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April 1, 2015

Packers sign Guion to 1-year deal, Raji agrees to deal

B.J. Raji

B.J. Raji

The Green Bay Packers liked what they got from Letroy Guion so much that they’re willing to give the defensive tackle a second chance.

The Packers signed Guion to a one-year contract, a deal first reported by ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky.

Guion was arrested back in February on felony marijuana and firearm possession charges, but they were dismissed after he paid a $5,000.00 fine.

Guion could still face discipline from the National Football League.  The [Read more…]

NCAA Final Four field is set

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky

Duke and Michigan State both punched their ticket into the NCAA Final Four semifinals this Saturday after winning their regional title games on Sunday.

The Blue Devils knocked off Gonzaga 66-52 to advance to the Final Four for the 16th time and 12th under coach Mike Krzyzewski, matching the all-time record of UCLA’s John Wooden.

Duke (33-4) will face Michigan State in Saturday’s semifinal.  The Spartans knocked off Louisville 76-70 in overtime, advancing to the Final Four for the ninth time, with seven of those nine under Tom Izzo. [Read more…]

Brewers shaping their final roster

Brewers spring homeThe Milwaukee Brewers optioned pitcher Brandon Kintzler to Class AAA Colorado Springs and released Chris Perez outright.

The moves leave the Brewers with Tyler Thornburg, Michael Blazek and Rob Wooten still battling for a couple of spots in the Brewers bullpen with just a week before the regular season opener against the Colorado Rockies (Aug. 6).

In eight spring appearances, Kintzler posted a 6.48 ERA over 8 1/3 innings.  Opposing hitters were batting .325 with 13 hits.

The Brewers would like Kintzler to return to form, but it’ll have to come in the minors.  His best season was in 2013 when Kintzler posted a 2.69 ERA in 71 appearances.  He struggled last season while pitching with a sore knee that eventually required surgery.

Cactus League

On the field, the Brewers were blanked by the Oakland A’s 7-0 yesterday.  They’ll take the day off today.

 

Runner-up finish for Pointers in D-3 hockey

UW-Stevens Point hockey - Photo: UWSP Athletics

UW-Stevens Point hockey – Photo: UWSP Athletics

For the second-straight season and fourth time overall, the UW-Stevens Point men’s hockey team lost the NCAA D-3 Hockey National Championship game.  The Pointers fell to Trinity (Conn.) 5-2 on Saturday night at Ridder Arena on Minneapolis.

Kyle Brodie and Nick D’Avolio scored goals for the Pointers in the loss.

The Pointers had a 37-24 shot advantage and the game was tied 2-2 in the third before Trinity pulled away.

Bucks hold off Pacers for second-straight home win

Ersan Ilyasova

Ersan Ilyasova

Ersan Ilyasova missed just two shots, connected on five 3-pointers, and scored a career-high 34 points as the Milwaukee Bucks held off a second half charge by the Indiana Pacers to win the Central Division battle, 111-107, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Milwaukee built a 23-point first quarter lead as they began the game on a 34-11 run. During that stretch, the Bucks made 14-of-19 shots, including eight straight, as they won for the second consecutive game. It’s only the fifth win in the past 18 outings.

All five Bucks scored in double-figured, led by Ilyasova. Khris Middleton had 17 points, followed by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 16. As a team, Milwaukee outshot Indiana 53-percent to 42-percent.

The Pacers rallied back to within two in the final 20-seconds and trailed 110-107 when George Hill’s attempt to tie the game rattled out of the basket with less than two seconds remaining. Hill (24) and backcourt mate C.J. Miles (26) combined for 50 points.

Milwaukee returns to .500 with a 36-36 record and maintains its position as the sixth-seed in the Eastern Conference standings. The Bucks trail fifth-seeded Washington by four, while moving 2.5 games ahead of Miami. The loss drops Indiana a half-game back of Boston for the eighth and final playoff spot. [Read more…]