October 31, 2014

Bucks open NBA regular season tonight

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd

Ready or not, here they come.  The Milwaukee Bucks, after winning just 15-games a year ago, look to put that nightmare in the rearview mirror as they tip-off the 2014-15 season in Charlotte against the Hornets tonight.

Second-overall pick Jabari Parker gets his NBA career underway and is expected to start for the Bucks at power forward.  His goal isn’t to win the Rookie of the Year award, even though he’s considered a preseason favorite for that honor.  Parker instead has a loftier goal, to make the playoffs.

Jason Kidd takes over on the bench for the Bucks, making his debut against the Bobcats.  And he’ll have Bucks big man Larry Sanders to start the season.

Sanders has had problems on and off the court the past two season, including injury issues.  But he’s ready to go tonight and said the Bucks are ready as well.

AUDIO: Larry Sanders says the Bucks are ready :16

Jason Kidd is looking first and foremost for his team to compete to be in games with a chance to win them.

AUDIO: Jason Kidd says the Bucks want to compete :15

When the New Orleans Hornets went with a new nickname (Pelicans), Charlotte reclaimed the Hornets, after a 12-year absence.

 

Badger rookie, Wellhausen honored by WCHA

For the third time this season, a Wisconsin women’s hockey freshman has earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors.

Baylee Wellhausen scored the game winning goal in the Badgers 2-1 victory over Bemidji State on Friday night.  Wellhausen also added an assist in the Badgers 4-3 win over Bemidji State on Saturday.

Wellhausen joins fellow freshmen Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark as UW recipients of the award this year.

Wellhausen and the 2nd-ranked Badgers hit the road this weekend to face No. 10 North Dakota on the road this weekend.

Good news on Aaron Rodgers hamstring injury

T.J. Lang

T.J. Lang

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said the medical report that he had received on Monday was promising with regards to the left hamstring injury suffered by Aaron Rodgers in Sunday’s game at New Orleans.

The injury happened in the third quarter of Sunday’s game and limited Rodgers, taking away his ability to scramble.

McCarthy told reporters on Monday that he didn’t get a chance to see Rodgers on Monday, but said the news on Rodgers is, “So far, so good I would say is how we’re looking at it.”

AUDIO: Mike McCarthy delivered the good news on Aaron Rodgers :12

McCarthy said it was a good time for Rodgers and his entire team to have a bye.  It doesn’t appear Rodgers will be required to hang around Lambeau Field for any special treatment for the week.  McCarthy also said he anticipates all of his injured players will have a good chance to play in the teams next game, Nov. 9 against the Chicago Bears.

T.J. Lang left Sunday’s game on the first offensive series with a sprained ankle and didn’t return.  McCarthy said he thinks Lang has a good chance of playing in the Packers/Bears game in two weeks.

While the players are off until next Monday, the coaches will be doing a self-scout of the teams first eight games.  The coaches will get some time off this weekend.

Watt & Herring pass the first test

MotionW_2ColorWisconsin Badger junior fullback Derek Watt and senior defensive lineman Warren Herring both came out well from their first playing action since going down with injury in the opener against LSU.

Herring missed time with a knee injury and Watt had surgery on a broken bone in his foot and returned to action Saturday in the Badgers 52-7 win over Maryland.

Watt played roughly 15-16 snaps at fullback while Herring was in on roughly twice as many plays.  Both can expect heavier workloads this week when the Badgers hit the road for a game at Rutgers.

Badgers land two more recruits

Wisconsin has received a pair of verbal commitments from a a couple of defensive line prospects over the weekend for the 2015 recruiting class.  The additions push the incoming recruiting class to 23.  He passed on offers from Colorado, Nevada and Hawaii.

Defensive tackle Elu Aydon (6’2, 296) will join the Badgers from Leone High School in Pago Pago, American Samoa.  Defensive tackle Olive Sagapolu (6’2, 290) from Santa Ana (California) Mater Dei High School is the other player to commit to Wisconsin.  He passed on offers from Washington State and Kansas State.

Defense crumbles in loss to the Saints

Aaron Rodgers - UPI/Robert Cornforth

Aaron Rodgers – UPI/Robert Cornforth

The New Orleans Saints showed Sunday night that they’re still playoff contenders, cruising to a 44-23 win over the Green Bay Packers at the Super Dome.

The Packers defense has been used to getting take/aways as a way to hold the opponents in check.  Last night, Drew Brees completed 27 of 32 for 311 yards and three touchdowns and running back Mark Ingram tore the Packers front seven to shreds with 172 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown.

In the first half, the Packers defense bent but wouldn’t break.  The Saints mustered one first half touchdown and three field goals.

But in the second half, rookie Brandin Cooks got behind the Packers secondary for a 50-yard touchdown and a 23-16 Saints lead.  Drew Brees then added a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham to give the Saints a 30-16 advantage and the rout was on.

The Packers played without starters Morgan Burnett and Sam Shields.  Burnett’s absence was very noticeable.  The Packers defense didn’t force the Saints to punt once in the game.  It’s the second time this season (Bears) that the opponent hasn’t had to punt against the Packers. [Read more...]