Thursday State Sports Briefs: Bucks' Sanders chosen for USA Basketball Select Camp
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Bucks' center Larry Sanders will be among 25 younger NBA players attending a USA Basketball "Select Camp" in late July.
The roster will not be officially announced until next month, but Sanders tweeted the news about his invitation yesterday. He said it was an "amazing honor" to be chosen to work out and try out for Team USA, which won the gold medal in the 2012 Olympics in London. The Select Camp members will have three days of training in Las Vegas, and will then play a "showcase game" July 25th in UNLV's arena. The U.S. team's next international competition is in 2014, with the World Cup in Spain. They'll also be gearing up for the next Olympics in 2016 in Brazil. USA Basketball is expected to announce today that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will continue to coach the American squad - which is 62-1 under his leadership.
Green Bay Packers' coach Mike McCarthy says he will not miss playing against Brian Urlacher. The Chicago linebacker announced his retirement yesterday after 13 NFL seasons, all with the Bears. On Sirius-XM Satellite Radio, McCarthy called the 34-year-old Urlacher an "unbelievable football player, clearly the face of the franchise in Chicago for so many years." McCarthy said he was a little surprised that Urlacher called it a career, saying he can definitely still play. Urlacher admitted that but said wouldn't have the same passion playing for anyone else. Urlacher and the Bears parted ways in March, after the two sides couldn't agree on a new contract. McCarthy said Urlacher was always in tune with the little things of the game, and was a "true expert" in learning opponents' offenses.
The Packers will soon have 11 receivers at their current organized team activities. Yesterday, they signed free agent Alex Gillett from Eastern Michigan. He played 30 games at quarterback before he was moved to a receiver spot late last season. Gillett started three games as a wide-out, catching 14 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. He'll face a lot of competition when he gets to Green Bay. Seven of the Packers' 11 receivers are either in their first-or-second pro seasons.
Former Packers' defensive back Charles Woodson is back with the team he starred with before coming to Green Bay seven years ago. The Oakland Raiders have signed the 36-year-old Woodson to a one-year deal worth $4.3 million dollars. It includes a $700,000 signing bonus. The Packers cut Woodson in February, as they decided to go with younger players instead of taking a risk on a defender who broke his collarbone twice in the last three seasons. Woodson had visited San Francisco and Denver before signing with the Raiders - where he played for eight years before joining the Packers in 2006. When he was cut, Woodson said he first wanted to go to a Super Bowl contender. But after that didn't happen, he said he'd be happy playing for whoever wanted him - and that turned out to be Raiders' GM and former Packers' executive Reggie McKenzie. Woodson was the league's defensive player-of-the-year with Green Bay in 2009. The eight-time Pro Bowler has 55 career interceptions - 11 for touchdowns, the second-most in NFL history.
In Division III college baseball, Wisconsin has no selections on the All-American first team from D3baseball.com. Only one player from the Badger State made the second squad - Marty Herum of UW-Whitewater. The sophomore first baseman his .413 this season with seven homers and 43 RBI's. Oshkosh second baseman Tyler Kamps made the third team. Ryan Schilter of Stevens Point was an honorable mention. Outfielder Tucker White of Southern Maine is D3.baseball.com's national player-of-the-year. Chris Haddeland of Linfield is the pitcher-of-the-year. The D-III coach of the year will not be named until after the NCAA Division III World Series, which begins on Friday at Fox Cities Stadium near Appleton.
In the Midwest League...
Wisconsin 12, Quad Cities 5 in 11 innings
Beloit 7, Cedar Rapids 6
Peoria 9, Kane County 2
Burlington 5, Clinton 3
Lansing 9, Lake County 8
South Bend 4, Fort Wayne 2
Dayton 6, West Michigan 4
Great Lakes 0, Bowling Green 0, Game-One, suspended by rain in 2nd inning, Game-Two rained out