WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Packers still gathering info on Matthews's broken thumb
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says he's still getting information about Clay Matthews' reported broken thumb in yesterday's win over Detroit.
The coach told reporters today that Matthews has a medical appointment, and there's nothing to announce yet. McCarthy said he hoped it's not a season-ending injury, but he'll have to get a number of opinions before he could make a conclusion. The coach said all thumb injuries are different -- and while Matthews might be able to play with a protective club, it's not known yet. The Packers evened their record to 2-2, and will play at Baltimore on Sunday.
Former Packers' quarterback Matt Flynn was released today by the Oakland Raiders. It was not official as of early afternoon. Sports Illustrated had the first word, and the San Francisco Chronicle confirmed the release. Flynn is a free agent, after he struggled in his only start with the Raiders this year. He filled in for an injured Terrelle Pryor just over a week ago. Flynn was sacked seven times and lost two fumbles, while throwing for 227 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Flynn threw six touchdown passes for the Packers against Detroit in the final regular season game in 2011. The following spring, he joined Seattle as a free-agent -- where he lost out on the starting job to rookie and former Badgers' quarterback Russell Wilson. This past off-season, Flynn was traded to Oakland for a fifth-round draft pick next year and a conditional 2015 pick. He was guaranteed six-and-a-half million dollars this year, and the Raiders reportedly took a salary cap hit of two-point-six million by releasing him.
The Detroit Lions are investigating a report that center Dominic Raiola verbally abused members of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band on the field at yesterday's Packer victory in Green Bay. UW band member Zach York complained on Facebook that Raiola questioned his sexuality while he was marching down the field to play the national anthem. He continued, quote -- "After I refused to give him the satisfaction of turning to look at him, he switched targets to a trombone player, ranting at him, calling him overweight, and saying he can't play a real sport." York also said Raiola yelled a profanity to a female band member at halftime. Another report said Raiola called the UW tuba players fat -- and his teammate Louis Delmas apologized to the band and said he enjoyed their performance. The UW is not commenting. Lions coach Jim Schwartz promised that the matter would be addressed. Dominic Raiola is the brother of Donovan Raiola, who played for the Badger football team a decade ago.
The Milwaukee Brewers have nominated Carlos Gomez as their candidate for the Hank Aaron Award, which honors the top offensive performers in each league. Fans can vote for the winner at MLB.com, and a panel of Hall-of-Famers will be part of the selection process. The voting continues through Thursday, and the winners will be announced during the World Series. The Aaron awards have been given out since 1999. Miguel Cabrera of Detroit and Buster Posey of San Francisco won them a year ago. Gomez, the Brewers' nominee, had career-highs this year 24 homers, 40 stolen bases, 10 triples, 27 doubles, and 73 RBI's to go with a .284 batting average. The speedy center-fielder was named to his first All-Star Game.
Steve Stricker of Madison remains at No. 7 in the new World Golf Rankings. That’s after he won three-of-his-five matches during the weekend at the President’s Cup. Stricker helped the U.S. retain the cup for the fifth straight time, as a team of 12 Americans defeated the International squad by three points. Stricker has made the most of his limited schedule this year, rising 11 places from where he began the year at Number-18. Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, and Phil Mickelson remain one-two-and-three in the new World Rankings.
University of Wisconsin offensive line coach T.J. Woods is still up-in-the-air about who will play where on Saturday, when the Badgers host Northwestern. Center Dallas Lewallen is expected to return, after he injured a leg against Purdue more than two weeks ago. Woods says he has yet to decide whether to return Lewallen to the center spot -- or put him at left guard, where he began in August, and have Dan Voltz be the starting center. That would also cause a ripple effect at the tackle positions. Woods says it all hinges on healthy Lewallen is during practice this week. The Badgers are 1-1 in the Big Ten and 3-2 overall. They'll play a Northwestern squad that's ranked 19th with an overall mark of 4-1. The Wildcats lost their Big Ten opener at home to Ohio State on Saturday.
Gary Rosenberger, who played on the Marquette University national championship basketball team in 1977, died this morning. The family said the 57-year-old Rosenberger died from complications of a heart attack and stroke he suffered last Tuesday. He graduated from Milwaukee Marquette High School, and he lettered for the former MU Warriors from 1975-through-'78. Rosenberger was a guard. The NBA's Milwaukee Bucks drafted him in the ninth round in 1978. Marquette said Rosenberger's contributions to his school continued well after he graduated and quote, "It's always tough to lose a former player -- especially one who has passed away well before his time."
The Marquette University women's soccer team remains unbeaten in the new Big East, after shutting out Xavier 3-0 yesterday in Cincinnati. Mary Luba, Katie Hishmeh, and Shalese Miller scored for the Golden Eagles, who are now 4-0 in the conference and 11-3 overall. Marquette out-shot Xavier 20-2. The University of Wisconsin women's soccer team improved to 3-1-1 in Big Ten play, after getting by Ohio State at home yesterday, 1-0 in overtime. Nikki Greenhalgh scored the game-winner in the 97th minute, as the Badgers improved to 8-2-2 overall. Ohio State fell to 1-2-1 in the conference, and 7-3-2 overall.