Afternoon Sports Brief - Springtime ailment for Shaun MarcumWisconsin Sports
-- For the second year in a row, Milwaukee Brewers’ starter Shaun Marcum is dealing with a sore right throwing shoulder at Spring Training.
PHOENIX - For the second year in a row, Milwaukee Brewers’ starter Shaun Marcum is dealing with a sore right throwing shoulder at Spring Training.
Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke said today that Marcum has a little bursitis in the shoulder and he says it happens to him every spring. Roenicke says it’s not as bad as a year ago, when Marcum missed one of his exhibition starts and was kept to a lower pitch count when the regular season started. Roenicke says he’s not as concerned this time. That’s because Marcum and Yovani Gallardo will get less work this spring because of the heavy loads they shouldered last season. Marcum basically ran out of gas last October, after the Brewers went deep into the playoffs and came within two wins of making the World Series. The skipper plans to let Marcum and Gallardo make six starts each at Spring Training. If there are no setbacks, Marcum is due to make his exhibition debut on March 10th in one of two split squad games against San Francisco and the Chicago Cubs. __________________________________________________________________________
The UW-Milwaukee women’s basketball team will open its final week of the regular season tonight at Illinois Chicago. The Panthers are 5-11 in the Horizon League and 9-18 overall. But they’ve won three of their last four. And they’re coming off a 19 point home win over Valparaiso in which they held their opponents to a school record low of 31 points. Sami Tucker had 13 points and six rebounds for UWM in that game. Illinois-Chicago comes in at 9-7 in the conference and 16 and 11 overall. The Flames had won seven of nine before losing to Loyola and Butler last weekend. Jasmine Bailey averages 18 points a game, and she’s the Horizon League’s third leading scorer. She’s also second in assists and fourth in rebounding. In other women’s basketball tonight, 11th ranked UW-Green Bay is at Loyola. And UW-Parkside faces Kentucky Wesleyan in the Great Lakes Valley Conference tourney.
Six women’s basketball standouts from UW Eau Claire have been named to the WIAC’s 15 member All Time Team. And former Blugolds and University of Wisconsin coach Lisa Stone is one of two coaches selected, along with Shirley Egner of Stevens Point. The WIAC is unveiling All-Time squads for all its sports, as part of the conference’s 100th anniversary celebration. The Eau Claire representatives on the women’s team are Jayme Anderson, Kristi Channing, Sue Christiansen, Arlene Meinholz, Erika Schmidt, and Kay Mikolaiczak who also played at Oshkosh. Four Stevens Point players were named: Kari Groshek, Amanda Nechuta, Britta Petersen, and Sonja Sorensen. Stout has three honorees: Kelsey Duoss, Julia Hirssig, and Julie Maki. Wendy Wangerin of Oshkosh was also named, along with Holly Spoo, who played at both Oshkosh and River Falls.
The Green Bay Packers’ newest stockholders will get to see part of what they paid for, if they attend the team’s annual meeting this summer. Team president Mark Murphy said today that the new and improved video boards at Lambeau Field will debut at the stockholders’ meeting. Those boards are part of a $143 million dollar renovation of Lambeau that includes 6700 new seats in the south end zone. Almost half the project is being financed by the 268,000 shares of stock that were sold from mid December through last night, when the sale officially ended. Murphy said the results were quote, “humbling and overwhelming.” About a 1/4 million new shareholders were added as a result of the sale, and about half are from Wisconsin. The Packers now have 360,000d total owners. Murphy said the team would apply to the NFL for a loan to cover the rest of the stadium renovation, which is due to be completed by 2013. In the meantime, the Packers expect a bigger turnout for its next stockholders’ meeting which is normally held two days before training camp begins in July. Up to 15,000 people have attended the annual meetings in recent years.