WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Stricker to take part in two PGA events before British Open
MADISON - Madison golfer Steve Stricker says he'll play in back-to-back PGA tournaments leading up to next month's British Open.
Stricker and Bo Van Pelt teamed up to win a two-day charity tournament which ended yesterday in Barrington Rhode Island. There, Stricker told reporters he would play in both the Greenbrier Classic July 3rd-through 6th, and the John Deere Classic at the Quad Cities the following weekend. Stricker is a three-time champion at the John Deere, which is held the week before the British Open. Last year -- the first year of his limited schedule -- Stricker passed on the season's third major. He later admitted it was probably a mistake. Stricker has still not decided whether he'll cross the pond for this year's Open.
While the Milwaukee Bucks try to figure out how their first-round draft choice will fit in, the team's top pick from a year ago is changing before the Bucks' very eyes. At his pre-draft news conference yesterday, general manager John Hammond mentioned a growth spurt by small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo -- and how it might open the door for him to become a power forward someday. The so-called "Greek freak" was 6-9 and 190 pounds when he first came to Milwaukee last fall, after playing as a point guard in his home country. Now, Hammond says Antetokounmpo is almost 6-11 and 217. That's right, 27 pounds heavier in just ten months. Hammond said many of the top picks in tomorrow night's NBA Draft are multi-position players -- and Antetokounmpo's flexibility could help whoever the Bucks take in the Number-two spot. Coach Larry Drew gave Giannis a ton of playing time in his rookie year, allowing him to grow as the Bucks waddled through a 15-67 campaign. Antetokounmpo played 1,900 minutes in 77 games with 23 starts. He averaged seven points, four-and-a-half rebounds, and two assists in almost 25 minutes a night. Drew said he wants Giannis to get stronger in his second NBA season -- and to get quicker and more explosive.
Orlando Garibay of New Zealand and Joanne Kiesanowski of Ponoma California are the latest winners in the Tour of America's Dairyland bicycle racing series. The sixth annual series reached the halfway point last night, with the Schlitz Park Criterium in Milwaukee. Elkhart Lake is the next stop today, followed by Oshkosh tomorrow. The races have attracted up to 120 male riders so far, and up to 65 female pros. It's now the largest competitive cycling event in the nation.