WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Andersen agrees with the new crackdown on defenseless players
Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen says he generally agrees with the new NCAA crackdown on hard hits to defenseless players. At the Big Ten meetings in Chicago this week, Andersen said conference officials would visit the U-W and the other league schools during their pre-season camps to explain the rule and answer questions about it. The rule bans the targeting of defenseless players with hits above the shoulders. Andersen says he’s most concerned about borderline calls – especially because of the punishment involved. If the violation is in the first half, an offender misses the rest of the game. For second half violations, the player also misses the first half of the next game. Those hits previously carried 15-yard penalties, and that will continue. Badgers’ senior linebacker Chris Borland, who’s made his share of hard hits, does not believe the new rule will change his game.
The Milwaukee Bucks have released forward Gustavo Ayon. The NBA’s only Mexican-born player would have been guaranteed one-and-a-half million dollars for next season, had he stayed on the Bucks’ roster after today. He injured a groin at the recent NBA Summer League. The Bucks acquired the 28-year-old Ayon in February, as part of the deal with Orlando that brought J-J Redick to Milwaukee. Ayon played in 12 games for the Bucks, averaging almost four-and-a-half points and five rebounds. He’s been in the N-B-A since 2011 with New Orleans and the Magic as well as Milwaukee.
In golf, Jordan Niebrugge struggled in his final round yesterday – but he hung on to win the State Amateur Championship by one stroke over Charlie Danielson of Osceola. The 19-year-old Niebrugge, of Mequon, shot a four-over-par 76 in his fourth round at The Bog in Saukville. He finished a six-under-282 to achieve a wire-to-wire victory. Danielson, who plays at the University of Illinois, almost caught up after being 11 strokes down after two rounds. He shot a three-under-69 yesterday to finish at 283. Robbie Jacobsen of Racine finished third at 286. Niebrugge, a sophomore at Oklahoma, fell six strokes short of breaking the State Amateur scoring record for a 72-hole course. Still, he joins P-G-A pros Mark Wilson and Skip Kendall as the only golfers since 1975 to win a State Amateur, the State Open, and the W-S-G-A Match Play championship. Niebrugge won the U-S Amateur Public Links title last weekend. And in high school, he won the state Division-One crown as a senior at Mequon Homestead.
Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is tied for 29th after the first round of the R-B-C Canadian Open. Wilson shot a two-under-par 70 yesterday in Oakville Ontario. He trails first-place Brendan Steele by five strokes.