October 2, 2014

Bucks open training camp today!

Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker

The Milwaukee Bucks kicked off their 47th NBA season with the official start of training camp this morning.  The Bucks are holding a pair of workouts both today and tomorrow.

Following a league-worst fifteen wins last season, the Bucks landed the second pick in the NBA Draft lottery and selected Duke’s Jabari Parker.  Now, while not throwing everything on his shoulders, Parker is the start of a rebuilding project.  He’s joined by another 19-year-old, Giannis Antetokounmpo as the cornerstones of the franchise.

Antetokounmpo arrives to training camp with a year of experience under his belt.  Parker is still acclimating himself to the fact that he’ll no longer live the college life.  Instead, he’ll try to take on a full 82 game NBA season.

AUDIO: Jabari Parker says he’ll miss college :23

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The fans expect Parker to change the fortunes of the franchise.  The Bucks rookie said he looks forward to training camp, but to avoid the pressures of the job, he plans to concentrate on being a team player and doing his job as a rookie. [Read more...]

Roenicke’s fate not expected to be known until next week

 

Brewers owner Mark Attanasio

Brewers owner Mark Attanasio

Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin is expected to meet next week in California with team owner Mark Attanasio to discuss Ron Roenicke’s future with the team.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Melvin will travel to Colorado Springs this week to meet with officials from the Brewers’ new Class AAA affiliate and then on to Phoenix to monitor the team’s instructional camp.  He’ll then go to Los Angeles to meet next week with Attanasio.

Roenicke reportedly lives close to Los Angeles and has been told to keep time open next week to meet with Melvin and Attanasio.  Roenicke should know at that time just where he stands.

Roenicke is under contract for the 2015 season, but whether or not he spends it on the bench remains to be seen.

The Brewers went 9-22 after August 25th, going from first place in the National League Central all the way out of the playoff picture.  They ended their season Sunday with a 82-80 record.

Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel, “Nothing is going to happen this week.  The best thing is to let the emotions settle down and sit down and evaluate it.

Brewers end season, now who stays and who goes?

Ron Roenicke

Ron Roenicke

The Milwaukee Brewers closed their season with yet another loss, 5-2 to the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park on Sunday.

The Brewers dropped 22 of their last 31 games to finish 82-80.

General Manager Doug Melvin has already been told he’ll be around for the 2015 season, but team owner Mark Attanasio failed to give Ron Roenicke and his coaching staff any kind of endorsement.

Roenicke is under contract for next season, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be on the Brewers bench.  In fact, there’s a good chance he won’t be.  Attanasio is upset by his teams late season collapse and you get the idea that he wants somebody to pay.  For 150 days, Roenicke had the Brewers in first place in the National League Central.  Then the whole team went into an offensive slump that they never came back from.

The Brewers managed just two runs on five hits off of Cubs starter Jacob Turner.

Mike Fiers suffered his third straight loss, seeing his record fall to 6-5.  he allowed four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out seven in six innings.

Ron Roenicke will work with Melvin to continue to discuss the Brewers current roster, who should return and who should be gone.  After that, it’s Melvin’s turn to deal with Roenicke and his coaching staff.

 

Zimmermann closes regular season with 1st no-hitter

Auburndale, Wisconsin native and former UW-Stevens Point standout Jordan Zimmermann tossed his first no-hitter and the first for the Washington Nationals.  The no-no was preserved when defensive replacement Steven Souza Jr. made a diving catch in left field for the final out in the season finale on Sunday.

Christian Yelich sent a long drive to left-center and Zimmerman thought the no-hit bid was over, until Souza’s diving catch saved the day.  Zimmermann (14-5) allowed only two baserunners, finishing with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

It’s the fifth no-hitter this season and it is also the fifth no-hitter on the final day of the season.  Last year, Henderson Alvarez of the Marlins threw one against Detroit to close the season.  Yesterday, he was Miami’s starting pitcher against Zimmerman.

Washington is now headed to the playoffs after finishing with the best record in the National League.  They’ll open the playoffs on Friday at home against the winner of the wildcard game between San Francisco and Pittsburgh.

Zimmerman was selected in the second round of the 2007 draft out of UW-Stevens Point.

Rodgers leads Packers to win over the Bears

Aaron Rodgers - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Aaron Rodgers – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Green Bay Packers needed Aaron Rodgers to step up on Sunday and that’s exactly what he did.  The Packers 28th ranked offense got a heavy dose of Aaron Rodgers and it led to the Packers 38-17 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Rodgers completed 22 of 28 for 302 yards and four touchdowns.  His quarterback rating of 151.2 is second only to the 155.4 he put up in a 31-3 win over Cleveland in October of 2009.

The Packers scored on their first six possessions.  The only drive they didn’t score points on came on a Mason Crosby blocked field with just under five minutes left to play.

The Packers lost the time of possession battle by nearly 13 minutes, but the efficiency of the Packers offense, scoring quickly with their uptempo approach. [Read more...]