February 10, 2016

Monroe is the man

Greg Monroe

Greg Monroe

Signaling what the Milwaukee Bucks hope is the end of their frustrating futility, center Greg Monroe has signed a three-year, $50 million contract. The deal was first reported last week, but could not yet be made official because of the NBA’s signing moratorium.

In five seasons with the Detroit Pistons, Monroe averaged 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Monroe said this was purely a basketball decision, spurning offers to play for the Knicks or Lakers.

“The aspirations, the thing they had in place…nothing else mattered than basketball to me,” Monroe said. “I’m starving for the playoffs…they were [Read more…]

Brewers top Mets 3-1

Brewers starter Wily Peralta went 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball, notching the win in a 3-1 Brewers victory over the Mets in New York on Wednesday night.

Peralta, who has been erratic at times this season, made his best start  in nearly a month, limiting New York to four hits and one walk to set up a rubber game on Thursday night at 6:10 – the Brewers final road game o this trip.

After allowing three of the first five batters he faced to reach base, Peralta calmed down and retired  16 of his final 18 hitters, before manager Ron Roenicke went to the bullpen.

Scooter Gennett opened up the scoring for Milwaukee when he doubled to lead off the third and came around on Jonathan Lucroy’s RBI groundout. An inning later, Jean Segura knocked in Aramis Ramirez with a single to left, and finally in the fifth, Carlos Gomez‘s grounder to second base turned into an RBI single when Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom didn’t cover first base, scoring Ryan Braun.

Lucroy finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and two doubles, and is batting .444 in June.

Badgers Football wraps up the regular season

The #15 Football Badgers regular season comes to end Saturday as they host Penn State at Camp Randall.  It’s Senior Day for 26 Wisconsin players who will run on the field for the final time.

The Badgers defense will try to keep their scoreless streak in tact.  They have not allowed a touchdown in 8-quarters.  The 7-points Minnesota put up last weekend were on a defensive score.

The Badgers still have a fairly decent shot at a BCS bid.  To become eligible, they need to move up into the top-14 of the rankings.  That is likely with a win as a few teams in front of them play other top 14 teams.  The big game to watch will be the Big 10 title game next weekend between #3 Ohio State and #11 Michigan State.  A Michigan State win would send the Spartans to the Rose Bowl and likely give Ohio State an at-large bid shutting out Wisconsin.  A Ohio State victory would definitely open the door for the Badgers.

Wisconsin sits 9-2 on the year and 6-1 in the Big Ten.  Penn State is 6-5 overall with a 3-4 Big Ten record.  Kickoff is 2:30.

Bucks look to end skid

The Milwaukee Bucks will try to snap their 10-game losing streak tonight as they visit the Charlotte Bobcats.  Tip-off is 6:00.

After a 2-2 start to the year, the Bucks have dropped to 2-12 on the season.  Only the Utah Jazz at 2-14 have a worse record in the NBA.

The franchise record losing streak for Milwaukee is 15-games, which was set in the 95-96 season.

Hockey Badgers: #12 Men at top ranked Minnesota, #2 Women on the road

It will be a busy weekend on the ice for the Wisconsin Badgers.

Big Ten play opens up for the #12 Wisconsin Men as they visit #1 Minnesota.  Wisconsin is 4-3-1 on the year after having a bye last weekend.  The Gophers are out to a 9-2-1 record to start the season and are coming off a split at Minnesota-Duluth last weekend.  Friday’s start is 4:00 while Saturday the puck drops at 5:00.

The #2 Wisconsin Women visit Minnesota-Dulth for a pair of games starting tonight.  The Badgers are 11-2-1 and have gone 9-0-1 since a winless visit to top ranked Minnesota in mid-October.  Start time both nights is 6:00 pm.