>>Bucks Lose At Memphis, Snap Six Game Winning Streak
(Memphis, TN) — The Milwaukee Bucks have ended their six game winning streak after falling at Memphis 113-93 on Monday night. The Bucks never led, as the Grizzlies went up by ten at the half and rolled from there while Memphis snapped a five game losing streak. Vince Carter made all six of his three point attempts and scored 24 points as Memphis went seven games above .500. The Bucks made 14 of 26 from three point range, and Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 18 points. The Bucks blew a chance to get back to .500 but they still hold the Number eight playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, one half game ahead of both Chicago and Miami — and Milwaukee will continue its six game road trip Wednesday night in Los Angeles against the Clippers.
>>Marquette, Green Bay Get Top Eight NCAA Seeds, UWM Plays In WBI
(Undated) — The Marquette women’s basketball team has received its highest N-C-A-A seed in the program’s history, at Number five in the Stockton Region. The Golden Eagles are 25-7 as they open their national tournament play on Saturday against 12th seeded Quinnipiac in Coral Gables, Florida. U-W Green Bay was given a Number eight seed in the Lexington Region on Monday night, and they’re off to South Bend, Indiana to face Number nine Purdue late Friday afternoon with the winner most likely to play top seeded Notre Dame Sunday. The U-W Milwaukee women also earned a postseason berth, and they’ll host Southern Illinois tomorrow (Wednesday) night in the 16 team Women’s Basketball Invitational.
>>North Carolina Bathroom Law May Hurt Marquette In NCAA
(Undated) — North Carolina’s transgender bathroom law could hurt Marquette in its first N-C-A-A men’s tournament bid in four years. The N-C-A-A was among those pulling its major events out of North Carolina to protest the law that forces transgender persons to use the public restrooms of their birth. Marquette was supposed to play South Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina on Friday night — but the first two rounds in that group were moved to Greenville, South Carolina, thus giving the seventh seeded Gamecocks a defacto home game just 100 miles from their campus. Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski says it’s the way it goes, and he hopes some more of his school’s fans can make it there. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin men continue to gear up for their N-C-A-A opener against Virginia Tech Thursday night in Buffalo — and the U-W Green Bay men will play at Missouri Kansas City tomorrow (Wednesday) night in the College Basketball Invitational.
>>Brewers Crush Mariners 24-3 In Exhibition
(Phoenix, AZ) — The Milwaukee Brewers score ten runs in the fourth inning on their way to a 24-3 exhibition rout of Seattle on Monday. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Keon Broxton, Travis Shaw, and Orlando Arcia all homered for the Crew. Milwaukee scored in each of its first six innings, and Nieuwenhuis had six R-B-Is. Brewers starter Junior Guerra gave up just one hit in four innings, a homer from Seattle’s Ben Gamel. The Brewers are now 10-8 in the Cactus League, and they’ll play their first exhibition against the Chicago Cubs this (Tuesday) afternoon as Zach Davies faces Chicago’s Brett Anderson.
>>Packers Keep Jayrone Elliott, Could Lose Datone Jones
(Green Bay, WI) — The Green Bay Packers will keep outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott, after the free agent agreed to a one year deal. He visited Pittsburgh and Buffalo, and he tweeted that he had “great meetings with some historic organizations … but Green Bay is home.” Elliott became a free agent after the Packers failed to give him a tender offer that would have kept the team’s 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year candidate off the market. Elliott missed five games last season with injuries, but he led Green Bay with 13 tackles on special teams. Meanwhile, Packers’ free agent outside linebacker Datone Jones has reportedly visited the Minnesota Vikings.
>>Wisconsin Spring Football Practices Begin
(Madison, WI) — Wisconsin will begin its spring football practices today (Tuesday) with three quarterbacks on the roster — sophomore Alex Hornibrook, redshirt freshman Kare Lyles, and true freshman Jack Coan. Offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph says he’s excited about Hornibrook, who started all nine Big Ten regular season games for the U-W last fall. And Rudolph says he’s glad that Coan enrolled in January so he can compete. Fifteen starters from the Cotton Bowl will be on hand for the Badgers’ first of 15 spring practices, ending with the annual Spring Game on Friday night, April 21st at Camp Randall Stadium.
>>Badgers, Marquette Get NCAA Berths; Milwaukee Schedule Set
(Undated) — Eighth seeded Wisconsin will play Number nine Virginia Tech around 8:40 Thursday night in an N-C-A-A men’s East Regional game in Buffalo. It’s the Badgers’ 19th straight trip to the Big Dance — and at 25-9, they’ll face a Virginia Tech team led by former Marquette coach Buzz Williams that’s 22-10. Also, Marquette made the N-C-A-A for the first time since 2013, as the tenth seeded Golden Eagles at 19-12 play Number seven South Carolina at 22-10 about 8:50 Friday night in an East Regional game in Greenville, South Carolina. Also, Milwaukee will host four first round games on Thursday — with Minnesota playing Middle Tennessee — Purdue facing Vermont — Iowa State taking on Nevada — and Butler playing Winthrop, with those winners facing off Saturday in Round Two.
