April 19, 2014

WIAA membership puts multiplier plan on hold

A proposal that would have implemented a 1.65 multiplier to private-schoolWIAA logo enrollment for tournament placement purposes, has been put on hold.

On a 352-77 vote at Wednesday’s annual meeting, the WIAA membership has called for the creation of an ad-hoc committee to further study the issue.  That committee has been charged with coming up with recommendations to the executive staff by September 1, with a final recommendation due by December 1.

The goal is to have a proposal ready for a vote at the 2015 annual meeting with possible implementation for the 2015-16 school year. [Read more...]

Bucks sold for $550 million (AUDIO)

Milwaukee Bucks owner and former Senator Herb Kohl announced the sale of his NBA franchise to a pair of New York investors,

Herb Kohl

Herb Kohl

Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for $550 million.  Both Lasry and Edens are committed to keeping the Bucks in Milwaukee, which has been a key to any sale of the team by Kohl.

Both Kohl and the new ownership group have each committed $100 million toward a new, multipurpose arena.  Wesley Edens figured that total would get them about halfway towards the purchase of a new facility.

Kohl originally purchased the Bucks back in 1985 for $18 million and has owned the team for the last 29 years.

AUDIO: Marc Lasry says he and Edens will be hands on owners :16

Marc Lasry is the chairman, CEO and co-founder of Avenue Capital Group.  Wesley Edens is the co-founder of the Fortress Investment Group LLC, based in New York. [Read more...]

Brewer’s bats quiet in loss to St. Louis

St. Louis pitchers were dominating for the second straight game, leading the Cardinals to a 6-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

Right-hander Shelby Miller held the Brewers to three hits through six innings, striking out seven Brewers.  Miller is now 4-0 with a 1.95 ERA in six career starts against Milwaukee.

The Brewers only run off of Miller came in the fourth inning when Aramis Ramirez clubbed a solo home run.

The Brewers entered the series riding a 9-game winning streak.  Now, they’re riding a two-game losing streak and will try to salvage the final game of the series tonight. [Read more...]

Packers resign QB Matt Flynn

Matt Flynn cancelled a scheduled visit with the New York Giants on

Matt Flynn

Matt Flynn

Tuesday and re-signed with the Green Bay Packers.

Flynn becomes the seventh unrestricted free agent to re-sign with the Packers.  Flynn will compete for the backup job behind Aaron Rodgers with former Badger Scott Tolzien and a rookie quarterback that will likely be added during or right after the draft.

Flynn resigned with the Packers last November and he saved the Packers when Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury.  Flynn helped the Packers rally from 16-points down to tie the Minnesota Vikings, then went 2-2 in the next four games before Rodgers returned to the lineup.

Flynn completed 61% of his passes for 1,146 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Packers could still go with Scott Tolzien as Aaron Rodgers backup, but he’ll have to beat out Flynn for the job.

Three former Badgers named to U.S. National Team

Following the completion of the NHL’s regular season, USA Hockey

Jake McCabe

Jake McCabe

announced the first 15 players of the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus.

Among the first 15 players are three former Wisconsin Badgers, including 2014 CCM American Hockey Coaches Association First-Team All-American defenseman Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, WI) who after completing his season at Wisconsin, played the last seven games of the NHL season with the Buffalo Sabres.  McCabe will be joined by Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenseman Jake Gardiner (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Nashville Predators’ forward Craig Smith (Madison, WI).

At least one Wisconsin alumni has skated in every world championship dating back to 1978.