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Women's hockey: Badgers down Wayne State 5-3

Sophomore forward Jinelle Zaugg notched her first career hat trick as the UW women's hockey team defeated Wayne State 5-3 Friday in Detroit.

Wayne State (6-10-3) freshman forward Sam Poyton scored just over a minute into the game and the top-ranked Badgers (16-2-1) were held scoreless through the first stanza.

Senior forward Nikki Burish, however, put Wisconsin on the board 26 seconds into the second period. Wayne State junior forward Laura Monk gave the Warriors a 2-1 lead before Zaugg scored her first and second goals, within five minutes of each other. Freshman defender Rachel Bible then scored her first career goal as a Badger and the eventual game-winner.

Wayne State pulled to within one on a goal from freshman defenseman Tina Vanderhoeven early in the third period and, down by one, pulled sophomore netminder Valery Turcotte. But Zaugg was the one to take advantage, scoring an empty-netter and completing her first hat trick as a Badger. Sophomore defenseman Emily Morris led the Badgers with two assists.

Turcotte made 21 saves and gave up four goals, while Badger senior goalie Meghan Horras stopped 14 shots and gave up three goals.

The Badgers missed junior forward Sara Bauer, junior forward Meaghan Mikkelson and junior defenseman Bobbi-Jo Slusar, all of whom are competing with the Canadian U-22 team in the Air Canada Cup in Germany.

Wisconsin and Wayne State will meet Saturday afternoon at the City Sports Arena in Detroit to finish the series.

Women's basketball: Badgers will miss three athletes for PSU game

The Wisconsin women's basketball team (6-8 overall, 1-2 Big Ten) will face Penn State (6-8, 0-3) Sunday with just eight players, far from a full, healthy team.

Sophomore starting guard Janese Banks is out for 1-2 weeks with a left foot injury she sustained during Wisconsin's loss to Minnesota Thursday. Senior starting forward Annie Nelson is expected to miss her third game while nursing an injured right shoulder; she is listed as day-to-day. In addition, sophomore guard Akiya Alexander has been on a personal leave since Thursday and will not make the trip to Penn State. True freshman walk-on guard Brittany Cannon has been out the entire season with a back injury.

The Badgers did receive one bit of good news on the injury front recently, when senior forward Kjersten Bakke returned to full strength from a knee injury. Bakke, a regular contributor early this season, missed two games and was limited to 12 or fewer minutes in four more contests.

Childress hired as Vikings head coach

Former Wisconsin assistant football coach Brad Childress has been hired by the Minnesota Vikings as their head coach. Childress, the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin from 1992-98, replaces former head coach Mike Tice, who was fired Jan. 1. Childress served as the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterbacks coach beginning in 1999 and as the offensive coordinator from 2002-05.

"I'm very proud and happy that Brad has this opportunity," Wisconsin athletic director and outgoing head football coach Barry Alvarez said. "He's ready for this and he has all the qualities necessary to be a head coach in the NFL. He is an innovative coach and really helped in the building of our program at Wisconsin. I wish him all the best in Minnesota."

Skille notches goal, assist in IIHF games

University of Wisconsin freshman forward Jack Skille scored Team USA's lone goal in a 5-1 loss to Russia in the semifinals of the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Tuesday. Skille had help from USA teammate and Minnesota freshman forward Phil Kessel, who notched the assist. Kessel finished with a goal and 10 assists for 11 points, the most on Team USA. The United States fell out of medal contention when it lost 4-2 to Finland Thursday night and finished the championships in fourth place.

Skille notched an assist on a Kessel goal in Team USA's 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal game Jan. 2.

Wisconsin athletic department ranks fifth in revenue

The Wisconsin athletic department ranked fifth in the nation in total revenue, bringing in $75.3 million last year, according to the Columbus Post-Dispatch. The Newspaper conducted research based off legally mandated filings that university athletic departments must make with the U.S. Department of Education, under the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act.

According to data made public on the Internet by the Department of Education, Wisconsin's athletics program recorded a $15.8 million profit, which the Post-Dispatch reported was the third healthiest balance sheet in the nation.

The UW football program drew in $34.1 million in revenue, men's basketball $11.9 million, women's basketball $1.2 million and all other sports a combined $9.5 million. There was an additional $18.5 million in revenue not allocated to a specific sport.

Wisconsin's football program recorded $12.2 million in expenses for a profit margin of $21.9 million. Men's basketball had an $8.1 million profit, while women's basketball lost about $770,000. The UW athletic department lost an additional $5.4 million on all other sports and $8.1 million on expenses and revenue not allocated by sport.

Ohio State led the nation in revenue generation with $89.7 million, $50,000 more than Texas. Third and fourth were Michigan ($78.4 million) and Florida ($77.4 million).

Georgia boasted the nation's most profitable athletics department at $23.9 million. Michigan ($17 million), Wisconsin ($15.8 million) and Texas ($15.2 million) were second, third and fourth, respectively.

Of 114 Division I-A athletic departments that the newspaper researched, only 14 were in the red.

For more information, see Columbus Post-Dispatch and the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Website

UW Athletic Department to receive "Best of Madison Business" award

The University of Wisconsin athletic department is being recognized by Madison Magazine for its innovation and outstanding contributions to the community.

The 2006 Best of Madison Business Awards will be held Jan. 9 at the Monona Terrace, with Madison Magazine Editorial Director Neil Heinen and television producer and author John Roach hosting the event.

The athletic department was chosen for its impact on the local economy, as athletic events draw in fans from all over the country.

Tickets are $30 per person or $225 for a table of eight and can be purchased online at or at (608) 270-3632.

Football finishes No. 15

After beating then-No. 7 Auburn in the Capital One Bowl Monday, the Wisconsin football team finished No. 15 in both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today coaches' poll. It is the Badgers' best season-ending ranking since a No. 4 finish following the 1999 season.

Wisconsin (10-3) also finished No. 19 in the final Bowl Championship Series rankings.

Auburn (9-3) finished No. 14 in both human polls.

Wisconsin is one of just three Big Ten teams to finish the season ranked, joining No. 3 Penn State (11-1) and No. 4 Ohio State (10-2).

Undefeated Texas (13-0) was the undisputed national champion.

White offered Georgetown job

Former UW assistant coach Brian White has been offered the head coaching position at Division I-AA Georgetown, according to a press release issued by Milwaukee's ESPN Radio, 1510/1290. White appeared on that station via telephone on "The World's Greatest Sports Talk Show" with Steve True Friday afternoon.

Regarding the Georgetown job, White said, "I have to reflect on a few things." White stated that he probably has to tell Georgetown whether or not he wants to take the job "in the next couple days."

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