WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Packers look to even record against Lions
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers will try to even their record at 2-2 this afternoon, when they host the Detroit Lions.
Detroit has slowly improved in the past three years, after going 0-16 in 2009. This season, the Lions have made waves -- and not just because they added rejuvenated running back Reggie Bush. Detroit has two new defensive ends -- Ziggy Ansah and Willie Young. Ansah, a first-round rookie, replaced veteran Kyle Vanden Bosch. Young is a backup who moved into a starting role after Jason Jones went out for the season two weeks ago with a knee injury. Jones had come over from Seattle in the off-season, after former Lions' end Cliff Avril left for the Seahawks. Packers' offensive line coach James Campen calls Ansah and Young high-energy and talented players. They've helped Detroit take a share of the NFC North lead with the Chicago Bears at 3-1. The Packers are a seven-point favorite in a game with a noon kickoff at Lambeau Field.
The University of Wisconsin football team is getting ready to host a Northwestern team that will try to bounce back from a tough loss to Ohio State. The Badgers had a bye yesterday, while the 16th-ranked Wildcats lost at home to the No. 4 Buckeyes 40-30. Northwestern was able to keep Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller in check, so Buckeyes' running back Carlos Hyde carried the ball 26 times for a career-high 168 yards and three second-half touchdowns. It was Northwestern's Big Ten opener, and it dropped the Wildcats to 4-1 overall. The 'Cats will come into Madison next Saturday to play an unranked Wisconsin team that's 3-2 overall, and 1-1 conference play.
Wisconsin drivers took the top two spots in yesterday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge won the Kansas Lottery-300 in Kansas City, Kansas. Paul Menard of Eau Claire was a distant second, after he got around Regan Smith on the final lap. Kenseth took advantage of a controversial crash late in the race that involved Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. Both of their teams are locked in a competition for the season owner's championship, and they displayed some previous bad blood that could affect today's Sprint Cup race, the Hollywood Casino-400. Kenseth stayed above the fray, conserved fuel, and had enough for the end. It was Kenseth's third straight victory at the Kansas Speedway. He'll go for Number-Four this afternoon, as he tries to extend his four-point lead over second-place Jimmie Johnson in Race No. 4 of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. Menard will start 8th today. Beloit-born Danica Patrick starts 29th, and Travis Kvapil of Janesville 36th.
Madison golfer Steve Stricker is 2-1 in the President's Cup matches -- and he helped the American team take a five-point lead after play was suspended late yesterday in Dublin Ohio. They've had weather delays in each of the three days of competition so far. Yesterday, Stricker and his rookie partner Jordan Speith completed a four-some match from Friday -- and they defeated the International pairing of Branden Grace and Richard Sterne 2-1. In the Saturday four-ball, Stricker and Spieth lost to Jason Day and Graham DeLaet 2-up. Foursomes were next, and Stricker was given a new partner by U.S. team captain Fred Couples. Stricker and Bill Haas had a 2-up lead over Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama when play was suspended by darkness. They'll pick it up this morning, and the 12 final singles' matches will then be played. The U.S. leads the International team 11-and-a-half to six-and-a-half.
The Milwaukee Bucks played a 24-minute scrimmage yesterday as part of their only public practice at Training Camp in St. Francis. A team of starters was rusty early, but hung on to beat the backups 41-29. Point guard Brandon Knight led all scorers with nine points. A fan fest preceded the scrimmage with question-and-answer sessions, interactive games, and autograph signings. Front-liners Zaza Pachulia, Carlos Delfino, and Ekpe Udoh sat out the event with various aches-and-pains. Pachulia, who's starting his second stint with Milwaukee, is recovering from surgery on a right Achilles' tendon.
The University of Wisconsin women's hockey team scored five goals in the final 30 minutes yesterday to beat Minnesota State at home, 5-1. Brittany Ammerman scored twice, as the Badgers swept their first weekend series to go 2-0 both overall and in the WCHA. Alex Rigsby had 28 saves for the Badgers, including 15 in third period.
Almost 1,100 people saw the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team play a scrimmage in Eau Claire yesterday at Hobbs Ice Arena. The Red team overcame a 3-1 deficit to tie the game. Michael Mersch sent the two-period scrimmage to a shoot-out by scoring with 1:04 left. The Red team then scored three goals in the shoot-out to win 6-3. Wisconsin, preseason ranked No. 3 in the country, will open its regular season on Friday night at home against Northern Michigan.
The University of Wisconsin volleyball team took No. 10 ranked Nebraska to five sets but lost 3-2 in Lincoln, Neb. Saturday night before a crowd of almost 9,000 in the Devany Center. The Badgers lost the first two games 23-25 and 24-26 but won games three and four 25-22 and 32-30. But they had nothing left by game five and Cornhuskers won easily 15-6. UW falls to 14-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten. Courtney Thomas led UW with 18 kills and freshman Lauren Carlini tallied 49 assists.
In Wisconsin high school football...
Crivitz 75, Menominee Indian 16
Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah 34, Bowler/Gresham 18
Gibraltar 78, Three Lakes 0
Ithaca 31, Weston 14
Lake Country Lutheran vs. Living Word Lutheran, postponed to tomorrow
Loyal 20, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 6
Merrill 31, Mosinee 15
Milwaukee Bay View def. Milwaukee Vincent/Destiny, forfeit
Milwaukee Rufus King 44, Milwaukee Bradley Technical 8
Milwaukee Pius XI 17, New Berlin Eisenhower 12
Potosi 38, Highland 22
Shawano 20, Marinette 15
South Wayne Black Hawk 55, Pecatonica/Argyle 13
Winnebago Lutheran 33, Kettle Moraine Lutheran 18
Division III college football
In the WIAC...
UW-Whitewater 47, UW-La Crosse 3
UW-Stevens Point 47, UW-River Falls 14
UW-Oshkosh 28, UW-Stout 26
UW-Platteville 49, UW-Eau Claire 27
In the Midwest Conference...
Illinois College 26, Lawrence 6
Ripon 37, Knox 29
St. Norbert 22, Monmouth 14
Cornell 58, Beloit 24
Lake Forest 14, Carroll 13
In the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference...
Concordia-Mequon 28, Benedictine 27
Lakeland 40, Wisconsin Lutheran 34
Aurora 84, Maranatha Baptist 41
In the CCIW...
North Park 22, Carthage 20