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Packers prepare for BuccaneersSubmitted: 12/20/2014
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers want to put last week's disappointing loss to Buffalo behind them.

They will rebound with an away game against the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Packers' offense struggled last week.

They only scored one touchdown in the whole game.

Players say their troubles last week will give them a new sense of passion as they look for their sixth straight playoff appearance.

"I don't think it ever left but there's just a re-focus," says Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb. "You're reignited with that passion and understanding what's before you and the opportunity we have. I think it's known that we're a good team but for us to be a great team we have to handle our business."

Green Bay's defense played well last week.

They only gave up four field goals, but players say they aren't looking back at that game.

"To be honest with you, we're not allowed to talk about last week, so Tampa Bay we're focused on and that's what we're looking forward to going into Sunday," says safety Morgan Burnett. "We're looking at going into a hostile environment and trying to get a win."

The Packers and the Buccaneers will kick off Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

Story By: Dan Marz

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Chryst takes Wisconsin football head coach jobSubmitted: 12/17/2014

MADISON - Paul Chryst is coming home to coach Wisconsin.

The school made it official on Wednesday, hiring Chryst away from Pittsburgh. The announcement ended days of speculation following the surprising departure of Gary Andersen for Oregon State.

Chryst is a former Wisconsin offensive coordinator and a Madison native. He leaves the Panthers after going 19-19 in three seasons, returning to his hometown and alma mater.

The 49-year-old Chryst had two prior stints as an assistant coach for the Badgers. Most notably, he was part of the Wisconsin staff from 2005-11, helping the Badgers to five double-digit victory seasons and two Rose Bowls.

He was coordinator in 2011 when the high-scoring Badgers featured quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Montee Ball.

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Bills snap Packers win streakSubmitted: 12/14/2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Bacarri Rambo intercepted two Aaron Rodgers passes and Marcus Thigpen scored on a 75-yard punt return, leading the Buffalo Bills to a stunning 21-13 upset over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Defensive end Mario Williams also forced Rodgers to fumble, which led to running back Eddie Lacy being tackled in the end zone for a safety with 1:51 left. Dan Carpenter hit all three field goal attempts, including a 51-yarder in the second half to help keep Buffalo (8-6) in the AFC playoff picture.

The Bills were also have their first eight-win season since going 9-7 in 2004.

The Packers (10-4) had a five-game win streak snapped, blowing an opportunity to get closer to their sixth consecutive playoff berth.

Rodgers finished 17 of 42 for 185 yards, and two interceptions.

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Gary Andersen steps down as head coach at University of WisconsinSubmitted: 12/10/2014

MADISON - Wisconsin Badgers fans got a big surprise early Wednesday afternoon.

Head Coach Gary Andersen told the team he is stepping down to take the head coaching job at Oregon State University.

He called UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez Wednesday morning with the news.

Alvarez says the news caught him off guard.

Andersen reportedly took the Oregon State job for family reasons.

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Packers defense will use Falcons game to growSubmitted: 12/09/2014

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GREEN BAY - The Packers game unexpectedly turned into a nail biter Monday night.

They went into halftime up 31-7 and held on for a 43-37 win.

Atlanta's Julio Jones ended the game with 259 receiving yards.

That made up more than half of Atlanta's total yards.

"Hitch, a little hitch in the step but you know all wins ain't going to be pretty," said Packers Cornerback Tramon Williams. "We was hoping it was man, in the first half we was hoping but it didn't happen that way. We had to fight all 60 minutes."

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Packer offense keeps rollingSubmitted: 12/09/2014

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay offense scores, scores, and scores.

They have scored more touchdowns and points this year than any team in the NFL.

That offense played a major part in Monday's 43-37 victory over the Falcons.

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Badgers fall to Duke in Big Ten/ACC clashSubmitted: 12/04/2014

MADISON - Tyus Jones scored 22 points, Rasheed Sulaimon added 14 and No. 4 Duke shot 65 percent to beat No. 2 Wisconsin 80-70 on Wednesday night in a highly anticipated matchup of college basketball heavyweights.

With 17 points, Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky outscored Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor (13 points) in a test for the two of the nation's top big men.

But it was another touted freshman, Jones, who helped open things up for the Blue Devils (8-0) in the second half. The lightning-quick guard beat defenders into the lane and added two 3-pointers.

Jones followed a transition layup with an assist on Amile Jefferson's jumper to cap a 6-0 run that gave Duke a 69-60 lead with about 3 minutes left against the Badgers (7-1).

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Former Buck Ellis downs Milwaukee at the buzzerSubmitted: 12/04/2014

MILWAUKEE - Monta Ellis hit a wild, fallaway jumper at the buzzer, lifting the Dallas Mavericks over the Milwaukee Bucks 107-105 on Wednesday night.

A night after Ellis starred in a double-overtime win at Chicago, he scored 23. He had eight in the final two minutes on what otherwise had been a bad shooting night for the Mavericks' top scorer, playing against his former team.

The Mavericks won their fifth in a row while resting Dirk Nowitzki because of a sore back. Coach Rick Carlisle called it a ``precautionary'' move.

Brandon Knight scored 25 points and Khris Middleton added 21 for the Bucks in their third straight loss.

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Bucks' Ilyasova breaks nose; out indefinitelySubmitted: 12/03/2014

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova broke his nose in Tuesday's loss at Cleveland and is out indefinitely.

The Bucks said Wednesday that Ilyasova also showed symptoms of a mild concussion. He was hit in the face in the second quarter and spent the night at the Cleveland Clinic.

The Bucks said Ilyasova isn't expected to go on the team's trip to Dallas and Oklahoma City after that.

Ilyasova is averaging 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game.

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Badgers ready to spoil Buckeyes season Submitted: 11/30/2014

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MADISON - Paul Bunyan's Axe will stay another year in Madison after the Badgers took down the Gophers.

Lucas Oil Stadium now awaits the Badgers for the Big Ten Championship game.

Ohio State's quarterback J.T. Barrett broke his foot against Michigan yesterday, but the Buckeyes still have plenty to play for.

"You know that's going to be a tough match," said Senior Nose Guard Warren Herring. "It stinks that a guy like J.T. Barrett went down you know you want to play a team at their full strength. Good luck to him, he's going to have a great future. They're a great team but we're going to be ready to play, they're a great team and we're going to bring ours."

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Badgers take care of UAB overseasSubmitted: 11/26/2014

BAHAMAS - PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Frank Kaminsky had 16 points and eight rebounds, Duje Dukan scored 11 points and No. 2 Wisconsin had no trouble beating Alabama-Birmingham 72-43 in the Battle 4 Atlantis quarterfinals Wednesday night.

Josh Gasser added 10 points to help the Badgers (5-0) win their 21st straight regular-season nonconference game.

Wisconsin held UAB to 35 percent shooting, and is now giving up 46.6 points per game this season.

Robert Brown scored 16 points for UAB (2-3), which never led. Brown scored UAB's first 11 points and was the only Blazer to record a field goal in the first 19:59.

Brown finished 7 for 15 from the field. The rest of his team: 11 for 36.

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