Afternoon State Sports Briefs: Contracts extensions approved for several UW coachesWisconsin Sports
-- The UW-Madison Athletic Board approved contract extensions today for six Badger head coaches this afternoon.
MADISON - The UW-Madison Athletic Board approved contract extensions today for six Badger head coaches this afternoon.
Current five-year contracts were extended through 2017 for men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan, women’s basketball coach Bobbie Kelsey, men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves, and women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson. A three-year deal for Wisconsin wrestling coach Barry Davis was extended through mid-2015. And swimming coach Whitney Hike was given another one-year deal through June of next year.
Milwaukee Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke promised his team would be more active on the base paths this season – and the numbers are bearing that out so far. The Brewers’ are second in the National League with 17 stolen bases – and they’ve been safe in their last eight attempts. Only Miami has more stolen bases at this point, with 20. The Brewers open a weekend series at Saint Louis tonight. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo starts for the Brew Crew against Cards’ right-hander Jake Westbrook.
Milwaukee Bucks’ coach Scott Skiles said today he’s responsible for what he called a disappointing season. But he said he deserves a few days to quote, “decompress” before going into the details. The Bucks ended a 31-and-35 season last night with a loss at Boston. It was Milwaukee’s second straight losing campaign, and the third in Skiles’ four years on the Bucks’ bench. He said the Bucks should be in the playoffs – and the fact that they’re not makes it a disappointing season. And while Skiles said he’s as responsible as anyone – or more-so – he would not address speculation about his future. He says he’ll meet with Bucks’ owner Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Milwaukee) sometime soon to discuss what happened during the season. And quote, “If there is something to talk about at some point, then we can talk about it. Right now, there isn’t anything to talk about.” Skiles said some players got better this season but quote, “It’s still not good enough. We should be playing tomorrow,” which is when the NBA Playoffs begin. Skiles said he’s had a very good relationship with Kohl, and he really likes general manager John Hammond as well but quote, “These jobs are temporary. That’s what they are. I understand that.” The Bucks are 146-166 under Skiles.
Both Wisconsin teams lost their semi-final matches this morning at the Midwest Conference men’s tennis tournament in Madison. Saint Norbert was shut out by Grinnell of Iowa, 5-0. And Carroll of Waukesha fell to Monmouth, 5-2. Grinnell and Monmouth were playing in the team championship match this afternoon. Singles’ titles will be decided tomorrow, and doubles’ champions will be crowned Sunday. Grinnell is going for its ninth straight overall title. Also, both of UW-Madison's tennis teams were eliminated in their respective Big Ten tournaments. The UW men lost to Nebraska 4-0 in Evanston, Ill. and the UW women lost 4-0 to Indiana in Columbus, Ohio.