>>Packers Trade First Round Draft Choice To Cleveland
(Green Bay, WI) — For the first time since 2008, the Green Bay Packers do not have a first round draft choice. General manager Ted Thompson traded the 29th overall pick to Cleveland Thursday night and got two selections — the first in tonight’s (Friday’s) second round, the 33rd overall — and the first choice on Saturday in the fourth round, the 108th. Thompson says he did not have to give up a lot to get one extra pick, moving down only four places at the top — but the Packers missed out on Wisconsin linebacker T-J Watt, who went to Pittsburgh with the 30th pick. And U-W offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk was taken 32nd by New Orleans, giving the Badgers two first rounders for the first time since 2011. Ramczyk played at Stevens Point Area Senior High School and two years at U-W Stevens Point before becoming a standout left tackle with the Badgers last season.
>>NFC North: Bears Trade Up To Back Up QB Glennon
(Undated) — The Chicago Bears trade up to get a backup quarterback for their new starter Mike Glennon. The Bears and San Francisco traded their Number two and three overall picks on Thursday night — and Chicago got Mitchell Trubisky from North Carolina. Glennon, a former Tampa Bay backup, becomes a starter for the first time as he replaces the departed Jay Cutler — and Trubisky says he’s in a “great situation” where he can learn the ropes as quickly as he can. To move up, the Bears gave San Francisco their third and fourth round draft choices this year, and a third rounder next year. Also in the N-F-C North, Detroit took Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis at Number 21, and Minnesota did not have a first rounder after trading it to Philadelphia — which took defensive end Derek Barnett from Tennessee.
>>Bucks Eliminated By Toronto After Huge Comeback
(Milwaukee, WI) — The Milwaukee Bucks stage a strong comeback before being eliminated from the N-B-A Playoffs with a 92-89 home loss to Toronto in Game Six of the first round. The Bucks trailed by 25 points in the third quarter before roaring back and taking a lead with two and one half minutes left — but the Raptors then went on a 9-0 run to win their Eastern Conference quarterfinals four games to two. Also, the Bucks hurt themselves down the stretch, making just nine of 18 free throw attempts in the final period. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points for Milwaukee, which has now lost eight straight playoff series since making the Eastern Conference Finals in 2001 — and DeMar DeRozan scored 32 for Toronto, which advances to Round Two of the playoffs with a series against Cleveland starting next week.
>>Brewers’ Thames Could Make History This Weekend
(Milwaukee, WI) — Milwaukee Brewers’ first baseman Eric Thames could make history this weekend, when the Crew hosts Atlanta for a three game series to close out April. Thames expects to play after tweaking his left hamstring in Wednesday’s Milwaukee home victory against Cincinnati. Thames only needs three homers to tie the Major League April record of 14 set by Albert Pujols in 2006 and Alex Rodriguez in ’07 — and Thames needs to score twice to tie the big leagues’ scoring mark of 29 runs for April, set by Larry Walker in 1997. Tonight’s (Friday’s) starter for Atlanta is 43-year-old Bartolo Colon, who has given up just three homers in four starts this year. Milwaukee’s Chase Anderson is the National League E-R-A leader at one-point-one-three, and he’ll try to go 3-0 this (Friday) evening.
>>Kelly, Stricker Tied For Seventh At P-G-A’s Zurich Classic
(Avondale, LA) — The Wisconsin team of Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker is tied for seventh place after the opening round of the P-G-A’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans. The tournament has converted to a team format this year, a first for the regular P-G-A Tour since 1981. Kelly and Stricker, both of Madison, shot a minus four 68 Thursday in alternate shot competition. There are 80 teams in the event, and Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is third from the bottom along with his partner Peter Malnati. They’re at plus four 76, while Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer have the lead at minus six, along with Kyle Stanley and Ryan Ruffels.
