WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: Kenseth wins Nationwide Series race
Kenseth picked up the win after a final restart with two laps to go. James Buescher took second and Elliott Sadler came in third. The race was on pace to be one of the fastest in Daytona history when drivers Travis Pastrana and Cole Whitt triggered a multi-car crash.
At Daytona, NASCAR drivers often run closer together than normal – and Janesville native Travis Kvapil hopes it will give him an edge in tonight's Coke Zero-400. At his first visit to Daytona in February, Kvapil was 11th on the final lap before he got into a crash. He’s had only three Top-20 finishes in 17 races, but he’s hoping for at least a Top-10 showing tomorrow night. That would be a first for Kvapil this season. He was not able to finish six-of-his-17 races so far this year, and he’s on his second car. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge is fifth in the point standings in his debut season with Joe Gibbs Racing. He’ll go for his second consecutive Sprint Cup victory tomorrow night. Also entered are Paul Menard of Eau Claire and Beloit-born Danica Patrick.
The Milwaukee Bucks have landed free agent shooting guard O.J. Mayo. Several reports indicate Mayo has agreed to a three-year, 24 million dollar contract. Mayo, who averaged 15.3 points a game last season for the Dallas Mavericks, is expected to sign the contract Wednesday, when the league lifts its annual moratorium.
An ugly outing for Milwaukee pitcher Johnny Hellweg, as the Brewers were thumped by the New York Mets last night 12-5. Hellweg allowed seven runs in three-two-thirds innings in the loss. Carlos Gomez had four hits and two RBI doubles, including one in a wild first inning to score Norichika Aoki. Brewers also had three errors in the game. Brewers will look to bounce back in tonight’s game at Miller Park, Yovani Gallardo is scheduled to start.
Two challenging Wisconsin golf courses have made a new list by Golf Digest of the Top-50 courses for women. The Geneva National Players Course at Lake Geneva ranked 36th. The Whistling Straits Irish Course near Sheboygan is No. 48. A panel of over 100 women determined the rankings, based on each course’s design, length, and tee-options – plus the flexibility of playing options, and the quality of the pro shops. Golf Digest said the top courses reflect quote, “a progressive design philosophy that treats women golfers as more than an after-thought.” Geneva National teaching pro Heidi Haas says the industry is starting to recognize the significance of the female market.
REGIONAL MLB---------NY Mets 12, Milwaukee 5Toronto 4, Minnesota 0Detroit 7, Cleveland 0Tampa Bay 8, Chicago White Sox 3Pittsburgh 6, Chicago Cubs 2
MINOR LEAGUE - MIDWEST LEAGUE------------Wisconsin 8, Cedar Rapids 7Burlington 6, Clinton 5Peoria 2, Beloit 0Kane County 8, Quad Cities 7Fort Wayne 16, South Bend 10Lake County 7, Lansing 3West Michigan 7, Great Lakes 2Bowling Green 4, Dayton 1 (F/10)
NORTHWOODS LEAGUE----------Madison 6, Eau Claire 5St. Cloud 11, Duluth 5Wisconsin Woodchucks 3, Battle Creek 2Lakeshore 3, Green Bay 1 (F/14)La Crosse 12, Wisconsin 6Waterloo 9, Rochester 3Thunder Bay 6, Mankato 4Madison 4, Eau Claire 3