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February 10, 2016

Aaron Rodgers recovering nicely

Aaron Rodgers and Jerry Kelly practicing for this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Photo: PGATour

Aaron Rodgers and Jerry Kelly practicing for this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Photo: PGA Tour

Aaron Rodgers’ recovery from knee surgery in January is going so well that he’s taking part this week in the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Rodgers was moving around without any kind of limp at the NFL Honors program last Saturday night.  Now he’s going to tee it up this week with Madison’s Jerry Kelly, who is a three-time winner on the PGA Tour.

Rodgers underwent surgery just days after the Packers’ Jan. 16 playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Rodgers has played in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am several times.  He and Kelly will tee off on Spyglass Hill on Thursday morning.  It’s one of three courses used for the event, which features 156 PGA professionals, with each of them paired with an amateur partner.

So far this season, Kelly is tied for 88th in the Fed Ex Cup point standings.  He ranks 92nd in money earned at $237,870.  In five events, Kelly has one top ten finish.

Wisconsin coach Jones heading to NFL

Daronte Jones. (Photo by David Stluka).

Daronte Jones. (Photo by David Stluka).

After coaching defensive backs at Wisconsin for just one season, Daronte’ Jones is leaving for the N-F-L.

Jones is reportedly ready to become the assistant secondary coach of the Miami Dolphins.

The Badgers have to replace three starters from last season, cornerback Darius Hillary and safeties Michael Caputo and Tanner McEvoy.

Jones was a key factor in recruiting safeties Patrick Johnson of Washington D.C. and Eric Burrell of Severn, Maryland, who signed letters of intent with the school last week.

Jones becomes the second member of Paul Chryst’s coaching staff to leave following the end of the last season.  Defensive Coordinator Dave Aranda left to take over as defensive coordinator at LSU.

Badger women end long losing skid

Michala Johnson

Michala Johnson

The Wisconsin women’s basketball team ended their seven-game losing streak, knocking off the Purdue Boilermakers 64-57.

Michala Johnson had 19 points and 13 rebounds as the Badgers pulled the big upset at the Kohl Center.

The Badgers (7-15, 3-9 Big Ten) took the lead against the Boilermakers (16-7, 7-5) for good at 33-30 when Roichelle Marble banked in a three-pointer with 33 seconds left in the first half.  The Badgers held off Purdue from that point moving forward.

Prior to Monday night, the Badgers last win in the Big Ten came back on January 10, a 82-62 win over Penn State.

 

Desbiens sets Wisconsin record

Ann-Renee Desbiens (Photo by David Stluka)

Ann-Renee Desbiens (Photo by David Stluka)

Goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens set a Wisconsin record with her 15th shutout of the season as the second-ranked Badger women’s hockey team completed a sweep of Ohio State 2-0 on Saturday.

Desbiens leads the nation with a goals-against average of point-61, a save percentage of point-966 and those 15 shutouts.

Sophomore Baylee Wellhausen and freshman Sam Cogan scored goals for the Badgers (28-1-1, 22-1-1-1 WCHA) who have own 10 games in a row and are at the top of the W-C-H-A standings.

Wisconsin returns home to face Minnesota State-Mankato next weekend.

Watt adds another Defensive Player of the Year honor

J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season and third time in his career.

Watt won the award on Saturday night at the NFL Honors event in San Francisco.

Watt tallied 76 tackles, 17.5 sacks, eight passes defensed and three forced fumbles for the Texans this past season.  Houston finished the regular season with a 9-7 record and champions of the AFC South.

The former Wisconsin Badger now has double-digit sack totals over four consecutive seasons.