WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Chelios elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame
Chris Chelios has become the first Wisconsin player to be named to the Hockey Hall-of-Fame. Chelios and Scott Niedermayer were elected in their first years of eligibility. Brendan Shanahan was picked in his second year on the ballot. Former Toronto coach Fred Shero and Canadian women’s player Geraldine Heaney were also selected. They’ll all be inducted on November 11th in Toronto. Chelios spent two seasons in Madison, helping the Badgers win the 1983 NCAA championship. He left to join Team USA for the first of his four Olympics in 1984. Chelios played a record-tying 26 years in the NHL, winning three Stanley Cups and three Norris Trophies as the league’s best defenseman. He was 48 when he retired in 2010, after playing over 19-hundred pro hockey games.
The Milwaukee Bucks are expected to finalize a trade today in which small forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute goes to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for two draft picks. Reports say the Bucks will get a second-round pick in 2016, and another second-rounder in 2018. The deal was reported just hours before the league’s moratorium on trades and contract signings ended at 11 last night. On Twitter, Mbah a Moute said he had just arrived in his native Cameroon when he learned of the deal – and he thanked the Bucks organization and Milwaukee fans for being a home to him for the past five years. Kings’ general manager Pete D’Alessandro said he hopes Mbah a Moute will bolster his team’s defense, which gave up a league-high 105 points a game last season. The 26-year-old Mbah a Moute was the Bucks’ main stopper on defense, averaging about seven points and five-and-a-half rebounds a game for his career. He’s had injury problems the last two seasons, and had knee surgery last summer.
Former Bucks’ guard Monta Ellis is expected to decide in the next few days where he’ll play next. Media reports said the eight-year NBA veteran is considering offers from Sacramento, Dallas, and Atlanta. Ellis led the Bucks in scoring with just over 19 points a game last season. He became a free agent after he refused to exercise an 11-million-dollar player option to stay in Milwaukee next season.
The Marquette men’s basketball team will host Ohio State on November 16th. The Golden Eagles announced their non-conference schedule yesterday. Marquette and the Buckeyes were supposed to play last year on an aircraft carrier off the South Carolina coast – but the game couldn’t start because the court kept getting too much condensation. The Eagles will open their home schedule on November eighth against Southern. They’ve also got home contests against New Hampshire and Grambling State. Marquette will play its annual game at Wisconsin on December 7th, and will travel to Arizona State November 25th. They’ll be in the Wooden Legacy Tournament in Fullerton California during the Thanksgiving weekend. Marquette also has an 18-game schedule in the new Big East Conference, which will be announced at a later date.
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch won a race at the Milwaukee Mile last night. He finished almost two-point-three seconds ahead of Travis Sauter to win the Howie Lettow Memorial-150, part of the ARCA Midwest Tour. Busch led for 104 of the 115 laps, in a race shortened 35 laps due to a long caution from a crash over a-third of the way in. Travis Sauter was the event’s returning champion. His uncle Johnny Sauter, who’s on the NASCAR truck circuit, finished third. NASCAR star Matt Kenseth of Cambridge left early with engine trouble. He was 41st among the 43 drivers. Kenseth’s son Ross placed 24th.