Aaron Rodgers’ offseason to feature golf, not knee surgery
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Aaron Rodgers, Packers quarterback (↑ UP)
It's been quite the week for Rodgers. First, he declared that he won't need offseason surgery for his ailing knee, clearing him to be healthy for training camp and not have to worry about any rehab. And Rodgers is also obviously healthy enough to participate in this week's Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where he asked to be paired with Ho Sung Choi -- and his request was granted (he'll also be paired with Wisconsin native Jerry Kelly and actor Chris O'Donnell). One can hope that Rodgers will be using some of the clubs which he's stamped with characters from "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," "Happy Gimore" and "The Office." Oh, and also, on Wednesday his 2020 roster bonus became fully guaranteed. That's $19.5 million he'll receive no matter what.
Khris Middleton, Bucks forward (↑ UP)
Middleton perhaps deserved to be an All-Star last season, but with Milwaukee owning the best record in the NBA it was bound to have more than one player selected so Middleton finally got his due, selected as one of the East's reserves last Thursday night. In three games last week, Middleton showed why, continuing to play great all-around basketball. He averaged 18.7 points (on 54.3 percent shooting, including making half of his 3 attempts), 7.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists and had a combined box score +/- of plus-55 as the Bucks won all three road contests.
James White, ex-Badgers running back ( EVEN)
White, who should have been the MVP of Super Bowl 51, had just one reception and two carries for a combined 9 yards in Super Bowl 53 as he took a backseat to fellow New England running backs Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead. Even two wide receivers (Julian Edelman and Cordarrelle Patterson) had more rushing yards than White. Of course, White did win his third Super Bowl ring in five years, so all is not bad in the world.
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Brad Davison, Badgers guard (↑ UP)
Davison has become a favorite of Wisconsin fans and reviled by opponents for his ability to take a charge. But lately, he's also adding some scoring punch for a Badgers team which is starting to put it together, reeling off five straight wins heading into Wednesday night. In Saturday's win over then-No. 21 Maryland, Davison had 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including making 4 of 6 3-point attempts. He's scored in double figures in seven of his last eight games (13.5 average) after doing so just five times in his first 14 games (10.0 average).
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Markus Howard, Marquette guard (↓ DOWN)
If there's one team Howard hopes to not have to face in the Big East tournament, it has to be St. John's. On Tuesday, the Red Storm beat the Golden Eagles for the second time this season and also handed Marquette its first loss at home in large part to the way it shut down Howard -- again. Back on New Year's Day, Howard scored just eight points on 2-of-15 shooting against St. John's. Tuesday, Howard did score 17 points -- still seven points below his season average -- and made only 5 of 17 shots.
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Brewers fans (↑ UP)
The weather has been cruddy and another cold weekend with freezing rain is ahead. But there are signs of spring … as in the team and FOX Sports Wisconsin released the spring training TV schedule Wednesday. Baseball can't get here soon enough.