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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers close to signing Reynolds

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly close to signing free-agent infielder Mark Reynolds.   The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says the 30-year-old Reynolds is expected to get a minor league deal for now, with a good chance of making the club at spring training.  

Reynolds is expected to fill at least part of the gap at first base that was left when Corey Hart signed with Seattle.  The Journal Sentinel says it's possible that Reynolds and his right-handed bat could platoon with left-handed-hitting Juan Francisco at first. Reynolds played in 135 games last year with Cleveland and the New York Yankees, hitting .220 with 21 homers and 67 RBI's.  He has struck out more than 200 times in three big league seasons.  He set a Major League record by fanning 223 times with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009.  Reynolds could also provide back-up help at third base, where Aramis Ramirez missed 70 games last season with a lingering knee injury.


Veteran left-handed pitcher Zach Duke has signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, with a chance to make the big club at Spring Training.  The 30-year-old Duke was a starter for Pittsburgh, where he went 45-and-70 from 2005-through-2010.  He then pitched for Arizona in 2011 and Washington in 2012.  Last season, Duke was mainly a reliever, starting just one game in 26 appearances for the Nationals and Cincinnati.  He went 1-2 on the year with an ERA of just over six.  For his nine-year career, Duke is 50-76 with a4.57 ERA.  He started 169 games among 215 total appearances.  


The UW-Milwaukee men's basketball team overcame a double-digit deficit for the fifth time this season, with a 67-63 victory at Illinois-Chicago.  The Panthers trailed by as many as 13 in the first half, and they took their first lead with 12 minutes left with an 11-to-2 run.  Milwaukee shot 54-percent in the second half, while limiting UIC to just six field goals in those final 20 minutes.  Jordan Aaron scored 18 points, as UWM shot 43-percent on the night and had five fewer turnovers than the Flames.  Marc Brown scored 18 for Illinois-Chicago, which lost to the Panthers for the 12th time in their last 13 match-ups.  UIC dropped to 0-4 in Horizon League play, and 5-13 overall.  Milwaukee improved to 3-2 in the conference and 13-6 overall.  They'll host Valparaiso tomorrow.  Tonight, the UW-Green Bay play at Wright State in Horizon League action.


It's been an off-year for the UW-Green Bay women's basketball team -- and it continued last night with a 66-57 loss at Youngstown State.  The Phoenix are normally starting to roll in Horizon League play and get into the national rankings about now.  Instead, they've dropped their second straight conference game for the first time in 14 years.  Green Bay was out-shot 43-to-28 percent in the first half, when the Phoenix scored a season-low 18 points.  It was part of a drought in which Green Bay failed to make a field goal in a 12-and-a-half minute stretch spanning the two halves.  Youngstown State out-shot the Phoenix 45-to-31 percent for the game.  Green Bay did have seven more rebounds, and they forced two more turnovers than the Penguins.  There were a combined 46 turnovers and 51 fouls.  Megan Lukan led Green Bay with 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.  Jenna Hirsch scored 20 for Youngstown State, which is now 3-and-0 in the conference and 7-and-9 overall.  The Phoenix dropped to 1-2 in the league and 8-7 overall.  They'll play at Cleveland State tomorrow.


The UW-Milwaukee women lost at Cleveland State last night, 73-63.  The Panthers cut a 13-point deficit to four late in the second half -- but the Vikings pulled away by scoring eight of the game's final 10 points from the free throw line.  Avyanna Young had 17 points and eight rebounds for Milwaukee, and she ended a streak of four games with double-doubles.  Kiersten Green scored 25 for Cleveland State.  Imani Gordon added 20 points and 10 boards, as the Vikings improved to 3-and-0 in the Horizon League and 8-8 overall.  Milwaukee fell to 1-1 in the conference and 5-10 overall.  The Panthers are at Youngstown State tomorrow.  


