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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Miller Park ready to host soccer match

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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers and Miller Park are hosting the Mexican soccer club CD Guadalajara -- known throughout the world as Chivas -- and Swansea City AFC of the English Premier League Wednesday evening. This will mark the first-ever professional soccer match at Miller Park.

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The event is part of the Chivas’ annual U.S. Tour, which includes four matches against some of the best teams from top soccer nations – Brazil, England, Germany and Mexico. The roster for Chivas includes Mexican national team defender Carlos Salcido, who recently participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.  Chivas will practice at Miller Park tonight at 6 p.m. The practice is open to the public. Parking is available in Brewers Lot 2 near Friday’s Front Row. Tonight’s practice and parking are both free of charge. For Wednesday’s match day, parking lots will open at 4:30 p.m. and the Miller Park gates will open at 6:30 p.m. Futbol Fiesta, a free interactive fan zone, will take place on Miller Park’s Plaza along the third-base side of the stadium from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. The match will start at 8 p.m. The pitch will be laid out in an east-west orientation with one goal in left field and the other goal near first base. 

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The University of Wisconsin and other college football teams will now be fighting for a chance to win a new trophy that was unveiled Monday. College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock showed off the new National Championship Trophy at a news conference in Irving, Texas. The trophy features a focused football at the center of the base that rises to form an actual-size ball. It stands three feet high, and the trophy and base are two separate pieces, so the trophy may be lifted up independently when it is awarded to the national championship team.

The new playoff season begins this year and features semifinals that will match the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and the No. 2 will face No. 3 in semifinal games that will rotate annually among the Peach Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. The first semifinals will be Jan. 1, 2015, at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The first national championship game will be Jan. 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Utah's Rodney Hood poured in 29 points -- 20 in the second half --  in an 87-71 win Monday night that helped keep the Milwaukee Bucks winless thus far in the summer league.  It took two Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo with 15 points and Jabari Parker with 14 to match Hood's output.  Milwaukee dropped to 0-3. The Bucks will play two more games later this week.

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The Major League All-Star game is tonight and that means other baseball leagues are on hold.  The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are riding a three-game win streak as they pause. They sit at 49-44 overall in the Midwest League. They are four games back of the first half Western Division winner Kane County.  The Beloit Snappers are 37-57 and looking up at the rest of the league at this point.  They are 10 games back from the division leader.

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