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August 2, 2015

Bucks sign Chris Copeland

Milwaukee Bucks logo 11The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent forward Chris Copeland to a contract today.

The 31-year-old Copeland was undrafted out of the University of Colorado in 2006 and spent six seasons split between the NBA D-League and professional teams overseas before landing in the NBA with the New York Knicks in 2012-13.

Copeland spent the last two seasons in Indiana, and in 2014-15 averaged 6.2 points and a career-high 2.2 rebounds in 50 games (12 starts).  In his rookie campaign, Copeland finished first among NBA rookies in 3-point field goal percentage, connecting on 42.1% of his shots from beyond the arc.  That number was also good enough to tie for 13th among all NBA players that season.

McIlroy’s appearance at the PGA could be in jeopardy

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

It was roughly a month ago that Rory McIlroy showed up at Whistling Straits to promote the upcoming PGA Championship as the defending champion.

McIlroy’s chances of playing in the 97th PGA Championship could be in jeopardy.

McIlroy is recovering from an ankle injury that he suffered while playing soccer with his friends in early July.  As Gary D’Amato reported today in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, McIlroy has informed tournament officials that he will not play in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational next week, an event that he won a year ago.

The PGA Championship is scheduled for August 13-16 at Whistling Straits.

Peralta’s return leads Brewers to victory

 Gerardo Parra:  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Gerardo Parra: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Wily Peralta was reinstated earlier Tuesday after a two-month stay on the disabled list and pitched six solid innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-2 win over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

Peralta (2-5) allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, to go along with two walks and three strike outs.  It’s the first win for Peralta since May 6.

Gerardo Parra did the bulk of the work offensively, finishing a home run shy of the cycle.  He also scored three of the Brewers five runs.  Adam Lind also returned to the lineup and drove in a pair of runs, helping the Brewers snap a three-game losing streak.

The loss goes to Matt Cain who fell to 2-2.

Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 23rd save in as many opportunities after blanking the Giants in the 9th inning.

The series is tied at a game apiece with the rubber match this afternoon in San Francisco.

Packers unveil new throwback jerseys

Throwback Jersey

Throwback Jersey

The Green Bay Packers unveiled new throwback jerseys on Tuesday at the teams annual shareholders meeting.  Those jersey’s will be worn for the October 18 game against the San Diego Chargers.

Packers president Mark Murphy said the uniforms honor the teams from 1937 through 1949 that wore similar uniforms.  Those teams won two of the Packers 13 NFL Championships.

NFL rules allow teams to change their alternate third uniform every five years.  In each of the previous five years, the team wore their Acme Packers uniforms, which were throwbacks from the 1929-30 seasons.

Brewers drop third straight, fall to Giants

Carlos Gomez:  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Carlos Gomez: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Milwaukee Brewers ended a 2-game scoreless streak, but fell short against the San Francisco Giants 4-2 at AT&T Park on Monday night.

Rookie right-hander Chris Heston pitched seven strong innings and Brandon Crawford clubbed a two-run home run in the fourth off of Kyle Lohse to lead the Giants.

Milwaukee fell to 1-4 on their current 7-game west coast road trip, while the Giants have won 12 of their last 13 games to move within a half game of the Dodgers for first place atop the National League West.

Heston is 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA in his previous six starts.  He threw the first of three no-hitters in the major leagues this season, back on June 9 against the New York Mets. [Read more…]