WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Bucks to take the second pick in the draft
Once again, the team with the N-B-A's worst record will not get the top pick in the June 26th draft. But the Milwaukee Bucks did nail down the Number-two selection during last night's lottery -- and new owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens were very happy with that. Edens' 18-year-old daughter Mallory appeared on stage during the T-V broadcast. Her father said the Bucks would have had great options, even if they were given their lowest possible spot at Number-four -- but the two-slot should give them something even better. Kansas center Joel Embiid and guard Andrew Wiggins are among the possibilities -- along with forwards Julius Randle of Kentucky, Jabari Parker from Duke, and Australian point guard Dante Exum. Edens also criticized the notion -- expressed most recently by an N-B-A general manager -- that the top picks will want to avoid Milwaukee. The new owner says the city is a great place to live and play, and they'll all want to work out there. Bucks' G-M John Hammond will make the selections. He was given at least a short-term vote of confidence by the new owners, with two years left on his contract. Hammond said he feels better about getting the Number-two instead of the worst-case scenario at four. He expressed disappointment that Cleveland shot up from the ninth spot to win the Number-One pick. The Cavs had a one-point-seven percent chance of winning it. The Bucks had a 25-percent shot.
Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo sprained his left ankle during last night's 5-nothing Brewers' loss at Atlanta. With one out in the Braves' fourth, Gallardo tried to make a leaping snag on a high-chopping grounder from Julio Teheran -- but instead, he rolled the ankle and grimaced in pain. Gallardo left the game -- and to add insult to injury, he suffered the loss to drop to 2-and-3. Manager Ron Roenicke said Gallardo is questionable for his next start -- but otherwise, he's day-to-day. Tyler Thornburg replaced Gallardo, giving up one run in three-and-two-thirds innings. The Brewers lost their season-high fourth game, and were shut out for the second time in four days. Teheran went all the way for his second career shutout -- a six-hitter in which he walked two and struck out eight. Gallardo gave up four runs on four hits with three walks in his three-and-a-third frames. Milwaukee has now gone three games without a quality start, its longest stretch of the year. Andrelton Simmons hit a solo homer, and Justin Upton belted his third homer in as many games. The Braves have now won three straight overall, and eleven of their last 13 over Milwaukee at Turner Field. Game-Three of their four-game set is tonight. Brewers' right-hander Kyle Lohse will go up against veteran righty Ervin Santana.
The 2018 Super Bowl will be played about 25 miles west of the Wisconsin border in Minneapolis. Yesterday, N-F-L owners awarded Super Bowl-52 to Minnesota on the fourth ballot. Indianapolis was the first to be eliminated, followed by New Orleans -- which has hosted the N-F-L title game ten times, including in the 1996 season when the Packers won it. The Vikings won the 2018 bid largely on the strength of their new stadium that will open in two years. It will seat 63-thousand normally, but will expand to 72-thousand for what will be Minnesota's second Super Bowl. The Washington Redskins won Super Bowl-26 at the former Metrodome in 1992. Next year's game will be in Glendale Arizona. Super Bowl-50 will then be staged in Santa Clara California. It's Houston after that, and then Minneapolis.
Wisconsin senior Mohammed Ahmed was named yesterday as the men's Big Ten outdoor track athlete of the year. He won the five-thousand meters at last weekend's conference meet, and placed second in the ten-thousand. The Badgers' Mick Byrne was named the league's coach of the year, just a couple months after he won the league's indoor track coaching honors. Wisconsin had three first-place finishes at the league meet, as the Badgers won their 19th outdoor-and-indoor men's track crown in the last 14 years.
Beaver Dam native Dan Woltman is on a pro tour in Asia this year. The 27-year-old former Badger and State Open and State Amateur champion is playing on the One-Asia Tour, after placing ninth in the tour's U-S qualifier in January. Besides the game, Woltman is facing a host of new challenges -- like long international flights to Korea and Hong Kong, smog in Beijing, stomach bugs, and language barriers. But he tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the money makes it worth it. Woltman said each tournament has a minimum purse of two-million dollars, so there's a top prize of at least 200-thousand every week. He said the Asian Tour also opens the door to the more prestigious European Tour. Woltman has played in several mini-tours, but said none have a good avenue to the P-G-A's second tier, the Web-Dot-Com Tour. Woltman's permanent home is now near Atlanta. He expects to play in about half-dozen events on the One-Asia Tour this year.