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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Marquette loses in double overtime to Providence

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The Marquette men's basketball team lost in double overtime last night at Providence, 81-to-80. The Golden Eagles by led by one with seven-point-two seconds left in the second O-T when Derrick Wilson fouled the Friars' Bryce Cotton. He made both his free throws to give Providence the victory. A three-point attempt by Todd Mayo banged off the rim at the buzzer, as Marquette dropped to 9-and-8 in the Big East Conference and 17-and-13 overall. Mayo led the Eagles with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Cotton scored 13 of his 25 points at the free throw line to help the Friars improve to 10-and-7 in the Big East, and 20-and-10 overall. Marquette closes out its regular season on Saturday at home against Saint John's. Eagles' coach Buzz Williams would not speculate on whether his team has any flicker of hope to make its ninth straight N-C-A-A Tournament appearance. Marquette would have apparently have to win next week's Big East tourney to make the Big Dance. Otherwise, it's probably off to the N-I-T.

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There were 17 upsets among the 138 games in last night's opening round of the girls' state high school basketball regionals. In Division-Three, 12th-seeded Chilton surprised Southern Door 25-to-13. In Division-Five, Number-12 Wauzeka-Stueben eliminated Seneca, 37-35. A pair of Number-11 seeds were victorious in Division-Four -- Osseo-Fairchild and Random Lake. Only one of the five returning champions played last evening, as D-Five titlist Wisconsin Rapids Assumption with a 65-14 rout of Granton. The other four returning champs all had byes -- Milwaukee Riverside, Green Bay Notre Dame, Kewaunee, and Algoma. All Number-One seeds in the top four divisions were given byes, and the top-seeds in Division-Five went 7-for-7. Sixty-four teams remain in each of the five groups. Regional semi-finals will be played on Friday night, with the regional finals set for Saturday. 

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The U-W Milwaukee men won their Horizon League tournament opener last night, 83-to-73 at home over Detroit. The fifth-seeded Panthers scored 18 straight points to go up by 21 just before the half. Number-eight Detroit got to within five in the final three minutes -- but Milwaukee hung on with the help of a timely offensive rebound by Austin Arians and a blocked shot from Matt Tiby. Jordan Aaron led U-W-M with 16 points, coming off a four-game suspension for violating team rules. Juwan Howard Junior scored 21 for Detroit, which ended its season at 13-and-18 and lost to the Panthers for the second time in six days. Milwaukee moves on to play fourth-seeded Valparaiso in Friday night's Horizon semi-finals at Green Bay's Resch Center. Valpo advanced with a 73-63 win over ninth-seed Illinois-Chicago.

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The Marquette women will play Villanova on Sunday night in their Big East Conference tournament. That's after the Golden Eagles lost their regular season finale at 'Nova last evening, 81-to-64. Marquette was out-shot 59-to-44 percent, but the Eagles had a 30-to-22 rebounding edge. Villanova did most of its damage in the first half, when it shot 64-percent to lead by 19 at the intermission. The Wildcats led by as many as 24 in the second half. Brooklyn Pumroy led Marquette with 13 points. Emily Leer and Devon Kane each scored 23 for Villanova, which wrapped up its regular season with a 12-and-6 Big East mark and a 22-and-7 overall record. Marquette fell to 11-and-7 in the conference and 20-and-9 overall. The Eagles have the Number-five seed going into Sunday's re-match with fourth-seeded Villanova. In regular season play tonight, the Wisconsin men host Purdue. And the Milwaukee women play at Valparaiso.

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A split squad from the Oakland A's beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-to-4 yesterday in an exhibition contest in Phoenix. Luke Montz belted a two-run walk-off homer off Johnny Hellweg. Wily Peralta tossed three scoreless innings in his first start of the spring. The only hit he gave up was a double to Michael Taylor. Peralta struck out three. Brewers' veteran Rickie Weeks is off to a solid spring, as he tries to take back the second-base job from Scooter Gennett. Weeks missed the final two months of last season after hamstring surgery. So far this spring, Weeks is hitting .444 with a homer, an R-B-I, and two runs scored in 13 plate appearances. He walked twice in yesterday's game. Weeks said he made some slight adjustments in the way he holds the bat, to try and get a smoother swing -- and he's feeling better than he has in a long time. The Brewers will play the A's again this afternoon.

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The Wisconsin football team will hold the first of 15 spring practices today, leading up to the Badgers' annual spring game on April 12th. Gary Andersen begins his second season as the head coach. He recently said that returning junior Joel Stave will be the Number-one quarterback. Stave will have plenty of competition from Bart Houston, Tanner McEvoy, Connor Senger, and freshman D-J Gillins who enrolled in January. McEvoy found playing time at safety last season, but will have a chance to audition for the quarterback spot at the Badgers' pre-season camp in August.

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Former U-W Milwaukee women's soccer standout Sarah Hagen will join Team U-S-A as it plays Japan today in their opening match at the Algrave Cup in Portugal. Hagen says she's excited about the possibility of just getting into a game on a squad with the likes of Hope Solo and Abby Wambach. Hagen said she was star-struck when she first arrived at the team's national camp in December. She's been playing as a pro in Germany since 2012, and has scored eight goals for Bayern Munich this season. At U-W-M, Hagen scored 93 goals in an 86-match career.

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