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Wisconsin Sports 5-23

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>Brewers Win 1-0 Pitchers Duel From Arizona

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  A sixth-inning sacrifice fly from Domingo Santana produced the only run in a 1-0 Milwaukee win over the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night.  Arizona lost for the 12th time in 13 games.  Santana had been robbed of a home run in the fourth inning by a catch made by outfielder Jarrod Dyson.  Jhoulys Chacin and three relievers shut out Arizona on three hits.  Matt Albers got the win with a scoreless inning in relief and Corey Knebel locked down his third save.  There was ninth-inning drama when the Brewers thought home plate umpire Angel Hernandez was squeezing the strike zone, but nobody was thrown out.  Brent Suter starts for Milwaukee this afternoon in a game starting at 12:10 P-M.


>>Favre Details Rehab Stints In Published Interview

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Former Packers star quarterback Brett Favre says when he woke up during the 1995 N-F-L season his first thought each time was that he need to get more pills.  Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his football career to deal with his dependence on painkillers and booze.  He told an interviewer from “Sports Illustrated” he took as many as 14 Vicodin pills at a time.  He says he spent a month at a rehab center in Louisiana in the early 90s to try to break the pill habit, 72 days at a Kansas City center to get off Vicodin, and another 28 days in 1998 for drinking problems.


>>Zach Davies Set To Return From DL

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  With an anticipated move tomorrow (Thursday) the Milwaukee staff of starting pitchers will be whole once again.  Zach Davies is scheduled to return from the disabled list to start the first of a four-game home series against the New York Mets.  Davies has been sidelined since April 30th with rotator cuff inflammation.  It is likely that rookie Brandon Woodruff will be returned to the minors when Davies is activated.


>>Fans Get As Close To The Players During OTAs As They Ever Will

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The gates are opening at 11:00 A-M each day at Ray Nitschke Field while the Green Bay Packers hold Organized Team Activities.  The Packers’ practice starts at 11:30.  Seating for fans is on a first-come, first-served basis.  They’re allowed to bring a small cooler inside the facility, but they have to leave alcohol behind.  This is the closest access for many fans who will never have season tickets or attend a game because they can’t or won’t pay secondary market prices.  A team official says attending an O-T-A gets them closer than sitting in the front row at historic Lambeau Field.


Wisconsin Sports 5-22

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>Brewers Go Deep 3 Times In 4-2 Win Over Arizona

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Arizona starting pitcher Zack Greinke only allowed five hits in six innings, but three of them left the park in Milwaukee’s 4-2 win at home Monday night.  The Brewers never trailed after Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.  Domingo Santana and Lorenzo Cain added a pair of solo shots.  Brewer righty Chase Anderson’s return from the disabled list was a good one.  He held the struggling Diamondbacks to three hits and two runs in six innings.  Anderson picked up his fourth victory and Corey Knebel retired the side in the ninth for his second save after missing time with an injury.  Jhoulys Chacin starts for Milwaukee tonight (Tuesday).


>>Jordy Nelson Ready To Make California Move Permanent

(Lake Geneva, WI)  —  Aaron Rodgers’ favorite wide receiver says it doesn’t even feel like he’s left yet.  Jordy Nelson was in Lake Geneva last weekend for the Jockey Being Family Gala and Golf Classic at the resort.  After 10 seasons in Green Bay, he was released by the Packers and quickly signed by the Oakland Raiders.  Nelson philosophically says it’s just “part of the business.”  Several of his former teammates were among the celebrities at the event.  The Packers started organized team activities Monday.  Nelson’s new team, the Raiders, begin O-T-As today (Tuesday).


>>Video Release May Be A Bad Look For Milwaukee Police

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  City officials like Mayor Tom Barrett are questioning the actions of Milwaukee police during the arrest and tasing of a Milwaukee Bucks player last January.  Police could release body cam video of the incident involving Bucks rookie Sterling Brown as early as tomorrow (Wednesday).  Selected officials have been allowed to look at the video before its release.  Brown wasn’t arrested and the department has conducted an internal investigation.  Officers contacted him when they noticed his car was parked across two handicap spaces January 26th.  Although he was arrested for a possible misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing an officer, the case wasn’t referred to the district attorney’s office.


