WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Three Packers up for NFL awards
The Packers have reportedly signed fullback Ina Liaina as a street free-agent. His representative tweets that Liaina signed a two-year deal with the Pack. He played his college ball at San Jose State. The Miami Dolphins signed him last May and cut him a month later. Liaina was out of football for the rest of last season._____________________
Former Green Bay Packer Brady Poppinga will be the analyst on the Spanish telecast for Sunday's Super Bowl. Fox Deportes will televise the Denver-Seattle NFL championship battle. It's the first time the Super Bowl will have a live U.S. telecast in Spanish. The 34-year-old Poppinga learned to speak Spanish during a two-year Mormon mission in Uruguay. He played for the Packers as a linebacker from 2005-through-2010, after Green Bay drafted him in the fourth-round out of BYU. Poppinga also played for Saint Louis in 2011, and four games for Dallas in 2012._____________________
There's a full schedule of men's-and-women's basketball double-headers tonight in the Midwest Conference. Saint Norbert plays at Lake Forest. Ripon College is at home against Beloit. Carroll hosts Lawrence in Waukesha. Grinnell plays at Monmouth. And Knox travels to Cornell. Illinois College is off. Saint Norbert is running away in the men's standings. The eighth-ranked Green Knights are 11-and-0 in league play, four games up on Ripon and Grinnell. The Saint Norbert women are tied with Grinnell for first at 9-2. Monmouth and Illinois College are next at 8-3. There's also men action tonight in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Wisconsin Lutheran plays at Marian of Fond du Lac, and Concordia-Wisconsin is at home in Mequon against Lakeland. The U-W Superior women host Northland College.
Leah Eisner of Lakeland College in Plymouth is the women's basketball player-of-the-week in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Eisner, a senior center, scored a career-high 27 points in 19 minutes in a win over Rockford. And she had 15 points and 11 rebounds in a Lakeland victory over Wisconsin Lutheran. Tim McGinty of Benedictine is the men's NACC player-of-the-week. The conference also recognized Paul Domann of Madison Edgewood in men's indoor track. Domann, a senior, broke the Edgewood school record in the 600-meters with a time of 1:26.25.______________________
The Milwaukee Bucks dropped to 1-12 this month, after getting crushed at home last night by the Los Angeles Clippers 114-86. It was the third time in five games that the Bucks got blown out by 25 points or more. They were down by as many as 39 in this one. Coach Larry Drew had only three big men at his disposal, as center Ekpe Udoh sat out with a sprained ankle -- and center Larry Sanders was ill, along with guard O.J. Mayo. The surviving Bucks shot just 38-percent, but Drew said the team's energy appeared to be better than in Saturday night's home loss to Atlanta. The Bucks managed to hang around for about 15 minutes before the Clippers took control midway through the second quarter. LA had a 28-7 run in the final 8:19 of the first half. They led by 23 at the break and cruised from there. Jamal Crawford scored 25 points in 24 minutes, as the Clippers ended a 5-2 road trip with three straight victories. Blake Griffin added 20 points, and former Buck J.J. Redick added 14. Ersan Ilyasova led Milwaukee with 16 points. Khris Middleton added 14, and Bucks' rookie Miroslav Raduljica had a career-high 11 points and six rebounds. Milwaukee dropped to 1-14 against Western Conference opponents this season, and they've now lost 11 straight against the West at home. The Bucks will host Phoenix tomorrow night._______________________
Most Wisconsin high school basketball games scheduled for last night were postponed due to the latest cold wave. Wis-Sports-Dot-Net had scores for only four boys' games and four girls' contests -- all near the east edge of Wisconsin between Algoma and Port Washington. Thirty-five boys' games had been scheduled, along with 35 for the girls. They'll all be postponed into February. The vast majority of Wisconsin schools were closed for both yesterday and today, due to dangerous wind-chill factors plunging into the minus-40's-and-50's. A lot of games have already been moved into February due to a major cold snap earlier this month -- and dozens more will certainly be re-scheduled tonight. At 112 boys' prep basketball games were on the docket for this evening -- along with 108 girls' contests. Also, several boys' and girls' high school hockey games were postponed last evening._________________________
Brookfield Central is No. 1 for the second straight week in the AP Division-One boys' state high school basketball poll. Central, at 14-0, moved into the top spot after ending Germantown's 69-game winning streak almost two weeks ago. Germantown remains second in the new poll at 15-1. Neenah is third, and Milwaukee Rufus King fourth. Mount Horeb is still the Division 2 leader, followed by Seymour and Ashwaubenon. Lodi continues to lead Division 3, with Manitowoc Roncalli second and Edgerton third. Whitefish Bay Dominican is still atop Division 4, with Mineral Point and Oshkosh Lourdes in the two-and-three spots. Green Bay Northeast Wisconsin Lutheran remains the Division 5 leader, with Cassville second and Burlington Catholic Central third.__________________________
In the AP girls' poll, Kimberly remains the Division 1 leader. Sheboygan North is second followed by Hartland Arrowhead and Oak Creek. Green Bay Notre Dame still leads Division 2, with Pewaukee second and Onalaska third. Neillsville remains the Division 3 leader, followed by Brodhead and Kettle Moraine Lutheran. Racine Prairie still rules the roost in Division 4, with Algoma at Number-two and Colfax third. And in Division 5, Barneveld is still on top, followed by Wisconsin Rapids Assumption and Milwaukee Heritage Christian.__________________________
Undefeated UW-Stevens Point remains at No. 1 in the new men's college basketball Division-Three poll from D3hoops.com. The Pointers, at 18-0, are one of just three unbeaten teams in this week's Top-25. The others are second-ranked Cabrini and Number-13 New York-Purchase. Saint Norbert of De Pere moved into the Top-10, up three spots to No. 8. UW-Whitewater dropped to 10th after losing to La Crosse six nights ago. Carthage of Kenosha also received votes. In the D3hoops.com women's poll, Carthage moved into the Top-10, up two places from a week ago to Number-10. The Lady Reds are 16-2. Whitewater moved up two spots to 12th. Oshkosh remains 15th. Stevens Point fell out of the Top-25 after being 24th a week ago. The Pointers still received votes. Unbeaten DePauw remains the women's No. 1.__________________________
The Milwaukee Brewers have signed veteran utility player Pete Orr to a minor-league contract. He spent most of last season with Philadelphia's Triple-"A" team at Lehigh Valley. Orr played 15 games with the Phils in 2013, batting .200 in 20 at-bats with no homers and no RBI's. The 34-year-old Orr is an eight-year big league veteran with the Phillies, Washington, and Atlanta. He's a .257 career hitter with a .289 on-base percentage. Orr has played mostly at second base -- but he can also play the outfield, short, and third base where he could be a backup to Aramis Ramirez.