WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Spurs easily defeat Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Bucks were badly out-shot and out-rebounded as they lost their ninth straight game, 110-82 at San Antonio last night. The Spurs made 11-of-18 from three-point range, as they out-shot the Bucks 57-to-37 percent. San Antonio controlled the boards 55-37, as they out-scored Milwaukee 46-32 in the paint, and 21-11 on fast breaks. The Bucks did have a two-point lead at 16-to-14, but the Spurs scored the final 15 points of the first quarter to put the game away. They led by 15 at the half, 24 after three-quarters, and as many as 28 in the final period. Brandon Knight scored 21 points as Milwaukee lost its nine straight game. Former Spur Gary Neal played for the first time since his January fourth locker room argument with teammate Larry Sanders. He had three points and three assists. Bucks' guard Luke Ridnour sprained his right wrist late in the first quarter, after he caught up while dribbling between two players. "X"-rays were negative, and Ridnour will undergo an M-R-I today. Patty Mills had 20 points and seven assists for San Antonio, which has won seven-of-eight. Milwaukee dropped to 7-and-33. The Bucks will host Detroit on Wednesday night.
_______________Super Bowl-48 will have Wisconsin flavor on both sides, after Denver and Seattle punched their tickets to the N-F-L title game yesterday. Former Badgers' running back Montee Ball secured the final first down that sealed the Broncos' 26-16 A-F-C victory over New England. Russell Wilson -- Ball's teammate for a year in Madison -- threw a 35-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as the Seahawks topped San Francisco 23-17 in the N-F-C Championship Game. The rookie Ball had 12 carries for 43 yards, plus three catches for another 13 yards. Ex-Packer Paris Lenon had one tackle for the Broncos. Wilson, the second-year Seahawks' quarterback, completed 16-of-25 passes for 215 yards and his lone score. Former Packers' offensive tackle Breno Giacomini provided some of the blocking for Seattle, as both teams netted 308 total yards. Milwaukee native Colin Kaepernick threw for 153 yards and a touchdown for San Francisco -- and he ran for 130 more. Former Packers' general manager Ron Wolf tells the Journal Sentinel he's picking Seattle to win the Super Bowl. Seahawks' G-M John Schneider worked for Wolf many years ago as a scouting assistant in Green Bay. Las Vegas odds-makers had Denver as an early one to two-and-a-half point favorite. _________________
The Marquette men's basketball team will play at Georgetown tonight in the nation's capital. The Golden Eagles will try to get back to .500 in Big East play. They're 2-and-3 after losing by 12 in overtime at Butler on Saturday. That ended a two-game winning streak for Marquette, which has dropped three-of-its-last-five. They'll face a Georgetown squad that's 11-and-6 overall and 3-and-3 in the Big East. The Hoyas fell by 10 at home to Seton Hall on Saturday. Center Mikael Hopkins had 11 points and 15 rebounds in just 26 minutes. Davante Gardner had a double-double for Marquette in its Saturday loss to Butler. The senior forward had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Marquette is 10-and-8 overall. The Eagles lead the conference in scoring defense, giving up almost 64 points a game. They're also third in the league in defensive field-goal percentage at .394. Also tonight, the U-W Parkside men-and-women play at Lewis.
The U-W Green Bay men have their first 10-game winning streak in 18 years, after beating Illinois-Chicago on the road yesterday, 69-to-64. Keifer Sykes took charge for the Phoenix in the final two minutes. He tied the game with a dunk with 2:38 left, and then hit a three-pointer to put up Green Bay up 66-63 with 1:51 to go. The Flames had a chance to tie the game with 11 seconds left, but they had a turnover -- and Sykes had a fast-break dunk at the other end to seal Green Bay's victory. Sykes scored 21 on the day, and Phoenix center Alec Brown had 24. Pat Birt scored 13 for Illinois-Chicago, which fell to 0-and-5 in the Horizon League and 5-and-14 overall. Green Bay remains unbeaten in conference play at 5-and-0. They're 15-and-3 overall, and will host Oakland of Michigan on Wednesday night.
Malcolm Chartier won his second straight title yesterday at the World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River. The 25-year-old Chartier, of Marine City Michigan, led each one of the 30 laps in the Champ-440 feature race. He had nearly lapped the rest of the field near the end, as he became the ninth rider to win back-to-back titles in the Derby's 51-year history. Wausau native Matt Schultz was the runner-up for the second time in three years. He won the event in 2010. Travis McDonald placed third.
The Milwaukee Admirals were swept in a two-game series at Oklahoma City, losing 5-to-4 in a shoot-out yesterday. Milwaukee's Simon Moser sent the game to overtime by scoring with two-point-six seconds left in regulation. C-J Stretch scored the deciding the goal in the shoot-out for Oklahoma City. The Admirals had a season-high 45 shots on goal, but they still managed to drop their third straight -- their longest losing streak of the season. Milwaukee also fell to third place in the Midwest Division standings with 44 points -- two behind Chicago, and 13 in back of division-leading Grand Rapids.
In golf, Jerry Kelly of Madison tied for 13th at the P-G-A's Humana Challenge in La Quinta California. Kelly fired a six-under-par 66 in his fourth-and-final round yesterday to finish at 20-under-par 268. Patrick Reed led wire-to-wire for the victory, at 28-under.