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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Packers finally sell-out playoff game

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers have finally sold out for Sunday’s NFL Wildcard game against San Francisco, avoiding a local blackout.

Corporate partners of the Packers bought out the remaining tickets on Friday. NFL rules require games to be sold out 72 hours in advance to avoid blackout… it would have been the first in 30 years. The weather for Sunday afternoon’s game is to partially blame – temperatures could fall below zero, with a wind chill of minus-11.


Five Green Bay Packers are listed as probable for Sunday's NFC playoff game against San Francisco at Lambeau Field.  Running back Eddie Lacy tops that list, as he gets over an ankle injury.  Also probable are linebackers Mike Neal, Nick Perry, and Brad Jones -- and defensive lineman Ryan Pickett.  Coach Mike McCarthy said receiver and kick returner Randall Cobb is fully expected to play, and we'll find on Sunday how much he plays.  Part of today's practice was spent outside for the second day in a row, so the players can get accustomed to the elements at game-time.  The temperature might not get above zero on Sunday afternoon.  McCarthy said it was great that it was windy -- because it gave the team a chance to handle the ball in adverse conditions.  McCarthy has said that ball security would be a top priority.  The coach also said he was happy the game sold out, which happened late this morning.  He said it's the way it's supposed to be at what he called "the showcase of the NFL."


Two Packers made the Associated Press NFL All-Pro teams.  Rookie running back Eddie Lacy and left guard Josh Sitton were both named to the All-Pro second team.  Fifty media voters selected the teams.  Lacy set a Packers' rookie season rushing record with 11-hundred-78 yards with 11 touchdowns.  Sitton helped provide much of the blocking for Lacy.  He moved from the right side of the line to the left side this season.  Packers' coach Mike McCarthy said both All-Pro selections were well-deserved.  He said Lacy made a strong impact, while Sitton had his best year as a pro. 


San Francisco will not see the same Eddie Lacy they saw in Week-One -- when the Packers' rookie rushed for four yards in five carries, fumbled the ball away, and was benched for the rest of the first half.  Lacy has not fumbled since -- and he set a Green Bay rookie record with 1,178 rushing yards in his first full regular season.  Lacy is healthy once again, after getting over a sprained ankle from December 8th.  And that's a bright spot for the Packers, as they get ready to host the 49'ers on Sunday in an NFC Wild Card matchup.  Although he was limited, the former Alabama college star took part in his first full-speed padded practice yesterday since his injury.  Packers' receiver James Jones says Lacy is a totally different back now than he was in his NFL debut.  Jones said Lacy is quote, "way more comfortable, way more confident."  He said the 49'ers will have to account for his improvement.  Offensive coordinator Tom Clements says Lacy has gotten into a groove -- and it's hard for a solo tackler to get him down.  He had trouble with asthma a few weeks ago -- but he now has an inhaler on the field, and the medical staff has been briefed on handling any attacks Lacy might suffer.   Fourth-year back James Starks has stepped up his play as well, with a season-long 41 yard scamper against Chicago last week which helped set up a Green Bay touchdown. 


The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team extended their nation-leading unbeaten streak to 15 games last night, knocking off Saint Cloud State in a 3-1 final. The second-ranked Badgers out-shot the Huskies 40-23, while going zero-for-three in the power play. Badgers will go for the sweep this afternoon at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.


The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team saw their home winning streak snapped by Alaska-Anchorage 3-2 Friday night at the Kohl Center in Madison.  The Seavwolves jumped out to a 3-1 lead and only a late power play goal by Mark Zengerle gave the Badgers a chance for the final four minutes. UW had two power play goals, one of its best efforts on the power play this season. Tyler Barnes power play goal tied the game early in the second period before Alaska-Anchorage scored twice to take a 3-1 lead into the third period. Seawolf goalie Chris Kamal made 26 saves. UW’s starting goalie Landon Peterson was pulled for Joel Rumpel in the second period. Both Zengerle and Barnes each had assists and Michael Mersch had two assist as well. The win by snapped a 15-game winning streak by the Badgers over UAA and UW head coach Mike Eaves was critical of his team’s lack of effort in the press conference afterward. The No. 13 ranked Badgers drop to 10-6-1 overall and play the Seawolves, 9-8-2 overall, again tonight at the Kohl Center.


The University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team won its second straight overtime game in a row as the Badgers knocked off Illinois 76-64 at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. Friday in the Big Ten opener for both teams. The Badgers outscored the Fighting Illini 18-6 in the extra session to hand Illinopis its first loss at home this season. UW’s Taylor Wurtz led all scorers with 27 points and 19 rebounds and teammate Michala Johnson scored 20 points. Wisconsin improves to 8-5 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten. UW plays at Michigan next Thursday.


A Wisconsin speedskater fell short of making the Olympics last night, but will have another chance in two more events over the weekend. Alyson Dudek, of Hales Corners, took third in last night’s 15-hundred meter final in Utah, one spot shy of making the Olympic team in the event. Dudek still has a shot at the Sochi Olympics next month in the 500 meter trials today or the one-thousand meter on Sunday.






