Morning State Sports Briefs: Brewers trade for Blue Jays' MarcumThe Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly made a trade to get Toronto Blue Jays’ starter Shaun Marcum. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said the Brewers dealt away their top draft choice from 2008, second baseman Brett Lawrie – and it was not immediately known if the deal involved other players.
The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly made a trade to get Toronto Blue Jays’ starter Shaun Marcum. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said the Brewers dealt away their top draft choice from 2008, second baseman Brett Lawrie – and it was not immediately known if the deal involved other players.
The trade was made yesterday, in advance of baseball’s winter meetings that begin today near Orlando. Brewers’ general manager Doug Melvin said he could not confirm the trade because it wasn’t completed yet. The players involved must pass physicals with their new teams first. The 28-year-old Marcum went 13-8 for Toronto this year with a 3.64 ERA in 31 starts. He was the Blue Jays’ Opening Day starter after Roy Halladay was sent to Philadelphia. Toronto drafted Marcum in the third round in 2003. He’s been up with the Blue Jays since 2006. He had Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in 2008, and he missed the entire ’09 season. Marcum will be eligible for free agency after two more seasons. The 21-year-old Lawrie is a native of Canada. He was drafted as a catcher, but he wanted to move to second base and he did. Lawrie committed 25 errors in that spot at Double-“A” Huntsville this year, but he had a solid bat with a .285 average, a .797 on-base-plus-slugging-percentage, 36 doubles, eight homers, 63 RBI’s, and 30 stolen bases in 135 games.
The UW-Whitewater and Mount Union football teams are still on track to meet in their sixth straight NCAA Division-Three title game. Second-seeded Whitewater will play at the tournament's top seed, Wesley of Delaware, next Saturday in the national semi-finals. Mount Union of Ohio will stay home to face Bethel. The semi-final winners will play in the Division III title contest, the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, on December 18th in Salem, Virginia. Whitewater advanced with a 20-10 road victory Saturday against the top seed in its bracket, North Central of suburban Chicago. The Warhawks came from behind in the fourth quarter with the help of two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Wesley eliminated Mary Hardin-Baylor 19-9. Mount Union crushed Alfred 37-7 to advance to the semis for the 16th straight year. And Bethel eliminated fellow Minnesota conference rival Saint Thomas 12-7 in St. Paul.
The LeBron-Wade-and-Bosh show comes to Milwaukee tonight, as the Miami Heat play the Bucks at the Bradley Center. It’s their first visit since LeBron James made his controversial televised announcement that he was leaving Cleveland for “South Beach.” Fans have booed the Heat’s new all-star trio at every stop on the road – but Milwaukee fans still enjoy Dwayne Wade after he led Marquette to a Final Four while in college. Miami has won four straight, and the Heat are 13-8. Wade, James, and Chris Bosh have been stepping it up. They scored a combined 75 points in the Heat’s 89-77 home win over Atlanta on Saturday night. The Bucks are coming off a home win over Orlando on Saturday, in which the Magic were without several players due to illness – including Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson. Bucks’ center Andrew Bogut scored 31 points in his first game after suffering back spasms in late November. Point guard Brandon Jennings has picked up the slack from the Bucks’ injuries. He’s been averaging 25 points in his last five games.
The University of Wisconsin women's basketball team lost its seventh straight game, 50-42 at Oklahoma State yesterday in the Big Ten-Big 12 Challenge. The Badgers were up by two with eight-and-a-half minutes left. But the Cowgirls held Wisconsin scoreless for over eight minutes, until Jade Davis made a basket with 19 seconds to go for the Badgers' final points. Wisconsin committed a season-high 25 turnovers to 10 for Oklahoma State. Badgers were out-rebounded 46-37. And the Cowgirl bench out-scored Wisconsin 19-9. Tiffany Bias scored 14 for Oklahoma State, which remains unbeaten at 8-and-0. None of the Badgers scored in double figures. Lin Zastrow and Taylor Wurtz scored eight each, and Wurtz had 15 rebounds as Wisconsin fell to 2-7. They're at Drake on Thursday night.
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team swept a pair at North Dakota, winning the series finale 6-2 yesterday. Eleven Badgers had points, and they put the game away with four goals in the second period. Brianna Decker, Kelly Nash, Meghan Duggan, Madison Packer, and Brittany and Brooke Ammerman all scored for Wisconsin. Alex Rigsby stopped 19 shots, as the second-ranked Badgers improved to 10-2 in the WCHA and 14-2 overall. North Dakota fell to 7-5-2 in the conference and 8-6-2 overall.
The Milwaukee Admirals won at Peoria last night, 5-to-4 in overtime. Teemu Laakso scored the game-winning goal at 2:17 of the extra period. Peoria scored three times in the third period to force overtime. But the Rivermen still ended a seven-game unbeaten streak.
The Milwaukee Wave is now 4-0 in the Major Indoor Soccer League, after winning at Chicago 10-7 yesterday. Milwaukee started the fourth quarter with a 10-3 lead, but Chicago scored two quick goals and Wave goal-tender Nick Vorberg hung on to preserve the victory. He had 26 saves. Chicago dropped to 0-2.