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WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: Kelly, Wilson make cut at Travelers Championship

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CROMWELL, Conn. - Two native Wisconsians have made the cut for day three of the Travelers Championship.

Jerry Kelly shot a 68 (two-under) yesterday, putting him at five-under for the tournament and tied for 12th. Pewaukee’s Mark Wilson also posted a solid day two scorecard: a 69 (one-under), moving him at a tie for 53rd at one-under for the tournament. Both golfers have some work to do if they want to catch tournament leader Bubba Watson, who in ten-under for the tournament.

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The University of Wisconsin football program has landed a top quarterback prospect for 2015. Austin Kafentzis from Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah has verbally committed to Wisconsin. Last season, Kafentzis threw for over 3-thousand yards and rushed for another 1,800. The 2011 MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year passed for 32 touchdowns and rushed for another 26.  Also accepting a recent UW offer was Mukwonago linebacker Dominic Cizasukas. With Cizasukas, UW will now have signed six of the state's top 10 players in the Class of 2014.

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With the NBA Draft just six days away, former Marquette University guard Vander Blue is auditioning for his home-state Milwaukee Bucks today. He’s among six players working out for Bucks’ coaches and scouts. The others are forwards Brock Motum of Washington State and Grant Jerrett of Arizona – center Andrew Smith from Butler – and two players from Serbia, guard Nemanja Nedovic and 7-foot center Dejan Musli. Blue gave up his final year of eligibility at Marquette to earn a spot in the Draft. He averaged just over 18 points a game this season. Draft Express rates Blue as the 66th top overall draft prospect. 

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Wisconsin will have four NASCAR drivers competing in California this weekend – and none at a race in the Badger State. Wisconsin does not have any regulars on the second-tier Nationwide circuit, so the state will not have a driver’s presence in Elkhart Lake tomorrow for the Johnsonville Sausage-200 at Road-America. Meanwhile, the state’s four Sprint Cup regulars are gearing up for Sunday’s running of the Toyota-Save Mart-350 in Sonoma. The drivers will be on road courses for both events. The Sheboygan County track covers four miles. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge hopes to keep his Top-Five points’ standing in the Sprint Cup series. He’s fifth at the moment. Also entered for that race are Paul Menard of Eau Claire, Travis Kvapil of Janesville, and Beloit-born Danica Patrick. At Road-America, Nelson Piquet Jr. is back to defend his crown from a year ago. That was his first career victory. Regan Smith comes in as the Nationwide points’ leader. The Camping World Truck Series is off this weekend.

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For the first time in eight years, former University of Wisconsin distance runner Matt Tegenkamp has failed to advance to the world championships in the 10-thousand meters. He placed seventh last night in the USA National Outdoor Meet Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Wisconsin’s Elliot Krause was 19th in the same event. Meanwhile, Badgers’ junior Mohammed Ahmad is heading to the world meet for the second straight year. Ahmad, a native of Canada, won the 10,000 in his home country’s meet yesterday. His time was 29 minutes, 22.04 seconds in a small field in Moncton, British Columbia. The world meet will take place in mid-August in Moscow. Five present and former Badgers competed in the preliminaries of the U.S. men’s 1500 – but only one advanced to tomorrow’s final. 2010 graduate Craig Miller qualified with a time of 3:41.37.   

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SCORES

REGIONAL MLB

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Milwaukee 2, Atlanta 0

Cleveland 5, Minnesota 1

Boston 10, Detroit 6

Chicago White Sox 9, Kansas City 1

Chicago Cubs 3, Houston 1

Texas 6, St. Louis 4

MIDWEST LEAGUE

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Lake County 11, Dayton 5

Fort Wayne 3, South Bend 2

Great Lakes 9, West Michigan 7

Burlington 7, Clinton 3

Quad Cities 4, Kane County 2

Peoria 4, Beloit 3

Cedar Rapid 5, Wisconsin 3

Bowling Green 14, Lansing 1

NORTHWOODS LEAGUE

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Rochester, Alexandria (PPD June 27)

Mankato, Willmar (PPD June 22)

Battle Creek 4, Green Bay 2

Eau Clair 9, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 1

Lakeshore 11, Madison 3

Waterloo 4, St. Cloud 2

Wisconsin Woodchucks 4, La Crosse 2

Thunder Bay 11, Duluth 6 

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