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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Bucks clear up salary cap space by trading Neal and Ridnour

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Bucks' general manager John Hammond said he cleaned up his roster and created salary cap space with the trade the Bucks made yesterday.  

They sent guards Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour to Charlotte for guard Ramon Sessions and power forward Jeff Adrien.  The Bucks netted about three-point-eight million dollars in salaries in the final hours before the NBA trade deadline.They got out of paying Neal for a second year next season, while Sessions and Adrien both have contracts which expire this summer.  The Bobcats especially wanted Neal, who has a championship ring with San Antonio, as they try to make a playoff run.  Milwaukee coach Larry Drew said Neal didn't fit in with the Bucks, and that happens sometimes.  He played only 30 games with the team -- and his most memorable moment was the locker room argument he had with teammate Larry Sanders a few weeks ago.  Both Neal and Ridnour had fallen out of the Bucks' rotation.  Ridnour missed the early part of the season with injuries.  The 27-year-old Sessions is in his second stint with Milwaukee, having played his first two NBA seasons with the Bucks.  The seventh-year pro was backing up Kemba Walker at Charlotte, and was averaging 10-and-a-half points and four assists.  Adrien was also a back-up with the Bobcats, averaging around two points and three-and-a-half boards this season.


The Bucks blew another chance to win back-to-back games for the first time this season, falling at home to Denver last night 101-90.  The Nuggets snapped a five-game losing streak, while winning their eighth straight over the Bucks.  Denver went up by nine after the first quarter and never looked back.  Milwaukee got to within five early in the fourth quarter, but the Nuggets pulled away for their double-digit victory.  Kenneth Faried scored a season-high 26 points with six rebounds to lead Denver.  Six Milwaukee players scored in double figures, led by Caron Butler with 17.  Bucks' guard O.J. Mayo returned after missing 10 games with an illness and conditioning issues.  He had 11.  The Bucks only made 4-of-21 shots from three-point range.  The Nuggets shot a solid 51-percent from the floor.  Milwaukee dropped to 10-and-44 on the year.  They'll host Indiana tomorrow night.


The UW_Green Bay men's basketball team has clinched at least a share of its first Horizon League regular season title in 18 years.  That's after the Phoenix beat Valparaiso at home last night, 67-53.  The game was tied at 30 early in the second half when Green Bay went on a 12-0 run to go in front for good.  Keifer Sykes scored 19 points, and senior Alec Brown blocked eight shots in his home regular season finale.  Brown became only the second player in Horizon League history to surpass 300 blocks for his career.  He now has 301.  Jubril Adekoya and Alec Peters each scored 11 for Valparaiso, which fell to 8-5 in the conference and 16-12 overall.  Green Bay is now 12-2 in the conference and 22-5 overall, after clinching the Number-One and hosting rights for the upcoming conference tournament.  The Phoenix will close out its regular season next week, starting Thursday night at Oakland.


The UW-Milwaukee men's basketball team lost in overtime at Youngstown State last night, 88-83.  Kendrick Perry scored a career-high 35 points for the Penguins.  He also set a new school record for free throws made in a season, with 165.  Milwaukee's Steve McWhorter sent the game to overtime by hitting a three-pointer with 52-point-four seconds left.  The Panthers had a one-point lead with 1:05 left in the OT, but Ryan Weber made a jumper which gave Youngstown State the lead for good.  Austin Arians led UWM with 28 points as the Panthers' leading scorer -- Jordan Aaron -- missed his second straight game after he was suspended for violating team rules.  Youngstown State improved to 6-7 in the Horizon League and 15-13 overall.  UWM is also 6-7 in the conference, and 16-11 overall.  The Panthers are at Cleveland State tomorrow.


The University of Wisconsin women's basketball team extended its losing streak to five games, after falling to Michigan State 76-66 in Madison.  The Badgers trailed by eight points at the break.  They stayed within 10 for much of the second half and got as close as four, but could not get over the hump.  Wisconsin lost despite out-shooting the Spartans 51-to 45-percent from the floor.  Michala Johnson and Taylor Wurtz each scored 15 for the Badgers.  Becca Mills led Michigan State with 15.  The 23rd-ranked Spartans improved to 10-3 in the Big Ten, and 18-8 overall.  Wisconsin dropped to 3-11 in the conference and 10-16 overall.  They'll play at Purdue on Sunday.