>>New Bucks Coach Formally Introduced

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  New Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer was introduced to the city at a news conference held Monday at a construction site.  Everyone attending the event in the concourse of the team’s new arena was wearing a hard hat, safety glasses, and an orange vest.  Bucks players Khris Middleton and Marshall Plumlee joined their new coach, general manager Jon Horst, several team staff members — and the media.  Budenholzer becomes the 16th coach in team history.


Wisconsin Sports 5-21

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>Bases-Loaded Single Beats Brewers 3-1

(Minneapolis, MN)  —  A bases-loaded single by Logan Morrison knocked in a pair of runs, broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Minnesota Twins a 3-1 victory over Milwaukee Sunday afternoon.  The Twins managed to salvage the final game of the three-game set and break a losing streak which had reached three-in-a-row.  The only Milwaukee run came on Jesus Aguilar’s sixth-inning homer off Jake Odorizzi.  Taylor Williams took the loss. Aguilar had four homers in the weekend series.  Chase Anderson is expected to come off the disabled list to start today’s (Monday’s) home series opener against Arizona.  Despite the loss, the Brewers still hold a game-and-a-half lead in the N-L Central over the Cubs, Cardinals, and Pirates.


>>Davies Rehab Start Impressive

(Minneapolis, MN)  —  Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says the team will watch to see how Zach Davies bounces back from an impressive rehab start in Appleton Saturday.  Davies is on the 10-day disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation.  He pitched four-and-two-thirds innings Saturday, allowing two hits and no walks while fanning nine batters and throwing 56 pitches.  Davies says he doesn’t think another minor league start will be necessary before he returns to the Brewers rotation.  Milwaukee won seven-of-10 games on the road trip which ended Sunday — without either of the team’s two top pitchers, Davies and Chase Anderson.


>>Miracle Comebacks Exhausted, Badgers Softball Season Ends

(Tuscaloosa, AL)  —  One night after an impressive come-from-behind effort, the season for the Wisconsin Badgers softball team finally came to an end Saturday.  Wisconsin dropped a 5-1 decision to the Oregon State Beavers in an N-C-A-A regional elimination game.  Oregon State was defeated by Alabama for the regional title Sunday.  The Badgers were sent home after making a fourth N-C-A-A tournament appearance in the last six years.  They finished the 2018 season with a record of 29-23.  Wisconsin’s only run scored in the bottom of the seventh on an error and a single, with Gabby Scherle crossing the plate on an infield groundout.


>>Wisconsin’s Steve Stricker Continues To Play Well On Champions Tour

(Birmingham, AL)  —  Madison golfer Steve Stricker finished tied for second at the Regions Tradition tournament in Birmingham.  Stricker’s two-under-par 70 Sunday runs his streak of under-par rounds to 29-in-a-row, the fourth-longest streak in tour history.  Stricker finished the tournament at 16-under-par, three strokes behind the winner Miguel Angel Jimenez.  Stricker already has two victories this season and is second in the points standings, even though he has only participated in five tournaments.  Last week’s competition was the first of five P-G-A Tour Champions majors.


Wisconsin Sports 5-18

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>All Packers Draft Choices Have Signed

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The Green Bay Packers have finalized agreements with all of their draft choices after the Thursday announcement of signed deals with Josh Jackson and Oren Burks.  First-round pick Jaire Alexander had signed Tuesday.  The team’s second-round pick, Jackson, gets a four-year deal worth nearly six-point-three-million dollars.  The Packers’ third-round pick, Burks, also signed a four-year deal and his is worth about three-point-three-million dollars.  All 11 draft picks have new contracts in place, with organized team activities starting next Monday.  The first open session will be Tuesday at Ray Nitschke Field.


>>City Officials Hope To Move Street Racing To Milwaukee Mile

(Milwaukee, WI)  — Milwaukee city officials blame the “Fast and Furious” movie franchise for the rapid growth of street racing in Wisconsin’s largest city.  Members of the Public Safety and Health Committee are backing a few changes to move those racers and spectators off the streets and onto the Milwaukee Mile track at Wisconsin State Fair Park.  Committee members are backing an ordinance to fine spectators at those races anywhere from 20 to 400-dollars.  The idea moves to the full Common Council next.  Racing promoter Gregg McKarns says 141 competitors have already signed up to race at the historic track.  Racing street legal cars has been successful for McKarns in the Madison and La Crosse areas.


