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-- The Milwaukee Bucks did not play a game yesterday at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS - The Milwaukee Bucks did not play a game yesterday at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
The team spent the day practicing, and attending the league’s annual player development meetings. The Bucks are scheduled to play the Washington Wizards this afternoon. Third-year forward Larry Sanders has joined a group of first-and-second-year players on the Milwaukee summer roster. The Bucks are 1-0 in Vegas, after second-round draft choice Doron Lamb scored 20 in a win over New Orleans on Monday.
Eric Busalacchi is still the leader at the halfway point of the Wisconsin State Amateur golf tournament in Kenosha. The former Carroll University standout grabbed the lead after the first round on Monday. Busalacchi shot an even-par 72 in a strong wind yesterday, to remain five-under at 139. He has a one-shot lead over Brady Strangstalien of Westby and Derrick Meier, formerly of Chilton.
In hockey, the Nashville Predators of the NHL have signed restricted free agent goal-tender Jeremy Smith to a one-year contract. Smith has spent most of the last two seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals, the Predators’ top minor league affiliate. Last season, he was second in the American Hockey League with 31 wins and five shutouts. Smith had a two-point-one-seven goals-against average for Milwaukee – the fourth-lowest in the AHL.
Junior forward Jason Clark has become the fifth University of Wisconsin men’s hockey player to leave the team. The NHL’s New York Islanders recently offered him a contract, and he says he wants to play for the Islanders this season. Clark was New York’s third-round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft. He only played 35 games in his two years at Wisconsin, as he was hampered by a number of injuries and illnesses. Clark had two assists in 21 games last season. Also, junior defenseman Justin Schultz is leaving after he signed an NHL contract with Edmonton. Three other players said they wanted to pursue playing opportunities in the NCAA’s Division III – junior goal-tender Mitch Thompson, freshman forward Tyler Lapic, and freshman defenseman Patrick Daly.
The University of Wisconsin has a new coach for its women’s light-weight rowing team. U.S. national team veteran Lisa Schlenker was named yesterday to replace Erik Miller. He’s moving to California with his wife, Olympian Katie Miller. Schlenker has spent the last four years coaching senior athletes at an outdoor training center in Vermont. She helped coach the U.S. Under-23 women’s team at the World Rowing Championships. And she’s a former director and coach at Lake Oswego Rowing in New York State. Erik Miller had been the Badgers’ light-weight coach since 2007. He led the team to two national titles, and four national Top-Four finishes.