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Wisconsin Sports 7-9

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>2018 All-Stars:  Cain, Yelich, Hader Chosen

(New York, NY)  —  Lorenzo Cain, Christian Yelich, and Josh Hader have all been named to the 2018 National League All-Star team, based on votes from the players.  There could be a fourth Milwaukee Brewer playing in the mid-summer classic July 17th.  Milwaukee first baseman Jesus Aguilar is one of five players in the “Final Vote” competition, along with Dodger first baseman Max Muncy, St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter, San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt, and Washington shortstop Trea Turner.  This is the first time in the big game for all of the Brewers but Cain.  He made it while playing for Kansas City in 2016.  Three days of all-star activities start next Sunday at Nationals Park in Washington, D-C.


>>Aguilar Hits A Pair, Leads Brewers To 10-3 Pasting Of Atlanta

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  First baseman Jesus Aguilar hit two home runs and had four runs batted in as the Milwaukee Brewers thrashed Atlanta Sunday by a 10-3 score.  Hernan Perez also homered with two men on base to keep the Brewers a game-and-a-half ahead of the Chicago Cubs.  Starting pitcher Junior Guerra picked up his sixth win by holding the Braves to one run in six innings.  Milwaukee won six-out-of-seven games on the homestand.  Before the game outfielder Lorenzo Cain was activated from the disabled list and outfielder Ryan Braun were put on the D-L.  The team made a total of eight roster moves.  Chase Anderson starts for Milwaukee tonight in Miami.


>>Bucks Sign C Brook Lopez

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Multiple sources are reporting the Milwaukee Bucks have signed seven-foot center Brook Lopez to a one-year contract. The 30-year-old averaged 13 points-a-game for the Los Angeles Lakers last season.  During his nine seasons with the Nets he averaged 18-point-six points and seven rebounds-a-game.  The Bucks still have some decisions to make.  Guard Brandon Jennings’ two-point-two-million dollar contract becomes guaranteed August 1st and restricted free agent forward Jabari Parker still isn’t signed.


>>University Of Wisconsin Wrestler Dies In Car Accident

(Madison, WI)  —  Members of the University of Wisconsin wrestling team are dealing with the untimely death of a teammate.  Twenty-one-year-old Eli Stickley died in a car accident last week.  Stickley was an Academic All-American and an N-C-A-A qualifier.  The Illinois State Police report Stickley was driving Thursday night when his pickup went out of control and crashed on Interstate 74.  Team members were on a break and not due to return to Madison until this week.


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>>Chacin Settles Down After Rough 1st Inning, Pitches Brewers To 7-2 Win

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Three batters into Thursday night’s game against Atlanta, the Milwaukee Brewers were trailing 2-0.  Good times for the Braves didn’t last much longer.  Starter Jhoulys Chacin slammed the door, allowing just three hits over his seven innings on the mound while Milwaukee roared back for a 7-2 win.  Hernan Perez was three-for-four with a home run and two runs batted in.  Dan Jennings pitched the final two innings to earn his first save.  The Brewers move a game-and-a-half ahead of the Chicago Cubs in the Central Division standings.  Rookie Freddy Peralta starts tonight’s home game against the Braves as Milwaukee tries to extend its winning streak to five-in-a-row.


>>Milwaukee Bucks Rookies Kick Off NBA Summer League Play

(Las Vegas, NV)  —  Friday is a busy day in the N-B-A.  The Milwaukee Bucks are among 30 teams playing in the Las Vegas N-B-A Summer League on the first night of action.  Young players for the Bucks will be taking on Detroit at Cox Pavilion.  The league’s free-agency moratorium period ends this morning, meaning teams and players can finalize any oral agreements they have made in the last week.  Milwaukee will sign forward Ersan Ilyasova to a three-year deal worth an estimated 21-million dollars.  It still isn’t clear what happens with forward Jabari Parker.  Only the Hawks, Bulls and Kings have enough cap space to sign him, but the Kings are already out of the bidding and it’s not clear how interested Chicago is.


>>Brewers Sign 1st-Round Draft Pick Turang As Time Runs Out

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers have signed first-round draft pick Brice Turang, according to a Tweet from the player.  The terms of his bonus aren’t known, but the number-21 slot had a value of a little over three-million dollars.  Turang is an 18-year-old high school shortstop out of California.  He had committed to play college ball at Louisiana State, but he has decided to move forward on a professional career.  Scouts say he has a lot of speed and could be a top-flight defender, but there are questions about his bat.