>>Brewers Place Braun On 10-Day DL

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Tight muscles in his back have sidelined Milwaukee Brewer slugger Ryan Braun.  He has been placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Monday by his team.  The Brewers will make a roster move before the three-game interleague series at Minnesota which starts tonight (Friday).  The team wants to make sure it has another healthy hitter available after Braun missed the entire Arizona Diamondback series — and because the designated hitter will be in use against the Twins.  Outfielder Brett Phillips or first baseman Ji-Man Choi could be called up.  Phillips was just sent down a week ago, but he wouldn’t have to wait the full 10 days because of Braun’s injury.


>>Update–Bucks Make It Official:  Budenholzer Is Their Coach

(Chicago, IL)  —  The Milwaukee Bucks made the formal announcement of the hiring of their new head coach in Chicago Thursday while team officials were watching the action at the N-B-A draft combine.  General manager Jon Horst welcomed Mike Budenholzer to his new team, pointing to his history of building successful teams as a coach.  Horst commented on the new coach’s “leadership, basketball intellect, championship-level experience and communication skills.”  The Bucks wanted to get Budenholzer signed because the Toronto Raptors were also strongly interested in his services.



Wisconsin Sports 5-17

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>Bucks Hire Budenholzer To Be Head Coach

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Bucks have hired the most in-demand candidate available to be their new head coach.  N-B-A sources report the Bucks have reached an agreement with former Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer after interviewing seven candidates.  He takes over a franchise which hasn’t made it to the second round of the N-B-A playoffs in 17 years.  The deal was signed after the new coach was spotted having breakfast with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton Wednesday.  The other finalist for the Milwaukee job was San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina.


>>Brewers Pound 4 HRs In 4 Innings, Rout Diamondbacks 8-2

(Phoenix, AZ)  —  Brewer batters hit four long-balls in the first four innings, then coasted past Arizona 8-2 Wednesday afternoon.  Milwaukee took two-out-of-three games in the series.  Matt Koch was touched for the homers by Travis Shaw, Domingo Santana, Christian Yelich and Tyler Saladino.  Brewer starter Brandon Woodruff held Arizona to one hit in his five innings of work, then three relievers pitched four scoreless innings to wrap up the victory.  Trips west have been something of an adventure for Milwaukee in the past, but the team took five-of-seven in visits to Denver and Phoenix this time.  The Brewers continue to hold on to first place in the division while Ryan Braun missed the entire series with back tightness.  The road trip continues with a three-game series starting tomorrow (Friday) night in Minnesota.


>>Titletown District Kicks Off Summer Season Next Month

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Green Bay’s Titletown District will kick off the summer season June 2nd with an event called the Summer Fun Days Showcase.  Free activities will include a zip-line, face painting, Zumba, henna tattoos and more.  Organizers promise live music starting at noon, wrapping up with the Wisconsin-based BoDeans at 7:30 P-M.  Guests won’t be allowed to bring in food or drinks, but there will be plenty for sale.  Parking will be free in the Titletown lot on Lombardi Avenue, with more slots available at Lambeau Field.


>>NCAA Honors UW-Milwaukee Basketball For Academic Achievement

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  They are called “student-athletes,” after all.  The N-C-A-A has honored the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers program for its outstanding academic achievement.  The national office says the Panthers have earned a perfect four-year score in the most recent Academic Progress Rate report.  U-W-Milwaukee is in the top 10 percent nationally among all Division One men’s basketball programs.


Wisconsin Sports 5-16

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>Diamondbacks Break Losing Streak, Take Pitchers’ Duel From Milwaukee 2-1

(Phoenix, AZ)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers wasted a seven-inning, two-hit performance by starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin in a 2-1 loss at Arizona Tuesday night.  The Diamondbacks ended a six-game losing streak with the victory when Daniel Descalso singled in a run in the bottom of the eighth.  Travis Shaw knocked in Milwaukee’s only run with a double in the fourth and the two teams had remained tied until Descalso’s run-scoring grounder.  Trevor Williams took the loss, although it was Boone Logan who gave up the game-winning hit.  Right-hander Brandon Woodruff starts today’s (Wednesday’s) series finale at 2:40 P-M.


