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Wisconsin Sports 8-18

>>Cubs Lose, Idle Brewers Move To Within One Game In Central

(Undated) — The Milwaukee Brewers have moved to within one game of first place Chicago in the National League Central with Saint Louis just one and a half back. The Brewers were idle Thursday while the Cubs hit six homers and still lost to Cincinnati 13-10 at Wrigley Field — and the Cardinals gained ground with an 11-7 victory at Pittsburgh, as the Pirates dropped to five and a half back. The Brewers open a tough nine game road trip tonight (Friday) at Colorado, San Francisco, and Los Angeles — and with only 40 games left by the time they get home, this road trip could determine whether Milwaukee stays in the race or fades. Manager Craig Counsell says it’s a challenge every night — and if they play well, there’s a good chance they’ll win. The road trip starts with three games at Colorado as Matt Garza starts tonight (Friday) against Rockies’ right hander German Marquez.

 

>>High School Football Begins

(Undated)  —  Many Wisconsin high schools will start their fall classes the day after Labor Day, but their football teams will have had three games in by then. The season opened Thursday night with 22 games around the state — and Eau Claire Regis was the only one of the seven state champions to play as Regis topped Fall Creek 18-3. One-hundred-67 games are scheduled for tonight (Friday) throughout Wisconsin, with seven more tomorrow (Saturday). The early start lets teams get a nine week regular season in before the playoffs begin October 20th — and the state finals are set for November 16th and 17th at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Regis won the Division Six state crown last fall and the other returning champions are Kimberly, Brookfield East, Waukesha Catholic Memorial, Saint Croix Central, Amherst, and Edgar.

 

>>Packers Show More In Preseason

(Green Bay, WI)  —  It used to be that N-F-L teams almost never showed their best regular season plays in exhibition games. But as the collective bargaining agreement put limits on contact at practices, those preseason games are the only places where teams can really test certain plays. Green Bay Packers’ defensive coordinator Dom Capers used last week’s exhibition opener against Philadelphia to work on his blitzing schemes. Veteran defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois said it was a far cry from the bland schemes he’s had in August with three other N-F-L teams — but Capers has said he wants his defense to play with confidence, so he uses the preseason games to focus on techniques and other variables. The Packers will play the second of their four exhibitions tomorrow (Saturday) night at Washington.

 

>>Pewaukee’s Wilson 13th At PGA’s Wyndham Championship

(Greensboro, NC)  —  In golf, Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is tied for 13th going into today’s (Friday’s) second round of the P-G-A’s Wyndham Championship. Wilson shot a minus five 65 in his opening round in Greensboro, North Carolina. He’s four strokes behind the leader, Matt Every, with Henrik Stenson in second by one stroke.

 

>>Gard: Badgers Getting More Relaxed In Foreign Games

(Tauranga, New Zealand)  —  Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard says his Badgers are starting to play more relaxed. The Badgers had solid shooting and defense in their 87-53 victory against the New Zealand Breakers on Thursday, in the second contest of the U-W’s five game foreign road trip. Wisconsin made 15 of 30 shots from behind an international three point line that’s about 18 inches further from the basketball than the N-C-A-A’s three point line. And the U-W outshot the New Zealand pros 45-26 percent, as Andy Van Vliet led a balanced Wisconsin scoring effort with 14 points and seven rebounds. The Badgers will resume their five game foreign tour on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia when they play Hawthorn.

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Wisconsin Sports 8-17

>>Brewers Pound Five HRs In Victory Against Pittsburgh

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers hit five homers in a 7-6 home victory against Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The Pirates blew a 4-0 lead, and Manny Pina hit a game winning two run shot in the eighth inning to put Milwaukee in sole possession of second place in the National League Central, one game ahead of Saint Louis and one and a half behind the first place Chicago Cubs. Keon Broxton homered twice — Travis Shaw and Neil Walker also went yard — and Anthony Swarzak won his first decision of the year in relief while Corey Knebel picked up his 24th save. Josh Bell went three for four with a triple, two R-B-Is, and one run scored — and reliever Juan Nicasio fell to 1-5 with the loss as the Pirates outhit the Crew 11-8 but were swept in their two game series at Miller Park as Milwaukee has now won four straight. The Brewers are off today (Thursday), and will open a series at Colorado tomorrow (Friday) night.

