WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Rodgers doubtful for Thanksgiving game
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers' coach Mike McCarthy says Aaron Rodgers' chances of playing at Detroit on Thursday are "slim and none."
The coach said a progress report shows that Rodgers is not ready to return from the broken collarbone he suffered November fourth against Chicago. McCarthy said Rodgers has not hit all of his rehab targets -- and he refused to say whether Matt Flynn or Scott Tolzien would start against the Lions. The coach said he wanted both players to be ready in what will be a crucial game in the NFC North Division race. At 5-5-1, and Packers are a half-game behind co-division leaders Detroit and Chicago, both at 6-5. Meanwhile, there's a chance that some of the Packers' injured players could play against the Lions. The team said corner Sam Shields would have practiced on a limited basis had the team held a workout yesterday -- and same was true for linebacker Nick Perry, defensive end Johnny Jolly, and right tackle Don Barclay.
The No. 25 ranked Marquette University men's basketball team lost at Arizona State last night, 79-77. The Golden Eagles came back from a 15-point first half deficit to take a one-point lead with 11 minutes left. Marquette was down by one with 23-point-two seconds to go, but failed to score twice down the stretch. The Eagles' Derrick Wilson drove to the basket before his shot was blocked by Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski as the clock ran out. Bachynski had seven blocked shots on the night. Jahii Carson scored 23 for ASU, which is 6-0 for the first time since 1980. Davante Gardner had 18 points and 12 rebounds for 25th-ranked Marquette, which dropped to 3-2. Jake Thomas had 16 points, including five three-pointers, in a breakout game for the Eagles. The game was part of DirecTV Wooden Legacy Tournament. Marquette's next game in the tourney is on Thanksgiving at Cal State-Fullerton.
The Milwaukee Bucks have lost nine straight games for the first time in almost 16 years, after getting crushed at Detroit last night 113-94. The Pistons scored 21 straight points in the first quarter, when ex-Buck Brandon Jennings made a trio of three-pointers. That gave Detroit a 38-14 lead, and it went downhill from there. The Pistons led by as many as 34, as the Bucks are now at 2-11 after a 2-2 start. Coach Larry Drew met privately with the players for about 15 minutes afterward. He said the team is still searching for an identity -- and until then, he doesn't want the players feeling sorry for themselves. The Bucks committed 20 turnovers, and the Pistons scored 26 points off those mistakes. Detroit committed just 10 turnovers. Jennings ended up with 15 points and 13 assists. Rodney Stuckey scored 17 off the bench, and ex-Buck Charlie Villanueva had 12, as Detroit improved to 6-8. John Henson had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Bucks, which will host Washington tomorrow night.
University of Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen admits he doesn't know all the formulas -- but he believes the Badgers could get a BCS at-large bowl berth if they beat Penn State on Saturday. The Badgers are 9-2 overall going into their final regular season game -- which will be Senior Day at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin has won its last six games by an average of almost 24 points, following their seven-point loss at Ohio State. Linebacker Chris Borland said Wisconsin's body-of-work speaks for itself -- and the team is playing very well in all phases of the game.
In the NBA... Detroit 113, Milwaukee 94
In men's college basketball... Arizona State 79, Marquette 77 UW-La Crosse 68, Viterbo 59 UW-Stout 88, Luther 83 (OT) UW-Superior 86, Saint Scholastica 72
In women's college basketball... Milwaukee School of Engineering 104, Mount Mary 49 UW-Superior 74, Saint Scholastica 63
In boys' high school hockey... Madison Edgewood 4, Fond du Lac 1 Onalaska 12, Black River Falls 2