State sports briefs: Bucks' Delfino scores 23 in Argentina's win over BrazilWisconsin Sports
- Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Carlos Delfino scored 23 points for his native Argentina last night, in a tune-up game for the World Basketball Championships.
Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Carlos Delfino scored 23 points for his native Argentina last night, in a tune-up game for the World Basketball Championships.
Delfino made six three-pointers in a 77-73 Argentina victory over Brazil. The world tournament begins on August 28th in Turkey. Bucks’ forward Ersan Ilyasova is playing for the host nation. Bucks’ center Andrew Bogut was expected to play for his native Australia – but he’s out as he recovers from hand and elbow injuries. No Bucks players are on the U.S. squad.
A defensive back from Texas is the latest to say he’ll play his college football at the University of Wisconsin next year. Bennett Okotcha gave a verbal commitment yesterday to the Badgers. He’s from Coppell, Texas – and he goes to the same high school attended by Wisconsin corner Devin Smith. Rivals.com recruiting website said Okotcha turned down scholarship offers from Minnesota, Wake Forest, and Baylor. He’s the 10th known recruit for Wisconsin’s Class-of-2011.
Badgers’ receiver David Gilreath and linebacker Chris Borland have been placed on watch lists for two national awards. The senior Gilreath is a candidate for the Paul Hornung Award, to be given for the first time to the most versatile player in college football. Borland is a candidate for the Dick Butkus Award, given to the game’s top linebacker. Gilreath has gained over four-thousand total yards in his career as a receiver, punt-and-kickoff returner, and rusher. Borland was a freshman All-American after having five sacks, 10-and-a-half tackles for losses, and three fumble recoveries last season.
The Wisconsin volleyball team is coming off its first losing season in 18 years – but they still received votes in the national pre-season coaches’ poll. The Badgers received five votes, after going 11-18 a year ago. Three-time defending NCAA champion Penn State is at number-one. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin women’s soccer is projected to finish third in the Big Ten this season. That’s according to the league’s pre-season coaches’ poll. The Badgers were 5-1-4 in league play a year ago. Twelve-time defending champion Penn State is the favorite to win again.
UW-La Crosse has named Josh Whitman as its new athletic director. He replaces Joe Baker, who became the new AD at Carroll University in Waukesha. Whitman played four years in the NFL with Buffalo, San Diego, Seattle, and Miami. He has also been an athletics administrator at the University of Illinois, where he played as a tight end. And for the last year, Whitman has practiced sports law for a Washington D.C. law firm.