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-- Milwaukee Bucks’ backup guard Beno Udrih says he’s fine, after he suffered a jarring headache in Tuesday night’s exhibition win at Cleveland.
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Bucks’ backup guard Beno Udrih says he’s fine, after he suffered a jarring headache in Tuesday night’s exhibition win at Cleveland.
He was cleared for full contact yesterday, and he took part in the Bucks’ training camp practice with no problems. Udrih fell and banged his head on one of teammate Larry Sanders’ knees in the game against the Cavaliers. He went to a hospital, but was found not to have a concussion. Udrih said he thought he had a migraine headache right after he went down. He says it’s still a bit tender, but he’ll play through it as he tries to get in shape. The 30-year-old Udrih says he cannot afford to miss practices, as he tries to become the top back-up to starting guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. Udrih averaged just 19 minutes a game with Milwaukee last season, after he averaged 35 in his final year with Sacramento in 2010-and-’11 while making 64 starts. The Bucks will play their second exhibition game tomorrow night against Detroit at the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center.
Madison golfer Jerry Kelly is tied for 23rd after the opening round of the PGA’s Frys-Dot-Com Open in San Martin California. Kelly shot a two-under-par 69 in rainy conditions yesterday, as he kicked off his second event in the PGA’s Fall Series. Nick O’Hern is the first-round leader at a career-best nine-under-62. O’Hern had eight birdies in a stretch of 11 holes.
The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will open its regular season tonight in Green Bay. They’ll play Northern Michigan the next two nights at the Resch Center. The Badgers are ranked 15th by U.S. College Hockey Online, and they’re coming off a 5-nothing exhibition win over the national Under-18 squad last weekend. The Badgers are still waiting to learn the fate of freshman forward Nic Kerdiles. The NCAA declared him ineligible for the season for violating amateurism rules. Media reports said he might have been promoting a specific energy drink in a photo on his agent’s Twitter account. Wisconsin has appealed the NCAA’s ruling – and if they lose it, Kerdiles is expected to play in Canada to continue his development as a second round draft pick with Anaheim. Wisconsin will face a Northern Michigan team that went 17-14-6 a year ago, and is projected to finish eighth in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
The Milwaukee Mustangs of the Arena Football League say they’ll sit out next season, but will return in 2014. There was a report this week that the Mustangs would either sit out next year or fold altogether, after they had financial problems in a season in which they went 5-13. Yesterday, the team said the Arena League granted “dormancy” status for the Mustangs in 2013 – and they promise to build a solid base of sponsors to deliver a strong “entertainment value” the following year. Arena League Commissioner Jerry Kurz called Milwaukee a “strong partner.” He said he’s glad the Mustangs agreed to remain a part of the league. This is Milwaukee’s second stint in the Arena League, and it started in 2010 when they were known as the Milwaukee Iron in the Arena-Two League. They moved up to the full-fledged Arena League in 2011. Their first stint ran from 1994-through-2001.