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July 4, 2015

Stricker misses cut at Greenbrier Classic

Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker

Jhonattan Vegas shot a 5-under par 65 on Friday to tie Scott Langley for the 36-hold lead at the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Vegas and Langley are at 9-under at the midway point of the event.  Twenty three golfers were within three shots of the lead, including seven at 8-under.

Tiger Woods shot a 69 Friday and was at 5-under par, four shots off the lead.

Madison’s Steve Stricker finished with an even par 70 on Friday which left him at -1 for the two rounds.  That left Stricker short of making the cut to the weekend, his first missed cut at a tournament since 2010.

Menomonee Falls native Mark Wilson also missed the cut.

Fiers leads Brewers to sixth straight win

Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers:  Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers: Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

The Milwaukee Brewers extended their season best win streak to six games, rolling to a 12-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night at Great American Ballpark.

Five of the six wins have come on the road where the Brewers are hitting .371 with 40 runs scored.  Carlos Gomez had three hits, including a grand slam that broke the game open.

On the mound, Mike Fiers continued his strong pitching of late, holding the Reds to three hits over seven scoreless innings.  The Reds didn’t get a runner past first base on Fiers until the 7th inning.  Fiers improved to 4-7 and lowered his ERA to 3.83.  He walked two and struckout two in the win.

Fiers performance couldn’t have come at a better time.  The Brewers bullpen was out of gas.  Before the game, the Brewers summoned right handed pitchers David Goforth and Tyler Cravy from the minors for help.

To make room on the roster, the Brewers sent pitcher Corey Knebel and infielder Jason Rodgers to Colorado Springs.  The Brewers now have 13 pitchers on their 25-man roster.

Game 2 of the series is in Cincinnati today.

 

Badgers lose top goaltender prospect

Mike Eaves loses top goaltending prospect.

Mike Eaves loses top goaltending prospect.

Coming off a 4-26-5 season a year ago, the Wisconsin Badgers were looking to turn things around this season.  They thought they had one of the top incoming goaltender recruits in the country, but that has all gone up in smoke.

Luke Opilka had already enrolled in summer classes at Wisconsin after starring for the U.S. National Development program’s U-18 squad.  He was expected to take over as the starting goaltender for the Badgers this coming season. [Read more…]

Bucks welcome Vasquez, deal Dudley (AUDIO)

Greivis Vasquez meets with reporters on Thursday. - Photo Courtesy of Milwaukee Bucks.

Greivis Vasquez meets with reporters on Thursday. – Photo Courtesy of Milwaukee Bucks.

The Milwaukee Bucks introduced one of their recent acquisitions, point guard Greivis Vasquez to the media on Thursday.

The Bucks gave up a protected future first-round pick to get the 6’6 native of Venezuela.

When asked what makes him a good fit with the Bucks, Vasquez said, “I can start, I can come off the bench.  Playing with young guys, I can bring that toughness, that leadership, the passion.  I’m not afraid.”

Vasquez also said he welcomes the competition with 23-year-old point guard Michael Carter-Williams.

“When you go into practice thinking you’ve got to play against the other guy, then your team gets better,” Vasquez said.  “That’s the mind-set I’m bringing.  I want to go out there and compete and make him better.”

With the Bucks trading for Vasquez and adding Greg Monroe in free agency, they traded veteran Jared Dudley to the Washington Wizards for a future second round draft pick.

Dudley was a leader both on and off the court for the Bucks last season, but the Bucks gained some salary cap relief by making the deal.

Washington was looking for help at forward after losing Paul Pierce to the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency.

AUDIO: Vasquez is asked what makes him a good fit in Milwaukee :21

AUDIO: Vasquez says it’s great to be a Buck :22

AUDIO: Vasquez on being acquired by the Bucks :21

Brewers sweep the Phillies

Jonathan Lucroy

Jonathan Lucroy

Adam Lind singled in the game winning run in the 11th inning last night, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 8-7 win and four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

The sweep if the first of the season for the Brewers, who have now won three straight series.  They’ve won five in a row for the first time since last August.  The Brewers are 8-2 in their last 10 games.

Jonathan Lucroy had three hits to pace the Brewers 16-hit attack.  The Brewers scored 33-runs and collected 59-hits during the four game series.

The Brewers started the series in close proximity with the Phillies, who own the worst record in the Major Leagues.  Now there’s some separation as the Brewers have moved six games in front of the Phillies.

The Brewers blew a 7-4 lead when the Phillies scored three times off of Brewers relievers Jonathan Broxton and Will Smith.

The Brewers head to Cincinnati to open a weekend series against the Reds.