>>Badger Women’s Golf Team Makes NCAA Tournament
(Undated) — The Wisconsin women’s golf team will compete in its N-C-A-A tournament for the fourth time in five years. The Badgers were chosen Thursday to play in the Columbus Regional May eighth through tenth at the Ohio State Scarlet Course. The U-W is led by senior Brooke Ferrell, who becomes the first Badger to play in four women’s golf regionals after she made the All Big Ten first team this week. Also, the Marquette men will try to win their second Big East Conference golf crown in three years, in a three round tournament that begins Sunday at Callawassie Island in South Carolina. And in men’s college tennis, U-W Green Bay junior Florian Kraenzler made the All Horizon League first team after going 10-6 in the Number One singles slot this season.
>>Packers Have 29th Pick As NFL Draft Begins
(Green Bay, WI) — The Green Bay Packers have the 29th pick in the N-F-L Draft that begins tonight in Philadelphia. There’s been talk that general manager Ted Thompson could trade down, and maybe get an extra pick in the second round. But if he doesn’t, you can expect Green Bay to stock up on defense again, as the corner spot remains their biggest need. Washington corner Kevin King could be available at Number 29, or perhaps Louisiana corner Tre’Davious White — and there’s been talk that Green Bay could go after Wisconsin Badgers’ outside linebacker T-J Watt, J-J’s brother from Pewaukee. For now, the Packers have eight picks in a three day draft that runs for seven rounds through Saturday — and they’re normally among the busiest at signing leftovers after the draft, as 22 undrafted rookies have made the Pack’s Opening Day roster since its last Super Bowl team of 2010.
>>Packers Sign Six Time Pro Bowl Guard Evans
(Green Bay, WI) — The Packers may have found their replacement for T-J Lang when they signed six time Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans from New Orleans. The 33-year-old Evans signed a one year contract with Green Bay on Wednesday, after playing for eleven years with the Saints. New Orleans drafted Evans in the fourth round in 2006, and he left for Seattle last year but returned to the Saints after the Seahawks cut him at the end of their training camp. Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently figured that a combination of Kyle Murphy, Lucas Patrick, and Don Barclay could replace Lang — who signed with his home area Detroit Lions in March. After blocking for Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees, Evans says the idea of blocking for Rodgers appeals to him.
>>Green Bay Receiver Allison Settles Marijuana Case
(Manitowoc, WI) — Green Bay receiver Geronimo Allison escapes a criminal record after reaching a plea deal for his charge of possessing marijuana. The charge was reduced this week to a non criminal ordinance violation, and a Manitowoc County judge ordered him to pay 330-dollars in fines and court costs and perform community service. The 23-year-old Allison was stopped last September for driving 81 in a 70 zone on Interstate 43 near Francis Creek. He denied smoking marijuana although a later search of his vehicle found three cigars that tested positive for the drug. Allison, who enters his second year in the N-F-L this fall, can still be disciplined for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
>>Brewers Sweep Reds; Thames Says He’s OK After Hamstring Injury
(Milwaukee, WI) — The Milwaukee Brewers complete a three game home sweep of Cincinnati with a 9-4 victory on Wednesday. First baseman Eric Thames left in the eighth inning after his left hamstring tightened up — but manager Craig Counsell says it’s not serious, and the Major League home run leader says he expects to play in Milwaukee’s next game tomorrow (Friday) night at Miller Park against Atlanta. The Brewers scored five runs in the first inning to put Wednesday’s game away, as Milwaukee pounded out seven hits in that frame — the most by the Brewers for an opening inning since August of 2009. Thames did not homer for the first time in three games, but Brewers’ shortstop Orlando Arcia went yard — and Scott Schebler homered twice for the Reds as Joey Votto and Adam Duvall also homered for Cincy. Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta struck out seven in five innings, giving up four runs as he improved to 4-1.
