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April 27, 2015

Brewers salvage final game finale with Cardinals

Mike Fiers - Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Mike Fiers – Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

The Milwaukee Brewers gave regulars Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and catcher Martin Maldonado the day off on Sunday, but the reserves came to the rescue, knocking off Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 at Miller Park.

Lynn entered Sunday’s game with a 6-2 career mark and 2.23 ERA against the Brewers.  But the Brewers broke through against Lynn in the third.  Logan Schafer singled and scored on Gerardo Parra’s triple.  Adam Lind followed with a two-run homer to right-center and the Brewers led 3-0. [Read more…]

Bucks force a fifth game in Chicago

O.J. Mayo

O.J. Mayo

After the Milwaukee Bucks defense forced yet another Chicago turnover, Jared Dudley found Jerryd Bayless with an inbound pass that resulted in a game winning lay-up and a 92-90 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.  The victory sends the series back to Chicago for game five of the series on Monday night.

Khris Middleton stole the ball from Derrick Rose and while Middleton was attempting a half court shot, Bucks coach Jason Kidd was in the ear of a referee, shouting for a timeout.  He got it, with 1.3-seconds left.  Kidd drew up the game winning play and his players executed to perfection.

The Bucks pulled out the victory with veterans on the floor.  They ended a nine-game playoff losing streak, dating back to their first-round series against Atlanta back in 2010.

O.J. Mayo, who hit a big three with 1:42 to play, led the Bucks with 18 points.  Dudley finished with 13 and Bayless 10.  Mayo also hit 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.  Dudley was 3 for 4.

The Bucks forced 28 Chicago turnovers, which led to 39 points.

Jimmy Butler scored a career playoff-high 33 points, but the Bucks defensively held the rest of the Bulls in check.  Pau Gasol had 16 points and Derrick Rose 14 points for Chicago.

AUDIO: Jerryd Bayless on the game winning shot :16

AUDIO: Jared Dudley on the veterans closing things out :15

AUDIO: Jason Kidd on his team proving people wrong :21

UW athletic board puts the heat on a pair of coaches

Mike Eaves

Mike Eaves

After tough seasons for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team and the women’s basketball team, the UW Athletic board voted to retain coaches Mike Eaves (hockey) and Bobbie Kelsey (women’s hoops), but didn’t extend their contracts.

Eaves contract expires June 30, 2019 and Kelsey’s runs through May 31, 2019.

Under Eaves, the Badger men’s hockey team finished 4-26-5 last season, the worst record in program history.  After winning an NCAA Championship in 2006 and making the title game in 2010, the Badgers have failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the third time in five seasons.

In effect, the board couldn’t reward Eaves with a contract extension after a season like last year.  Eaves also fired his two assistants, Gary Shuchuk and Matt Walsh.

Bobbie Kelsey

Bobbie Kelsey

Kelsey’s Badger women’s basketball team finished 5-11 in the Big Ten and 9-20 overall last season.  Since Kelsey joined the program, Wisconsin has failed to qualify for either the NCAA or the WNIT.

It’s safe to say the Athletic Board is looking for improvement from both programs or their jobs could be in jeopardy.

The board did roll over the five-year contracts of men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan and women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson.  It also rolled over the three-year deal for wrestling coach Barry Davis.

Veteran Bulls outlast young Bucks in 2OT, can clinch series Saturday

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Missed free throws and periods of stagnant offense were two of the biggest contributors to the Milwaukee Bucks losing Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Playoff series to the rival Bulls, 113-106, in double overtime.

Playing in front of an energetic, yet bi-partisan crowd at the Bradley Center, the Bucks surged to an 18-point second quarter, a lead that was quickly erased by an 18-0 Chicago run.

Trailing by ten with 2:50 remaining in regulation, Khris Middleton scored eight straight points to rally Milwaukee and force overtime. The Bulls started the second OT with a 12-0 to sieze control. [Read more…]

Losing streak ends at eight for Brewers with 4-2 win vs. Reds

Kyle Lohse - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Kyle Lohse – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Wondering how and when a rough, eight-game losing stretch would end, the Milwaukee Brewers finally put a whole game together to defeat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-2, ending the skid and avoiding a four-game sweep.

Kyle Lohse (1-3) lasted seven innings while striking out four to pick up his first win in four starts this season. He allowed two runs on three hits.

Lohse did falter in the fifth inning trying to protect a 1-0 lead. The righthander served up a two-run homer to Marlon Byrd, handing the Reds a one run advantage.

It didn’t last long, though, as Aramis Ramirez answered with his first home run of the year, a solo blast to even the game at two. Then in the seventh, Milwaukee (3-13) took advantage of a leadoff walk to Logan Schafer as Jean Segura connected on a two-out RBI single to center to give the Brewers the lead for good. [Read more…]