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Saturday State Sports Briefs: UW's Ball chosen by Broncos

NEW YORK CITY - Montee Ball describes himself as a life-long Denver Broncos fan, so he should be happy. The Broncos selected the record-setting running back from Wisconsin in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

The 5-10, 217-pound Ball rewrote the record books for the Big Ten Conference and claimed some NCAA marks, too, scoring 83 touchdowns with the Badgers. His 39 TDs in 2011 matched the single-season college mark held by Barry Sanders. Broncos officials describe him as an every-down back who is expected to compete for a starting job in summer camp. He's expected to help make future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning even more effective.


Backs against the wall, the Milwaukee Bucks try to keep the season alive tomorrow at the Bradley Center. Top-seed Miami leads the first-round Eastern Division series three games to none. Milwaukee forward Larry Sanders says he's just fine despite tweaking his injured ankle in game-two. He went 35 minutes in game-three. The Heat could be playing without former Marquette star Dwyane Wade due to a sore knee. He was only able to hit 1-of-12 shots last Thursday, but he still ended up with good peripheral stats - nine rebounds, 11 assists and five steals. Tipoff tomorrow in Milwaukee is at 2:30 p.m. Central time.


Baseball commissioner Bud Selig says he's retiring at the end of his current contract. Selig has hinted he would quit several times, but this time it seems like the former owner of the Milwaukee Brewers really means it. When he was offered a five-year contract extension last year, he opted for a two-year deal instead. When his deal is done Selig will be 80 years old. Some major league owners are still hoping he'll change his mind before January 15, 2015, at least partially because there's no heir apparent.




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