WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Miles says LSU preparing for both UW quarterbacks
BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU head coach Les Miles says it doesn't make any difference who plays at quarterback for Wisconsin, when the two teams meet on Saturday night in Houston. Miles says he'll prepare for whomever is "Wisconsin's best."
UW head coach Gary Andersen is denying reports that redshirt junior Tanner McEvoy is starting over junior Joel Stave. Running back Melvin Gordon said McEvoy was named the starter -- but that Stave will continue to work and he'll "wait for his chance." Andersen has said he wants both McEvoy and Stave to play this season. Stave is more experienced, while McEvoy is considered more athletic. McEvoy played at safety for the Badgers a year ago. Miles says his LSU defense is preparing for both quarterbacks, while his own Tigers will definitely use two signal-callers -- sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris. Jennings was the top backup a year ago.
The Milwaukee Brewers will try to take 2-of-3 from the Padres, as they close out their series tonight in San Diego. Yovani Gallardo will start for the Crew. The veteran right-hander is unbeaten in his last seven road starts, even though he lost at home to Pittsburgh last Friday night. Gallardo has won his last three starts away from Miller Park, with a 1.65 ERA in those outings. He's 8-7 overall, with a 3.83 ERA. San Diego will send rookie right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne to the mound this evening. He's 3-5 with a 3.44 ERA. Despaigne has only had one victory in his last six starts, giving up almost six runs every nine innings of those contests. He's coming off a 5-to-1 loss at Arizona last Friday night, in which he gave up four runs in five innings. The Brewers still lead the National League Central by a game-and-a-half over second-place Saint Louis.
In the Midwest League, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will open a home series against Burlington tonight. The Rattlers still have a three-game lead for the final Western Division playoff spot with six games left in the season's second half. The Rattlers are coming off a 6-2 home win over Beloit yesterday. The Snappers open a series at Peoria tonight. Beloit is last in the West at 22-41 for the second half.
Jobs will be on the line tomorrow night when the Green Bay Packers close out their exhibition season by hosting Kansas City. At a news conference this morning, general manager Ted Thompson said players on the bubble can help themselves by coming up big against the Chiefs. The Packers have to make 22 roster cuts by 5 p.m. Saturday to get down to the NFL's regular season limit of 53. A year ago, safety Chris Banjo and receiver Jeremy Ross earned roster spots by playing strong in their pre-season finale. Thompson mentions the story of receiver Desmond Howard -- who was injured for much of the 1996 pre-season, but made the roster as a kick returner with a 77-yard touchdown return in his second exhibition game. Howard went on to become one of Green Bay's greatest punt and kickoff returners. After returning a kickoff for a TD in Super Bowl XXXI, Howard remains the only special teams player ever to win the game's MVP award.
The Green Bay Packers practiced for just over an hour today, as they get ready to host their exhibition finale against Kansas City tomorrow night. Quarterback Matt Flynn took the opening snaps with the Number-One offense, and it's possible he'll start against the Chiefs. Flynn and ex-Badger Scott Tolzien are expected to get lots of playing time, to help the coaches decide which one will be the main backup to Aaron Rodgers.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed the last of their three draft picks from June. Small forward Damien Inglis from French Guiana signed a three-year deal, and the team has the option of picking up the third year. It's a similar package to what Milwaukee's other second-rounder, Johnny O'Bryant, received. Inglis was the 31st overall draft pick, and O'Bryant was 36th.
For only the third time in the last ten years, the Milwaukee Admirals will open their regular season at home. The American Hockey League has released its schedule, and it has Milwaukee hosting Charlotte on October 10th. It's the first time in four years the Admirals will have opened at the Bradley Center. Also, there will only be three times when Milwaukee has stretches of three games in three days. The Admirals had nine of those a year ago.