WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers' bats go quiet again as Cards win 6-1
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers were held to just three hits for the second game in a row in losing 6-to-1 to Saint Louis last night at Miller Park. Aramis Ramirez homered for Milwaukee's only run of the series so far, after the Redbirds blanked them in the opener on Monday night. Ryan Braun and Scooter Gennett had the Brewers' only other hits, both singles. Milwaukee did not have an at-bat with a runner in scoring position. The Cardinals have won four straight overall, and they're 16-and-5 against the Brewers since the start of last season. Last night was Ron Roenicke's 500th game as the Brewers' manager -- and he spent it denying that the Cardinals have gotten into his team's heads. Shelby Miller got the win, striking out seven in six innings. He's now 1-and-2 for the year, and 4-and-0 lifetime against Milwaukee. Madison native Pat Neshek threw a perfect inning of relief for the Cards. Marco Estrada went six frames for the Crew, giving up three runs on five hits. The loss drops him to 1-and-1 on the season, and 0-and-5 lifetime against the Redbirds. Jhonny Peralta belted a two-run homer. Mark Ellis, fresh off the disabled list with knee tendinitis, drove in two runs as Saint Louis improved to 9-and-5, a game behind the 10-and-4 Brewers. Milwaukee will try to avoid being swept when they close out their series this afternoon at Miller Park. Right-hander Wily Peralta will face Cardinals' right-hander Joe Kelly.
Matt Flynn will stay with the Green Bay Packers. Several media reports said the quarterback signed a new contract yesterday, after he canceled a free agent visit with the New York Giants. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. Flynn was Aaron Rodgers' back-up from 2008-through-2011, and then had mostly back-up stints with Seattle, Oakland, and Buffalo. He was available last November after Rodgers got hurt, and he came back and completed 61-percent of his passes for 11-hundred-46 yards, seven touchdowns, and four interceptions. Flynn led the Pack to key December victories against Atlanta and Dallas which help pushed them into the playoffs. He's expected to compete with ex-Badger Scott Tolzien for Green Bay's Number-two signal caller. At the recent owners' meetings, coach Mike McCarthy said he'd like to keep three quarterbacks on the roster for the first time since Flynn's rookie season.
Former Wisconsin sports agent Stacy Jenson was indicted yesterday on 17 federal fraud charges. The 50-year-old Waterford woman was accused of stealing almost two-million dollars. Officials said most of it was taken from I-E-W-C Global Solutions of New Berlin, where she worked as an event planner -- and the money was used to create her former Elite Sports and Public Relations firm. It helped pro athletes like former Packers Greg Jennings and Javon Walker boost their images and land endorsement deals. The indictment said Jenson made numerous unauthorized charges for I-E-W-C from 2009 through early 2012 -- and after she left, she was allowed to keep a corporate credit card and make hundreds of thousands of dollars in charges. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said two officials in the I-E-W-C controller's office left the firm after Jenson's alleged charges were discovered. At least some of her clients reportedly didn't know that Jenson had been convicted of over a dozen felonies and misdemeanors in the 1990's, for stealing money from a Milwaukee area church and pom-pon team and writing numerous bad checks. She was paroled in 1996.
The Milwaukee Bucks will close out their worst season in team history tonight, when they host the Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks are 15-and-66. And after losing at Toronto Monday night, Milwaukee was assured of being only the third team in N-B-A history not to win back-to-back games for an entire season. The others were the 2004-'05 Hawks, and the 1986-'87 Los Angeles Clippers. The Bucks also set a team-record for the fewest wins in a campaign -- currently five fewer than the previous low of 20 wins in the 1993-'94 season. Coach Larry Drew is completing the first year of a three-year contract -- and he's already making plans for next season despite heavy uncertainty that includes a possible ownership change. Bucks' owner Herb Kohl has been looking for new investors. The N-B-A Board of Governors could reportedly address the situation when it meets tomorrow and Friday in New York.
The Bucks have signed forward Chris Wright to finish this season, plus a non-guaranteed deal for next year. Wright just completed a pair of 10-day contracts -- the latter expiring after Monday night's loss at Toronto. He's averaging six points and two rebounds in 15 minutes a game for the Bucks. That's after he was promoted from Maine of the Developmental League, where he averaged almost 20 points with eight boards a night.
Marquette's new men's basketball coach says all nine of the Golden Eagles' underclassmen will return next season. Steve Wojciechowski said before the team's annual banquet last night that his top priority has been to develop relationships with his players -- and he's pleased that the holdovers have accepted and quote, "embraced" him. On the day Wojo was hired, Marquette sophomore forward Steve Taylor Junior and freshman guard JaJuan Johnson said they were not sure they'd return this fall. Both had fallen out of former coach Buzz Williams' rotation. Meanwhile, Wojciechowski said he's still working to keep all four incoming freshmen who signed for scholarships. The Eagles are still waiting to hear from one of their top recruits, Ahmed Hill of Augusta Georgia.