>>Bulls Ride Big 3rd Quarter To 109-94 Win At Milwaukee
(Milwaukee, WI) — Jimmy Butler scored 20 points and dished out a career-high 14 assists as the Chicago Bulls beat Milwaukee 109-94 Sunday. The Bucks were going for a season sweep of Chicago, but fell short. The Bulls led by one point at halftime, but built the margin to one dozen points entering the fourth period. Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 22 points and eight rebounds. The Bucks take tonight off, then travel to Charlotte for a game tomorrow night at 7:00 p-m.
>>Garza Struggles To Perfect Off-Speed Pitches, Pounded By A’s
(Phoenix, AZ) — Brewers starter Matt Garza fell apart in the third inning of an 11-1 rout of Milwaukee by the Oakland A’s Sunday afternoon. Garza is working on his off-speed pitches this year, but after 11 years of throwing mostly fastballs, the work is going slowly. He’d retired six in a row when A’s batters reached him for two doubles, three singles and a pair of walks in the third. His spring training E-R-A is 8-point-59. The Brewers take today off, then host the Cleveland Indians Tuesday afternoon at Maryvale Park.
>>Larson Wins Auto Club 400 On His Home Turf
(Fontana, CA) — California native Kyle Larson had finished second in three straight races when he started the Auto Club 400 on the pole. Larson led 110 of the 200 laps while winning Sunday’s race. Brad Keselowski finished second. Danica Patrick had the best finish by a Wisconsin-connected driver when she finished 26th. Eau Claire’s Paul Menard was two cars behind her. Cambridge native Matt Kenseth was knocked out of the race in an accident with about 15 laps to go.
>>Packers CB Dorleant Arrested In Cedar Falls
(Cedar Falls, IA) — The Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office in Cedar Falls, Iowa, reports two N-F-L players were arrested Saturday night after a disturbance at a bar. Green Bay Packers cornerback Markinton Dorleant says he and Bears cornerback Deiondre’ Hall were taken downtown by Cedar Falls police, then released. Dorleant was cited for interference and Hall for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and interference. A bouncer at Sharkey’s Fun House reported he was assaulted in the disruption. Dorleant played just five snaps from scrimmage last season, but the team had used its designated-to-return option on him.
>>Brewers Send LHP Suter To Minor League Camp
(Phoenix, AZ) — Lefthanded reliever Brent Suter says he just became a victim of the numbers game when he was sent to the Brewers’ minor-league camp Sunday. When the expected starters began to be stretched out, the innings weren’t available for him and others in his position. The 27-year-old Suter was 1-0 with a 4-point-00 E-R-A in nine innings over eight appearances. Manager Craig Counsell says Suter had a good camp, getting big-league hitters out.
>>Wisconsin Takes On Florida In Sweet 16
(New York, NY) — Eight times the Wisconsin Badgers have upset a higher seed while playing in an N-C-A-A Tournament game — none bigger than last week’s 65-62 decision over number-one seed Villanova. They have a chance to do it again when they play number-four seed Florida tonight at Madison Square Garden. The Badgers have more N-C-A-A Tournament wins than any other team over the last four years and they are the only team to reach the Sweet 16 each year during that time. While Wisconsin was stunning Nova, the Gators were obliterating Virginia 65-39. Florida has won its first two tournament games by an average of 20-and-a-half points. Wisconsin will rely on its players’ advantage in tournament experience to try to pull off another upset tonight at the legendary sports arena.
>>Badger Hockey Captain Kunin Signs With Wild
(Madison, WI) — Wisconsin Badgers hockey captain Luke Kunin is starting his pro career. The 19-year-old sophomore signed with the Minnesota Wild Thursday and will finish the season in the American Hockey League, playing for the Des Moines-based Iowa Wild. Kunin reportedly signed a standard three-year, entry-level deal with the Wild paying the rookie maximum of 925-thousand dollars per year, plus performance bonuses when he makes the big club. Kunin led the rejuvenated Badgers to a 12-point improvement over his freshman campaign. He scored 41 goals in two seasons playing for Wisconsin.