After starting 78 games for the Los Angeles Clippers this season, veteran forward Caron Butler says he's getting a lot less playing time than he expected with the Milwaukee Bucks.  The Racine native has been relegated to a backup role, after the Bucks fell to 7-31 and focused on developing younger talent.  Rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo has been starting a lot, along with second-year pro Khris Middleton.  Butler says he understands all that -- but if an All-Star can't crack the lineup with his home state team, he wonders if any other quality veterans will even want to come to Milwaukee.  Butler says he has expressed his frustrations to coach Larry Drew and general manager John Hammond.  Drew says he's spoken about the matter with Butler and his agent.  The coach says there's now a "level of commitment" to certain players and quote, "If there's unhappiness there, I guess they're going to have to do something."  The 33-year-old Butler is making eight-million dollars on a contract that expires after this season.  He said he wanted to stay in Milwaukee for awhile -- but this was not supposed to be a "visit," and he expects to play a few more years in the NBA.  Butler is averaging 10 points in about 25 minutes a game.  The Bucks' next game is tomorrow night at Houston.  


The Milwaukee Bucks are now 1-11 against Western Conference teams, after falling to Memphis at home Wednesday 82-77.  The Bucks had a two-point lead going into the fourth quarter, but the Grizzles opened the period with a 12-0 run.  Milwaukee missed its first 10 shots in the fourth quarter before Brandon Knight finally hit a three-pointer with 6:14 to go.  Larry Sanders got the Bucks to within three by making a lay-up with 1:08 left.  However, he missed a three-point attempt from the top-of-the-key with two-point-nine seconds to go that would have tied the game.  Courtney Lee then hit two free throws to give Memphis its five-point margin of victory.  Knight scored 27 points, as the Bucks lost to the Grizzlies for the sixth straight time.  Mike Conley had 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists for Memphis, which won its fourth straight and returned to .500 at 19-19.  


The Milwaukee Admirals lost a 5-4 shootout at San Antonio last night.  The Admirals led by one with about 12 minutes left in regulation, but Bobby Butler tied the game for the Rampage and sent it to overtime.  In the shootout, five Admirals failed to score on San Antonio's back-up goaltender Rob Madore.  Miikka Salomaki was the only Milwaukee player to score in the shootout. 


Madison golfer Jerry Kelly is tied for 48th after the opening round of the PGA's Humana Challenge in La Quinta, California.  Kelly shot a three-under-par 69 yesterday.  Patrick Reed is the leader at nine-under-63.  Pewaukee native Mark Wilson shot a two-over-par 74.  He's tied for 142nd.


Beloit native Jim Caldwell says the Detroit Lions will be a disciplined and focused team, and one that won't shoot itself in the foot.  Caldwell was introduced yesterday as the Lions' new head coach, replacing Jim Schwartz.  He was fired after the Lions plunged from the NFC North Division race in December.  Schwartz' final victory was Detroit's 40-10 romp over the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving in the Motor City.  Caldwell was Baltimore's offensive coordinator for just over a season -- including when the Ravens won the Super Bowl last February.  He was also the head coach at Indy in 2009-and-2010, and took the Colts to the Super Bowl in his first year.   Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings plan to introduce Mike Zimmer as their new head coach tomorrow.  He replaces the fired Leslie Frazier.  Zimmer spent the last six years running Cincinnati's defense.  He became popular on the HBO show "Hard Knocks," which followed the Bengals around in a reality-show format during the pre-season. 


University of Wisconsin men's soccer defender A.J. Cochran was taken in the first round today at the Major League Soccer Draft.  The Houston Dynamo selected Cochran with the 16th overall pick.  Cochran is the first Badger to be drafted in the MLS first round since Mike Gentile in 1996.  Colorado chose him as the No. 9 pick.  Cochran was the Big Ten's defensive player-of-the-year this past fall.  He's also a two-time all-conference first team selection.


