March 26, 2015

Khris Middleton ends six-game skid with buzzer-beating three

Khris Middleton

Khris Middleton

In desperate need of a win after six straight losses, the Milwaukee Bucks rallied to beat the Miami Heat 89-88 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center Tuesday night.

Milwaukee trailed 85-71 before scoring 14 straight points, part of an 18-3 run to close out the game, which ended in dramatic fashion.

Down by two guard Jerryd Bayless forced a jump ball against the Heat’s Michael Beasley with just over 10 seconds remaining, then won the jump despite giving up six inches in height. After Bayless missed a layup, Zaza Pachulia saved the ball right to Khris Middleton, who buried the game-winning three-pointer. [Read more…]

Packers will enter NFL Draft with nine selections

Packers GM Ted Thompson

Packers GM Ted Thompson

It is no secret that Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson takes pride in collecting draft picks.

More than a month out from the April 30-May 2 NFL Draft in Chicago, the Packers have been awarded two additional compensatory picks.

The sixth-round selections, Nos. 210 and 212, are a result of net losses in free agency the previous season. Last offseason, Green Bay lost four unrestricted free agents, the biggest of which were center Evan Dietrich-Smith and receiver James Jones. [Read more…]

Bucks seek end to losing streak, separation in playoff chase

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd

The regular season is down to just a dozen remaining games for the Milwaukee Bucks, yet there is a different type of mood within the BMO Harris Bradley Center locker room and in the stands.

Milwaukee remains the Eastern Conference’s sixth seed with a 34-36 record that has dipped under .500 for the first time since December 27. And that number is trending downward in a hurry.

The Bucks lost their sixth straight game Sunday when Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers scored 64 second half points to rally from a nine-point Milwaukee lead at halftime. [Read more…]

Phoenix women ousted in NCAA Tournament opener

Tesha Buck - Photo: Green Bay Phoenix Athletics

Tesha Buck – Photo: Green Bay Phoenix Athletics

The ninth-seeded Green Bay Phoenix women gave undefeated and eighth-seeded Princeton all it could handle in Saturday’s NCAA Women’s Tournament opener; however, the Tigers prevailed 80-70 in College Park, Maryland.

Green Bay seemingly had an answer for every Princeton run, but could not stop the Ivy League champions on the inside. The Tigers owned a 49-22 edge on the boards, including 17 offensive rebounds. It added up to 19-4 advantage on points in the paint.

Mehryn Kraker drained five 3-pointers and shot 8-of-16 en route to a game-high 21 points. Kaili Lukan added 17 points and Tesha Buck 14. Buck finished 1-of-9 from beyond the arc. [Read more…]

Pointers claim fourth NCAA Division III national title

Photo Courtesy of UW-Stevens Point Athletics.

Photo Courtesy of UW-Stevens Point Athletics.

For the fourth time in the last six year, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference can claim ownership to the NCAA Division III National Champion after the UW-Stevens Point Pointers upended Augustana (Ill.) 70-54 in Salem, Va.

Four Pointers scored in double figures, led by senior Austin Ryf’s 17 points. Joe Ritchay scored 15 points, followed by Stephen Pelkofer’s 14 and Alex Richard’s 12. The Pointers shot 55.3 percent from the field and connected on 12-of-18 3-point attempts.

The championship is the fourth in program history and first since 2010. UW-Stevens Point won back-to-back championships in 2004 and 2005. [Read more…]