>>Packers Sign Veteran Defense Tackle
(Green Bay, WI) — The Green Bay Packers made a move to bulk up the defensive line Thursday, signing nine-year N-F-L veteran Ricky Jean Francois. The 6-3, 313-pounder played the last two seasons for the Washington Redskins. Jean Francois is the fourth veteran free agent signed by the Packers, while seven players have left the team to sign elsewhere. He entered the N-F-L as an undrafted free agent from L-S-U, spending four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Reports are the Packers tried to sign him before he agreed to a four-year deal with Indianapolis after leaving San Francisco.
>>A’s Take Guerra Deep In 15-5 Cactus League Win
(Mesa, AZ) — Junior Guerra has one more spring training start to get it together. The Milwaukee Brewers’ opening day starter gave up four home runs in a 15-5 loss to the Oakland A’s Thursday. Yonder Alonso touched him twice for long balls. Guerra surrendered 12 runs and 10 hits over three-and-two-thirds innings. Ivan DeJesus Junior went two-for-two for the Brewers. Tommy Milone and Chase Anderson will pitch in today’s (Friday’s) 3:05 p-m game against the Reds. Milwaukee still has three open spots in the rotation behind Guerra and Zach Davies.
>>Lightning Shortens Play at Puerto Rico PGA Event
(Rio Grande, PR) — Not everybody got in a full 18 holes for the first round of the Puerto Rico Open Thursday. Trey Mullinax did, and his nine-under par round gives him the lead by a stroke. D.A. Points is at eight-under. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson also finished all 18 holes, shooting a two-over par 74. He’s tied for 117th and is 11 shots off the pace. He’s also at risk to miss the cut.
>>Bucks Build Big Lead, Coast To 116-98 Win At Sacramento
(Sacramento, CA) — The Milwaukee Bucks blew a game wide open with a 44-point second quarter on the way to a 116-98 win at Sacramento Wednesday night. The Bucks claimed a 19-point lead, 69-50, at half. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points and took down 13 rebounds in the victory which pushed Milwaukee over the .500 mark at 36-35. Greg Monroe came off the bench to add 15 points as the Bucks shot 53 percent from the floor. Milwaukee is now one game out of the fifth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks host Atlanta Friday night.
>>Brewers Surrender Lead, Cost Nelson A Win
(Phoenix, AZ) — Starter Jimmy Nelson was effective into the sixth inning and was in line for the victory – until Milwaukee gave up the lead in a 6-4 loss to San Francisco Wednesday. Reliever Carlos Torres was touched for a double and a home run as the Giants came from behind. Nelson pitched five-and-two-thirds innings, striking out four and surrendering three runs. Hits by Ryan Braun and Domingo Santana helped Milwaukee score three times in the first. Jesus Aguilar stole home. Aguilar also had a solo homer in the fourth inning. The Brewers play at Mesa against the A’s this afternoon at 3:05 p-m.
>>Football Badgers Sign Illinois Linebacker
(Madison, WI) — The University of Wisconsin football team has secured a verbal commitment from a star linebacker who played at Lake Zurich, Illinois, High School. The Badgers beat out several Power Five schools to sign 6-foot-2, 210-pound Jack Sanborn. He ranks as a four-star prospect, according to Rivals and 247sports, and Scout gives him three stars. Sanborn picked Bucky from offers from Michigan State, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and others.
>>UW-Milwaukee Women Play NC-Greensboro In WBI Semifinal
(Greensboro, NC) — U-W Milwaukee will play at North Carolina/Greensboro tonight (Thursday) in the semifinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational. The winner will play either Rice or Idaho for the championship of the 16 team tournament either Saturday or Sunday. U-W-M is 22-11, after beating Saint Francis of Pennsylvania by ten points last weekend in the W-B-I quarterfinals. The Panthers made all but two of their 14 free throws in that game, and Jamie Reit scored a career high 15 points for Milwaukee. Greensboro is led by true freshman Nadine Soliman, who’s averaging 16 points per game.
