WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Packers lose Cobb for 6-8 weeks
GREEN BAY - Media reports say Green Bay Packers' receiver Randall Cobb will miss 6-to-8 weeks with a broken fibula suffered on a low tackle below his right knee.
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy would only say yesterday that Cobb is out "multiple weeks," after he was chopped low in the helmet Sunday by Baltimore's Matt Elam. Ravens' coach John Harbaugh defended his rookie safety yesterday, and said he could not understand the criticism about the hit from Aaron Rodgers and other Packer players. Harbaugh said Elam was trying to catch up with Cobb's route the best he could and quote, "To say that it could have been artistically-palatable is hard for me to understand." Reports also said Packers' receiver James Jones sprained a PCL knee ligament, and there's a chance he could play in Green Bay's next game on Sunday at home against Cleveland. For now, the Packers only have two healthy receivers -- Jordy Nelson and second-year pro Jarrett Boykin. The team is said to be looking at several options to add a receiver -- like promoting Myles White from the practice squad, bringing back rookie Tyrone Walker, or considering an available veteran such as Brandon Lloyd. Yesterday, the Packers' returned receiver Reggie Dunn to the practice squad. Meanwhile, the Packers got thinner at outside linebacker after Nick Perry reportedly broke a foot in Sunday's win over the Ravens. Media reports say Perry could miss 4-to-6 weeks. Coach McCarthy said he was surprised to learn the extent of that injury.
A.J. Hawk is coming off a career performance in yesterday's Green Bay Packers' victory at Baltimore. The eighth-year pro led the front seven in the absence of injured linebackers Clay Matthews and Brad Jones. Hawk had a career-high three sacks of Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco. For the afternoon, Hawk had 10 tackles -- five for losses -- as he led the linebacking corps from the inside, where teammate Jamari Lattimore was making his first pro start. Their contributions kept Baltimore's running game under control, as Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce ran for just 43 yards in 20 total carries. Hawk has been among the most durable Packer defenders, missing just two regular season games while playing in 113 others. Hawk said he wasn't sure if yesterday was his best game. He says he's more concerned about building up a winning streak. The Packers have won two straight. They're 3-2 as they get ready to host the Cleveland Browns next Sunday.
Packers' defensive coordinator Dom Capers is looking for different people to step up, now that both starting outside linebackers are out with injuries. Nick Perry joined Clay Matthews in the infirmary, after Perry reportedly broke a foot in last Sunday's Packer win at Baltimore. Media reports say Perry could be out 4-to-6 weeks, and Matthews will miss at least another 2-to-3 weeks with his broken thumb. That leaves Mike Neal -- who converted from defensive end -- as the dean of the outside linebackers. Rookies Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer are Green Bay's only other healthy outside linebackers. They'll get their opportunities on Sunday, when the Packers host Cleveland. On the inside, Capers is counting on A.J. Hawk to have another solid game, after he had three sacks against Baltimore. Starter Brad Jones could return from a bad hamstring which kept him out of the Ravens' game. Jamari Lattimore could again play a big role, after he did well in his first start last Sunday. The Packers were not planning to use Neal exclusively behind the defensive line, but Capers says he has no choice. Neal played in 52-of-the-66 defensive snaps against the Ravens, in his first total game at linebacker. Against Cleveland, he could be lined up against six-time Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas, the Brookfield native and former Wisconsin Badgers' All-American.
University of Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen says he's hopeful that receiver Jared Abbrederis can play at Illinois on Saturday. The senior suffered a head injury in the Badgers' win over Northwestern this past Saturday -- but it's not clear when it happened. Andersen says he'll know more in the next 48 hours. Abbrederis is the leading receiver for the 25th-ranked Badgers, with 35 catches in his senior year for 646 yards and five touchdowns. The injury may have happened on Wisconsin's second offensive play, when Abbrederis caught a pass and was hit helmet-to-helmet by Wildcats' safety Traevon Henry. Quarterback Joel Stave said it's possible the receiver was hurt on that play, but the team's medical staff could not say for sure. Abbrederis stayed in the Badgers' lineup for the next four possessions, and he caught a 63-yard touchdown pass during that stretch in which he was wide open. The Badger bench got concerned on the team's next possession, after Abbrederis bobbled an easy catch that caused an interception.
