September 2, 2014

Kenseth lands spot in the “Chase” field

Kasey Kahne grabbed the lead on a restart following a caution with 23 laps to go and held off Matt Kenseth in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night.

It’s Kahne’s first win of the season and earned him a spot in the Chase for the Sprint cup.  Kenseth also qualified for the Chase on points.

Tony Stewart’s much-anticipated return to racing ended a little more than halfway through the race.  He hit the wall for the second time after his right front tire blew out on Lap 172, ending his night with a 41st place finish.

Kenseth began the night fifth in the points race, but not yet locked into the Chase because he had no wins.  Kenseth needed to finish seventh or better to secure his place in the playoffs.

Timber Rattlers land spot in MWL playoffs

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are in the 2014 Midwest League playoffs after knocking off Beloit 13-2 on Sunday.

That victory eliminated the Quad Cities River Bandits, who won 9-4 at Burlington.  That left Peoria as the only team with a chance to catch the Timber Rattlers.  But the Chiefs lost 9-2 at Kane County on Sunday night to allow the Rattlers to claim the second half Western Division Wild Card spot.

The Timber Rattlers will open the playoffs on Wednesday night at 6:35 against Kane County in game 1 of the best 2-of-3 series.  The Cougars are the First Half Western Division Champions and are 91-48 on the season.  The Timber Rattlers went 6-12 against Kane County during the regular season.

Brewers add veteran reliever

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds for two players to be named later.

Broxton is eligible for the Brewers’ postseason roster and will join the team in Chicago tomorrow.

The 30-year-old Broxton is 4-2 with a 1.86 ERA and 7 saves in 51 appearances this season.  Opponents are batting just .190 off of him this season.

This is the fourth stop for Broxton in his 10-year Major League career.  He also pitched in Los Angeles (2005-11), Kansas City (2012) and Cincinnati (2012-14).  His career numbers are:  35 wins, 20 losses with a 3.05 ERA and 118 saves in 531 appearances, all in relief.

Packers establish 10-man practice squad

The Green Bay Packers have signed 10 players to the practice squad today.

All 10 players were with the Packers during the 2014 preseason.  They are:  S Chris Banjo, WR Kevin Dorsey, C Garth Gerhart, WR Alex Gillett, RB Michael Hill, LB Adrian Hubbard, TE Justin Perillo, DE Luther Robinson, T Jeremy Vujnovich and WR Myles White.

Badgers falter in second half, lose to LSU

Gary Andersen

Gary Andersen

The first 35 minutes on Saturday night was looking like the Wisconsin Badgers would leave Houston with a season opening upset victory over LSU.  Unfortunately, the last 25 minutes was all LSU and the Tigers pulled away for a 28-24 victory.

The 13th ranked Tigers came from 17 points down to stun the Badgers.  They scored 21 straight points after Corey Clement’s TD run gave Wisconsin a 24-7 victory.  Just prior to that score, Melvin Gordon’s 63-yard run gave the Badgers 1st and 10 at the 12.

It was not a good night for Tanner McEvoy and the Badger passing game.  McEvoy finished 8 of 24 for 50 yards and two interceptions.  He rushed six more times for 40 yards.

Badger fans were wondering why coach Gary Andersen didn’t make the switch to last years starter Joel Stave.

AUDIO: Gary Andersen asked if he thought to put Joel Stave into the game :05

Andersen had little explanation for the lack of carries for Melvin Gordon.  He finished with 16 carries for 147 yards and a touchdown, but only three carries in the second half [Read more...]