>>Badgers Drop Big Ten Final To Michigan
(Washington, DC) — Wisconsin’s late season shooting woes continue, as the Badger men shot just 39-percent in losing to Michigan 71-56 in Sunday’s title game of the Big Ten Tournament. The U-W shot 54-percent in the first half, as it trailed by one at the break. But the Badgers shot only 27-percent in the second half, as Ethan Happ and Nigel Hayes each had 14 points and eleven rebounds. Michigan shot a solid 56-percent for the game. Senior guard Derrick Walton, Junior had 29 points and nine assists as the Wolverines overcame an aborted takeoff of their team plane on Thursday to become the second team to win the Big Ten Tournament crown with four victories in four days.
>>Packers’ Lang Leaves For Detroit, Gets Three Year, $28.5 Million Deal
(Allen Park, MI) — Veteran guard T-J Lang will become a Detroit Lion after he agreed Sunday to a three year contract worth 28-point-five million dollars, including 19-million in guaranteed money. The 29-year-old Lang tells the Detroit Free Press he received offers from the Packers, Detroit, and Seattle, and he visited the Seahawks on Saturday. The Packers were hoping to keep their eight year veteran, but the price was apparently not right. Lang is from the Detroit area — and he’s had several injuries the past three years to a knee, foot, ankle, back, shoulder, and hip. Still, he only missed five games since he was starter for Green Bay the last six seasons.
>>Brewers Lose; Peralta, Villar, Segura Help Dominican Republic Win At WBC
(Undated) — Jimmy Nelson strikes out four batters in three scoreless innings, as the Milwaukee Brewers lose an exhibition game to the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 in Goodyear, Arizona. Sal Romano struck out seven Brewers in three and two thirds frames, but he also gave up back to back doubles in which Lewis Brinson drove home a run in his fourth straight game. Prospect Isan Diaz homered in the ninth for Milwaukee. At the World Baseball Classic, Brewers’ starter Wily Peralta strikes out six in four innings for the Dominican Republic in its 10-3 win against Colombia, while giving up one run on two hits. Brewers’ second baseman Jonathan Villar singled, walked, and scored twice for the Dominicans — and former Brewer Jean Segura went three for six with two doubles, two runs scored, and three R-B-I’s for the winners.
>>NASCAR: Kenseth Gets Second Straight Top Ten Finish
(Las Vegas, NV) — Wisconsin NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth gets his second straight Top Ten finish, as the Cambridge native placed ninth in Sunday’s Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas. Paul Menard of Eau Claire took 19th, and Beloit born Danica Patrick finished 36th as she withdrew due to engine trouble with about 20 laps to go. Martin Truex, Junior won the race. Joey Logano sent Kyle Busch’s car spinning toward pit lane on the final lap — and then the two drivers scuffled as NASCAR official pulled Busch from the melee and escorted him away. Kenseth is now 13th in the Monster Energy Series’ point standings, with Menard 16th and Patrick 30th.
>>Other Sports: Bucks, PGA, Wave
(Undated) — The Milwaukee Bucks will try to extend their winning streak to seven games tonight (Monday) when they play at Memphis in the start of a six game road trip. The streak has moved the Bucks into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with a one game lead on Miami. In golf, Osceola native Charlie Danielson tied for 62nd at the P-G-A golf tour’s Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida. He shot a plus three 74 in his final round Sunday to finish at plus five 289 in his first P-G-A tournament of 2017. In the Major Arena Soccer League, the Milwaukee Wave has advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals against either Harrisburg or Baltimore — after the Wave clinched its first round playoff series with a 7-5 home victory against Kansas City Sunday followed by a 3-2 overtime win in a mini game.
>>Packers Lose Hyde, Tretter; Appear Close To Losing Lang
(Green Bay, WI) — The Green Bay Packers have lost corner Micah Hyde and center J-C Tretter to other teams, and guard T-J Lang and running back Eddie Lacy are shopping elsewhere. Media reports say Hyde signed with Buffalo on the first day of N-F-L free agency for five years and 30-and-one-half million dollars, 14-and-one-half million of which are guaranteed — and Tretter agreed to a three year deal with Cleveland worth 16-and-three-quarter million, including ten-million guaranteed. The Packers have reportedly failed to reach a deal with Lang, and he planned visits to Detroit and Seattle — while Lacy was off to show Minnesota, Seattle, and Green Bay the progress he’s made on a surgically repaired ankle. The Packers avoided a third loss on the offensive line by signing Don Barclay to a one year deal for one-point-three million that includes incentives. Also, former Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler has reportedly signed a five-year, 60-million dollar contract with Cleveland, leaving Cincinnati after five seasons.
>>Badger Men To Play Indiana In Big Ten Tourney
(Washington, DC) — The Wisconsin men’s basketball team will play Indiana at 5:30 this (Friday) evening in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament in Washington. The Number two Badgers come in well rested after a double bye, while tenth seeded Indiana won its tournament opener Thursday night, 95-73 against Number Seven Iowa. Guard James Blackmon, Junior scored 23 points for the Hoosiers, who made 12 of 20 from three point range to improve to 18-14. Wisconsin comes in at 23-8, after going 2-0 against Indiana in the regular season. Meanwhile, the Marquette men can only wait and see if they’ll get an N-C-A-A berth after losing their Big East quarterfinal Thursday, 82-76 to Seton Hall in New York as Andrew Rowsey scored 23 points for the 19-12 Golden Eagles.
