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May 22, 2015

NCAA D3 College World Series opens today with newcomer UW-La Crosse seeking first national title

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Eight teams will continue their pursuit of a national title starting today at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.

This year’s field includes a WIAC representative making its NCAA Division 3 College World Series debut in the UW-La Crosse Eagles.

UW-L (33-13) opens pool play against Salisbury (33-4-1) at 7:45 p.m.

Prior to that game, play begins with Frostburg State taking on Ramapo at 10 a.m., then Webster battles Cortland State and Trinity squares off with Emory.

Smith ejected for foreign substance leading to Brewers meltdown

Brewers RHP Will Smith

What was a competitive pitcher’s duel in Atlanta spun out of control for the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday when relief pitcher Will Smith was ejected for a foreign substance on his right arm in the seventh inning.

Milwaukee’s bullpen would fall apart after the ejection, allowing six more runs in what amounted to a seven-run inning and led to a 10-1 Braves win to open a four-game series.

Smith entered the game with the Brewers trailing 2-1 and runners at the corners. He then hit the first batter he faced to load up the bases. Atlanta manager Freddie Gonzalez then notified the umpires of a shiny substance on Smith’s right arm a couple pitches into the next at-bat.

The umpires gathered around Smith, checked the substance, and promptly threw the lefty out of the game. Braves hitters then registered five consecutive hits off relievers Neal Cotts and Michael Blazek to blow the game open. [Read more…]

Brewers bullpen blows chance at first series sweep of season

Kyle Lohse

Kyle Lohse

With a chance to secure their first series sweep of the season, the Milwaukee Brewers fought to stay with the Tigers before the bullpen faltered in a 5-2 loss Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

Tied at two in the eighth, Jonathan Broxton entered the game and promptly retired the first two batters he faced. Then he allowed two singles and a walk to load the bases, which were ultimately cleared on a Nick Castellanos triple that skipped past right fielder Gerardo Parra.

Milwaukee rallied twice to tie the game. Ryan Braun’s solo home run the fourth evened the game at one. Elian Herrera’s RBI double plated Khris Davis to knot the game at two in the seventh.  [Read more…]

Brett Favre’s Legends Game featuring former greats to be played July 19 at Camp Randall

QB Brett Favre - Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

QB Brett Favre – Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The third weekend in July is setting up to be a huge one for fans of the Green Bay Packers and future hall of famer Brett Favre.

On July 18, Favre will officially be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame, a ceremony that has already sold out for fans that will watch on the video boards inside Lambeau Field.

The following day, Favre and several former Packer, NFL, and Wisconsin Badger greats will play a charity flag football game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison at 4 p.m.

Tickets to Brett Favre’s Legends Game will go on sale at 8:30 a.m. on June 3 via UWBadgers.com, at 1-800-GO-BADGERS, or at the UW ticket office at 1440 Monroe St. Tickets are between $34 and $55, with a Family Four Pack available for $112.

While the rosters are not finalized, the list of committed participants is impressive. Former Packers include Javon Walker, Mark Chmura, Frank Winters and Andre Rison, while the team of former NFL players include Donovan McNabb, Roger Craig, Herman Moore, Willie Gault and Anthony Carter. Also, former UW running back and Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne is expected to participate.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Favre 4 Hope Foundation.

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AUDIO: Favre talks about how significant the weekend will be with the Hall of Fame and Legends game :24

Three home run 3rd inning propels Brewers past Tigers

Ryan Braun - Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Ryan Braun – Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Everything seem to come together for the Milwaukee Brewers, who defeated the Tigers 8-1 last night to claim a second straight win and a series win.

Tied at one in the third inning, Ryan Braun, Adam Lind, and Aramis Ramirez combined to hit back-to-back-to-back home runs as part of a six-run frame.

The three consecutive home runs were the first ever by a visiting team at Comerica Park, and the first for the Brewers since August 27, 2012.

Overshadowed by the display of power was starter Jimmy Nelson’s dominating outing. He limited Detroit to one run on three hits over eight innings to improve to 2-4 on the season and help Milwaukee to its second road series win.  [Read more…]