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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Iowa's McCaffery fined, suspended by Big Ten

PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery was suspended for one game by the Big Ten Conference today, for his sideline outburst in Madison on Sunday night.

McCaffery was also fined $10,000 for bumping an official, arguing twice about referee's decisions against his team, and bursting in anger as a TV timeout began.  It all happened with 12 minutes left in Sunday's four-point Hawkeyes' loss to Wisconsin at the Kohl Center.  The Big Ten said McCaffery violated the league's sportsmanship policy.  He'll sit out a home game on Thursday night against Northwestern.  Assistant Iowa coach Kirk Speraw will take his place. Today, McCaffery apologized for the second time in as many days.  He said he accepts the league's punishment, and he again regretted his actions.  


The Green Bay Packers' quarterbacks coach reportedly has an interview tomorrow for the Cleveland Browns' head coaching job.  Ben McAdoo is said to be in the running for the post vacated by Rod Chudzinski.  The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said McAdoo would be interviewed ahead of Denver's offensive coordinator Adam Gase -- who reportedly said he would not interview until the Broncos are done with the playoffs.  McAdoo has been Green Bay quarterbacks' coach for two seasons, and was the Packers' tight ends coach under Mike McCarthy before that.  ESPN says New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has interviewed for the Browns job -- along with defensive coordinators Dan Quinn of Seattle and Todd Bowles of Arizona.  The Browns have also asked for permission to interview college coach James Franklin of Vanderbilt.  Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is reportedly no longer a candidate for the Cleveland post.


The Milwaukee Bucks will run into a buzz-saw tonight when they host red-hot Golden State.  The Warriors have been unbeatable over the last two weeks, with nine straight victories.  That's the most since 1975, when the Warriors won 10 straight.  Golden State is in the midst of a seven-game road trip, in which they've gone 5-0 so far.  Former Bucks' center Andrew Bogut had 15 points, 10 rebounds, and a season-high four blocked shots in the Warriors' last game -- a 112-96 victory at Washington this past Sunday.  Stephen Curry leads Golden State with 23 points a game, but he has only averaged 16 in six games against Milwaukee.  That's his third-lowest average of any NBA team.  The Bucks, meanwhile, have dropped 10-of-12.  And besides playing better on the court, they're also working on their public image after they let reporters hear a loud locker room argument between Larry Sanders and Gary Neal last Saturday night. Bucks' guard O.J. Mayo says that when things aren't going well, quote, "the real men reveal their true colors."  Mayo is averaging almost 21 points in his last six outings against Golden State.  Milwaukee is the only NBA that has won less than one-in-four of their games this season.  The Bucks are 7-26.


League play is scheduled to resume tonight for most women's basketball teams in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.  Concordia-Wisconsin is in first place at 7-1 -- and they'll host Concordia-Chicago in Mequon.  Second-place Milwaukee School of Engineering has the night off.  MSOE is 6-1.  Alverno College hosts Marian.  Rockford entertains Lakeland.  Wisconsin Lutheran plays at Benedictine.  And Edgewood plays a women's-and-men's NACC double-header at Dominican.  Elsewhere, Northland College of Ashland plays a men's-and-women's pair at Finlandia.  _________________________

Trevor Hass of UW-Stevens Point and Sally Linzmeier of Superior have been named the WIAC's top basketball players for the period from December 16th through Sunday.  Hass, a senior guard-and-forward, was the MVP of the Classic in Las Vegas over the holidays.  He averaged 22 points and almost four rebounds over five games.  Limzmeier, a junior guard, helped Superior go 3-and-0 during the holidays.  She averaged around 14 points and 15 rebounds per contest.  Linzmeier had 19 boards against Platteville, the most in the conference so far this season.   Also, the WIAC recognized Logan Maly of Superior and Nikki Koethenbeutel of Eau Claire in hockey -- and Ryan Seidler of Eau Claire in wrestling.


Kam Cerroni of Saint Norbert College in De Pere is the men's basketball player-of-the-week in the Midwest Conference.  And Corrine Engels of Carroll in Waukesha is the honored women's player.  Cerroni, a senior guard, had 23 points and four rebounds in a Green Knights' victory over Lawrence.  He nailed seven three-pointers, one short of the Saint Norbert school record.  Cerroni also had 13 points in a holiday tournament win over Viterbo.  Engels, a junior guard, had her first career triple-double in Carroll's win over Knox College last weekend.  Engels had 24 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds, and five steals.


The University of Wisconsin fell three places to No. 22 in the final AP college football media poll released this morning.  The Badgers finished 9-4, after losing to South Carolina by 10 in last Wednesday's Capital One Bowl.  The Gamecocks rose four places to Number-four in the final AP poll, improving to 11-and-2 with their win over the Badgers.  Florida State, winner of last night's BCS title game, closed out No. 1.  BCS runner-up Auburn finished at No. 2 in the media poll.  In the final USA Today coaches' poll, the Badgers dropped two spots to 21st.  South Carolina jumped from eighth-to-fourth.  


Two days of school closings are having an impact on Wisconsin high school sports schedules.  According to, 21 boys' basketball programs were supposed to be played around the state last night but were not.  One-hundred-six boys' contests are on tonight's schedule -- and as of mid-morning, 50 were listed as being postponed or canceled.  On the girls' side, 26 basketball games were shelved last evening -- and 56 of tonight's 108 contests were listed as either postponed or called off for good.  Many Wisconsin schools were closed both yesterday and today, due to the bitter cold that drove wind-chills down into the 50-below-range in the far north.  The WIAA urges fans to check with their local schools for cancellations and postponements for tonight.  Many school officials expect to re-open tomorrow, when highs are expected to be above zero statewide.  


The UW-Green Bay men's basketball team will close out its non-conference schedule tonight at Chicago State.  The Phoenix are 11-3 overall, with six consecutive victories.  Last Saturday, Green Bay came back from 10 points down to beat Youngstown State at home by 16.  Keifer Sykes had 24 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds in that game -- and it helped him win the Horizon League player-of-the-week honors.  Chicago State is 6-8.  The Cougars joined the Western Athletic Conference this school year, and they won their league debut on Saturday 57-55 at Idaho.  Chicago State is 5-0 at home.  A win tonight would give the Cougars their best home start since 1986.  


UW-Stevens Point is still Number-One in the new national Division III men's basketball poll from  The Pointers are 12-0 after a 13-point home win over La Crosse last Saturday.  UW-Whitewater jumped two places in the new men's poll to No. 10.  Saint Norbert rose one place to 13th. In the D-III women's poll, Carthage remains 16th.  The Lady Reds are 10-2 overall.  Unbeaten Oshkosh rose four places to 17th.  Whitewater dropped 11 spots to 19th, after losing a pair of games to Carthage and Ohio Northern over the holidays.  The Warhawks are now 9-3.  Stevens Point is 24th.  Saint Norbert also received votes.  DePauw remains the women's No. 1.


Tori Reichers of Concordia-Wisconsin has been named the women's basketball player-of-the-week in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.  Reichers, a freshman forward from Cedarburg, scored a season-high 29 points in Concordia's win over Rockford last Saturday.  She made 11-of-17 from the floor, with a season-high 13 rebounds and three steals.  It was only NACC award given out for last week.