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Packers view from the top

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The Green Bay Packers 9-0 shutout of the New York Jets at Meadowlands Stadium pushes them to sole posession of first place in the NFC North at 5-3.   The Pack is a half game in front of the Bears who were idle on Sunday and keeps them well in front of both the Vikings and Lions who share the basement at 2-5.  Detroit welcomed Matthew Stafford back from injury following their bye and defeated Washington 37-25. Stafford fired 4 touchdown passes, three of them to Calvin Johnson.  The Vikings dropped a 28-18 decision at New England.  Brett Favre made the start on his fractured ankle but left the game in the 4th quarter when he was hit in the chin, causing a gash that required 8 stitches to close.

Badgers climb

The Wisconsin Badgers moved up two spots in this weeks' USA Today Coaches Poll.  Even after an off week, there were several upsets and Wisconsin now ranks 7th in the poll and number 9 in the latest BCS rankings.  Oregon is number one across the board.  Wisconsin returns to play Saturday at Purdue.

Bucks get first one

The Milwaukee Bucks picked up their first win of the year on Saturday night beating the Charlotte Bobcats 98-88 at the Bradley Center.  Brandon Jennings recorded the first triple-double on his career with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.  The Bucks (1-2), host the Portland Trailblazers Tuesday night.

Strong start for Phoenix

The UW Green Bay Phoenix Womens basketball team routed Winona State 94-47 in their exhibition opener Saturday at the Kress Events Center.   The Phoenix were never challenged as 10 of the 12 players who took the floor scored.   Julie Wojta led the way with 18 points.  Green Bay will host UW-Stevens Point in their final pre-season tuneup on Saturday.

Good weekend on the ice

The Green Bay Gamblers picked up two more wins on the road this weekend to remain in first place in the USHL's Eastern Division.  Green Bay defeated Youngstown and Team USA to improve to 6-2-1 on the year.  The St. Norbert Green Knights opened the season with a sweep of NCHA rival UW Stout and the St. Norbert women's team split the first two games in program history.

Woodward runs to record title

Green Bay Notre Dame's Allie Woodward captured the WIAA Division 2 girls cross country individual title on Saturday in record fashion.  Woodward won the race in 13:59, the first sub 14 minute time, beating the next closest finisher by over 30 seconds.   Woodward won the state 1600 and 3200 meter titles in track last spring and opted to run cross country for the first time this fall rather than play tennis.  She won all but one race this fall.

More prep notes

Milwaukee Marquette beat Appleton North 3-2 to claim it's 7th Division 1 state soccer title on Saturday.  Waukesha Catholic Memorial denied Fox Valley Lutheran a second straight championship with a 3-2 double overtime victory in Division 2 and Racine Prairie School dominated LaCross Aquinas 5-0 for the Division 3 title.  The Kaukauna girls are headed back to state in volleyball, winning the Division 1 sectional title over De Pere on Saturday night.  Waupun will be back in Division 2 and Oshkosh Valley Christian advanced to the state tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay this week by beating Florence.

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