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WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: Kelly in striking distance of first at John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Ill., - Madison’s own Jerry Kelly shot a five-under 66 yesterday, putting him in striking distance for the top spot in the final round of the John Deere Classic in Illinois.

With a 15-under for the tournament, Kelly is in a two-way tie for fourth. Kelly completed six birdies but found some trouble on the sixth hole, where he shot a bogey on a par-four. Meanwhile, Steve Stricker, another Wisconsin native, shot a two-under 69 on the day, but slipped to a tie for 17th on the leaderboard. The overall tournament leader is Daniel Summerhays, 19-under for the tournament. 


Milwaukee allowed another game to slip past them, as the Arizona Diamondbacks came back to defeat the Brewers 5-4. With the Brewers leading 4-2 in the seventh inning, Arizona’s Jason Kubel started the comeback on a solo home run shot to right field, one of three solo home runs for the Diamondbacks in the game. Didi Gregorius followed up with an RBI-single and Eric Chavez drew a bases-loaded walk for the go-ahead run to finish the inning. Brewers are now on a three-game losing streak.


The Atlanta Hawks have matched Milwaukee’s offer for restricted free-agent point guard Jeff Teague, thus keeping him in Atlanta. Yesterday, the Hawks matched a four-year, $32-million dollar offer by the Bucks, which would have reunited Teague with his former head coach Larry Drew. Meanwhile, the Bucks signed free-agent guard O.J. Mayo and there could be an opportunity to bring back Brandon Jennings, who is a restricted free agent.


Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth took ninth place in overtime of the Nationwide Series race in New Hampshire. The races lasted 213 laps, instead of the scheduled 200. When all was said and done, Kyle Bush took the checkered flag at the Magic Mile - winning his 58th career Nationwide race and his seventh this season. Kenseth and other teammates of Joe Gibbs Racing led every lap of the race.