WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Kenseth finishes ninth in New Hampshire
Matt Kenseth of Cambridge placed ninth in yesterday's NASCAR race in Loudon New Hampshire. Kenseth remains sixth in the Sprint Cup point standings, after his 10th Top-10 finish of the year in the Camping World R-V Sales-301. Paul Menard of Eau Claire finished 17th, despite having contact that sent Jeff Gordon spinning on Lap-258. Menard is still at Number-20 in the season point totals. Beloit-born Danica Patrick finished 37th, after a crash ended her day on Lap-238 of the scheduled 301. She dropped two spots for the year to 27th. Travis Kvapil of Janesville also got into an accident, leaving after 236 laps. He remains 35th in the standings. Brian Vickers won his first Sprint Cup race since 2009 in a green-white-checkered overtime finish. Jimmie Johnson is still the series' point leader.
The Milwaukee Bucks improved to 2-and-0 in the N-B-A Summer League with a 69-to-61 win over New Orleans yesterday. The game was tied at the break, and the Bucks out-scored the Pelicans 42-to-34 in the second half. The Bucks shot 50-percent – and they shot 26 free throws, twice as many as New Orleans. Dominique Jones led the Bucks with 16 points, four rebounds, and two assists. He scored 11 in the fourth quarter, including six from the line. Second-year Bucks’ forward John Henson did not play. He hurt his right groin at practice late last week, and was held out as a precaution. Brian Roberts scored 20 for the Pelicans, who dropped to 1-and-1. The Bucks are off today, and will play Golden State tomorrow.
In golf, Jerry Kelly of Madison tied for fourth place, and Steve Stricker of Madison tied for 10th at the John Deere Classic in Silvis Illinois. Kelly just barely missed his first P-G-A Tour victory in four years when he finished at 18-under-par 266. That was one stroke behind Jordan Speith, Zach Johnson, and David Hearn. Speith won the tournament in a five-hole playoff. Kelly shot a three-under-par 68 in his final round yesterday, to cap off his best finish on the Tour since placing third in the Honda Classic two years ago. Stricker shot a five-under-66 yesterday, and closed out at 16-under-268. It was his fifth straight Top-10 finish at the John Deere, after winning the event three straight times and then placing fifth a year ago.
Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for 50th at the U-S Senior Open in Omaha. Forsman shot a two-over-par 72 in his final round yesterday to finish at eight-over-288. That was 21 strokes behind the winner, Kenny Perry.
In rowing, former Olympian and former Wisconsin Badger Russ James helped Team U-S-A win the men’s eight at the World Cup in Switzerland. The Americans came from behind to end Germany’s four-year winning streak in the event. Former Badgers’ Olympian Grant James won gold in the men’s four. Ex-Badgers’ All-American Vicki Optiz helped the U-S women’s eight set a new world record in winning their two-thousand-meter race. And Wisconsin Olympian Kristin Hedstrom took second in the women’s light-weight double sculls.