WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Kvapil arrested for domestic violence
CHARLOTTE - Wisconsin NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil is free on bond, after he was charged with assault and false imprisonment in a domestic dispute with his wife.
The 37-year-old Kvapil spent Tuesday night in jail before being freed following a court appearance yesterday. He's a native of Janesville, and he now lives in Mooresville, North Carolina. That's where many NASCAR drivers live because it's close to their headquarters in Charlotte. Kvapil has been a regular in the Sprint Cup series every year since 2005, with the exception of '09. His best Sprint Cup finish was sixth at Talladega in April of 2008. Kvapil won the NASCAR truck series' title in 2003, and has been a part of NASCAR's national series for the last 13 years. Kvapil's racing team, BK Racing, has been supporting Domestic Violence Awareness Month -- and the team highlighted it by putting special decals on its vehicles. USA Today said a tweet which showed those decals was deleted, after Kvapil's arrest became known.
The Milwaukee Bucks will try to even their pre-season record at 1-1 tonight, when they play the Minnesota Timberwolves in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Bucks are coming off a 12-point loss at Cleveland on Tuesday. The Wolves played last night in Toronto, where they beat the Raptors 101-89. Timberwolves' star center Kevin Love scored 20 points in that contest. Bucks' coach Larry Drew is trying to work around a lack of chemistry due to the arrivals of 11 new players this season. One of them is guard Luke Ridnour, who has played for both Minnesota and Milwaukee in the recent past. The Bucks' front-line has also been riddled with injuries. Starting power forward Ersan Ilyasova will miss tonight's game, after he sprained an ankle in a collision during Tuesday night's contest against the Cavs. It's not known how long he'll be out. Front-liners Carlos Delfino, Ekpe Udoh, and Zaza Pachulia also missed the Cleveland game due to various injuries.
The Minnesota Lynx will try to win the WNBA championship on the road tonight -- but not on the opponents' home floor. The Atlanta Dream cannot play at Phillips Arena, because Disney-on-Ice is performing there. So the WNBA Finals are moving to "The Arena at Gwinnett Center" in suburban Duluth, Georgia. Stevens Point native Janel McCarville hopes to win her first pro championship on that floor. She had a playoff-high 11 points on Tuesday in Minnesota's 25-point victory in Game-Two of the best-of-five Finals. Lynx star Maya Moore won three Georgia state high school titles at Gwinnett Center. She says the arena feels more like a hockey facility than one for basketball. If the Dream win tonight, Game-Four would be played there Sunday. A fifth-and-deciding game, if necessary, would be played at the Target Center in Minneapolis next Wednesday night.
The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents will decide tomorrow whether to accept financial terms for the Badgers' newly-scheduled football game at Lambeau Field. Wisconsin will play LSU in 2016 at the home of the Packers. Under the proposed deal, the UW would get three-million-dollars from the Packers -- and that team would then get the ticket revenues. The deal also gives Badgers control of two luxury suites at Lambeau, 7,500 discounted student tickets, and around 30,000 seats for the general public.
Menomonee Falls is still the Division 1 leader in the new girls' state high school volleyball poll from the coaches' association. Neenah is second, followed by Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels. Muskego jumped from honorable mention to the No. 5 spot. East Troy remains atop Division 2, with Kettle Moraine Lutheran second and Madison Edgewood third. In Division 3, Oostburg is still first, followed by Eau Claire Regis and Athens. Luck remains at No. 1 in Division 4. Burlington Catholic Central is second, and Clayton is at Number-three. In the boys' coaches' poll, Waukesha Catholic Memorial jumped from second-to-first, with Milwaukee Marquette falling to second. New Berlin moved into third.
When the Green Bay Packers vowed to improve their running game this season, they meant it. The Packer rushing offense is ranked fifth in the NFL a quarter of the way through the regular season. They ran for 180 yards last week and 182 the previous game -- both against well-respected front sevens from Detroit and Cincinnati. This Sunday, the Packers will play in Baltimore against the Ravens, a team that made a name for itself with its solid defense. In last Sunday's win over Detroit, Green Bay ran the ball 20 times and averaged just over seven yards per carry. That includes Randall Cobb's 67-yard scamper. When you take that out -- along with a three-yard loss by Eddie Lacy near the end of the game - the Packers still managed to get a respectable four-point-four yards per carry. Also, Green Bay is much more committed to running on first down. Last Sunday, the Packers had running plays in just over three-fourths of their first downs -- the most since 2004, when Ahman Green was traversing the Packer backfield.
The Packers have six healthy linebackers, and coach Mike McCarthy says he's comfortable with that. Clay Matthews is out for a while with his broken thumb. Brad Jones will miss Sunday's Baltimore game with an injured hamstring. McCarthy does not expect Jones to be out for long. Rookie Andy Mulumba hurt an ankle last Sunday against Detroit. He did not practice yesterday, but McCarthy says he hopes Mulumba can play against the Ravens. Jamari Lattimore will start on the inside in place of Jones, and Mike Neal will take Matthews' spot. The other healthy linebackers are A.J. Hawk, Nick Perry, and rookies Sam Barrington and Nate Palmer. McCarthy says Lattimore has played well, and Sunday's Baltimore contest will be a great opportunity for him. Palmer has not played on defense yet this season, but he says he's more than ready to show what he can do.
In golf, next year's PGA season will get off to an early start today. Jerry Kelly of Madison is among those competing at the Frys.com Open in San Martin, California. For years, the PGA season officially began in January. Now, Tour officials decided to begin the new PGA year soon after the final event of the Fed-Ex Cup Playoffs, the Tour Championship in late September. As a result, the former Fall Series has a lot more meaning. For the first time, the fall tournaments will count in the Fed-Ex Cup point standings toward the next playoffs the following August. Also, those who win the fall tournaments will be invited to The Masters at Augusta National next April. Fall winners never got to play in the Masters unless they qualified some other way.
Meanwhile, senior players on the PGA Champions Tour are back in action at the SAS Championship in Cary, North Carolina. Rhinelander native Dan Forsman will play in the three-round event which begins tomorrow.
University of Wisconsin women's hockey goaltender Alex Rigsby has been named the WCHA's Defensive Player-of-the-Week. The senior held Minnesota State scoreless for over 100 minutes last weekend, until the Mavericks tallied the only goal in their two-game series against the Badgers. Rigsby saved 53-of-54 shots, to win the league's weekly defensive honor for the ninth time in her career.