July 23, 2014

Packers rank 24th on Forbes list of World’s Top 50 Sports franchises

Forbes Magazine is out with the World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports franchises and the Green Bay Packers rank 24th in value, worth $1.183 billion.

What makes the Packers unique to this list is the fact that they’re publicly owned.

The top three teams on the Forbes list are soccer teams.  The New York Yankees rank 4th at $2.5 billion and the Dallas Cowboys are the first NFL team in at number 5 with a value of $2.3 billion.

Several NFL teams are in front of the Packers at number-24.  After Dallas at number-5, New England ($1.8 billion) is 8th.  Washington is 9th, the New York Giants are 10th.  Houston is 12th, the New York Jets 14th, Philadelphia is 17th, the Chicago Bears are 18th.  Baltimore is 19th, San Francisco 20th and Indianapolis is 23rd.


Peralta solid in win over Cincinnati (AUDIO)

Wily Peralta worked seven solid innings and allowed just three hits as the Milwaukee Brewers earned a 5-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds in their series opener at Miller Park on Monday night.

Peralta (11-6) won for the 11th time this season, walking two and striking out five.  Peralta also helped his own cause by singling and scoring a run in the third.

Jean Segura had two hits, including a triple and he scored two runs in his first game at Miller Park since the death of his 9-month-old son.

AUDIO: Ron Roenicke says Segura came back strong :11

AUDIO: Ron Roenicke says Segura played a great game :13

The Brewers also took advantage of two misjudged balls in the Reds outfield by Chris Heisey as the Reds lost for the fourth straight game.

Francisco Rodriguez worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the Brewers, notching his 29th save.

Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.40) gets the start in game two of the series for the Brewers tonight.  Cincinnati right hander Homer Bailey (8-5, 4.21) goes for the Reds.

The Brewers moved a half-game in front of the idle St. Louis Cardinals atop the NL Central Division.

Ziegler holds lead at Wisconsin State Amateur

University of Wisconsin assistant men’s golf coach Robbie Ziegler fired a 4-under par 66 and holds the lead after the opening round of the 113th State Amateur Championship at Ozaukee Country Club on Monday.

Ziegler is one of just three players to break par.  16-year old Christopher Colla is two shots back after an opening round 68.  Colla is from Winnebago Lutheran High School and is the reigning WIAA Division 2 state champion.

Marquette University’s Brandon Cloete from South Africa, shot a 69.

Ziegler made six birdies and two bogeyed just twice in his opening round.    He had a standout collegiate career at Oregon where he played in the NCAA Division I Championship three times.

Marquette speeds up its search for new AD

Marquette says it will have a new Director of Athletics in place by December.  The school appointed a search committee to accelerate the process.

Marquette has been without an Athletic Director since Larry Williams resigned last December.  Williams was replaced on an interim basis by Bill Cords, who is in his second stint at the school.  Cords was Marquette’s AD for 20 years before retiring back in 2006.

Since Cords has returned, he’s oversaw the hiring of three head coaches, including men’s basketball coach Steve Wojciechowski.


Badgers land commitment from Texas running back

Wisconsin has landed another recruit from the state of Texas after running back Davon Crookshank gave the Badgers an oral commitment for the 2015 class.

The 5’10, 185 pound Crookshank reportedly had offers from Colorado, Baylor, Houston and Kansas among others.

He is the 16th known commitment for Wisconsin’s 2015 class and the fourth from the state of Texas.  He’s also the first running back in the class.

Crookshank attends Fort Bend Marshall High School just outside of Houston.  Houston is where Wisconsin will open the 2014 season on Aug. 30th against L.S.U.