December 22, 2014

Detroit’s Raiola suspended for game against Green Bay

The NFL has suspended Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola for one game without pay for stepping on the ankle of Chicago Bears defensive lineman Ego Ferguson during Detroit’s 20-14 win against Chicago on Sunday.

Raiola called the move unintentional and apologized to Ferguson after the game.  But the NFL saw it differently and suspended Raiola for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.  The NFL said this is Raiola’s sixth “safety-related rules violation since 2010.”

It’s not known if Raiola will appeal the suspension or not.

If Raiola doesn’t play Sunday, the Lions would likely count on rookie Travis Swanson, who was a third round draft pick out of Arkansas.  Swanson started three games at right guard earlier when Larry Warford was out with a knee injury.

Raiola can’t be with the team for the week under the guidelines of the suspension.  He would be reinstated on Dec. 29.

Green Bay cracks women’s top 25

Green Bay coach Kevin Borseth

Green Bay coach Kevin Borseth

With a 9-2 record and a 4-game winning streak, the Green Bay Phoenix women’s basketball team has cracked the Associated Press top 25 college basketball poll for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

Green Bay has tallied wins this season against Wisconsin, Purdue, Arizona State, Georgia Tech and Marquette.  They also have wins over Duquesne and South Dakota State, both having made postseason appearances a season ago.

Green Bay received 84 votes in the poll, 48 points more tan 25th-ranked Arizona State.  Green Bay trailed No. 23 Iowa by 15 votes and No. 22 Syracuse by 25 votes.  The Phoenix is the only mid-major program ranked in the top 25.


Badger tip times set

MotionW_2ColorThe Big Ten Network has announced the tip-off between the fifth ranked Wisconsin Badgers and Buffalo is set for 7 p.m. (CT) on Sunday, Dec. 28, at the Kohl Center.

Sunday’s game will be the first at the Kohl Center for the Badgers since Dec. 13.  It’s also the final non-conference game on the schedule for the Badgers.

Wisconsin begins Big Ten Conference play at home against Penn State at noon on Dec. 31.

The Badgers tip-off against California at 8 p.m. (CT) tonight on ESPN2.

Green Bay Phoenix to play in Vegas title game today

Green Bay Phoenix logo 2The Green Bay Phoenix men’s basketball team will face UC-Irvine in the championship game of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic at 3:30 pm today.

Jordan Fouse scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Alfonzo McKinnie added 16 points and pulled down ten rebounds to lead the Phoenix to a 66-46 win over Arkansas-Little Rock in Sunday’s opening round game.

Fouse was 6 of 8 from the floor and McKinnie was 7 of 9 shooting while Carrington Love added 13 points and five assists.

Green Bay (9-2) has won four-straight and eight of its past nine games.

Roger Woods scored 18 points to lead Arkansas-Little Rock (4-5).

UC-Irvine (5-5) rallied to beat Bradley 55-47 in the other opening round game.

Packers/Lions game Sunday flexed into late afternoon

Lambeau Field

Lambeau Field

Some thought Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field would be flexed to a night game, but the NFL decided to move the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers into Sunday night and the Packers vs. Lions contest will be moved from noon to 3:25 p.m.  The news on the Packers and Lions was reported on the Detroit Lions team website.

NBC-TV’s Sunday night football telecast reported the news of the Bengals and Steelers during their halftime show.

No night game was scheduled for Sunday, but one game was going to be moved.

In week 17, the NFL prefers to have a Sunday night game where one of the teams must win in order to make the playoffs.  The Packers and Lions have both already clinched playoff spots.