UW-Parkside 73, Quincy 71




Wisconsin 76, Illinois 64


Quincy 56, UW-Parkside 55


Alverno 74, Bethany Lutheran 60




Alaska-Anchorage 3,  (13) Wisconsin 2


(2) Wisconsin 3, St. Cloud State 1



Lake Erie 4, Milwaukee 2



Milwaukee 13, St. Louis 11




Appleton United 7, Fox Cities 2

Ashland 3, Northwest Iceman 2

Baldwin-Woodville 3, Eau Claire North 0

Cedarburg 9, Grafton 0

Schofield D.C. Everest 5, Neenah/Hortonville 1

Fond du Lac 4, Arrowhead 1

Mequon Homestead 7, Whitefish Bay 2

Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago 5, Milwaukee Marquette 2

Middleton 5, Onalaska 2

Monona Grove 2, University School of Milwaukee 1

Oregon 15, Monroe 1

Stevens Point Pacelli/Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 6, Tomahawk 0

Sheboygan 12, Manitowoc 1

Sparta/Mauston 4, DeForest 2

Stevens Point 8, Green Bay United 1

Verona 5, Madison West 2

Waupaca 5, Mosinee 2

Waupun 3, River Falls 2


Badger 3, Black River Falls 1

Central Wisconsin 4, Sun Prairie 0

Marshfield 3, Waupaca 2

Northern Edge 7, Lakeland 1

Northland Pines 6, Tomahawk 1

Point-Rapids 9, Medford Area 1

Proctor/Hermantown (Minnesota) 5, Hayward/Spooner 1

USM 13, Beaver Dam 0


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Abbotsford 52, Pittsville 47

Altoona 63, Barron 57

Augusta 76, Granton 39

Bloomer 54, Cadott 50

Chilton 63, Manitowoc Lutheran 46

Clayton 56, Lake Holcombe 36

Marshfield Columbus 49, Greenwood 28

Fond du Lac 56, Menasha 50

Fort Atkinson 41, Jefferson 33

Frederic 54, Birchwood 31

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 78, Sparta 41

Greenfield 41, Waterford 38

La Crosse Central 56, Wausau West 42

Little Chute 49, Winneconne 40

Lodi 80, Nekoosa 40

Oshkosh Lourdes 65, Pardeeville 49

McFarland 45, Portage 44

Milwaukee Academy of Science 60, Milwaukee Career and Tech 33

Monroe 48, Darlington 33

Mount Horeb 74, Marshall 71

Neenah 63, Appleton East 33

Neillsville 67, Colby 55 (OT)

Green Bay Notre Dame 66, Green Bay Southwest 57

Oregon 50, Whitewater 36

Oshkosh North 54, Kimberly 39

Port Edwards 67, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 61

Racine J.I. Case 77, Franklin 55

Ripon 64, Freedom 50

River Falls 53, Onalaska 52

Shullsburg 38, Albany 33

Slinger 56, Watertown 50

Unity 50, Shell Lake 37

Valders 62, Brillion 59

Viroqua 60, Black River Falls 53

Waukesha South 57, Lake Geneva Badger 49

Waupun 55, Two Rivers 54

Webster 50, Winter 25

West Salem 87, Onalaska Luther 77

Wilmot 85, Milwaukee Thomas More 58

Wisconsin Lutheran 72, West Bend East 59

Wrightstown 72, Saint Mary Central 49



Casper Natrona (Wyoming) 67, Milwaukee Bay View 64 (2OT)


Barneveld 62, Potosi 33

Barron 46, Amery 31

Bay Port 65, Green Bay West 14

Burlington 39, Palmyra-Eagle 37

Campbellsport 50, Sheboygan Falls 40

Chippewa Falls 51, Marshfield 47

Clayton 58, Lake Holcombe 20

De Pere 67, Green Bay East 25

Eau Claire Memorial 51, Holmen 36

Eau Claire North 51, Stevens Point 44

Fall River 60, Williams Bay 19

Fennimore 57, Cassville 32

Frederic 54, Birchwood 23

Palatine Fremd (Illinois) 64, Milwaukee Rufus King 58

Galena (Illinois) 47, Benton/Shullsburg 43

Horicon 48, Madison Abundant Life 32

Hortonville 43, West De Pere 38

Howards Grove 50, Random Lake 38

Kiel 44, Plymouth 43

Ladysmith 38, Altoona 18

Loyal 46, Colby 39

Madison La Follette 52, Madison Memorial 37

Markesan 50, Central Wisconsin Christian 24

Milwaukee Madison/Career & Technical/Northwest 44, Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong Learning 14

Milwaukee Riverside University 74, Milwaukee Washington 22

Milwaukee Vincent 79, Milwaukee Pulaski/Arts 48

Mosinee 50, Rhinelander 49

Mount Horeb 65, Edgerton 23

New Berlin West 50, Muskego 41

Newman Catholic 47, Wausau West 38

Northland Pines 38, Medford 36

Minong Northwood 52, Luck 30

Oak Creek 61, Kenosha Tremper 19

Oostburg 41, Sheboygan County Christian 35

Owen-Withee 62, Columbus Catholic 21

Pewaukee 53, Watertown 8

Phillips 63, Elcho 42

Platteville 50, Boscobel 30

Randolph 45, Cambria-Friesland 15

Reedsburg Area 58, Lake Mills 40

Sauk Prairie 74, Milwaukee Bradley Technical 26

Superior 78, Hudson 43

Racine Prairie 59, Kenosha Saint Joseph’s 29

Waukesha South 50, West Bend West 22

West Salem 46, La Crosse Central 40

Wittenberg-Birnamwood 46, Waupaca 35