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GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers will not play in Sunday’s Green Bay Packer game at Dallas.  Head Coach Mike McCarthy said this afternoon that Rodgers thought he achieved the hurdle he had to get over – being hit hard without a sizable chance of re-injuring his broken collarbone.

However, after getting the facts from the team’s medical staff, McCarthy said it’s in the Packers’ best interest that Rodgers not play.  That means Matt Flynn will start his third consecutive game.  McCarthy said Flynn had his best practice today, and was very sharp on everything he needed to do.  The coach also said running back Eddie Lacy looked good at today’s practice.  He’s expected to play on Sunday, after hurting an ankle last weekend against Atlanta.  There’s been talk that the Packers might rely more on running back James Starks.  McCarthy said he wouldn’t mind giving the ball to Starks 20 times quote, “if that’s the way it worked out.”  Also, linebackers Nick Perry and Mike Neal practiced on a limited basis today – and both were listed as probable for the Cowboys’ game. 


At least four injured Green Bay Packers are expected to play on Sunday at Dallas.  Running back Eddie Lacy, outside linebacker Mike Neal, and inside linebackers Brad Jones and Jamari Lattimore all sat out of Wednesday's and Thursday's practices.  Lacy played the second half of last week's win over Atlanta with a sprained ankle.  Neal is getting over an abdominal problem.  Jones and Lattimore are coming off knee injuries.  One player you most likely won't see on Sunday is rookie offensive lineman J.C. Tretter.  He was recently activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list, after he broke an ankle last spring.  With center Evan Dietrich-Smith possibly being out for Dallas, Tretter has been getting some practice time at that spot.  However, guard T.J. Lang remains the Packers' top backup at center.  Offensive line coach James Campen said Tretter is still trying to catch up to the fundamentals, after being sidelined for so long.  Campen does say Tretter is making good progress, and it's great to see him on the field.

________________________ Former Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Mike Dunleavy has stepped up for the Chicago Bulls in the wake of his team’s injuries.  He has averaged 20 points in his last three games.  That includes Tuesday night’s Bulls’ loss to Milwaukee, when Dunleavy scored 20.  The next night, however, Dunleavy only made 7-of-24 shots from the floor.  Chicago will play Milwaukee again tonight, this time at the Bradley Center.  Former Marquette stand-out Jimmy Butler is among three Chicago starters out.  One of them, Luol Deng, could return tonight.  The Bucks still have Caron Butler, Gary Neal, and Zaza Pachulia out – and Larry Sanders might not return for a couple weeks or longer.  Milwaukee comes into tonight’s contest at 5-17, on the heels of a crushing 32-point home loss to San Antonio.  Chicago is 8-12 after losing three straight and 9-of-11.
________________________ No Bucks are listed among the Top-25 vote-getters in the Eastern Conference for the NBA All-Star Game.  The league has released the first results of fan voting for the starters in the February 16th All-Star Game in New Orleans.  LeBron James of Miami leads the frontcourt candidates and all East voters with 609,000 ballots cast.  Paul George of Indiana is second.  Former Marquette guard Dwayne Wade of Miami tops the East backcourt players with 396,000 votes.  Former Bucks’ guard Ray Allen of the Heat is fifth with 99,000.  Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City leads the West candidates with 607-thousand votes.  Milwaukee has not had an All-Star since 2004, when Michael Redd made the East squad as the coaches’ reserve selection. _________________________

UW-Whitewater will play at Mary Hardin-Baylor tomorrow in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III football playoffs.  Both teams are 13-0, as they play in Belton Texas for a trip to Salem, Virginia next weekend in the D-III title game.  Mary Hardin-Baylor is ranked third, after the Crusaders crushed Saint John Fisher 45-23 in last weekend’s quarter-finals.  The Warhawks are ranked fifth, after a 28-17 home victory over Linfield of Oregon last Saturday.  Both the ‘Hawks and Crusaders have played in eight D-III semi-finals.  Whitewater is 7-1 in those games.  Mary Hardin-Baylor is 1-7.  The Warhawks are 4-0 lifetime against the Crusaders, including two national semi-final victories in 2007-and-’08.  Tomorrow’s game starts at 2:30 on the ESPN3 Web site.  The winner will play either Mount Union or North Central of suburban Chicago in next Friday night’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem. __________________________

The University of Wisconsin women's basketball team will play its final non-conference road game of the regular season tonight at Washington.  The Badgers are 6-3, after falling at home to 23rd-ranked Gonzaga on Tuesday night, 70-55.  Wisconsin shot a season-low 32-percent in that game.  Senior guard Morgan Paige needs five more points to reach a-thousand for her career.  The Badgers will face a Washington team that's 2-3, after losing to then-23rd Texas A&M by six points last Saturday.  Junior point guard Jazmine Davis leads the Huskies in scoring with 19 a game.  Davis is Washington's all-time leading scorer going into her third season.  Freshman guard Kelsey Plum had 20-or-more points in her first three contests.  She now averages 18 a night.___________________________

A veteran minor league manager will take over the Milwaukee Brewers' Triple-"A" club at Nashville.  61-year-old Rick Sweet was named yesterday, after he spent this past season as Cincinnati's minor-league coordinator for catchers.  Sweet replaces Darnell Coles, who was named the new skipper at Nashville a few weeks ago -- but left soon afterward to join the Detroit Tigers' Major League coaching staff for next season.___________________________

The University of Wisconsin women's volleyball team will play Florida State this afternoon in the Sweet-16 round of their NCAA Tournament.  The 12th-seeded Badgers advanced to the regional round in Champaign, Illinois by shutting out California in last weekend's subregional final in Madison.  Florida State made the Sweet-16 with a 3-2 win over in-state rival Florida.  The Seminoles are 26-7 on the year. Wisconsin is 25-9.  Today's winner will play either Purdue or the host Illinois tomorrow night for a slot in the Final Four.  The Badgers are in their first national tournament since 2006.____________________________

The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team will host Colorado College tonight and tomorrow night.  The Tigers used to be a conference opponent for the Badgers, until Wisconsin helped form the new Big Ten men's hockey circuit this fall.  The 15th-ranked Badgers are 6-5-1 overall, and they're 2-2 in league play after sweeping a pair from Penn State last weekend.  Colorado College is 2-10-3.  The Tigers are struggling after making it to the WCHA title game last spring.  They're now in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.  Tigers' coach Scott Owens is a native of Madison.  He spent a year as a UW assistant coach in the early 1990's. Meanwhile, the Badger women's hockey team is on its holiday break, after sweeping Bemidji State last weekend.  They won't play again until Jan. 3 at Saint Cloud State.______________________________ The Milwaukee Admirals will play at Grand Rapids tonight and tomorrow night.  The Griffins lead the American Hockey League’s Midwest Division with 36 points, seven more than second-place Milwaukee.  The Admirals improved to 12-5-4-1 with a 4-0 home shutout of Oklahoma City last night.  Grand Rapids ended a seven-game winning streak on Wednesday night with a 4-2 home loss to Chicago. The Griffins are 17-5-1-and-1.  Milwaukee is 2-and-1 against Grand Rapids so far this season.