Wheeler News Service - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - Sunday State Sports
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Milwaukee 9, Colorado 4
Chicago 6, Cincinnati 1
Pittsburgh 2, St. Louis 0
Texas 10, Detroit 4
Detroit 3, Texas 2
Chicago 4, Seattle 0
Tampa Bay 4, Minnesota 1
MIDWEST LEAGUE BASEBALL
Cedar Rapids 4, Bowling Green 3 (11)
Clinton 8, Lake County 5
Dayton 5, Quad Cities 1
Fort Wayne 7, Kane County 2
Great Lakes 2, Peoria 1
Lansing 9, Burlington 6
South Bend 8, Beloit 5
Wisconsin 3, West Michigan 2 (12)
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Milwaukee 106, New Jersey 95
Here are the stories:
Just win. That’s the only thing the Milwaukee Bucks can do if they hope to claim the eighth and final playoff spot from the Eastern Division of the NBA. Even that might not be enough. Despite a 106-95 victory over the New Jersey Nets last night, the Bucks are now one game away from elimination. Milwaukee trails the Philadelphia 76ers by three games, with three games remaining. Unless the Sixers lose all three AND the Bucks win all three, Milwaukee is out. Brandon Jennings scored 30 points, including three straight three-pointers late in the game. He had six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Ersan Ilyasova scored 17 points and took down 17 rebounds in the victory. One of the three games left in the season will pit the Bucks against Philly, the team they need to beat.
Shortstop Alex Gonzalez pounded three hits, including a home run, and drove in four as the Milwaukee Brewers ripped Colorado at home last night, 9-4. He got a lot of help from left fielder Ryan Braun, who broke his hitless streak with a home run, a triple and two runs batted in. Braun had gone oh-for-16 on the current home stand before breaking his slump. Helping bring it all together was the starting effort by Marco Estrada. He filled in for the injured Chris Narveson with nine strikeouts in five innings of work. Jose Veras picked up his second victory after the Brewers broke things open with a six-run seventh inning.
It will have to be after Danny O’Brien joins the program before the Wisconsin Badgers can clearly identify a number-one quarterback. For now, it looks like 6-foot-5, 223-pound walk-on Joel Stave is getting some quality work in. Stave is a graduate of Whitnall High School. He worked with the number-one offense all day yesterday. Last year’s backup, Joe Brennan, worked with the number-two offense. The two had shared time this spring until yesterday. While the Badger coaches try to decide who will claim the job, they also have to be wondering who will grab the ball. There were six fumbles center-quarterback exchanges yesterday.
Most experts are saying the Green Bay Packers will take a defensive player in the first round of this week’s 2012 NFL Draft. Most likely, it will be a pass rusher. The Pack gave up almost 48 hundred yards through the air last season. More pressure on the passer would cover up some of the shortcomings in the defensive backfield. Other priorities when the picks start flying Thursday would be a cornerback, safety and maybe a running back, though the offense seems to be solid.
Brewers lefty Chris Narveson is reaching out to a noted Los Angeles specialist to see if he agrees the starting pitcher needs surgery. Narveson’s MRI will be sent to Dr. Lewis Yocum to see if he falls in line with the course of action suggested by Milwaukee team doctor William Raasch. The Brewers’ team doctor says arthroscopic surgery is required to fix an underlying tear in Narveson’s rotator cuff. A reply is expected by tomorrow or Tuesday. Surgery would put Narveson on the sidelines for the rest of the 2012 season.
Neither Wisconsin golfer managed to break par in Saturday’s third round at the Valero Texas Open and both Skip Kendall and Jerry Kelly fell a little farther back in the pack. Going into today’s final round in San Antonio, Kendall is tied for 28th at one shot over par. He shot a one over 73 yesterday, matching the performance of the man on top the leaderboard, Ben Curtis. He’s 10 shots behind Curtis. Jerry Kelly shot a three over par 75 Saturday and is five over for the first three rounds, good for a tie for 55th. Curtis has a three-stroke cushion entering today’s final round.
Andy North of Madison, and his partner Buddy Clampett, are tied for third place going into today’s final round of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah, Georgia. North and Clampett are just one stroke off the lead.
Wisconsin drivers Matt Kenseth and Paul Menard are 18th and 19th, respectively, in the lineup for today’s STP 400 Spring Cup race at the Kansas Speedway. AJ Allmendinger grabbed the pole during qualifying. The third driver with Wisconsin ties, Janesville’s Travis Kvapil, takes off 35th today.
He led the points standings for a few weeks last year, but Necedah’s Johnny Sauter has fallen three slots into 16th place in the Camping World Truck Series standings this year. Sauter finished 24th yesterday at the STP 250. James Beuscher won his first race.