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WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: Franklin emerging as Bucks' first round draft choice

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks took a closer look at San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin yesterday, as a first-round possibility in Thursday night’s NBA Draft.

The 6-6 Franklin could not do a full workout, due to a sprained left ankle. He did some shooting drills and interviewed with the coaches. Franklin expects to be back to 100-percent not long after the draft. He averaged 17 points and nine-and-a-half rebounds in his junior year at San Diego State. He helped the Aztecs make the third round of the NCAA Tournament, where they were eliminated by Florida Gulf Coast. Bucks’ scouting director Billy McKinney says he especially likes Franklin’s defense. Franklin says he’s proud of his aggressive defense and quote, “I like to get in your grill.” Another prospective shooting guard, Allen Crabbe of California, will have an individual workout with the Bucks today. Milwaukee drafts 15th in the first round.


Madison native Amanda Kessel was named yesterday to the U.S. women’s national hockey team. She’ll give up her senior year at the University of Minnesota to train and prepare for the 2014 Olympics. Kessel won the Patty Kazmaier award as the nation’s best women’s player last season. She scored 101 points to lead the Gophers to a 41-and-0 record and their second straight national championship. Four former Wisconsin players also made Team U-S-A – Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, and goal-tender Jessie Vetter. Incoming freshman Annie Pankowski became the second-youngest player to make the American squad. She was named the Junior Women’s Hockey League player of the year, after getting 58 goals and 44 assists last season. The current 25-player roster will be reduced to 21 in late December. 


Seth Streich of the Beloit Snappers has been named the pitcher-of-the-week in the Class-“A” Midwest League. The 22-year-old right-hander threw seven scoreless innings last Thursday, when Beloit topped Peoria 5-to-1. Streich has given up just two homers in 67-and-a-third innings this season, while building a 7-and-4 record. But he’s had control problems. Streich is second in the league with eight hit-batsmen, and he leads the Snappers with 32 walks.


The Green Bay Packers will see two of their former starters when they play Minnesota twice this season. Multiple media reports said linebacker Desmond Bishop agreed to a one-year deal with the Vikings yesterday. He’ll join ex-Packers’ receiver Greg Jennings, who took the well-traveled one-way free-agent road from northeast Wisconsin to the Twin Cities this spring. The Packers released the 28-year-old Bishop on June 17th, after deciding to go with Brad Jones and A-J Hawk at the two middle linebacker spots. Bishop missed the entire 2012 season, after he had surgery for a hamstring injury suffered in an exhibition game against San Diego. Bishop also drew interest from Kansas City, the New York Giants, and Jacksonville after he was cut. 


The Wisconsin girls’ high school basketball player-of-the-year is bringing home a national gold medal from Mexico. Team USA crushed Canada 82-48 yesterday in the title game of the Under-16 women’s tournament of the Americas in Cancun. Arike Ogunbowale of Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels averaged 10 points in five games for the U-S squad. She played just over 16 minutes per contest, shooting 47-percent both overall and from three-point range. Ogunbowale will begin her junior year at Divine Savior this fall.


For the second week in a row, Jerry Kelly of Madison made a big jump in the World Golf Rankings. He rose nine places to 186th in the new rankings released today. That’s after Kelly tied for 24th at the PGA’s Travelers Championship this past weekend. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson dropped three places to 117th in the world. That’s after he tied for 63rd at the Travelers’. The Top-13 in the World Rankings are unchanged from a week ago. Steve Stricker of Madison remains 11th. Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and U-S Open champion Justin Rose are still one-two-and-three. In the FedEx Cup season point standings, Stricker fell two places to 18th. Kelly jumped nine spots to Number-72. Wilson dropped four places to 96th. Woods is still the Fed-Ex leader, followed by Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker.   



In the Midwest League…

West Michigan 9, Fort Wayne 6 in 13 innings

Lake County 1, Bowling Green 0

Dayton 7, Lansing 3

South Bend 2, Great Lakes 1

In the Northwoods League…

Madison 13, Wisconsin Rapids 3

Thunder Bay 13, Mankato 12

Alexandria 7, Saint Cloud 6