February 10, 2016

Sabin named MWC Performer of the Week

Ty Sabin - Photo: Courtesy of WLUK Fox 11

Ty Sabin – Photo: Courtesy of WLUK Fox 11

For the third time this season and fifth time in his career, Ripon College men’s basketball guard Ty Sabin has been named Midwest Conference Men’s Basketball Performer of the Week.

Sabin led Ripon to a pair of wins last week, averaging 36 points, 4.5 rebounds, two assists and one steal per game, while shooting 50-percent (26-of-52) from the field and 59-percent (13-of-22) from three-point range.  In Saturday’s 78-77 overtime win over Cornell, Sabin posted a single game school record of 51 points and hitting 11 three-pointers, including the game-winner at the buzzer.

Sabin has now scored over 500 points for the season, making him just the fourth player in school history to accomplish that feat.

Sabin has scored in double figures in all 68 games of his collegiate career and ranks second, across all NCAA Divisions, in career scoring average at 24.5 points a game.

Badger women end long losing skid

Michala Johnson

Michala Johnson

The Wisconsin women’s basketball team ended their seven-game losing streak, knocking off the Purdue Boilermakers 64-57.

Michala Johnson had 19 points and 13 rebounds as the Badgers pulled the big upset at the Kohl Center.

The Badgers (7-15, 3-9 Big Ten) took the lead against the Boilermakers (16-7, 7-5) for good at 33-30 when Roichelle Marble banked in a three-pointer with 33 seconds left in the first half.  The Badgers held off Purdue from that point moving forward.

Prior to Monday night, the Badgers last win in the Big Ten came back on January 10, a 82-62 win over Penn State.


Defense leads Denver to Super Bowl victory (AUDIO)

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

The Denver Bronco’s asked their defense to win the biggest game of the season and for veteran quarterback Peyton Manning to manage the game.  The result was a 24-10 victory.

Manning’s 56.6 passer rating was only slightly better than Cam Newton (55.4).  He completed just 13 of 23 for 141 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.  Hardly the type of numbers you would associate with a Super Bowl win.

But the Broncos simply asked Manning to not lose the game.  Don’t turn the ball over, like the Carolina Panthers did four times (three by Cam Newton).  Denver’s offense may have been boring to watch, but the Bronco’s coaching staff wasn’t worried about style points.  They were worried more about winning a Super Bowl.

To pull that off, the Broncos would have to put the game in the hands of their defense.

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has been coaching for 40 years, as an assistant, a head coach and now a coordinator.  He’s help build one of the league’s top defenses and they showed just how good they are by holding down the Panthers. [Read more…]

Marquette women drop second straight

MarquetteGoldenEagles2The Marquette women’s basketball team dropped its second straight Big East contest, falling to Villanova 81-60 in Philadelphia on Sunday.

The Wildcats scored the games first 17 points and led by seven at halftime.  Villanova then pulled away in the second half as Alex Louin scored a career-high 28 points in the contest.

The Wildcats shot 57-percent from the field for the game, while holding the Golden Eagles to 44-percent.

Natisha Hiedeman scored 15 to lead Marquette, which dropped to six-and-seven in the Big East Conference and eleven-and-13 overall.

Hall of Fame means Favre’s journey is complete

Brett Favre is a 1st ballot Hall of Famer

Brett Favre is a 1st ballot Hall of Famer

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre became the 24th member of the organization to be voted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and just the fifth to do it in his first year of eligibility.

Favre became the 74th individual to be voted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility overall.  He’s joined by former Packers assistant coach Kevin Greene who ranks third all-time in sacks while playing for the Rams, Steelers, Panthers and 49ers.

This class also includes receiver Marvin Harrison, quarterback Ken Stabler, tackle Orlando Pace, guard Dick Stanfel, coach Tony Dungy and owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr.

Unlike the other members of this class, Brett Favre is directly responsible for reviving an organization that had gone through a couple of decades of losing. [Read more…]