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Packers hit off-season running

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courtesy of FOX 11
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Mike McCarthy wrapped up the Super season with his end of year press conference at Lambeau Field Wednesday.   McCarthy said the best part of the Super Bowl XLV Championship victory was being able to share it with the fans back in Green Bay on the bus ride back to the stadium from the airport Monday and the Return to Titletown celebration before 56,000 fans at Lambeau Field on Tuesday.   McCarthy said the usual off-season evaluation has already begun even with assistants on vacation for another full week.  The NFL Scouting Combine comes next in Indianapolis later this month and the Draft takes place in April but those are the only two calandered events for the league unless a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached before the deadline of March 3.   If a deal isn't in place within the next three weeks, owners could lock the doors until a CBA is in place.  McCarthy said he's going to worry about alterting his off-season program, organized team activity and mini-camp schedules at that point.

Bucks spellbound in DC

The Washington Wizards controlled the game from start to finish Wednesday night in beating the Milwaukee Bucks 100-85.   Nick Young led Washington with 26 points.  Brandon Jennings topped Milwaukee (20-31) with 20.  Their road trip continues Friday in Memphis.

College Roundup

The Wisconsin Badgers needed overtime to beat the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City Wednesday night 62-59.  The 13th ranked Badgers shot just 18 percent from the floor in the first half but Jordan Taylor was able to force overtime with a basket with under :30 to play.   Jon Leuer led Wisconsin with 19 points and 15 rebounds.   The Badgers are even with Purdue for second in the Big 10 at 8-3, 18-5 overall with a date against top ranked and undefeated Ohio State looming Saturday at the Kohl Center.  Marquette trailed South Florida by 16 in the second half before rallying to a 59-58 victory in Tampa.  Jae Crowder led the Golden Eagles with 14 and he hit the go ahead three point shot with just over a minute remaining.  Marquette improves to 15-9, 6-5 in the Big East.   Beloit knocked off the St. Norbert men 57-52 at the Schuldes Sports Center, dropping the Green Knights to 16-5 on the year, 12-4 in the Midwest Conference.   The SNC women defeated Beloit 66-52 to clinch at least a share of St. Norbert's record 10th Midwst Conferecnce title.

Marcum signs

The Milwaukee Brewers have avoided arbitration with one of their key off season acquisitions.   Pitcher Shawn Marcum, acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays for top minor league prospect Brett Lawrie, agreed to terms on a one year contract worth a reported 3.95 million dollars.   Marcum went 13-8 for Toronto last year.  The Brewers have one last, arbitration eligible player, second baseman Ricki Weeks.  He's seeking a deal woth 7.2 million while the Brewers have offered 4.85 million for the 2011 season.  Weeks will have his arbitration hearing on February 17 if a deal can not be worked out before then.

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