KFIZ Sports Scoreboard : 11/17/2020
KFIZ Sports Scoreboard:
Minnesota 19, Chicago 13
–Kirk Cousins threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with just over 10 minutes left in the game, as the Vikings beat the Bears on the road on Monday Night Football. Minnesota has won three in a row to improve to 4-5 on the season, they host Dallas on Sunday. Chicago has lost four in a row to drop to 5-5 on the season – they are on a bye week this week.
>>Reports: Bucks Make 2 Big Deals For Stars Holiday, Bogdanovic
(Milwaukee, WI) — The Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly traded for star point guard Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans and shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic of the Sacramento Kings. Multiple sources say these are the “big moves” of the offseason for general manager Jon Horst as he tries to convince Giannis Antetokounmpo to sign with the team long term. ESPN reports the Bucks will give up Eric Bledsoe, George Hill and three first-round draft picks for Holiday. The Kings will reportedly receive Donte DiVincenzo, Ersan Ilyasova and D-J Wilson as part of the sign-and-trade deal for Bogdanovic. The moves are obviously aimed at sending a message to Antetokounmpo – the Bucks are all-in on winning an NBA championship next season. The team hasn’t confirmed either trade.
>>Packers Need To Play Better At Home
(Green Bay, WI) — The Green Bay Packers got another win at Lambeau Field Sunday, but the 24-20 decision over lowly Jacksonville was a struggle. Two weeks earlier, Minnesota edged the Packers on their home turf. Meanwhile, Green Bay has rolled to easy wins on the road at Houston and San Francisco. The team is on pace to hold the home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, but the question may be – how much of an advantage? Defensive tackle Kenny Clark has wondered if the absence of the rowdy fans inside the home stadium has played a role in the lackluster efforts. It’s not really time to worry much. The Packers are 4-and-1 on the road and 3-and-1 at home.
>>No Pressure – Badgers Need To Win The Rest Of Their Games To Play For Big Ten Championship
(Madison, WI) — The 2-and-0 Wisconsin Badgers clearly need to win the rest of their games to earn a berth in this season’s Big Ten Championship game. No pressure there. They’ve outscored their first two opponents 94-to-18, but undefeated Northwestern is next. The Wildcats offense was near the bottom last season, but quarterback Peyton Ramsey and offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian have seemingly fixed things. That and the fact that Northwestern has been tough on the Badgers when the game is played in Evanston make for some worries about Saturday’s showdown. Wisconsin was missing 10 players on its sidelines in Michigan. Barring any new positive COVID-19 testing results, they should get most or all of those players back for the Wildcats.
>>Brewers Make It Known: Hader Is Available For The Right Trade
(Milwaukee, WI) — Closer Josh Hader could bring the most return this offseason if the Milwaukee Brewers decide to trade him. The need for a hitter – or two – is pretty clear. Hader is projected to make a little over five-point-six-million dollars this season and is under team control for two more seasons. Add his shut-down stuff to the financial picture and he offers a lot of value to a trade partner. Milwaukee would turn to National League Reliever of the Year Devin Williams to close games. The team was 26th in runs scored and 24th in OPS. A little hitting help would be welcome.
>>NCAA Planning To Hold March Madness In 1 City – Likely Indianapolis
(Indianapolis, IN) — The NCAA can’t handle the financial losses if another season-ending basketball tournament is called off. Right now, the organization is negotiating with Indianapolis on a plan to hold all of March Madness there. Its insurance policy reportedly paid out 270-million dollars when last year’s tournament was called off. But, the NCAA needs the 850-million it earns from March Madness. The college athletics organization has an annual budget of some one-point-one billion dollars. A COVID-19 vaccine would help things. So would slowing down the rapid growth of new cases of the virus.