WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: NBA Draft tonight with Bucks picking 15th
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks will be the 15th team on the clock tonight when the NBA Draft takes place. That’s about the middle of the first round, and Bucks’ general manager says it’s hard to tell who would be the best players available at that point. Milwaukee also has the 43rd pick in tonight’s second round.
The Bucks auditioned mostly point guards and forwards in the previous month. Miami sophomore point guard Shane Larkin could be a possibility for Milwaukee, with the chance that Brandon Jennings will leave as a restricted free agent. Other possibilities are Isaiah Canaan of Murray State, and Dennis Schroeder from Germany. Shooting guard Monta Ellis is already gone after he declined a player option for next season. Possible draftees at that spot are Allen Crabbe of California, Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of Georgia. The Bucks had two workouts for guard Glen Rice Junior, the playoff MVP in the NBA Developmental League. There’s also talk that the Bucks may be interested in small forward Sergey Karasev from Russia. Kentucky center Nerlens Noel is expected to be tonight’s No. 1 overall pick, despite the fact that he tore a left ACL knee ligament in February. The Draft begins at 6:30 tonight from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. You can watch it on ESPN.
Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is the only Wisconsin golfer at this week’s stop on the PGA Tour. Wilson was one-over-par after six holes of his opening round of the AT&T National at the Congressional Country Club near Washington D.C.
On the PGA Champions’ Tour, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman is competing in the Senior Players’ Championship in Pittsburgh. It’s a 72-hole event, and the first round was delayed by rain this morning.
Former Maple Bluff teaching pro Chip Sullivan tied for fourth at the PGA’s Professional National Championship in Sunriver Oregon. Sullivan was tied for the lead after three rounds. He shot a 76 yesterday to finish at four-under-283 – six strokes behind the winner, Rod Perry. As the only Wisconsin finisher in the Top-20, Sullivan will be invited to the PGA Championship in August. He also earned a spot at the PGA Cup event in England in September. Former Wisconsin Badger Brian Brodell tied for 24th. Brodell, now an assistant at Purdue, shot a 73 yesterday and finished at two-over-289. Ryan Helminen of Neenah tied for 42nd at four-over.
The Green Bay Packers still have 100,000 people on their waiting list for season tickets, after five-thousand claimed the new seats above the south end zone. Two decks of seating are being finished above the existing bleachers. They’ll be ready for an open house on July 18th for those who bought those seats. Of those on the waiting list who were offered seats, 77-percent bought them. Another 15-hundred current ticket holders chose to move to the new south end zone stands. Members of the Green Bay-Brown County stadium district board toured the new addition yesterday. Chairwoman Ann Patteson called the various types of seating “innovative” – and they respect the traditional interior of Lambeau Field which dates back to the 1960’s Glory Years and before. She said the stadium’s expansion in 2003 paved the way for the project.
Central Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann now has the most wins in the National League with 11. The Washington Nationals’ right-hander pitched seven solid innings last night, as the Nats edged Arizona 3-to-2 in the nation’s capital. Zimmermann, a former UW-Stevens Point star from Auburndale, gave up two runs on three hits and walked a pair. He’s been undefeated at Nationals Park since May 17th of last year, when he fell to the Pirates. Since then, Zimmermann is 17-and-3 in 25 home starts. His 11 overall wins tie Max Scherzer of Detroit for the most in both leagues.
Marquette University president Scott Pilarz is praising the choice of Val Ackerman as the first commissioner of the new Big East Conference. He calls Ackerman a “role model for the kind of well-rounded success” that Marquette and other Big East schools try to foster for their students. The 53-year-old Ackerman was the founding president of the WNBA, and was the first female president of USA Basketball. She was named yesterday to lead seven Catholic universities which left the previous Big East to start a circuit with a bigger emphasis on basketball. Three others have since joined, including Butler. Most recently, Ackerman was a consultant for the NCAA. She’s also an adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York.
Former UW-Oshkosh tennis coach Steve Francour has been named the new men’s-and-women’s coach at Lawrence University in Appleton. Francour headed the Titans’ program for 23 years. His men’s teams went 240-239, with three NCAA Division III tournament bids as recently as 2001. Francour also led the Oshkosh women to a 156-150 record, and was named the WIAC coach of the year in 2011.
Former Wisconsin football center Travis Frederick was rewarded nicely for giving up his senior year with the Badgers. He has agreed to a four-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, with a team option for a fifth year. ESPN says Frederick’s contract is worth almost six-point-nine million dollars – and it includes a signing bonus of almost three-point-four million. Frederick is the last of seven Dallas draft picks to agree to terms. He was the first string center during the Cowboys’ off-season workouts. At training camp, he’s expected to compete with fourth-year pro Phil Costa for the starting center spot. Dallas traded down 13 spots in the April draft and selected Frederick with the 31st overall pick. The Cowboys said they needed to make the offensive line a top priority after one of its worst rushing seasons ever. They also need to protect Racine County native Tony Romo, the Cowboys’ quarterback who signed a six-year, 108-million dollar contract extension in the off-season.
In Major League Baseball…
Chicago Cubs 5, Milwaukee 4
New York Mets 3, Chicago White Sox 0
Miami 5, Minnesota 3
Angels of Anaheim 7, Detroit 4
In the Midwest League…
Beloit 5, Kane County 4
Clinton 6, Wisconsin 3
Peoria 3, Quad Cities 1
Cedar Rapids 5, Burlington 2
Lansing 7, Fort Wayne 5
Bowling Green 12, South Bend 2
Great Lakes 2, Lake County 0
West Michigan 4, Dayton 0
In the Northwoods League…
Wisconsin 3, La Crosse 1
Eau Claire 9, Lakeshore 6
Wisconsin Rapids 8, Green Bay 6
Madison 2, Battle Creek 1
Duluth 5, Waterloo 2
Willmar 5, Alexandria 2
Saint Cloud 8, Rochester 7 in 11 innings