>>Bucks Go For Five Game Win Streak
(Milwaukee, WI) — The Milwaukee Bucks will go for a five game winning streak while gaining more ground in the N-B-A playoff race, when they host Indiana tonight (Friday). The Bucks are still one half game behind Chicago for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff slot, while Detroit has moved into the Number seven position for now. Milwaukee is 30-33 and will play an Indiana team that’s 33-31 with the Number six postseason slot in the East. Meanwhile, Bucks’ forward Jabari Parker says he’s confident he can come back stronger than ever next season as he about to begins a recovery program for a second torn A-C-L in his left knee suffered February eighth against Miami. The 21-year-old Parker has already finished three N-B-A seasons, and told reporters Thursday his recovery hinges on a having a positive attitude.
>>WIAA Girls Basketball: Division Three, Four Title Matchups Set
(Ashwaubenon, WI) — Semifinals will be played in three more divisions today (Friday) at the W-I-A-A girls’ state high school basketball tournament near Green Bay. The Division Five semis are up first at 9:05 a-m from the Resch Center, with the “D” Two semis in the afternoon and the Division One semifinals this (Friday) evening. Greendale Martin Luther will play Madison Edgewood in the Division Three title game tomorrow (Saturday), after Luther rallied in the second half to beat Bloomer 56-38 in Thursday’s semifinals — and Edgewood eliminated Wrightstown 60-38 after going down 7-0 early. In Division Four, La Crosse Aquinas will play Howards Grove in tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) title contest — after Aquinas stayed unbeaten with a 56-36 win against Shiocton, and Howards Grove came back from six down late to beat Durand 44-37.
>>Returning Champ Waupun Loses At Boys’ Hoops Sectionals
(Undated) — A second returning champion has lost in the state boys’ high school basketball sectional openers. Division Three titlist Waupun fell to top seeded Ripon 53-50 on Thursday night, after “D” Four titlist Whitefish Bay Dominican lost its bid for a state record sixth straight championship in losing a Division Three sectional opener to Greendale Martin Luther on Wednesday night. The other three defending champs all won their sectional games Thursday — Stevens Point, Kaukauna, and Chippewa Falls McDonell. The lowest seed to advance was Number eight Madison East, which beat Muskego 76-68. Twenty sectional finals will be played tomorrow (Saturday) night, and the winners will go to the state tournament which begins next Thursday in Madison.
>>Other Sports: Brewers, PGA Golf, Wave Soccer
(Undated) — The Milwaukee Brewers had four top prospects in their lineup when they beat San Diego 8-2 in an exhibition game Thursday in Peoria, Arizona. Lewis Brinson hit a two run single, and shortstop Mauricio Dubon made a leaping throw to strand two Padre runners in the first inning. On the P-G-A golf tour, Steve Stricker of Madison shot a plus four 75 in his opening round of the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida — and he was tied for 121st, while Charlie Danielson of Osceola was at even par after 15 holes when darkness ended Thursday’s play. Danielson, in his first P-G-A event of 2017, was tied for 56th as Jim Herman had the clubhouse lead at minus nine 62. In the Major Arena Soccer League, the Milwaukee Wave dropped the opener of a two game playoff series, 7-6 at Kansas City as the Comets scored four straight goals in the fourth quarter.
>>Giannis’ Big Night Helps Bucks Win Fourth Straight
(Milwaukee, WI) — A big night from Giannis Antetokounmpo helps the Milwaukee Bucks win their fourth straight game, 104-93 at home against the New York Knicks. The All Star “Greek Freak” had 32 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, and two blocked shots. All but ten of Antetokounmpo’s points came in the second half when the Bucks roared back from a 12 point deficit to go up by 15 with more than three minutes to go. Khris Middleton added 18 points and sat out the fourth quarter as he he continues a slow comeback from hamstring surgery. Derrick Rose scored 26 for New York, which lost their second straight — while the Bucks gained ground in the playoff chase and are now only one half game behind both Detroit and Chicago for the final two playoff slots in the N-B-A’s Eastern Conference.
>>Marquette Men Open Big East Tournament Play Against Seton Hall
(New York, NY) — Marquette plays Seton Hall this (Thursday) afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Big East Conference men’s basketball tournament in New York. The Golden Eagles earned a first round bye — and Marquette is the only school to play in the final eight of the league tourney every year since 2006, the first year they joined the Big East. Marquette has the fourth seed at 19-11, and they’re facing a Number five Seton Hall squad that’s 20-11. The Eagles have won four of their last five, and they’re coming off a 12 point home win against Creighton last Saturday in which senior Jajuan Johnson scored 20 points. Also, Wisconsin will find out today (Thursday) who their opponent will be — either Iowa or Indiana — when the Badgers play their Big Ten Tournament opener tomorrow (Friday) in Washington.
>>WIAA Girls State Hoops Tourney Begins
(Ashwaubenon, WI) — There will be new champions in all five divisions at the state girls’ high school basketball tournament that begins this (Thursday) afternoon near Green Bay. The Division Three semifinals are up first, when Bloomer goes against Greendale Martin Luther, and Wrightstown faces Madison Edgewood. Tonight (Thursday), the Division Four semis have Durand playing Howards Grove, and undefeated La Crosse Aquinas taking on Shiocton. Semis in Divisions One, Two, and Five are scheduled for tomorrow (Friday) at the Resch Center — and all five divisional championship games will be played Saturday as returning champs Verona, New Berlin Eisenhower, Hayward, Mineral Point, and Wisconsin Rapids Assumption all lost in the earlier rounds. Meanwhile, the boys’ high school basketball sectionals begin tonight with 40 teams still in the running throughout their five divisions.
