WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Speculation increases on new Bucks owners
MILWAUKEE - An ownership change appears to be getting closer for the Milwaukee Bucks. Owner Herb Kohl says he's been looking to add financial partners for a franchise he expects to stay involved with next season. Meanwhile, national media reports continue to speculate on potential suitors.
Bill Simmons' "Grantland" Web site said hedge fund billionaires Wes Edens and Marc Lasry are interested in buying the Bucks. Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News writes that two groups in Los Angeles are looking to join Kohl as investors. One is headed by former Bucks' coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. The other is headed by agent Arn Tellem. For now, Kohl is only saying that his talks are "constructive." Kohl bought the Bucks in 1985 so the team would stay in Milwaukee -- and he wants the new investors to make the same commitment. The NBA's Board of Governors is scheduled to meet in New York this week, and there's no indication that the Bucks' situation will be on the agenda.
Miller Park sprung some leaks during the weekend, as the Brewers were playing Pittsburgh. Mike Duckett of the Stadium District said bulb seals need to be fixed or replaced between the panels of the retractable roof. The work will be done next week. Duckett said the repairs will be minor. He said officials never know when the work will be needed until it rains heavily during a game. The roof covers about eight-and-a-half acres. Duckett said the gaps in the roof panels run for a total of one mile -- and it's a real challenge to guess the need for repairs, because the panels could be in slightly different locations each time the roof closes. Seventy-percent of next week's work will be funded by the stadium district -- which gets its money from the one-tenth percent special sales tax in five Milwaukee area counties. The Brewers will cover the other 30-percent.
Green Bay Packers' quarterback Matt Flynn is expected to audition tomorrow for the New York Giants. Media reports say the Giants will also get a look at former Minnesota and Tampa Bay signal-caller Josh Freeman. The Giants and their new offensive coordinator -- ex-Packers assistant Ben McAdoo -- are looking for a third back-up to Eli Manning. Manning had ankle surgery last week, and it could keep him away from at least this spring's workouts. The 28-year-old Flynn became a free agent at the end of last season. He went 2-2 as a replacement for Aaron Rodgers. Veteran Curtis Painter is currently a back-up quarterback for the Giants, along with Ryan Nassib -- a fourth-round pick from a year ago.
Steve Stricker of Madison remains at No. 15 in the new World Golf Rankings. That's after he tied for 31st at The Masters. Stricker finished at five-over-par 293, which was 13 strokes behind champion Bubba Watson. Stricker says he'll try to play his way onto the U.S. Ryder Cup team for this fall. The 47-year-old Stricker is on a limited PGA Tour schedule for the second straight year -- but that didn't stop him from getting enough points to make the U.S. President's Cup squad last fall. Stricker has played in the last three Ryder Cups, and it's very possible that U-S captain Tom Watson would make him an at-large pick if he falls short in the point standings. But Stricker said he proved a year ago that if he plays well enough in his limited schedule, he could still make the international competition.
The University of Wisconsin women's lightweight rowing team is coming off a third-place finish at the Knecht Cup on Mercer Lake in New Jersey. The Badgers finished about one-point-six seconds behind second-place Boston University in yesterday's lightweight final. Princeton was the winner. The Wisconsin lightweights also competed against open-weights in a couple of events. They finished fourth in the women's varsity-eight petite final, fifth in the novice-eight grand final, and sixth in the second varsity-eight final.