WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Reports say Kidd to be Bucks new head coach
MILWAUKEE - ESPN reports this morning that Jason Kidd will become the next coach of the Milwaukee Bucks -- if Kidd's present team in Brooklyn agrees to take a second-round draft pick as compensation.
Several media reports said the Bucks rejected the Nets' apparent demand for a first-round pick. A 2015 pick would help compensate the Nets for letting Kidd go after just one season of his four-year coaching deal with Brooklyn. ESPN says it's the only issue left on the table -- and there won't be deal if it doesn't happen by the end of tonight. Various media reports said Bucks' owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens interviewed Kidd for two hours on Friday, without Milwaukee GM John Hammond knowing about it. The New York Post busted that cover on Saturday, saying Kidd had wanted total control of the Bucks' basketball operations but the owners wouldn't agree. ESPN reports this morning that Hammonds' job is safe -- and the same is true for assistant GM David Morway and player personnel director Dave Babcock. The cable network said Hammonds had taken over the negotiations with Nets' GM Billy King. Current Bucks' coach Larry Drew has reportedly not been a part of any talks.
The Milwaukee Brewers ended their season series with Colorado at 6-1, after a 10-4 loss yesterday at Miller Park. The Rockies scored three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back, as they won just their second game in their last 13. The Brewers committed two errors in the fifth, which blew the game open. Aramis Ramirez let the ball go by him at third base, allowing two runs to score. Jonathan Lucroy made a wild throw that scored another run. Milwaukee only had four hits. Ryan Braun hit a solo homer, and Khris Davis had a pair of RBI's with a sacrifice fly and a groundout. Yovani Gallardo was tagged for eight runs, five earned, in five frames. He gave up a season-high ten hits. Gallardo's dropped to 5-5, as Colorado remains the only National League team he has not beaten. Former Brewer Jorge De La Rosa got the win and is now 8-6. He gave up four runs on four hits in six innings with a pair of walks and four strikeouts. Charlie Culbertson hit a two-run homer for Colorado, and Corey Dickerson had a two-run double. The Brewers still have the NL's best record at 51-33. They have now have a six-and-a-half-game lead over both Saint Louis and Cincinnati in the Central Division. The Brewers are off today, and will open an Interleague series at Toronto tomorrow night.
Brewers' center-fielder Carlos Gomez is expected to return tomorrow night at Toronto, but shortstop Jean Segura is questionable for the two-game series. Both players were injured on Saturday against Colorado. Gomez sprained his neck while he and Ryan Braun collided while going after a fly ball. Segura had cramps in a quad muscle, and he left after being out at first base. Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke said he's confident that Gomez will ready after today's day off -- but the skipper was not sure about Segura. Yesterday, the Brewers added a position player by recalling Jeff Bianchi from Triple-"A" Nashville. Reliever Alfredo Figaro was sent down to make room.
Milwaukee Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke is starting to look at ways to give his starters a little more rest, so they'll be ready for the second-half pennant race. The skipper says Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are both playing better, and Saint Louis remains within striking distance. He expects the rest of the division to try and catch up with the Crew and in his words, "We need to find a way not to let that happen." Cincinnati has won five straight, and the Reds are now tied with the Cardinals for second in the National League Central, six-and-a-half games behind the first-place Crew. Roenicke says the Brewers are starting to show a little wear-and-tear physically, after playing for 20 straight days. But he says the players remain sharp mentally, and it's really been good. Roenicke says starting pitchers have kept Milwaukee in virtually every game, and the offense has generally been good. The Brewers were held to just four hits yesterday in a 10-4 home loss to Colorado. They're off today, and will open a two-game series at Toronto tomorrow night.
In the Midwest League, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have a home matinee scheduled today against Burlington. The Rattlers fell to the Bees 5-3 yesterday near Appleton. The Beloit Snappers will host Kane County again tonight, on the heels of a 9-7 Snappers' defeat. Wisconsin opens the new week in third place in the Western Division at 6-4 for the second half, two games behind first-place Kane County. Beloit, which finished last in the West in the first half, is back in the cellar at 2-8.
