With playoff gain came some pain for the Packers in the wake of their 45-17 victory over the New York Giants Sunday at Lambeau Field. Head coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday fullback Korey Hall with a knee sprain and safety Atari Bigby with a groin strain have already been ruled out of the season finale against the Chicago Bears. Defensive end Cullen Jenkins has missed the last two weeks with a calf strain and McCarthy said his status for this week's game remains uncertain.
Bucks lay egg versus Hawks
Coming home from a nice West Coast road trip that included a victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles, the Milwaukee Bucks welcomed the Atlanta Hawks to the Bradley Center Monday night. Atlanta had a very good shooting night, hitting more than 50 percent from the floor in posting a 95-80 victory. Al Horford led five players with double figures with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Atlanta led by 15 at the half and while the Bucks tried several times to close the gap, they never threatened to take the lead. John Salmons led Milwaukee with 18 points as they connected on only 37 percent from the floor. The Bucks (12-17) turn right around and head to Chicago to meet the Central Division leading Bulls Tuesday night.
Badgers crack poll
Wisconsin made its first appearance in the USA Today Coaches Poll, reaching number 24 this week after reeling off 6 straight wins. Wisconsin opens Big Ten play Tuesday night hosting number 13 Minnesota.
Brewers sign reliever
The Milwaukee Brewers have reached agreement with 40 year old right handed relief pitcher Takashi Saito. He appeared in 56 games for the Atlanta Braves last season, going 2-3 with a 2.83 ERA. Saito also pitched with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. The one year contract is expected to be finalized next week.