WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Packers' offensive line to get a big test Sunday
The Green Bay Packers' newly-retooled offensive line will have a big test on Sunday against Detroit. Left guard Josh Sitton, center Evan Dietrich-Smith, and right guard T-J Lang will be at new angles when they face the large Lions' tandem of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. Lang will be across from Suh for the first time. Sitton says he's still trying to get comfortable with his new spot, after being moved from the right side to the left during the off-season. He also expects Suh and-or Fairley to push the envelope when it comes to playing clean -- recalling the infamous Suh stomp on Dietrich-Smith's arm from two seasons ago. But Sitton says the Packer line will be above that. He says if the Packers dictate the tempo of the game, they'll have no problems. The newly-rejuvenated Lions come in at 3-and-1, co-leading the N-F-C North Division with Chicago. The Packers are 1-and-2. Green Bay has not lost to Detroit in a home game since 1991. The Lions' losing streak is at 22 in that department. Lang says it's talked about a lot in the Motor City, but the players don't see the streak as a big deal since the makeup of the teams change every year. Coach Mike McCarthy says the fact that it's a division game is much more of a concern to him. This is Green Bay's first contest this season against another squad from the North.
The Milwaukee Bucks expect to be more aggressive this season in pushing the ball up the floor on offense. New coach Larry Drew says his goal is to get the ball past the 10-second mid-court line within four seconds. That way, the Bucks will have 20 seconds remaining on the shot clock to generate a decent shot. Drew says he wants to play a smart up-tempo game, and explore all the options from their offensive sets. He says the goal is to get a good open shot every time up the floor. Drew says the Bucks will mainly dribble the ball up the floor -- but if a good pass is available, the players will be told to take it. The coach also said the Bucks have enough speed to produce a better transition game. Milwaukee was 15th in the N-B-A in fast-break points with just over 13 per game. The Bucks are entering Day-Three of their training camp in Saint Francis.
Milwaukee Brewers' pitcher Dylan Brock has been given a 50-game suspension for violating the minor league drug program. Brock tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance Clomiphene. The suspension will begin at the start of next season. Brock is currently with the rookie-league Arizona Brewers, where he went 0-and-1 this season with a two-point-eight-four E-R-A. Brock was drafted in June in the 34th round out of Glendale Community College near Phoenix.
Madison golfer Steve Stricker will try to help the U-S win its fifth straight President's Cup. Stricker is part of a 12-member team of American-born pro golfers which will start taking on an International squad today at Muirfield Village in Dublin Ohio. Four-ball is up first. Stricker will be partnered with Jordan Spieth, the P-G-A Tour's rookie-of-the-year. They'll go up against Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge in the fourth-of-six four-ball matches today. Tiger Woods will be teamed up with Matt Kuchar. It's Woods' 19th different partner in international competitions. Stricker and Woods were teamed up twice in the past couple years.
The Wisconsin men's soccer team edged Marquette 1-to-nothing last night in Madison. Nick Janus scored the game's only goal on a header off a cross pass in the 71st minute. The Badgers' victory was the first in five tries against Marquette, dating back to 2009. Wisconsin improved to 6-2-and-1 overall. The Golden Eagles dropped to 5-3-and-1.
The U-W Milwaukee men scored three times in the second half to win at Nebraska-Omaha, 3-to-1. The Panthers trailed at the break for the first time all season. Laurie Bell, Aaron Horvat, and James Ashcroft all scored within 10 minutes of each other to stage Milwaukee's comeback. The Panthers remain unbeaten at 8-0-and-1. Nebraska-Omaha dropped 2-6-and-1.
The Wisconsin volleyball team won at Iowa last night in four sets. The 23rd-ranked Badgers lost the first set 25-17 before taking the final three. The Badgers out-hit the Hawkeyes .201 to .141. Iowa out-blocked Wisconsin 11-8. Taylor Morey had 21 digs for the Badgers. Courtney Thomas and Dominique Thompson each had 13 kills, as Wisconsin improved to 3-and-0 in Big Ten play and 14-and-1 overall. Iowa dropped to 0-and-3 in the conference, and 9-and-6 overall.
Milwaukee has lost its Arena Football League team. The league said yesterday that Portland businessman Terry Emmert bought the Mustangs, and he's moving them to Oregon. They don't have a new name yet. Starting in March, they'll play their home games at the Moda Center, which used to be the Rose Garden. The N-B-A's Portland Trail Blazers also play there. The Mustangs last played in 2012 at the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center. They went into dormancy this year, so new investors could be sought.