 

>>Packers: No Thursday Practice

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The Green Bay Packers get a day off from practice, as they get ready for Saturday night’s exhibition game at Washington. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is not likely to play, but he expects to get some work in during the third preseason game next week at Denver. He started with the Number One offense during Wednesday’s scrimmage at practice. Meanwhile, corner LaDarius Gunter has shown some improvement after he moved from the perimeter to a spot where he covers the slot receivers. The second year pro struggled in his first week at Training Camp — but Gunter is playing better at practice, and he recovered one of five fumbles in last week’s Green Bay exhibition victory against Philadelphia.

 

>>Wisconsin Men’s Basketball Opens League Season Earlier

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin men’s basketball team will start its Big Ten season almost one month earlier than usual. The league announced its schedule Wednesday, and it has the Badgers opening at home against Ohio State December second with a road contest at Penn State December fourth. It will be an early test for coach Greg Gard, who must replace four starting seniors who left last spring after the Badgers made the N-C-A-A Sweet 16. Wisconsin will have a long stretch of games in January with three straight road outings, followed by a home contest against Illinois and then two more games on the road. The Big Ten Tournament starts one week earlier than normal in a new location at Madison Square Garden in New York.

 

>>Max Hosking Wins State Open Golf Tourney

(Mequon, WI)  —  Max Hosking of Madison wins the State Open golf tournament. He made a 50 foot putt to birdie his second to last hole Wednesday at North Shore Country Club in Mequon. And the 27-year-old pro hung on from there to finish one stroke ahead of Phillip Johnson of Colgate, as former Badger Garrett Jones of Madison and Matthew Bachmann of Sheboygan Falls tied for third place at two strokes back. Hosking shot 67 and 72 in his final two rounds Wednesday, and he finished the 72 hole event at minus five 283.

 

>>Pro Golf: Wilson Plays PGA Wyndham Championship

(Greensboro, NC)  —  Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is the only Wisconsin golfer in the P-G-A’s Wyndham Championship which opens today (Thursday) in Greensboro, North Carolina. On the senior Champions Tour, Fox Point native Skip Kendall and Rhinelander native Dan Forsman compete at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, a three round tournament that begins tomorrow (Friday) in Endicott, New York.

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Wisconsin Sports 8-16

>>Brewers Win Third Straight, Move Into Virtual Tie For Second

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers have moved into a virtual tie for second place in the National League Central with their third straight win, a 3-1 home decision against Pittsburgh. The top two teams in the division, Chicago and Saint Louis, both lost but the Crew technically remains in third at one percentage point behind the Cardinals. Manny Pina drove in two runs on a groundout and an infield single, and Keon Broxton hit a solo homer. Zach Davies improved to 14-6 by giving up one run in six and two thirds innings with Corey Knebel earning his 23rd save. Adam Frazier tripled home Pittsburgh’s only run, and Ivan Nova gave up two runs in six frames to take the loss and fall to 10-10.

 

>>Brewers’ Anderson To Start Sunday, Earlier Than Expected

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Chase Anderson will return to the Brewers’ rotation Sunday when he starts at Colorado. The right hander is back earlier than expected, after the team scrapped a third minor league rehab start as he comes off a strained left oblique muscle. Anderson was the Brewers’ hottest starter when he went down while swinging a bat June 28th — and he’s 6-2 with one-point-one walks and hits for each inning pitched. Also, Brewers’ catcher Stephen Vogt is expected to catch for two games at Triple “A” Colorado Springs, and then return to the Crew as he comes off a sprained left knee suffered July 18th. Also, Brewers’ first round draft choice Keston Hiura (heer’uh) played his first game in the field for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the wake of a torn elbow ligament from last year — and the second baseman had two singles in the Rattlers 10-0 rout of Beloit.