>>Packers Reportedly Talk With Perry, Lang As Free Agency Begins
(Green Bay, WI) — The Green Bay Packers are reportedly negotiating with Nick Perry and T-J Lang, to try and get both to sign new deals before N-F-L free agency begins at three this (Thursday) afternoon. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Atlanta, Indianapolis, and the New York Jets are all interested in Perry — who led Green Bay in sacks last year. The Packers may have to spend big dollars to keep both Perry and Lang, especially after a report that former Wisconsin tackle Ricky Wagner was set to sign a nine-million dollar per year deal to leave Baltimore and go to the Detroit Lions. Meanwhile, the Packers signed punter Jacob Schum to a one year extension on Tuesday.
>>Brewers Win Pair Of Split Squad Exhibitions
(Phoenix, AZ) — The Milwaukee Brewers win a pair of exhibition games in Arizona on Wednesday, 7-2 against the L-A Dodgers and 5-4 against the Chicago White Sox. Dodgers’ starter Rich Hill had control issues as the Brewers went up 3-1 early and rolled from there. Jesus Aguilar and Ryan Cordell each drove in two runs for Milwaukee, and Aguilar belted a two run homer. Meanwhile, Ivan De Jesus, Junior hit a two run homer in the ninth inning to give the Crew its victory against the White Sox — and top prospect Lewis Brinson had a solo shot for his first homer of the spring. Also, Milwaukee pitching prospect Devin Williams had tests Wednesday after having pain in his right throwing elbow during a minor league game Tuesday.
>>Other Sports: Admirals, PGA
(Undated) — In hockey, the Milwaukee Admirals have ended a three game team point streak after losing to Cleveland 5-3 at home on Wednesday. Former Wisconsin Badger John Ramage scored the eventual game winner in the third period for the Monsters, who also snapped Milwaukee’s string of five home victories. In golf, northwest Wisconsin native Charlie Danielson of Osceola makes his 2017 P-G-A Tour debut today (Thursday) at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida. Madison golfer Steve Stricker is also part of the field.
>>Bucks Make 14 Three Pointers In Win At Philly
(Philadelphia, PA) — The Milwaukee Bucks make 14 three pointers in a 112-98 win at Philadelphia. Tony Snell made five of seven from beyond the arc and scored a season high 21 points, as Milwaukee won its third straight game and kept pace with Detroit and Miami to stay one and one half games back for the eighth and final playoff spot in the N-B-A’s Eastern Conference. The Bucks jumped out to a 12-2 lead and never trailed, as Giannis Antetokounmpo was Milwaukee’s top scorer with 24 points along with eight rebounds, five assists, three blocked shots, and two steals. Justin Anderson scored for 19 for injury depleted Philadelphia, which was so short of players that they received a hardship exception and signed Shawn Long to a ten day contract — and he had 13 points and seven boards in his N-B-A debut. The Sixers dropped their fifth game in their last six.
>>UWM Men Make Horizon Title Game With Third Straight Upset
(Detroit, MI) — The U-W Milwaukee men’s basketball team scores its third straight upset at the Horizon League tournament, and will go for the league title and an improbable N-C-A-A berth tonight (Tuesday). The tenth seeded Panthers eliminated sixth seeded Illinois Chicago 74-68 in Monday night’s semifinals in Detroit, and they’ll play Number four Northern Kentucky for the Horizon crown at six this (Tuesday) evening on E-S-P-N. The Panthers were tied at 63 when they went on an 11-2 run to send U-I-C home — and Milwaukee shot 48-percent as Brock Stull led the way with 17 points and ten rebounds. First year Panthers’ coach LaVall Jordan says his team talked about using the league tournament to “earn respect,” and his players are “playing the way they are supposed to play” as they improve to 11-23. Northern Kentucky made the title game with an 84-74 semifinal win against Youngstown State.
>>Badgers’ Happ, Koenig, Hayes, Showalter Make All Big Ten Teams
(Madison, WI) — Ethan Happ becomes only the second sophomore on the Wisconsin men’s basketball team to be named as an All Big Ten first teamer. Happ made both top squads as chosen by the league’s coaches and media, joining Michael Finley in 1993 as the only other U-W sophomore to get a first team selection. Also, Badgers’ senior Bronson Koenig made the coaches’ second team and the media’s third team — senior Nigel Hayes was a consensus third team pick — and senior Zak Showalter made the coaches’ all defensive team. Caleb Swanigan of Purdue is the consensus player of the year, as announced Monday night in advance of the Big Ten Tournament which begins tomorrow (Wednesday) in the nation’s capital. Number two seed Wisconsin gets a double bye until the quarterfinals on Friday.
