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-- Marquette University named Larry Williams yesterday as its new athletic director.
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University named Larry Williams yesterday as its new athletic director.
The 48-year-old Williams has been the head of athletics-and-recreation at the University of Portland for the last seven years. He played with four NFL teams from 1985-through-'93. He has also practiced law in Indianapolis, and worked in marketing at his alma mater at Notre Dame. At Portland, Williams headed an athletic program that won a national Division-One women's soccer title in 2005. Williams will begin his new job at Marquette on January second.
Williams replaces Steve Cottingham, who left this summer amid a controversy over alleged sexual assaults by two student-athletes who were never charged. Police and prosecutors said the school did not follow proper procedures in investigating the cases.
The Milwaukee Brewers lost utility player Jerry Hairston Junior yesterday. The veteran free agent agreed to a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth six-million-dollars. The Brewers were hoping to re-sign the 35-year-old Hairston, who provided a hitting spark during Milwaukee's playoff run this fall. General manager Doug Melvin still hopes to find a shortstop at this week's Winter Meetings in Dallas. Philadelphia free agent Jimmy Rollins is available, and Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke says he'd love to have him. But the 33-year-old Rollins wants a five-year deal -- something the Phillies are rejecting for now. Money could also be an issue. The Brewers also plan to talk to Yuniesky Betancourt's agent about the possibility of his return. Melvin also said he never made a serious offer for former New York Mets' shortstop Jose Reyes, who agreed to a six-year, $106-million-dollar deal with Miami.
The UW- Milwaukee men's basketball team improved to 8-1 last night with an 87-76 victory at DePaul. The Panthers shot 62-percent to 50 for the Blue Demons. Milwaukee hit 14-of-its-first-20 shots and led by 20 at the break. DePaul opened the second half with a 13-to-4 run, but they never got any closer than eight. UWM made 11-of-20 from three-point range. Point guard Kaylon Williams led the Panthers with 21 points and five assists. Forward Tony Meier scored 20 off the bench. And guard Paris Gulley, who came in averaging just four-and-a-half points, added 19. Cleveland Melvin scored 27 for DePaul and Brandon Young had 20. The Blue Demons dropped to 4-3. Milwaukee won its first game over DePaul in 11 tries. The Panthers are off to their best start since the 1992-93 season. They'll play at Northern Iowa on Saturday night. Tonight, the 11th-ranked Marquette men play Washington at the Jimmy-"V" Classic in New York. The UW-Parkside men will host Northland International. And the Parkside women are at home against Cardinal Stritch of Milwaukee.
The University of Wisconsin women topped Saint Louis 48-46 last night in Madison. The Billikins had a five-point lead with 14-and-a-half minutes left. But the Badgers roared back with a 12-2 run, and they never trailed after that. Cassie Rochel hit a jumper for Wisconsin that tied the game at 32. And Taylor Wurtz then hit a three -- and that turned out to be the deciding score for the Badgers. Wurtz had 16 points and nine rebounds. Lorreal Jones had 13 points and 16 boards for Saint Louis, which fell to 2-6. Wisconsin improved to 4-5, and will play at Kansas on Thursday night.
UW-Whitewater moved up five places to 19th in the men's national small college basketball poll from D3hoops.com. The Warhawks are 6-and-0. Stevens Point moved up two spots to Number-21. River Falls dropped out of the Top-25 after being 25th a week ago. River Falls still received votes along with Edgewood and UW-Superior. Middlebury is the new men's Number-One. Augustana dropped from first-to-fourth.
In the Division III women's poll, UW-Stevens Point remains at Number-seven. The Pointers are 6-0 to start the year. River Falls jumped three spots to 18th. Whitewater rose two places to 21st. Carthage and Eau Claire received votes. Amherst remains at Number-One.
Madison Memorial leads Division-One in the season's first AP boys' state high school basketball poll. Memorial is 2-and-0. Germantown is second, followed by Milwaukee Riverside and De Pere. Onalaska leads Division-Two, with Seymour second and Whitnall of Hales Corners third. In Division-Three, La Crosse Aquinas is first. East Troy and Racine Saint Catherine's are tied for second. Whitefish Bay Dominican leads Division-Four, followed by Cuba City and Laconia. And in Division-Five, Randolph is the season's first leader with Racine Lutheran second and Clayton third.