 

>>Rapids Loses In Northwoods Semifinals

(Undated)  —  The Northwoods League will have a new champion, as defending titlist Wisconsin Rapids lost at home to Battle Creek 6-1 in Tuesday night’s semifinals. Tom Stoffel drove in four runs with a pair of homers and an R-B-I single — and he pitched two scoreless innings after starting at first base for Battle Creek. Nick Anderson singled home the only run for Wisconsin Rapids, which was held to four hits and was eliminated after cruising to the South Division crown in both halves of the season. Battle Creek will now play at Saint Cloud in tonight’s (Wednesday’s) opener of the best of three Northwoods’ Summer Collegiate World Series. Saint Cloud advanced with a 5-2 victory at Mankato in 12 innings on Tuesday.

 

>>Packers’ Montgomery Misses Practice; Bennett Defends Brother

(Green Bay, WI) — Green Bay Packers’ running back Ty Montgomery sat out of Tuesday’s practice with he called a minor “soft tissue” injury in his lower body. He did not specify where the injury occurred — he’s had it “on and off” — and he has not thought about the idea of missing Saturday night’s exhibition at Washington. Also, rookie receiver DeAngelo Yancey missed Tuesday’s pratice with a groin issue — and rookie safety Josh Jones left after hurting an ankle. In the locker room, Packers’ tight end Martellus Bennett said his brother Michael was “awesome” for taking a stand in which the Seattle defensive end sat during the national anthem before a preseason game last weekend. The Packers’ Bennett says he wants a better future for his kids, and he shouldn’t have to worry about what he called “lynch mobs” in Virginia following last weekend’s white supremacist protest.

 

>>Three Injured Badgers Return To Practice

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin receiver Jazz Peavy, tight end Zander Neuville, and running back Taiwan Deal all returned to practice Tuesday after various injuries which sidelined them at the Badgers’ preseason camp. Neuville was out the longest, after he hurt a right hamstring on August third — and he’s expected to go full tilt Thursday after he completed about half the drills on Tuesday. Peavy hurt his left leg and Deal nursed a bad ankle. The Badgers have a day off at camp today (Wednesday), with their season opener in 16 days against Utah State.

 

>>Former Badger Jones Leads State Open Golf Tourney

(Mequon, WI) — Former Badger Garrett Jones of Madison is the leader at the halfway mark of the State Open golf tournament in Mequon. The 32-year-old Jones, who has won 15 events as a pro, is at minus five 139 after 36 holes with a one shot lead on Phillip Johnson of Colgate. Jones regained his amateur status earlier this year, and he says he’d like to win a State Amateur title in the future as well as the State Open crown this week. David Roesch (resh) of Germantown, the 2004 State Open champ, is tied for third with Kaylor Steger of Mount Pleasant. Both are two shots off the lead going into today’s (Wednesday’s) 36 hole finale.

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Wisconsin Sports 8-15

>>Bucks’ Schedule Announced; More National TV Appearances

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Jason Kidd has done what no Milwaukee Bucks’ coach has done in recent years — have a team relevant enough to get on national T-V. N-B-A teams released their full 82 game schedules Monday night, and the Bucks have ten contests slated for T-N-T and E-S-P-N, four more than last year. Milwaukee opens its regular season October 18th at Boston, with the home opener October 20th against Cleveland as part of a weeklong blitz on E-S-P-N. The season is stretched out so there are fewer games on back to back nights, eliminating four in five nights — which became a controversy last season when more coaches rested all their stars for games that some fans paid big money to attend. Milwaukee also has eight contests on the league’s N-B-A T-V, which much of Wisconsin does not get on Spectrum cable. Still, national fans are finally getting a look at Kidd, All Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, and other Bucks’ players not long after the team spent year after year off national T-V.

