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January 27, 2015

Woodson signs with Raiders for another season

Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson

Former Green Bay Packers safety Charles Woodson will play an 18th season in the National Football League.  Woodson, who turns 39-years-old in October, signed a one-year contract extension with the Oakland Raiders.

Woodson showed few signs of slowing down last season.  He played in all 16 games and led the Raiders in tackles with 160, including 105 solo tackles and four interceptions.

Woodson is an 8-time Pro Bowl player who was named an alternate this past season.  He played for the Packers from 2006 through 2012.

The only defensive back to start a game at age 39 or older is Hall of Famer Darrell Green, who played until he was 42.

Packers add competition for Masthay

Tim Masthay

Tim Masthay

After a sub par 2014 season for punter Tim Masthay, the Green Bay Packers are adding some competition to the position by signing former Alabama punter Cody Mandell.

Mandell was cut by the Dallas Cowboys on Aug. 9.  During his senior season at Alabama, in 2013, Mandell was named to the all-SEC team and was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award.

Masthay finished 30th in net average (37 yards), 26th in gross average (44.1) and 32nd in punts inside the 20-yard line (14). [Read more…]

UWM Panthers blown out by Valparaiso

Milwaukee Panthers logoThe UW-Milwaukee Panthers fell behind 19-3 and were never in the game, falling to Valparaiso 73-48 in Indiana on Monday night.

The Panthers (7-14, 2-5 Horizon League), hit just 1 of 17 from beyond the three-point arc.

Valparaiso (19-4, 6-2) led 39-16 at halftime.

Crusaders sophomore Alec Peters scored 24 points in 24 minutes of playing time, hitting 10 of 14 from the field.  Peters and the rest of his teammates shot 56% from the field for the game as they climbed to within a half game of the first place Green Bay Phoenix in Horizon League play.

Matt Tiby had 15 points, scoring in double digits in each of his last 12 games.  That matches the longest stretch of his career.

Badgers are 5th in AP Top 25

MotionW_2ColorThe Wisconsin Badgers (18-2, 6-1 Big Ten) moved to 5th in this week’s A.P. Top 25 men’s college basketball poll.

The Badgers are coming off of Saturday’s 69-64 overtime win over the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor.

Wisconsin is off until Saturday when they face the Iowa Hawkeyes for a second time this season, this time in Iowa City.  The Badgers beat the Hawkeyes in Madison, 82-50 last week.

Kentucky is number one again this week, followed by Virginia, Gonzaga and Duke at number 4.  After the Badgers at number-5 are Arizona, Villanova, Notre Dame, Kansas and Louisville.

New in the AP Top 25 poll this week is Georgetown at #21, Miami at #23 and Butler at #25.  Falling out of the Top 25 are Iowa, Seton Hall and Dayton.

Bucks fall to Spurs in San Antonio

The Milwaukee BucksMilwaukee Bucks logo 2 started strong last night, but couldn’t finish in the second half and fell to the Spurs in San Antonio 101-95.

The Bucks scored 31 points in the second quarter and shot 58% from the field in the first half, but they turned around and scored just 12 points in the third quarter and shot 38% in the second half.

Still, the Bucks (22-22) had a chance to tie the game in the final half-minute of play but guard Jerryd Bayless missed on a short floater in the lane and the Spurs then clinched the victory by making four free throws to close out.

Khris Middleton led five Bucks in double figures with 21 points.  Bayless had 15 points and five assists.  Tim Duncan led the Spurs (29-17) with 20 points and 11 rebounds. [Read more…]