>>No State Golfers At Match Play Event, Wilson At Puerto Rico Open
(Undated) — No Wisconsin golfers are competing in the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play event in Austin, Texas. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is playing in a regular tournament on the P-G-A Tour, the Puerto Rico Open which begins today (Thursday) in Rio Grande. The senior Champions Tour is off this weekend.
>>Bucks Beat Portland, Stay Seventh In Playoff Standings
(Portland, OR) — The Milwaukee Bucks score the final six points of the game to beat the Trail Blazers 93-90 in Portland on Tuesday night. Khris Middleton made an eight foot shot in the lane to give Milwaukee a one point lead with two minutes and 15 seconds left — and the Bucks hung on as they returned to .500 for the year and continued to hold the Number seven playoff slot in the Eastern Conference. Damian Lillard scored 31 points to lead Portland — but he had to shoot 26 times for that, and the Trail Blazers only made 4 of 21 from three point range. Middleton scored 26 points to lead the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 points and eight rebounds as Milwaukee improved to 3-2 on its current road trip with one final game set for tonight (Wednesday) at Sacramento.
>>Gard: UW’s Sweet 16 Opponent Florida Has “Efficient” Defense
(Madison, WI) — Wisconsin is preparing for what coach Greg Gard calls an “efficient” defense from Florida in their N-C-A-A Sweet 16 men’s basketball matchup on Friday night in New York. The Gators advanced by holding Virginia to a season low 29-percent shooting in a second round game last Sunday that Florida won by 26 points. Florida is ranked 26th in Division One in limiting its opponents to 40-percent, while giving up 67 points per game. Gard says the Gators use a tight full court defense when they need to — and they can ramp up the pressure at half court or block shots at the rim as guards Kasey Hill and Chris Chiozza are Florida’s top defenders. The eighth seeded Badgers will play fourth seeded Florida about nine p-m Friday at the East Regional, with the winner to face either Baylor or South Carolina on Sunday for a spot in the Final Four.
>>Pina’s Three Run Homer Puts Brewers Past Dodgers
(Glendale, AZ) — Brewers’ catcher Manny Pina hits a three run homer to give Milwaukee a 5-4 exhibition victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday in Glendale, Arizona. The blast was Pina’s third of the spring — and it came in the fifth inning off Dodgers’ left hander Luis Avilan, after L-A starter Hyun Jin Ryu pitched four scoreless frames in which he gave up just one hit. Matt Garza gave up one run in three and two thirds innings in which he struck out five and surrendered six hits and two walks. The Brewers have now won three straight games, while improving their Cactus League record to 14-10-and-1. Jimmy Nelson will try to even his 0-1 spring record when the Crew plays San Francisco this (Wednesday) afternoon.
>>Brewers’ Denson Retires; Was Baseball’s First Openly Gay Player
(Glendale, AZ) — Brewers’ minor leaguer David Denson has retired, 17 months after he became pro baseball’s first openly gay player. The 22-year-old Denson says his retirement had nothing to do with his decision to announce his sexual preference in August of 2015. He says he’ll try to build a career as a personal athletic trainer in Southern California — and his decision to leave the game came solely from a “baseball standpoint.” Denson, a first baseman and outfielder, hit .229 in 318 career minor league — and he says he was ready to retire at the start of Spring Training but he wanted to give himself one final chance as he put it, “to reignite the spark.”
>>Packers Meeting With Veteran DL Ricky Jean Francois
(Green Bay, WI) — The Green Bay Packers are getting a look at free agent defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois. The eight year veteran has visited Seattle and Chicago, and he tweeted that Green Bay would be his next stop. The 30-year-old Jean Francois was cut by Washington last week after he played his last two seasons with the Redskins. He played in all 16 regular season games last year with one and one half sacks, one pass breakup, and 32 tackles. Green Bay lost front line defenders Julius Peppers and Datone Jones in free agency, while lineman Letroy Guion will start next season with a four game suspension for violating the N-F-L’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.