 

>>Idle Brewers Fall Behind In NL Central Race

(Chicago, IL)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers were off Monday, but they still fell another half game down the standings when the Chicago Cubs crushed Cincinnati 15-5 at Wrigley Field. The Crew remains in third place in the National League Central, one game behind second place Saint Louis and two and a half behind the division leading Cubs — which got back to back homers from Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo while Jose Quintana got his first win since July 23rd. Rizzo called it a statement game, saying “We have to take care of ourselves and that’s it.” The Cubs were the only Central contender to play Monday night. Milwaukee remains two games ahead of fourth place Pittsburgh in the Central, and those teams will open a two game series tonight (Tuesday) at Miller Park.

 

>>Northwoods Playoff Field Cut To Four

(Undated)  —  Only one of the two division winners from Wisconsin survived the opening night of the Northwoods League playoffs. North Division second half champion Eau Claire was eliminated after losing its first round quarterfinal to Mankato 12-0 on Monday. South champion Wisconsin Rapids advanced with a 6-4 come from behind home win against the Lakeshore Chinooks. Ryan Stekl and Dustin Woodcock both homered in the eighth inning to erase a one run deficit for defending league champ Wisconsin Rapids — which will host Battle Creek in tonight’s (Tuesday’s) one game semifinal round. Mankato will entertain Saint Cloud in the other semi.

 

>>Packers Resume Public Practices

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The Green Bay Packers have two public practices scheduled this week, both around the noon hour today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) at Ray Nitschke Field. The team was off Monday, after a closed workout the previous day where the Packers had a chance to work on plays for their regular season opener September tenth at home against Seattle. The Pack will not practice on Thursday, and they’ll have a walkthrough Friday for its second exhibition game on Saturday night at Washington.

 

>>Four Tied For First Round Lead At State Open

(Mequon, WI)  —  Four golfers are tied for the first round lead at the State Open in Mequon. Andy Buege (bee ge) of Abrams, Ben Bendsten the Third of Mount Pleasant, Brian Burtagh of Milwaukee, and former Badger Garrett Jones of Madison all shot minus three 69s Monday. Four players are next at 70 — Kaylor Steger of Mount Pleasant, Joshua Udelhofen of Platteville, Michael Harris of Shorewood, and Phillip Johnson of Colgate. Buege was in contention for the State Open crown the past two years, but he finished ninth last year and second in 2015 after having the lead with three holes to play.

 

>>US Junior Hockey: Green Bay Hires Two Ex Players As Assistants

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The Green Bay Gamblers of the U-S Hockey League have named two of their former players as assistant coaches. Ryan Petersen and Grant Arnold were named Monday, after Cody Chuppp left to take the head coaching job with the Lincoln Stars. Arnold played for Green Bay from 2009 through 2012, and Petersen played for the Gamblers in the 2005 season before he played his college hockey at Saint Norbert in De Pere.

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Wisconsin Sports 8-14

>>Brewers Still Third In Central After Winning Two Straight

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers are still third in a very close National League Central race after beating Cincinnati 7-4 Sunday at Miller Park to take two of three from the Reds. The Crew never trailed after going up 3-0 in the first inning — and Domingo Santana had the eventual game winning hit with a three run homer in the fifth. Adam Duvall hit a two run homer for Cincinnati, one of three N-L teams not to win 50 games yet. Matt Garza got the win despite giving up all four Cincy runs in five and one third innings, improving to 6-6 as Corey Knebel got his 22nd save and Sal Romano took the loss and fell to 2-5. The Brewers are now one game behind second place Saint Louis in the N-L Central and two games behind the front running Chicago Cubs — and Milwaukee is off today (Monday) before opening a series at fourth place Pittsburgh tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

 