>>Bucks Plan To Be More Aggressive In Game Six
(St. Francis, WI) — The Milwaukee Bucks vow to be more aggressive as they host Toronto tonight (Thursday) in Game Six of their first round N-B-A playoff series. Veteran guard Jason Terry says the more physical team has won every game in the series, and the Raptors have won the last two to put Milwaukee on the brink of elimination. The Bucks trail the series three games to two, and if they can win this (Thursday) evening, they’ll force a decisive Game Seven on Saturday night in Toronto. Giannis Antetokounmpo says his Bucks’ teammates need to help each other more on defense, and do a better job of blocking the middle — and center Greg Monroe says the Bucks have given up too many three pointers as the Raptors had 12 of them in Game Five. Guard Khris Middleton missed the Bucks’ practice Wednesday with an illness, but coach Jason Kidd expects him to play.
>>AHL Hockey: Admirals Season Ends After Grand Rapids Sweep
(Milwaukee, WI) — The Milwaukee Admirals have ended their season after losing their eleventh straight playoff game, 3-2 in overtime to Grand Rapids on Wednesday night at the U-W-M Panther Arena. The Griffins swept the Admirals in the best of five first round of the American Hockey League playoffs for the second straight year, as Kyle Criscuolo scored the decisive goal about ten minutes into the extra period. Trevor Murphy scored both goals for the Admirals, who have not advanced to the second round since 2011.
>>Thames Gets Three Drug Tests Amid Home Run Streak
(Milwaukee, WI) — As Eric Thames sets early season power records, Major League Baseball appears to be testing him more for P-E-Ds and other drugs. Thames has set a new Brewers’ record with eleven homers for April, the latest in Tuesday night’s 9-1 Milwaukee home rout of Cincinnati. The Journal Sentinel says the former Korean slugger had blood and urine tests after the game, his third test of the year — and Thames said, “If people keep thinking I’m on stuff, I’ll be here every day … I have a lot of blood and urine.” All players are tested at Spring Training, and they get random tests during the season. The 30-year-old Thames was given a urine test last week at Chicago, when a couple of Cubs made hints in interviews — and on E-S-P-N’s “Pardon the Interruption” Tuesday, host Tony Kornheiser raised suspicions, comparing Thames to teammate Ryan Braun and his P-E-D issues from six years ago and saying that baseball has had the worst problems with drugs.
>>Brewers Improve To 5-1 Against Reds With Home Rout
(Milwaukee, WI) — The Brewers are now 5-1 against Cincinnati this season, after crushing the Reds 9-1 on Tuesday night at Miller Park. Hernan Perez tripled twice in the game, only the 22nd time that’s happened in the Brewers’ 48-year history. Jonathan Villar hit a pair of two run singles, and Eric Thames hit a two run shot for his only damage of the night. Starter Zach Davies appeared to put his recent control problems in the past, striking out six in five scoreless innings to improve to 1-2 — and Adam Duvall scored the Reds’ only run with a homer in the ninth. The Brewers will go for a sweep of their three game series with the Reds this (Wednesday) afternoon, as Wily Peralta starts for the Crew against Cincy’s Tim Adelman.
>>Tip Time Set For Game Six Of Bucks/Raptors Series
(Milwaukee, WI) — The starting time has been set for tomorrow (Thursday) night’s Game Six of the Milwaukee Bucks’ playoff series against Toronto. The tip-off will be shortly after six p-m at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, to be televised nationally on T-N-T and locally on Fox Sports Wisconsin. It’s an elimination game for the Bucks, who are down three games to two in their best of seven series with the Raptors. Game Six has not been kind to Milwaukee in recent years. Two years ago, the Bucks avoided being swept by Chicago by winning two straight — only to get crushed by 54 points at home in Game Six, still the worst loss in team history.
>>Packers’ Focus On Receivers In Their Predraft Visits
(Green Bay, WI) — The Green Bay Packers have been allowed to meet with 30 players in advance of the N-F-L Draft which begins tomorrow (Thursday) night. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says at least nine of the Packers’ invitees were wide receivers — which is no surprise because it’s been a previous focus for general manager Ted Thompson. Generally, the players have reportedly been lower round candidates or possible undrafted free agents whom Green Bay could pick up in the hours after the draft ends on Saturday. Also, the Packers were among the teams auditioning Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon — who could have been a first rounder if he wasn’t arrested for punching a female student in the face in 2014.
