WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Rodgers officially out for next game
GREEN BAY - It's official. Aaron Rodgers has been declared "out" for Sunday's home Packer game against the Atlanta Falcons in Green Bay. That means Matt Flynn will start at quarterback for the second game in a row.
Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy all but announced the decision on Wednesday, when he said Rodgers would not have another scan of his broken collarbone this week to see if he's ready. Tuesday's scan showed that he's not. McCarthy said Rodgers is frustrated after missing almost all of five games. Also, center Evan Dietrich-Smith is questionable with an ankle injury suffered at practice on Wednesday. The coach said Dietrich-Smith would undergo more tests tomorrow. For now, he has a 50-50 chance of playing. Defensive end C-J Wilson is still out. Offensive tackle David Bahktiari is listed as probable after coming down with an illness yesterday. Also probable are nose tackle Ryan Pickett, tight end Brandon Bostick, and linebackers Mike Neal, Nick Perry, and Jamari Lattimore. The Packers are 5-6-1 with a slim chance at the playoffs. Atlanta is 3-9.
The Milwaukee Bucks could do the Washington Wizards a real favor tonight, when the two teams meet in the nation’s capital. If the Bucks lose, the Wizards would go above .500 for the first time since 2009. Washington won two of its first three games that season. They haven’t seen .500 since then, going 105-222. The Wizards have won seven-of-their-last-nine, after starting the year at 2-7. The Bucks are 3-15. They’ve already fallen once to the Wizards this season. That was on Thanksgiving Eve, when Milwaukee lost a 100-92 overtime game in front of its home crowd. Marcin Gortat scored 25 points that night for the Wizards, who are still without their leading scorer Bradley Beal who’s getting over a leg injury. He has missed five games, and he’s expected to sit out for another week. Trevor Ariza has stepped up in Beal’s place. He had 24 points in a win over Orlando on Monday night. That was Washington’s fifth straight home victory, giving the Wizards a 9-9 overall mark.
The NBA's youngest player turned 19 today. That's Milwaukee Bucks' rookie forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. (yah-niss an-teh-toe-koom'-po). He's getting more playing time than expected due to a rash of injuries. That's the part he likes. What he doesn't like is that his family is back home in his native Greece -- although efforts are being made to bring his mother, father, and two younger brothers to America. Antetokounmpo says he's a little sad but quote, "What can I do?" He said the first month away from home was very hard for him -- and he tries calling them every day. Meanwhile, he says he's excited about the extra playing time he's getting. Antetokounmpo played almost 30 minutes in two of the Bucks' last three games. He had six points, six rebounds, four assists, and three blocked shots in Wednesday night's Milwaukee home loss to Detroit.