Afternoon State Sports Briefs: Bucks get first home playoff game
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks will try to avoid going down three-games-to-none to the Miami Heat tonight in their first-round NBA playoff series as the series shifts to the Bradley Center.
The Bucks can take some solace knowing they have been in the first two games of this series, but haven't been able to withstand Miami's one big run. Ersan Ilyasova rebounded from a horrid Game 1 with 21 points in Game 2 to lead the Bucks. Mike Dunleavy notched 16 off the bench, and Larry Sanders added 14, but it was a slow night for the vaunted Milwaukee backcourt. Brandon Jennings scored eight points on 3-for-15 shooting, while Monta Ellis managed seven points on just seven shots. The Bucks finished 21-20 at home this season, but one of those victories came against the Miami Heat. Milwaukee dusted the defending champs, 104-85, in late December, and are hoping to get back in their series tonight,
Game 1 - Miami 110, Milwaukee 87
Game 2 - Miami 98, Milwaukee 86
Game 3 - Thursday, April 25 at Milwaukee, 6 p.m. (TNT)
Game 4 - Sunday, April 28 at Milwaukee, 2:30 p.m. (ABC)
Game 5 (if necessary) - Tuesday, April 30 at Miami, time to be announced
Game 6 (if necessary) - Thursday May 2 at Milwaukee, time to be announced
Game 7 (if necessary) - Saturday, May 4 at Miami, time to be announced
The Green Bay Packers are making their final preparations for the NFL Draft, which begins tonight and runs through Saturday. The Packers will select 26th overall in the first round, barring a trade. The Kansas City Chiefs will select first overall. Former Packers linebacker Dave Robinson, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in February, will announce the team's second and third-round selections from the podium in New York City on Friday.
The Green Bay Packers are inviting fans to come to Lambeau Field for the NFL draft tonight. Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, General Manager Ted Thompson, and Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be appearing at the event. The event is free to the public will be first-come, first-served. Activities will begin at 6 p.m. The team says that Curly's Pub will feature Wi-Fi Internet access allowing fans to bring wireless-enabled laptops to follow along with the activities around the league.
The Milwaukee Brewers have today off before beginning a three-game weekend series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers tomorrow night. Rookie Hiram Burgos will pitch for Milwaukee against veteran Josh Beckett. The Brewers saw their nine-game winning streak snapped Wednesday night in San Diego.
In state college baseball today:
Lakeland College at Ripon (4:00)
Cardinal Stritch at Concordia (5:00, Game 1)
Cardinal Stritch at Concordia (8:00, Game 2)
In the Midwest League, all games are under the lights:
Wisconsin hosts West Michigan (6:35)
Beloit hosts South Bend at 6:30)
Clinton at Lake County (7:30)
Peoria at Dayton (6:00)
Kane County at Fort Wayne (6:05)
Great Lakes at Cedar Rapids (6:35)
Lansing at Quad Cities (7:00)
Burlington at Bowling Green (7:05)
The University of Wisconsin is telling spectators and participants in Saturday's Crazylegs Classic that due to the recent events surrounding the Boston Marathon, some new carry-in policies have been put in place for everyone entering Camp Randall Stadium. All items, race participants, and spectators must comply with the Camp Randall Stadium carry-in policy and are subject to search. Among the prohibited items are large duffel bags, food, beverages, laptop computers, and video recorders. Storage facilities are not available for checking prohibited items. Items left at gates will be disposed of accordingly.
Marquette University is asking it's basketball team's fans for feedback. The school says that it is a routing measure and doesn't have anything to do with waning attendance at certain non-marquee games, particularly in the student section. The school is asking fans what games they watch on television as opposed to attend in person, as well as surveying fans on their thoughts about the new Big East Conference, comprised initially of the so-called "Catholic Seven" member schools.
The Nashville Predators have recalled forward Joonas Rask from the Milwaukee Admirals, while assigning forwards Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson to the Admirals in time for their playoff series with the Texas Stars. Watson leads the Admirals and is tied for fifth fifth among American Hockey League rookies in goals (20), in addition to ranking second on Milwaukee in points (37) this season. The Admirals series with the Stars tomorrow night at the Bradley Center at 7:00 pm.