WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers wondering when Segura will return
As the Milwaukee Brewers return from their All-Star break, one big question mark is the immediate future of shortstop Jean Segura. He returned to his home in the Dominican Republic last weekend, after learning that his nine-month-old son Janniel died last Friday after a brief illness. Brewers' general manager Doug Melvin has been trying to reach Segura to find out his plans for rejoining the team. The G-M said his office has left messages -- but as of yesterday, they were still waiting to hear from the 2013 All-Star. Melvin said the team will support Segura in whatever he decides to do -- and he knows his teammates will be there for him as well. Segura can remain on the team's official bereavement list through tomorrow. If he's still not back, the Brewers could put him on a restricted list. For now, utility player Elian Herrera is taking Segura's spot on the roster. Jeff Bianchi is also back up to provide some extra help. The Brewers' first game after the All-Star break is tomorrow night at Washington.
The first pro soccer exhibition match played at Milwaukee's Miller Park ended in a 1-1 tie. Over 31-thousand fans watched Chivas of Mexico's top league take on Swansea City of the English Premier League. After a scoreless first half, Swans' midfielder Nathan Dyer scored the first goal of the night in the 57th minute. Giovanni Hernandez scored the only goal for Chivas on a penalty kick in the 90th and final minute. Chivas midfielder Jesus Sanchez and Swans' defensemen Neil Taylor were given red cards for a shoving match in the 80th minute.
The Milwaukee Bucks got crushed by San Antonio last night, 100-to-71 in the N-B-A Summer League. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 20 points with seven rebounds, as the Bucks fell to 0-and-4 in their five-game summer schedule in Las Vegas. First-round rookie forward Jabari Parker added 16 points, making ten of his 13 free throws. San Antonio's first-round draft pick Kyle Anderson scored 14 points. Former Marquette guard Vander Blue added 12 for the Spurs. The Bucks' loss dropped them to the consolation bracket after tournament play began yesterday. Milwaukee will close out its Summer League schedule tomorrow afternoon against Golden State.
The Bucks are reportedly close to signing free-agent point guard Jerryd Bayless. He split time with Memphis and Boston last season. The Journal Sentinel says Bayless is in line for a possible two-year contract worth a total of six-to-seven million dollars, with no player-or-team options. The 6-3 Bayless averaged 10 points and three assists for the Celtics, after being acquired to help fill in for the injured Rajon Rondo. He played mostly at the shooting guard spot for Boston, and he could add depth and versatility to Milwaukee's back-court. The 6-3 Bayless is joining his sixth N-B-A team in seven seasons, starting at Portland in 2008. Coach Jason Kidd has been auditioning second-year forward Giannis Antetokounmpo at the point during the Bucks' N-B-A Summer League games. The Bucks also have Nate Wolters and last year's starting point guard Brandon Knight.
In golf, Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon won his first match yesterday at the U-S Amateur Public Links Championship in Newton Kansas. The tournament's defending champion eliminated Zecheng Dou of China 4-and-2. Charlie Danielson of Osceola also won his Round-of-64 match, defeating Aaron Flores of San Antonio 6-and-5. Kyle Henning of Brookfield lost to Garrett Rank of Canada 5-and-4. The Round-of-32 begins this morning. Niebrugge will play Easton Paxton of Riverton Wyoming. Danielson will take on Joshua Baskins of Redding California.