October 23, 2014

Badger volleyball sweeps Gophers for second time

The Wisconsin women’s volleyball team earned a second straight Border Battle victory, sweeping Minnesota for the second time this week.

Saturday’s match came at the sold out UW-Fieldhouse as the fifth-ranked Badgers (16-2, 7-1 Big Ten) pulled out a 25-19, 25-15, 25-18 three-set victory over the Gophers (13-6, 3-5).  It gives the Badgers their seventh straight Big Ten victory.

The Badgers resume Big Ten play on Wednesday as they host Iowa in a 7 p.m. match-up at the UW Field House.

Top ranked Wisconsin falls twice in women’s hockey

The number-1 ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team fell to second-ranked Minnesota 2-1 in overtime on Saturday, as the Gophers swept the two-game weekend series in Madison.

With Minnesota trailing 1-0 late in the third period, Rachael Bona fired a wrister past Ann-Renee Desbiens to tie the game 1-1 and force overtime at LaBahn Arena.

In OT, the Gophers (5-0-1, 3-0-1-0) caught the Badgers (6-2-0, 4-2-0-0) in a line change and took advantage of a turnover when Rachel Ramsey scored with just a minute left in overtime.

The teams combined for 76 shots, as Wisconsin outshot Minnesota 41-36.

The Badgers return to the ice next Friday for a two-game road series at Bemidji State.

Packers could be without starting corners on Sunday

Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy

Both Tramon Williams (ankle) and Sam Shields (knee) didn’t practice for a second straight day on Thursday and their status for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers is in doubt.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Thursday that there was no change in the two players’ status from Wednesday.  Then, he said Williams was ahead of Shields in recovering from their injuries.

The Packers don’t practice today, but will work tomorrow before facing the Panthers on Sunday.

Defensive end Datone Jones (ankle) also didn’t practice on Thursday after trying to give his ankle a go on Wednesday.  Mike McCarthy said, “He made some progress at practice Saturday, but it’s not coming along.”

If Shields and Williams are unable to play Sunday, Davon House and Casey Hayward would take their place in the starting lineup. [Read more...]

Kaminsky not comfortable being big man on campus

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is a unanimous pick to win the Big Ten Conference this season.  To add to the target that will be on the back of the Badgers this season is the fact that big man Frank Kaminsky is the unanimous choice as the Preseason Player of the Year.  Kaminsky is joined on the All Big-Ten first team by forward Sam Dekker.

After a breakout season last year, leading the Badgers to the Final Four, Kaminsky is now the star attraction in Madison.  But the 7-footer isn’t necessarily comfortable with it.

AUDIO: Frank Kaminsky on going from reletively unknown to preseason Player of the Year :17

At the Big Ten Media Day in Chicago, Kaminsky said, “I’m more impressed with the fact that as a team, we’re picked to win the Big Ten.  That’s more impressive too because you can get a plaque saying you won all-Big Ten, but I want a Big Ten Championship ring.”

AUDIO: Frank Kaminsky said they have unfinished business :11

Kaminsky has put the Final Four semifinal loss to Kentucky behind him, but he’s used it as motivation to get better.  After scoring 28 points and pulling down 11 rebounds to get past Arizona in the Elite Eight, Kaminsky scored just eight points against Kentucky.

Kaminsky said he wasn’t ready for what Kentucky threw at him.  He said he plans to be ready next time.

The Badgers open their season with a Nov. 5 exhibition game against UW-Parkside and Nov. 14 against Northern Kentucky at the Kohl Center.


Top ranked Badger women hope to turn tables on Gophers (AUDIO)

Badger coach Mark Johnson

Badger coach Mark Johnson

To say the Minnesota Gophers have had Wisconsin’s number over the last few years would be an understatement.  Over the last three seasons, the Lady Gophers are 12-1-1 against the Badgers, including a 12-game unbeaten streak and 5-straight Minnesota victories in Madison.

During that stretch, the Gophers appeared in three straight NCAA title games, winning two of them.  The Gophers knocked off the Badgers in the championship game in 2012 and in the Frozen Four semifinals last season.

During the last three seasons, Minnesota has accumulated a 113-7-3 overall record.

Prior to that three-year stretch, it was the Badgers that dominated play, going 21-5-5 against Minnesota during a six-year period, including a 6-0 record in WCHA playoff and NCAA tournament games. [Read more...]