WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Packers practiced with only four healthy cornerbacks Thursday
The Green Bay Packers practiced with only four healthy corners yesterday, as they get ready to host Minnesota on Sunday. Rookie Micah Hyde sat out with a groin problem, but he expects to be back on the field today. Sam Shields and Casey Hayward continued to sit out with hamstring injuries, and James Nixon missed practice with a bad knee. Practice squad corner Jumal Rolle took a lot of snaps, but he has not been called up to the 53-man roster. None of the Packers' other injured players returned to the field yesterday. Meanwhile, linebacker Clay Matthews tells E-S-P-N that a 15-thousand-dollar fine for his out-of-bounds hit on San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick in Week-One was cut in half after he appealed it. Matthews also said the league withdrew a 15-thousand-750-dollar fine for roughing the passer in the loss to Philadelphia two weeks ago.
Redshirt freshman Dan Voltz will make his third start at center for Wisconsin, when the Badgers play at Minnesota tomorrow. Redshirt junior Dallas Lewallen could fill in if necessary. He practiced this week, after missing two-plus games with a leg injury suffered against Iowa. Coach Gary Andersen said Lewallen put in more work yesterday. Both the Badgers and Gophers are 8-and-2 overall. Wisconsin is 5-and-1 in the Big Ten, while Minnesota is 4-and-2.
The Wisconsin men's soccer team edged U-W Milwaukee 1-to-nothing in Madison last night, in the first round of the N-C-A-A Tournament. Chris Prince scored the only goal of the match in the 12th minute, as the Badgers extended their home unbeaten streak to 14. Wisconsin improved to 14-4-and-2, and will play at Notre Dame on Sunday in the Round-of-32. Milwaukee snapped a five-match winning streak that included four straight shutouts. The Panthers end their season at 15-3-and-2. Also on Sunday, Marquette opens its N-C-A-A Tournament run with a home match against Akron. The Golden Eagles received the ninth-seed in its bracket, with a first-round bye.
U-W Stevens Point advanced to the semi-finals of the N-C-A-A Division-Three women's volleyball tournament with a 3-nothing shut-out of the host team Hope College in last night's quarter-finals. The Pointers won their 24th consecutive match and improved to 35-and-4. Emma Brunkhorst had 13 kills and a .591 hitting percentage for the Pointers, who will face third-ranked Cal Lutheran in tonight's semi-finals in Holland Michigan.