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WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: Stricker in 12th place after second round of Bridgestone International

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AKRON - Madison golfer Steve Stricker was tied for 12th place early this afternoon at the Bridgestone Invitational.

Stricker shot a three-under-par 67 in his second round today, putting him at two-under-138 at the halfway point of the World Golf Championships’ event in Ohio. Stricker was five strokes off the lead by early afternoon. Keegan Bradley was the leader at that point, at seven-under with three holes left in his second round. 

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Matt Kenseth of Cambridge will try to return to the Top-Five in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup standings, when he competes in the Go-Bowling-Dot-Com-400 on Sunday in Pocono, Pennsylvania. Qualifying takes place this afternoon. Kenseth is sixth in the Sprint Cup season point standings. Paul Menard of Eau Claire is also entered, along with Travis Kvapil of Janesville and Beloit-born Danica Patrick. In the Nationwide Series, Travis Sauter of Prairie du Sac will become the third generation of his family to race in NASCAR, when he competes in the U.S. Cellular-250 tomorrow night in Newton, Iowa. Meanwhile, Travis’ uncle Johnny Sauter is part of the field for the Camping World Truck Series race tomorrow in Pocono. He’ll compete in the Pocono Mountains 125. Johnny Sauter is fifth in the truck series’ standings, 73 points behind first-place Matt Crafton. 

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Tom Gorzelanny hopes to win his second straight game tonight, when the Milwaukee Brewers open a weekend home series against the Washington Nationals. The veteran left-hander gave up four runs in five-and-a-third innings last Saturday at Colorado – but he still escaped with his first win as a starter since May of 2011. Gorzelanny is 2-4 overall this year, including his earlier stint in the bullpen. He has a 2.83 ERA. Central Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann hopes to end a personal three-game losing streak for the Nationals tonight. The former UW-Stevens Point right-hander from Auburndale is 12-6 overall with a 3.19 ERA. Zimmermann gave five runs, including two homers, in six-and-two-thirds innings last Friday night against the New York Mets. His last victory came against Milwaukee on July first in the nation’s capital. Zimmermann is 3-and-0 lifetime against the Crew. Washington has lost 14-of-its-last-20, and is four games below .500. Milwaukee is 16 below the break-even point, but the Crew went 14-14 in July.

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In the Midwest League, the Beloit Snappers will play at Clinton again tonight, where the Snappers got crushed 15-6 last evening. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are at Kane County again, on the heels of a 6-2 Rattlers’ defeat. Also tonight, Peoria plays at Quad Cities. Cedar Rapids is at Burlington. Bowling Green entertains Dayton. Lansing plays at South Bend. Fort Wayne is at Lake County. And West Michigan plays at Great Lakes. Cedar Rapids enters the weekend with a two-and-a-half game lead over Quad Cities, and a five-game edge over third-place Beloit. Wisconsin is 11 off the pace. Bowling Green holds the Eastern Division lead for the second half by two games over Great Lakes. 

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Teams in the Northwoods League return to divisional play tonight. The Lakeshore Chinooks opened up a two-and-a-half game lead in the South Division, following their week of contests against teams in the other division. Eau Claire moved into second, and Madison is third at three games back. Lakeshore hosts the Wisconsin Woodchucks in Mequon tonight. The Eau Claire Express plays at Wisconsin Rapids, after the Express crushed Thunder Bay 20-12 last night. Madison hosts fourth-place La Crosse. Green Bay opens a series at Battle Creek. Eau Claire and Battle Creek were the only South Division teams to beat the North opponents last evening. North leader Waterloo hosts Willmar tonight. Duluth is at home against Alexandria. Rochester travels to Saint Cloud. And Thunder Bay is at Mankato. Waterloo has a three-game edge over both Mankato and Saint Cloud going into the weekend.

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Milwaukee Bucks’ center Larry Sanders is doing better, after he sprained his left ankle last week at a try-out camp for the U.S. men’s national team. Sanders took part in a light workout yesterday at the Bucks’ training facility in Saint Francis. He said that by next week, he expects to work out at a good pace. And when the ankle heals fully, Sanders plans to head to Los Angeles to work out with a couple of other U-S camp players – Indiana guard Paul George and Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan. Sanders was among 26 NBA players invited to the U.S. mini-camp in Las Vegas. Finalists will be selected later for next year’s World Cup team, and the American squad for the 2016 Olympics.

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Five athletes will be inducted into the UW-Stout Athletic Hall-of-Fame this fall. They are football standouts Jamie Spielman and Bob Raczek, women’s basketball player Amy Zelinger, softball star Cara Fenhouse Pond, and baseball pitcher Matt Lunde. The five will be honored at UW-Stout’s football game against Eau Claire on Nov. 2nd. They’ll be inducted at a banquet the same night. 

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UW-Green Bay men’s basketball center Alec Brown will serve as a counselor at a camp for some of the nation’s top high school prospects. Brown will help out at the Adidas Nations’ Basketball Experience, which starts tonight in Garden Grove California. Top under-18 prospects from Latin America, Africa, China, Europe, and the Asian Pacific will take part. A championship game is set for Monday at Long Beach City College in southern California. Brown, 7-1 senior, plans to provide on-court coaching, and will give advice for off-court matters like nutrition and discipline. Brown will be among 30 collegiate athletes to be counselors at the camp. Nate Wolters, the Milwaukee Bucks’ second round draft choice this year, was a counselor at last year’s Adidas camp. 

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Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
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