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-- Milwaukee Bucks’ point guard Brandon Jennings might have a second chance of being named an NBA All-Star.
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Bucks’ point guard Brandon Jennings might have a second chance of being named an NBA All-Star.
Commissioner David Stern will have to name a replacement guard for the Eastern Conference roster, after Rajon Rondo of Boston tore an ACL ligament in his right knee on Friday night. The Celtics said yesterday that Rondo is out for the season. He was elected by the fans as the starting point guard for the East in the February 17th All-Star Game at Houston. Kyrie Irving of Cleveland and Jrue Holiday of Philadelphia were named last week as the back-up guards for the East squad. Presumably, one of them will move into the starting lineup, leaving room for another reserve. Jennings is averaging almost 19 points and six assists per game. He scored 20 with seven assists in Milwaukee’s victory over Golden State on Saturday night. The Bucks’ next game is tomorrow night at Detroit.
The Marquette University men’s basketball team will go for its 21st straight home victory tonight, when it hosts South Florida. The Golden Eagles are coming off a 10-point win over Providence on Saturday, in what will forever be known as “The Bat Game.” Play was interrupted to get a flying bat out of the Bradley Center, while the arena lights were turned off with 7:36 left. Marquette is in second place in the Big East Conference at 5-1 – and Buzz Williams’ team is 14-4 overall. South Florida is last in the league at 1-6, with a 10-9 overall mark. The Bulls are coming off a 73-65 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday. Zach LeDay led South Florida in that contest with 17 points, and guard Anthony Collins had eight assists. Marquette had balanced scoring in its win over Providence, with four players scoring in double figures. Senior guard Junior Cadougan led the way with 15, as the Eagles shot 49-percent from the floor and 83-percent from the free throw line.
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team was swept by top-ranked Minnesota, after losing 5-1 yesterday in the finale of their two-game weekend series in Madison. The eighth-ranked Badgers fell into a second-place tie with Minnesota-Duluth in the WCHA. And the Gophers extended their NCAA-record unbeaten streak to 34 games, after claiming the national mark from the Badgers on Friday. Minnesota goal-tender Noora Raty tied an NCAA record with her 100th career victory. The only goal she surrendered was to Wisconsin’s Madison Packer. Hannah Brandt scored the game-winner for Minnesota with three-and-a-half minutes left in the first period. It was the Gophers’ first sweep over the Badgers in Madison since 2003. Minnesota is now 20-0 in the conference, and 26-0 overall. Wisconsin is 11-9-2 in the WCHA, and 15-9-2 overall.
Madison golfer Jerry Kelly is tied for 42nd, as the Farmers Insurance Open wraps up today near San Diego. Fog canceled almost all of Saturday’s play, and the lead groups almost played two full rounds yesterday before darkness set in. Kelly is one-under-par after 11 holes of his fourth-and-final round. And he’s one-under for the tournament, after falling down the leaderboard with a six-over-78 in his third round yesterday. Tiger Woods has a six-stroke lead at 17-under. Defending champion Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney are tied for second.
The Milwaukee Wave extended its team-record winning streak to 14 games with an 18-10 home victory over the Chicago Soul yesterday. The Wave clinched a Major Indoor Soccer League playoff berth, as they improved to 15-2. Luan Oliveira became the Milwaukee player to score four goals this season. The Wave overcame an 8-2 deficit in the first half and scored 16 unanswered points. Both benches cleared after a shoving match broke out between Fabio Ribeiro of the Wave and Pablo Da Silva of Chicago in the third quarter. That started a rash of penalties, and 14 of them were called during the game. Chicago is now 8-12 overall, and 0-5 against Milwaukee this season.