>>College Baseball: Iowa Gets Walkoff Victory Against UWM
(Iowa City, IA) — Mason McCoy hits a run scoring walkoff single to give Iowa a 4-3 home victory against U-W Milwaukee. The Hawkeyes loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with a walk, a hit batsman, and a bunt single before McCoy hit a chopper that went above third baseman Ben Chally’s head into left for the game winner. Chally led the Milwaukee offense with a double and two singles, and Daulton Varsho homered as the Panthers fell to 13-25. Iowa improved to 24-15.
>>College Golf: Green Bay Men 5th In Horizon, Ferrell All Big Ten
(Undated) — The U-W Green Bay men’s golf team takes fifth place among eight schools at the Horizon League Tournament which ended Tuesday near Orlando. Phoenix senior Ryan Reinke placed third individually, the best for a Green Bay golfer since Chad Ebert won the league tourney in 2012. The Phoenix finished 24 strokes behind Cleveland State, which won the three round tournament at plus-23. Meanwhile, Wisconsin women’s senior Brooke Ferrell has been named to her second straight All Big Ten first team, after the Badgers placed fourth at their conference tourney last weekend.
>>Bucks On Brink Of Elimination After Losing Game Five
(Toronto, ON) — The Toronto Raptors are now one victory away from eliminating the Milwaukee Bucks in the N-B-A Playoffs. The Raptors had a 17-0 run in the first quarter and never looked back, as they won Game Five 118-93 Monday night to take a three games to two lead in their best of seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Norman Powell had 25 points after he was put into the starting lineup in Game Four last Saturday, and Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon says the Raptors are faster and move the ball better with Powell in the game. Powell, a second year pro, had four three pointers and was among six Toronto players in double figures. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 for the Bucks, who face possible elimination in Game Six Thursday night in Milwaukee.
>>Thames Homers Twice, Sets More Records As Brewers Win
(Milwaukee, WI) — Eric Thames is the first Major Leaguer to hit ten home runs this season, as his Milwaukee Brewers win an 11-7 slugfest at home against Cincinnati. Thames homered twice Monday night, as he tied a Brewers’ record set by Carlos Lee for the most homers in April — and with five games left, the 30-year-old first baseman needs four more blasts to tie Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez for the Major League record for the most dingers in the season’s opening month. Thames also set a new Brewers’ mark for runs scored in April with 24. Milwaukee never trailed, scoring four runs in the first and leading Cincy 10-4 after four. Reds’ rookie Amir Garrett dropped to 2-2, giving up both homers to Thames and one to Hernan Perez in three and one third innings — and Milwaukee’s Matt Garza went four frames in his first start of the year, as Carlos Torres got the win.
>>Shields Pleads No Contest To Pot Possession, Fined $500
(Green Bay, WI) — Former Green Bay Packers’ corner Sam Shields is fined 500-dollars after reaching a plea deal in his marijuana possession case. The 29-year-old Shields pleaded no contest Monday in Brown County Circuit Court to a misdemeanor charge of possessing marijuana — and a count of possessing drug paraphernalia was dropped. Officers went to Shields’ Green Bay area home last October after learning that he got a package from Colorado where marijuana use is legal. When the Brown County Drug Task Force knocked on the door, they said Shields greeted them while smoking a marijuana cigar — and officers found more pot in his apartment. Shields suffered his fifth concussion since college when he got hurt in last fall’s season opener — he never played after that — and the Packers let him go in February.
>>D3 Baseball: Whitewater Drops To Sixth In New Poll
(Undated) — The U-W Whitewater baseball team drops from third place to sixth in this week’s national Division Three poll from “D” Three Baseball Dot Com. The Warhawks lost twice last weekend in a four game series at U-W Stevens Point — and it dropped Whitewater to 10-2 in the W-I-A-C and 23-5 overall. The Warhawks remain the only team in the national Top 25. Shenandoah of Virgina remains Number One at 31-3.