>>Pro Soccer Playoffs: Wave Eliminated By Baltimore
(Milwaukee, WI) — The Milwaukee Wave has ended their season with a 2-1 home loss to Baltimore in a mini game that decided the Major Arena Soccer League’s Eastern Conference Finals. The Wave tied the series with an 8-4 victory in Game Two on Tuesday night. But in the deciding 15 minute mini game, Tony Donatelli scored the winning goal with 63 seconds left and Marcio Leite had the Wave’s only goal in that final contest. Baltimore continues to play for its seventh consecutive league title. Milwaukee has not won a championship in five years after claiming the 2012 crown in the former Major Indoor Soccer League.
>>NCAA: Badgers A More Experienced Bunch Than Florida
(Madison, WI) — If Wisconsin has an edge in the N-C-A-A men’s Sweet 16, it’s experience. The Badgers have four seniors who’ve played in at least ten national tournament games — Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes with 16 each, Vitto Brown with eleven, and Zak Showalter with ten. Hayes and Koenig are both 13-3 in their N-C-A-A contests, and Koenig says the Badgers “take pride” in never losing poise at the end of close tournament games. Eighth seeded Wisconsin plays Number four Florida on Friday night in an East Regional that’s been rocked by the U-W’s upset of top seeded Villanova, and South Carolina’s win against Number two Duke on Sunday night. Florida only had one player with N-C-A-A experience coming into the tournament — senior guard Kasey Hill, with ten points and five assists in each of five national games in which Florida made the Final Four in 2014.
>>Marquette Guard Wilson To Graduate, Play Final Year Somewhere Else
(Milwaukee, WI) — Marquette guard Duane Wilson will graduate in May, and then play his final year of college eligibility somewhere else as a graduate student. After Marquette lost to South Carolina in the N-C-A-A Friday night, Wilson talked about building on the Golden Eagles’ successes next year — but on Monday, he put out an emotional tweet saying how much he loved Marquette but said it would be best for him to transfer. He says he wants to go a school that would give him more minutes at point guard, as Marquette already has Andrew Rowsey and Markus Howard in that role. Wilson took a redshirt in his freshman year, then averaged 12 points per game to make the Big East All Rookie team the following season. He eventually became a team captain and took on other leadership roles.
>>Bucks Play At Portland, Still Seventh In Playoff Chase
(Portland, OR) — The Milwaukee Bucks will try to keep the Number seven playoff spot in the N-B-A’s Eastern Conference when they play at Portland tonight (Tuesday). The Bucks are one half game ahead of both Detroit and Miami for the eighth and final slot — but a higher seed would let them avoid the conference leader and defending league champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the first playoff round. As it stands now, a Number seven finish would give Milwaukee a date with the Boston Celtics in the first round. A victory tonight (Tuesday) would also put Milwaukee back at .500. They’re currently 34-35 with 13 games left in the regular season, and they’re playing a Portland team headed by former Bucks’ coach Terry Stotts that’s 32-37, one half game behind Denver for the final slot in the West.
>>Brewers Face Dodgers
(Phoenix, AZ) — After a day off at Spring Training, the Milwaukee Brewers return this (Tuesday) afternoon to play the Los Angeles Dodgers in an exhibition at Camelback Ranch in Arizona. Right hander Matt Garza will start for the Crew, and two outfield starters are expected to return from injuries. Center fielder Keon Broxton has had a wrist issue, and right fielder Domingo Santana has been nursing a bad hip. Meanwhile, catchers Manny Pina, Andrew Susac, and Jett Bandy continue to compete for the starting spot in the Brewers’ Opening Day lineup in 13 days. Pina has had an especially solid spring, with 14 games in 35 Cactus League at bats with two homers and eight R-B-Is.
>>Packers High On Kenny Clark
(Green Bay, WI) — After coming on strong late in his rookie season, Kenny Clark is expected to play a bigger role for the Green Bay Packers this fall. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Clark might move into the nose tackle slot on running plays, and a more roving defensive lineman spot on passing plays as a rusher. Veterans Letroy Guion and Mike Daniels played at those two spots last season, but the 29-year-old Guion pressured the opposing quarterback only once in 2016 compared to 16 pressures just two years earlier. Clark, meanwhile, saw his playing time increase to the point in which he showed a major presence in Green Bay’s playoff win at Dallas and played 42-percent of the snaps in the Packers’ N-F-C Championship Game loss at Atlanta. Coach Mike McCarthy says Clark made great progress in the final six weeks — and the Packers need to build from that.
