Saturday State Sports Briefs: UWGB's Wardle to keep job after report
GREEN BAY - UW-Green Bay men's basketball coach Brian Wardle will keep his job, after he was partially cleared of allegations that he abused at least two players.
The school had an independent investigator look into complaints that former player Ryan Bross was humiliated by Wardle, after he was forced to lose control of his bowels during a workout. Also, senior Brennan Cougill said Wardle to brush off the player's clinical depression as a distraction. The investigator, Joseph Nicks, found that quote, "a good deal of what was alleged did not occur as it was stated." Green Bay chancellor Tom Harden put a disciplinary letter in the coach's file. Wardle's contract, which expires in 2017, was not extended - and Harden said it would be reviewed each year. Next season, an adviser will be with Wardle to help him improve ways for motivating players. And the coach will be ordered to be more involved in activities throughout the Green Bay campus, to better understand the school environment. Wardle said his players are in a healthy environment, and the investigator's findings prove it.
Marquette University men's basketball coach Buzz Williams was paid almost $1.9 million by the school during the year ending June 30th. That's according to tax records released yesterday. Williams also received a million dollars for undisclosed professional services. Also, Marquette does not list income Williams received from other outside sources like endorsements and basketball camps. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says Williams is easily one of the 10 highest-paid men's basketball coaches in the nation. USA Today said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski took in almost $10-million dollars during 2011. Louisville coach Rick Pitino got paid just under five-million, while Wisconsin men's coach Bo Ryan made almost $2.4 million.
Top-seeded UW-Milwaukee won its opening game today in the Horizon League baseball tournament. The Panthers scored five runs in the second inning and hung on to beat Wright State 6-1. Milwaukee moves on in the winner's bracket, and will play third-seeded Valparaiso tomorrow. Youngstown State and Illinois-Chicago are playing an elimination game this afternoon. The winner of that contest will take on Wright State tonight in another elimination contest.
Terms of the settlement of the lawsuit between two massage therapists and retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre haven't been divulged. The former Packer All-Pro had been accused of sending suggestive text messages when he was with the New York Jets. Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole told the court they lost their part-time jobs with the Jets after complaining about the texts. The incidents allegedly happened during the 2008 preseason. When Scavo's husband asked Favre to apologize, the therapists say they were fired.
Brewers' third baseman Aramis Ramirez is close to reaching several milestones on offense. The 34-year-old Ramirez is in his 16th big league season. He needs 20 hits to reach two-thousand for his career - 29 runs to score a-thousand - 22 doubles to reach 450 - and five homers to reach 350. The next homer Ramirez hits will give him sole possession of sixth place all-time for the most homers as a third baseman. He's currently tied with Adrian Beltre in that department with 342. Ramirez says he's not a numbers man - and he won't really check them out until after the season is over. While he's playing, Ramirez says his biggest focus is to be healthy and help the Brewers win. Manager Ron Roenicke says Ramirez has some impressive career numbers. The skipper says he appreciates how much the veteran prepares each day, especially in the mental part of his game. Ramirez is in the second year of a three-year contract with Milwaukee. The Brewers signed him to replace the departed Prince Fielder in the clean-up spot.
Former Milwaukee Buck Flynn Robinson has died at the age of 72. He played for the first Milwaukee NBA team, averaging nearly 22 points per game in the 1969-70 season. He was an NBA All-Star that year. He was a super-sub with the record-setting Los Angeles Lakers two years later, when that team won 33 games in a row. Robinson fought and lost a two-year battle with cancer. In seven NBA seasons he averaged 14 and a half points per game and three assists.
In a nine-year career, Chris Loschetter has finished second four times in a quest for the PBA Titlte. The Avon, Ohio, competitor beat Hall of Famer Norm Duke Friday at AMF West in Milwaukee last night. Loschetter finished the Wolf Open with a 26-game total of 6,617 pins and qualified for the top stepladder birth for the Lucas Oil PBA Wolf Open June 1st.
Beloit 5, Cedar Rapids 4
Clinton 6, Burlington 0
Great Lakes 4, Bowling Green 0 (DH)
Bowling Green 4, Great Lakes 2 (DH)
Kane County 8, Peoria 1
Quad Cities 4, Wisconsin 3
South Bend 7, Fort Wayne 3
West Michigan 5, Dayton 2
COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD
--NCAA Division III National Meet at La Crosse
(Men - First Day)
1. UW-La Crosse, 27
2. North Central, 26
3. UW-Oshkosh, 24.5
(Women - First Day
1. Ramapo, 27
2. Illinois College, 16
2. UW-Whitewater, 16