>>Badgers Football Tickets Go On Sale Friday

(Madison, WI)  —  Season tickets for Wisconsin Badgers football go on sale today (Friday) at 8:30 A-M.  A limited number of general public season tickets are available for games at Camp Randall Stadium.  Fans can make their purchases online at UWBadgers-dot-com, or can call the athletic ticket office at 1-800-GO-BADGERS.  Season tickets are being sold for 378-dollars, a savings of 130-dollars over single-game prices.  Away game tickets for Northwestern, Penn State, and Purdue are on sale now.  Games at Iowa and Michigan are already sold out.


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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>Rookie’s 1st MLB Hit Is Game-Winner For Milwaukee

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The first career hit for Milwaukee rookie Nate Orf was a game-winning home run against the Twins Wednesday.  Milwaukee won the game at Miller Park 3-2.  A homer-saving catch by outfielder Keon Broxton was just as important as the Brewers completed the three-game sweep.  Travis Shaw and Brad Miller also hit homers for Milwaukee.  Jeremy Jeffress picked up his sixth win in relief.  The Brewers send right-hander Jhoulys Chacin to the mound to start Thursday’s opener of a four-game series against Atlanta.


>>UW-Stevens Point’s New FB Coach Has History With Pointers

(Stevens Point, WI)  —  Former offensive coordinator Greg Breitbach is returning to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to be the head football coach.  Breitbach was an assistant with the Pointers for four seasons from 2003-to-2006.  He has been coaching Division Two Millersville University for the last five years.  During his college playing career, Breitbach was a quarterback for Montana Western and Dickinson State.


>>Davante Adams:  Rookie WR Moore Offers Great Potential

(Green Bay, WI)  —  He’s been a standout so far and Davante Adams says he’s expecting big things from rookie wide receiver J’Mon Moore.  The veteran Adams and Moore have lockers next to each other.  Moore can start living up to that potential when training camp opens three weeks from today.  He made the strongest impression during organized team activities, but other rookies were also impressive.  Moore’s combination of speed and size seems to set him apart.


>>Rumor Proven True:  Antetokounmpo Is Cover Athlete For NBA 2K19

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes the first international player to be featured on the cover of the N-B-A 2-K-19 standard edition video game.  He’s also the first Milwaukee Bucks to earn the position.  N-B-A insiders had released the information last month.  The game will become available to the public September 11th.  A press release quotes the Bucks star as saying being on the cover “is a dream come true.”


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Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>Brewers Win On Bases-Loaded Walk In 10th Inning

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Milwaukee shortstop Brad Miller drew a 10th-inning walk with the bases loaded to give the Brewers at 6-5 win over Minnesota Monday night.  The Twins had scored the first five runs of the ballgame, including the third grand slam given up by Milwaukee pitching in the last three games.  Manager Craig Counsell gave a lot of credit to his bullpen for producing five shutout innings.  Manny Pina contributed his sixth home run of the season while the Brewers were wiping out the Minnesota lead.  Closer Corey Knebel picked up his second victory.  Right-hander Junior Guerra starts tonight’s (Tuesday’s) second game of the three-game series at Miller Park.


>>Bucks’ Thon Maker Involved In Rumble At FIBA World Cup Game

(Bulacan, PH)  —  When members of his Australian team started fighting with their opponents from the Philippines, Bucks center Thon Maker rushed to the rescue.  Australia was leading 79-48 in the F-I-B-A World Cup qualifying game Monday when elbows started flying and both teams ran onto the court.  Maker seemed to be trying to break things up when he was punched in the back of the head.  He kicked at Bill Romeo of the Philippines – and missed.  Maker was one of 13 players ejected and the game had to be stopped when fouls left just one player on the court for the Philippines.  Australia was the winner by an 89-53 score.  No injuries were reported.


>>Packers RB Jones Bulks Up For Better Sophomore NFL Season

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Packers running back Aaron Jones feels he’s added lower body strength without sacrificing his burst after his off-season workouts.  He showed flashes of great ability during his rookie N-F-L season in Green Bay, but was sidelined by injuries more than once.  Jones decided he needed to develop the lower part of his body to withstand the punishment of a 16-game pro season.  Spending hours in the team’s weight room, the second-year back says he is bigger so he can hold his ground without getting hurt as much.  At the same time, Jones and his coaches are hoping he retains the explosive ability which let him average five-and-a-half yards-a-carry during his rookie season.