>>2 WIAC Teams Qualify For NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament

(Whitewater, WI)  — Two baseball teams from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference have qualified for the post-season.  The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is playing in the N-C-A-A Division-Three baseball tournament for the 11th straight year.  The Warhawks are ranked number-one nationally but are actually a number-two seed at the regional in Sauget, Illinois, near St. Louis.  U-W-Oshkosh is ranked number-seven nationally and is hoping to recapture the national prominence it once held.  The Titans are seeded third in the Duluth Regional, playing in the post-season for the first time in 10 years.  Both Wisconsin teams play first-round games Thursday night.


>>Packers Sign 1st Round Pick Alexander

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst has announced the signing of first-round draft pick Jaire Alexander.  The five-foot-11 cornerback was chosen in last month’s 2018 N-F-L Draft after he played his college football for the Louisville Cardinals.  The Packers have tried to bulk up their secondary after surrendering 30 touchdown passes last season.  That sub-par performance led to the drafting of Alexander and Iowa defensive back Josh Jackson.  Injuries have been a problem for the Packers in recent seasons and they sought depth in preparation for 2018.


>>Surgery For Brewers Catcher Confirmed

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt will have surgery on his shoulder later this week.  Vogt sought a second opinion for Los Angeles specialist Neal El-Attrache Tuesday and the need for the procedure was confirmed.  An M-R-I of his shoulder in Milwaukee had revealed damage to the labrum, rotator cuff, and capsule.  That indicates an extensive injury which will be season-ending but could also threaten to end the 33-year-old’s career.  He suffered a strained shoulder during spring training and was rehabbing with Class Double-A Biloxi when he did the damage while making a throw to third base.


Wisconsin Sports 5-15

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>Brewers Take 7-2 Decision Over Slumping Diamondbacks

(Phoenix, AZ)  —  Jonathan Villar was a last-minute addition to the starting lineup and the move paid off.  The Brewer second baseman went three-for-four with a homer, three runs scored and a stolen base in a 7-2 win at Arizona Monday night.  It was the fourth win in five games for Milwaukee, which leads the National League Central Division.  Junior Guerra allowed only two runs in six innings to pick up his third win.  Tyler Saladino had an inside-the-park home run in the ninth inning.  Arizona centerfielder A-J Pollock suffered a hand injury when diving for Saladino’s line drive.  Jhoulys Chacin starts for the Brewers in Tuesday’s 8:40 P-M game.


>>Supreme Court Ruling On Betting:  No Immediate Effect In Wisconsin

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin Constitutional prohibits sports betting and the current state-tribal compacts do the same.  That means this state won’t be affected by Monday’s ruling on legalizing betting on college and professional sports.  There is a loophole, of sorts.  If one of Wisconsin’s 11 tribes operating a casino wanted to offer sports betting, the state could agree.  The decision by the high court opens the door to the Wisconsin Legislature making future decisions on sports betting without a federal roadblock.


>>Bucks Talk With Budenholzer For 2nd Time

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer meets with the Milwaukee Bucks for a second time today (Tuesday).  Members of the Bucks’ ownership group will be a part of this meeting.  Although general manager Jon Horst is expected to forward a short list of three-or-four finalists for the position, Budenholzer’s name is the only one emerging so far.  The Bucks have met with seven candidates for the open head coaching position.  It’s not a slam dunk, though.  The Toronto Raptors are said to be opening conversations with Budenholzer after firing coach Dwane Casey Friday.


>>UW Track Star Wins 4th Big Ten Conference Crown

(Bloomington, IN)  —  University of Wisconsin sophomore Ollie Hoare won the 15-hundred-meter run at the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships.  That gives him four conference crowns.  The Australian athlete beat Michigan State runner Justine Kiprotich Sunday, finishing with a time of three minutes, 49-point-seven seconds.  The University of Wisconsin finished ninth with 43 points.  Ohio State was the overall winner with 109.


Wisconsin Sports 5-11

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>Brewers Start 10-Game Road Trip With 6-2 Win At Colorado

(Denver, CO)  —  Former Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin picked up the win for the Milwaukee Brewers in Thursday’s 5-2 game at Colorado.  Lorenzo Cain knocked the first pitch of the game out of the park and the Brewers never trailed.  Chacin spent six years of his career pitching in Denver.  He improved his record to 3-1 by holding the home team to two runs in five-and-a-third innings.  Jeremy Jeffress earned his third save by striking out the side in the ninth.  Travis Shaw had three hits for Milwaukee and Hernan Perez knocked in a pair of runs with a single.  Rookie right-hander Brandon Woodruff is expected to be the starting pitcher for the Brewers in tonight’s 7:40 P-M contest.