>>Walker Excited To Be Back In Playoff Contention

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Veteran infielder Neil Walker says he’s excited to be back in a pennant race, after the Brewers acquired him from the New York Mets Saturday for a player to be named later. Walker is a switch hitter with an .866 O-P-S in 51 career games at Miller Park — and he singled twice in his first game as a Brewer Sunday, replacing the injured Travis Shaw at third base. The Brewers made two transactions to make room for Walker on the 25 and 40 man rosters. Reliever Michael Blazek was designated for assignment and starter Brent Suter was put on the ten day disabled list with a mild strained rotator cuff. Suter was said to be dealing with discomfort for a while, going 0-1 this month after a solid 2-0 performance in July in place of injured starter Chase Anderson.

 

>>Football: Rodgers Breaks Fingertip, Badgers To Announce ND Package

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Green Bay tight end Richard Rodgers took part in the Packers’ closed practice on Sunday, despite breaking the tip of his right ring finger six days ago. Rodgers hurt the finger on a throw from quarterback Brett Hundley during a scrimmage last Tuesday. Rodgers told reporters the finger was not dislocated, and he was not limited very much after wearing a splint at Sunday’s practice. He did not play in last Thursday night’s 24-9 home exhibition win against Philadelphia. In college football, Wisconsin and Notre Dame will hold a news conference today (Monday) to announce a two game football series at neutral sites — reportedly for 2020 in Green Bay and 2021 in Chicago.

 

>>Stricker Ties For 54th At PGA Championship

(Charlotte, NC)  —  Steve Stricker of Madison ties for 54th at the P-G-A Championship. He shot a 73 on Sunday, the second worst of his four rounds at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. Stricker finished at plus six 290, 14 strokes behind tournament winner Justin Thomas. The 50-year-old Stricker also continued his streak of making the weekend cut in 26 consecutive majors, the most of all current P-G-A players — and he was 13 players who made the cut in all four majors this year. He’s had six Top 25 finishes this year, and he’ll now gear up for the P-G-A Playoffs while carrying out his role as the captain for the U-S President’s Cup team against an international squad this fall.

 

>>NASCAR: Patrick Top Wisconsin Finisher In Pure Michigan 400

(Dearborn, MI)  —  Danica Patrick is the top driver with Wisconsin connections in Sunday’s NASCAR race near Detroit. Patrick, born in Beloit and raised in nearby Roscoe, Illinois, placed 22nd in the Monster Energy Series’ Pure Michigan 400 at the Michigan International Speedway. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge, started fourth but finished in 24th. Paul Menard of Eau Claire finished 34th after a crash ended his day with six laps left. Kenseth remains ninth in the series’ point standings, but he’s still three spots out of playoff contention with the Cup Chase just four weeks away. Kyle Larson won his third race of the season in an overtime restart, and Martin Truex Junior remains the series’ leader.

 

>>Northwoods Playoff Teams Set

(Undated)  —  The field is set for the Northwoods League playoffs that begin tonight (Monday). Eau Claire won the second half title in the North Division with a 7-0 shutout of Saint Cloud in Sunday’s regular season finales — and Eau Claire will host Mankato in the one game quarterfinals this (Monday) evening while first half North champion Saint Cloud hosts Willmar. Wisconsin Rapids won both halves in the South, and Rapids will host Lakeshore as Rockford plays at Battle Creek. Rapids won the full season title in the South by ten games on Battle Creek with Lakeshore fourth, Madison fifth, Fond du Lac sixth in its inaugural season, Kenosha seventh, Wisconsin ninth, and Green Bay tenth and last at 29 games out. Mankato won the full season title in the North with Eau Claire fifth and La Crosse seventh.