>>Badgers Confirm DE Rand Will Miss Season

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin Badgers will score a lot of points next fall, but will they be able to stop opponents?  The traditionally-stiff Badger defense will be challenged.  An Achilles injury suffered by junior Garrett Rand means one of the few experienced defensive linemen on the Wisconsin team won’t play a snap this coming season and U-W was already thin on that side of the ball.  Defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield says we’ll get to know players like Kraig Howe, David Pfaff, Aaron Vopal and Keldric Preston.  All have been in Madison for at least a season but without much playing time.  Defensive coordinator Jim Leonard needs them to step up.  It helps that sophomore Isaiahh Loudermilk is recovering from his knee injury faster than expected.


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(Corrected to show Brewers series with Twins starts tonight, not Tuesday)


>>Reds Get Another Grand Slam, Split Series With Brewers

(Cincinnati, OH)  —  Infielder Jose Peraza hit Cincinnati’s third grand slam homer in eight games, leading the Reds to am 8-2 win over the Brewers Sunday.  Cincinnati’s 11th win in the last 14 games gave the Reds a split of the weekend series.  Matt Harvey picked up the victory and Brewers rookie Freddy Peralta lost for the first time.  After being almost un-hittable in the first four starts of his major league career, Peralta allowed the first six Reds to reach base.  He wound up allowing three earned runs in five innings.  Ryan Braun’s ninth-inning home run ended Cincinnati’s shutout.  The Brewers have sent light-hitting shortstop Orlando Arcia back to the minors to work on his hitting.  Milwaukee starts an interleague series against the Minnesota Twins at home tonight with Brent Suter starting the first game.


>>Packers CEO Murphy:  Rodgers Signing New Contract “Soon”

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Since it isn’t realistic to say Kirk Cousins and Matt Ryan are each worth eight million dollars-a-year more than Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, you’d think a new deal would be coming pretty soon.  C-E-O Mark Murphy has told W-T-M-J-dot-com the team hopes to have a contract extension for Rodgers in place “soon.”  N-F-L observers aren’t as sure.  It’s possible one of the best quarterbacks in the N-F-L would have to wait four years — until he’s 38 — to get a new deal.  Rodgers has two years left on his current contract, then the team could use a franchise tag on his for two years after that.  He put up some pretty good numbers while missing nine games last season, but the Packers were actually only 4-3 in the games he started.


>>Bucks Bringing Ilyasova Back To Milwaukee

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  With the start of the new N-B-A year Saturday at midnight Eastern Daylight Time, free agents started signing new deals.  The Milwaukee Bucks are bringing a familiar face back.  Ersan Ilyasova signed a three-year, 21-million dollar contract, although the third year isn’t guaranteed.  More moves are coming because the Bucks are over the luxury-tax threshold at almost 130-million dollars.  This is Ilyasova’s third time being on the Bucks roster after being drafted in 2005.  He’s a solid three-point shooter who is tough on the offensive boards at six-foot-10.  Hopes that superstar LeBron James would join the Bucks were eliminated when he signed a four-year deal with the Lakers Sunday.


>>Pair Of Bogeys Costs Wisconsin Golfer U.S. Senior Open Title

(Colorado Springs, WI)  —  Madison golfer Jerry Kelly wasn’t able to overcome bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes, falling one stroke short of the title at the 2018 U-S Senior Open championship.  Kelly had led the Champions Tour event after each round but was edged by David Toms at the Broadmoor East course in Colorado Springs.  Kelly tied with Miguel Angel Jimenez and Tim Petrovic for second.  It was the first victory for Toms in seven years.  The 51-year-old competitor used a birdie on 16 to give him the lead he never surrendered.


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>>Late-Game Homer By Thames Produces 6-4 Brewers Victory

(Cincinnati, WI)  —  Call Eric Thames a “Reds killer.”  The Milwaukee slugger’s three-run home run in the seventh inning gave his team the lead it needed in a 6-4 win at Cincinnati Thursday.  Brewers starting pitcher Junior Guerra gave up a pair of homers but pitched six innings to earn his fourth victory of the season.  Corey Knebel locked down his eighth save.  The Reds are in last place in the National League Central Division, but they came into the game with nine victories in their last 10 starts.  The benches and bullpens for both teams ran onto the field in the third inning when the Reds’ Joey Votto exchanged words with Brewers catcher Erik Kratz.  Chase Anderson starts today’s game in Cincinnati.  He already has one win over the Reds this season.


