WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Badger men's hockey upsets Minnesota
MADISON -- The Wisconsin men's hockey team upset top-ranked Minnesota 2-1 last night in Madison. Jake McCabe scored the game-winning goal with 6:13 to play, as the 12th-ranked Badgers ended the Gophers' 14-game unbeaten streak -- the longest in the nation coming in. Frankie Simonelli scored Wisconsin's other goal on its only power play of the night, and Joel Rumpel had 31 saves. The Badgers won their 14th home game after going 10-and-1 at the Kohl Center in January. Wisconsin improved to 6-4-and-1 in the Big Ten, and 15-8-and-2 overall. Minnesota dropped to 8-1-and-2 in league play, and 19-3-and-5 overall. The Badgers and Gophers will complete their two-game series tonight.
The Sochi Olympics begin in earnest today with the Opening Ceremony. Several events kicked off 18 days of competition yesterday in Russia. Wisconsin athletes will not make their first appearances until tomorrow. Speed-skaters Jonathan Kuck and Emery Lehman -- both of whom train in Milwaukee -- will compete in the five-thousand-meter event. Five women's hockey players with Wisconsin ties will help the U-S in its opening contest against Finland. Their first face-off is at two a-m tomorrow. The Wisconsin competitors are ex-Badgers Brianna Decker, Hilary Knight, Meghan Duggan, and Jessie Vetter -- along with Madison area native Amanda Kessel. Ex-Badger Meaghan Mikkelson Reid will play for her native Canada in a women's hockey contest against Switzerland tomorrow morning. There are 16 Olympic athletes who were born and-or raised in the Badger State. The others have shirt-tail ties to Wisconsin -- like being former Badger or Milwaukee Admiral hockey players. And there is a former Packer in the group. Jonny Quinn was a receiver in Green Bay's training camp in 2008, but he didn't make the team. Quinn did, however, make the U-S bobsled team for the Sochi Games.
Milwaukee Bucks' rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo was named yesterday to his second N-B-A All-Star event. The 19-year-old forward will take part in the Skills Challenge a week from tomorrow night in New Orleans. Under a new format, Antetokounmpo will team up DeMar DeRozan of Toronto in a timed course with dribbling, passing, and shooting exercises. Antetokounmpo was named earlier to the Rising Stars' Challenge game a week from tonight for first-and-second-year N-B-A players. Former stars Grant Hill and Chris Webber drafted players last night for their respective teams in that game. Antetokounmpo was picked to be on Hill's squad.
The U-W Milwaukee women's basketball team blew an 11-point halftime lead and lost at Oakland yesterday, 80-to-67. The Golden Grizzlies scored 10 straight points to tie the game early in the second half, and they out-scored the Panthers 56-to-32 in the final 20 minutes. Oakland dominated the boards with a 59-37 rebounding edge -- including a 23-10 advantage on the offensive glass. Bethany Watterworth scored 22 points for the Grizzlies, who improved to 4-and-5 in the Horizon League and 9-and-13 overall. Angela Rodriguez had 23 points, six rebounds, and four assists for U-W Milwaukee. The Panthers dropped to 3-and-5 in the league and 7-and-14 overall. They'll play at Detroit tomorrow.
In golf, Pewaukee native Mark Wilson shot a one-under-par 71 yesterday in his first round at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Wilson was tied for 73rd when play was suspended by darkness on California's Monterrey Peninsula. There was a three-hour rain delay, as standing water formed on several greens. Jerry Kelly of Madison was among 40 players who did not get their first rounds in. Kelly was at even-par after 16 holes, and was tied for 97th at that point. P-G-A Tour rookie Andrew Loupe had the overnight lead, after shooting 8-under-63 in his first round. Five others are tied for second, after completing their rounds at six-under.