Matt Kenseth of Cambridge won his NASCAR qualifying race last night and will start in the Number-three position in Sunday's Daytona-500.  Kenseth held back Kevin Harvick on the final lap of the first-of-two 150-mile Budweiser Duels.  But Harvick's car failed a post-race inspection, and he'll start at the rear of the 43-car field for Sunday's Sprint Cup season opener.  Paul Menard of Eau Claire will start 10th in the Great American Race, after he finished fourth in last night's second Duel.  Menard was using a back-up car after his main vehicle got into a crash at practice on Wednesday night.  Beloit-born Danica Patrick placed 13th in the first qualifier.  She'll start in the 27th position, after finishing eighth in last year's Daytona-500.


Ryan Braun reported to the Milwaukee Brewers' spring training camp yesterday, and made it clear that his drug case is in the past.  He said he took responsibility for what he did, and his only focus now is to learn a new position in right field and get back to playing.  Braun again admitted his mistakes in taking performance-enhancing drugs, then lying about it for almost two years before he finally came clean last summer and took a 65-game suspension.  He again said he wished he could have done things differently, but he can't.  Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke said both he and his players are ready to put the Braun affair behind them, and move forward. 


The U.S. men's hockey team will get its chance to defeat Canada today at the Sochi Olympics.  The two teams will square off in a semi-final game at 11 this morning, after the Canadian women won their fourth straight gold by beating Team USA yesterday, 3-2 in overtime.  The U.S. women cried while accepting their silver medals, still failing to win gold for the first time since 1998.  Marie-Philip Poulin won the championship for Canada by tying the game in the final minute of regulation, then scoring the game-winner with 11:50 left in the overtime.  Former Wisconsin Badger Meaghan Mikkelson-Reid had an assist for her native Canada.  American captain Meghan Duggan, a former Wisconsin star, scored.  Her former Badgers' teammate Hilary Knight had an assist.  Ex-Badgers' goal-tender Jessie Vetter had 28 saves.  Madison area native Amanda Kessel did not figure in the scoring.  Her brother Phil leads the U.S. men in total scoring after four games.  


A Number-One-seed was upset last night in the second round of the boys' state high school hockey regionals.  Mequon Homestead lost to Number-eight Brookfield Central 4-3.  Of the 32 boys' regional finals, 15 were played last evening.  The rest were either scheduled for tonight, or were postponed by Wisconsin's latest snow-and-ice storm.  Fifth-seeded Fond du Lac Springs eliminated Number-four Fond du Lac in a mild upset.  Two other top seeds survived -- Green Bay Notre Dame and Verona.  Defending boys' champion Eau Claire Memorial plays Chequamegon-Phillips this evening.  In the girls' hockey tournament, five-of-the-16 regional finals are in the books.  Top seeds Green Bay East and Onalaska made it through to the next round.  There was only one upset last night, as fifth-seeded Appleton Xavier eliminated Fond du Lac.  Defending girls' champion Hayward plays New Richmond this evening.  Sectionals will be played next week in both the boys' and girls' tournaments.


The University of Wisconsin's Ivy Martin won her second straight title in the 50-yard freestyle at the Big Ten Conference swim meet in Minneapolis.  Martin broke her own meet record in the event in the preliminaries with a time of :21.58 seconds.  She was a tenth-of-a-second slower in the finals, but that was still faster than her 2013 record of :21.84.  The Badgers also won the 200-meter freestyle relay for the fifth time in six years with a time of 1:28.75.  Wisconsin is in fifth place after two days of competition with 142 points.  Minnesota, the host, leads with 230.  The meet continues through tomorrow.


UW-Stevens Point has the men's lead, and La Crosse tops the women's standings after the first day of the WIAC swim meet in Brown Deer.  The Pointers are going for their 15th straight men's championship.  They have 245 points after yesterday's opening competition.  La Crosse is second with 187, followed by Eau Claire.  The Pointers scored big when Sam Jekel won the 50-yard freestyle, and the 200-freestyle relay team took the gold.  Alex Card of Eau Claire won his third straight crown in the 200-individual medley.  On the women's side, two-time defending champion La Crosse has the early edge with 233 points.  Whitewater is second with 222, followed by Eau Claire and Stevens Point.  Allie Yemm of La Crosse won her second straight title in the 200 IM.  Amanda Walker of the Pointers set a meet record in the 500-free at 4:58-point-74,.  The WIAC championships continue through tomorrow.



