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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers down Pirates 5-3

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PITTSBURGH - Kyle Lohse picked up his third win of the season, in a 5-3 Milwaukee win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Carlos Gomez continues his impressive tear to start the season, scoring on a solo home run in the fifth inning and adding an RB- single in the sixth. Brewers are now 12-5 to start the season, including a 7-1 record on the road.

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There’s and old cliché in baseball… he hit the cover off that ball. Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado literally did that last night. With the Brewers leading 4-2 in the top of the sixth inning, Maldonado hit the ball and ripped part of the cover off. Pirates’ third baseman Pedro Alvarez fielded the damaged ball and threw it to first baseman Gaby Sanchez, leaving them and the first base umpire shaking their heads. One MLB expert says it could be a baseball first, adding that “you can watch another thousand games and never see that again”.

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The Milwaukee Buck may not be in the playoffs this year, but they are certainly making lots of noise this offseason. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says as of yesterday, the league has not approved the sale of the Bucks to hedge fund investors in New York for $550-milion dollars. Silver adds that the league will need to review the sale and run background checks on the new owners before voting. 23 of the 30 NBA owners have to approve the purchase before it will go through.

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It appears that Wisconsin's two PGA touring golfers will not be around for the Easter weekend at the RBC Heritage tournament.  Pewaukee native Mark Wilson shot a four-over-par 75 today in his second round.  That put at seven-over for the tournament, tied for 110th when play was suspended this afternoon due to rain.  Jerry Kelly of Madison was tied for 86th at that point.  He was at even-par after five holes today, after shooting a five-over 76 yesterday.  K.C. Choi had the lead when play stopped.  He was at five-under.

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Green Bay Packers' outside linebacker Clay Matthews says he'll be ready in time for training camp.  In an interview with USA Today, the 27-year-old Matthews said he's been in the gym and doing intense physical therapy ever since the pins were pulled out of his previously broken thumb in January.  Matthews said there are things he won't be able to do at the Packers' organized team activities which start on Tuesday.  But after missing much of last season with his injury, Matthews says he's excited about getting back on the field.  He's also excited about playing with Green Bay's newly-acquired defensive end Julius Peppers.  The former Chicago Bears' star is taller and heavier than Matthews -- and Matthews expects opponents to double-team Peppers instead of him.  He calls that a great opportunity.  Matthews has 50 sacks in his five NFL seasons, all with the Pack.  Peppers has 118-and-a-half sacks in his 12 pro campaigns.

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The Minnesota State-Mankato football players have ended their one-day boycott of spring practice -- and they'll be back on the field today under their newly-rehired coach Todd Hoffner.  Hoffner, who used to coach at UW-Eau Claire, was given his old job back at Mankato after an arbitrator ruled that he was wrongly fired.  He was charged with having child pornography on his school-issued cellphone, but a judge dropped the case after learning that the children were Hoffner's kids playing in their bathtub.  In January, Hoffner took a job at one of Mankato's conference opponents, Minot State.  He suddenly left that job, and Minot officials said they would wished Hoffner handled the matter differently.  On Wednesday, the Mankato players refused to show up for a scheduled practice, saying they wanted to keep their previous interim coach.  

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NASCAR is taking the weekend off.  That means Wisconsin's Matt Kenseth will have to wait for his next chance to take over the Sprint Cup lead.  The Cambridge native is second in the season point standings in NASCAR's top circuit with 296 -- one point behind front-running Jeff Gordon.  Kenseth has six Top-10 finishes in the eight events he has run so far.  He has not driven to Victory Lane yet, but he does have a pair of Top-Five performances.  Paul Menard of Eau Claire is 18th in the Sprint Cup standings, Beloit-born Danica Patrick 29th, and Travis Kvapil of Janesville 37th.  Kenseth has also run in seven Nationwide races, even though he doesn't get points for that.  There's only been one Nationwide race this season in which Kenseth has not finished in the Top-10.  Both circuits will return next weekend in Richmond Virginia.  The Nationwide Toyota-Care-250 is scheduled for a week from tonight.  The Sprint Cup Toyota Owners' 400 is set for next Saturday evening.

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The Milwaukee Admirals will play at Chicago tonight before they enter their 12th consecutive American Hockey League playoff run.  Milwaukee is 39-23-6-7, after three victories last weekend.  The Admirals currently hold the sixth-of-eight Western Conference playoff spots. The Admirals won last night over Charlotte 5-1.

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SCOREBOARD

MLB

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REGIONAL ACTION

Milwaukee 5, Pittsburgh 3

Kansas City 5, Minnesota 0

Texas 12, Chi. White Sox 0

Cincinnati 4, Chi. Cubs 1

Midwest League

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Lansing 5, Beloit 0

Great Lakes 7, Wisconsin 6

AHL

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Milwaukee 5, Charlotte 1

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