>>Three Wisconsin Players Make D3 All American Men’s, Women’s Teams
(Undated) — Ty Sabin of Ripon College has been named to the national Division Three All American basketball first team from “D” Three Hoops Dot Com. Alex Herink of U-W River Falls made the men’s second squad, and Taylor Schmidt of Oshkosh was a women’s honorable mention. Sabin, a senior guard, led all Division Three players with almost 31 points per game this season — and he had 24 in the last weekend’s “D” Three All Star contest. Herink, a junior forward, averaged 16 points for River Falls. Schmidt, a senior guard, was the W-I-A-C’s player of the year who averaged eleven points per game in her final year and became the Oshkosh women’s all time leader in free throws made with 401 in a school record 119 career starts.
>>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.
>>Badgers Break Close Game Wide Open, Beat Virginia Tech 84-74
(Buffalo, NY) — Sharp-shooter Bronson Koening connected on a Wisconsin-record eight 3-pointers, leading the Badgers to an 84-74 win over Virginia Tech Thursday. The game was close until the final minutes. Koenig finished with 28 points, while Nigel Hayes produced a double-double, with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Wisconsin leaned on its tournament experience after reaching the Sweet 16 in each of the last three years. Zach LeDay came off the bench to lead Tech with 23 points. The Badgers meet number-one seed Villanova Saturday.
>>Former Packer TE Signs Deal With Raiders
(Oakland, CA) — Tight end Jared Cook has reportedly signed a two-year deal with the Oakland Raiders. Cook just completed one season in Green Bay. The N-F-L Network is saying he accepted a contract worth 12-point-two-million dollars, with the first year fully guaranteed. The Packers wanted to retain Cook after a solid season, but the sides reached a point of no compromise and he had to look elsewhere.
>>Brewers Wipe Out 2-Run Deficit In Cactus League Win
(Phoenix, AZ) — The Brewers trailed 4-2 and 5-3 before beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 Thursday afternoon. Milwaukee got home runs from Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar. Three runs in the fifth put the Brewers on top to stay. Orlando Arcia and Lewis Brinson drove in runs to tie the score, then a pop-up from Ryan Braun dropped in front of home plate when it was lost in the sun and the sixth run came home. Jimmy Nelson starts for Milwaukee in a game this afternoon at Maryvale Baseball Park against the Royals. First pitch is at 3:05 p-m.
>>Badgers Play Ohio State in Big Ten Hockey Semis
(Detroit, MI) — The Wisconsin men’s hockey team takes on Ohio State in the Big Ten Conference tournament semifinals tonight. The Buckeyes just swept Wisconsin last week in Madison by 5-1 and 3-1 scores. The doubled Michigan State last (Thursday) night to advance to the game with the Badgers. Big Ten Coach of the Year Tony Granato led Wisconsin to a second-place finish in the conference with a 19-14-1 overall record.
>>Badgers Extend Top Performances In 200-yard Freestyle Relay
(Indianapolis, IN) — For the 10th time in 10 years, the Wisconsin Badgers’ 200-yard freestyle relay team has finished in the top-10 at the N-C-A-A Swimming and Diving Championships. The team of Chase Kinney, Emmy Sehmann, Jess Unicomb and Marissa Berg earned All-America honors Thursday by finishing eighth in one minute, 28-point-01 seconds. Danielle Valley earned All-America honors for a second straight year by finishing seventh in the 500-yard freestyle.
