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Wisconsin Sports 3-20

>>NCAA Men’s Tourney: Duke Loses, UW Lowest Seed Of East Finalists

(Greenville, SC)  —  Wisconsin will not get a possible rematch against Duke in the N-C-A-A men’s basketball tournament. The second seeded Blue Devils were upset by Number seven South Carolina 88-81 late Sunday night. Sindarius Thornwell had 24 points for the Gamecocks, who beat Marquette by 20 points on Friday night. Eighth seeded Wisconsin is in the Sweet 16 after its upset of top seeded Villanova on Saturday, and the U-W will take on Number four Florida on Friday night at the East Regional in New York — while South Carolina plays Baylor in the other East semifinal.  If the Badgers win, they could have been the next in line to play Duke — who beat the U-W in the 2015 National Championship game — but as it is, Baylor has the top seed among the four survivors in the East at Number three, and the Badgers have the lowest seed at eight.


>>UWM Women Beat Saint Francis, Advance To WBI Semis

(Loretto, PA)  —  The U-W Milwaukee women’s basketball team has advanced to the semifinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational with a 67-57 win at Saint Francis of Pennsylvania. The Panthers made 12 of 14 free throws to preserve a lead down the stretch, and Jamie Reit made a key three pointer with 39 seconds left. Reit scored a career high 15 points, including eleven in the second half, as U-W-M tied a program record for victories in a season with 22 against eleven losses. Jessica Kovatch scored 17 for Saint Francis, which ended its season at 17-15. Milwaukee won only its second game in its postseason history, and will play North Carolina Greensboro on Thursday night in the final four of the 16 W-B-I tournament teams.


>>Badgers Blanked By Clarkson In NCAA Women’s Hockey Title Game

(St. Charles, MO)  —  The Wisconsin women’s hockey team loses its nearly season long bid for national prominence, when it lost to Clarkson 3-0 in Sunday’s N-C-A-A title game in Saint Charles, Missouri. The Badgers led at least one national poll all season, while having Division One’s top offense with a little more than four goals per game. Shea Tiley had 41 saves for Clarkson, and Cayley Mercer scored twice as the Golden Knights finished 32-4-and-5 to win their second national crown. Wisconsin made 77 shots in its two Frozen Four contests, with only one goal to show it during Friday’s 1-0 semifinal win against Boston College. Badgers’ goaltender Ann Renee Desbiens, who won the Patty Kazmaier Award Saturday as the nation’s top player, had 17 saves in her college finale as the U-W finished 33-3-and-4.


>>AHL Hockey: Admirals Beat Grand Rapids

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Admirals complete a three game weekend with a 6-3 home victory against Grand Rapids. The Admirals scored four times in the second period. Vladislav Kamenev tied the game after Grand Rapids took a 2-1 lead, and then Anthony Richard put Milwaukee in front for good by scoring with about eleven minutes to play. The Admirals won two of their three weekend contests, losing only at Iowa — with seven hour bus trips to and from Des Moines during the overnight hours both Saturday and Sunday. Milwaukee now gets a short breather before playing against Manitoba on Thursday night at Winnipeg.


>>Madison’s Stricker Barely Loses Champions Tour Debut

(Tucson, AZ)  —  Steve Stricker of Madison bogeys two of his final three holes to lose a lead and finish second in his debut on the senior P-G-A Champions Tour. Tom Lehman won the 54 hole Tucson Conquistadores Classic in Arizona, as the 58-year-old finished at minus 20 after coming off arthroscopic surgery in his right knee. Stricker, who joined the 50 and older tour after his birthday in February, was trying to become the 19th golfer to win his Champions tour debut and the first since Miguel Angel Jimenez did it three years ago. Stricker finished 19 below par, while Madison’s Jerry Kelly tied for 15th at minus ten and Fox Point native Skip Kendall tied for 26th at minus seven.


>>Other Sports: Brewers, NASCAR

(Undated)  —  Zach Davies throws a perfect game through four innings on Sunday, as the Milwaukee Brewers beat San Francisco 6-4 in an exhibition at Scottsdale, Arizona. Brandon Belt got the Giants’ first hit in the fifth. Brewers’ utility player Hernan Perez homered and hit a two run single in his first game since returning from the World Baseball Classic. In NASCAR, Paul Menard of Eau Claire took 21st at Sunday’s Camping World 500 near Phoenix, and he rose to 19th in the Monster Energy season point standings. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge left after a crash on his 191st lap, and he finished 37th while falling to 20th in the season totals — while Beloit born Danica Patrick finished 22nd at Phoenix and is 29th for the year.

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