WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Abbrederis will play Saturday night at Illinois
Wisconsin will have its leading receiver on the field on Saturday night at Illinois. Senior Jared Abbrederis went through a full practice yesterday -- but he was not allowed to have contact as he recovers from a head injury suffered last Saturday against Northwestern. Abbrederis took a helmet-to-helmet hit on Wisconsin's first possession -- and he scored on a 59-yard touchdown pass before leaving the game late in the first quarter. Yesterday, Abbrederis could not determine if a single play caused his head injury. He said he didn't feel anything after the early helmet-to-helmet hit -- and it could have been a couple of plays that caused the problem. Receivers' coach Chris Beatty said Abbrederis could have returned in the second half -- but he was hardly needed, as the Badgers routed the Wildcats 35-6. Abbrederis said it would take a lot to keep him on the sidelines against Illinois. He's second in the Big Ten with just under 108 receiving yards per game. The 25th-ranked Badgers are now 2-1 in the league and 4-2 overall. They'll play an Illinois team that's 0-1 in the conference, and 3-2 overall.
Jake Kumerow of U-W Whitewater and Lamont Williams of Carroll in Waukesha made the national Division-Three Team-of-the-Week from D-Three-Football-Dot-Com. Kumerow, a junior receiver, caught 11 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns in Whitewater's 55-to-13 win over U-W Stout last Saturday. Williams, a junior running back, rushed for 216 yards and four touchdowns in Carroll's 48-14 rout of Lawrence. Williams did his damage in just 19 carries.
The Milwaukee Bucks lost a tight exhibition game at Memphis last night, 102-99. The Bucks were up by two with 58-point-four seconds left when Mike Conley and Marc Gasol were called back from the Grizzlies bench. Each pulled off a three-point play in the final minute, as the Bucks failed to hang on. They dropped to 0-and-4 in the pre-season. Point guard Brandon Knight led Milwaukee with 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists. O-J Mayo added 14 points, and Luke Ridnour scored 13. John Henson had a team-high 12 rebounds. Quincy Pondexter led Memphis with 24 points. Gasol had 18 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Former Bucks-and-Badgers' forward Jon Leuer had eight points and six boards. Bucks' center Larry Sanders showed his temper again, as he picked up a technical foul in the first half for slapping the backboard. Bucks' coach Larry Drew said quote, "He's got to make better decisions, and I'm going to stay on him." Milwaukee's next exhibition game is on Monday at Chicago. In the meantime, Drew has said he'll put the team back into Training Camp mode, including some two-a-day practice sessions.
Former Bucks' guard Brandon Jennings will be out for three weeks with an impacted wisdom tooth. The Detroit Pistons say he has a hairline fracture on the mandible at the base of the tooth -- and he'll be checked out again after a mobilization period of three weeks. The Bucks traded the free-agent Jennings to Detroit this summer after they failed to reach an agreement on a new contract. He was penciled in as the Pistons' starting point guard, after averaging 17-and-a-half points and six-and-a-half assists in his final season in Milwaukee. Also, Milwaukee native Carl Landry of the Sacramento Kings will miss much of the season, after tearing a hip flexor at a recent practice. He'll have surgery soon. Landry, a power forward, averaged almost 11 points a game for Golden State last year. Meanwhile, former Bucks' forward Corey Maggette has been released by the San Antonio Spurs. He's a 14-year N-B-A veteran. Maggette played one season in Milwaukee, averaging 12 points a game during the 2010-'11 campaign.
Hartland Arrowhead took the Division-One title yesterday at the girls' state high school golf tournament. Arrowhead led wire-to-wire, shooting a two-round total of 638 at University Ridge in Verona. That's the second-lowest in Division-One history. Verona finished second, 10 strokes back at 648. Middleton was third at 655. Jessica Reinecke of Verona repeated as the Division-One individual champion, shooting a one-under-par 143. Anika Hitt of Arrowhead placed second, four strokes behind the winner. In Division-Two, defending champion Madison Edgewood won its 12th title in 13 years with 681. Fox Valley Lutheran took second, 21 strokes back. Caroline Lake of Edgewood won the individual crown in D-Two at three-under-141. It was the third-lowest score in Division-Two history.
The Wisconsin men's soccer team won its fourth straight match yesterday, 1-to-nothing at home over Western Illinois. Tomislav Zadro scored the game's only goal in the second half, as the Badgers extended their home unbeaten streak to 10 matches. Wisconsin is now 9-2-and-1 overall. Western Illinois dropped to 3-and-10.
Elsewhere, the U-W Green Bay men lost at home to Drake, 2-to-1. Ben LeMay scored the game-winner in the 78th minute, as Drake improved to 6-5-and-2. Green Bay dropped to 6-4-and-3 overall.
Janesville native Tucker Fredricks says his next Olympics will probably be his last. The 29-year-old speed-skater has yet to win an Olympic medal, after taking the junior world title in the 500-meters in 2003. Since then, Fredricks has pair of World Cup championships and 30 World Cup medals. But that success was never transferred to the biggest world stage, as he placed 12th in Vancouver almost four years ago and 24th in Torino in 2006. Fredricks is training again for the next Games in Sochi Russia in 2014. He'll be competing later this month at the U-S Single Distance speed-skating championships in Salt Lake City. That event runs October 25th-through-27th.