WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Harris will not play against St. Louis
Green Bay Packers’ running back DuJuan Harris will not play in tomorrow night’s exhibition game at Saint Louis. Harris had his first activity at Training Camp this week, after coming off a knee injury and off-season lung surgery to get a cyst under control. Yesterday, coach Mike McCarthy kept Harris out of most of the team drills. McCarthy says he wants Harris to be back at 100-percent when the Packers host Seattle in their third pre-season contest a week from tonight. Rookie running back Eddie Lacy is expected to game his first game action tomorrow night. He sat out last week with a pulled hamstring, but was active during the team drills at practice the last two days. Rookie running back Johnathan Franklin is expected to get more snaps than Lacy against the Rams.
The Madison Mallards took Game-One of the Northwoods League championship series last night, with a 10-to-7 home victory over Duluth. The Huskies were up 4-to-1 when Madison scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Alex Bacon homered in his second straight playoff game for the Mallards. Madison can clinch the best-of-three Summer Collegiate World Series and win its second title since 2004 tonight, when Game-Two is played in Duluth. If the Huskies win, the third-and-deciding game would be played tomorrow night in Duluth.
At the Wisconsin football pre-season camp, the defense continues to be developing faster than the offense. It showed again yesterday, when the Badger defense put on a parade of sacks, tackles for losses, and stops on fourth down. The offense could not keep up, regardless of whether Curt Phillips or Joel Stave was the quarterback. Coach Gary Andersen said he likes how the defense is quote, “flying around the ball and communicating well.” But he said the offense needs to get up to speed. He added that none of the quarterback candidates has emerged as the top starting candidate. Andersen also said starting center Dan Voltz should return to practice within a week, after he hurt a hamstring on Wednesday. Dallas Lewallen has been filling in at center, and he’ll return to the starting left guard spot once Voltz returns.
Former Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis said he was unhappy during his one-and-a-half seasons with the team. The new Dallas shooting guard said he had to do quote, “60-percent of everything” with both the Bucks and with Golden State, the team that traded him to Milwaukee in February of 2012. He was among seven free agents the Mavericks introduced yesterday. Ellis calls it a new beginning with a quote, “better organization” and “better teammates.” He said he would not go into detail about his dissatisfaction with the Bucks, saying he quote, “left it in Milwaukee.” Ellis shot a career-low 42-percent in his only full season with the Bucks. Former Wisconsin Badgers’ guard Devin Harris from Wauwatosa was also among the Dallas free agents introduced yesterday. He returns to the Mavericks, after they made him a Top-Five draft pick nine years ago.
Former Wisconsin standout Evan Jager took fifth in the steeple-chase yesterday at the world track championships in Moscow. Jager, representing the U-S, had the fifth-fastest time in world meet history at eight-minutes, eight-point-six-seven seconds for a three-thousand-meter course. Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya won the race in 8:06-point-oh-one.
Wisconsin did not have to look far to find its replacement for long-time men’s track coach Ed Nuttycombe. Men’s cross country coach Mick Byrne was named yesterday as the new head of both cross country and track for a newly-combined Badger men’s and women’s program. The 57-year-old Byrne has spent the last five years in Madison, leading the Badgers to a men’s Big Ten cross country title each season and the 2011 national championship. Athletic director Barry Alvarez said he was fortunate to find a candidate in-house with such a proven track record – and it was not a hard choice at all. Before coming to the U-W, Byrne spent 24 years at Iona College in New York State. Nuttycombe officially retired yesterday after 30 years as the Badger men’s track coach, winning Big Ten championships in 26-of-those-30 years. His team also won the national indoor track crown in 2007.
Wisconsin’s last remaining golfer in the U-S Amateur tournament was eliminated in yesterday’s Round-of-16. Charlie Danielson of Osceola fell to Brandon Matthews of Dupont Pennsylvania 3-and-2 in Brookline Massachusetts. Danielson will be a sophomore this fall at Illinois. Earlier yesterday, he defeated Chase Koepka of Lake Worth Florida 3-and-1 in the Round-of-32. Matthews will play Oliver Goss of Australia in this morning’s quarter-finals.