>>Bucks Reach Halfway Point Of Head Coach Interviews

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Bucks are halfway through the process of interviewing head coaching possibilities from outside the organization.  There are six known candidates and three have been interviewed so far.  Among them, former Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer is thought to be a front-runner, though the team hasn’t said that.  San Antonio Spurs V-P of basketball operations Monty Williams, Spurs assistant Becky Hammon and former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt are still being considered.  No one has been officially ruled out — including last season’s interim coach Joe Prunty.


>>Packers:  3 Draft Picks Left To Sign, $4M In The Bank

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Under the league’s agreement with the N-F-L Players Association, the Green Bay Packers have a little over four-million dollars to spend while signing their top three draft picks.  That gives the team some maneuvering room to reach agreements with Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson, and Oren Burks.  The Packers are current about 16-million dollars under the league’s salary cap.  When the final three draft picks are in the fold, they should have about 13-and-a-half-million dollars left to spend.  That could go to free agents or be factored into a new contract for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.


>>Brewers Activate Lefty Reliever Boone Logan

(Denver, CO)  —  The already-strong Milwaukee Brewers bullpen added another tested arm when left-handed reliever Boone Logan was activated Thursday.  Logan pitched to one batter in the 5-2 victory at Colorado.  He’s been sidelined since spring training with a strained triceps.  Logan signed a free-agent deal with the Brewers during the off-season.  Milwaukee’s bullpen currently has the second-best earned run average in the major leagues at two-point-61, trailing only Arizona.


Wisconsin Sports 5-10

Wisconsin State Sports (5am update)


>>Sunlight Doesn’t Help Brewers See Carlos Carrasco’s Slider In 6-2 Loss

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco fanned 14 Milwaukee batters while going the distance in a 6-2 win at Miller Park Wednesday afternoon.  The Brewers have dropped nine-of-13 day games this year, while posting the best Major League Baseball record in night games, 17-and-seven.  The Indians touched Junior Guerra for four runs in the fourth inning.  Corey Knebel pitched for the first time in more than a month, giving up a leadoff home run to Francisco Lindor.  Travis Shaw drove in Milwaukee’s first run in the seventh on a grounder.  Jesus Aguilar had a sacrifice fly in the ninth.  The Brewers are off today, then they will start Jhoulys Chacin against his former Colorado Rockies teammates Friday.


>>Happ Works Out For Bucks

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Ethan Happ isn’t gone from the Wisconsin Badgers yet.  The six-foot-10 forward is scheduled to work out for the Milwaukee Bucks today, but he hasn’t been invited to the N-B-A Draft Combine next week.  Happ still hasn’t hired an agent and he has until May 30th to withdraw his name from the draft and return for his senior year with the Badgers.  Happ has said that is what he will do if he isn’t projected as a first-round talent.  His final decision hasn’t been made.


>>Mavericks Coach Not Interested In Bucks Job

(Dallas, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Bucks can apparently forget about hiring Rick Carlisle to coach — that is, if he was ever being considered.  Reporting out of Milwaukee suggested the Dallas Mavericks head man wanted a move to the Cheese State.  Not so.  Carlisle released a formal statement Wednesday afternoon saying rumors he had interest in the Bucks job “are completely inaccurate.”  He has been in Dallas for the last 10 seasons.  The Bucks have been interviewing candidates to replace interim coach Joe Prunty, but the front office hasn’t indicated any favorites.


>>Home Course Not Enough, Badger Golf Team Staying Home – Except For Curtis

(Madison, WI)  —  Even though the competition was held on their home golf course, University Ridge, the Wisconsin women’s golf team failed to qualify for the N-C-A-A National Tournament.  Senior Gabby Curtis did make it as an individual qualifier by finishing fourth.  The tournament wasn’t really a loss for U-W.  The Badgers ninth-place finish was their best in four years and they set a season record for scoring average, but only the top six teams advance.  Curtis will compete in the tournament in Stillwater, Oklahoma, May 18th-through-the-23rd.


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