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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Badgers blow 24-7 lead, lose to LSU

HOUSTON - The LSU Tigers rallied for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to come from behind and edge Wisconsin 28-24.  The game was played Saturday night at NRG Stadium. 

The Badgers defense had stifled the Southeastern Conference powerhouse for the first three periods and Wisconsin was leading at one point, 24-7.  Then, Tiger running back Kenny Hilliard took over.  He carried LSU on a game-winning, fourth-quarter drive, racing through a hole on the right side of the line from 28 yards out for the winning points.  An interception of a Tanner McEvoy set the Tigers up.  LSU has won 46 consecutive non-conference games – best in the nation.  Melvin Gordon carried the ball 17 times for 138 yards and a score for the Badgers.  The story of the game came in the passing statistics – where LSU’s Anthony Jennings threw for 238 yards and two scores, while McEvoy hit just eight-of-24 passes for 50 yards and two interceptions.  Western Illinois is next for the Badgers, coming to Camp Randall Stadium for an 11 a.m. kick-off next Saturday.


A few weeks ago there were very few takers when the Boston Red Sox were trying to trade Jake Peavy.  That might have been a mistake.  Peavy had a no-hitter going against Milwaukee into the eighth inning and picked up the win in a 3-1 San Francisco victory.  Brewers’ first baseman Mark Reynolds blooped a single into right to break up the no-hitter and Milwaukee did score a run in the ninth, but the Giants still held on for an important win.  Peavy went seven-and-two-thirds innings, allowing just the one hit.  He had held the Mets without a hit through the seventh inning August 2nd.  Mike Fiers took the loss for Milwaukee despite a strong seven-inning performance.  The Giants scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning.  The loss leaves Milwaukee one game ahead of St. Louis in the tightly-packed National League Central Division race.  Pittsburgh is two games out.  Kyle Lohse goes for the Brewers this afternoon at San Francisco.  Madison Bumgarner will pitch for the Giants.


The Green Bay Packers will go with three quarterbacks after keeping both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzein.  Both had strong preseason performances.  The Packers also kept five receivers.  NFL rosters were cut to 53 players yesterday.  The Packers released 18 players and put four on injured reserve.  They will hold a rare Sunday practice today with the season opening at Seattle Thursday. 

(CUT:  S-Chris Banjo, WR-Myles White, WR-Kevin Dorsey, RB-Michael Hill, RB-LaDarius Perkins, WR-Alex Gillett, TE-Justin Perillo, C-Garth Gerhart, OT-John Fullington, OT-Jeremy Vujnovich, OG-Jordan McCray, DE-Luther Robinson, DT-Carlos Gray, LB-Jake Doughty, LB-Adrian Hubbard, S-Tanner Miller, CB-Jumal Rolle, CB-Ryan White.  INJURED RESERVE:  TE-Jake Stoneburner, DT-Khyri Thornton, LB-Nate Palmer, OT-Aaron Adams.)


Saturday was a bad day for Wisconsin golfer Jerry Kelly at the Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston.  Kelly struggled to a three-over-par 73 in the second round and is now tied for 70thafter first round of even par.  Jason Day and Ryan Palmer are tied for the lead at eight under par going into today’s third round.  They have a one-stroke edge entering Sunday.  Kelly is 11 shots back.  He entered the weekend in 60th place in the Fed-Ex Cup point standings.  The top 70 continue to the third of four tournaments next weekend.  On the Champions Tour, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman’s Saturday round was even more disappointing than Kelly’s.  Forsman slumped to a seven-over-par 77 and he is 16 shots off the pace, tied for 79th.  Bob Tway, Joe Durant and Joe Daley are tied at the top with scores of 10-under par.  Three more golfers are tied for fourth, one shot back.


Kevin Harvick held the lead for the final 159 laps at Saturday’s Great Clips 300 to benefit Feed the Children in Atlanta.  Harvick held off Joey Logano, who finished second.  Chase Elliott started from the pole and finished fifth, holding on to his points lead.  The only Wisconsin driver in the field was Matt Kenseth in 11thplace. 




--Big Ten Conference

Louisiana State 28, Wisconsin 24

Pennsylvania State 26, Central Florida 24

Illinois 28, Youngstown State 17

Indiana 28, Indiana State 10

Iowa 31, Northern Iowa 23

Ohio State 34, Navy 17

Michigan 52, Appalachian State 14

Purdue 43, Western Michigan 34

Maryland 52, James Madison 7

Nebraska 55, Florida Atlantic 7

California 31, Northwestern 24


--National League Central Division

San Francisco 3, Milwaukee 1

Chicago 5, St. Louis 1 (DH)

St. Louis 13, Chicago 2 (DH)

Pittsburgh 3, Cincinnati 2

--Regional Major League Action

Chicago 6, Detroit 3 (DH)

Detroit 8, Chicago 4 (DH)

Baltimore 3, Minnesota 2

--Midwest League

Beloit 6, Wisconsin 2


Antioch, Ill. 12, Kenosha Tremper 7

Arcadia 66, Whitehall 0

Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 38, Thorp 16

Athens 44, Wasuau Newman 0

Bangor 44, Blair-Taylor 0

Black River Falls 8, Tomah 2

Chippewa Falls 22, Medford  14, OT

Delavan-Darien 37, Big Foot 13

Eau Claire Memorial 20, La Crosse Central 6

Fall Creek 14, Altoona 7

Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran 70, Oshkosh Valley Christian 12

Iola-Scandinavia 14, Rosholt 0

Ithaca 68, Living Word Lutheran 8

Kettle Moraine Lutheran 23, Greendale Martin Luther 7

La Crosse Logan 21, Eau Claire North 14

Chicago Loyola, Ill. 44, Milwaukee Marquette 0

Onalaska Luther 35, Cashton 8

Marshfield 29, Wausau East 0

Chippewa Falls McDonell 22, Gilman 12

Mondovi 35, Durand 7

Necedah 28, Cochrane-Fountain City 12

Port Edwards 40, North Crawford 22

River Valley 12, Nekoosa 6

La Crosse Aquinas 14, Stevens Point Pacelli 7

Sauk Prairie 20, Fort Atkinson 6

Shawano  28, New London 26

Stanley-Boyd 21, Spencer/Marshfield Columbus 0

Stevens Point 14, Wausau West 10

Stratford 20, Colby 13

Tomahawk 14, Pittsville 0

Westby 27, Sparta 9

Wisconsin Heights 58, Shell Lake 6

Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln 32, Schofield D.C. Everest 7