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team is ranked second in the NCAA's Division I. The Badgers moved up one spot in today's U.S. College Hockey Online poll, after sweeping Northern Michigan this past weekend in Madison. It was the first time in nine years that Mike Eaves' Badgers swept their season-opening series. Miami-of-Ohio moved up to the No. 1 spot. Minnesota is now at No. 3. Last week's top team, Massachusetts-Lowell, fell to ninth after splitting its opening series. On the women's side, Wisconsin is now in sole possession of fourth in the College Online rankings. The Badgers were tied for fourth a week ago. They held steady despite losing a pair at top-ranked Minnesota, 2-1 and 2-0. The Gophers have now won 53 straight games.
University of Wisconsin men's basketball forward Frank Kaminsky is out for an indefinite period, after he suffered what the team calls a "minor muscle injury." It happened last week at practice. Kaminsky was wearing a protective boot on his left foot yesterday during the first practice that was open to reporters. Redshirt junior point guard Josh Gasser showed solid moves, after sitting out all of last season with a torn knee. He wore a knee brace for much of the day -- but he took it off for shooting drills near the end of the practice session.
The Milwaukee Bucks are getting ready to play at Memphis tomorrow night. The Bucks are 0-3 in their seven-game exhibition schedule, after they were out-scored 33-9 in the fourth quarter on Saturday night and lost to Charlotte at home, 83-76. Bucks' coach Larry Drew says he finds 18-year-old rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo "intriguing." Milwaukee's first-round draft choice from Greece had five rebounds, two points, and two assists in about 15 minutes of action against the Bobcats. Drew says Antetokounmpo shows "remarkable poise," and he's done a good job of blocking shots and hitting three-pointers so far. The coach also says Antetokounmpo is a quote, "willing passer," and that makes him even more intriguing. During the pre-season, Drew says he'd rather have his rookie play through his mistakes than linger on the bench. Antetokounmpo reported having a sore knee on Saturday, but he turned out okay. Bucks' guard Gary Neal sat out with a sore foot. Four other Bucks have ongoing injuries -- Ekpe Udoh, Carlos Delfino, Zaza Pachulia, and Ersan Ilyasova. Udoh is expected to be out at last six weeks after having knee surgery last week.
Steve Stricker of Madison remains at No. 7 in the new World Golf Rankings released this morning. Jerry Kelly of Madison dropped six places to 195th, after he placed 57th at the Frys.com Open. Kelly was the only Wisconsin golfer in what was the newly-aligned inaugural event of the 2014 PGA season. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson dropped four spots to 144th in the new World Rankings. Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, and Phil Mickelson remain in the one-two-and-three spots.
Kenosha native Carly Werwie has advanced to the final stage of the LPGA Tour's qualifying. She tied for 71st at a recent Stage-Two qualifier in Venice Florida, shooting a five-over-par 293 for 72 holes. Werwie was tied for 99th going into her final round, but she shot a 71 and moved up 28 spots to make the qualifying finals. They'll take place December 4-8 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Jessie Geary of Merrimac failed to advance from her second stage, after shooting 10-over. Jessica Hauser of Hartland shot 29-over at Venice. Both she and Geary can play on next year's Symetra women's tour.
The Marquette University volleyball team lost its first Big East match of the season, three-sets-to-none at Creighton Sunday. The Golden Eagles fell to 3-1 in conference play, and 11-5 overall. Creighton, the pre-season favorite of the reorganized league, is also 3-1 in the circuit and 12-4 overall. Michelle Sicner recorded her second straight triple-double for the Blue Jays with 33 assists, 12 kills, and 15 digs. Redshirt freshman Meghan Niemann led Marquette with 12 kills.