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Wisconsin Sports 8-11

>>Hundley Shows Poise In Packers’ Exhibition Win

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Brett Hundley throws for 90 yards and one touchdown as he plays the entire first half of the Green Bay Packers’ 24-9 exhibition win against Philadelphia at Lambeau Field. The second stringer also threw one interception while completing eight of 15 passes and rushing for four yards. Joe Callahan threw for 103 yards and Taysom Hill had a T-D pass as the Pack scored 17 unanswered points in the first half and won despite being outgained in total yards 322-261. Green Bay only had 47 rushing yards on the night as starter Ty Montgomery fumbled on his second carry and had just three carries and one catch for eight total yards — and Trevor Davis may have won the punt return job when he took back a punt 68 yards for a touchdown. Packers’ receiver Malachi Dupre was taken to a hospital after a hard hit — starting corner Damarious Randall had a concussion, and corner Raysean Pringle was checked out for a concussion — center Don Barclay hurt an ankle — and safety Kentrell Brice injured a finger.

 

>>Brewers Drop To Third In Central After Fifth Straight Loss

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers drop to third place in the National League Central after losing their fifth straight game, 7-2 to Minnesota at Miller Park. The team held a “players only” meeting afterward, where veterans Ryan Braun and Matt Garza told the Crew’s younger foundation to start having fun again, restore their energy, and stop taking things so hard as the Brewers have gone 9-17 since the All Star break. The Brewers are now two games behind the first place Cubs, who were idle Thursday while Saint Louis won its sixth straight move into second at one game back. Milwaukee’s Keon Broxton had the game’s only homer — but Zach Davies gave up seven runs in five and two thirds innings to drop to 13-6, as the Twins scored three times in the second and three more in the third to sweep their four game Interleague series with Milwaukee. The Twins went above .500 with the victory, and is now back in the American League Wild Card race at three and a half games back.

 

>>PGA Championship: Another Slow Start For Stricker

(Charlotte, NC)  —  Steve Stricker of Madison gets off to another slow start, tying for 80th after the first round of the P-G-A Championship in Charlotte. Stricker shot a plus four 75 at Quail Hollow as he bogeyed the first, sixth, seventh, and 18th holes without a birdie on the day. The 50-year-old Stricker is Wisconsin’s only player in the year’s fourth and final major. Kevin Kisner and Thorbjorn Olesen are tied for the lead at minus four 67.

 

>>Bucks To Host Cleveland In Final Bradley Center Opener

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Bucks will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their regular season home opener October 20th. It’s the first game of the BMO (bee mo) Harris Bradley Center’s final season — and it’s part of an N-B-A “Opening Week” package on E-S-P-N designed to stretch out the players’ load throughout the 82 game campaign. Teams will have fewer back to back game nights and situations with four games in five nights, in which coaches have been criticized for resting key players who are not injured while fans pay big money to miss their favorites. The league also announced a Christmas Day schedule in which the Bucks were left out again. The rest of the N-B-A schedule will be announced later, and it will include a game in which the Bucks will play in their old eleven-thousand-seat arena as part of the team’s 50th season.

 

>>Badgers’ Cichy: “I’m Not Done With Football”

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy (sitch ee) says he’s not sure what he’ll do next but he tweets, “I’m not done with football.” The U-W said Thursday that Cichy would miss his senior year after he tore an A-C-L ligament on his right knee at practice this week. In his tweet, Cichy said, “From walk on to captain, it’s been an unreal experience” — and he vowed that the Badgers would still have a terrific season after being ranked tenth in the national coaches’ preseason poll. Cichy, who’s from Somerset in northwest Wisconsin, was an All Big Ten honorable mention last year despite missing seven games with a torn pectoral muscle. Chris Orr is a candidate to replace Cichy, and he practiced with the Number One defense Thursday.

