WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Gooden waived under amnesty clause
The Milwaukee Bucks used their amnesty clause yesterday to waive veteran forward Drew Gooden. The team will pay him 13-point-four million dollars for the two years he has left on his contract – but it will not count against the Bucks’ annual salary cap. Gooden becomes the 20th NBA player waived under the amnesty clause, which was added to the league’s collective bargaining agreement in 2011. Teams can only use the clause once, and only on players who were on their rosters before the new bargaining agreement took effect. Gooden is an 11-year NBA veteran who signed a five-year deal with Milwaukee in 2010. He averaged around 11 points and six rebounds in 107 games with the Bucks.
The Bucks lost to Golden State 84-to-73 yesterday in an NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas. Milwaukee trailed by nine points after the first quarter, and never caught up. John Henson – who missed Sunday’s game after hurting his right groin at practice – had 15 rebounds and nine points against the Warriors. But he also committed eight turnovers in 29 minutes. Dominique Jones led Milwaukee with 11 points. Lance Goulborne had 13 for Golden State, which improved to 3-and-0. The Bucks suffered their first loss in the Summer League after a pair of victories. They’ll now advance to a single-elimination tournament which begins today. Milwaukee drew the ninth seed among 22 teams, and will open tomorrow against the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Lakers.
Northern Illinois’ new athletic director credits Wisconsin A-D Barry Alvarez for winning the job. Sean Frazier was named yesterday to head N-I-U’s sports programs, replacing Jeff Compher who left to take a similar post at North Carolina. Frazier had been at the U-W since 2007, and he was the deputy athletic director under Alvarez since 2011. Frazier called Alvarez a friend and a mentor. As the deputy A-D, Frazier said Alvarez taught him quote, “pieces missing in my overall experience” – things like handling coaches and major donors. Earlier this year, Frazier was a finalist for the athletic director’s job at Rutgers. That post went to Julie Hermann.
U-W Milwaukee swimmer Emily McClellan took seventh place yesterday in the 50-meter breast-stroke final at the World University Games in Kazan Russia. She had a time of 31-point-64 seconds – just over a second-and-a-half behind the winner, Iulia Efimova of Russia. Emifova had a record time for the Games of 30-point-12. McClellan, who will be a senior at U-W-M, competed in two events in Kazan. She was also in the 100-breast-stroke, but did not make it to the finals. Also, former Wisconsin Badger Michael Weiss won gold in the 400-individual medley. He had a record time for the World University Games of four-minutes and 12 seconds.
Charlie White of the Eau Claire Express has been named as an injury replacement for the Northwoods League All-Star Game next Tuesday night in Eau Claire. White has 22 stolen bases in 37 games for the Express, batting .287 with 10 R-B-I’s. He’s a sophomore at the University of Maryland, and he’ll replace Jonathan Moroney of Wisconsin Rapids on the All-Star roster for the South Division team. Two dozen players from seven teams in the Badger State will represent the South in next week’s All-Star contest.
The Class-“A” Midwest League returns to action tonight, after taking yesterday off to give the spotlight to the Major League All-Star Game. Interdivisional play continues. The Beloit Snappers are at Dayton Ohio, while the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers open a series at Bowling Green. Beloit and Cedar Rapids share the second-half Western Division lead by two-and-a-half games over Quad Cities. Bowling Green leads the East by a game over South Bend and Great Lakes. Cedar Rapids plays at Lake County tonight. Quad Cities is at Fort Wayne. Peoria plays at home against South Bend. Kane County hosts Great Lakes. Clinton entertains Lansing. And Burlington hosts West Michigan.