>>Green Bay, Marquette To Play For Women’s Conference Title Crowns
(Undated) — The U-W Green Bay and Marquette women will play for their respective conference tournament titles today (Tuesday). Green Bay is in the Horizon League final for the seventh year in a row, and the top seeded Phoenix will play Number three Detroit Mercy at eleven this (Tuesday) morning with an N-C-A-A Tournament berth on the line. Green Bay advanced with a 66-59 semifinal victory against U-W Milwaukee on Monday in Detroit, while Detroit Mercy advance with a 71-52 win against Wright State. The Big East women’s tourney is being played on Marquette’s home floor in Milwaukee, where the Golden Eagles will play top seeded DePaul for the crown tonight (Tuesday). Amani Wilborn scored 21 points to help third seeded Marquette advance with a 72-65 win against Number two Creighton, while DePaul made the title game with a 59-41 win against Saint John’s.
>>Brewers Crush Cleveland
(Goodyear, AZ) — Third base prospect Lucas Erceg homers twice to help the Milwaukee Brewers crush Cleveland 14-4 in an exhibition game Monday in Goodyear, Arizona. Erceg entered the game in the fifth inning as a pinch runner — and he hit a grand slam in the sixth that bounced off a tin roof above the right field seats. He added a solo shot in the eighth. Brewers’ starter Matt Garza gave up two runs on five hits in two innings — while Indians’ starter Corey Kluber got shelled for six runs in two and one third frames. The Brewers are now 5-5 in Cactus League play, and they’re off today (Tuesday).
>>Other Sports: Packers, Bogut, US Open Golf
(Undated) — E-S-P-N says Green Bay Packers’ center Corey Linsley had ankle surgery to remove loose particles from the severe sprain he had late in the 2015 season. Reports say Linsley could miss part of Green Bay’s offseason workouts. In the N-B-A, the return of former Bucks’ center Andrew Bogut lasts just 58 seconds as he broke his left tibia in a second quarter collision while debuting for Cleveland off the bench against Miami. In golf, the U-S-G-A announced ten sectional qualifying sites for the U-S Open to be played at Erin Hills near Milwaukee on Father’s Day weekend. The nearest sectional sites to Wisconsin are at Springfield and Columbus in Ohio — and they’ll follow local qualifying in May which has two Wisconsin sites at Sheboygan Falls and Hartford.
>>Badger Men Beat Minnesota, Get No. 2 Big Ten Tourney Seed
(Madison, WI) — The Wisconsin men’s basketball team gets the Number two seed with a double bye in this week’s Big Ten Tournament, after winning its regular season finale 66-49 at home against Minnesota. The Badgers pulled away in the second half Sunday night with an 18-2 run, as they snapped the Gophers’ eight game overall winning streak while beating Minnesota for the seventh straight time. Bronson Koenig sat out most of the first half with two early fouls, but he got hot in the second half when he hit five of seven from three point range and led the U-W in scoring with 17 points. Nate Mason scored 17 for Minnesota, which is 23-8 with the fourth seed and a double bye to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tourney in Washington D-C. Wisconsin plays its conference tournament opener Friday night against seventh seed Iowa or Number Ten Indiana.
>>Other Men’s D1 Hoops: Marquette’s Howard Honored, Green Bay Loses
(Undated) — Marquette point guard Markus Howard has been named to the Big East all freshman men’s team. Howard, the youngest player in the conference, averaged 13 points and two point two assists per game in the regular season while making 55-percent of his three pointers in Big East play. Marquette has the fourth seed and a first round bye in this week’s conference tournament, and they’ll play fifth seeded Seton Hall on Thursday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York. In the Horizon League Tournament, third seeded U-W Green Bay was upset Sunday night by Number six Illinois Chicago 79-70 in the men’s quarterfinals in Detroit. U-W Milwaukee, a Number ten seed which upset Detroit Mercy and Valparaiso in the first two rounds, will play Illinois Chicago in tonight’s (Monday’s) semifinals.
>>Women’s D1 Hoops: Marquette, GB, UWM Advance To Their League Semifinals
(Undated) — Marquette will host Creighton this (Monday) afternoon in the semifinals of the Big East women’s basketball tournament in Milwaukee. The third seeded Golden Eagles advanced with an 80-66 quarterfinal victory against Georgetown on Sunday, while Number two Creighton eliminated Butler 64-55. Marquette took control with a 13-4 run to close out the first half, and Allazia Blockton scored 20 points as the Eagles improved to 23-7. In the Horizon League women’s tourney, top seeded U-W Green Bay will play Milwaukee in this (Monday) afternoon’s semifinals, after fifth seeded U-W-M crushed Number four Oakland 82-60 in the quarterfinals in Detroit on Sunday. The Panthers committed a season low eight turnovers and Jenny Lindner had 16 points and 14 rebounds as Milwaukee improved to 20-10.
>>D2/D3 Hoops: Parkside Gets NCAA Bid, Oshkosh Women Make D3 Sweet 16
(Undated) — U-W Parkside earns its fifth straight trip to the N-C-A-A Division Two men’s basketball tournament. The Rangers are seeded eighth in the Midwest Regional at 22-7, and will open Saturday at Number One Bellarmine which beat Parkside in the semifinals of their Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament 79-68. In Division Three, the U-W Oshkosh women are the only ones making it to the Sweet 16 Round, after eight other Wisconsin men’s and women’s squads fell in the first two rounds. Oshkosh will play at Washington of Saint Louis Friday night, after the Titans advanced Saturday with a 64-49 second round victory against DePauw.
