WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: RF women's hockey to play in DIII Frozen Four
RIVER FALLS -- Two Wisconsin men's hockey teams will play on Friday in the national semi-finals of their N-C-A-A Division-Three tournament in Lewiston Maine. Saint Norbert will play New York-Geneseo. And U-W Stevens Point will face Oswego State. The Pointers advanced with a 3-nothing quarter-final victory over Saint Thomas of Saint Paul. Saint Norbert made the national semis with a 7-2 victory over Adrian of Michigan. Friday's winners will go for the national crown on Saturday night. In the Division-Three Women's Frozen Four, U-W River Falls will play Norwich in Friday night's semi-finals at Plattsburgh New York. The winner will go for the national title on Saturday night against either Plattsburgh or Saint Thomas.
The Milwaukee Brewers gave up three runs in the ninth inning yesterday in losing to Arizona, 6-to-5 in an exhibition contest at Scottsdale. Tony Campana singled in the game-winning run for the D-Backs. Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke was ejected in the ninth, after he lost an argument that Arizona's Shelley Duncan ran out of the baseline to score. Milwaukee's Opening Day starter, Yovani Gallardo, gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck out a pair. Khris Davis and Caleb Gindl both homered for the Brewers. The game was delayed for about five minutes in the second inning when a swarm of bees overtook the Diamondbacks' bullpen and gathered at the left field foul pole. Milwaukee's exhibition record fell to 8-and-11. The Crew will play the Chicago White Sox this afternoon.
Wisconsin driver Matt Kenseth finished 13th in last night's rain-delayed NASCAR Food City-500 at Bristol Tennessee. The Cambridge native led for the most laps, 165, despite being rear-ended by Timmy Hill over a third of the way through. Even with heavy damage under his rear spoiler, Kenseth was in contention until he lost his handling with about 100 laps to go. The start of the race was delayed two hours by rain. There was enough another rain delay lasting three hours and 20 minutes, almost 125 into the race. Kenseth fell one spot in the Sprint Cup season point standings to eighth. Beloit-born Danica Patrick finished 18th, and rose five spots for the year to 28th after four events. Paul Menard of Eau Claire placed 21st, and one rose spot in the standings to 17th. Travis Kvapil of Janesville took 33rd in his third race of 2014. He rose two spots in the Sprint Cup standings to 41st. Carl Edwards won the race. Brad Keselowski moved into the points lead.
Madison golfer Jerry Kelly tied for 58th at the P-G-A's Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor Florida. Kelly shot a four-over-par 75 in his fourth and final round yesterday to finish at six-over-290. John Senden won his first P-G-A tournament in over seven years, finishing at seven-under-277.
On the senior P-G-A Champions Tour, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for 27th place at the Toshiba Classic. Forsman shot an even-par 71 in his third and final round yesterday in Newport Beach California. He finished at eight-under-205 -- seven strokes behind the winner, Fred Couples.
Wisconsin will play either Michigan or Penn State on Friday afternoon in the inaugural Big Ten Conference men's hockey tournament in Saint Paul Minnesota. The Badgers earned the Number-two seed among the six competing schools. Wisconsin had 40 points after completing its conference regular season at 13-6-and-1. Minnesota was the inaugural Big Ten regular season champion with 45 points and a mark of 14-3-and-3. The Gophers have the top seed in the conference tourney. They'll await winner of a first-round game on Thursday night between fourth-seeded Ohio State and Number-five Michigan State. Third-seeded Michigan and Number-six Penn State will open the tournament on Thursday afternoon, with the winner to face the Badgers the next day. The league title game is set for Saturday night. Meanwhile, the fourth-seeded Badger women will play Number-One Minnesota on Friday night at their Frozen Four in Hamden Connecticut. Mercyhurst and Clarkson are in the other national semi. The national title will be decided next Sunday afternoon.