WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Packers finish preseason with win
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers closed out a 3-1 exhibition season with a 34-14 home win over Kansas City last night.
Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each threw a pair of touchdown passes, as they competed to become Aaron Rodgers' top backup. Tolzien threw for 139 yards, and Flynn 102, as they gave coach Mike McCarthy a tough decision on which one to keep -- or both. McCarthy and Packers' general manager Ted Thompson have until 5 p-m tomorrow to trim down their roster from 75 players to 53. McCarthy calls it "the worst part of their jobs." Tolzien, a former Badger, said he hopes the Pack will keep three quarterbacks around -- but he has no idea what will happen. McCarthy said he was impressed with how the Packers kept getting better during the pre-season. They led by 13 at the half and rolled from there, on a night when numerous starters never dressed so the coaches could evaluate players on the bubble one final time. Seventh-round rookie receiver Jeff Janis made a case for a roster spot with a touchdown catch and a 62-yard kickoff return. Green Bay linebackers Nate Palmer and Adrian Hubbard left the game with knee injuries, as did tackle Aaron Adams. Kansas City's third string quarterback, Tyler Bray, threw for 116 yards and a touchdown. The Chiefs' reserves committed 14 penalties on the night. The Packers will open their regular season next Thursday night at Seattle.
University of Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen says he'll be interested to see how back-up running back Corey Clement performs tomorrow night. The Badgers will open their season against LSU in Houston. And the sophomore Clement will be counted on to give Heisman Trophy candidate Melvin Gordon the relief he needs during games. Andersen said Clement had a very productive pre-season camp, but he remains untested when a game's on the line. Clement averaged more than eight yards a carry in his freshman year at the UW, but he was only given the ball 67 times -- far less than the 221 carries James White received as Gordon's top back-up in 2013. The Badgers are used to having quality back-ups at running back. White is currently knocking on the door for a roster spot in the NFL with the New England Patriots.
The Milwaukee Brewers will try to end a two-game losing streak tonight when they play the Giants in San Francisco. The Crew still has a one-and-a-half game division lead over second-place Saint Louis in the National League Central. Third-place Pittsburgh is four games back, after winning two games apiece over the Brewers and Cardinals in their last two series. The top three Central contenders were all off yesterday. Fourth-place Cincinnati beat the Chicago Cubs 7-2 and moved within eight-and-a-half games of the lead. The Brewers will now play three games against a Giants' team that's second in the National League West at 71-62. San Francisco is four-and-a-half games behind division-leading Los Angeles. The Giants have won three in a row, after topping Colorado 4-1 at home last night. Right-hander Wily Peralta will start for Milwaukee tonight against San Francisco right-hander Ryan Vogelsong.
Milwaukee native Tim Smyczek will play 17th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain this morning at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Smyczek advanced after winning his first round match on Tuesday in four sets over Filip Krajnovic of Serbia. It was the third year in a row that Smyczek made it past the first round of the Open.
Waukesha native Gwen Jorgensen will try to win her fifth straight triathlon tomorrow. The former Wisconsin Badgers' distance-running All-American will compete in the grand final of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Edmonton Alberta. Jorgensen has won the most ITU races of any woman in series' history. Her streak of four victories is the most by any participant, female or male. Those wins came in Yokohama, London, Chicago, and Hamburg. There are eight races in the ITU season series. Jorgensen leads the point standings with 3,885. U.S. teammate Sarah Groff is second with 3,037.
In NFL exhibition play....
Green Bay 34, Kansas City 14
In Major League Baseball...
Regional action... Cincinnati 7, Chicago Cubs 2
Minnesota 11, Kansas City 5 in 10 innings
Cleveland 3, Chicago White Sox 2
Detroit 3, New York Yankees 2
In the Midwest League...
Wisconsin 9, Burlington 5
Beloit at Peoria, rained out
Wisconsin high school football
Augusta 24, Clayton 20
Bloomer 46, Amery 0
Bonduel 39, Peshtigo 12
Calumet, Michigan 14, Northland Pines-Phelps 12
Eleva-Strum 22, Elk Mound 14
Franklin 28, Greendale 14
Germantown 41, Hartford 7
Gillett 49, Marion/Tigerton 7
Hazel Green Southwestern 40, Beloit Turner 14
Holmen 27, Platteville 0
Hudson 36, Chanhassen, Minnesota 0
Manawa 15, Coleman 12
Mequon Homestead 24, Hartland Arrowhead 20
Milwaukee Rufus King 42, Sturgeon Bay 13
Norway, Michigan 19, Niagara-Goodman-Pembine 7
Robbinsdale Cooper, Minnesota 42, River Falls 7
Laona/Wabeno 20, Wausaukee 6
Waukesha Catholic Memorial 35, West Allis Central 0
Waukesha South 43, Racine Washington Park 25
West Bend West 35, Two Rivers 14