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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Kenseth finishes sixth at the Daytona 500

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Wisconsin's Matt Kenseth finished sixth at the rain-delayed Daytona-500 last night. Dale Earnhardt Junior won the NASCAR Sprint Cup season opener, which was held up for almost six-and-a-half hours by rain. Kenseth, a two-time Daytona-500 champion from Cambridge, said he didn't have the dominant car he's had the past couple years when quote, "We could just go up there and lead at-will." He did not lead for a single lap this time. Paul Menard of Eau Claire got caught up in a 12-car pile-up on the 145th-of-the-200 laps. His crew made repairs, but Menard still completed only 184 laps after leading for 29 of them. He finished in 32nd. Beloit-born Danica Patrick also got into the same pileup. She finished 40th, after being the highest female finisher in the Great American Race a year ago in eighth. Earnhardt's victory was his second at Daytona, and his first since 2004.

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The Milwaukee Bucks hope they won't be the ones to end Philadelphia's 10-game losing streak. The two teams play tonight in Philly. The 76'ers are 3-and-20 since early January. They're 15-and-41 on the season, while the Bucks are a league-worst 10-and-45 after falling to Indiana by 10 points on Saturday night. Bucks' rookie starting guard Nate Wolters is listed as probable for tonight, after he had a mild left ankle sprain against the Pacers. Forward Caron Butler is questionable with a sore left ankle. He did not play on Saturday. Philadelphia is led by Thaddeus Young, who averages 17 points and six-and-a-half rebounds a game. Sixers' rookie Michael Carter-Williams is on pace to become the third N-B-A player in history to lead all rookies in scoring, rebounds, and assists. Former Buck Oscar Robertson did it in 1961, along with Alvan Adams in 1976. Carter-Williams averages 17 points, five boards, and six assists per night.

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The U-W Green Bay women's basketball team snapped an eight-game winning streak, after falling at home to Youngstown State 72-to-63 yesterday. The game was tied at 42 with 13-and-a-half minutes left, when the Penguins went on a 7-0 run and took the lead for good. Green Bay to got within one with 4:23 left, but Youngstown State pulled away with a 9-0 run. Green Bay lost despite a 32-to-20 scoring edge in the paint, and a 25-to-8 scoring edge from its reserves. Heidi Schlegel had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Penguins, who moved into a first-place with Green Bay in the Horizon League standings at 9-and-3. Youngstown also improved to 13-and-12 overall. Kaili Lukan and Sam Terry each scored 13 for U-W Green Bay, which dropped to 16-and-8 overall. The Phoenix will play at Wright State on Thursday night.

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The Wisconsin women have dropped six straight, after a 72-to-54 loss at Purdue yesterday. The 21st-ranked Boilermakers led by four at the half and never trailed the rest of the way. Purdue led by 20 before the Badgers got within eight with six-and-a-half minutes to go. Purdue then pulled away with a 7-to-1 run. Wisconsin was out-shot 44-to-34 percent, and the Badgers only made 4-of-17 from three-point range. Purdue dominated inside, with a 41-33 rebounding edge and a 10-point advantage for points-in-the-paint. April Wilson had points and eight assists for Purdue, which improved to 10-and-5 in the Big Ten Conference and 20-and-7 overall. Michala Johnson scored 18 for Wisconsin, which fell to a 3-and-12 in the conference and 10-and-17 overall. The Badgers will close out their regular season next Sunday at home against Northwestern.

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The U-W Milwaukee women topped Cleveland State at home yesterday, 90-to-78. The Panthers led by nine at the break and slowly pulled away after that. Milwaukee senior Angela Rodriguez had 26 points and a career-high 10 assists. Avyanna Young added 21 points and 11 boards, as the Panthers improved to 4-and-9 in the Horizon League and 8-and-18 overall. Imani Gordon had 28 points and 15 rebounds for Cleveland State, which dropped to 8-and-5 in the conference and 13-and-13 overall. Milwaukee's next game is on Saturday at Wright State.

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The Milwaukee Brewers will get ready for their first competition of the spring this week. The traditional inter-squad game will be played tomorrow at the team's complex in Phoenix. Exhibition games begin on Thursday against the Oakland Athletics. Normally, the inter-squad game is held the day before Cactus League play starts. Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke says he wants to see a couple of his newer pitchers in a looser inter-squad game as well as the first exhibition contest -- and a extra day in between will allow that. He says it will give Wei-Chung Wang, David Goforth, and Kevin Shackelford some extra work.

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Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon is apparently being missed at the N-F-L Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said at least a couple of scouts at the combine thought Gordon would have been a first-rounder, and possibly the first running back taken in this spring's draft. However, the red-shirt sophomore from Kenosha decided to stay in school, and try to improve as a receiver and a blocker in the backfield. Gordon also said he wanted to help the Badgers achieve their goals, and have a chance at the Heisman Trophy. He had a break-out year at the U-W in 2013, with 14-hundred-66 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns while sharing the running back spot with senior James White.

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In hockey, the Milwaukee Admirals lost a 1-nothing shoot-out game at Grand Rapids yesterday. Brennan Evans scored the deciding goal in the shootout. The Admirals out-shot Grand Rapids in regulation, 28-26. Taylor Beck, Filip Forsberg, and Mathieu Tousignant were the Milwaukee players who scored in the shoot-out.

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Former Admirals Shea Weber and Dan Hamhuis won Olympic gold medals for Canada, which beat Sweden 3-nothing yesterday in the title game in Sochi. Weber had an assist in the finale. He's the first former Admiral to win two gold medals, after playing with his native Canada at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.

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In soccer, the Milwaukee Wave ended a 19-game home winning streak yesterday, losing to Missouri 15-to-9. Luis Rodriguez scored the deciding goal for the Comets with 3:01 to play. Milwaukee snapped a seven-game overall winning string and fell to 15-and-3 -- with all three losses against Missouri.

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The Wisconsin wrestling team lost its regular season finale to Iowa yesterday, 28-10 at the U-W Field House. Issac Jordan had the Badgers' biggest individual victory. He defeated second-ranked Derek Saint John 3-to-1 at 157-pounds. That came just two days after Jordan defeated the nation's top-ranked grappler in his weight class, James Green of Nebraska. Iowa ended its Big Ten regular season at 7-and-1, and they're 14-and-2 overall. Wisconsin went 5-3 in the conference, and is 12-and-6 overall.

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