September 16, 2014

Badger women’s volleyball team stays perfect

The 4th ranked Wisconsin women’s volleyball team, playing their home opener at the UW Field House, swept the Miami Hurricanes in three straight matches in the opening round of the HotelRED event in Madison.

The Badgers’ 25-12, 25-15, 25-19 victory pushes the team’s record to 6-0.

Prior to the start of action, the Badgers had a banner dropped honoring their 2013 NCAA national runner-up finish.

Wisconsin continues its play in the HotelRED Invitational today (Saturday), facing Missouri State at noon before taking on Ball State at 7:30pm at the UW Field House.

Brewers run win streak to three games

The Milwaukee Brewers continue their postseason playoff run with a ninth inning 3-2 walk off victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park on Friday night.

Lyle Overbay’s bases-loaded single off Jumbo Diaz in the ninth inning scored pinch runner Logan Schafer and gave the Brewers their third straight victory.  It’s their longest win streak since they put together five straight victories from Aug. 14-19.

With Lucroy at second base, Aramis Ramirez moved him to third with a groundout to shortstop.  Then Ryan Braun and Gerardo Parra were walked intentionally to bring up Overbay.  On Diaz’s first pitch with the bases loaded, Overbay lined a hit to the gap in left-center to send the 31,463 fans home happy.

As a pinch hitter, Overbay is hitting .370 with a home run and eight rbi’s this season.

Kyle Lohse started and wasn’t involved in the decision for the Brewers.  But he did allow two earned runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts, his best start since late August.

The victory goes to Francisco Rodriguez (5-5) who worked the top of the 9th for the Brewers, before Overbay’s heroics.

Game two of the series is tonight at Miller Park.  Yovani Gallardo (8-9, 3.61) pitches for Milwaukee.  David Holmberg (0-1, 8.25) goes for the Reds.

Badgers short on tailbacks

Gary Andersen

Gary Andersen

Wisconsin Badger freshman tailback Taiwan Deal is expected to be out until the second or third Big Ten Conference game with a hand injury.  Another Wisconsin freshman tailback, Caleb Kinlaw, will redshirt this season.  He’s been dealing with shoulder and hip issues.

To help with the lack of depth, coach Gary Andersen said sophomore cornerback Dare Ogunbowale was moved to tailback during this bye week.  The Badgers could also move sophomore free safety Leo Musso on a part-time basis.

The Badgers are off this weekend.  They’ll return to Camp Randall Stadium a week from Saturday against Bowling Green.


Brewers win second straight, Stanton sidelined (Video)

The Milwaukee Brewers won their second straight game, knocking off the Miami Marlins 4-2 at Miller Park on Thursday night.  It’s the first time the Brewers have won back-to-back games since Aug. 24-25.

But the game was marred by Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton getting hit in the face by a Mike Fiers fastball in the fifth inning.

Stanton was struck on the left side of his face and went down immediately in the batters box.  Stanton was attended to and then taken off the field on a mini-ambulance.  Stanton lost so much blood that the grounds crew had to come in to cleanup the batter’s box.

Stanton suffered multiple facial fractures, dental damage and a facial laceration that required stitches.  He’s likely done for the season.

Mike Fiers was visibly shaken by the sight of Stanton sprawled on the ground.  “It’s very tough.  I’ve never in my life experienced anything like that.  It was very hard for me to take in everything at the moment and come back and thrown another pitch.”

“I just want to send my thoughts and prayers to Giancarlo Stanton.  I would never think of throwing at somebody like that.  Never in my life has something like that happened.  I’m very sad that it hit them.  I’m very sorry to their teammates, their fans, his family.  It’s just tough.” [Read more...]

Lacy could return to face the Jets on Sunday

Brandon Bostick - UPI/Robert Cornforth

Brandon Bostick – UPI/Robert Cornforth

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said running back Eddie Lacy was in the final stages of the concussion protocol that is mandated by the NFL.  Not only does Lacy have a chance to practice later today, but he could play Sunday in the home opener against the New York Jets.

Lacy suffered a concussion in the season opener against the Seattle Seahawks last Thursday, his second concussion in as many seasons.

In order to return on Sunday, Lacy must be cleared by an independent neurologist.

More injury news

Bryan Bulaga and Brandon Bostick both practiced on Wednesday and both could play Sunday against the Jets.  But Mike McCarthy said they’ll need to practice in a padded workout today and come away in good shape.  Bulaga suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee in the Seattle game, while Bostick  suffered a fractured right fibula against St. Louis on Aug. 16.

AUDIO: Mike McCarthy on Brandon Bostick :17

Linebacker Brad Jones didn’t practice at all on Wednesday because of a thigh strain and it was determined he needed to get healthy.  If Jones doesn’t suit up on Sunday, Jamari Lattimore would likely get the start in his place.  The Packers could also use Sam Barrington during Sunday’s game.

Jones struggled in last Thursday’s season opening loss against Seattle.