WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Bucks do end up with Parker
Both the Milwaukee Bucks and Jabari Parker got their wish, when the team chose the Duke freshman forward with the second overall pick in last night's N-B-A Draft. The Bucks were looking for a solid offensive player who could contribute immediately, and Parker said he was looking for a team he could grow with from the get-go. The 19-year-old Parker, who's from Chicago, said he's glad to be playing close to his hometown -- and wanted to be with the Bucks because they were "all in" with him. Co-owner Marc Lasry called Parker "a great kid" who's ready to go. The 6-8 Parker is expected to play at either forward position. E-S-P-N said Parker was one of three college freshmen in the last 15 years to average 19 points and eight rebounds a game while shooting 35-percent from three-point range. General manager John Hammond said Parker causes match-up problems -- and he can go in the post and score off his own miss. Milwaukee badly needs post-up scoring. The Bucks averaged less than six-points a game from the post last season, the fourth-worst in the N-B-A.
In the second round last night, the Bucks took small forward Damien Inglis of French Guiana with the 31st overall pick -- and they took L-S-U forward Johnny O'Bryant-the-Third with the 36th choice. Milwaukee also selected shooting guard Lamar Patterson of Pitt at Number-48. The Bucks traded him to Atlanta. In exchange, Milwaukee will get a second-round draft pick from Brooklyn next year. Also, Thanasis Antetokounmpo -- the younger brother of Milwaukee's Giannis -- was taken by the New York Knicks with the 51st pick. U-W Green Bay center Alec Brown was taken 50th by Phoenix.
Wily Peralta won his fifth straight start, as the Milwaukee Brewers topped Colorado 7-to-4 last night at Miller Park. Peralta struck out seven in six innings, while giving up four runs on eight hits with a pair of walks. He improved to 9-and-5. Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 26th save, tying John Wetteland for 12th on the all-time career saves' list with 330. Rickie Weeks fell a triple short of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with an R-B-I and two runs scored. His homer came during the Brewers' opening at-bat. It was Weeks' 26th career lead-off blast. Ryan Wheeler belted his first career grand slam in the fourth, providing the Rockies' only offense. The Brewers regained the lead in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Braun. Aramis Ramirez and Scooter Gennett each hit two-run homers, as the Brewers have now won six-of-eight overall and four straight over the Rockies. Colorado has dropped nine of its last ten, including three straight to the Crew last weekend in Denver. Christian Friedrich took the loss last night, giving up five runs on nine hits in four frames. He did strike out eight, while falling to 0-and-2. The Brewers extended their lead to five-and-a-half games in the National League Central after second-place Saint Louis lost. Milwaukee and Colorado play again tonight at Miller Park. Right-hander Kyle Lohse goes for his tenth win of the year against Rockies' left-hander Tyler Matzek.
Milwaukee reached the halfway point of its season last night with its win over Colorado. The Brewers are 49-and-32, with the most victories for a first-half in their 45-year history. It's also the largest victory total in the Majors at the moment, as the Crew continues to have the second-best record in both leagues with a .605 winning percentage. Only Oakland is better at 48-and-30, at a .615 clip. Manager Ron Roenicke says there's always room for improvement, but the Crew has no glaring weaknesses right now. Milwaukee has had a one-and-a-half to five-and-a-half-game lead in the National League Central over the past month. The lead is now five-and-a-half over second-place Saint Louis. Don't count your chickens just yet, but the Brewers are in a good position to make the playoffs. Since the Wild Card was introduced almost two decades ago, teams in first-place after 81 games made the post-season 69-and-a-half percent of the time -- and they've won their divisions 61-percent of the time.
The W-I-A-A Board of Control voted unanimously yesterday to make high school football teams ease back on their practices starting in August. Meeting in Stevens Point, the board adopted proposals crafted by the state coaches' association, the W-I-A-A's medical advisory council, and top W-I-A-A officials. It comes in response to growing concerns about player safety at all levels of football. The new rules basically define two types of practice procedures -- drill-contact, and competition-full contact. Drill-contact is basically defined as drills with no contact or bags, and it's the only thing allowed during the first week of practices. Competition-contact is limited to 75 minutes during the second week of practice, not including scrimmages. After that, the competition contact is limited to 60 minutes a week, not including games. W-I-A-A director Dave Anderson says he doesn't know of too many coaches that would be "hard-pressed" by the new rules. He said only a few coaches have full live tackling at practice after the first scrimmage of the year anyway.
In golf, Pewaukee native Mark Wilson struggled in his first round at the P-G-A's Quicken Loans National tournament in Bethesda Maryland. Wilson had four straight bogeys on his way to a five-over-par round of 76 yesterday at the Congressional Country Club. Wilson, the only Wisconsin golfer in the tournament, is tied for 112th -- and he's got a lot of catching up to do today, if he wants to stay around for the weekend. Greg Chalmers is the tournament leader at five-under-66.
Rhinelander native Dan Forsman is tied for 29th after the opening round of the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh. Forsman shot a one-under-par 69 yesterday at Fox Chapel. He's five strokes behind a trio of first-round leaders -- Joe Durant, David Frost, and Doug Garwood.
Johnny Sauter of Necedah held on to the season points' lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, after he took ninth last night at the UNOH-225 in Sparta Kentucky. Sauter now has 297 points after eight truck events. That's eight more than second-place Matt Crafton. Kyle Busch won the race, making him 5-for-5 in Truck Series' starts in 2014.
Milwaukee's oldest downtown arena is getting a new name. A ten-year deal with U-W Milwaukee was announced yesterday, in which the former U-S Cellular Arena will now be named the "U-W Milwaukee Panther Arena." The school will also get the right to hold concerts and other programs at the facility, which is attached to the Milwaukee Theatre in what used to be known as the "MECCA" complex when the Bucks played there in the 1970's and 80's. U-W Milwaukee now plays most of its home men's basketball games at the arena, which was built in 1950. The university will pay three-point-four million dollars for its naming rights and other privileges over ten years. Officials say the money will come from program revenues and foundation resources. The school also has the option to extend the contract until 2029.