In the NBA...

Denver 101, Milwaukee 90

In men's college basketball...

UW-Green Bay 67, Valparaiso 53

Youngstown State 88, UW-Milwaukee 83 in overtime

UW-Parkside 84, McKendree 80

Maranatha Baptist 73, Lincoln Christian 65

In women's college basketball...

Michigan State 76, Wisconsin 66

McKendree 59, UW-Parkside 54

Maranatha Baptist 77, Mount Mary 45

In Wisconsin boys' high school basketball...

Algoma 62, Sevastopol 28

Appleton East 50, Appleton West 45

Appleton North 53, Menasha 30

Hartland Arrowhead 62, Waukesha North 48

Ashwaubenon 26, Pulaski 13

Lake Geneva Badger 63, Wilmot 48

Bay Port 77, Green Bay West 50

Bessemer, Mich. 76, Mercer 34

Big Foot 67, Brodhead 51

Black Hawk 71, Juda 43

Brookfield Central 81, West Allis Central 53

Campbellsport 58, Kiel 44

Coleman 59, Lena 39

Crystal Falls Forest Park, Mich. 69, Niagara 34

Cuba City 70, Darlington 39

De Pere 76, Green Bay East 38

Early View 71, Milwaukee Tenor/Veritas 50

Edgerton 63, Evansville 39

Elkhorn 61, Williams Bay 41

Freedom 51, Waupaca 37

Germantown 58, Mequon Homestead 56

Grafton 51, Cedarburg 45

Green Bay NEW Lutheran 66, Southern Door 56

Green Bay Preble 47, Sheboygan South 46

Green Bay Southwest 63, Green Bay Notre Dame 43

Gresham 61, Tigerton 37

Hartford  62, Beaver Dam 55

Holmen 54, La Crosse Aquinas 40

Hortonville 49, Luxemburg-Casco 42

Jefferson 60, McFarland 55

Kenosha Tremper 60, Kenosha Bradford 41

Kettle Moraine 61, Mukwonago 56

Kewaunee 55, Gibraltar 43

Kimberly 48, Oshkosh West 30

Little Chute 59, Berlin 30

Lodi 57, Lake Mills 47

Markesan 57, Montello 53

Milwaukee Marquette 42, Brookfield East 40

Milwaukee Riverside 94, Milwaukee Madison 74

Mineral Point 59, Hazel Green Southwestern 42

Monroe 57, Fort Atkinson 46

Muskego 71, Waukesha Catholic Memorial 64

Neenah 66, Fond du Lac 40

New Glarus 63, Waterloo 46

New London 60, Oconto Falls 47

Nicolet 72, Milwaukee Lutheran 60

Oconomowoc 81, West Bend East 67

Oregon 36, Monona Grove 35

Oshkosh North 61, Kaukauna 58

Orfordville Parkview 64, Clinton 61

Milwaukee Pius XI 63, Greendale 52

Plymouth 65, Two Rivers 36

Racine J.I. Case 66, Oak Creek 49

Racine William Horlick 65, Kenosha Indian Trail 62

Racine Washington Park 59, Franklin 45

Racine St. Catherine's 46, Burlington Catholic Central 23

Seymour 68, West De Pere 63

Sheboygan Falls 79, Kewaskum 43

Sheboygan North 70, Manitowoc Lincoln 50

Shiocton 72, Manawa 30

South Milwaukee 54, Milwaukee Heritage Christian 34

Stoughton 51, Madison Edgewood 42

Sturgeon Bay 45, Oconto 29

Sussex Hamilton 68, Menomonee Falls 52

Beloit Turner 44, Palmyra-Eagle 25

Union Grove 56, Westosha Central 39

Waterford 52, Burlington 36

Waupun 63, New Holstein 54

Wausaukee 56, Suring 43

Wauwatosa East 49, West Allis Nathan Hale 46

West Bend West 50, Slinger 41

Winneconne 55, Fox Valley Lutheran 51

Wisconsin Lutheran 66, Watertown 41

In Wisconsin Girls' high school basketball...