Mequon Homestead remains at No. 1 among the large schools in this week's AP state high school football poll. Homestead and second-place Kimberly are both 8-0. Hartland Arrowhead is third at 7-1. Unbeaten Sun Prairie is fourth. All four teams kept their same rankings from a week ago. Meanwhile, there's a new leader for the medium-sized schools. Waupaca moved from second place to first, and Walworth Big Foot moved up one spot to second. West De Pere, which had led for the entire season, dropped to third at 7-1. Waukesha Catholic Memorial is fourth. Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs is still the leader among the small schools followed by Lancaster, Shiocton, and Stanley-Boyd.
Hartland Arrowhead has a nine-stroke lead going into today's second-and-final round of the girls' state high school golf tournament. The Warhawks had the second-best single-day score in Division-One history yesterday, at 314 at University Ridge in Madison. Middleton is second at 323, and Verona is third at 10 strokes back. Two-time defending champion Mequon Homestead is 12th-and-last at 388. Today, Arrowhead could challenge the Division 1 state record of 630 set in 2008 by Green Bay Notre Dame. Defending individual champion Jessica Reinecke of Verona has a three-stroke lead at 69. Loren Skibba of Middleton is second. In Division 2, Madison Edgewood has a 20-stroke lead over Fox Valley Lutheran. Edgewood is at 332 at the halfway point, going for its third straight team title. Racine Prairie is third at 372. Caroline Lake of Edgewood has the individual lead at 73. Her teammate Tess Hackworthy is two strokes back in second.
Edgewood College is the leader at the halfway point of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference men's golf tournament. Edgewood shot a 35-over-par 611 in two rounds at the Whistling Straits Irish Course near Sheboygan. The Milwaukee School of Engineering is in second place, 28 strokes back. Lakeland is third. The final two rounds will be played next April in Aurora, Illinois, a few weeks before the NCAA Division III tournament in which the Northern Athletics winner gets an automatic berth. Patrick Cahill and Kenny Rucker, both of Edgewood, will carry over a six-stroke lead. Both are at four-under-148.
Victoria Powelson of Lakeland College in Sheboygan has been named the women's tennis player-of-the-year in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Powelson, a sophomore, went 10-1 in conference singles' play this season. She was also 12-1 on the No. 1 doubles' squad. Casey Carr of Lakeland was named the league's coach-of-the-year, after his Muskies jumped from eighth place in 2012 to a tie for second in the NACC this season. Megan Hickey of Dominican is the year's top freshman. Lynn Pipke and Brittany Jurek of Lakeland joined their teammate Powelson on the all-conference singles' team. Others named were Morgan Wilson, Ellie Wilkie, and Anna Miles of Madison Edgewood -- Kendall Bonnin of Wisconsin Lutheran, Ann Goyke of Marian, and Marlena Trier of the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Lakeland's Powelson and Pipke were also named to the all-NACC doubles' squad along with Miles and Laura Olsen of Edgewood, Wilson and Brooke McBain of Edgewood, and Ashley Knoll and Kristine Weber of Concordia-Mequon.
Lamont Williams of Carroll University in Waukesha is the offensive football player-of-the-week in the Midwest Conference. Williams, a junior running back, rushed for four first-half touchdowns in Carroll's 48-14 rout of Lawrence. Williams ended up with 216 yards on 19 carries. Matt Petersilka of Saint Norbert is the Midwest defensive player-of-the-week. Petersilka, a junior linebacker, had a sack, two tackles for losses, and a team-high 11 total tackles in Saint Norbert's 20-17 win over Cornell. C.J. Shields of Monmouth received the weekly honors for special teams. Also, the Midwest Conference named Katie Vanden Avond of Saint Norbert the women's soccer player-of-the-week for the third time in five weeks. The junior scored a hat trick in Saint Norbert's 6-0 win over Knox College.