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May 6, 2015

Craig Counsell hired to manage the Brewers

Craig Counsell takes over as Brewers Manager.

Craig Counsell takes over as Brewers Manager.

The Milwaukee Brewers have officially named Craig Counsell the 19th manager in franchise history, signing him to a three-year contract through the 2017 season.  Counsell replaces Ron Roenicke, who was fired on Sunday night.

“Craig has many years of Major League playing experience, and his three-plus years of learning all aspects of baseball operations helps prepare him for this managerial position,” said Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin in a statement released by the team today.  “There will be challenges, but Craig has never shied away from leadership responsibilities on the field as a player or in his most recent role.  I believe his on-field success as a player and his awareness for preparation should resonate in the clubhouse.  Growing up in Milwaukee, it is very important for him to bring a winning culture and team success to Brewers fans.” [Read more…]

Antetokounmpo suspended for 1 game

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Saturday for tackling Chicago Bull forward Mike Dunleavy.

Antetokounmpo was issued a flagrant foul 2 and ejected from the Bucks’ season-ending 120-66 playoff loss to the Bulls last Thursday.  It means Antetokounmpo will have to sit out the first game next season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

The NBA also said Dunleavy’s contact to Michael Carter-Williams’ jaw has been upgraded to a flagrant foul 1.

Antetokounmpo said, “It’s not going to happen again.  From the intensity of the game, the cheap shot, down 30, you know, you live, you learn.  It was a bad mistake by me.”

 

 

Packers add more defensive backfield help on day 2 of NFL draft (Audio)

Packers GM Ted Thompson

Packers GM Ted Thompson

Trying to fill the need at defensive back after losing Tramon Williams and Davon House in free agency, the Green Bay Packers used back-to-back draft selections on that position.

After picking Arizona State’s Damarious Randall with the 30th pick in round 1 on Thursday, General Manager Ted Thompson selected Quinten Rollins of Miami (Ohio) with their second round pick.

Randall played safety in college, but the Packers will try to turn him into a corner.

The two combined, have played three years of college football.  Randall played baseball as well and Rollins played four years of college basketball before using his fifth year of eligibility on football.  Yet despite just one season in football, Rollins was named the MAC Player-of-the-Year. [Read more…]

Wisconsin’s Havenstein goes to the Rams

Rob Havenstein

Rob Havenstein

Wisconsin’s Rob Havenstein didn’t have to wait long to find out where he would start his NFL career.  Havenstein received the call from the St. Louis Rams, in round number two (57th overall).  Havenstein was projected by many as a third-round selection or later.

Havenstein was the eighth offensive tackle selected in this draft.  He was the 17th UW offensive lineman drafted since 2000, after starting 42 games at right tackle for the Badgers.

The Rams are trying to bolster their offensive line and offense overall.  They selected Georgia tailback Todd Gurley in the opening round on Thursday night with the 10th overall pick.

The Rams also selected Louisville left tackle Jamon Brown in the third round, No. 72 overall.

 

Brewers open the Month of May by falling to the Cubs

Wily Peralta

Wily Peralta

The Milwaukee Brewers went the entire month of April without winning back-to-back games.  They had a chance to end that streak on the first day of May in Chicago yesterday but fell short.

Cubs ace lefty Jon Lester and two relievers blanked the Brewers 1-0 in the series opener on Friday. holding the Brewers to just two hits over the final seven innings.

Cubs rookie Addison Russell provided the only offense, clubbing a solo home run to left-center in the bottom of the third.  It was the first career home run for Russell.

Wily Peralta worked six innings, scattering eight hits, walking two and striking out six, but fell to 0-4 on the season.

Mike Fiers pitches game two of the series for the Brewers today.