>>College Hockey: UW Gets Top NCAA Women’s Seed After Winning WCHA
(Undated) — Wisconsin has the top seed in the N-C-A-A Division One women’s hockey tournament, and they’ll host Robert Morris in Saturday’s national quarterfinals after the U-W won the W-C-H-A crown. The Badgers won their third straight conference tournament crown with a 4-1 victory against Minnesota Duluth in Sunday’s W-C-H-A title game. The Badgers broke a 1-1 tie in the third period, when Annie Pankowski scored twice — and Duluth still earned an N-C-A-A bid as the Number three seed, and they’ll Minnesota on Saturday. In Division Three, Saint Norbert will find out today (Monday) who they’ll play in their national tournament after winning the automatic N-C-H-A bid with a 3-2 win at Adrian Saturday. The U-W Stevens Point men and River Falls women were repeat champions in their W-I-A-C tournament finals.
>>Other Sports: Brewers, NASCAR, Pro Indoor Soccer
(Undated) — Tommy Milone throws two scoreless innings in his spring debut, as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Colorado 9-4 in a Cactus League exhibition in Phoenix Sunday. Jesus Aguilar and Nick Noonan hit back to back homers in the seventh inning for the Crew, which will play Cleveland this (Monday) afternoon. In NASCAR, Matt Kenseth of Cambridge takes third Sunday at the Quik Trip 500 near Atlanta, as Beloit born Danica Patrick takes 17th and Paul Menard of Eau Claire 25th with Brad Keselowski as the winner. Menard is now 15th after two races in the Monster Energy Series’ point standings, with Kenseth 16th and Patrick 22nd. In the Major Arena Soccer League, the Milwaukee Wave plays at Kansas City Thursday night in the opening round of the playoffs, after the Wave lost its regular season finale at home Sunday to Chicago 5-4.
>>Wisconsin Blows Late Lead In Losing To Iowa
(Madison, WI) — The Wisconsin men’s basketball team blows a nine point lead in the final four minutes in losing at home to Iowa, 59-57. The Hawkeyes scored the final seven points of the game as they ended a three game overall losing streak and six straight losses to the U-W. Wisconsin was eliminated from Big Ten regular season title contention after dropping its fifth game in its last six — and the U-W can get the Number two seed in next week’s conference tournament by winning its regular season finale Sunday at home against Minnesota. Nicholas Baer scored 14 points off the bench for Iowa, which is now 9-8 in the Big Ten and 17-13 overall. Four Wisconsin starters scored in double figures, led by Bronson Koenig with 19, as the Badgers fell to 11-6 in the Big Ten and 22-8 overall.
>>Badger Women End Season With Loss To Michigan State
(Indianapolis, IN) — The Wisconsin women have ended their season with a 70-63 loss to Michigan State in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. The game was tied at 56 when the Spartans went on a 6-0 run to go in front for good. Wisconsin lost despite outscoring Michigan State 40-30 in the paint, and the Badgers’ 14 turnovers were their fewest since New Year’s Day. Tori Jankoska scored 22 points for Michigan State, which is now 20-10 and will play Michigan tonight (Friday) in the Big Ten quarterfinals. Cayla McMorris scored 18 for Wisconsin, which lost ten straight games earlier in the season but won three of its final five to finish at 9-22 in Jonathan Tsipis’ first year as the Badgers’ coach.
>>Final Three Defending Champs Lose In Girls Hoop Sectionals
(Undated) — There will be no back to back state champions in the girls’ state high school basketball tournament. Three returning champs that were still alive after the regionals were all defeated Thursday night in the first round of the sectionals. Division Two titlist New Berlin Eisenhower lost to Cudahy 47-45 — “D” Three champion Hayward fell to Somerset 64-58 — and Division Four champ Mineral Point fell to Darlington 52-48 — and 12 Number One seeds lost their games Thursday, which means that only 15 of the 37 top seeds made it through their brackets unscathed. The girls’ sectional finals will be played tomorrow (Saturday), and 20 winners throughout the five divisions will advance to next week’s state tournament near Green Bay. Meanwhile, Round Two of the boys’ high school regionals is set for tonight (Friday), with 320 teams competing.
>>Bucks To Sign Former New Orleans Forward Terrence Jones
(Milwaukee, WI) — N-B-A veteran forward Terrence Jones has agreed to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks for the rest of the season. New Orleans released him at the recent N-B-A trade deadline to make room for All Star center DeMarcus Cousins. The 6-9 Jones averaged 12 points and six rebounds in 51 games this season with the Pelicans, and he’s in his fifth pro season after Houston drafted him in 2012. The Bucks will host the Los Angeles Clippers tonight (Friday) and Toronto tomorrow (Saturday) night. The Bucks are in tenth place in the Eastern Conference, two games behind Detroit for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
>>Garza Makes Adjustments As Brewers Lose To Seattle
(Peoria, AZ) — Matt Garza throws one scoreless inning in his spring exhibition debut, as the Milwaukee Brewers lost to Seattle 6-2 Thursday in Peoria, Arizona. The 33-year-old right hander says he’s no longer the hard throwing strikeout pitcher he once was — and he’s throwing softer stuff with the goal of getting more groundball outs. Garza surrendered a leadoff single before getting three straight groundouts — and former Brewers’ prospect Nelson Cruz doubled and scored for the Mariners. The Brewers scored their runs on a double from Ivan De Jesus, Junior and a sacrifice fly by Brett Phillips. Milwaukee is now 2-4 in the Cactus League and will play the Angels of Anaheim this (Friday) afternoon with Junior Guerra starting for the Crew.
