WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Bucks to add to ownership group
MILWAUKEE - The new owners of the Milwaukee Bucks say they expect to add 5-to-10 local investors.
Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry tell the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that they've met with prospective investors -- and they're going through the process of getting approved by the NBA. The new owners were in Milwaukee today for meetings with team officials, media interviews, and a tour of the city's Miller-Coors brewery.
The Bucks continue to audition possible candidates for their three second-round draft choices. Syracuse forward C.J. Fair was scheduled to work out at the Bucks' training complex today -- along with Nevada guard Deonte Burton. Burton averaged 20 points and four assists for Nevada in his senior year in Reno. Fair averaged 16-and-a-half points and six-and-a-half rebounds for Syracuse in his fourth-and-final season. San Diego State shooting guard Xavier Thames also came to Milwaukee for a workout today -- along with small forwards Victor Rudd of South Florida, Xavier Thames from San Diego State, and Nedim Buza from Bosnia.
The Milwaukee Bucks will play one of its home games in London next season. The NBA has announced that the Bucks will take on the New York Knicks next January 15th at the O2 Arena in southeast London. It's the fifth straight year that the league has played a regular season contest in England's capital -- part of an ongoing effort to promote NBA basketball overseas. It does leave new Bucks' owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry with one fewer home date in their first season. The Bucks will have 40 contests at the Bradley Center instead of the customary 41. Milwaukee played a pair of exhibition games in China in 2008, after the Bucks drafted Chinese forward Yi Jianlian. The Minnesota Timberwolves will play a regular season contest on foreign soil. They'll take on Houston November 12th in Mexico City.
His agent says Jermichael Finley is in the best shape of his life -- but the Green Bay Packers won't be proving it with tests on his surgically-repaired neck. Finley met yesterday with team doctor Patrick McKenzie, but ESPN.com said no tests were scheduled -- and none were performed. After the report came out, agent Blake Baratz tweeted that Finley is making "tremendous strides," and he called for "patience." Technically, Finley is not with the Packers anymore because his contract expired in March. The Green Bay Press-Gazette says he still has a locker intact at Lambeau Field, as the team begins its organized team activities today. However, it's not like he could get a new contract right away. Packer GM Ted Thompson and many of his assistants are attending scouting meetings in Florida. Finley had fusion surgery after he injured his neck against Cleveland last October. He met with the Seattle Seahawks in March, but that team did not give him medical clearance to join them.
If you watched the Milwaukee Brewers' game on TV last night, you saw manager Ron Roenicke have a long discussion with umpire Jeff Kellogg after the second inning. The announcers didn't know what was going on at the time. As it turned out, it was about a breakdown in the TV replay system. Brewers' catcher Jonathan Lucroy was barely thrown out at first. Roenicke challenged the call. It was upheld, but the press box was told it was not an official manager's challenge. After the game, Roenicke said technical difficulties were to blame -- a first at Miller Park since the replay system took effect this season. The replay monitor in the Baltimore clubhouse went down in the first inning, and Kellogg initially said the Brewers had to shut off their system as well. But because the breakdown occurred after the game started, Kellogg later ruled that the Brewers could keep their monitors on. Roenicke said he was told a week ago that if one clubhouse video system breaks down before a game, the other team could not theirs. He said it would make it harder to challenge calls. The Brewers are off today, after taking 2-of-3 from Baltimore. The Crew hosts the Chicago Cubs tomorrow night.
In the Midwest League, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers play at Cedar Rapids again tonight. That's after the Rattlers lost to the Kernels 5-2 last night. The Beloit Snappers are also coming off a loss, as they get ready to play at Quad Cities again this evening. The Swing defeated the Snappers 9-5 on Wednesday.
It's night-three of the Northwoods League season -- and teams have caught up with their schedules, after a pair of double-headers made up for rain-outs on Tuesday. The Eau Claire Express will host Rochester tonight, after the Express swept a twin-bill from the Lakeshore Chinooks 5-2 and 3-2. Lakeshore will host Mankato this evening. The expansion Kenosha Kingfish are at Green Bay, after the 'Fish won their opening two games over Wisconsin Rapids. Last night's score was 5-2, Kenosha. Green Bay is coming off a 4-2 win over Battle Creek. Rapids will host the Wisconsin Woodchucks, after the 'Chucks fell to La Crosse 3-2 in 15 innings. La Crosse gets a breather tonight. So does Madison, after the Mallards split a double-header against Kalamazoo last evening.
Wisconsin's top-ranked pro golfer is playing this weekend. Steve Stricker of Madison has the Memorial Tournament on his limited schedule for 2014. He was one-under-par after seven holes this morning at the Jack Nicklaus Muirfield Village course in Dublin Ohio. Because of Stricker's cutback, he's been falling down the World Golf Rankings. He's now 19th, three spots lower than a week ago. On the PGA Champions Tour, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman plays in the Principal Charity Classic. The 54-hole tournament begins tomorrow in Des Moines, Iowa.