High School Boys action:
Ripon: 51 Omro: 49
Milwaukee 98, Detroit 86
In men's college basketball...
U-W Green Bay 64, Evansville 62
U-W Stevens Point 69, Madison Edgewood 60 in overtime
Saint Thomas 70, U-W River Falls 69
Illinois Wesleyan 97, Milwaukee Engineering 63
Winona State 92, U-W Superior 69
Carthage 73, U-W Platteville 64
Viterbo 56, U-W La Crosse 52
Carroll 57, Beloit 55
Saint Norbert 111, Lake Forest 103 in triple-overtime
Wisconsin Lutheran 80, Dominican 67
In women's college basketball...
Upper Iowa 59, U-W Parkside 54
U-W Oshkosh 62, Madison Edgewood 40
U-W Whitewater 75, Illinois Wesleyan 72
U-W Eau Claire 66, Saint Norbert 53
U-W Stevens Point 67, Lakeland 52
U-W Superior 71, Saint Scholastica 59
U-W Platteville 77, Luther 59
Saint Mary's of Minnesota 64, U-W La Crosse 49
Carroll 61, Beloit 51
Concordia-Chicago 80, Concordia-Wisconsin 68
Marian 54, Ripon 49
Milwaukee Engineering 78, Lake Forest 43
Hamline 95, U-W Stout 89 in overtime
Bethel 60, U-W River Falls 54
Loras 62, Carthage 54
Northland 73, Mount Mary 61
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The Milwaukee Bucks snapped a two-game losing streak with a 95-to-86 home win over Detroit last night. The Bucks were on a mission to improve their rebounding, after they got banged up on the offensive glass in their previous three outings. Against the Pistons, Milwaukee had a total rebounding edge of 50-to-36. They had 19 boards on offense, which led to 22 second-chance points. The Bucks trailed by five after the first quarter, but they took a one-point lead at the half -- and they ended the third period with a 15-to-3 run to go up by 12. Brandon Knight led Milwaukee with 20 points and eight assists. O-J Mayor scored 17 in his first start of the season. Bucks' center John Henson left in the second period with a sprained left foot. Ex-Buck Brandon Jennings did not play for Detroit due to a thumb injury. Center Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Smith almost had a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists for a Pistons' team that lost its fifth straight game. The Bucks are now above .500 again at 8-and-7. They're playing four games on five nights during this holiday week. They're at Minnesota tonight.
N-B-A Commissioner Adam Silver says the league is not putting the hammer down on Milwaukee to build a new arena -- and it's willing to work with the city and state on a reasonable basis. Silver was briefed by the Bucks' owners and local leaders yesterday on their progress in setting a site for a facility that could cost a half-billion dollars, with a proposed taxpayer obligation of up to 200-million. Mayor Tom Barrett says he'd like a final decision on a site by the end of the year. The league has imposed a deadline of late 2017 to get the arena built, or else the N-B-A could buy back the team and possibly move it. Silver said he didn't come to Milwaukee to announce deadlines -- and after meeting with both public and private interests, he's convinced there's a concerted effort to make progress. Silver says he's fully aware that taxpayers are grumbling -- and that several counties around Milwaukee have resolved not to pay a dime toward the project. The commissioner said the vast majority of arena events are not related to the N-B-A -- and arenas are often urban renewal centers which include new commercial space. There's been talk of using income taxes from N-B-A players for the new facility. Silver says that's fine, but that would be a local choice.
Evansville missed two shots in the closing seconds last night, as the U-W Green Bay men escaped with a 64-to-62 semi-final win at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero Florida. Keifer Sykes made a three-point play and a follow-up basket to put Green Bay in front for good with about five minutes left. In the final 16 seconds, Taylor Stafford of Evansville missed a three-point attempt -- and Blake Simmons missed on a put-back at the buzzer which would have forced overtime. Sykes scored 20 points as the Phoenix improved to 3-and-1. Jaylon Moore had 13 for the Purple Aces, who dropped to 3-and-1. Tonight, Green Bay plays for the tournament title against Florida Gulf Coast, which advanced with a 62-47 win over San Francisco. Also today, the Wisconsin men play Alabama-Birmingham in their opener of the Battle-4-Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. The U-W Milwaukee men face Oral Roberts in their final game at the M-G-M Grand Main Event in Las Vegas. The Marquette women are at home to play Milwaukee.
Aaron Rodgers is trusting his tight ends a little more -- and it's starting to show on the Green Bay Packers' stat sheets. Folks are still buzzing about rookie Richard Rodgers' touchdown catch at Minnesota last Sunday, in which he was all alone and waving his arms in the left corner of the end zone. Aaron Rodgers was running right, and he threw a pass across his body which traveled just under 40 yards to the tight end's open arms. Richard Rodgers, a third-round pick, was not even targeted for a catch in five of his first six games with the Pack. In the last five outings, he has caught at least one pass -- and he now has 11 receptions for 137 yards. It took awhile for Andrew Quarless to gain the trust of his quarterback as well. He never caught a touchdown pass until last December, when Matt Flynn threw his way against Atlanta. This year, Quarless has three T-D's in his last six games -- and Green Bay's tight ends have combined for 30 catches and five scores in place of the injured Jermichael Finley. Two-thirds of this year's receptions came in the last five games, four of which were Green Bay victories. Today, the Packers will start practicing for their Sunday home contest against New England.
Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon was named yesterday as a finalist for both the Maxwell and Doak Walker awards. The junior running back from Kenosha is one of three players still in the running for each honor. The Maxwell Award goes to college football's best player. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Mississippi State Q-B Dak Prescott are the other finalists. The Doak Walker award is given to the nation's top running back -- and for the first time, all the finalists are from the Big Ten. Gordon joins Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska and Tevin Coleman of Indiana on that list. Both awards will be presented December 11th on E-S-P-N's College Football Awards Show. Gordon held the N-C-A-A single-game rushing record for a week, with 408 yards against Nebraska. He's tied for the Big Ten's season-rushing record of 21-hundred-nine yards, going into Saturday's regular season finale against Minnesota at home. The winner of that game will face Ohio State for the Big Ten title on December 6th.