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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: McCarthy to decide Lacy's status tomorrow

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GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy says he'll decide tomorrow whether running back Eddie Lacy can play on Sunday at Cincinnati. 

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Lacy suffered a concussion last weekend, and he's been going through the league's protocol for being tested before he can return to the field.  Lacy is officially listed at questionable, meaning there's a 50-50 chance he'll play against Cincy.  Also, starting safety Morgan Burnett has again been ruled out for Sunday.  He has not played a down in the regular season yet, with a hamstring injury suffered in the pre-season.  Corner Casey Hayward, also with a bad hamstring, was ruled out on Wednesday.  Fullback John Kuhn is listed as doubtful with the hamstring injury he suffered five days ago against the Redskins.  That means there's only a 25-percent chance he'll play.  Corner Tramon Williams was added to the injury report today with an injured groin.  He's listed as probable along with tight end Jermichael Finley, defensive tackle Johnny Jolly, and guard T.J. Lang.  Jolly has a neck problem.  Lang hurt his back late in the week.   Both the Packers and Bengals are 1-1 going into Sunday's contest at Paul Brown Stadium. 

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The Cincinnati Bengals appear to be healthier than the Green Bay Packers going into their Sunday matchup at Paul Brown Stadium.  None of the Bengals' starters missed practice yesterday.  However, Adam "Pac-man" Jones was added to the injury report with a sore abdomen.  He was limited during his team's workout, as was Bengals' first-round draft pick Giovani Bernard.  He scored two touchdowns last Monday night against Pittsburgh, but he missed practice yesterday with a hamstring problem.  

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The Milwaukee Brewers will keep trying to solidify their hold on fourth place in the National League Central, when they open a weekend home series against Saint Louis tonight.  The Brewers are guaranteed to finish no higher than fourth, and they're four-and-a-half games ahead of the last-place Chicago Cubs after taking 3-of-4 from the Cubbies this week.  The Cardinals lead the Central by a game over Pittsburgh and two over Cincinnati.  They've won 12-of-16 games against the Brewers this season.  The Cards -- managed by former Milwaukee catcher Mike Matheny -- have outscored the Crew by 32 runs, for an average of two per game.  The Redbirds have averaged seven runs over their last five games.  Milwaukee scored just once in yesterday's loss to Chicago.  The Brewers have scored one-or-no-runs in 33 games this season -- the fourth-most in the majors. Right-hander Johnny Hellweg will start for the Brewers tonight against Cardinals' right-hander Shelby Miller.  Hellweg received numerous pitching honors in Triple-"A" this season, but he's only 1-4 for Milwaukee with a bloated ERA of 8.31.  Hellweg gave up four runs in five innings last Saturday in a home loss to Cincinnati.  He has hit three batters in his six starts.  And he has walked 17 in 21-and-two-thirds' innings at the big league level.  Miller is 14-9 with an ERA of just over three.  He's the first Cardinals' rookie to win 14 games since Dick Hughes in 1967.    

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Madison golfer Steve Stricker lost some ground this afternoon at the halfway point of his second round at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.  Stricker was one-over-par after nine holes of his second round, putting him three-under for the tournament -- six strokes behind mid-afternoon leader Henrik Stenson.  Stricker was tied for fifth place at that point.  He needs to finish first or second this weekend if he wants a chance to win Fed-Ex Cup season title.  Stricker was sixth in the point standings going into the Tour Championship.  

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On the PGA Champions Tour, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman was just starting his first round at mid-afternoon at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship.  Forsman bogeyed his first hole at the Kapolei Golf Club.  Six players were at two-under in the early going.  The 54-hole tournament runs through Sunday.

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Eight Midwest Conference football teams will play each other tomorrow.  Ripon College is the only Wisconsin team in the league that's 2-0 overall.  The Red Hawks will play at Saint Norbert, which is 1-1.  Both teams are 1-0 in Midwest play along with Cornell, Monmouth, Lake Forest, and Illinois College.  Lawrence is 0-2 in league play, while everybody else is at 1-1.  Carroll hosts Knox College in Waukesha.  Grinnell is at Lake Forest, and Beloit College is at home against Lawrence.  Six WIAC teams have non-conference opponents tomorrow.  UW-Stout travels to North Central of Illinois, which is ranked sixth by D3football.com.  No. 9  Platteville is at Lewis-and-Clark.  15th-ranked Whitewater plays at Buffalo State.  UW-La Crosse is at Missouri S&T.  River Falls plays at Simpson College in Iowa and Stevens Point is at home against Dubuque.  In other games, Concordia-Mequon travels to Trine.  Lakeland is at Alma.  Wisconsin Lutheran plays at Hope College.  Carthage is at Wartburg.  And Maranatha Baptist hosts Macalester in Watertown.

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Matt Kenseth of Cambridge will try to hang onto first-place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, as the second-of-10 Chase events takes place on Sunday in Loudon New Hampshire.  Kenseth won the opening Chase race last Sunday near Chicago.  He'll try to do the same in the Sylvania-300.  Qualifying takes place this evening.  Beloit-born Danica Patrick is also entered, along with Paul Menard of Eau Claire and Travis Kvapil of Janesville.  With the Camping World Truck Series off this weekend, Johnny Sauter of Necedah will also be competing.  Kyle Busch trails Kenseth by eight points for the Chase lead.  Jeff Gordon, who became the unprecedented 13th driver in the Chase earlier this month, is seventh overall after placing sixth a week ago.  The Nationwide Series is competing tomorrow night in Sparta Kentucky, but no Wisconsin drivers are entered.

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Deputy NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says it's critical that the Bucks stay in Milwaukee, and remain successful there.  There's been a lot of talk about the Bucks leaving town, as the community remains in a holding pattern on the issue of a new arena to replace the 25-year-old Bradley Center.  Silver, who will replace retiring Commissioner David Stern next year, did not say much about the arena issue in an interview with Bucks' TV announcer Jim Paschke.   Silver did say that the league's arenas must create an attractive environment.  Metro Milwaukee Association of Commerce has been working to create a task force to consider options for a new multi-purpose arena -- and how to pay for it.  Silver also said he liked the Bucks' focus on the future, under general manager John Hammond.  He said small-market teams like the Bucks can be successful if they're well-managed and have the right culture.  Silver was in Milwaukee to meet with Bucks' officials and sponsors.  

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Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
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