The University of Wisconsin women's basketball team won a see-saw game over Indiana, 65-60 Wednesday in Madison.  There were 10 ties and 12 lead changes.  Michala Johnson put the Badgers in front for good by hitting a lay-up with 2:34 to play.  The Hoosiers made it a one-point game with 21 seconds left.  Morgan Paige gave Wisconsin a little breathing room by hitting two free throws, and Johnson made an insurance lay-up with eight seconds left.  Indiana has now lost two straight after winning its first 14 games of the season.  Larryn Brooks scored 14 points for the Hoosiers, who dropped to 1-2 in Big Ten play.  Jacki Gulczynski scored a season-high 23 points, and she tied a season-high with 13 rebounds.  The Badgers are now 2-2 in the conference and 9-7 overall.  They'll play at Northwestern on Saturday.


The Green Bay Packers still have seven alternates pending for the Pro Bowl to be played in Honolulu a week from Sunday.  But the Pack had only had one "first alternate," and he was named to the game's player pool yesterday.  Running back Eddie Lacy replaces the injured Adrian Peterson of Minnesota.  Lacy is the first running back in nine years to be selected to the NFL's All-Star Game -- and he'll guarantee that the Packers won't be shut out of the game for the first time since 2005.  Lacy, who set the Packers' rookie season rushing record, said he's "extremely excited" to be going to Hawaii.  He said it's a great opportunity to thank his teammates and coaches for working with him, and helping him accomplish what he did.  Players in the Super Bowl will not take part in the Pro Bowl, so a number of changes are expected after Sunday's conference title games.  The Packers' remaining alternates are Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, John Kuhn, Josh Sitton, Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, and Clay Matthews -- who certainly wouldn't play after his recent thumb surgery.



From Jan. 15, 2014

In men's college basketball...

UW-Milwaukee 67, Illinois-Chicago 63

UW-Parkside 94, Illinois-Springfield 81

Milwaukee School of Engineering 78, Concordia-Wisconsin 74

Marian 83, Lakeland 75

Silver Lake 56, Maranatha Baptist 50 in overtime

In women's college basketball...

Youngstown State 66, UW-Green Bay 57

Cleveland State 73, UW-Milwaukee 63

Illinois-Springfield 60, UW-Parkside 57

Maranatha Baptist 71, Silver Lake 68 in overtime

In the American Hockey League...

San Antonio 5, Milwaukee 4 in a shootout

Wisconsin boys' high school basketball

Abbotsford 49, Edgar 25

Alma/Pepin 70, Melrose-Mindoro 51

Ashwaubenon 56, Green Bay Preble 45

Athens 47, Stratford 41

Bangor 70, New Lisbon 37

Bayfield 75, Mercer 21

Belleville 48, Cambridge 43

Beloit Memorial 61, Verona 53

Blair-Taylor 52, Eleva-Strum 37

Bruce 68, New Auburn 62

Cassville 56, Potosi 47

Catholic Central 52, Kenosha St. Joseph 49

Cedar Grove-Belgium 43, Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah 34

Central Wisconsin Christian 46, Pardeeville 35

Clayton 56, Cameron 55

Cochrane-Fountain City 79, Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 60

