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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers shut-out by Cubs 3-0

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CHICAGO - The Milwaukee Brewers were shut-out in yesterday’s 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. 

Pitcher Matt Garza allowed all three runs in a tumultuous first inning, the second straight start he has allowed that to happen. While coaches were hopeful of Carlos Gomez making a return to the lineup, he was a late scratch. Gomez is still suffering from a back injury.

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Matt Kenseth finished third in last night’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, behind Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray. In somewhat of a surprise win, McMurray led 31 laps to take the million-dollar payoff. McMurray says the strategy of first-year crew chief Keith Rodden is what put him in position to win.

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UW-Whitewater is headed to the NCAA Division III World Series. The Warhawks (40-7) won the Midwest Regional, in a 5-4 win over Adrian, Mich. yesterday afternoon. The Warhawks will face the winner of the New England Regional in the first-round of the World Series (Southern Maine or Endicott play this afternoon.) UW-Whitewater's softball team, also advanced to the Division III College World Series after beating Illinois Wesleyan 6-3 yesterday in Bloomington, Ill. in the best-of-three super regional. The Warhawks will take on the University of Rochester, N.Y. at noon on May 22 in Tyler, Texas.

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Zack Ziemek is the Big Ten Conference decathlon champion. The University of Wisconsin athlete from Itasca, Illinois won first place in the event Saturday at the Big Ten Track and Field Meet in West Lafayette, Indiana.  Ziemek won his second straight conference title, amassing 7,659 points. The points he scored along with those from teammate Charlie Foss, who finished fourth, kept the No. 14 ranked Badger men’s team atop the standings with 64 points while second place Nebraska has 42 points. In the women’s heptathlon, UW freshman Georgia Ellenwood finished in fourth place. The Wisconsin women’s team is in fifth place in the team standings with 24 points. Nebraska leads the women’s meet with 48 points. 

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The University of Wisconsin softball team needs to defeat the nation’s top-ranked college softball team twice today in order to advance out of the NCAA Division I Eugene, Ore.  Regional. Yesterday the No. 25 ranked Badgers lost to the University of Oregon 6-1. UW’s was held to just two hits in the game, one being a home run by Stephanie Peace.  The game was tied 1-1 until the Ducks plated five runs in the sixth inning. Eleven UW batters were struck out. Wisconsin came back to beat Albany 8-4 later that day to eliminate the Greyhounds from the tournament.  Peace hit a home run, drove in three runs and went 3-for-3 from the plate while teammate Chloe Miller hit two homers. Taylor-Paige Stewart was the winning pitcher as the Badgers rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the early innings and outhit Albany 15-6.  The Wisconsin-Oregon contest begins at 1 p.m.

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Starting this fall, girls and boys will run the same distance at the Wisconsin high school cross country meet.  The WIAA Board of Control voted Friday to make both races five-thousand meters each.  That's after a civil rights complaint was filed, alleging that the state was discriminating against girls.  The girls have run four-thousand meters at the state meet since 1993 -- only 80-percent of the boys' distance.  Supporters of the change said the girls should have the same chance as the boys to test the same athletic ability.  Those who wanted to leave the girls' distance at four-thousand meters said the shorter distance encourages more girls to run cross country just because it's fun -- and they don't have to be serious runners like many boys are.  Schools can still set their own distances for their regular season meets.  The state meet is held each year at a golf course near Wisconsin Rapids.

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Former UW-Eau Claire swimmer Annie Ryder is returning to her alma mater to become the Blugolds' new head swim coach for both the men's and women's teams.  Ryder was Annie Gordon when she won 26 WIAC medals in four seasons at Eau Claire ending in 2006.  She was also an assistant coach for the Blugolds while working on her master's degree -- which she earned in 2011.  Ryder replaces Art Brandt, who retired recently.

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No criminal charges will be filed in Florida against former Green Bay Packers' safety Darren Sharper.  The former All-Pro is charged in both Los Angeles and Tempe Arizona, after he allegedly helped drug women and then sexually assaulted them after they passed out late last year.  Authorities in Las Vegas and New Orleans were investigating similar allegations.  In Miami Beach, police said today that an investigation turned up no corroborating witnesses, inconsistent statements from an alleged victim, and no physical evidence.  The Miami victim said her assault happened last September -- but she did not report it until January, after seeing TV news accounts of the Los Angeles case.  Sharper started his 14-year NFL career in Green Bay.  He also played for Minnesota and New Orleans.  

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A women's college basketball assistant for nine years has joined the staff at Marquette.  New Golden Eagles' coach Carolyn Kieger has named Ginny Boggess as her first assistant.  She was most recently the head of recruitment at Columbia.  Before that, Boggess spent five years as an assistant coach and co-recruiting coordinator at Jacksonville -- and two years at Hofstra in similar positions.  Boggess was a four-year starter at Wingate until 2003.  She averaged 10 points and five rebounds a game during her college career.

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A succession committee has been formed to find a new baseball commissioner to replace former Brewers' owner Bud Selig.  The Major League Executive Council joined Selig in announcing the new panel today.  Saint Louis Cardinals' owner Bill DeWitt Junior will chair the panel.  He says the group will seek input from all 30 Major League clubs.  Among the other panel members are Minnesota Twins' CEO Jim Pohlad and Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. Selig plans to retire next January 24th.

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University of Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen is bringing in another of his former staffers at Utah State.  Jason Thomas has been named the Badgers' new director of football operations.  Thomas provided academic counseling to players during Andersen's four years with the Aggies -- and he has held other administrative roles for eight years at Utah State.  Most recently, Thomas was an assistant athletic director.  

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SCOREBOARD

MLB

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REGIONAL ACTION

Chi. Cubs 3, Milwaukee 0

Detroit 6, Boston 1

Minnesota 4, Seattle 3

Houston 6, Chi. White Sox 5

Midwest League

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Beloit 6, Clinton 0

Peoria 2, Wisconsin 1

NCAA Softball

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DIVISION I – REGIONALS

Oregon 6, Wisconsin 1

Wisconsin 8, SUNY-Albany 4

Auburn 9, UW-Green Bay 1

DIVISION III – SUPER REGIONALS

Illinois Wesleyan 6, UW-Whitewater 3

UW-Whitewater 6, Illinois Wesleyan 3

(UW-Whitewater advances)

NCAA BASEBALL

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DIVISION III - REGIONAL

UW-Whitewater 5, Adrian 4

(UW-Whitewater advances)

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