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March 3, 2015

Jackson still not cleared for a return to action

Traevon Jackson

Traevon Jackson

Wisconsin Badger senior point guard Traevon Jackson was hoping to be back in the lineup for Senior Day last Sunday, but he wasn’t cleared by the teams medical staff.  Jackson has now missed 12 games after breaking his foot in a game against Rutgers in early January.

Jackson said Sunday that he would return soon, but Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan expressed some doubts during the Big Ten coaches teleconference on Monday.

Ryan was asked if Jackson had a decent shot at being back in the lineup in time for the Big Ten tournament, two weeks from now in Chicago.  Ryan said, “That might be tough.  I can’t rule anything out because the coaches are the last to know anymore.  His clearance may be two weeks, who knows?”

The Badgers (26-3, 14-2 Big Ten) have two games left in the regular season.  They’ll travel to Minnesota on Thursday and at Ohio State on Sunday.  Any combination of one Badger win or Maryland loss and the Badgers will clinch the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament and win the Big Ten title outright.

The Badgers dropped one spot to No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday.  They dropped to 5th in the coaches poll.

 

Packers don’t use a tag on Cobb

Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb

The Green Bay Packers opted not to use a franchise or transition tag on wide receiver Randall Cobb, with the deadline to do so passing yesterday.A franchise tag would have set the compensation for another team to sign Cobb at two first-round draft choices if the Packers would decide not to match an offer sheet.  If the Packers had used a transition tag on Cobb, they would have the right to match, but there would be no compensation if they let him go.

Using the franchise tag would have cost the Packers more than $12.8 million.  The one-year transition offer would have been more than $10.97 million. [Read more…]

Eagles sign former Packer, Jones

Brad Jones with AJ Hawk

Brad Jones with AJ Hawk

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed former Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Brad Jones to a two-year deal on Monday.

Jones was released by the Packers on Feb. 20.  He paid visits to the Tennessee Titans and the Eagles before signing with Philadelphia.

Jones started 36 of 76 games for the Packers from 2009 through last season.

Green Bay’s Sykes repeats as HL Player of the Year

Keifer Sykes

Keifer Sykes

Green Bay Phoenix senior guard Keifer Sykes is the Horizon League Player of the Year for the second-straight season.

Sykes becomes the first player since Detroit’s Rashad Phillips in 2000-01 to win back-to-back player of the year awards and the fifth player in the league’s history to win player of the year two or more times.  Sykes joins Tony Bennett (1990-91, 1991-92) as the only players in Green Bay’s Division 1 history to be named the conference player of the year twice.

For the second straight season, media members, head coaches and sports information directors voted Sykes as the top player in the league.  He was also voted All-Horizon League for the third time in his career. [Read more…]

Green Bay’s Sykes is HL Player of the Week

Keifer Sykes

Keifer Sykes

The Horizon League will announce its player and coach of the year awards, along with all of the other league honors this afternoon.  In advance of that announcement, the Horizon League named Preseason Player of the Year Keifer Sykes the Player of the Week for a record 13th time in his career.

Sykes averaged 28.5 points, 5.5 assists, 5 rebounds and three steals in Green Bay’s two wins last week.  He scored a career-high 36 points and reached 2,000 career points in his hometown on Thursday when the Phoenix won at Illinois-Chicago.  He added 21 points and eight assists to celebrate Senior Day on Saturday against Oakland. [Read more…]