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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: No. 25 Badgers in night game vs. Illinois

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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: No. 25 Badgers in night game vs. Illinois
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CHAMPAIGN, ILL. (SportsNetwork.com) - After making their return to the Top-25, No. 25 Wisconsin will face a tough Big Ten Conference road test at Illinois on Saturday night.

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Wisconsin began the season ranked in the preseason poll and were able to climb to No. 20 following a fast 2-0 start, but with a couple of difficult road losses to Arizona (32-30) and Ohio State (31-24), it promptly fell from the ranks. The Badgers bounced back in a big way last weekend in their homecoming game by downing Northwestern, 35-6, to move to 2-1 in the Big Ten.

"These kids prepared," Wisconsin head coach Gary Anderson said. "It obviously means a lot to them every single week, but the ability to get in this position and win at home against really good football team, and we all know that Northwestern is a very, very good football team...I'm proud of this team."

Illinois has been one of the Big Ten's biggest surprises during the first half of the season, and at 3-2, it has already surpassed its win total from the disastrous 2012 season (2-10). The Illini entered league play in their latest contest on Oct. 5 at Nebraska and were handed a 39-19 defeat. They have now dropped 15 consecutive Big Ten matchups dating back to the 2011 season. This marks the 80th meeting between these two programs, with the series knotted up at 36-36-7. The Badgers have had the upper hand of late, beating the Illini in seven of the last eight matchups.

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Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver James Jones will likely end his 74-game regular season streak on Sunday. Jones was injured in last week’s win over the Baltimore Ravens and missed practice on Friday. Down to just three healthy receivers for tomorrow’s game with the Cleveland Browns, the Packers claimed rookie Chris Harper from San Francisco and released running back Michael Hill to make room on the roster.

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The Milwaukee Bucks continues preparations for the upcoming regular season. Guard Gary Neal returned to practice yesterday, he missed a week due to a foot injury. Neal is suffering from plantar fasciitis, inflammation of ligaments on the sole of the foot. Neal says he’s suffered from the injury for about six or seven months, recently aggravating it during an exhibition game with the Timberwolves on October 10. In other practice news, center Larry Sanders did not practice… he is recovering from an illness.

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No. 7 ranked Boston College scored seven unanswered points in a 9-2 rout over the second-ranked Wisconsin men’s hockey team last night in Boston. The nine goals were the most allowed by the Badgers in the Mike Eaves’ coaching era. Michael Mersch and Nic Kerdiles scored the lone two goals for the Badgers. Kerdiles’ goal extends his point-scoring streak to 15. The Badgers will look to bounce back tonight against 15th-ranked Boston University.

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SCOREBOARD

PRESEASON NBA - REGIONAL

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Chicago 103, Indiana 98

AHL

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Milwaukee 3, Grand Rapids 2

NCAA HOCKEY

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MEN SCORE

(6) Boston College 6, (2) Wisconsin 2

WOMEN SCORE

(4) Wisconsin 4, St. Cloud State 1

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