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August 31, 2015

Bucks announce 2015 preseason schedule

Milwaukee Bucks logo 11The Milwaukee Bucks will play  three Wisconsin-based home games during the 2015 preseason, including two at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and one at the Kohl Center in Madison.

The Bucks will open their home preseason slate against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 10 in the 39th MACC Fund game.  The Bucks will also host the Washington Wizards at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday, Oct. 17.

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, Milwaukee will host the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Kohl Center in Madison, marking the first game in the state’s capital since a preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks, also at the Kohl Center, on Oct. 19, 1999.

The Bucks will play road games on Oct. 6 at Chicago, Oct. 13 at Cleveland and Oct. 23 at Minnesota.

Badgers are getting healthier

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

As the Wisconsin Badgers get ready for their season opener against 3rd-ranked Alabama in eight days in Arlington, Texas, the teams injury list is getting smaller.

Redshirt sophomore Hayden Biegel, who opened camp as the No. 1 right tackle, had been out since August 14 after suffering a concussion.  Biegel was in full pads on Thursday, although he wore a yellow no-contact jersey.

Badger coach Paul Chryst said Biegel is among several players who could be ready to face Alabama and he’s not ruling Biegel out as a starter.

Joel Stave, 21-7 as a starter, has been top quarterback from the day camp opened.  Redshirt junior Bart Houston won the battle in training camp to be his backup, out-performing D.J. Gillins for the job.

Wisconsin starts Big Ten hoops slate at home

Kohl Center Court

Kohl Center Court

The Big Ten released it’s 2015-16 men’s basketball schedule on Thursday.  It has the Wisconsin Badgers playing three of their first four games at the Kohl Center.

Wisconsin opens league play Dec. 29th against Purdue, a team that finished third in the Big Ten last season at 12-6.

Rutgers visits the Kohl Center on January 2.  The Scarlet Knights gave the Badgers one of their two league losses a year ago but finished 2-16 in the Big Ten.

Wisconsin then travels to Indiana to face the Hoosiers in January 5.  The two teams will play in Madison on January 26.

Then Maryland comes to Madison on January 9.  The Terrapins are expected to be the favorites to win the Big Ten Conference this season. [Read more…]

Former Packers Executive, John Underwood passes away at 81

John Underwood - Photo: Courtesy of Packers.com

John Underwood – Photo: Courtesy of Packers.com

Former Green Bay Packers Executive Committee Treasurer and longtime member of the Board of Directors, John Underwood, passed away this week at the age of 81.

Underwood was first elected to the Packers Board of Directors in 1986.  He was soon-there-after elected to the Executive Committee as Treasurer in 1990 and served in that role until becoming Director of Emeritus in 2005.

“John was a great supporter of the Packers and an integral member of the Packers family for many years,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “I don’t think anyone knew the finances of the Packers and the NFL better than John. He was instrumental in the redevelopment of Lambeau Field in 2003, and is a main reason that the Packers are in such sound financial shape now.

“Our condolences go out to his wife, Gail, and his family.”

 

Guion loses his appeal with the NFL

Letroy Guion

Letroy Guion

Letroy Guion has been suspended without pay for the first three games of the 2015 season, losing his appeal with the NFL.

The penalty is the result of his offseason arrest in which police seized more than $190,000 in cash, 357 grams of marijuana and an unloaded gun in his truck.

Guion was notified of the three-game ban this week.

The Packers have been preparing themselves for a suspension ever since his arrest but they were hoping for only a game or two after Guion paid a $5,000 fine in a plea deal to avoid prosecution.

Guion stands to lose nearly a half-million dollars in salary as a result of the suspension.  He is a projected starter at defensive end this season, which means the Packers will have to find a replacement for the first three games.