>>Bucks Face Decision On Forward Jabari Parker

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Most N-B-A eyes are on players like LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard this off-season, but the Milwaukee Bucks face a decision on former first-round draft pick Jabari Parker.  Injuries have derailed his promising career.  Parker has still averaged more than 15 points-a-game and five-and-a-half rebounds.  The problem is, in four seasons he has missed 145 games — nearly two complete seasons — with knee injuries.  The team is expected to extend a qualifying offer to Parker by today (Friday).  That would make him a restricted free agent.


>>Badgers Football Good For $143M In Revenue

(Madison, WI)  —  Two college football programs in the same state — Texas and Texas A&M — have topped 210-million dollars in total revenue.  To put that in perspective, the Longhorns football program made nearly as much money last year than all 12 public universities playing in the Big Sky Conference.  It was a good season in Badgerland during the 2017 fiscal year.  Wisconsin ranked 15th in the nation with 143-million dollars.  Three other Big Ten schools topped that figure, Ohio State (185M), Michigan (185M), and Penn State (144M).


>>Madison Golfer Jerry Kelly Tops Leaderboard At Senior U.S. Open

(Colorado Springs, WI)  —  Competitors on the P-G-A Champions Tour can testify — the Broadmoor Golf Course in Colorado Springs is a tough one.  Not a single golfer finished the 18 holes Thursday while avoiding a bogey.  Madison’s Jerry Kelly tops the leaderboard with a four-under-par 66.  He has a two-shot lead over Miguel Angel Jimenez, Kevin Sutherland, Deane Pappas and Rocco Mediate.  Kelly missed a four-footer on 17 for his only bogey, but he says he played very well, otherwise.


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>>5-Run Rally Gives Royals 5-4 Win Over Brewers

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Normally-unhittable lefty reliever Josh Hader gave up a bases-loaded single in the middle of a five-run seventh inning for Kansas City Wednesday night.  The Royals then withstood Milwaukee’s ninth-inning rally for a 5-4 victory.  The soft-hitting Royals scored more than four runs for the first time in 19 games.  Milwaukee led 1-0 when Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas touched starter Brent Suter for a homer leading off the seventh.  Suter wound up taking his fifth loss of the season.  Junior Guerra starts for Milwaukee tonight (Thursday) in the first of a four-game series against the red-hot Cincinnati Reds who have won 12 out of their last 15 games.


>>Tigers Fire Pitching Coach Bosio For “Insensitive Comments”

(Detroit, MI)  —  Detroit Tigers pitching coach Chris Bosio is out of a job after comments he made to a team employee.  Neither the club nor Bosio has been specific about what he said.  Tigers management says it has zero tolerance for “this type of behavior.”  Bosio stirred things up in Milwaukee last year when he suggested Eric Thames might be using performance-enhancing drugs.  The majority of his career in the major leagues was spent as a starting pitcher for the Brewers from 1986-to-1992.


>>At Least 12 Players With Ties To UW Hockey Invited To Development Camps

(Madison, WI)  —  University of Wisconsin men’s hockey players are having a busy off-season.  At least 12 have been invited to N-H-L development camps over the next two weeks.  Defenseman Peter Tischke received an invitation to work with the Pittsburgh Penguins, while forward Sean Dhooghe was contacted by Columbus and forwards Tarek Baker and Ryan Wagner are working with Vegas.  Wagner has graduated, while Baker and Dhooghe will be sophomores and Tischke a senior.  Other Badger players invited to the development camps include sophomores Linus Weissbach, Tyler Inamoto and Wyatt Kalynuk, junior Max Zimmer and freshmen K’Andre Miller, Ty Emberson, Jack Gorniak and Sampo Ranta.


>>Work On Bucks New Arena 99% Complete

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The contractor says work on the new state-of-the-art arena for the Milwaukee Bucks is 99 percent complete.  The basketball court is in place and the scoreboard is running.  Work on the entrance is being wrapped up.  There is no naming rights deal in place for the arena yet, but the Bucks say they expect to have one by the time the 524-million dollar palace opens its doors in two months.  The Bucks haven’t said what the first event to be held at the facility might be.