>>Badgers Open 19th Straight NCAA Run, Fifth Longest String
(Undated) — Wisconsin begins its 19th consecutive N-C-A-A men’s basketball run tonight (Thursday), when the eighth seeded Badgers play Number nine Virginia Tech. Greg Gard enters his second straight national tourney following Bo Ryan’s retirement, as the U-W continues the fifth longest appearance streak in N-C-A-A history. The 25-9 Badgers face a Hokies’ squad that’s 22-10 for former Marquette coach Buzz Williams, who has turned the Virginia Tech program around in his three seasons there after James Johnson went 12-41 in the two years before. Tip off is around 8:40, and tonight’s (Thursday’s) winner faces top East Regional seed Villanova on Saturday. Tenth seeded Marquette, meanwhile, gears up for its first round East contest against Number seven South Carolina tomorrow (Friday) night.
>>WIAA Boys’ State Basketball Tourney Begins
(Madison, WI) — Stevens Point Area Senior High School will go for its third straight Division One title in the W-I-A-A boys’ basketball tournament that begins today (Thursday) in Madison. The Division Three semifinals will take up most of the afternoon, as Prescott plays Lake Mills before two undefeated teams square off — Ripon and Appleton Xavier. In the Division Four semis tonight (Thursday), unbeaten Darlington faces Cameron, and Manitowoc Roncalli closes out the day against Destiny. Both Point and Division Five returning champion Chippewa Falls McDonell will play their semifinals tomorrow (Friday) — and then at least three new champions will be crowned Saturday when title games are played in all five divisions. Five time champ Whitefish Bay Dominican was eliminated in the earlier rounds, as were defending divisional titlists Waupun and Kaukauna.
>>Clement Does Much Better At Pro Day
(Madison, WI) — Former Wisconsin Badger running back Corey Clement felt the pressure, but delivered on Wisconsin’s Pro Day. Clement knocked more than a second off his 40-yard dash with 4-point-54 clocking. He had a vertical jump of 32 inches and a broad jump of 120 inches in front of nearly 65 N-F-L personnel appraisers. Clement also improved his stock by showing he could catch the ball, even though that wasn’t his role last season. It was a good day all-around for the former Badgers, like running back Dare Ogunbowale, linebacker Vince Biegel, cornerback Sojourn Shelton, safety Leo Musso and wide receiver Rob Wheelwright.
>>Anderson, Milone Still In Play For Starter Slots
(Scottsdale, AZ) — There are still seven arms in the race for Milwaukee’s five starting pitchers. Chase Anderson and lefty Tommy Milone only helped their chances in Wednesday’s 5-4 loss to the Rockies. Anderson allowed one run in four innings of work, walking four batters. Milone pitched the sixth and seventh innings, giving up one run on three hits, with a strikeout. Manager Craig Counsell says both pitchers looked solid in the game. The game ended when Colorado’s Christhian Adames hit a two-run, walk-off homer in the ninth.
>>Milwaukee Edges Clippers In LA 97-96
(Los Angeles, CA) — All-Star Blake Griffin missed an inside shot at the buzzer, giving Milwaukee a 97-96 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night. The Bucks won for the 12th time in their last 16 games, the best closing record in the N-B-A East. Milwaukee had to overcome a 22-point, 17-rebounds effort by DeAndre Jordan, who scored 11 points in the fourth quarter. Kris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo led Bucks scoring with 16 points apiece. Milwaukee trailed by a bucket entering the fourth period, but took over, built a 97-91 lead with a minute to go, then held on for their first win on the Clippers’ home court in more than nine years. The Bucks stay in Los Angeles and play the Lakers tomorrow night.
>>Packers Bring Back Corner House, Lose Datone Jones
(Green Bay, WI) — The Green Bay Packers have brought back veteran corner Davon House, but they lost outside linebacker Datone Jones to the Minnesota Vikings. House is a six year veteran who played his first four seasons in Green Bay and his last two in Jacksonville — and reports say he agreed to a one year deal worth three-point-five million dollars. He started 14 games in his first stint with the Packers, and House told statewide radio host Bill Michaels he was on a free agent visit at Pittsburgh when he decided to return to Green Bay. Jones — a four-year veteran — is expected to return to the defensive line for Minnesota, which got him in a one year deal worth three-point-five million plus up to one-point-five million more in incentives. Earlier Tuesday, the Packers lost free agent running back Eddie Lacy to the Seattle Seahawks.
