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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Hammond confident Knight will excel as new Bucks point guard

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Milwaukee Bucks’ general manager John Hammond says he’s confident that Brandon Knight will excel in his new role as the Bucks’ starting point guard. Hammond acquired the 21-year-old Knight from Detroit in a deal that was made official yesterday. Knight played one season at Kentucky before joining the NBA and becoming the Pistons’ starting point guard in both of his pro seasons. He averaged 13 points and four assists per game, while shooting 37-percent from three-point range. Hammond says Knight is a legitimate NBA point guard who has tremendous growth ahead of him. The G-M made it clear that veteran Luke Ridnour would back up Knight, just as Ridnour backed up Brandon Jennings in his previous stint in Milwaukee. The Bucks sent Jennings to the Pistons in exchange for Knight, forward Khris Middleton, and center Viacheslav Kravtsov. The Bucks could make some kind of deal for Kravtsov, since Milwaukee already has three centers in Larry Sanders, Zaza Pachulia, and Miroslav Raduljica. 

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Green Bay Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy says he’d like to see somebody besides Randall Cobb step up and become the team’s main kick returner. It hasn’t happened yet, but McCarthy hopes a viable candidate will emerge during the pre-season. With Greg Jennings and Donald Driver gone, the Packers want the third-year Cobb to focus on his main position at wide receiver. McCarthy says Cobb has been the most impressive by far during the first week of Training Camp – and he’d be the punt-and-kickoff returner if the season were to begin today. Jeremy Ross is the other leading candidate, but he muffed a punt at yesterday’s practice. Rookie running back Johnathan Franklin has also shown some promise, but he dropped a punt and a kickoff yesterday. Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, Myles White, Lloyce Means, Tyrone Walker, and Omarius Hines have also auditioned for the return jobs. Also at practice yesterday, first-round defensive lineman Datone Jones turned heads when he lifted blocker Andrew Datko in the air during a one-on-one drill. Guard T-J Lang calls Jones an “explosive” player. Camp continues with another practice this morning. 

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Marquette men’s basketball guard Todd Mayo had successful knee surgery on his left meniscus yesterday. He’s one of two shooting guards on the Golden Eagles’ roster after Vander Blue left for the pros. Mayo will be a junior. He could be ready for the start of the season this fall, but Marquette coach Buzz Williams is not sure. Williams says it all depends on how the rehab goes. 

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In golf, Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon is continuing his hot streak. The 19-year-old Oklahoma State player has scored back-to-back victories the past two weeks at the U-S Amateur Public Links Championship and the State Amateur. Now, Niebrugge is tied for the lead after two rounds of stroke play in the Western Amateur Championship in Roland Arkansas. He shot a three-under-par 69 yesterday, for a two-day total of nine-under-135. He’s among the Top-44 who advanced to two more rounds of stroke play. The Top-16 will square off in match play, with a winner to be crowned on Sunday. Charlie Danielson of Osceola failed to make the cut after yesterday’s play. He ended up in a tie for 92nd among a field of 154. 

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