April 24, 2014

UW-River Falls on NCAA probation

The NCAA placed the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on probation for one year on Wednesday, saying the Division III school failed to monitor the scholarship process and allowed a former head football coach to be involved in arranging financial aid packages.

School spokesman Blake Fry said the violations were unintentional and the result of a misunderstanding of NCAA policies.

A Division III infractions committee concluded athletic ability was improperly used as a criteria for financial aid between the 2007-08 through 2011-12 academic years.  It allowed five former or current athletes to receive a total of $4,090 in impermissible aid.

Lohse leads Brewers to 16th win (Audio)

Kyle Lohse pitched seven strong innings, allowing five hits, leading the

Kyle Lohse - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Kyle Lohse – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Brewers to a 5-2 victory Wednesday night at Miller Park.  It gave the Brewers the rubber game of the series.

Lohse improved to 4-1 with a 2.38 earned run average and the Brewers won their 16th game (16-6) of the season.  After allowing a run in the first, Lohse settled in and retired 17 of the next 18 batters he would face.

The Brewers have had trouble scoring runs at Miller Park this season, but started to pull out of their funk last night.

Jean Segura was moved from the 2nd spot to the 8th spot in the lineup and he responded with a three-run homer, giving the Brewers a 4-1 lead.  Ryan Braun had just delivered a run-scoring double before Segura’s blast.

Khris Davis added a solo home run in the fourth, his first home run at Miller Park this season.

Tyler Thornburg and Will Smith worked the 8th and Francisco Rodriguez pitched the 9th for his 9th save of the season.

The Brewers are off today.  They’ll open a 3-game weekend series against the Cubs at Miller Park on Friday night.

AUDIO: Ron Roenicke says great pitching takes pressure off everyone :14

AUDIO: Ron Roenicke says Lohse pitched well :10

 

Russell Wilson files for divorce

Seattle Seahawks and former Wisconsin Badger quarterback Russell

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Wilson is getting divorced from his wife, Ashton.

They had known each other since attending high school in Richmond, Virginia and reportedly started dating in college at North Carolina State, where Wilson played football and baseball before transferring to Wisconsin in 2011.

The two were married Jan. 14, 2012 in Virginia.

Wilson led the Seahawks to the playoffs in his rookie season and followed it up last season with a Super Bowl championship.

Wilson told the Seattle Times, “Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy.  Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time.  Moving forward, I will have no further comment on this personal matter.”

Packers open against defending champs in prime time

The Green Bay Packers open the NFL season in prime time, Thursday,

Packers coach Mike McCarthy

Packers coach Mike McCarthy

Sept. 4 against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity for our football team,” coach Mike McCarthy said.  “We have experience playing in the kickoff opener three years ago, and we will draw on that.

“Obviously, being the visiting team this time presents new challenges.  It will help sharpen our focus even more during training camp and the preseason.”

The Packers lost to the Seahawks in Week 3 of the 2012 season, 14-12 in the infamous “Fail Mary” game. [Read more...]

Sykes will return to UW-Green Bay

UW-Green Bay junior point guard Keifer Sykes won’t be entering the NBA

Keifer Sykes

Keifer Sykes

Draft pool by Sunday.  That’s the last day that underclassmen can declare for the draft.

Green Bay head coach Brian Wardle sought input from the NBA’s advisory committee about Sykes, much like he did for Alec Brown last season.  The committee offers players the opportunity to see where they might be drafted.

AUDIO: Coach Brian Wardle says Keifer Sykes is returning to GB :13

Sykes was the Horizon League Player of the Year after averaging 20.3 points, 4.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds this season.  He scored in double figures in 29 of 30 games.

Sykes’ teammate, senior Alec Brown is working out in California, hoping to get selected in the June 26th draft.  He’s trying to become the sixth player in program history to do so.