WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Blown save costs Brewers against Mets
MILWAUKEE - A two-run homer from Lucas Duda in the ninth inning ended Milwaukee’s four-game winning streak, but the Brewers still maintained a three-game division lead as both St. Louis and Pittsburgh also lost Friday.
Duda’s home run capped a three-run rally in New York’s 3-2 victory and waste a strong effort by Brewer right-hander Yovani Galladro. Closer Francisco Rodriguez had a two-run lead to protect when he came into the game. David Wright knocked in Daniel Murphy to cut the lead in half, then Duda put the Mets up to stay. Gallardo had pitched with the seven and two-thirds innings, allowing just four singles and striking out eight. He’s now gone five weeks without a win. The Brewers runs scored on an infield out by Aramis Ramirez and the 15th home run of the season off the bat of Carlos Gomez.
If he doesn’t experience any setbacks, Brewer second baseman Scooter Gennett should return to the starting lineup tomorrow. He had to leave last Tuesday’s contest against the Reds when his right thigh tightened up. With Jonathan Niese starting for New York today, the lefty-swinging infielder will likely be in the lineup against Jacob deGrom tomorrow. He is one of four Milwaukee players hitting .300 or better this season.
For the third year in a row, the Brewers will get an extra draft pick after winning the Competitive Balance Lottery. Milwaukee was given the fourth selection between the first-and-second rounds -- the highest of the Brewers' three Competitive Balance picks since the system was introduced in late 2011. Teams in the nation's ten smallest markets, and those with the ten smallest revenue pools are eligible for the lottery, which was part of baseball's latest collective bargaining agreement. A total of 12 picks are awarded -- six after the first round, and six after the second. This year, Milwaukee used its Competitive Balance pick on high school shortstop Jacob Gatewood with the 41st overall selection. The Brewers signed him with a bonus of one-point-eight million dollars.
Ralph Sasson -- who recently had a defamation suit dropped against Ryan Braun -- has been arrested for posting part of a deposition on You-Tube in violation of a court order. Sasson was taken into custody yesterday after a brief court hearing in the matter. He said he was released a couple hours later, and he said the district attorney's office would investigate further before deciding on new charges. In his earlier lawsuit, Sasson contended that he helped Braun -- his childhood and college friend -- defend claims that Braun took illegal performance-enhancing drugs during the 2011 season with the Brewers. Sasson said Braun never paid what the player promised him -- and instead, defamed him in the process.
It isn’t official, but indications are linebacker Clay Matthews has passed his physical. The Green Bay Packers open training camp this morning at 8:20 a.m. Big questions remain about the status of free agent tight end Jermichael Finley, who suffered that serious neck injury last season and had to have fusion surgery. Tight end Andrew Quarless is expected to be on the field today. Linebacker-defensive lineman Mike Neal and linebacker Nick Perry were both placed on the physically unable to perform list. It’s the second straight season Neal will have started the campaign on the PUP. Both players will be able to practice if they pass their physical. If they start the season on the PUP list, they would miss at least six weeks.
Green Bay Packers' coach Mike McCarthy says he's both confident and "nervous" about his team, as it begins Training Camp. At a news conference today, McCarthy said he was very pleased with how the off-season workouts and study sessions went. The coach set the Packer veterans set the tone during the spring practices. But with the numbers of camp practices being reduced due to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, McCarthy says he's nervous about making sure he gets all of the preparation work in. This is his ninth camp as Green Bay's head coach -- and he said the schedule is like none of the others. There are only 21 Training Camp practices, and a few will be closed before the exhibition games, to give the players more of a feel of what a regular season game week will be like. To try and cut down on injuries, the Packers will not be tackling at this year's Training Camp. Despite what most fans and reporters think, McCarthy said the most important part of tackling is the footwork -- and not contact or the ability to get the opponent to the ground. Also, the Packers have not decided before camp which practices will have players wearing pads.