Colfax 54, Plum City 25

Cornell 65, Winter 39

Cuba City 72, Riverdale 36

Cumberland 49, Ladysmith 46

Darlington 48, Fennimore 39

Dodgeland 55, Deerfield 24

Whitefish Bay Dominican 82, Racine Lutheran 32

Eau Claire North 58, River Falls 50

Elk Mound 65, Boyceville 24

Fall River 62, Williams Bay 55

Gilmanton 42, Whitehall 35

Glenwood City 59, St. Croix Central 43

Goodman/Pembine 56, Florence 49

Hillsboro 80, Wonewoc-Center 43

Hortonville 65, Luxemburg-Casco 58

Hustisford 47, Horicon 34

Kaukauna 64, Appleton North 45

Kettle Moraine Lutheran 75, Lomira 52

Laconia 65, Mayville 51

Lake Mills 54, Lakeside Lutheran 42, OT

Alma Center Lincoln 49, Independence 48

Lodi 59, Watertown Luther Prep 26

Marathon 72, Chequamegon 39

Marshall 73, New Glarus 45

Milwaukee Hamilton 72, Milwaukee Washington 44

Milwaukee Thomas More 63, Somers Shoreland Lutheran 55

Milwaukee Salam School 58, Milwaukee Tenor/Veritas 53

Monona Grove 50, Fort Atkinson 40

Monroe 38, Oregon 37

Montello 67, Oakfield 52

Necedah 50, Brookwood 42

Neillsville 56, Owen-Withee 47

Omro 48, North Fond du Lac 40

Ozaukee 49, Random Lake 41

Platteville 47, River Valley 36

Portage 35, DeForest 34

Poynette 69, Columbus 48

Prairie du Chien 41, Lancaster 32

Randolph 49, Markesan 45, OT

Reedsburg 55, Madison Edgewood 31

Richland Center 52, Dodgeville 41

Rio 38, Madison Abundant Life 21

Royall 53, Cashton 45

Sauk Prairie 60, Baraboo 36

Seymour 54, West De Pere 44

Shawano 69, Marinette 36

Shell Lake 35, Minong Northwood 27

Sparta 42, Mauston 25

Turtle Lake 75, Clear Lake 43

University School of Milwaukee 60, St. John's Northwestern Military Academy 45

Wauwatosa West 66, Cudahy 38

Beaver Dam Wayland Academy 71, St. Lawrence Seminary 27

Williams Bay Faith Christian 54, Johnson Creek 38

Winnebago Lutheran 63, St. Marys Springs 52

Winneconne 44, Berlin 18

Wisconsin Dells 57, Wautoma 42

Wisconsin Heights 67, Waterloo 45

Wisconsin School for the Deaf 39, Union Grove Christian 20

Girls' high school basketball

Argyle 63, Pecatonica 21

Baldwin-Woodville 62, Durand 54

Barron 53, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 22

Bloomer 38, Maple Northwestern 35

Brillion 49, Manitowoc Roncalli 41

Brodhead 58, Orfordville Parkview 42

Brookfield Central 55, Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels 50

Cadott 48, Chippewa Falls McDonell 36

Chippewa Falls 46, Hudson 32

Colby 41, Augusta 40

Coleman 59, Wausaukee 19

Marshfield Columbus 55, Gilman 42

Cornell 61, Winter 34

Denmark 36, Kewaunee 34

Eau Claire North 55, River Falls 46

Fall Creek 57, Eau Claire Regis 52

Fond du Lac 45, West Bend West 33

Fort Atkinson 38, Milton 34

Fox Valley Lutheran 67, Menasha 42

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 50, Viroqua 18

Greenwood 42, Spencer 35

Hilbert 57, Mishicot 24

Hurley 50, Solon Springs 36

Ithaca 59, Kickapoo 37

Janesville Craig 72, Madison East 35

Kaukauna 35, Ashwaubenon 31

Little Chute 50, Freedom 42

Onalaska Luther 55, Black River Falls 35

Luxemburg-Casco 49, Shawano 39

Madison La Follette 57, Janesville Parker 52

Manitowoc Lutheran 46, Valders 30

Mauston 57, New Lisbon 43

McFarland 55, Edgerton 30

Mellen 58, Wakefield-Marenisco, Mich. 48

Mercer 51, Bayfield 39

Middleton 55, Madison Memorial 51

Milwaukee Rufus King 66, Milwaukee Pulaski/School of the Arts 37

Monticello 45, Juda 24

Wausau Newman 73, Edgar 31

Niagara 35, Crivitz 34

North Crawford 52, De Soto 41

Owen-Withee 58, Loyal 48

Pittsville 60, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 21

Plymouth 45, Sheboygan Falls 44

Potosi 41, Cassville 16

Pulaski 46, Manitowoc Lincoln 45

Reedsville 59, Wrightstown 41

Menasha St. Mary’s 34, Chilton 20

Somers Shoreland Lutheran 51, Union Grove 38

St. Croix Falls 64, Osceola 42

Stanley-Boyd 53, Altoona 42

Sun Prairie 50, Madison West 49

Suring 38, Gillett 34

Milwaukee Tenor/Veritas 19, Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong Learning 17

