WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Flynn insists elbow issues are in the past
Matt Flynn says he'll be ready for anything when the Green Bay Packers play the Giants at New York on Sunday. He was quarterback Aaron Rodgers' understudy for four seasons before leaving as a free agent last year. On Monday, the Packers signed him to be Scott Tolzien's back-up this weekend. Flynn has reportedly been fighting a bad elbow, but he insists he's fine -- and coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that yesterday. Flynn spent last season as a backup to Seattle rookie and ex-Badger Russell Wilson -- and he had short stints this year with Oakland and Buffalo. Flynn said the only time he had elbow trouble was at this summer's Training Camp with the Raiders. The 28-year-old Flynn insists he has not lost any confidence. He made a name for himself by throwing six touchdown passes against Detroit while giving Rodgers a breather in the 2011 regular season finale. Meanwhile, Packers' center Evan Dietrich-Smith returned to practice on a limited basis yesterday, after hurting a knee last Sunday. Defensive end Ryan Pickett was also limited at practice with a bad knee.
The Marquette men's basketball team nailed down three-of-its-four verbal recruits during yesterday's National Signing Day. Sandy Cohen, a guard from Seymour near Green Bay, accepted a scholarship for next season along with Canadian forward Marial Shayok of Ottawa and Georgia guard Ahmed Hill. The fourth recruit, Malek Harris of suburban Chicago, was suspended from his high school for disciplinary reasons. The Golden Eagles have not heard from him since earlier this fall, when he made his verbal commitment. The U-W Green Bay men signed two guards -- Khalil Small of Chicago and Daeshon Francis from Indianapolis. Guard Brock Stull of Rockford Boylan High School officially joined the U-W Milwaukee men. The Wisconsin men signed forward Ethan Happ of Taylor Ridge Illinois. On the women side, Marquette signed guards Tia Elbert, Kenisha Bell, and Hannah Grim -- plus forward Shantelle Valentine. Green Bay signed four in-state recruits -- guards Jen Willnitz of South Wayne Black Hawk, Allie LeClaire of Green Bay Notre Dame, and Laken James of Oconto. They also signed guard-forward Jessica Lindstrom of Superior.
Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland is one of nine semi-finalists for the Ronnie Lott "Impact" Award. It was announced yesterday that the senior Borland was still in the running for the Lott award, given to a defensive player for accomplishments both on-and-off the field. Borland leads Wisconsin with 70 tackles, four sacks, and five-and-a-half tackles for losses. He has volunteered over 100 hours since May, more than twice as long as any other Wisconsin student-athlete. Five finalists will be named for the Lott award before the winner is announced on December eighth. Meanwhile, Borland's Badgers are getting ready to host Indiana on Saturday.
In hockey, the Milwaukee Admirals ended a three-game losing streak with a 2-to-1 home victory over Grand Rapids last night. Mark Van Guilder scored the game-winning goal with 4:38 left, as Grand Rapids suffered its first regulation loss of the season and ended a seven-game overall winning streak. Magnus Hellberg had 28 saves for the Admirals.
The Wisconsin men's soccer team lost its opening quarter-final match in the Big Ten Tournament yesterday, 2-to-1 to Northwestern in Columbus Ohio. The Wildcats went up 2-nothing before Carl Schneider scored the Badgers' only goal in the 58th minute. Wisconsin, which had the tournament's second-seed, dropped to 13-4-and-2 overall.