Saturday State Sports Briefs: Starting field set for Milwaukee Mile
MILWAUKEE - The starting grid is set for today's IZOD IndyCar Series race at the Milwaukee Mile.
Andretti Autosports took four of the top five positions for the Milwaukee IndyFest 250. Mario Andretti starts at the one position for the race, followed by James Hinchcliffe and Will Power.
Wisconsin's NASCAR drivers will compete in two races near Detroit this weekend. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge will try to get back into the Top-Five of the Sprint Cup standings, when he competes in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday. Also entered are Beloit-born Danica Patrick, Paul Menard of Eau Claire, and Travis Kvapil of Janesville. Menard is also entered as a non-points driver for the Nationwide Series race, the Nationwide Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International today.
Former University of Wisconsin running back Montee Ball has signed a four-year rookie contract with the NFL's Denver Broncos. Media reports say the deal is worth a total of $3.5 million dollars, including a signing bonus of 965-thousand dollars. Ball was the 58th overall pick in the second round of the April draft. He's expected to join Ronnie Hillman as the Broncos running back tandem this season. During his four years in Madison, Ball set new NCAA career rushing records with 82 total touchdowns, 77 rushing scores, 924 carries, and 5,140 yards. Yesterday, Broncos' veteran running back Willis McGahee was cut. He spent two seasons in the Mile High City. He ran for 731 yards and four touchdowns last season, after getting almost 1,200 yards and four scores in 2011.
Fox Valley native Eric Hinske of the Arizona Diamondbacks was suspended for five games this afternoon, for his role in a bench-clearing brawl against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Hinske, who's from Menasha, drew the second-longest suspension among eight players, coaches, and managers who were involved. Diamondbacks' pitcher Diamondbacks' pitcher Ian Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig in the face with a pitch in the sixth. Dodgers' pitcher Zack Greinke retaliated by hitting Miguel Montero in the back in the seventh - and the benches cleared briefly. In the bottom of the same inning, Greinke got drilled by Kennedy in the shoulder-and-head area. The benches cleared again for several minutes - and Dodgers' hitting coach Mark McGwire was seen gripping Arizona manager Kirk Gibson by the collar. Kennedy was given a 10-game suspension, and six others got one-or-two-game suspensions. Greinke, a former Milwaukee Brewer, did not get suspended - but he did get fined an undisclosed amount. In all cases, the suspensions can be appealed to Major League Baseball.
Ozaukee will play Racine Prairie today for the Division 3 title at the state girls' soccer tournament in Milwaukee. Prairie advanced today with a 5-2 semifinal victory over Menasha Saint Mary's. Melissa Rooney and Annabel Ware each scored twice for Racine Prairie. Earlier, Ozaukee made the championship game with a 1-nothing win over defending champion Lake County Lutheran/Hartland University Lake School/Trinity Academy.
Brett Favre says that barring an injury, Aaron Rodgers will shatter every one of his Green Bay quarterback records except for his consecutive games' streak. The three-time league MVP tells Sirius-XM Satellite Radio that Rodgers has played extremely well - probably better than anyone anticipated. Favre now says it was a "great move" by the Packers not to let him unretire in 2008, thus giving Rodgers a chance to start after three years on the Packers bench. Favre also said his relationship with Rodgers in Green Bay was not as cold as was often reported. Favre said Rodgers often asked if they could watch game film together, and Favre said yes. A week ago, Favre told a Buffalo radio station that he was at fault for his role in leaving Green Bay in '08. Now, he says he understands that the Packers had a quarterback in Rodgers with great potential, and they needed to see what he could do - whereas Favre may have had his best year in 2007, and he would not have been surprised if the Packers thought he didn't have as much gas left in the tank. After being retired for two years, Favre has been more open to letting the Packers retire his Number-Four. It still appears down the road, however. Favre play in 313 consecutive games, including playoffs, between 1992 with the Packers and 2010 with Minnesota.
Scott Schreiber, a pitcher at Kimberly High School, has been named the spring baseball player-of-the-year by the state coaches' association. Schreiber, a junior, went 10-and-0 this year with a stingy ERA of point-86. He was also of two players named to the All-State first-team. The other is Jacob Sparger of Eau Claire Memorial. Also named to the coaches' top squad were outfielders Tony DeBartolo of Kenosha Bradford, Alex Call of River Falls, Alex Brown of Madison West and Kevin Slezak of Stevens Point - infielders Clark Eagan of Appleton North, Ben Diedrick of Kimberly, Bo Howard of Marshfield, Sam Hurt of Eau Claire North, and Ben Faga of La Crosse Central. The other all-state first teamers were Sun Prairie catcher Zach Fairchild, and utility player Tyler Ihrcke of Westby. Mike Schmidt of Waupun was named the state's spring assistant coach of the year.
Cincinnati 4, Milwaukee 3 (10 innings)
Miami 5, St. Louis 4
Detroit 4, Minnesota 0
Houston 1, Chicago White Sox 1
Chicago Cubs 6, NY Mets 3
MINOR LEAGUE - MIDWEST LEAGUE
W. Michigan 2, Fort Wayne 1
Great Lakes 1, Lake County 0 (11 innings)
Lansing 3, Bowling Green 1
Wisconsin 5, Kane County 1
Dayton 7, South Bend 4
Peoria 6, Cedar Rapids 2 (10 Innings)
Burlington 3, Quad Cities 1
Clinton 9, Beloit 4
Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 3, Wisconsin Woodchucks 2
La Crosse 4, Eau Claire 2
Madison 14, Green Bay 4
Battle Creek 2, Lakeshore 9
Duluth 5, Waterloo 3
Rochester 4, Thunder Bay 2
Mankato 10, Alexandria 7
Willmar 6, St. Cloud 1
STATE GIRLS SOCCER
DIVISION 1 - SEMIFINALS
Cedarburg 3, Brookfield Central 1
Waukesha West 3, De Pere 1
DIVISION 2 - SEMIFINALS
Mount Horeb 1, Appleton Xavier 0
Waukesha Catholic Memorial 7, Ashland 0
DIVISION 3 - SEMIFINALS
Ozaukee 1, Lake Country Lutheran/University Lake School/Trinity Academy 0
Racine Prairie 5, Menasha St. Mary's 2