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Wisconsin Sports 8-10

>>Packers vs. Philly: Thompson Wants To See Hundley’s Leadership Skills

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Green Bay G-M Ted Thompson says he’ll look for leadership skills from quarterback Brett Hundley when the Packers host Philadelphia tonight (Thursday) in their exhibition opener. Aaron Rodgers will be among the starters on the sideline, giving the third year Hundley a chance to audition for a starting job elsewhere after the Packers reportedly came close to trading him in April. Q-B coach Alex Van Pelt says Hundley has improved his footwork since last year, and he has a better “feel” for the rhythm of the passing game. Hundley did not get much of a chance to play in last year’s preseason, when he appeared in just one game due to a sprained ankle suffered at practice. Tonight (Thursday), corner Davon House is out with a bad hamstring and tight end Richard Rodgers is among those listed as questionable with an undisclosed injury.

 

>>Brewers Blanked By Twins, Drop Fourth Straight

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers have lost four straight after getting shut out by Minnesota 4-0 Wednesday night at Miller Park. The Brewer offense struggled again with just five hits — none for extra bases — as Ryan Braun and Orlando Arcia each singled twice off 44-year-old Bartolo Colon who went seven innings and improved to 2-1. Brandon Woodruff is now 1-1 after two big league starts, giving two runs in five and two thirds innings. Brian Dozier fell a triple short of the cycle as the Twins go for a sweep of their four game Interleague home and home series with Milwaukee tonight (Thursday). Meanwhile, Saint Louis has moved into a second place tie with the Brewers in the National League Central — both one and a half games behind Chicago after the Cubs lost their second straight Wednesday at San Francisco while the Cardinals beat Kansas City.

 

>>MLB Teams Will Wear Colorful Jerseys With Nicknames

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Major League Baseball will wear colorful jerseys with nicknames on the backs during the first “Players Weekend” August 25th through 27th. The Brewers will play the Dodgers in Los Angeles, and the Crew will have navy blue tops and gold sleeves and numbers. Eric Sogard, who wears thick glasses, will wear the nickname “Nerd Power” and Eric Thames will be called “Sang Namja” in reference to his three previous seasons in Korea. It’s part of an effort by the players’ union to get more young fans interested in the game by letting them see more of the players’ personalities and interests.

 

>>Madison’s Stricker Plays In PGA Championship

(Charlotte, NC)  —  The 99th P-G-A Championship begins today (Thursday) at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. Steve Stricker of Madison is part of the afternoon group for the opening round of the year’s final major. He’ll tee off at 12:40 Wisconsin time in a group with Brian Harman and Jonas Blixt. Jimmy Walker is the defending champion of the P-G-A, which has been played three times at Whistling Straits near Sheboygan and will be moved to May starting in 2019.

 

>>Former Wolves’ GM Newton Named Bucks’ Assistant GM

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Former Minnesota Timberwolves’ general manager Milt Newton has been named the assistant G-M of the Milwaukee Bucks. Newton — one of several new staffers announced Wednesday — replaces Justin Zanek, who left for the Utah Jazz after Jon Horst was picked in June as Milwaukee’s next G-M. Newton led Minnesota’s front office for three years when the team traded Kevin Love to Cleveland and got two top draft choices who became N-B-A rookies of the year in 2015 and ’16 — Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony Towns. Other new Bucks’ personnel include strategy director David Mincberg, basketball operations chief Tony Bollier, and former Phoenix player and head coach Frank Johnson as an assistant to Bucks’ coach Jason Kidd. Milwaukee also lost vice president of player development Craig Robinson to a similar post with the New York Knicks.

 

>>Badgers Cancel Milwaukee Football Practice

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin football team has canceled a public practice scheduled for this (Thursday) afternoon in Milwaukee at Custer Stadium. U-W officials say heavy thunderstorms are in the forecast, and they called off the event late Wednesday afternoon. Coach Paul Chryst says he’s disappointed — and he hopes the Badgers can make it there in the future. Meanwhile, U-W running back Taiwan Deal is among the latest to sit out with minor injuries, sidelined Wednesday with a protective boot on his right foot. Backup corner Dontye Carriere Williams was also added to the injury list with a bad back — and starting receiver Jazz Peavy has missed two days with an injured leg.

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