Badger Sports Roundup

Two suspensions overturned; women's hockey earns shutout; men's tennis sweeps, women's tennis swept.

An appeals committee has overturned the suspensions of University of Wisconsin football players P.J. Hill and Jameson Davis, the school announced Friday.

Hill, a freshman tailback, was suspended indefinitely Feb. 6, under the university's student-athlete discipline policy, after he was arrested by university police and charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly wielding a bat in an altercation outside a campus dorm. No one was injured as a result of the incident.

Davis was suspended indefinitely Jan. 19 along with fellow sophomore defensive back Antonio Freeman. They were arrested Jan. 18, when the car Davis was driving was pulled over by a state trooper in Jefferson County, after being clocked at 101 miles per hour.

Davis has been charged with resisting an officer and being party to the crime of marijuana possession, both misdemeanors. He was also cited for speeding in excess of 35 miles above the posted limit. An initial appearance on the misdemeanor counts is scheduled for March 7 in Jefferson County Court. Davis pled not guilty to the traffic ticket Feb. 21, and a court trial is scheduled for March 17.

Freeman, who is still suspended indefinitely, was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. His initial appearance is also scheduled for March 7.

Women's hockey: Badgers shut out Buckeyes

Badger senior forward Sharon Cole notched two goals and fellow senior forward Nikki Burish chipped in a goal and an assist as the No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team shut out Ohio State 3-0 Friday in Columbus, Ohio. Junior forward Sara Bauer, the third member of that line, notched an assist along with Burish on Cole's first goal, which came in the second period.

Cole now has 101 career points, the fifth Badger in program history to break the 100-point barrier.

This is the seventh season shutout for the Badgers (28-4-1 overall, 23-3-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association).

For Ohio State (13-15-5, 10-14-1), junior netminder Erika Vanderveer finished with a career-best 45 saves while allowing three goals. Badger junior goalie Christine Dufour, playing for the first time in seven games, stopped all 18 shots for her third shutout of the season.

Women's hockey: Bauer, Slusar Kazmaier finalists

Sara Bauer and Bobbi-Jo Slusar, two juniors on the Wisconsin women's hockey team, have been named finalists for the 2006 Patty Kazmaier Award, which goes to the best player in women's hockey.

Wisconsin was one of three teams that had two finalists; St. Lawrence and WCHA foe Minnesota-Duluth also had two athletes on the list, which has been pared down to the top 10.

This is both Bauer and Slusar's first nomination and the fourth and fifth in school history. For the first time in the nine-year history of the award, all 10 nominees are appearing on the list for the first time.

Bauer, who, prior to Friday's competition, led the WCHA and was fourth in the nation in points with 44, was named the conference preseason player of the year and has earned three WCHA Player of the Week honors and two U.S. College Hockey Online national Player of the Week honors. She also competed with the Canadian U-22 national team in January. Off the ice, she has made Dean's List at UW all five semesters of her academic career.

Slusar is the only defender who is a top-10 finalist. She currently leads the nation's defenders in points per game (averaging just over a point per game) and is helping the Badgers to maintain a 1.50 goals-against average while allowing just 20 shots per game. She is a candidate for conference Defensive Player of the Year and has also competed with the Canadian national program.

The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award goes to the most outstanding player in women's NCAA college hockey each season. Athletes are selected based on their individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement.

Men's tennis: Badgers sweep Michigan State

The No. 65 Wisconsin men's tennis team shut out No. 75 Michigan State 7-0 Friday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.

The Badgers won all three doubles matches and all six singles contests to advance to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten, their first 2-0 start in conference play since 1993. This is the first time the Badgers have won two straight conference matches since 2004.

Playing at the No. 1 doubles spot, sophomores Jeremy Sonkin and Nolan Polley defeated No. 41 Nick Rinks and Adam Monich 9-8 (10-8).

Sonkin defeated No. 77 Rinks 6-3, 7-6 at the top singles spot while Polley defeated Monich 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 at the No. 2 singles spot.

Women's tennis: Flu-stricken Badgers fall 7-0 to BYU

With two of its top players sitting out in singles play, the Wisconsin women's tennis team (3-6 overall) fell 7-0 to No. 20 Brigham Young University (7-3) at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium Friday.

The No. 32-ranked doubles team of junior Caitlin Burke and sophomore Nicole Beck defeated BYU's Anastasia Sourkova and Jennifer Miccoli 8-6. But Burke, ranked No. 28 in the nation in singles play, sat out that portion Friday while suffering from the flu, as did junior Kaylan Caiati. All six Badgers, some of who were playing out of their normal spots, fell to BYU athletes in singles play. Wisconsin's two other doubles teams also lost their matches.

"It's a big blow to the team when you lose the only upperclassmen in your starting lineup," head coach Patti Henderson said. "We asked a lot of our young players today. I thought everyone fought hard. I felt like BYU was going to be an opportunity for us but when you come in without two of your top three, it's a significant disadvantage."

The Badgers travel to Notre Dame, which is currently undefeated, for a contest Sunday.

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