Morning State Sports Briefs: Przybilla signs contract with Bucks
MILWAUKEE - Former Bucks' center Joel Przybilla is coming back to Milwaukee. Media reports say the 7-1 center has agreed to a one-year free agent contract with the Bucks.
The 32-year-old Przybilla is expected to be a backup for Bucks' center Samuel Dalembert. The Montivideo, Minn. native is a 12-year NBA veteran who played his first three-plus seasons in Milwaukee. He went on to play with Atlanta, Portland, and Charlotte. Przybilla played in 27 games for the Trail Blazers a year ago, after having two knee surgeries the previous season. He averaged two points and five rebounds in almost 17 minutes a game a year ago. The Bucks now have 14 players under contract, with one open spot.
Three University of Wisconsin football back-ups are not on the roster for the Badgers' preseason camp which began yesterday. But head coach Bret Bielema said two of them could return. And he refused to say if they were absent because of a recent fight that reportedly involved Badger players almost a week before running Montee Ball was assaulted by five men. Bielema said yesterday that receiver Fred Willis quit the team but would stay in school. Receiver Isaiah Williams and linebacker Cody Byers were also not with the Badgers, but Bielema said they could return eventually. Police said they won't charge anyone in the original July fight unless a complaining victim comes forward. Ball has denied repeatedly being a part of that first disturbance - even though the entertainment Web site TMZ twice reported that he was involved. Madison Police say they have no evidence that Ball was part of the fight, which remains under investigation along with the attack on him. Bielema says there's a chance that Ball could do on-field conditioning work next week. He's getting over a concussion and facial injuries. Meanwhile, a number of Badgers who missed at least part of the spring practices returned for yesterday's first camp practice. But four Badgers are not on the roster due to medical issues - quarterbacks Bart Houston and Jon Budmayr, receiver Connor Cummins, and defensive back Hugs Etienne.
A high school defensive end from suburban Milwaukee says he'll play his college football at the University of Wisconsin. Brookfield East senior Alec James gave his verbal commitment to the Badgers yesterday for next season. He received scholarship offers from a number of schools after having 11-and-a-half sacks last season, while forcing three fumbles. James is also expected to get some playing time at running back this fall. He's also a track runner who made the state meet this summer as a member of the 400-and-800-meter relay teams.
At the Olympics, Milwaukee Bucks' forward Carlos Delfino scored 13 points for his native Argentina last night, as his team was routed by the U.S. 126-97. Delfino started at forward for Argentina, and he hit 5-of-12 from the floor with one rebound in almost 29 minutes. Delfino is the only Bucks' player in the London Games. Kevin Durant scored 28 points, as the U.S. ended the preliminary round as the only unbeaten team at 5-0. They'll play Australia tomorrow in the quarter-finals. Delfino and Argentina are also in the Final Eight. They'll play Brazil tomorrow.
Milwaukee native Beezie Madden and her U.S. equestrian team tied for sixth in team jumping, after winning the gold in that event in both 2004-and-'08. Stevens Point native Lauren Sesselmann and her Canadian soccer team were eliminated by the U.S. in yesterday's semi-finals, 4-3 in extra time. Sesselmann missed on a free kick, and she committed a foul in her team's loss. Wisconsin does not have any athletes competing today in the London Games.
Steve Stricker of Madison moved up three places to 11th in the new World Golf Rankings released this morning. Stricker tied for second at the Bridgestone Invitational during the weekend in Akron Ohio - thus giving him momentum heading into this week's PGA Championship in South Carolina. Stricker also moved up eight spots to Number-12 in the Fed-Ex Cup season point standings. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson tied for 45th at the Bridgestone. He dropped two spots to 47th in the World Rankings, and he remains at Number-27 in the Fed-Ex point totals. Jerry Kelly of Madison did not play over the weekend. He dropped two spots to 163rd in the World, and he stayed at 119th in the Fed-Ex standings. The Top-Five spots in the World Rankings are unchanged from a week ago. Luke Donald is first followed by Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, and Webb Simpson. The Top-Six places in the Fed-Ex standings are unchanged from last week. Woods is still at Number-One, followed by Zach Johnson, Jason Dufner, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, and Matt Kuchar.