Thursday State Sports Briefs: State Assembly committee approves bill dealing with prep athlete concussionsWisconsin Sports
Wisconsin’s young athletes would have to be removed from competition at the first sign of a concussion, under a bill endorsed today in Madison. The state Assembly’s Education Committee voted 11-0 in favor of guidelines that would affect public and private school athletes – plus those in clubs and other groups.
MADISON - Wisconsin’s young athletes would have to be removed from competition at the first sign of a concussion, under a bill endorsed today in Madison. The state Assembly’s Education Committee voted 11-0 in favor of guidelines that would affect public and private school athletes – plus those in clubs and other groups.
Under the bill, coaches must remove those suspected of having concussions immediately – and the athletes could not return without written approval from a qualified health care provider. A similar bill is pending in the state Senate. Wisconsin would be the 37th state to have a law regarding youth brain injuries. Washington D.c. also has a law to that effect.
Milwaukee Brewers’ general manager Doug Melvin says too many good things happened this year to hang his head. Melvin held his year-end news conference today at Miller Park, where the Brewers were eliminated from the National League Championship Series by Saint Louis on Sunday night. The Brewers’ starting pitching imploded during the NLCS – and fielding mistakes cost them dearly in the second-to-last game. But Melvin said he would not “feel lousy about two-or-three bad games.” He said he would meet soon with manager Ron Roenicke to talk about the season and the coaches. Melvin did not say if he would ask all the coaches to return in 2012. But the GM said rosters always change – and they’ll have plans in place. Melvin said that if Prince Fielder leaves, Corey Hart would not be an automatic choice to move to first. There’s been talk in the media about that – but Melvin said Hart has opposed the move in the past, and the front office has not discussed it. He said the Brewers would seriously consider giving Mat Gamel a chance at that spot. Team owner Mark Attanasio has promised an effort to re-sign Fielder – but Melvin says he’ll wait to comment until he talks personally with the owner. That’s expected in early November. As for priorities this winter, Melvin talked about the need to improve defensively, and boosting the fifth-and-sixth hitters in the lineup.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will return to Road America in Elkhart Lake next June. The number-two circuit announced its 2012 schedule today. And the Road America event will take place on June 23rd. The Nationwide Series held its debut race at Elkhart Lake this year, after the series left the Milwaukee Mile race track due to the track’s financial issues. The Road America event is one of six that will not tied into Sprint Cup races.
The UW-Green Bay men’s soccer team scored a home shutout of Wisconsin last night, 2-0 in Green Bay. Alonso Flores and Kirby Allen scored for the Phoenix, which improved to 7-5-1. Wisconsin fell to 7-5-2.
The Marquette University men's soccer team lost at home to Georgetown, 3-2. Steve Neuman had two unassisted goals for the Hoyas. He scored the tying and winning goals for the Hoyas. Marquette fell to 5-1 in the Big East, and 7-6-2 overall.