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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Packers open playoffs vs. 49ers

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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Packers open playoffs vs. 49ers
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GREEN BAY - Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will play host to the San Francisco 49ers today at Lambeau Field. The biggest story in this game will be the weather, with wind chills and the mercury well below zero.

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The other story is the same old music all season long… injuries. While the offense will be bolstered with Rodgers starting (collarbone), the defense will have to play without linebacker Clay Matthews (broken thumb). Because of the cold temperatures, fans at the game will be treated to free coffee and hot chocolate at the concession stands. Packers and 49ers get underway 3:40 this afternoon.

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Things have gone from bad to worse for the Milwaukee Bucks. Following last night’s 116-100 home loss to the Phoenix Suns last night, teammates Larry Sanders and Gary Neal got into a very heated and face-to-face argument in the locker room. When asked about the squabble, Sanders would not comment and added “I had a bad game.” The center scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds. He also turned the ball over three times, contributing to 25 Milwaukee turnovers… a new season-high.

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Marquette University’s men’s basketball team grabbed its first Big East win of the season, defeating DePaul 66-56 at the Bradley Center yesterday afternoon. Davante Gardner led the Golden Eagles with 28 points and six rebounds. Marquette dominated the free throws, making 23 of 31. DePaul was held to just four free throw attempts. The Golden Eagles also held the Blue Demons leading scorer, Brandon Young, scoreless (he went 0 for 9).

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The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team swept a weekend series with St. Cloud State in a 4-0 win in St. Cloud, Minn. yesterday. Freshman goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens pitched her third shutout of the season. With the shutout, the Badgers now lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing just under one goal per game (.95). Badgers are back home next weekend to face fourth-ranked North Dakota in a two-game series.

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The No. 13 ranked University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team salvaged a home series split with Alaska-Anchorage, beating the Seawolves 4-3 in front of over 10,000 fans at the Kohl Center.  The Badgers, 11-6-1 overall, led UAA 2-1 after the first period but the Seawolves’s Matt Bailey scored twice in the second period to put his team in front 3-2. UW responded with a goal from Eddie Wittchow to tie the score at 3-3 after two periods and then the game-winning goal by Jake McCabe. Winning goalie Joel Rumpel made 26 saves as UW won despite being outshot 29-24. This was Wisconsin’s final non-conference series of the regular season. They play the rest of their Big Ten schedule until the end starting with Michigan next weekend in Madison. UAA is 9-9-2 overall.

SCOREBOARD

MENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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DIVISION I

Marquette 66, DePaul 56

Green Bay 85, Youngstown State 69

Cleveland State 77, Milwaukee 49

DIVISION III

(1) UW-Stevens Point 74, UW-La Crosse 61

(12) UW-Whitewater 70, UW-River Falls 41

(13) Augustana 82, Carthage 74

(14) St. Norbert 81, Lawrence 68

Ripon 126, Grinnell 99

Concordia-Chicago 79, Milwaukee School of Engineering 74

Dominican 74, Wisconsin Lutheran71

Concordia-Wisconsin 93, Rockford 91

Marian 82, Benedictine 74

Lakeland 86, Aurora 81

UW-Platteville 77, UW-Superior 73

UW-Stout 56, UW-Eau Claire 45

Hope College 68, Madison Edgewood 64

WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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DIVISION I

Marquette 82, Georgetown 80

DIVISION III

(8) UW-Whitewater 73, UW-River Falls 62

(16) Carthage 88, Augustana 52

(22) UW-Stevens Point 64, UW-La Crosse 34

UW-Superior 61, UW-Platteville 47

Grace Bible 62, Mount Mary 55

Ripon 79, Grinnell 65

UW-Eau Claire 73, UW-Stout 57

St. Norbert 76, Lawrence 30

Concordia-Wisconsin 69, Rockford 56

Wisconsin Lutheran 72, Dominican 45

Milwaukee School of Engineering 91, Concordia-Chicago 62

Benedictine 74, Marian 60

Aurora 70, Lakeland 53

Edgewood 66, Alverno 56

NBA

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Phoenix 116, Milwaukee 100

COLLEGE HOCKEY

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MENS

(13) Wisconsin 4, Alaska-Anchorage 3

WOMEN

(2) Wisconsin 4, St. Cloud State 0

AHL

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Lake Erie 6, Milwaukee 1

HOCKEY – BOYS

Antigo 4, Somerset 4 (OT)

Bay Port/Pulaski 3, Ashwaubenon 2

Brookfield 4, Kenosha 2

Cedarburg 4, Homestead 2

Eau Claire Memorial 6, Superior 4

Fox Cities 3, Beaver Dam 0

Hudson 3, Red Wing (Minn.) 0

Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago 5, Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs 2

Lakeland 4, Chequamegon/Phillips 0

Madison Memorial 6, Wisconsin Dells/Reedsburg 6 (OT)

Madison West 3, Middleton 2

Milwaukee Marquette 3, Sun Prairie 3 (OT)

New Richmond 5, St. Paul Johnson (Minn.) 2

Green Bay Notre Dame 14, Sheboygan 0

Sauk Prairie 2, La Crosse Aquinas 1

University School of Milwaukee 4, Madison Edgewood 3 (OT)

Verona 4, Appleton United 2

Waukesha 8, Beloit Memorial 3

Waupun 8, Baldwin-Woodville 2

Burnett County Blizzard 5, St. Paul Highland Park (Minn.) 1

HOCKEY – GIRLS

Appleton United 2, Icebergs 1

Lake Geneva Badger 7, Hartland Arrowhead 0

Bay Area 2, USM 1

Eau Claire North/Eau Claire Memorial/Altoona 9, Viroqua 0

Fond du Lac 2, Brookfield Central 1

Fox Cities 14, Beaver Dam 0

Hayward/Spooner 3, Onalaska 2

St. Croix Valley Fusion 6, New Richmond 0

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