Thorp 59, Osseo-Fairchild 27

Tigerton 38, Almond-Bancroft 33

Union Grove Christian 38, Wisconsin School for the Deaf 20

Verona 69, Beloit Memorial 39

Washburn 46, Ironwood, Mich. 39

Waupaca 39, Clintonville 36

Wauzeka-Steuben 53, Weston 30

West Salem 47, Westby 36

Westfield 55, Sparta 39

Whitewater 78, Evansville 29

Wild Rose 44, Rosholt 27

Winneconne 44, Berlin 42

Wisconsin Dells 54, Wautoma 28

Wisconsin Lutheran 54, Watertown 48

Appleton Xavier 50, Ripon 39

Boys' high school hockey

Hartland Arrowhead 2, Brookfield 2 

Ashland 4, North Shore co-op, Minn. 3

Black River Falls 2, La Crescent, Minn. 2

Schofield D.C. Everest 6, Marshfield 1

Eau Claire Memorial 5, Chippewa Falls 1

Fox Cities 3, Oshkosh 2

Menomonie 7, Eau Claire North 0

Middleton 3, Sun Prairie 1

Monona Grove 8, Monroe 1

Mosinee 5, Lakeland 2

Northland Pines 12, Tomahawk 2

Onalaska 9, Sparta/Mauston 1

Stevens Point 9, Wausau East 0

Tomah 7, La Crosse Aquinas 4

Viroqua 7, Altoona 2

Girls' high school hockey

Central Wisconsin 7, Northland Pines 1

Fox Cities 8, Waupaca 3

Hayward-Spooner 3, Silver Bay Area, Minn. 0

Hudson 7, Eau Claire North-Memorial-Altoona 1

Rock County 3, Middleton 3

St. Croix Valley Fusion 5, Chippewa Falls 1

From Jan. 14, 2014

In the NBA...

Memphis 82, Milwaukee 77

In men's college basketball...

UW-Stevens Point 58, UW-Oshkosh 30

UW-Whitewater 77, UW-Platteville 58

UW-Stout 59, UW-La Crosse 57

UW-Superior 75, UW-Eau Claire 68

Carthage 67, Wheaton 62

In women's college basketball...

Wisconsin 65, Indiana 60

Carthage 77, Wheaton 69

UW-Whitewater 72, UW-Platteville 60

UW-Oshkosh 75, UW-Stevens Point 68 in overtime

UW-Superior 59, UW-Eau Claire 47

UW-La Crosse 59, UW-Stout 45

Concordia-Wisconsin 87, Dominican 43

Wisconsin Lutheran 81, Concordia-Chicago 43

Edgewood 82, Rockford 79

Aurora 65, Marian 59

Milwaukee School of Engineering 76, Benedictine 69

Alverno 70, Lakeland 51

In Wisconsin boys' high school basketball...

Hartland Arrowhead 66, Muskego 60

Shorewood 71, Milwaukee School of Languages 55

Milwaukee Tenor/Veritas 58, Hartland University Lake 50

Waukesha North 55, Waukesha South 39

Wisconsin Lutheran 67, Sussex Hamilton 37

In girls' high school basketball...

Eden Prairie, Minn. 75, Superior 51

Hartland Arrowhead 54, Muskego 28

Kettle Moraine Lutheran 46, Winnebago Lutheran 25

Lake Country Lutheran 50, Living Word Lutheran 28

Milwaukee Marshall 56, Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong Learning 4

Mukwonago 50, Waukesha Catholic Memorial 35

University School of Milwaukee 53, Beaver Dam Wayland Academy 48

Waukesha North 50, Waukesha South 40