WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers manage two hits as they lose the rubber game to Atlanta
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers have their same 1-and-2 start as a year ago, after losing to Atlanta 1-to-nothing yesterday at Miller Park. Both starting pitchers had no-hitters after six innings -- the first time that's happened in the Majors since mid-June of 2010. It was a tough loss for Matt Garza in his first start for Milwaukee since signing a four-year, 50-million-dollar contract over the winter. He struck out seven in eight innings, giving up a run on two hits. Chris Johnson broke up Garza's no-hit bid in the seventh with a homer to left for the only run of the game. Logan Schafer got the first hit off Atlanta starter Aaron Harang to lead off the seventh. Aramis Ramirez singled for Milwaukee's only other hit of the game. Harang got the win, giving up two hits in six-and-a-third scoreless frames with a walk and three strikeouts. Craig Kimbrel pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his second save. The Braves took 2-of-3 games from Milwaukee in a season-opening series in which the Brewers hit just .184. The Brewers are off today, and will be the opposition for the Red Sox' home opener tomorrow afternoon in Boston.
The Wisconsin men's basketball team arrived in North Texas last evening, where they'll face Kentucky on Saturday night at the N-C-A-A Final Four. Much of the national buzz has centered around the versatile play of center Frank Kaminsky, who was the West Regional's Most Outstanding Player. But former college-and-pro shooting guard Steve Kerr said he believes that junior Traevon Jackson is the unsung hero for Wisconsin. Kerr -- who did the T-V broadcast of the Badgers' regional games -- said the 6-2 Jackson came up huge in last Saturday's win over Arizona. Kerr said he admired Jackson not only for his play on offense, but for his toughness and leadership. Traevon is the son of former N-B-A veteran Jim Jackson. He's averaging 13 points, five-and-a-half rebounds, and four-and-a-half assists in his four N-C-A-A Tournament games. He only made 4-of-14 field goal attempts against Arizona, but Jackson is still shooting at a 44-percent overall clip, and 36-percent from three-point range.
The Miami Heat led all the way last night in beating the Milwaukee Bucks, 96-to-77 in South Florida. The Bucks were swept in their season series with Miami for the first time since 2005. The Heat ruined Milwaukee coach Larry Drew's 56th birthday by holding the Bucks to 43-percent shooting from the floor. The Bucks did out-rebound the Heat 42-to-35, as Miami center Chris Bosh went without a rebound in 26 minutes. All five Miami starters scored before the first timeout of the game. The Heat led 15-to-7 at that point, and they never let up. They led by 18 at the break and rolled from there. LeBron James had 17 points and eight assists in just 29 minutes of play. The Eastern Conference-leading Heat won its fourth straight. Ramon Sessions had 19 points for Milwaukee. Zaza Pachulia pulled down 16 rebounds, as the Bucks dropped their 11th game in their last 12. Bucks' guard O-J Mayo sat out again with a sprained ankle. Milwaukee is now 14-and-61, one loss away from tying a team record for season defeats. The Bucks will play at Chicago tomorrow night.
Former Bucks' assistant Kelvin Sampson will return to the head coaching ranks in college. The 58-year-old Sampson was named yesterday as the new coach at the University of Houston. He'll be introduced today as the replacement for James Dickey, who resigned last month due to private family matters. Media reports said Sampson signed a five-year deal. He spent three years with the Bucks as an assistant from 2008-through-2011 under Scott Skiles. That was right after he was hit with a five-year "show cause" penalty from the N-C-A-A for improperly calling recruits while he coached at both Oklahoma and Indiana. The order effectively barred Sampson from college coaching. It expired in 2013. Sampson is leaving an assistant's post with the N-B-A's Houston Rockets, where he was in his third season.
___________________One of Marquette's verbal commitments is starting his recruiting process over, after Steve Wojciechowski became the new coach this week. Sun Prairie high school point guard Nick Noskowiak has not signed a scholarship offer yet -- so he doesn't need Marquette's approval to look at other schools. The Golden Eagles have four incoming freshmen who are signed for next fall, and they cannot leave until after they've spoken with the new coach. Noskowiak will play his senior year in high school this fall. He said he would have loved playing for Buzz Williams, who left Marquette for Virginia Tech. Noskowiak said he'd like "Coach Wojo" to be interested in him -- but he still felt he had to start over. He did get an offer recently from Xavier. ____________________
Milwaukee Hamilton senior Kevon Looney had six points and 11 rebounds in the McDonald's All-American boys' high school game last night in Chicago. Looney also had a pair of blocked shots, as his East team lost to the West 105-to-102. Looney is a 6-9 forward who will play his college ball at U-C-L-A. He was the first player from Wisconsin to be in the McDonald's All-American game since Brian Butch of Appleton in 2003.