WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers beat Pittsburgh, onto Chicago next
MILWAUKEE -- Khris Davis hit a two-run walk-off single yesterday to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-to-3 home victory over Pittsburgh. Ryan Braun led off the ninth inning with a single. Jonathan Lucroy and Mark Reynolds both walked, before Davis hit a broken-bat flare into shallow center with nobody out to win it. It was a much-needed pick-me-up for the Brewers' new left-fielder, who was only hitting .132 at home this year. Mark Melancon pitched to all four Milwaukee batters in the decisive ninth, as the Crew earned its second walk-off victory in the past week and improved to 8-and-2 over the Pirates this season. The loss dropped Melancon to 1-and-2. Rob Wooten got the win with one-and-a-third innings of scoreless relief. He's now 1-and-1. Rickie Weeks fell a triple short of the cycle, as he went 3-for-4 with his first homer since last July -- a solo shot which gave Milwaukee the early lead. Martin Maldonado also homered for the Brewers, who took two of three from the Pirates while winning four of their last five overall. Tony Sanchez belted a two-run homer, and Gaby Sanchez added a solo shot for Pittsburgh -- which has dropped three of its last four. Milwaukee opens a weekend series in Chicago this afternoon against the Cubs. Right-hander Kyle Lohse faces Cubs' right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
The N-B-A says the sale of the Milwaukee Bucks will be finalized in a few days, after the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved it yesterday. Hedge fund brokers Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry agreed to pay 550-million dollars to retiring owner Herb Kohl. They'll also pick up an undisclosed amount of debt which most teams reportedly carry in the N-B-A's credit unit. Both the new and the old owners each agreed to put 100-million dollars toward the cost of a new arena. The building is expected to cost at least 400-million -- and if construction doesn't begin by 2017, the league can buy the team back. For now, N-B-A Commissioner Adam Silver is singing the praises of the Bucks. He said fans will benefit greatly from Lasry's and Edens' business experience and energy. Silver also thanked Kohl for what he called "outstanding service" to the league and Wisconsin during the 29 years he owned the team. Still to be determined are the futures of general manager John Hammond and coach Larry Drew. Both have two years remaining on their current deals -- and both are scouting potential draft choices at the league's combine in Chicago.
Former Bucks' coach Terry Stotts has been given a multi-year contract extension as the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. Terms were not immediately disclosed. The move comes after Stotts led Portland to a 54-and-28 regular season record with the biggest year-to-year improvement in the team's history. Portland made the playoffs for the first time in three years, making it to the second round before falling in five games to San Antonio. Stotts is 87-and-77 in two seasons with the Trail Blazers. He coached two seasons in Atlanta and two in Milwaukee. The Bucks let him go with 18 games left in 2007. Stotts then spent four years as an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks, where he helped the Mavs win the N-B-A championship in 2011.
The Green Bay Packers are about to open their rookie camp today with four draft choices in the fold. The team announced yesterday that fifth-round center Corey Linsley signed a rookie contract. Media reports said fourth-round outside linebacker Carl Bradford also signed, after fifth-round receiver Jared Abbrederis and seventh-round wide-out Jeff Janis did the same on Wednesday. Five Green Bay draft choices remained unsigned at last word -- including first-round safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and second-round receiver Davante Adams.
The U-W Milwaukee baseball team lost to Wright State 13-to-6 late yesterday, during the Panthers' annual event at Miller Park. Wright State leads the Horizon League at 24-and-3. The Raiders pulled away by scoring five times in the sixth inning, and four more in the seventh. Mitch Ghelfi homered for U-W-M, which dropped to 9-and-13 in the conference and 18-and-26 overall. The Panthers have played on the Brewers' home field every year since 2002. Milwaukee is now 15-and-9 there.
U-W La Crosse and Heidelberg were the first teams to be eliminated yesterday from the N-C-A-A Division-Three baseball regional at Whitewater. The top-seeded Warhawks improved to 2-and-0 in the tournament, with a 13-to-3 pounding of La Crosse. Dylan Friend scored three times and went 2-for-2, as Whitewater won its sixth game in its last seven over the Eagles. Meanwhile, Saint Norbert stayed alive with a 9-to-5 win that eliminated Heidelberg -- and Adrian of Michigan defeated Concordia-Chicago, 4-to-1. There are four teams left. Whitewater can eliminate Adrian with a victory today. Saint Norbert and Concordia-Chicago will also square off, with the loser going home. Also, U-W Stevens Point is now 2-and-0 at the Linfield Regional in Oregon. The Pointers beat Cal Lutheran late last night 5-to-2.
For the second day in a row, thunderstorms suspended play yesterday at the N-C-A-A Division-Three women's golf tournament in Florida. Carthage of Kenosha is in 11th place midway through the third round, which was suspended by darkness last night at Howey-in-the-Hills. The Lady Reds are at 118-over-par, 49 strokes behind first-place Rhodes College. U-W Eau Claire is 14th at 147-over. Concordia of Mequon remains 21st-and-last at 318-over. McKenzie Parks of Carthage is tied for second among the individuals. She was at plus-two after 10 holes of her third round before play ended last night, and she's 13-over for the tournament. Kate Engler still leads Eau Claire, tied for 24th at plus-22. Nina Puch remains Concordia's leader, tied for 74th at 44-over-par. Georgiana Salant of Williams is the overall leader at nine-over.
Rhinelander native Dan Forsman is tied for 24th after the opening round of the Regions Tradition event on the P-G-A senior Champions Tour. Forsman shot a one-over-par 73 yesterday at Shoal Creek in Alabama. That was four strokes behind four leaders -- Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Olin Browne and Chien Soon Lu. On the P-G-A Tour, nobody from Wisconsin is playing in the H-P Byron Nelson Championship at Irving Texas. Peter Hanson is the first-round leader at five-under-par 65.
For the first time, Milwaukee's Miller Park will host an international soccer game. It was announced yesterday that the Mexican soccer club Chivas and Swansea City of the English Premier League will face each other on July 16th at the home of the Brewers. It's part of the annual Chivas tour in the U-S -- and it will be the first pro soccer match played at Miller Park since the ball-yard opened in 2001.