Milwaukee 109, Miami 102
In men's college basketball...
Saint Norbert 85, Ripon 65
Beloit 54, Carroll 51
Lake Forest 78, Lawrence 60
Wisconsin Lutheran 58, Marian 57
Concordia-Wisconsin 84, Lakeland 79
Milwaukee Engineering 70, Madison Edgewood 69 in overtime
In women's college basketball...
Saint Norbert 62, Ripon 48
Carroll 76, Beloit 68
Lake Forest 77, Lawrence 43
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The Milwaukee Bucks are now 3-and-0 against Miami this season, after a 109-to-102 victory over the Heat in South Florida last night. The Bucks erased a 10-point deficit with a 14-to-4 run to tie the game at the end of the third quarter. Guard Jerryd Bayless then got hot in the fourth quarter, as he scored eleven of his 15 points in the final period -- including seven straight at one point. The Bucks' bench played solid again, as it out-scored Miami's reserves 54-13. Milwaukee forward Ersan Ilyasova played just ten minutes before he left with a right groin injury. Former Marquette guard Dwayne Wade left in the third quarter for Miami with a bad right hamstring. He scored 12 points before leaving. Miami's Luol Deng did not play at all, due to a sore calf muscle. Chris Bosh led the Heat in scoring with 26, only five of them at crunch time in the fourth quarter. Brandon Knight and Khris Middleton each scored 17 for Milwaukee, which had seven players in double figures. The Bucks continue to hold the sixth of eight Eastern Conference playoff spots, with a three-game lead over seventh-place Miami. The Bucks have won two of their last three, and will play at Orlando tomorrow night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo will be only the third Milwaukee Buck in the last 28 years to compete in the N-B-A's All-Star Slam Dunk Contest. The league confirmed last night that the 6-11 forward from Greece will join three other newcomers in the main event of All-Star Saturday Night on February 14th. Minnesota rookie Zach LaVine will also be part of the slam dunk event -- along with Victor Oladipo of Orlando and Mason Plumlee of Brooklyn. Antetokounmpo is the first Milwaukee player in the contest since Ray Allen in 1997. Paul Pressey was the only other Buck to compete, in 1987. Antetokounmpo is also expected to be named to a team of foreign-born first-and-second year pros to face a similar squad of U-S natives in the All-Star Rising Stars Challenge on February 13th. Meanwhile, there's at least some talk that Bucks' point guard Brandon Knight could be named as a reserve for the All-Star Game on February 15th. The fourteen back-ups for the East-and-West squads will be announced tomorrow evening. The Bucks have not had a player in the All-Star Game since Michael Redd in 2004.
Marquette men's basketball coach Steve Wojciechowski believes his team is close to a breakthrough. He said his young squad of just eight scholarship players is going through a maturation process that's better late than never. "Wojo" says they're starting to see the fine line between winning-and-losing -- especially after last Saturday's home overtime loss to Georgetown. Matt Carlino could have won the game with a three-pointer near the end of regulation -- but a foot was on the line, and it only counted for two. As a result, the game went to O-T where the Hoyas pulled away for a 10-point victory. It was Marquette's first home loss since early December, and their third straight defeat overall. The Golden Eagles are 10-and-9 overall and 2-and-5 in the Big East, as they get ready to host Seton Hall tonight. The Pirates come in at 3-and-4 in the conference, and 13-and-6 overall.
Seattle special teams' assistant Chad Morton was fired a year ago by Green Bay Packers' coach Mike McCarthy. But he did not criticize his old boss yesterday at the Super Bowl Media Day, as the Seahawks get ready to play New England for the N-F-L championship on Sunday night. Morton said he felt no sense of revenge when the Seahawks beat the Packers twice this season -- once on Opening Night and again in the N-F-C Championship Game a week and a half ago. However, he said it "didn't hurt" to beat his old team. Morton was among those given credit for devising the fake field goal attempt in which Seattle scored its first touchdown against Green Bay late in third quarter of the N-F-C title contest. Morton said the Packers were too predictable on that play -- and they knew to go the other way from where Brad Jones was rushing.
Packers' offensive line assistant Steve Marshall has been named the new "o"-line coach for the New York Jets. Marshall spent last season in Green Bay, after working with the Houston Texans and the Cleveland Browns. Marshall is a New Jersey native, where the Jets play their home games under new coach Todd Bowles.
U-W Whitewater could decide on a new football coach as early as Friday. Open forums ended yesterday for five finalists who hope to replace Lance Leipold. He left for Division-One Buffalo after leading the Warhawks to their sixth national Division-Three title in the last eight seasons. Athletic director Amy Edmonds says the new coach will need to deal with the pressure of maintaining a winning tradition. Whitewater currently has the nation's longest winning streak of any college division, at 32 games. The finalists are Warhawks' special teams coordinator Kevin Bullis -- Division-Two Urbana head coach Dave Taynor -- U-W Platteville assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Rob Erickson -- Ohio Northern head coach Dean Paul -- and Wabash College head coach Erik Raeburn.
Ronnie Russell is the first-round leader in the Professional Bowlers Association Players Championship. Russell, of Marion Indiana, averaged 252 in his first eight games yesterday at the A-M-F Bowlero in Wauwatosa. He has a 135-pin lead over second-place D-J Archer. Preliminary rounds are being held near Milwaukee this week for both the Players' Championship and the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman P-B-A Doubles' Championship. Tour Hall-of-Famer Walter Ray Williams Junior and Tom Smallwood averaged 241 to take a 56-pin first-round lead over Russell and Chris Loschetter. Finals of both tournaments will take place in February in Indianapolis.