In the AP girls' poll, Nicolet tops Division-One. Milwaukee Vincent is second, Verona third, and Middleton and Milwaukee Pius XI are tied for fourth. New London tops Division-Two, followed by Beaver Dam and Whitefish Bay. In Division-Three, Whitefish Bay Dominican is the season's first girls' leader with Lomira second and Richland Center third. Eau Claire Regis leads Division-Four, with Algoma and Oshkosh Lourdes second-and-third. And in Division-Five, Wausau Newman leads the way followed by Black Hawk and Seneca.
The Milwaukee Admirals have hired Stan Drulia as a new assistant coach. The Admirals had an opening when Ian Herbers was promoted to head coach last month, replacing Kirk Muller who left to coach the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes. Drulia was most recently the head coach at Wheeling in the East Coast Hockey League. He also played 126 games in the NHL.
The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team fell out of the Top-10 in both major polls, after back-to-back losses to North Carolina and Marquette. Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles are now at No. 11 in both the AP media poll and the coaches' survey. They rose five spots in both from a week ago. That's after Marquette snapped the Badgers' 23-game home winning streak with a 61-54 victory on Saturday. Marquette improved to 7-0. The Badgers are now 6-2. They dropped five places to 14th in the AP poll, and nine spots to Number-16 in the coaches' rankings. Wisconsin will host UW-Green Bay on Wednesday night. The Marquette men will play Washington tomorrow in the Jimmy-"V" classic in New York.
UW-Green Bay rose two places to 21st in the new AP women's basketball poll. The Phoenix are 7-0 on the heels of an eight-point win over Northern Iowa yesterday. Green Bay will travel to Toledo on Thursday night before taking its break for final exams. The Baylor women remain at Number-One.
The University of Wisconsin women's hockey team remains atop the new U.S. College Hockey Online poll released this afternoon. The Badgers are now 17-1 overall. The top-six teams in the poll are unchanged from a week ago. Minnesota is second, followed by Cornell, Boston College, North Dakota, and Mercyhurst.
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team was off this past weekend, and they failed to get any votes in their USCHO.com survey. Minnesota-Duluth moved up three spots to Number-One and the Badgers will face the Bulldogs this weekend at the Kohl Center. Last week's top team, Merrimack, fell to fifth. In Division-Three, the UW-River Falls men rose one place to third with a record of 8-0-2. Saint Norbert is still at Number-five. Milwaukee Engineering rose one spot to 11th. UW-Superior dropped three places to 13th. Eau Claire also received votes. In the Division III women's poll, River Falls fell two spots to seventh. And Superior moved into the Top-10 in a tie for ninth.
Wisconsin boys' high school basketball
Cassville 52, Seneca 28
Cuba City 90, Pecatonica 34
Darlington 60, Platteville 47
Drummond 62, Bayfield 43
Green Bay Southwest 59, Southern Door 34
Hurley 81, Wakefield-Marenisco, Michigan 70
Ithaca 53, New Lisbon 48
Lancaster 53, Boscobel 52, OT
Mellen 53, Mercer 37
Milwaukee Messmer 58, Delafield St. John's Northwestern 37
Minong Northwood 58, Shell Lake 48
Montello 57, Lomira 43
Mount Horeb 45, McFarland 43, OT
Oneida Nation 50, Manawa 44
Potosi 61, Wauzeka 39
South Shore 61, Butternut 27
Suring 64, Rosholt 44
Thorp 45, Osseo-Fairchild 31
Washburn 53, Solon Springs 41
Girls' high school basketball
Adams-Friendship 58, Black River Falls 25
Almond-Bancroft 30, Princeton 18
Barron 33, New Richmond 23
Clayton 36, Unity 31
Clear Lake 67, Cumberland 24
Deerfield 63, Poynette 26
Dodgeland 45, Waterloo 31
Eastbrook Academy 38, Milwaukee Hope School 12
Eleva-Strum 48, Arcadia 40
Elk Mound 41, Fall Creek 40
Highland 48, Monticello 46
Hustisford 34, Cambria-Friesland 29
Independence 41, Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 38
Marshall 46, Pardeeville 39
Mellen 62, Mercer 21
Monona Grove 58, Dodgeville 54
New Glarus 51, Pecatonica 44
New London 37, Milwaukee Pulaski 19
Onalaska Luther 64, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 24
West Bend West 58, West Allis Central 48
West Salem 46, Royall 35
Westby 40, Brookwood 17
Whitefish Bay Dominican 90, Beaver Dam Wayland Academy 28