>>Winner Of Bucks/Toronto Series Gets Cleveland In Next Round
(Undated) — The winner of the Milwaukee Bucks/Toronto Raptors first round N-B-A playoff series will face LeBron James and Cleveland in the next round. James had 33 points, and Kyrie Irving 28 as the Cavaliers swept Indiana four games to none with a 106-102 victory Sunday in Indianapolis — and James is now 12-0 in first round games as the Cavs will get eight days of rest before starting their series against either the Bucks or the Raptors next Monday night in Cleveland. The Bucks are at Toronto tonight (Monday) in Game Five of their best of seven set, which is tied at two games apiece after Milwaukee’s eleven point home loss to the Raptors on Saturday. Both Milwaukee and Toronto have one road victory in the series. Raptors’ coach Dwane Casey says it will be a “chess match” of strategy the rest of the way, while Bucks will coach Jason Kidd says Game Five will be a pivotal contest for a Milwaukee team’s that’s 20-22 on the road including the Bucks’ Game One victory in Canada nine days ago.
>>Nelson Struggles In Brewers’ Loss To Cardinals
(Milwaukee, WI) — Jimmy Nelson gives up six walks as the Milwaukee Brewers lose at home to Saint Louis 6-4 on Sunday. Nelson walked three batters in the fourth inning, when the Cardinals scored three runs to put the game away. Winning pitcher Mike Leake helped his own cause with a two run single in that frame, and he improved to 3-1 by striking out six in six innings while giving up two runs on three hits — the first time all year that Leake gave up more than one run, as he came into the game as the National League’s E-R-A leader. Nelson surrendered four runs and fanned five in five and one third innings — and he fell to 1-1 on the year and 0-8 lifetime against Saint Louis. Manny Pina hit the game’s only homer for Milwaukee, which has now lost five of its last six games and will host Cincinnati tonight.
>>Admirals On Brink Of Elimination After Sunday Loss
(Grand Rapids, MI) — The Milwaukee Admirals are on the brink of playoff elimination, after losing at Grand Rapids 5-2 Sunday. The Admirals went down two games to none in their best of five American Hockey League first round series against the Griffins. Todd Bertuzzi scored the eventual game winning goal in the second period, and Grand Rapids had a pair of late empty net goals to put the game away. Vladislav Kamenev and Freddy Gaudreau scored for Milwaukee, which will host Game Three on Wednesday night — and an Admirals’ loss would have them going winless against Grand Rapids in the first round for the second year in a row.
>>Rain Postpones NASCAR Race
(Bristol, TN) — NASCAR’s Food City 500 was postponed by rain Sunday, and is now scheduled to start at noon today (Monday) in Bristol, Tennessee. Rain also washed out Friday night’s qualifying for the Monster Energy Series event, and the rulebook determined the starting lineup. Kyle Larson has the pole with Matt Kenseth of Cambridge starting 22nd, Paul Menard of Eau Claire 26th, and Beloit born Danica Patrick 29th.
>>Kelly, Stricker Tie For Eighth At “Legends Of Golf” Event
(Ridgedale, MO) — The team of Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker ties for eighth at the P-G-A’s Bass Pro Shops senior Legends of Golf event in Ridgedale, Missouri. The Madison duo shot a combined minus eleven 97 at Big Cedar Lodge. Andy North of Madison and Tom Watson tied for 22nd at 101, while Rhinelander native Dan Forsman and Mike tied for 30th among the 37 teams at minus five. Vijay Singh won his first event on the senior P-G-A Champions Tour, teaming up with Carlos Franco go 15 below par at the rain shortened 36 hole tournament.
>>Bucks Crush Toronto, Take 2-1 Lead In Playoff Series
(Milwaukee, WI) — The Milwaukee Bucks take a 16 point early lead and never look back, as they crush Toronto at home 104-77 to grab a two games to one lead in their first round N-B-A playoff series. Khris Middleton scored nine of Milwaukee’s first 13 points — and he was the Bucks’ leading scorer with 20, while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. The Bucks went up by 27 at the half, and the lead stayed close to 30 the rest of the way as Milwaukee outshot the Raptors 53-to-34 percent. Kyle Lowry and Deion Wright led Toronto with 13 points each, while Raptors All Star DeMar DeRozan failed to score a basket in eight attempts. Game Four of the best of seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series is tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon in Milwaukee.
