WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Lucroy had two of the NL's three RBI in All-Star Game
MINNEAPOLIS -- The American League won its second straight All-Star Game, 5-to-3 last night in Minneapolis. All four Milwaukee Brewers on the National League squad had solid performances. Jonathan Lucroy hit a pair of R-B-I doubles in his two at-bats. Aramis Ramirez singled and doubled. He scored the N-L's first run in the second inning, after the A-L jumped out on top 3-nothing. Carlos Gomez struck out and popped out, but he had a couple of nice catches in his unfamiliar position in left field -- where he robbed the game's M-V-P, Mike Trout, of an extra-base hit in the third frame. Brewers' closer Francisco Rodriguez walked a batter but threw an otherwise perfect sixth inning. It ended when Dee Gordon made a great play on a grounder at second base.
Saint Louis reliever Pat Neshek, who was born in Madison and raised in suburban Minneapolis, took the loss while giving up the deciding two runs in the fifth which broke a 3-3 tie. Ex-Brewers' pitcher Zack Greinke of the L-A Dodgers threw a perfect frame. Former Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Adam Jones of Baltimore and Felix Hernandez of Seattle both played for the American League. Hernandez struck out a pair, gave up a hit, and threw a wild pitch in his one inning of work. Jones and former Brewers' prospect Nelson Cruz of the Orioles both went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Michael Brantley of Cleveland -- whom Milwaukee traded in 2008 to rent C-C Sabathia for a playoff run -- went 0-for-1. The N-L only went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, as the American League earned the home-field advantage for this fall's World Series.
While the Brewers' All-Star break continues for two more days, their home ballpark will host an international soccer match tonight. More than 30-thousand fans are expected at Milwaukee's Miller Park to watch Chivas of Mexico play Swansea City of the English Premier League. Chivas is an eleven-time champion of Mexico's top pro league, Liga M-X. General manager Paco Palencia says so many Americans watch his team play on T-V, the Milwaukee visit feels like home. Chivas is in the middle of a five-city U-S tour. Swansea City trained in Chicago last week, and will play Minnesota United before returning home to get ready for a season that begins on August 16th.
The N-B-A's Board of Governors has approved a slate of minority owners for the Milwaukee Bucks. Commissioner Adam Silver said the approval came yesterday at a meeting of league owners in Las Vegas. Silver did not say who would help provide financial support to the Bucks' new principal owners, Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. The full list is due out soon. The Journal Sentinel said one possible owner is Milwaukee businessman Ted Kellner. He's the executive chair of the Fiduciary Management firm, and he chairs the Metro Milwaukee Association of Commerce. Silver said he's not sure if Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers is part of the Bucks' new ownership group. The commissioner confirmed that Edens discussed the matter with Rodgers, but he was not certain how those talks turned out. Edens gave his fellow owners a progress report on plans for a new downtown arena in Milwaukee.
Former NASCAR driver Chris Wimmer of Wausau won the 35th Slinger Nationals' race north of Milwaukee last night. Wimmer beat out six-time champion Matt Kenseth, the Top-ten Sprint Cup driver from Cambridge, by two-tenths of a second. Casey Johnson of Cambridge was third, after an ignition box failure cost him the lead. Dennis Prunty led for 170 of the 199 laps, but he faltered at the end. Conrad Morgan of Waukesha placed fourth. Former NASCAR driver Lowell Bennett of Neenah placed eighth.
Former Wisconsin men's basketball coach Stu Jackson will become a top official in the Big East Conference. Jackson was named yesterday as the league's senior associate commissioner for men's basketball, overseeing Marquette among other programs. He'll be in charge of league basketball operations, and strategic planning. Jackson led the Badgers to a pair of post-season tournament appearances from 1992-through-'94. He later served as the general manager of the N-B-A's former Vancouver Grizzlies, and he spent 13 years in the N-B-A's front office.
Three Wisconsin golfers have advanced to the match play Round-of-64 at the U-S Amateur Public Links tournament in Newton Kansas. Charlie Danielson of Osceola tied for seventh place in two rounds of stroke play, at four-under-138 Monday and yesterday. Defending champion Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon and Kyle Henning of Brookfield both tied for 46th, both at four-over-146. Danielson will play Aaron Flores of San Antonio in today's first head-to-head matches. Niebrugge will take on Zecheng Dou of China. Henning goes against Garrett Rank of Canada.