Saturday, October 05, 2013

Wheeler News - Morning State Sports - 10/5/13

Wheeler News Service - Saturday, October 5, 2013 - Morning State Sports

Editor on Duty:  Thom Gerretsen (715) 389-2373
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In women's college hockey...
Wisconsin 3, Minnesota State 0

In an American Hockey League exhibition...
Iowa 2, Milwaukee 1 in overtime

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M-D Jennings will start at free safety tomorrow for the Green Bay Packers, when they play the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.  Strong safety Morgan Burnett will make his season debut, after he suffered a nasty hamstring injury in an exhibition game against Seattle on August 23rd.  Jennings, Jerron McMillian, and rookie Chris Banjo have been sharing time at both safety spots.  Safeties' coach Darren Perry said Jennings has been more consistent than the other two, especially with his tackling.  Perry said the Packers would not rotate at the free safety spot, and Jennings will get the lion's share of the snaps.  Banjo will be the main backup at both safety positions.  Running back James Starks, corner Casey Hayward, and offensive lineman Greg Van Roten are all out for tomorrow's game.  All of the Packers' other walking wounded are listed as probable, including Burnett and linebacker Clay Matthews.  For Detroit, corner Chris Houston will return after he hurt a hamstring.  Receiver Calvin Johnson and safety Glover Quin are both listed as questionable, but they're expected to play.  The Lions will try to end a 22-game losing streak on the Packers' home fields.  Green Bay is 13-and-1 against Detroit under coach Mike McCarthy.


It's another big day of college football, but the Wisconsin Badgers will not be a part of it.  The Badgers are on the first of two October byes, the second coming on October 26th.  When they return next week, the unranked Badgers will host 16th-ranked Northwestern.  The Wildcats have a date tonight at Number-Four Ohio State, which beat Wisconsin by seven a week ago.


Milwaukee Bucks' fans will get their first look today at the nearly totally-reworked team.  After four days at Training Camp, the Bucks will hold their only public practice at the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center.  The Bucks have 11 new players on their main roster of 15, and they'll put on a scrimmage at two this afternoon.  It's part of the Bucks' Fan Fest which starts at 10 at the arena.  At least two players will not take part in the scrimmage due to injuries -- center Zaza Pachulia and forward Khris Middleton.  Coach Larry Drew says a few other players are banged up -- and he'll see how they are today before deciding whether to play them.  Yesterday, Drew canceled a second workout.  He taught the players defensive schemes instead.


At the President's Cup, Steve Stricker of Madison did not finish his second round of golf due to a long weather delay.  Stricker and his U-S partner Jordan Spieth had a commanding three-up lead after 14 holes over the International pairing of Branden Grace and Richard Sterne.  Both teams will have eagle putts on the 15th green when play resumes this morning at Muirfield Village in Dublin Ohio.  Only two of yesterday's six foursomes completed their competition.  The U-S still has a one-point lead over the International team, four-and-a-half to three-and-a-half.  After the second round is completed, Four-Ball matches will be played later this morning followed by more foursomes this afternoon.


Matt Kenseth of Cambridge will start in the Number-seven spot tomorrow in the fourth-of-10 races in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup.  Kenseth turned in a lap at 185-point-893 miles an hour late yesterday, to qualify for the Hollywood Casino-400 at Kansas City Kansas.  It puts him in a decent position, as he tries to maintain his lead in the Chase and win his second title in NASCAR's top circuit since 2003.  Kenseth is in first place in the Chase standings by four points over Jimmie Johnson and 12 over Kyle Busch.  Paul Menard of Eau Claire will start eighth, Beloit-born Danica Patrick 29th, and Travis Kvapil of Janesville 36th.  Kevin Harvick won his first pole since 2006.


The Wisconsin women's hockey team opened its regular season last night with a 3-to-nothing home victory over Minnesota State.  Senior goaltender Alex Rigsby had 25 saves, as she recorded her 24th career shutout.  Brittany Ammermann, Karley Sylvester, and freshman Sydney McKibbon scored in what was also the W-C-H-A opener for both the sixth-ranked Badgers and Minnesota State.  They'll complete their two-game series this afternoon in Madison.


In the American Hockey League, the Milwaukee Admirals lost an exhibition game against the Iowa Wild, 2-to-1 in overtime.  The game was played in Moline Illinois.  Zack Phillips scored with a minute left in the O-T to give Iowa the victory.  Scott Ford scored the only goal for Milwaukee.  Iowa out-shot the Admirals 31-21. Magnus Hellberg had nine saves before Marek Mazanec relieved him midway through the contest.  Mazanec then had 22 saves, and gave up both of Iowa's goals.  Milwaukee opens its regular season next Friday night at Abbotsford.