>>Four Teams Advance To WIAA Boys’ Hockey Semifinals
(Madison, WI) — The boys’ state high school hockey semifinals will be played tonight (Friday) in Madison, as Waukesha North faces Sun Prairie, and Hudson goes against Wausau West. All four teams advanced by winning their quarterfinal games on Thursday. Waukesha North eliminated Hartland Arrowhead 2-1 in overtime, as Benjamin Sorge scored the game winner — Sun Prairie edged Bay Port 3-2, with Josh McCrary scoring the deciding goal — Hudson scored in all three periods to blank Eau Claire Memorial 4-0 — and Zach Pearson scored twice to help Wausau West eliminate West Salem/Bangor 7-0. The girls’ state high school hockey tournament begins at eleven this (Friday) morning in Madison, as defending champion Hayward plays Green Bay East, and Schofield D-C Everest goes against Sun Prairie.
>>Bucks Start Sluggish, Never Lead In Losing To Denver
(Milwaukee, WI) — A sluggish start with a younger lineup plagues the Milwaukee Bucks in a 110-98 home loss to Denver. Rookie Malcolm Brogdon and Rashad Vaughn were among the Bucks’ starters with Michael Beasley out and Khris Middleton still being phased back in following hamstring surgery. Milwaukee struggled right out of the gate as the Nuggets never trailed, led by 26 at the half, and as many as 31 later on. Denver center Nikola Jokic had a triple double for the second straight game with 13 points, 14 rebounds, and ten assists — and Danilo Gallinari led Denver in scoring with 22 as the Nuggets won their second straight. Middleton scored 21 off the bench to lead the Bucks, who are now 1-3 since the All Star break and have dropped to tenth place in the Eastern Conference, two games behind Detroit for the final East playoff spot.
>>Marquette Battles Toward NCAA Spot With Win Against Xavier
(Cincinnati, OH) — The Marquette men’s basketball team takes a step toward a possible N-C-A-A Tournament berth with a 95-84 victory at Xavier Wednesday night. The Golden Eagles shot 61-percent as they led by 13 at the break, and wound up scoring the most points by a visitor in the 18-year history of the Cintas Center in Cincinnati. Junior Andrew Rousey, still stinging from an elbow to his face at practice this week, led Marquette with 20 points and went nine for nine at the free throw line. J-P Macura scored 20 for Xavier, which has now dropped six straight in continuing its longest losing streak in 35 years. Marquette is now in a three way tie for fourth in the Big East at 9-8 in league play and 18-11 overall, and it’s making a push for its first N-C-A-A berth in four years.
>>Badger Women Beat Rutgers, Advance In Big Ten Women’s Tourney
(Indianapolis, IN) — The Wisconsin women are advancing in their Big Ten tournament for the first time in seven years, after beating Rutgers 61-55 in the first round at Indianapolis. The eleventh seeded Badgers led Number 14 Rutgers by as many as 21 points in the third quarter — but the Scarlet Knights got to within six in the final minute, and Wisconsin’s Avyanna Young made two free throws with 27 seconds left to seal the U-W’s victory. Shrita Parker scored 24 for Rutgers, which ended its season at 6-24. Young led the Badgers with 20 points as they improved to 9-21 and will play sixth seeded Michigan State in the second round tonight (Thursday). Meanwhile, the Wisconsin men have two games left in their regular season and will host Iowa tonight (Thursday).
>>Horizon Hoops Honors
(Undated) — Warren Jones of U-W Green Bay is the Horizon League men’s basketball Sixth Man of the Year. Jones’ teammate Charles Cooper made the all conference second team, and Phoenix players Khalil Small and Kenneth Lowe made the all defensive squad. Alec Peters was named the Horizon player of the year as the league tourney begins Friday in Detroit — and Green Bay will play Illinois Chicago in Sunday’s third round. On the women’s side, Green Bay’s Mehryn Kraker is the Horizon Player of the Year and an all league first teamer — while Jessica Lindstrom of Green Bay and Steph Kostowicz of Milwaukee make the second squad. Green Bay opens its Horizon women’s tournament run as the top seed against Valparaiso or Youngstown State on Saturday — and U-W-M has the fifth seed, opening against Oakland Sunday.
>>Brewers Win On Walkoff Single
(Phoenix, AZ) — Lucas Erceg hits a walkoff single to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 3-2 exhibition victory against Cincinnati on Wednesday in Phoenix. Keon Broxton led off for Milwaukee with a homer which tied the contest after Zack Cozart went yard off Brewers’ starter Chase Anderson in the first. That was Anderson’s only mistake as he threw an otherwise solid first inning. Scooter Gennett hit an R-B-I single to drive home Milwaukee’s other run, as the Crew is now 2-3 in the Cactus League. Matt Garza will make his spring debut this (Thursday) afternoon when the Brewers play Seattle.
>>Hockey: WIAA State Boys Tourney Begins, Admirals Lose In AHL
(Undated) — A new champion will be crowned at the W-I-A-A boys’ state high school hockey tournament which begins today (Thursday) in Madison. Defending titlist Appleton East lost in the earlier rounds, and the boys’ quarterfinals are up first at eleven a-m at the Alliant Energy Center. Waukesha North opens against Hartland Arrowhead, Bay Port plays Sun Prairie, Hudson takes on Eau Claire Memorial, and Wausau West closes out the day’s action against West Salem/Bangor. Semifinals will be played tomorrow (Friday) in both the boys’ and girls’ tournaments, with the title games set for Saturday. In pro hockey, the Milwaukee Admirals lost a 5-4 shootout at Charlotte as Kris Newbury scored the winning goal, and Milwaukee lost for the first time in eight contests at Charlotte’s Bojangles Coliseum.
>>Big Upsets, Big Scoring In First Round Of Boys Prep Regionals
(Undated) — There were big upsets and big scoring in the first round of the Wisconsin boys’ high school basketball regionals. In Division Five, 13th seeded Heritage Christian beat Number four Milwaukee Salam 79-68 Tuesday night — and a pair of 12 seeds, Osseo Fairchild and Webster, got past Number fives as there were 18 total upsets in the 164 games that were played around the state. Four of the five defending state champions had first round byes and the only one to play Tuesday, Chippewa Falls McDonell in Division Five, crushed New Auburn 84-29. In Division Three, a trio of Milwaukee schools each scored more than 100 points to win their games — and the University School of Milwaukee had the biggest rout, eliminating Tenor/Veritas 102-14. One-hundred-56 teams had byes, and 64 teams remain in each of the five divisions as the boys’ regionals resume Friday night.
>>Bucks’ Beasley To Miss At Least Three Games With Injured Knee
(Milwaukee, WI) — Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Michael Beasley will miss at least three games, after he hyperextended his left knee in Monday night’s seven point loss at Cleveland. An M-R-I Tuesday showed that the injury was not as bad as it appeared when it got twisted while Beasley was trying to guard LeBron James during a fast break in the second period — and two teammates had to help him off the floor. The 28-year-old Beasley became a starter when Jabari Parker went out for the season with a knee injury, and he’s averaging ten points and four rebounds in five starts and 45 games off the bench. Beasley leads the Bucks in shooting percentage at 54, and coach Jason Kidd recently said he should be a candidate for the N-B-A’s Most Improved Player award. The Bucks return to action tonight (Wednesday), hosting Denver.
>>Badgers Play Rutgers In Big Ten Women’s Hoops Tourney
(Indianapolis, IN) — The Wisconsin women’s basketball team will play Rutgers this (Wednesday) afternoon in the first round of their Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. The Badgers are 8-21 for first year coach Jonathan Tsipis (sip iss), and they have the Number eleven seed while Rutgers is 14th and last at 6-23. Whoever wins will play sixth seeded Michigan State on Thursday night. Two Badgers received postseason honors as junior Cayla McMorris and senior Avyanna Young were both honorable mentions. Wisconsin is 10-22 all time in the Big Ten Tournament, and they’re 1-3 when they’ve been the eleventh seed.
>>Packers’ Thompson, McCarthy To Discuss Team At NFL Combine
(Indianapolis, IN) — The N-F-L’s annual Scouting Combine is getting underway in Indianapolis. Scouts, coaches, and team doctors are getting a look at numerous prospects in advance of this spring’s Draft — while front office personnel talk behind the scenes about potential free agent signings. Green Bay Packers’ general manager Ted Thompson is scheduled this (Wednesday) morning to hold his first news conference since last summer’s Training Camp. And with some big needs at running back, corner, and linebacker, Thompson will face a lot of questioning. Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy is also scheduled to speak with reporters at the Combine today (Wednesday) — and the prospects will get their turns at the microphone Thursday through Sunday.
>>Brewers Lose Soggy Exhibition To Royals
(Phoenix, AZ) — The Milwaukee Brewers fall to Kansas City 6-3 in a soggy exhibition game in Phoenix on Tuesday. The game was delayed by 22 minutes due to a storm that dumped heavy rain and small hail on the Brewers’ spring complex at Maryvale Baseball Park. Milwaukee scored the first two runs of the game on a run scoring single from Domingo Santana and a solo homer by Yadiel Rivera — and Keon Broxton continued his strong start with a single and a triple, and he’s hitting .375 so far this spring. Zach Davies struck out a pair in one scoreless inning, and Ryan O’Hearn and Peter O’Brien homered for Kansas City. The Brewers dropped to 1-3 in Cactus League play, and they’ll go up against the Cincinnati Reds this (Wednesday) afternoon.
>>Hart, Burdette To Be Added To Milwaukee Baseball Walls Of Honor
(Milwaukee, WI) — Corey Hart will be added to the Brewers’ Wall of Honor June 30th at Miller Park. And the late Milwaukee Braves’ pitcher Lew Burdette will be inducted into his team’s Wall of Honor on May 26th. Hart, a two time All Star who last played in the Majors in 2015, will be the 60th player named to the Brewers’ honor wall, which includes players who meet standards for production and longevity with the team. Hart is helping the Brewers in a coaching role for the first time at Spring Training with the team’s Major League and minor league camps. Burdette, a right hander, won the World Series’ M-V-P award with the Braves in 1957.
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