WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Packers begin preseason schedule tonight at Tennessee
NASHVILLE - Some Green Bay Packers players are fighting for their professional lives tonight. The preseason opener pits the Pack against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field.
The games don’t mean much to guaranteed starters like quarterback Aaron Rodgers or linebacker Clay Matthews. The new Collective Bargaining Agreement has trimmed the number of practices where they can impress the coaches from 35 to 21. The preseason games are it. They know they have to do something to impress the coaches – and it starts tonight.
Soft-tossing right hander Roberto Hernandez shut down the Milwaukee Brewers’ offense for most of the night, but the home team had some late-inning fireworks. The Brewers scored seven times in the last two frames to take a 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and keep their lead in the National League Central Division. LA had scored two runs in the top of the seventh to take a 3-2 lead when the Brewer bats exploded. A bunt by Martin Maldonado tied the score then an error allowed Milwaukee to go ahead. Gerraro Parra knocked in two with a single to make is 6-3. Rickie Weeks put the icing on the cake with a three-run homer in the eighth. Jeremy Jeffress picked up his first win and Aramis Ramirez and Parra each had two hits. Brandon League took the loss. Former Brewer Zach Greinke goes for the Los Angeles tonight. He will be opposed by Mike Fiers in the 7:10 p.m. game at Miller Park.
The University of Wisconsin football team hit the practice field in full pads for the first time in preseason camp Friday. Three weeks away from the home opener against LSU, the Badgers still have some positions up for grabs. Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy are said to be neck-and-neck for the quarterback job. Both have been really good at times and neither has been terribly bad. Freshman Rafael Gaglianone may have been the most impressive kicker Friday, hitting from 38 and 53 yards out. Jack Russell and Andrew Endicott were short from the longer distance. Minor injuries were suffered by wide receiver Kenzel Doe and tailback Taiwan Deal. The Badgers hold a public scrimmage tomorrow at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
Madison golfer Steve Stricker is well within striking distance of the leader at the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville. Stricker shot a three-under-par 68 Friday and is five-under for the first two rounds. He trails Rory McIlroy by four shots going into today’s third round. He’s tied for ninth. Jerry Kelly dropped into a tie for 38th by shooting a three-over-par 74. He’s one-under for the tournament. Tiger Woods missed the cut. So did Nennah club pro Ryan Helminen and Hudson club pro Dave Tentis.
The Milwaukee Bucks will open their preseason schedule with a game against the Memphis Grizzlies October 8th at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon. The team released its seven-game exhibition schedule Friday. The Bucks will be LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road Tuesday, October 14th. Games at the Bradley Center will be against the Chicago Bulls October 11th and the Minnesota Timberwolves October 22nd.
--NL CENTRAL DIVISION
Milwaukee 9, Los Angeles 3
Tampa Bay 4, Chicago 3 (10)
Baltimore 12, St. Louis 2
Pittsburgh 2, San Diego 1
Miami 2, Cincinnati 1
Oakland 6, Minnesota 5
Seattle 4, Chicago 1
Detroit 5, Toronto 4
Beloit 5, Quad Cities 2
Peoria 5, Wisconsin 2
Duluth 7, Wisconsin 4
Battle Creek 11, Madison 5
Kenosha 5, Green Bay 2
Kalamazoo 7, La Crosse 4
Eau Claire 16, Willmar 11
Wisconsin Rapids 11, Lakeshore 8