WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: McCarthy to decide on Packer QB snaps in final preseason game
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy says he'll decide tomorrow how much the quarterbacks will play in Thursday night's exhibition finale at home against Kansas City.
He wouldn't rule out starter Aaron Rodgers, even though he has not played in the final exhibition contest the past couple years. McCarthy said he's still working on a plan for giving Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien enough playing time to judge who will be the Number-two quarterback behind Rodgers. McCarthy said he wouldn't venture a guess as to how many roster spots will be up for grabs on Thursday night. The Packers had to slash their roster by six players by three this afternoon, to get down to 75. The final limit of 53 must be set at the end of Saturday. Asked if guard Josh Sitton is being considered as a center in place of the injured J.C. Tretter, McCarthy says Sitton can be the snapper if he had to -- and five different players work on it at practice.
The Milwaukee Brewers will try and improve to 4-1 against San Diego this season, when the Crew plays the Padres tonight in Southern California. Right-hander Jimmy Nelson could be making his final start for now, as Matt Garza is expected to return to the starting rotation next week. Mike Fiers has been lights-out, going 4-0 since replacing the injured Garza earlier this month. Fiers will most likely stay in the rotation as long as he's this hot -- leaving Nelson to a possible spot in the Milwaukee bullpen for a late-inning right-hander. Manager Ron Roenicke says those kinds of decisions are still being worked out. The Crew will try to hang onto their one-and-a-half game lead in the National League Central. Second-place Saint Louis takes on third-place Pittsburgh this evening.
Middle-and-high school students are competing in a new mountain biking club sport this fall. Nineteen teams make up the Wisconsin High School Cycling League. Up to 180 boys and girls are expected to hit the courses. Some teams consist of several schools -- like the Wausau United Ride, which has bikers from multiple schools throughout Marathon County. The local competition is expected to culminate in a state championship meet at the Cascade Mountain ski hill in Portage.