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Morning State Sports Briefs: UW-LSU football game almost finalized

MADISON - LSU and Wisconsin are getting closer to finalizing a two-game football series.

The first contest would be played at Reliant Stadium in Houston to start the 2014 season. The other game is planned for Lambeau Field in Green Bay in a future campaign that's yet to be determined. It was first reported a month ago that the two schools were working on a possible two-game set - but it was uncertain at that time whether the Southeastern Conference would play nine league games down the line instead of eight. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said today at the SEC meetings in Florida that a deal with the Badgers is all but finalized. The Packers say a Lambeau Field game with Wisconsin and LSU is being pursued - but it's not at the point in which an announcement can be made yet.


Central Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann failed to become the Major Leagues' first nine-game winner last night. He took the loss for Washington in a 9-6 Interleague slugfest at Baltimore. Zimmermann, a former UW-Stevens Point right-hander from Auburndale, gave up a season-high seven runs and 10 hits in six-plus innings. His record fell to 8-3. The Orioles scored six times in the seventh inning to secure their victory. Zimmermann failed to go past seven innings for the first time since April 21st. And he ended a streak of 15 starts in which he gave up three runs or less - the longest such string in the big leagues.


The Milwaukee Bucks had second interviews yesterday with coaching candidates Larry Drew and Kelvin Sampson. Drew left the Atlanta Hawks after spending the last three seasons as their head coach. Sampson has been the lead assistant at Houston for two years, after being an assistant under Scott Skiles in Milwaukee the previous three campaigns. There's no word on when a selection will be made to replace fired coach Jim Boylan. There's also been talk that the Bucks might pursue Memphis coach Lionel Hollins, whose contract expires in a month. Hollins says he hopes to return to the Grizzlies, after leading them to the Western Conference Finals. He was an assistant under Skiles for a short time before Memphis hired him in January of 2009.


The state high school individual tennis tournament begins today at the Nielsen Tennis Center in Madison. First-round matches will be played today. The quarter-finals will be completed by the end of tomorrow. Semi-finals are set for Saturday, along with fifth, third, and first place matches in all groups. Two-time Division 1 singles champion Damon Niquet of Milwaukee Marquette is back. C.J. Armbrust of Marquette will defend his D-1 doubles' crown with a different partner, Jed Sekaran. In Division 2, defending singles champ Zane Navratil of Racine Prairie will go for back-to-back crowns.


The head coach of Milwaukee's pro indoor soccer team will stay around for awhile. The Milwaukee Wave announced a new three-year contract today for Keith Tozer - who's been with the Wave since 1992. Sue Black, who bought the Wave earlier this year, said she and Tozer are partners and teammates. Tozer's teams have won six pro indoor titles over the years. He said he was disappointed that Milwaukee did not win the Major Indoor Soccer League crown this past season. The Wave won 16 straight contests in the regular season, and went 21-5 before losing a two-game semi-final series to Missouri.


UW-Milwaukee finished third in the Horizon League All-Sports standings for the past school year. The Panthers won the McCafferty Trophy a year ago. Cleveland State took this year's combined honors, on the strength of four league titles the Vikings won in men's soccer, men's swimming, men's tennis, and women's volleyball. Each school gets points according to their league standings in the various sports. Cleveland State had 45 points to 41 for second-place Loyola, and 39-and-a-half for Milwaukee. UW-Green Bay finished eighth among the nine schools with 22 points. In the men's standings, Milwaukee finished second behind Cleveland State, with Green Bay seventh. Loyola took the women's crown, with Milwaukee sixth and Green Bay eighth.


Linfield of Oregon won its first NCAA Division III baseball title with a 4-1 victory over Southern Maine yesterday at Fox Cities Stadium near Appleton. Chris Haddeland pitched a complete game for his school-record 15th win of the season. He gave up a run on eight hits, with three walks and five strikeouts. Linfield won the game with a four-run rally in the fourth inning. A squeeze bunt from Kyle Chamberlain brought home the winning run. Linfield finished at 42-8, with its first national baseball crown since 1971 when it was in the NAIA. Ithaca took third place, after losing to Southern Maine earlier yesterday by a 5-4 verdict in 13 innings. UW-Stevens Point placed fourth, after being eliminated on Sunday.



In the Midwest League...

Beloit 3, Wisconsin 0

Peoria 6, Burlington 2 in Game-One

Peoria 3, Burlington 1 in Game-Two

Quad Cities 2, Kane County 1

Clinton at Cedar Rapids, rained out

West Michigan 5, Great Lakes 0

Bowling Green 8, Lake County 5 in Game-One

Lake County 6, Bowling Green 5 in Game-Two

South Bend 11, Dayton 1

Fort Wayne 7, Lansing 1


In the opening night of the Northwoods League...

Battle Creek 1, La Crosse 0 in 10 innings

Madison 4, Eau Claire 2 in 7 innings

Wisconsin Rapids at Lakeshore, suspended by rain in the 2nd inning

Wisconsin at Green Bay, suspended by rain in the 3rd inning

Duluth 9, Alexandria 4

Willmar 7, Thunder Bay 1

Rochester 11, Mankato 4

Saint Cloud at Waterloo, rained out