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Packers, Badgers ready to ring in new year

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The Packers are bracing for the Chicago Bears' best shot on Sunday in the regular season finale.  Mike McCarthy said Wednesday to think Chicago has nothing to play for with at least the number 2 seed in the NFC and first round bye locked up is, "a polluted mindset.".  The team's focus is to reach 10 wins and secure a playoff spot, both goals can be reached with a victory at Lambeau Field Sunday afternoon.  It will be a cold one for the 3:15 PM kickoff, temperatues expected in the teens with single digit and possibly sub-zero windchills.

The Wisconsin Badgers conduct their final practice today in advance on Saturday's Rose Bowl against undefeated TCU.  It will be a classic matchup of Wisconsin's power against the Horned Frogs speed.  Wisconsin is seeking it's 4th straight victory in the grandaddy of the bowl games.

Favre fined

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has fined Vikings quarterback Brett Favre $50,000 for failing to cooperate in the league's investigation into the sexting incident involving former New York Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger in 2008.  Favre was accused of sending lewd text messages and cellphone pictures to Sterger.  Goodell said the league couldn't determine if Favre had violated league policies on conduct in the workplace after a three month investigation.

Marquette falls

The Marquette Golden Eagles were tripped up on the road by Vanderbilt Wednesday night 77-76.  The Commodore's Andre Walker scored a layup with 4.1 seconds to play.  Jimmy Butler led the Golden Eagles (9-4) with 15 points.

SNC reaches final

St. Norbert is hosting the Nicolet National Bank Holiday tournament at the Schuldes Sports Center this week.  The 12th ranked Green Knights defeated Lawrence 69-58 in the semifinals Wednesday night and will meet 10th ranked Augustana in the final tonight at 7:00 PM.  Augustana defeated UW Stout 81-75.

Gamblers light it up

Coming off a 10 day holiday break, the Green Bay Gamblers offense didn't miss a beat, scoring three first period goals on their way to a 7-4 victory over the Lincoln Stars before 3331 fans at the Brown County Arena Wednesday night.  The Gamblers (18-5-2) return home for the traditional New Year's Eve game against Dubuque Friday night at 6:05 PM.

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