Mike McCarthy is about to become a very wealthy man. After leading the Packers to the Super Bowl XLV Championship, McCarthy is close to signing a contract extension for three years, added on to the two years remaining which will keep him in Green Bay through the 2015 season. The deal ties him with General Manager Ted Thompson who signed a similar extension last Friday. McCarthy is also in line for a pay raise. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, McCarthy will earn an average of five million dollars per year, making him among the top 10 highest paid coaches in the NFL. In five years on the job, McCarthy has led the Pack to a 53-34 record and their 4th Super Bowl title in franchise history.
Phoenix bitten by Bulldogs
Before the biggest crowd of the season, the Green Bay Phoenix hosted defending Horizon League champion and national runner-up Butler at the Resch Center Tuesday night. GB hung tough all night and with 5013 looking on, the Bulldogs' Matt Howard beat Greg LeSage off the dribble from the top of the key and ripped home a dunk with 1.8 seconds remaining in Butler's 64-62 victory. Rahmon Fletcher topped Green Bay with 18 points, freshman Alec Brown added 12. Daniel Turner scored 9 with 8 rebounds. The Phoenix have dropped 4 straight to fall to 6-9 in the Horizon and 12-15 overall. Next up is their bracket buster game at Southern Illinois on Saturday.
Marquette is fading
The Marquette Golden Eagles have picked a bad time to go into a slump, falling at the Bradley Center to St. John's Tuesday night 80-68. Dwight Hardy led the Red Storm with 28. Jimmy Butler topped Marquette with 23 but the Golden Eagles turned the ball over 18 times as they slipped under .500 in the Big East at 6-7, they are 15-11 overall and suddenly on the bubble for an NCAA Tournament bid.
Bucks welcome Nuggets, Redd
The Milwaukee Bucks host the Denver Nuggets and former coach George Karl Wednesday night, their final game before the All-Star Break. Guard Michael Redd is expected to return to the team next week after missing nearly all of the past two seasons with a pair of knee surgeries. Redd tore his ACL last January and had surgery in March. He's played in only 51 games since the 2008 season.
Brewers check in
Milwaukee Brewers pitchers and catchers report to the team's spring training complex in Maryvale, Arizona today. New Manager Ron Roenicke is anxious to get started with an offensive lineup that returns nearly intact with off-season acquisitions Zack Greinke and Shawn Marcum leading the list on the pitching staff. Contract talks with second basemen Rickie Weeks on a long term deal continue. His arbitration hearing is scheduled for Thursday. Weeks is seeking a one year deal worth 7.2 million dollars while the Brewers are offering 4.8 for the 2001 campagin.
Team wrestling sectional champions were crowned Tuesday night in advance of the state championship meets in two weeks. In Division 1, two-time defending champion Wisconsin Rapids handled Bay Port 57-6. In Division 2, Luxemburg-Casco defeated defending state champ Oconto Falls in the sectional final 35-18 and Coleman will be back to defend it's Division 3 title after beating Edgar 42-16. The boys state hockey tournament also opened with first round games. Neenah advanced 4-0 over De Pere and Bay Port moved into regional play with a 9-1 rout of Manitowoc. In high school basketball, Seymour clinched another Bay Conference title with a 68-43 victory over New London as second place West De Pere was beaten by Hortonville 66-48 giving the Thunder a three game lead with 2 games to play. Bay Port remains atop of the Fox River Classic conference by one game after beating second place Sheboygan North on the road 70-69. De Pere is now alone in second place after routing Green Bay Southwest 77-37. Pulaski is tied with North for third after beating Manitowoc 50-48 in overtime on Cody Wichman's three point basket with :10 to play.