Drummond carries Pistons past Bucks 105-98
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Andre Drummond had 24 points and 19 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons rode a strong second-half performance to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-98 Wednesday night.
Greg Monroe contributed 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons, who had three players with double-doubles and five score 15 or more points.
Ersan Ilyasov scored a season high 22 points and had 10 rebounds off the bench to lead the Bucks, who have lost 13 of 14. Khris Middleton added 14 points for Milwaukee.
Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings had 17 points and 11 assists in his return to Milwaukee. Jennings spent four seasons with the Bucks after the team drafted him 10th overall in 2009.
No. 8 Wisconsin stymies Virginia, 48-38
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Josh Gasser scored 11 points and No. 8 Wisconsin won a defensive struggle against Virginia 48-38 Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, giving coach Bo Ryan his 300th victory with the Badgers.
The Badgers (9-0) extended their best start since 1993-94 by limiting Virginia to 23 percent shooting (11 for 47), including a stretch of nearly 22 minutes spanning halftime in which the Cavaliers managed just three field goals. The Badgers won going away despite shooting only 29 percent (15 for 52).
London Perrantes led Virginia (7-2) with eight points. The Cavaliers tried to make a run by speeding up the slow pace midway through the second half, but came up well short.
Joe Harris was called for a charge after a steal with Virginia trailing 43-36, and after Gasser made a free throw for Wisconsin, the Cavaliers missed three shots from within 3 feet on their next trip.
Rodgers limited as QB questions linger for Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expects a decision to be made by Friday - or Saturday tops - whether he'll be cleared to return to face the Atlanta Falcons.
Rodgers has missed a month with a fractured left collarbone. He is back at practice on a limited basis, but doesn't want to speculate if he'll be medically cleared this week.
He also says it wouldn't be fair to Matt Flynn for the backup to wait until game time to determine whether he'll start. Rodgers says Wednesday he thinks the decision on his status would come the day or two before Sunday's game.
At least one man thinks Rodgers is a go: Falcons coach Mike Smith says he's preparing as if Rodgers is playing.
Police ticket Bucks' Sanders in nightclub fight
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Police have cited Bucks center Larry Sanders for disorderly conduct and assault and battery in a fight last month at a downtown Milwaukee nightclub.
The two charges are municipal citations. The Milwaukee County district attorney's office has said it has no plans to issue criminal charges against Sanders.
Sanders' attorney, Michael Hart, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Sanders was not the aggressor in the Nov. 3 altercation. Hart says Sanders has "gotten a bad rap." A court date is set for Jan. 21.
A police official tells the newspaper at least one other person would be ticketed in connection with the incident.
Sanders is expected to be out for six weeks after surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb suffered in the fight.
Falcons' Jackson applauds commitment to run game
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Steven Jackson says running the ball in the NFL requires patience and commitment.
Patience can be a difficult trait for a team like the Atlanta Falcons, who are tied for the NFC's worst record as they prepare for Sunday's game at Green Bay. That's why Jackson applauded the team's commitment to the run in last weeks' win over the Bills.
Jackson ran for two touchdowns and set seasons highs for carries and yards rushing last week as Atlanta snapped a five-game losing streak. This came as receiver Roddy White also had his best game of the season, giving the Falcons the balanced offense that has been missing.
The Falcons say the long-awaited breakout games by White and Jackson provide no guarantees against Green Bay.
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