Borland has become the first Wisconsin player in nine seasons to
be named the Big Ten's defensive player-of-the-year. The
senior linebacker was given the Nagurski-Woodson award yesterday,
one day after he was named the Butkus-Fitzgerald
linebacker-of-the-year. Borland is the fifth Wisconsin
player to receive the Big Ten's top defensive honor. The
others are Erasmus James in 2004, Jamar Fletcher in 2000, Tom
Burke in 1998, and Troy Vincent in '91. Borland leads
Wisconsin with 102 tackles this season, 40 more than the
next-highest Badger. He tied the Big Ten for forced fumbles
with 14, and he tied the Wisconsin season mark for fumble
recoveries with nine. He also had four sacks and
eight-and-a-half tackles for losses. In other Badger
football news, quarterback-and-safety T-J Edwards of Lake Villa
Illinois has given his verbal commitment to play in Madison.
He withdraw an earlier commitment to Western Michigan.
Aaron Rodgers said he expected to be medically-cleared to play in
a game by now -- and he's not. The Green Bay Packers'
quarterback had X-rays and bone scans yesterday. Team
doctors checked the status of the broken collarbone Rodgers'
suffered a month ago tonight against Chicago. Later in the
day, coach Mike McCarthy said he's not ruling Rodgers out for
Sunday's home game against Atlanta -- but Matt Flynn will be
prepared as the starter, at least for today's practice. Rodgers
said his on weekly E-S-P-N-Milwaukee radio show yesterday that the
tests were quote, "not the greatest news." However,
he said there's still time before Sunday's game to further his
recovery. McCarthy said Rodgers would practice today, but
Flynn would take the snaps with the first-team offense. Green
Bay's scoring offense has plunged by 51-percent since Rodgers went
out -- and the Packer defense feels the sting as well, giving up
126-percent more rushing yards. Green Bay is 5-6-and-1 going
into Sunday's contest, one-and-a-half games back in the N-F-C
North with four-to-play. Atlanta comes is at 3-and-9.
Packers' coach Mike McCarthy said it was tough to see safety
Jerron McMillian leave. The second-year pro was let go
yesterday, so his roster spot could be taken by veteran running
back Kahlil Bell whom the Packers signed. Earlier this
season, McMillian was a starter in place of the injured Morgan
Burnett. When Burnett returned, McMillian shared time with
M-D Jennings -- but he kept getting demoted as he began to
struggle. In the last few weeks, McMillian had played only
on special teams. He was a fourth-round draft pick in 2012,
and McCarthy said he had expectations. The coach called the
release a necessary move from a roster standpoint. Bell, who
played three years in Chicago, will be mostly on special teams --
and McCarthy does not rule him out as a kick returner. Bell
is also the third string running back in place of Johnathan
Franklin, who was put on injured reserve last week. Also,
the Packers have signed corner Antonio Dennard to their practice
squad. He takes the place of linebacker Victor Aiyewa, who
was promoted last week to Green Bay's 53-man roster.
The Milwaukee Bucks split their home-and-home series with Boston,
after losing 108-to-100 last night at T-D Bank Garden. Boston
shot 70-percent in the fourth quarter, and hit 49-percent for the
night. The Bucks tried playing catch-up the entire game.
The Celtics went up 22-to-9 before Milwaukee chipped away
and trailed by five after the first quarter. In the second,
Boston went up by 15 before the Bucks closed the half on an 11-3
run to get within seven. In the fourth quarter, the Celtics
jumped up by 12 with 6:28 left. Milwaukee had an 11-to-4 run
to get within three. Boston then pulled away with an 8-to-2
spurt. But Milwaukee refused to give up, and got within
three with 70 seconds to go. Jared Sullinger finally broke
Milwaukee's back with a jumper as the shot clock expired in the
final minute. O-J Mayo led the Bucks with 19 points. Brandon
Knight scored 15. Jordan Crawford had a game-high 25 points
to lead Boston, which snapped a four-game losing streak. The
Bucks fell to 3-and-14, with two of those wins coming against the
Celtics. Milwaukee will host Detroit tonight.
The U-W Milwaukee men's basketball team improved to 8-and-2, after
beating Northern Iowa at home last night 83-to-72. U-W-M
matched its victory total from all of last season, after coming
from behind in the second half. Northern Iowa led by seven
at the break, but Milwaukee turned things around and took control
with a 17-0 run early in the second half. U-W-M led by as
many as 14, before Northern Iowa got to within five with
five-and-a-half minutes to go. Steve McWhorter hit a three,
and then Milwaukee made 9-of-12 free throws to seal its victory.
Matt Tiby and Jordan Aaron each scored 19 points for the
winners. Deon Mitchell scored 19 for Northern Iowa, which
dropped to 3-and-4. Milwaukee will host Bradley on Saturday.
Tonight, the Wisconsin men play at Virginia as part of the
Big Ten-A-C-C Challenge.
The Wisconsin men's basketball team will spend next Thanksgiving
in the Bahamas. The school confirmed yesterday that Bo
Ryan's Badgers will play in the "Battle-4-Atlantis"
holiday tournament November 26th-through-28th. It's a solid
eight-team field that also includes North Carolina, Georgetown,
Florida, U-C-L-A, Butler, Alabama-Birmingham, and Oklahoma. Each
team will be guaranteed three games during the event. The
eight-teams have combined for 195 total appearances in the N-C-A-A
Tournament along with 53 Final Fours and 20 national titles.
Villanova won last year's Battle-4-Atlantis.
Jimmy Whitehead and Mallory Cramer, both of U-W La Crosse, have
been named the W-I-A-C basketball players of the week. Whitehead,
a senior guard, averaged almost 22 points in three games during
the Stout Thanksgiving tournament. In the opener, he made
two key baskets in the final minute to send a game against Luther
College to overtime, where La Crosse won. Cramer, a senior
forward, averaged 16 points and 13 rebounds in two games against
Concordia-Wisconsin and Dubuque.