Once again this year, the Green Bay Packers will not have to pack their bags for a trip to London for an NFL game at Wembley Stadium. Today, team president Mark Murphy told fans at the Packers' stockholders meeting that he anticipates the green-and-gold playing in London at some point. But he said the team would never voluntarily give up a home game for it. Murphy said the annual London games have been important to the NFL in expanding its exposure. Team officials also presented a financial report today, and Murphy said it was good for the small-market Packers to rank ninth in the league in total revenues last season. Also, the league has talked about moving the draft around the country, so it's not in New York every year -- and Green Bay's mayor has said he would like his city to host it. Murphy said the city made the effort, but for now at least, the league is looking at Chicago or Los Angeles.
Two-time winner Jim Furyk birdied two of the last four holes to finish Friday in a tie with Tim Petrovic for the lead at the RBC Canadian Open. Both golfers are sitting at 10-under par 130 at Royal Montreal. Four competitors are three shots back going into today’s third round. Madison’s Jerry Kelly fired a one-over 71 Friday and is eight shots off the pace.
Rhinelander native Dan Forsman moved into the Top-10 yesterday at the Senior British Open in Wales. Forsman was at one-under-par after eight holes of his second round, putting him in a tie for sixth at that juncture. He shot a one-over-72 Thursday at the Royal Prothcawl Golf Club. Forsman was at even par for the tournament. Bernhard Langer was pulling away at minus-11, with a seven stroke edge over second-place Chris Williams.
Cambridge native Matt Kenseth is still looking for his first NASCAR victory of the 2014 season and the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis seems like a good place to start. Kenseth had the best Sprint Cup practice lap yesterday. Qualifying is today for Sunday’s race. Kenseth won seven times last season. He’s been so consistent this year that he is still in fourth place in the Cup standings. Also entered in the Brickyard 400 are Paul Menard of Eau Claire, who is 11th in the cup standings, Danica Patrick, who was born in Beloit and raised in nearby Roscoe, Illinois and Travis Kvapil of Janesville. Kenseth's car was 5th in the latest practice round for that event with a top speed of 177.746 miles an hour. Menard was 7th in that same round at 177.658.
Marquette University will host the Big East women's volleyball tournament again this fall. The Golden Eagles are the defending conference champions. They'll hold the tournament November 28th-and-29th in Milwaukee. It's the third time in four years Marquette is hosting the Big East volleyball tourney, which features the top four regular season finishers. Marquette has been to the title match in each of the last two years.
The University of Wisconsin football team is picked to win the new West Division in the Big Ten Conference this fall. That's according to 29 media members who took part in a poll by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and its Web site. The Badgers received 15 first place votes, while second-place Iowa had 11. Ohio State is projected to win the new East Division, with Michigan State second. Twelve of the 29 writers picked Ohio State to beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game in early December. Nineteen writers said the Buckeyes would win the league title. Nine chose Michigan State, and one predicted Nebraska.
Six athletes and a coach have been named to the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. They are Mike Kelley, who led the Badger men's basketball team to the Final Four in 2000 -- football offensive lineman Chris McIntosh, who played on two Rose Bowl-winning teams -- Steve Reinprecht, the only player to lead the men's hockey team in scoring for three seasons -- National Rowing Hall-of-Famer Beau Hoopman -- three-time women's tennis All-American Melissa Zimpfer -- and hitting standout Steve Bennett, who played in the 1970's when Wisconsin had a baseball team. Also to be inducted is former volleyball coach Steve Lowe, who helped the Badgers gain national prominence before his career was cut short by lung cancer. The 2014 Hall-of-Fame class will be inducted September 5.
NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL DIVISION
New York Mets 3, Milwaukee Brewers 2
Chicago Cubs 7, St. Louis Cardinals 6
Colorado Rockies 8, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Washington Nationals 4, Cincinnati Reds 1
Chicago White Sox 9, Minnesota Twins 5
Los Angeles Angels 2, Detroit Tigers 1
Lake County 2, Wisconsin 1
Fort Wayne 6, Beloit 2
Wisconsin 2, Kalamazoo 0
Lakeshore 4, Madison 1
Kenosha 5, Wisconsin Rapids 3
Green Bay 10, La Crosse 8
St. Cloud 5, Eau Claire 4