinnati and Soto ended with three RBI. Brett Marshall struck out four batters in a three-inning start for the Reds, giving up one run on two hits and a walk. Tyler Thornburg yielded seven runs -- four earned -- and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings for the Brewers and Mark Reynolds hit a two-run single.
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team was unable to stave off a red-hot Michigan State team, falling to the Spartans 83-75 in yesterday’s Big Ten Tournament semifinal game in Indianapolis. No. 22 Michigan State led by as many as 21 points in the first half as they shot near 70 percent from the field. No, 12 ranked UW rallied to cut that margin down to seven in the second half with plus-60 percent shooting of their own but could come no closer. Frank Kaminsky led the Badgers with 28 points, while Sam Dekker and Ben Brust each scored 11 points. MSU, however, had six players in double figures. With the win, the Spartans advance to today’s tournament championship against Michigan. Wisconsin, 26-7 overall, will wait to see where they will play when the NCAA Division I Tournament bracket is revealed today at 5 p.m.
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is headed back to the Frozen Four. Goals from Blayre Turnbull and Katy Josephs was enough to skate past Harvard last night 2-1 in front of over 2,500 fans at LaBahn Arena in Madison and into the NCAA Division I national semifinals. Senior goaltender Alex Rigsby recorded her 100th career victory, blocking 23 shots in the win. The Badgers will face top-ranked Minnesota on Friday, while Mercyhurst and Clarkson will face-off in the second semifinal game in Hamden, Conn.
The No. 5 ranked University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team salvaged a series split with Michigan State by beating the Spartans 4-3 Saturday afternoon at the Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. UW scored four goals in the first period then held on as the Spartans chipped away at the lead until the end of the contest. Nic Kerdelies, Gavin Hertzog, Sean Little and Grant Besse all scored goals for the Badgers and UW goalie Joe Rumpel made 29 saves as the Spartans outshot the Badgers 32-22. Wisconsin concludes its regular season 22-10-2 overall, 13-6-1 in the Big Ten. UW’s next game is on Friday in the Big Ten Tournament in St. Paul at the Xcel Energy Center. Wisconsin will take on the winner of the Penn State/Michigan game from Thursday at 2:07 p.m. in the semifinals.
The University of Wisconsin track and field teams concluded the NCAA Division I Indoor National Championship meet yesterday in New Mexico. UW’s men’s team finished 11th with 17 points. Zach Ziemek placed fifth in the heptathlon for the Badgers and Danny Block finished seventh in the shot put to earn All-American status. UW’s Deanna Latham placed fifth in the pentathlon to also earn All-American status. The University of Oregon won both the men’s and women’s meets.
Nazar Klutchytskyy of UW-Oshkosh won the 157-pound championship at the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Meet in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Saturday. Klutchytskyy defated Demitri Boyer of Coe College by 4:20 pinfall. UW-Whitewater had two wrestlers finish second in Matt Adcock at 141 and Shane Seifert at 197. The Warhawks finished second in the team standings behind Wartburg College.
UW-Oshkosh won its second NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field championship Saturday in Lincoln, Neb. UW-Oshkosh won with 67 points, followed closely by UW-LaCrosse with 65 points. The Titans’ Christy Cazzola's first places in the mile and 3000-meter runs along with Kylee Verhasselt’s win in the 800-meter run, Jacel Klotz’s win in the shot put and the Titans win in the distance medley relay were the key events to helping UWO win the team title, their 10th overall. La Crosse’s 1600-meter relay team also took first place as did UWL’s Bri Halama in the triple jump. UW-La Crosse made it a Wisconsin sweep in the men’s D-III meet as they took first with 63.5 points followed by UW-Eau Claire with 48 and UW-Oshkosh with 37.5. Wisconsin athletes winning first place in the men’s meet were Thurgood Dennis of UW-Eau Claire in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes; McKena Ramos of UW-Oshkosh in the 800; Domnique Neloms of UW-La Crosse in the long jump and Zach Anderson of UW-Stout in the heptathlon.
New York 115, Milwaukee 94
Cincinnati 16, Milwaukee 4
MENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT – SEMIFINALS
(22) Michigan State 83, (12) Wisconsin 75
NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND
(8) Drury 69, (22) UW-Parkside 64
DIVISION III – NCAA ELITE EIGHT
UW-Whitewater 74, Emory 51
WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL
DIVISION III – NCAA TOURNAMENT ELITE EIGHT
UW-Whitewater 88, DePauw 71
Wisconsin 4, Michigan State 3
WOMEN – NCAA QUARTERFINALS
(3) Wisconsin 2, (6) Harvard 1
DIVISION III – NCAA QUARTERFINALS
UW-Stevens Point 3, St. Thomas (Minn.) 0
St. Norbert 7, Adrian 2
Milwaukee 4, San Antonio 2
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL – BOYS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Germantown 48, Neenah 42
Wisconsin Lutheran 61, Rice Lake 46
Brown Deer 59, Lodi 37
Whitefish Bay Dominican 74, Blair-Taylor 50
Thorp 49, Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran 42
BASKETBALL – GIRLS
Stevens Point Sectional
Superior 82, Neenah 69
Sheboygan North Sectional
Kimberly 42, Hartland Arrowhead 40
Sun Prairie Sectional
Mukwonago 49, Madison West 30
West Allis Central Sectional
Oak Creek 46, Brookfield Central 25
La Crosse Central 33, New London 28
Sheboygan South Sectional
Green Bay Notre Dame 64, Cedarburg 46
Janesville Craig Sectional
DeForest 65, Wilmot 30
Brookfield Central Sectional
Milwaukee Pius XI 35, New Berlin Eisenhower 30
River Falls Sectional
Neillsville 31, Hayward 30
Oconto Falls 30, Two Rivers 28
Brodhead 35, Adams-Friendship 26
Whitefish Bay Sectional
Kettle Moraine Lutheran 66, Oostburg 34
Chippewa Falls Sectional
Eau Claire Regis 69, Cameron 53
Algoma 48, Auburndale 40
De Forest Sectional
Cuba City 58, Onalaska Luther 43
Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs 55, Whitefish Bay Dominican 46
Owen-Withee 51, South Shore 48
Schofield D.C. Everest Sectional
Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 58, Goodman/Pembine 34
La Crosse Logan Sectional
Barneveld 69, Gilmanton 31
Milwaukee Heritage Christian 39, Randolph 34