Afternoon State Sports Briefs: NBA collective bargaining talks continueWisconsin Sports
-- NBA owners and players continue to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. Commissioner David Stern says today is the deadline to strike a deal, or else at least some regular season games would be canceled.
NEW YORK - NBA owners and players continue to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. Commissioner David Stern says today is the deadline to strike a deal, or else at least some regular season games would be canceled.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ first game is at San Antonio three weeks from Wednesday night. The owners and players are still said to be far apart on how to divvy up the league’s basketball-related income – and the salary cap structure also remains an issue. Meanwhile, Bucks’ guard Brandon Jennings is playing in the Drew League in this country. His team beat a squad from Washington in the Goodman League 151-144 last night. Jennings tweeted that his team quote, “took care of business at home.” The game was played at Long Beach State in California.
The state girls’ high school golf tournament began this morning at University Ridge in Madison. Waunakee is back to defend the Division-One title it won a year ago, and Racine Prairie is trying to win back-to-back championships in Division-Two. Junior Emily Joers of Waukesha is the favorite to win the Division-One individual crown. She won the state crown as a freshman, and was the runner-up a year ago. In Division-Two, Casey Danielson of Osceola is going for her third gold medal in three years. That was after her sister Lindsey won four straight titles from 2005-through-’08. The 36-hole state tournament runs through tomorrow.
Week-Five in the NFC North Division will be wrapped up tonight, when the resurgent Detroit Lions host the Chicago Bears. It’s the Lions’ first appearance in a decade on Monday Night Football. Detroit is 4-0, with an eight-game winning streak dating back to last season. The Lions have gotten some national notoriety after their back-to-back come-from-behind victories in the second half over Dallas and Minnesota. Detroit is off to its best start since going 6-0 to start the 1956 season – and they’re going for their first nine-game winning streak since a nine-game run in 1953-and-’54. Chicago comes in at 2-2, in third place in the North. Detroit is tied with undefeated Green Bay.
University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema says three of his injured players should return for Saturday’s homecoming game against Indiana. Safety Shelton Johnson, tight end Brian Wozniak, and guard Kevin Zeitler had various injuries -- and Wisconsin’s bye last Saturday gave them extra time to heal. Also, Bielema said it appears that sophomore Alec Lerner will most likely continue to handle kickoffs – and Philip Welch will still boot field goals and extra points. Welch missed the first part of the season with a quadriceps injury, but he returned for the Big Ten opener against Nebraska. The fourth-ranked Badgers are 5-0 overall, and 1-0 in the Big Ten.
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team remains atop the national poll released this afternoon by U.S. College Hockey Online. The defending NCAA champions are 4-0 in the young season, after sweeping North Dakota at home this past weekend in their WCHA debuts. The Fighting Sioux dropped from sixth place to seven in the new poll. Cornell is second, and Minnesota third. A new College Online men’s poll was not released as of early afternoon.
UW-Green Bay tied for eighth among 15 teams at the John Dallo Memorial tournament in suburban Chicago. Marquette was 13th. Florida Gulf Coast was the winner. Marquette sophomore Michael Motz tied for second, at one-over-par 217 for 54 holes. Chad Ebert led Green Bay with 231, in a tie for 33rd. Emilio Cuatrero of Missouri was the medalist was 213.
The Green Bay Gamblers are off to a 2-0 start in the junior U.S. Hockey League, after sweeping Dubuque in a home-and-home series over the weekend. David Goodwin scored the eventual game-winning goal in both contests – including yesterday’s 3-1 Green Bay victory at the Resch Center.
The University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team has defeated Michigan on the road for the first time ever. The Badgers took a 2-1 victory at Ann Arbor yesterday. Wisconsin has defeated the Wolverines only twice in Madison – and their last victory at all came in 2006. Tomislav Zadro and Josh Thiermann made it a 2-0 game after 41 minutes, and they hung on for the victory. Michigan out-shot the Badgers 23-to-6. Wisconsin is now 2-and-0 in the Big Ten and 6-4-2 overall. Michigan fell to 1-2 in the conference, and 3-9-1 overall.
The UW-Milwaukee women’s soccer team is still undefeated in the Horizon League, after blanking Youngstown State 3-0 at home yesterday. Laurel Ragalie scored the game-winner. Sarah Hagen and Krissy Dorre had one goal and one assist apiece, as the 12th-ranked Panthers improved to 5-and-0 in conference play and 13-and-1 overall.
The Marquette University women have a six-game winning streak, after shutting out Connecticut 3-0 at home. Meagan Kelly scored the eventual game-winning goal. Katie Hishmeh and Lindsey Pageto also scored for the ninth-ranked Golden Eagles, who improved to 6-1 in the Big East and 14-2 overall. Natalie Kulla earned her 40th career shutout with four saves.
UW-Green Bay lost at home to Wright State, 1-0. Brittany Persaud scored the game’s only goal, as UWGB fell to 1-3-1 in the Horizon League and 3-9-2 overall.
The UW-Green Bay volleyball team is in fifth place in the Horizon League at 4-4. That’s after the Phoenix lost at Butler yesterday, three-sets-to-none. Lyndsay Zabkowicz had a team-high 13 kills for Green Bay. Both the Phoenix and Butler are now at .500 in league play, and both are 8-12 overall.
The University of Wisconsin women’s rowing teams won six-of-their-seven events at the Head of the Rock Regatta at Rockford, Illinois. The Badgers swept the top-three spots in three events. And they scored 1,165 points in all their races, 272 points ahead of second-place Michigan. Teams and clubs from nine Big Ten universities competed in yesterday’s regatta.
Two teams and five individuals will be inducted on Saturday into the UW-Stevens Point Athletic Hall-of-Fame. National women’s hockey player-of-the-year Jaclyn Schmitt Cziakowski, a two-time All-American in the middle of the last decade, is among to be enshrined. Head women’s hockey coach Ann Ninnemann will also be inducted, along with football player Andy Palzkill, swimmer Jeremias Francioli, and assistant wrestling coach Yan White. Members of the 2004 women’s hockey team will also be inducted into the Stevens Point hall-of-fame, along with members of the 1998-and-’99 men’s swimming medley relay team.