WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Flynn the likely starter Sunday at Dallas
Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he felt better at practice yesterday than he did on Wednesday, when he admitted being a bit rusty. Rodgers has not played in five-and-a-half weeks, since breaking his left collarbone against Chicago. He said he would need the majority of the snaps at today's practice to have any chance of starting on Sunday at Dallas. Rodgers said he would also need another medical scan in order to be cleared to play. That may or may not happen today -- nobody's saying for sure. Matt Flynn has also been taking snaps with the Number-One, and the odds appear to be increasing that he'll be the starter for the third straight week. A final announcement on that is expected later today. Also, running back Eddie Lacy is expected to return to practice today and play against the Cowboys. He sat out for two days after spraining an ankle last week against Atlanta.
The Milwaukee Brewers made progress yesterday in finding a new first baseman, as Baseball's Winter Meetings ended near Orlando. Brewers' G-M Doug Melvin met with the New York Mets about obtaining Ike Davis -- either as a free-agent signing, or in a trade. There was talk that the Mets were interested in getting Brewers' right-hander Tyler Thornburg, but Milwaukee plans to keep Thornburg as a possible fifth starter next year. Melvin said the talks would continue, and a final decision could come in the next couple days. The 26-year-old Davis only hit .205 this year in 103 games after pounding 32 homers the year before. At this point, Melvin says he's not overly worried about bringing in a quality player to replace Corey Hart -- who left the Brewers this week to join the Seattle Mariners as a free agent. The G-M said it's quote, "unfortunate that the availability is not as great as what you'd like it to be." Milwaukee is still interested in Dodgers' first baseman James Loney. Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh are also said to be interested in what could be an expensive multi-year deal.
The leading scorer for the Wisconsin men's basketball team is nursing an injured right foot. Frank Kaminsky sat out practice yesterday. He was wearing a protective boot, and the Badgers say he's day-to-day. There was no indication that Kaminsky was injured on Wednesday night, when he had 16 points in a win over U-W Milwaukee. It's not clear whether the junior can play tomorrow, when Wisconsin hosts Eastern Kentucky. Kaminsky averages close to 15 points and six rebounds a game. He also has totals of 23 blocked shots and a dozen steals in the team's first 11 games -- all Badgers' victories. If Kaminsky can't go tomorrow, freshman Nigel Hayes will get the start.
The Milwaukee Bucks may be 5-and-17, but they're 1-and-0 against the Chicago Bulls -- and they'll try to keep that winning string intact tonight at the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center. Chicago's injury list is almost as long as Milwaukee's. The Bulls are without Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, and former Marquette standout Jimmy Butler -- and it shows in their scoring numbers. Chicago only mustered 74 points in a loss to the Bucks on Tuesday night. The next night, the Bulls only had 78 in a five-point loss at New York -- when they missed 13 shots in a row during the first half. Center Joakim Noah returned on Wednesday from a deep thigh bruise. He had 12 points and 11 rebounds against the Knicks. The Bulls come into Milwaukee with an 8-and-12 mark.
A man who claimed that Milwaukee Bucks' center Larry Sanders hit him with a champagne bottle has been cited for his role in the incident. Police officials said yesterday that 26-year-old Korab Sejdiu of Sussex was given a non-criminal citation for disorderly conduct. Sanders was earlier given a pair of tickets for disorderly conduct and assault, in connection with a November third brawl at the Apartment 720 nightclub in downtown Milwaukee. Sanders' fines totaled just over 500-dollars. Both men gave police different stories of what happened. Sejdiu said Sanders got upset for no reason, and confronted him and his friends -- and one of them pushed Sanders down a flight of stairs. Sanders claimed that champagne was intentionally spilled on him -- and when he confronted a group about it, one of those people pushed him down the stairs, and he was kicked-and-punched before he could regain his footing. Sanders said he then grabbed a champagne bottle to defend himself -- and he wasn't sure if it hit anybody with it before the fight broke up. Sanders broke a thumb in the incident, and is still recovering from surgery.
In hockey, the Milwaukee Admirals blanked Oklahoma City 4-to-nothing at home last night. Admirals' goaltender Magnus Hellberg earned his first shutout of the season with 41 saves. Milwaukee converted on two-of-three power play opportunities, after going 1-for-27 in that department. Austin Watson and Anthony Bitetto both scored with the man-advantage. Watson had the eventually game-winning goal for the third straight time. The Admirals will play at Grand Rapids tonight and tomorrow night.