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-- Bob Boozer, who played on the Milwaukee Bucks’ only NBA championship team in 1971, died over the weekend.
MILWAUKEE - Bob Boozer, who played on the Milwaukee Bucks’ only NBA championship team in 1971, died over the weekend.
The 75-year-old Boozer died from a brain aneurysm. His family said he became ill while having dinner with friends on Friday. Boozer was an All-American at Kansas State in the 1950’s. He was drafted by the NBA’s former Cincinnati Royals in 1959, and he ended up playing for six pro teams over 11 seasons. Boozer retired after his championship season in Milwaukee, averaging 15 points and eight rebounds for his career. He also was on the gold-medal-winning 1960 U.S. Olympic team, after he delayed entering the NBA for a year so he could retain his amateur status and play for the Americans. Boozer returned to Omaha after he retired, and was a telephone company executive.
Danica Patrick took 30th yesterday at the NASCAR Nationwide Series' race in Newton Iowa. That's after an accident forced her to drop out after 113-of-the-250 laps. Patrick, born in Beloit and raised in nearby Roscoe, Illinois, remains in 10th place in the point standings in her first full season in NASCAR's Number-two series. Tim Schendel of Sparta pulled out after just three laps with an overheated engine. He finished second-to-last in 42nd. Schendel also dropped three places in the standings to 33rd. Ricky Stenhouse Junior won the race, and he continues to lead the Nationwide standings by 28 points over second-place Elliott Sadler.
The Green Bay Marathon was halted around mid-morning yesterday, after about 20 runners went to local hospitals due to heat problems. All but one were treated and released, and officials said the one who was admitted had some mental confusion. The race started around 7 a-m with a temperature of 70-degrees and 63-percent humidity – and it was almost 80 by nine o’clock. Ten marathon racers – five men and five women – received official times, although many runners did not adhere to warnings and completed the course. Over 74-hundred runners took part, and 36-hundred had finished by the time the race was officially halted about two-and-a-half hours after it started. Most of the finishers had taken part in the half-marathon. Medical director Jeremy Metzler said the runners’ safety was the main factor.
Madison golfer Jerry Kelly did not play in yesterday's final round of the PGA's Byron Nelson Championship. He made the weekend cut, but was near the bottom of the leader-board after three rounds at eight-over-par. Kelly was among eight players going home after three rounds. Jason Dufner won the tournament at 11-under-269.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo from Racine County won the Badgerland Invitational golf tournament in Green Bay. Romo, a native of Burlington, scored 141 over 36 holes during the weekend to win by five strokes over Paul Jacobsen of Racine. John Hogden won the senior division at 146 – four strokes better than Steve Johnson, Mike Murphy, and former U-S Senior Amateur champion Mark Bemowski. Romo’s father Ramiro placed sixth among the seniors.