Green Bay Packers' defensive end Johnny Jolly has been medically-cleared to return, after he suffered a bulging disc in his spine last December. Jolly's agent, Jack Bechta, confirmed the clearance over the weekend. Jolly is a free agent -- and he's in a similar situation as Packers' free agent tight end Jermichael Finley, who had spinal surgery after a hard neck injury last October.
Wisconsin NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth dropped one place to fifth in the Sprint Cup point standings, despite placing fourth in Saturday night's Quaker State-400. Kenseth now has 555 points for the year, 63 behind first-place Jeff Gordon. Brad Keselowski won the weekend race in Sparta, Kentucky, and he moved past Kenseth in the point totals. Paul Menard of Eau Claire jumped one spot to 11th, after he took 15th at the Kentucky Speedway.
Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for 22nd at the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh. Forsman shot a three-under-par 67 yesterday and finished at six-under-274. That was nine strokes behind Bernhard Langer and Jeff Sluman, who were tied for first at the end of regulation. Langer won the tournament in a two-hole playoff.
Jake Wisniewski of Hartland was victorious in one of the state's top amateur tournaments. The spring graduate of UW-Parkside won the Ray Fischer Amateur Championship in Janesville in the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Wisniewski defeated Andrew Cobb, after both finished the regulation 72 holes at 10-under-par 278. PGA pros Steve Stricker and Skip Kendall are among the past winners of the Fischer tournament.
Two hockey players will make their college debuts at Wisconsin this fall, after being drafted by NHL teams over the weekend. Defenseman Jack Dougherty of Cottage Grove, Minnesota was taken by Nashville in the second round. Forward Matt Ustaski of Glenview, Illinois was drafted by Winnepeg in Round 7. Dougherty is heading to Madison after playing with the U.S. Under-18 team last season. He had two goals and two assists in seven games, helping the U-S win the gold medal at the World Under-18 Championship. Ustaski scored 29 goals last season with Langley of the BCHL junior league.
European women's pro basketball player Destinee Blue was killed over the weekend in her home town of Milwaukee. Her coach at Milwaukee Vincent High School said the 25-year-old Blue was a passenger on a motorcycle that collided with a turning motor vehicle at a Milwaukee intersection. Police said it happened around 9:30 Saturday night. The crash remains under investigation. Blue helped Milwaukee Vincent win a pair of Division-One state high school championships in 2007-and-'08. She was also an assistant coach on Milwaukee Riverside's 2013 state championship team. Blue starred at Cleveland State and then went to Europe, where she played for pro teams in France and Serbia. Riverside coach Donald Nelson said Blue returned to Milwaukee last December after she suffered a knee injury. She was planning to return to Europe at the end of the summer.
One of Wisconsin's top college basketball prospects for the fall of 2015 will face some heavy recruiting as he begins his senior year. Rice Lake power forward Henry Ellenson visited Marquette University in Milwaukee over the weekend. The 6-9 Ellenson is also said to be courted by Wisconsin, Duke, North Carolina, Georgetown, UCLA, Northwestern, and Arizona State. If he goes to Marquette, Ellenson would play alongside AAU teammate Nick Noskowiak from Sun Prairie -- who has committed to the Golden Eagles for a year from now.
In Major League Baseball...
Colorado 10, Milwaukee 4
Minnesota 3, Texas 2
Chicago White Sox 4, Toronto 0
Houston 6, Detroit 4
In the Midwest League...
Burlington 5, Wisconsin 3
Kane County 9, Beloit 7
In the Northwoods League...
La Crosse 5, Battle Creek 3
Lakeshore 14, Madison 3
Wisconsin Rapids 12, Wisconsin 6
Saint Cloud 7, Eau Claire 6
Kenosha 8, Kalamazoo 7
Green Bay 4, Duluth 3