Appleton East 51, Appleton West 37

La Crosse Aquinas 56, Holmen 43

Argyle 76, Pecatonica 46

Arrowhead 66, Waukesha North 42

Barneveld 67, Albany 16

Belleville 55, Waterloo 32

Brillion 58, Hilbert 51

Brodhead 65, Beloit Turner 39

Cambria-Friesland 60, Princeton/Green Lake 31

Cambridge 65, New Glarus 57

Central Wisconsin Christian 41, Montello 38

Columbus 41, Lodi 38

Deerfield 30, Madison Abundant Life 28

Dodgeland 44, Johnson Creek 42

Brookfield Early View 43, Milwaukee Tenor/Veritas 20

Williams Bay Faith Christian 30, Williams Bay 27

Fall River 61, Hustisford 44

Hilbert 58, Brillion 51

Howards Grove 45, Cedar Grove-Belgium 30

Hurley 49, Ironwood, Mich. 41

Janesville Craig 45, Janesville Parker 34

Kenosha St. Joseph 56, Whitefish Bay Dominican 52

Kenosha Tremper 58, Kenosha Bradford 47

Kettle Moraine Lutheran 56, Laconia 18

Lake Country Lutheran 75, Milwaukee Hope Christian 38

Lakeside Lutheran 58, Wisconsin Dells 44

Lomira 41, Winnebago Lutheran 39

Oshkosh Lourdes 72, Pardeeville 29

Madison Memorial 52, Beloit Memorial 49

Marshall 58, Wisconsin Heights 35

McFarland 54, Clinton 47

Mercer 51, Bessemer, Mich. 48

Middleton 74, Madison La Follette 64

Milwaukee North 59, Milwaukee Madison/Career and Tech/Northwest 25

Milwaukee St. Anthony 32, Milwaukee Salam School 11

Monticello 57, Juda 23

New Lisbon 50, Necedah 26

Niagara 44, Wausaukee 38

North Fond du Lac 56, Mayville 51

Onalaska 36, La Crosse Central 32

Racine Prairie 60, Greendale Martin Luther 47

Randolph 56, Oakfield 47

Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs 56, Omro 35

Milwaukee Thomas More 62, Burlington Catholic Central 18

Somers Shoreland Lutheran 69, Racine Lutheran 53

Shorewood 57, Greenfield 43

Sun Prairie 44, Madison East 36

Union Grove 34, Lake Geneva Badger 32

Verona 44, Madison West 30

Watertown Luther Prep 72, Lake Mills 52

Wautoma 42, Berlin 41

Whitnall 46, Wauwatosa West 45

Wonewoc-Center 47, Royall 22

Wrightstown 44, Mishicot 21

Boys' state high school hockey regionals

Northland Pines Sectional

Northland Pines 4, Rhinelander/Three Lakes 0

Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln Sectional

Baraboo-Portage 10, Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells 4

Onalaska 7, La Crosse Central/Logan 0

Neenah Sectional

Green Bay Notre Dame 10, Oshkosh North 0

Ashwaubenon 4, De Pere/West De Pere 0

Bay Port 8, Neenah 0

Madison LaFollette/East  Sectional

Verona 6, Sun Prairie 1

Monona Grove 3, Madison Memorial 2, 2-OT

Madison West 3, Middleton 2, 2-OT

Madison Edgewood 6, Waunakee 3

Milwaukee Marquette  Sectional

Janesville Parker/Craig 7, Beloit Memorial 3

Stoughton 4, Milwaukee Marquette 2

Kettle Moraine 6, Greendale 0

Brookfield Sectional

Brookfield East 4, Mequon Homestead 3

Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs 6, Fond du Lac 3

Girls' state high school hockey regionals

Madison Sectional

Onalaska 14, Beaver Dam 0

Stoughton 4, Baraboo 1

Milwaukee Sectional

Green Bay United 10, Hartland Arrowhead/Sussex Hamilton 0

Appleton Xavier 3, Fond du Lac 1

Appleton West 3, Brookfield Central 0