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EAU CLAIRE - UW-Eau Claire is still not ready to name a permanent wrestling coach after a year. So the Blugolds have named assistant Steve Wozniak as their second interim coach in two years.
Wozniak has been an assistant with the school since 2010. Wozniak replaces Jon Ames, who moved on after leading two Eau Claire grapplers to the NCAA Division III tournament, the most since 2003. Freshman Nathaniel Behnke of Bruce was Eau Claire’s first All-American in four years.
The Milwaukee Brewers would win their first road series in a month-and-a-half, if they sweep a day-night double-header today against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Brewers won the opener of the four-game set last night, 5-to-nothing. It was Milwaukee’s eighth victory in its last 11 games at the Friendly Confines. Today’s Game-One is a makeup from a game postponed April 10th because bad weather appeared to be on its way. The last-place Brewers are now 19 games behind first-place Saint Louis in the National League Central. Last night’s victory ended a three-game losing streak to the Cubbies. It also shed the Brewers of the worst-division deficit in the NL. Miami now has that distinction, at 20 games back in the NL East. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo was scheduled to start for the Crew this afternoon against ex-Milwaukee right-hander Carlos Villanueva. Tonight, right-hander Tyler Thornburg will make his first start of the year, against Chicago’s Jake Arietta – who’s making his Cubs’ debut after going 1-2 at Baltimore.
The Major League trade deadline is one day away – and Milwaukee Brewers’ general manager Doug Melvin has apparently added three players to his no-trade list. He told the Journal Sentinel he’s quote, “not motivated” to send away veteran starter Kyle Lohse. Melvin also said that right-fielder Norichika Aoki is untouchable, and he has not engaged in trade talks about starter Yovani Gallardo. Lohse has won three straight decisions and has thrown very well lately, but Melvin says he has received no real offers for him. The talented Aoki would only cost the Brewers two-million dollars between now and the end of 2014, including a team option for next year. Gallardo has had an up-and-down season, and it may have turned off possible suitors. Melvin said his only offer on the table at the moment is for a pitcher, but he would not break it down any further. Earlier, Melvin said he would not trade away Milwaukee’s two All-Stars from this year – outfielder Carlos Gomez and shortstop Jean Segura.
In the Midwest League, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will open a series at Kane County tonight. The Rattlers are coming off a 5-to-1 home loss to Burlington evening. The Beloit Snappers will open a series at Clinton, on the heels of a 4-1 Snappers’ home loss to Quad Cities. Also tonight, Western Division leader Cedar Rapids plays at Burlington. Peoria is at Quad Cities. East leader Bowling Green travels to Dayton. West Michigan hosts Great Lakes. Lake County is at Fort Wayne. And South Bend plays at Lansing.
Green Bay Packers’ starting corner Tramon Williams will miss a couple weeks of practice due to a knee injury suffered in a Training Camp scrimmage on Sunday. Coach Mike McCarthy said after today’s workout that the problem does not appear to be serious – and it Williams was not sure exactly when it happened. Also, running back DuJuan Harris now appears to be three weeks away from returning. He’s coming off spring surgery to control a cyst in one of his lungs. Corner James Nixon left practice today with a knee injury. Corner Davon House returned from an illness, but was limited. Also today, McCarthy vouched for the condition of rookie running back Eddie Lacy. Yesterday, a photo went viral showing Lacy appearing to have a soft abdominal area as he positioned himself for a pass play. It raised fans’ concerns on Twitter about whether Lacy has a questionable commitment and work habits. McCarthy said that’s totally wrong. He said Lacy would not have suited up if he didn’t pass his conditioning test.
Former Packers’ linebacker Dave Robinson is getting ready for his induction into the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame on Saturday. Robinson is a native of Akron Ohio, so he won’t have a long trip to nearby Canton. He was known as a very versatile defender during his 12-year career which spanned the Packers’ 1960’s “Glory Years” and ended in 1974. Fellow Packers Willie Davis, Ray Nitschke, and Herb Adderley – all of whom were enshrined long ago – said they would not have been the same players without Robinson. Still, it took him four decades to get elected as a senior candidate. Instead of being bitter about being slighted, Robinson sounds as happy as anyone chosen in their first years of eligibility. He said he’s been involved with Hall-of-Fame’s Board since 1980, so he’s been around it a lot – and he calls it a big thrill to be on the recipient’s side. Robinson said the Hall-of-Fame is the last thing every player is chosen to. He said people forget All-Pro teams and Pro Bowl bids, but they never forget the Hall-of-Fame. Robinson is the 12th player from the Lombardi Packers to be enshrined, and it comes during the Hall’s 50th anniversary.