WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Meriweather likely to be fined for his hit on Lacy
Media reports in Washington say Redskins' safety Brandon Meriweather was fined 42-thousand-dollars for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers' running back Eddie Lacy last Sunday. Lacy suffered a concussion on a 10-yard run in the first quarter of the Packers' 38-20 victory over Washington. Meriweather also put a helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers' running back James Starks -- and the defender left after that with a concussion. Lacy was on the sidelines at practice yesterday. Coach Mike McCarthy said the rookie appeared okay, but he'll need to pass a couple of league-mandated tests before he can return to practice. Starks has already been named the starting running back for Green Bay's next game on Sunday at Cincinnati. McCarthy says rookie back Johnathan Franklin will also get some playing time -- and the coach admitted he should have played Franklin in the backfield against the Redskins. Meanwhile, it's still not known whether fullback John Kuhn can play on Sunday against the Bengals. Kuhn injured a hamstring last Sunday. If he can't go, it appears that tight end Andrew Quarless will fill in.
A Wisconsin high school football standout has become the starting tight end for Purdue. Justin Sinz from Edgar is in his third year with the Boilermakers. He'll return to his home state this weekend, as Purdue plays Wisconsin in Madison in their Big Ten Conference opener. Sinz was a quarterback and safety at Edgar High School. He led the Wildcats to the state Division-Six title game in 2008, and a state championship the following year. He was projected to play tight end in college, and Wisconsin did not recruit him because the Badgers already had a surplus of players at that spot. In his first two years at Purdue, Sinz caught seven passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. He became the starter at tight end last weekend against Notre Dame, with Gabe Holmes out for the rest of the season with a wrist injury. Sinz had six catches against the Fighting Irish for 45 yards and a touchdown. Like the rest of his teammates, Sinz says he's facing the challenge of adjusting from a spread offense to a pro-style set-up this year. He says up to 100 friends and relatives want tickets to see him play on Saturday, and he's been working on getting them. Sinz' brother Jeremy was the Badgers' head of football operations from 2002-through-'07.
Wisconsin has finalized its non-conference football schedule for 2015. The Badgers will open that season in Arlington Texas on September fifth against two-time defending national champion Alabama. The U-W will then host Troy on September 12th, Miami-of-Ohio on the 19th, and Hawaii on September 26th of '15. The Badgers also arranged a home-and-home series against Hawaii in the next decade. They'll play in Honolulu in 2021, and then host the Rainbow Warriors in '22. Meanwhile, the Badgers are still filling out the 2016 schedule -- the first that will have nine Big Ten contests.
Madison golfer Steve Stricker can win the P-G-A's season title this weekend -- but he'll need some help. Stricker is at Number-six in the Fed-Ex Cup point standings going into the fourth-and-final playoff event, the Tour Championship which begins today in Atlanta. Any of the top-five players can win the Fed-Ex Cup and the 10-million-dollar prize by winning the tournament. Stricker would win the crown if he places first this weekend, and Fed-Ex leader Tiger Woods places second or worse. P-G-A-Dot-Com says Stricker can also finish second at the Tour Championship, and still have a mathematical chance of taking the Fed-Ex crown. This is the seventh year of the playoffs, and Stricker is one of just three players to make the final tournament's field of 30 in every one of those years. The others to do that are Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan. Stricker's first round begins at 12:40 this afternoon at Atlanta's East Lake course.
A wrestler from northern Wisconsin took third place yesterday at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Alyssa Lampe of Tomahawk won a bronze medal in the women's freestyle. She pinned Melanie LeSaffre of France in just 46 seconds in the 105-and-a-half-pound weight class. Lampe won her first match at the world meet before falling to Eri Tosaka of Japan. Lampe then won three matches in a row to take third. She also took third a year ago at the world meet at 112-and-a-quarter pounds.