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>>Packers Eliminating “Print At Home” Tickets

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Green Bay Packer fans will no longer be able to print their game tickets at home.  The N-F-L team is going to mobile tickets, meaning the ticket buyers will need a smartphone to access their tickets.  The Packers will continue to mail paper tickets to all season ticket holders in July, including the ones who get tickets through the Brown County drawing.  People can manage their tickets online or through the Packers app on their mobile device.  All N-F-L teams have eliminated the Print at Home tickets for the coming season.


>>4 Wisconsin Badgers Chosen In 2018 NHL Draft

(Dallas, TX)  —  Four players in the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey program have been chosen in the 2018 N-H-L Draft.  K’Andre Miller was the number-22 pick Friday, taken by the New York Rangers.  Ty Emberson, Sampo Ranta, and Jack Gorniak heard their names called Saturday in the fourth round.  Emberson was picked number-73 by Arizona.  Ranta was picked number-78 by Colorado and Gorniak was the 123rd pick of the draft by Montreal.  This is the third straight year four Badgers were chosen.


>>Brewers Hit 3 Homers To Back Rookie Peralta

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Rookie right-hander Freddy Peralta allowed just one hit and a walk in seven shutout innings as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Kansas City 5-1 Tuesday.  Peralta struck out 10 while picking up his third career victory.  Ryan Braun, Christian Yelich, and Jesus Aguilar supported Peralta by blasting home runs.  Josh Hader got the final out and picked up his seventh save of the season.  The Brewers placed Lorenzo Cain on the 10-day disabled list with a groin strain before the game, calling up Keon Broxton.  Brent Suter starts Wednesday’s series finale while looking for his ninth victory.


>>Packers WR Cobb Expected To Be Ready For Regular Season

(Green Bay, WI)  —  N-F-L sources are saying Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb may not be ready for the start of training camp next month, but he should be able to practice some before the September 9th season opener.  Cobb isn’t saying whether he has had surgery and hasn’t responded to questions — other than to say the boot on his foot is temporary.  He is about to enter the final year of a four-year, 40-million dollar deal he signed with the Packers in 2015.  He and Davante Adams represent most of Green Bay’s experience at the wide receiver position.


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>>WR Cobb Training Camp Work Could Be Delay By Ankle Injury

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Green Bay wide receiver Randall Cobb may join his teammates a little later when training camp starts next month.  Published reports indicate the 27-year-old athlete was seen in a walking boot at an airport just recently.  Cobb reportedly said the injury is “temporary,” but no details on how or when he was hurt have been shared.  Cobb was on the field during organized team activities as recently as three weeks ago.  He was one of 16 veteran players excused from the mandatory minicamp two weeks ago.  The injury could delay his participation in training camp.


>>Rookie Phenom Peralta Starts For Brewers

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Rookie Freddy Peralta looks for his third major league victory when he pitches for the Milwaukee Brewers in tonight’s (Tuesday’s) 7:10 P-M home game against Kansas City.  Jake Junis pitches the interleague game for the Royals.  Peralta has been a sensation in three major league starts, pitching to an earned run average of two-point-30.  He’s fanned 25 batters in 15-and-two-thirds innings.  Milwaukee is trying to get back on the winning track after splitting a weekend series with St. Louis.  The Cardinals took the last two games, but the Brewers still have a two-game lead in the Central Division.  Only one team — Baltimore — has a worse record than Kansas City’s 24-54.


>>Greek Freak May Be On Cover Of NBA 2K19

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  A YouTube blogger has leaked a screenshot of the cover athlete for the popular N-B-A 2-K-19 series for game consoles like PlayStation, Nintendo, and X-Box.  It’s Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.  The image from the 2-K website started circulating on social media last weekend, though it has been taken down.  Blogger “Adrian” tweeted the information Saturday evening.  Early information hasn’t always been dependable on this topic.  Last year, somebody posted a first version showing Kyrie Irving in his Cavaliers jersey, before it was switched to a Boston Celtics uniform.


>>Neenah HS Tennis Coach Hangs It up After Nearly 5 Decades

(Neenah, WI)  —  It’s an impressive resume — five state tennis championships, to go with seven runner-up finishes.  Tom Berven’s Neenah boys tennis team has won 41 conference championships and is currently in the middle of a string of 121 Fox Valley Association dual match victories.  Berven is retiring after 48 years.  He’s also run the Neenah Park and Recreation summer program for the last 51 years.  More than 300-thousand people participate in those activities.  He coached 10 individual state champions.


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