>>NCAA Milwaukee Games Offer Upset Potential
(Milwaukee, WI) — College basketball fans are heading to Milwaukee for four first round contests tomorrow (Thursday) in the N-C-A-A men’s basketball tournament. While the games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center do not involve the biggest names, they do provide potential for some big upsets. Twelfth seeded Middle Tennessee State upended Michigan State’s hopes for a national title last year in Round One, and observers say they have an even stronger team as they play fifth seeded Minnesota on Thursday afternoon. There’s been at least some talk of a possible upset by 13th seeded Vermont against Number four Purdue in the early Thursday night contest — and in the late game, some believe 12th seed Nevada has a shot at beating Number five Iowa State which made the Sweet 16 last year. The other Milwaukee contest kicks off the day at 12:30, with fourth seeded Butler facing Number 13 Winthrop.
>>Bucks Cling To Eighth Playoff Spot As They Face Clippers
(Los Angeles, CA) — The Milwaukee Bucks practiced at U-C-L-A on Tuesday, to get ready for a pair of big games in Los Angeles against the Clippers tonight (Wednesday) and the Lakers on Friday. The Bucks still hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference at the moment by only one half game above Chicago and Miami. Milwaukee missed the playoffs last season, partially because the Bucks were last in the league in three pointers. They’re still not burning the nets, but they are 23rd among the 30 N-B-A teams with eight-point-six treys per night — up from just five-point-four last year. The Bucks made 14 shots from three point range Monday night when they lost at Memphis to snap a six game winning streak.
>>Brewers Tie Cubs, Thames Hits First Spring Homer
(Mesa, AZ) — Eric Thames hits his first homer of the spring, as the Milwaukee Brewers play to a 7-7 exhibition tie with the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Arizona. Thames, the replacement to Chris Carter at first base for the Crew, had two hits on the day. Milwaukee starter Zach Davies gave up two solo homers to Kris Bryant and Wilson Contreras. Meanwhile, right hander Wily Peralta is back with the Brewers after making one start for his native Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, striking out six in four innings in a win for his team on Sunday — and he said it had the pressure of a World Series game. The Brewers will play the Colorado Rockies this (Wednesday) afternoon.
>>Badgers Name Hornibrook As Starting QB, Get Tackle For 2018
(Madison, WI) — Sophomore Alex Hornibrook holds the starting quarterback job for now, as the Wisconsin football team begins 15 spring practices. After the first one Tuesday, coach Paul Chryst says Hornibrook earned the right to be the starter after his nine Big Ten starts last season, plus work he has done during the offseason. Freshmen Kare Lyles and Jack Coan are the backups. Meanwhile, offensive tackle Michael Furtney from Milan, Michigan has given a verbal commitment to play for the Badgers in 2018. Furtney is the seventh publicly known member of the U-W’s 2018 recruiting class.
>>AHL Hockey: Admirals Win In Overtime
(Rockford, IL) — Pontus Aberg scores with eleven seconds left in overtime to give the Milwaukee Admirals a 4-3 victory in an American Hockey League contest at Rockford. Aberg made the only shot by either team in the extra period, and he had two goals on the night. Admirals’ goaltender Marek Mezanec had 38 saves.
- Wisconsin Sports 3-27 March 27, 2017>>Bulls Ride Big 3rd Quarter To 109-94 Win At Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI) — Jimmy Butler scored 20 points and dished out a career-high 14 assists as the Chicago Bulls beat Milwaukee 109-94 Sunday. The Bucks were going for a season sweep of Chicago, but fell short. The Bulls led by one point at halftime, but […]
- Rusk County News March 24, 2017WLDY-WJBL NEWS 3-24-17 ROTHSCHILD – The suspect arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of four people on Wednesday is a middle-aged Weston man who was targeting his estranged wife, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin has learned. Nengmy Vang, 45, is the man police believe committed the shootings, according to multiple people with knowledge of Vang’s involvement. Police at a […]