WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Pac-12 officials reprimanded for the ending of Badgers-Arizona State
The Pacific-12 Conference today reprimanded the officials for their lack of action at the end of Saturday night's Wisconsin football loss at Arizona State. A Pac-12 crew worked that game, in which the Badgers 32-to-30. Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave awkwardly took a knee on the A-S-U 15-yard line with 15 seconds left. A Sun Devil defender then sat on the ball while the clock kept running, and the Badgers never had time to pull off another play. Wisconsin wanted to get kicker Kyle French on the field for a game-winning field goal, but couldn't. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said it was an unusual situation to end the game. He said the officials quote, "fell short of the high standard in which Pac-12 games should be managed. We will continue to work with all our officials to ensure this type of situation never occurs again." Badgers' coach Gary Andersen said today he wanted accountability, and to let the players finish games and be the deciding factor. Andersen had no apologies for the way his team ran the play. He said everybody did what they were taught to do -- and they'd do it the same way again if they have the chance.
Green Bay Packers’ running back DuJuan Harris expects to be ready for all of next year’s off-season workouts and practices. The second-year pro had surgery 11 days ago on a patellar tendon in his right knee. He injured the knee during the off-season – and he aggravated the problem during Green Bay’s third pre-season game last month against Seattle. Harris is on the injured reserve list, and is out for the year. He’s still occasionally walking on crutches, but he says he hopes to get rid of them soon. Harris sparked the Packers’ running game late last season, with touchdowns against Detroit in December and Minnesota in the playoffs. Meanwhile, this year’s Packers are 1-and-1 after beating the Washington Redskins yesterday 38-20. The Pack will play at Cincinnati on Sunday. The Bengals play Pittsburgh tonight.
In golf, Steve Stricker of Madison finished in a tie for fourth today at the rain-delayed B-M-W Championship, the second-to-last tournament in the P-G-A's Fed-Ex Cup Playoffs. Stricker came into the final round in second place. He fell two spots after shooting a one-over-par 72 in Lake Forest Illinois. Stricker ended the tournament at 11-under-273. Zach Johnson shot a 65 today to take the victory by two strokes. Johnson finished at 16-under-268. Stricker moved up two spots in the Fed-Ex point standings to Number-six. He's among the Top-30 to advance to the final Fed-Ex tournament, the Tour Championship which begins Thursday near Atlanta.
The state girls' high school basketball tournament will stay in the Green Bay area for a few years. The W-I-A-A announced today that the Resch Center has been given extensions to host the girls' basketball and volleyball tournaments, both through 2020. After almost four decades in Madison, the girls' basketball tourney was moved to Packerland for a two-year period. Last spring, the tournament attracted its largest paid attendance since 2008, with almost 40-thousand people. Also, officials said they volleyball tourney has had 11 of its 13 largest crowds at the Resch Center since the building opened in 2002. The board also said it was influenced by plans for a new scoreboard and sound system in the next couple years. The volleyball tourney will be played at Green Bay November 7th-through-9th, and the girls' basketball tourney is set for March 20th-through-22nd, a week after the boys' finals in Madison.
The Milwaukee Brewers will open a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs tonight at Miller Park. Both of tonight's starting pitchers are in danger of finishing the season with the most losses in the Majors. Milwaukee's Wily Peralta and Cubs' veteran Edwin Jackson each have 15 defeats -- just one fewer than Lucas Harrell of Houston. Peralta is completing his first full season in the Milwaukee rotation. He's 9-and-15 overall, with an E-R-A of just under four-and-a-half. He's had trouble getting run support from his teammates. The Brewer offense did not score during nine of Peralta's last 14 appearances. Jackson is 8-and-15 with a four-point-seven-six E-R-A. He was winless in his last six starts until last Tuesday, when got the win in a 9-to-1 Cubs' rout of Cincinnati. Jackson hopes to win back-to-back starts for the first time since July 11th. He has lost to Milwaukee three times this season. The Cubs remain last in the National League Central, but they've won three of their last four overall. Milwaukee just took 2-of-3 from third-place Cincinnati.
Waukesha Catholic Memorial is the new Number-One in the state coaches' boys high school volleyball poll. Milwaukee Marquette drops to second this week. Burlington is third, followed by Wauwatosa East and Germantown.
Wisconsin soccer player Rose Lavelle has been named the Big Ten co-freshman of the week. She had two goals and an assist last Wednesday against Loyola-Chicago. Lavelle also had a pair of assists yesterday against U-W Milwaukee. The Badgers won both those contests.