WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: UW's Borland says he's ready for BYU
MADISON - University of Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland says he's almost 100-percent, after he injured a hamstring two-and-a-half weeks ago.
The fifth-year senior said he could hardly walk a week ago -- but now, he's virtually ready to play. He expects to be in the lineup on Saturday when the Badgers host BYU in a non-conference tilt. Borland leads the 21st-ranked Badgers in solo tackles with 53, and total tackles with 57. Meanwhile, coach Gary Andersen says he needs more time to decide the fate of several other injured players. Receiver Jared Abbrederis suffered a chest injury in last Saturday's win over Iowa. The other three players hurt against Iowa all had ankle problems -- linebacker Conor O'Neill, center Dallas Lewallen, and tight end Brian Wozniak. Saturday's game against BYU will kick-off at 2:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.
Milwaukee Bucks' backup forward Ekpe Udoh practiced yesterday for the first time since he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee October 11th. He says it's possible he can return to action tomorrow night, when the Bucks host Cleveland. The 6-10 Udoh said conditioning is the most important aspect -- and once he catches up with the new plays from coach Larry Drew, he'll return to a full level of aggressiveness. Bucks' power forward Ersan Ilyasova missed practice yesterday with an ankle injury. Center Larry Sanders was away because his wife was going into labor with a child. Point guards Brandon Knight and Luke Ridnour were both limited at practice, and did not take part in full contact drills. Knight continues to nurse a strained right hamstring. Ridnour has back problems.
Milwaukee Bucks' center Zaza Pachulia has been given a warning by the NBA for violating the league's rule against flopping. Pachulia dropped backward to the floor to draw an offensive foul by Boston's Jared Sullinger in last Friday's Milwaukee victory. Sullinger bumped into Pachulia while heading down-court. The first flopping call is a warning. The next one gets a five-thousand dollar fine. The Bucks are 1-and-2 in their young season. They'll host the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow night.
Division II Winona State pounded UW-Stout 83-56 last night in a men's basketball exhibition game in Winona, Minnesota. The home team started the game on a 17-6 run, and was up by 18 at the half. Riley Bambenek led Winona with 17 points. Jimmy Whitehead had 16 for Stout, which shot 34-percent from the floor to 59-percent for Winona State.
The Milwaukee Brewers claimed utility player Elian Herrera off waivers yesterday from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 28-year-old Herrera is expected to provide depth to the Brewer infield. He batted .251 in 71 games over the past two years -- mainly in 2012. Herrera had one homer and 17 RBI's in 71 games over that period. He's a switch hitter who has played second base, short, third, and all three outfield spots. Milwaukee now has 36 players on its 40-man roster. The team recently re-instated Ryan Braun after his 65-game season-ending drug suspension. The Brewers did not make a $14.1 million qualifying offer for first baseman Corey Hart, who becomes a free agent after having surgery on both his knees earlier this year. It's possible the 31-year-old Hart can still re-up with Milwaukee, depending on his health.
Two players who spent time with the Milwaukee Brewers are part of 12 men included on a list of Baseball Hall-of-Fame candidates to be voted on by the Expansion Era Veterans Committee. The list includes Ted Simmons, who played five of his 21 seasons with the Crew -- including the 1982 World Series' team. 19-year veteran Dave Parker is also on the ballot. He played one season in Milwaukee in 1990. Tommy John and Steve Garvey are among the other players on the ballot, including former New York Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner, ex-Yankees skipper Billy Martin, and former players' union director Marvin Miller. Sixteen members of the veterans committee will vote December 9th. Inductees need at least 75-percent of all votes.
UW-Milwaukee junior Kelly Lewers has been named the Horizon League Women's Soccer Player-of-the-Year, and the Offensive Player-of-the-Year. The award was presented yesterday, on the eve of the conference tournament. Lewers scored a league-high eight goals in 17 matches in the regular season. Her 20 points ranked her third in the conference. Lewers also had three game-winning goals. She was also one of three Milwaukee players on the all-conference first team. The others were Kelsey Holbert and Krissy Dorre. Hannah Kernen of UW-Green Bay also made the all-Horizon first team. Amy Kauffing and Sara Stern of UWM made the all-league second team. The all-freshman team includes Kelly Manski, Paige Lincicum, and Alleina Szydlowski, all of Milwaukee -- and Katie Schulz of Green Bay. Milwaukee, the regular season champion, has a first-round bye to the conference tournament semi-finals on Friday.
UW-Whitewater has the top seed in the WIAC women's soccer tournament that begins today. The Warhawks have a first-round bye, along with second-seeded Oshkosh. No. 4 Eau Claire hosts fifth-seeded Platteville in a first-round contest this afternoon. Tonight, third-seeded Stout is at home against No. 6 La Crosse. Tonight's winners will advance to the semi-finals on Thursday night. The title match is set for Saturday.
Edgewood will play at top-seeded Dominican tonight in the semi-finals of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference men's soccer tourney. Edgewood, with the No. 6 seed, surprised third-seeded Aurora on Sunday by winning an 8-7 shootout. This afternoon, fourth-seeded Concordia Mequon is at No. 2 Dominican. Today's winners will play each other on Saturday for the tournament crown.
Katie Gillman of UW-Eau Claire has been named the WIAC Women's Tennis Player-of-the-Year. The league's coaches selected Gillman, after she finished second in both the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles categories at her recent conference tournament. She went 13-3 overall in singles this fall, and 15-4 in doubles.
Luke Barthelmess of Lawrence University in Appleton has been named the offensive player-of-the-week in the Midwest Conference. Barthelmess, a senior quarterback, passed for a season-high 337 yards and ran for a season-high 131 yards in Lawrence’s loss to Grinnell. Barthelmess made three touchdown passes, bringing his career total to 57 – just short of breaking the Lawrence record of 59 set by Jim Petran. Grinnell linebacker David Ternes is the Midwest defensive player-of-the-week. Joey Kropp of Lake Forest received the honors on special teams. Also, Sidney Blodgett of Ripon College has again been named the Midwest women’s soccer defensive performer-of-the-week. The sophomore goal-keeper gave up two goals in 180 minutes of two matches last week.
David Gonzalez of Concordia-Wisconsin is the special teams player-of-the-week in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Gonzalez, a junior kicker, went 7-for-7 in extra points and kicked a pair of field goals in the Mequon school's 48-27 victory at Concordia-Chicago. Alex Davis and Artie Monaco, both of Benedictine, received the league's weekly honors on offense-and-defense. Also, Sara Travia of the Milwaukee School of Engineering is the NACC women's soccer player-of-the-week. She scored a hat trick in a 4-3 win over Concordia-Wisconsin in the first round of the league tournament last Sunday. Chad Stivers of Edgewood is the men's soccer player-of-the-week.