December 22, 2014

Cobb has his future on his mind

Randall Cobb - Photo:UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Randall Cobb – Photo:UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Randall Cobb still doesn’t have a new contract and according to the Green Bay Packers wide receiver, there’s no discussions about a deal at the moment.

Cobb told reporters after practice on Thursday that his contract situation isn’t a distraction, but he admitted that it is on his mind.

Cobb is in his fourth season and has a career-high 1,076 yards and 10 touchdowns.  his 76 receptions is four shy of a career high.

The Packers signed Jordy Nelson to a four-year, $39 million contract at the start of training camp.  Cobb becomes an unrestricted free agent in March if a deal doesn’t get done before then.

 

Shorthanded Bucks knock off the Kings

Milwaukee Bucks logoZaza Pachulia hit 1 of 2 free throws with 6.8 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Sacramento Kings 108-107 on Thursday night at Sleep Train Arena.

Pachulia then guarded Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins on the final play, forcing a fade away jumper that fell short, allowing the Bucks (14-13) to improve to 2-1 on their Western road swing.

Brandon Knight had 20 points, Jared Dudley and O.J. Mayo had 19 each and Jerryd Bayless 17 for the Bucks.

The Bucks played without center Larry Sanders after he received a one-game suspension from the NBA for a flagrant foul the night before.  They gave the start to rookie Johnny O’Bryant .

The Bucks are 3-3 in their stretch of seven straight games against Western Conference opponents.  They’re 6-5 against the West overall.

The Bucks close out the road trip at Los Angeles against the Clippers on Saturday night.

Report: Aranda is expected to stick with the Badgers

Dave Aranda

Dave Aranda

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said last week that he hoped Badger defensive coordinator Dave Aranda would return.  According to Andy Baggot in the Wisconsin State Journal, it appears Aranda will stick around for a third season.

There’s no deal in place at this time, but the report says coach Paul Chryst wants Aranda to stay in Madison.

Assistant coaches aren’t available to the media until Friday after practice.  Aranda hasn’t been available since Wisconsin’s 59-0 loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten title game.

Under Aranda this season, the Badgers defense finished 4th in total defense, 13th in scoring defense, 17th in rushing defense and 5th in passing defense.

McCarthy cautions team about overconfidence

Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy

Sunday’s game in Tampa between the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers shouldn’t be close.  The Bucs have won just two games all season, including just 1 in their last 10.  Tampa Bay is also 0-6 at home this season.

The Packers enter the game as 10-point favorites and the Bucs are without their best player, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who landed on injured reserve this week with a sprained knee.

There’s nothing that signals anything about this being a close game, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy is warning his team about overconfidence.  The coach says the Bucs will be a motivated team, a team that will give the Packers their best shot. [Read more…]

Quick start lifts the Green Bay Phoenix to victory

Brian Wardle

Brian Wardle

The Green Bay Phoenix (8-2) jumped out to a 12-0 lead on Wednesday night and cruised to a 66-50 win over Morehead State at the Resch Center.

Senior guard Keifer Sykes scored a game-high 17 points and Carrington Love added 12 points and five assists in the win.  Love went 5 for 7 from the field, reaching double figures for the third straight game.

The Phoenix held Morehead State to just 33% shooting from the floor, winning for the third straight game.

Brian Wardle’s Phoenix attempted 24 free throws in the first half and led 36-27 at halftime.  The opened the second half with an 11-4 run and Morehead state would get no closer than 13 points the rest of the night.

Green Bay returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 21 in Las Vegas, facing Arkansas-Little Rock (1pm) in the opening game of the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic.