Afternoon State News Briefs: Brewers try to get out of last place
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers have again fallen into last place in the National League Central. They'll try to dig themselves out tonight, in the second of four straight contests against the Minnesota Twins.
The Brewers are 19-30, a half-game behind the fourth-place Cubs in the division. The Crew lost by three to the Twins last night, while Chicago jumped out of last with a 7-0 Cubs' victory over the crosstown White Sox. The Brewers will close out a home-stand in which they're 2-5 so far. Their current Interleague series will move to Minneapolis for Games Three-and-Four tomorrow and Thursday nights. Milwaukee has dropped three straight. The Twins have won 2-of-3, after losing 10 in a row. Right-handed reliever Alfredo Figaro will make his first start of the season for Milwaukee tonight, against Twins' left-hander Scott Diamond.
The family of former UW-Green Bay men's basketball player Ryan Bross took issue today with the way the school handled allegations against coach Brian Wardle. In a statement to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the family said the coach got a "slap on the wrist" while Bross paid quote, "a heavy price for the treatment he received" from Wardle. After a six-week investigation, UW-Green Bay on Friday allowed Wardle to keep his job - but he would not get his contract extended for one season every year, and it'll be due to expire in 2017. Next year, an adviser will be with Wardle to help him improve ways to motivate players. And the coach must be more involved in activities throughout the Green Bay campus, to better understand the school's environment. He's also getting a letter in his disciplinary file. Bross transferred to Division III Concordia-Mequon before he said Wardle called him derogatory and homophobic names, interfered with his course selection, and made him lose control of his bowels while running up hills after he complained of being sick. Outgoing Green Bay senior Brennan Cougill later said his clinical depression was brushed off by the coach as a distraction. The investigator said many of the allegations "did not occur as stated." Wardle said the findings proved that his players are in a healthy environment.