Wisconsin Sports Briefs: Rodgers won’t play against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day…
Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy says Aaron Rodgers' chances of playing at Detroit on Thursday are "slim and none."
The coach said a progress report shows that Rodgers is not ready to return from the broken collarbone he suffered Nov. 4 against Chicago.
McCarthy said Rodgers has not hit all of his rehab targets, and he refused to say whether Matt Flynn or Scott Tolzien would start against the Lions.
The coach said he wanted both players to be ready in what will be a crucial game in the NFC North Division race.
At 5-5-1, the Packers are a half-game behind co-division leaders Detroit and Chicago, both at 6-5.
Meanwhile, there's a chance that some of the Packers' injured players could play against the Lions.
The team said cornerback Sam Shields would have practiced on a limited basis had the team held a workout Monday. The same was true for linebacker Nick Perry, defensive end Johnny Jolly and right tackle Don Barclay.
Vote of confidence for Dom Capers
McCarthy has given a vote of confidence to his defensive coaches, despite a recent drop in production.
The Packers gave up 447 total yards and a season-high 232 rushing yards in Sunday's tie with Minnesota.
McCarthy said he reviewed the game tape with his defensive coaches Monday and he found no problem with the calls they made.
Adrian Peterson had his usual big numbers with 147 rushing yards. Second-stringer Toby Gerhart had 91 yards.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder had a 103.9 passer rating with 21 of 30 completions even though he was sacked six times.
McCarthy said he likes the personality and the teaching ability of his defensive coaches. He called them a "very talented, organized staff."
Dom Capers is in his fifth year as the Packers' defensive coordinator. His defense was the NFL's second best in 2009. It dropped to 32nd two years ago, but recovered to 11th last year.
This season, the Packers are 18th in points given up and 20th in yards allowed.
They've given up 350 yards a game, second-highest in Capers' time with the Packers.
Green Bay is getting ready to play at Detroit on Thanksgiving, going for its first win in a month.
Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen admits he doesn't know all the formulas, but he believes the Badgers could get a BCS at-large bowl berth if they beat Penn State on Saturday.
The Badgers are 9-2 overall going into their final regular season game, which will be Senior Day at Camp Randall Stadium.
Wisconsin has won its last six games by an average of almost 24 points, following their seven-point loss at Ohio State.
Linebacker Chris Borland said Wisconsin's body of work speaks for itself. The team is playing very well in all phases of the game.
Badgers men’s basketball
The Wisconsin men's basketball team will try to go 7-0 Tuesday night when they play St. Louis at the Cancun Challenge in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
The Billikens and the 10th-ranked Badgers both defeated Oral Roberts and Bowling Green in their first two tournament games.
St. Louis comes in at 5-0.
Bowling Green coach Louis Orr says Wisconsin is a tough team to cover because of its multiple scoring threats.
Five Badgers average at least 10.7 points per game.
Senior forward Dwayne Evans leads St. Louis with just under 14 points a game. Senior guards Mike McCall Junior and Jordair Jett also average in double figures for the Billikens.
Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky was named the Big Ten player of the week for his 43-point performance against North Dakota last week.
Also, the Badgers have made 101 free throws in their first six games - 17 more than their opponents have even attempted.
Also Monday night, the UW-Milwaukee men host Judson. The UW-Parkside men host Minnesota-Duluth, and the UW-Milwaukee women are at New Mexico.
Marquette men’s basketball
The Marquette men's basketball team lost at Arizona State Monday night, 79-77.
The Golden Eagles came back from a 15-point first half deficit to take a one-point lead with 11 minutes left.
Marquette was down by one with 23.2 seconds to go, but failed to score twice down the stretch.
The Eagles' Derrick Wilson drove to the basket before his shot was blocked by Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski as the clock ran out. Bachynski had seven blocked shots on the night. Jahii Carson scored 23 for ASU, which is 6-0 for the first time since 1980.
Davante Gardner had 18 points and 12 rebounds for 25th-ranked Marquette, which dropped to 3-2.
Bucks lose nine straight
The Milwaukee Bucks have lost nine straight games for the first time in almost 16 years, after getting crushed at Detroit Monday night 113-94.
The Pistons scored 21 straight points in the first quarter, when ex-Buck Brandon Jennings made a trio of three-pointers. That gave Detroit a 38-14 lead, and it went downhill from there.
The Pistons led by as many as 34.
The Bucks are now at 2-11 after a 2-2 start.
Coach Larry Drew met privately with the players for about 15 minutes afterward. He said the team is still searching for an identity and he doesn't want the players feeling sorry for themselves.
The Bucks committed 20 turnovers, and the Pistons scored 26 points off those mistakes.
Division III basketball
Four Wisconsin men's basketball teams and three women's teams have made the season's first national Division III polls from D3Hoops.com.
On the men's side, UW-Stevens Point is ranked second with a 3-0 start. The Pointers were fourth in the pre-season poll, and they now trail only Amherst.
UW-Whitewater is No. 5 in the new poll at 3-0. Saint Norbert is 17th with a 2-0 start. UW-Platteville is 20th at 4-1. UW-Stout also received votes.
In the Division III women's poll, UW-Whitewater is ranked third at 4-0. The Warhawks were fourth in the pre-season survey.
Carthage is ranked 16th at 3-1. UW-Stevens Point is 21st, also at 3-1. UW-Oshkosh received votes.
DePauw is the season's first women's No. 1.