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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Badgers back in the top 25 after routing Northwestern

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The Wisconsin football team returned to the A-P national Top-25 yesterday. The Badgers are now ranked 25th by the media, after they knocked Northwestern out of the rankings with a 35-to-6 pounding of the Wildcats on Saturday. Northwestern came in at Number-19 in the A-P poll and 18th in the U-S-A Today coaches' poll, The Wildcats dropped out of both after losing their second straight. The Badger defense held the 'Cats to 241 yards and just 10 first downs. It helped Wisconsin get enough votes from the coaches to be one spot away from their Top-25. The Badgers are now 2-and-1 in the Big Ten, and 4-and-2 overall. They'll play at Illinois on Saturday night.

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U-W Platteville and Oshkosh each moved up one place in the new national Division-Three poll from D-Three-Football-Dot-Com. Platteville is now Number-seven, after crushing River Falls 49-to-7 on Saturday. Oshkosh moved up one spot to eighth, after a 30-to-6 victory over La Crosse. U-W Whitewater remains at Number-10 in the new poll, after pounding Stout 55-13. All three Wisconsin teams are now 5-and-0 overall. Stevens Point also received votes. Undefeated Mount Union remains at Number-One.

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In golf, Jerry Kelly of Madison finished 57th in the first event of the 2014 P-G-A season. Kelly shot a two-over-par 73 yesterday in his final round at the Frys-Dot-Com Open in San Martin California. He finished at three-under-par 281, as the fall tournaments become full-fledged P-G-A events for the first time. Kelly earned 14 Fed-Ex points for next year, to give him a jump on Wisconsin golfers Mark Wilson and Steve Stricker -- both of whom took the weekend off. The change is designed to attract more golfers of Stricker's and Wilson's caliber to what used to be a non-Fed-Ex fall series. Jimmy Walker won Frys-Dot-Com event at 17-under-par.

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On the P-G-A Champions Tour, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for 35th at the S-A-S Championship in Cary North Carolina. Forsman shot an even-par 72 in his third-and-final round yesterday to finish at three-under-213. Russ Cochran won the tournament at 17-under.

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Mequon Homestead and Madison Edgewood will both try to win their third consecutive titles, as the girls' state high school golf tournament begins today in Verona. Homestead has won the last two Division-One crowns. Ditto for Edgewood in Division-Two. Verona junior Jessica Reinecke is back to defend her Division-One individual title from a year ago. Division-Two will have a new medalist, after Casey Danielson of Osceola graduated this past spring. The 36-hole state tournament is set for today and tomorrow at University Ridge.

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The Marquette women's soccer team upset Number-six Georgetown, 4-to-nothing in Milwaukee yesterday. Taylor Madigan and Maegan Kelly each had a goal and an assist, as the Golden Eagles improved to 5-and-0 in the Big East and 12-and-3 overall. Georgetown suffered its first loss in 14 matches this year -- the longest unbeaten streak in Hoyas' history. Georgetown is now 11-1-and-2 overall, and 3-1-and-1 in the Big East.  

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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