Afternoon State Sports Briefs: UW's Dayne named to College Football Hall of Fame
MADISON - Former University of Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne was named today to the College Football Hall-of-Fame.
The 1999 Heisman Trophy winner remains a beloved figure in Madison. Dayne was among 12 players and two coaches chosen by the National Football Foundation. The 35-year-old Dayne was a three-time All-American who led the Badgers to a pair of Rose Bowl titles in 1999 and 2000. Heisman-winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel of Florida was among those chosen for induction. Wuerffel played briefly for the Green Bay Packers in 2000, with only two rushing attempts and no passes. Another Heisman quarterback, Vinny Testaverde from Miami, was announced yesterday. Two-time national champion Tommie Frazier from Nebraska was also chosen along with Tedy Bruschi, Orlando Pace, Percy Snow, Ted Brown, Jerry Gray, Steve Meilinger, Rod Shoate, and Percy Snow. Colorado coach Bill McCartney was also chosen for the College Hall, along former Navy and Temple coach Wayne Hardin. They'll all be inducted in December. Dayne ran for 71-hundred-25 total yards as a Badger, including bowl games. That was a national record at the time. Dayne will be reunited in the Hall with his old coach, Barry Alvarez. The University of Wisconsin athletic director was inducted in 2010. Both planned to speak at a news conference this afternoon.
Wily Peralta will try to go above .500 tonight, when the Milwaukee Brewers open a two-game home series against the Texas Rangers. Peralta is 2-and-2 with an ERA of 6.00. The rookie right-hander had a tough outing against Saint Louis last Thursday night, when he gave up six runs on 11 hits in four-and-a-third innings. The Rangers will right-hander Justin Grimm to the mound. He's 2-1 with a solid ERA of just over 2.25 - but he's coming off a loss to the Chicago White Sox last Thursday. Grimm gave up a three-run homer to Tyler Flowers in that game, along with four walks. The Brewers were off yesterday, while Texas fell to the Cubs in Chicago 9-to-2. There's a report that Rangers' designated hitter Lance Berkman will sit out the Brewers' series to get some rest. The Crew would not miss him, since he's a .306 lifetime hitter against Milwaukee. The Brewers have lost 8-of-their-last-11, and are two games below .500. Texas leads the American League West at 20-12.
The man suspected of selling performance-enhancing drugs to Ryan Braun and other big leaguers has been told to stop acting like a doctor. The New York Daily News said Tony Bosch was given a cease-and-desist order April 23rd from the Florida Department of Health. It reportedly said Bosch broke Florida state law by portraying himself as a doctor, while diagnosing and treating patients. The Daily News quoted from a department letter which told Bosch to pay five-thousand dollars for the department's investigation. It also said the matter was being referred to law enforcement, but it did not identify an agency. The 48-year-old Bosch is being investigated by Major League Baseball for his purposed sales of PED's. In a recent interview, Bosch told ESPN that he was not familiar with performance-enhancing drugs - and he specifically denied selling them to Braun, confirming the player's story that his attorneys merely consulted Bosch to provide information during Braun's appeal of his drug suspension from late 2011.
The Class-"A" Midwest League is taking the day off, after both Wisconsin teams scored victories yesterday. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers won at Great Lakes 3-1, despite being no-hit for six innings. The Beloit Snappers got by Lansing 6-4. Beloit is in fourth place in the Western Division at 15-13, five-and-a-half games behind first-place Cedar Rapids. The Timber Rattlers are sixth among the eight teams in the West at 13-14, seven games off the pace. South Bend leads the East at 19-9 for the season's first half.
The UW-Whitewater baseball team is ranked third in the latest national Division III poll from D3baseball.com. The Warhawks are 30-5 with a 12-game winning streak. They won the WIAC regular season title almost a week ago. Whitewater earned the top seed and hosting rights for the conference tournament on Saturday and Sunday. UW-Stevens Point rose four places to 19th in the new D3 poll. Oshkosh also received votes. Linfield of Oregon remains at No. 1, followed by Saint Thomas of Saint Paul and then Whitewater.
Carl Formento of Carroll and Kyle Bosquez of Ripon are the Midwest Conference baseball players-of-the-week. Bosquez, a senior second baseman, went 13-for-25 at the plate last week with three homers, four doubles, and nine RBI's in five games. He homered twice for Ripon in a game against Carroll. Formento, a freshman, tossed an eight-hit shutout for Carroll against Lawrence. He struck out nine batters in a 9-0 victory.