>>Packers To Open At Home For First Time In Five Years
(Green Bay, WI) — The Green Bay Packers will open their regular season at home for the first time in five years, when they take on Seattle September tenth. The N-F-L schedule was announced Thursday night, and former Packers’ running back Eddie Lacy will make his debut as a Seahawk where he signed as a free agent. In Week Two, the Packers will head to Atlanta — where they lost twice to the Falcons last season, and this one will be a Sunday night contest in the new Mercedes Benz Stadium. Green Bay has five night games in all, including its only Thursday night contest September 28th at home against Chicago. Cincinnati, the only team Aaron Rodgers has not beaten, will come into Lambeau on September 24th — and the bye week comes in the middle of the season during Week Eight in late October.
>>Three Homers Put Brewers Past Cardinals
(Milwaukee, WI) — The Milwaukee Brewers rely again on the long ball, as they beat Saint Louis 7-5 at home on Thursday night. Travis Shaw hit a three run blast, and Eric Thames and Jett Bandy each had two run shots. It was the third straight game in which Shaw and Bandy went yard, giving Milwaukee a Major League leading 32 home runs this season — at least one blast in each of the Crew’s last 12 contests. Zach Davies got the win despite giving up four runs in five and one third innings, improving to 1-2, and Jacob Barnes picked up his first save as Carlos Martinez took the loss for Saint Louis — which outhit Milwaukee 11-9 as Jedd Gyorko fell one triple short of the cycle and Matt Carpenter also homered. The Cardinals became the third National League team to lose ten games this season, and Game Two of their series with the Brewers is tonight (Friday) at Miller Park.
>>Brewers To Reactivate Garza Next Week
(Milwaukee, WI) — Brewers’ starter Matt Garza will be activated within the next week, but manager Craig Counsell is not sure yet whether he’ll go right back into the starting rotation. Garza began the season on the disabled list with a strained groin, and he has made two minor league rehab starts with no pain. Counsell says the veteran right hander could join a flexible Milwaukee bullpen once he returns to the Majors — and it’s not a given that he’ll be back as a starter in Garza’s final season of his four year, 50-million dollar contract. For now, Chase Anderson continues to take Garza’s place in the rotation.
>>PGA Golf: Niebrugge Tied For 94th At Valero Texas Open
(San Antonio, TX) — Mequon native Jordan Niebrugge shoots a plus one 73 in his opening round at the P-G-A’s Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. He had five bogeys and four birdies as he fell seven strokes behind first round leader Branden Grace — who shot a 66 on Thursday.
>>Badgers Wrap Up Early Practices With Spring Game
(Madison, WI) — The Wisconsin football team will wrap up its spring practices tonight (Friday) with their annual scrimmage at Camp Randall Stadium. Sophomore Alex Hornibrook will be the starting quarterback, and coach Paul Chryst will also get a look at redshirt freshman Kare Lyles and true freshman Jack Coan. Fans will not be able to gauge what the offensive line might look like — because possible starters Jacob Maxwell and Jon Dietzen are recovering from offseason surgeries. Center Tyler Biadasz and tackle Patrick Kasl are among the top performers this spring. On defense, junior college transfer Andrew Van Ginkel is expected as a top replacement as outside linebacker to the departed T-J Watt and Vince Biegel.
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- Wisconsin Sports 4-28 April 28, 2017>>Packers Trade First Round Draft Choice To Cleveland (Green Bay, WI) — For the first time since 2008, the Green Bay Packers do not have a first round draft choice. General manager Ted Thompson traded the 29th overall pick to Cleveland Thursday night and got two selections — the first in tonight’s (Friday’s) second round, […]