Wisconsin Sports

Baseball: Offense an emphasis for Bobcats

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence has a couple goals entering the high school baseball season. “Our main focus is to improve our offensive output and to gain experience on the mound,” said Dave LaPoint, entering his 46th season as the Bobcats’ head coach. Florence, which had its April 4 ...

Bucks win, lock up No. 1 East seed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo helped Milwaukee lock up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the NBA playoffs with another MVP-worthy performance. Antetokounmpo outdueled fellow MVP candidate Joel Embiid, finishing with 45 points and 13 rebounds and leading Milwaukee to a ...

McCarthy: Firing ‘couldn’t have been handled any worse’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says he was surprised and stunned at the timing of his firing last December and believes his dismissal was handled poorly. McCarthy told ESPN in a story posted Wednesday he knew it might be in trouble if the Packers missed ...

Bobcats start defense of NLC title

FLORENCE, Wis. — Five players with All-Northern Lakes Conference credentials will lead co-defending champion Florence in the 2019 high school softball season. The Bobcats and Three Lakes/Phelps shared the 2018 NLC title. Florence juniors Kendralee Milan and Jenna Springer along with ...

St. Norbert joining NACC in 2020-21

DE PERE, Wis. — St. Norbert College's intercollegiate athletics program will join the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference in 2020-21. "Extensive study of our athletic department and the quality of academic experience for our student-athletes led us to explore Northern Athletics ...

Arcia HR leads Brewers past Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) — Six games into the season, Orlando Arcia was still waiting for that first hit. The Brewers shortstop finally got it, connecting for the biggest one in Milwaukee's latest win. Arcia ended his season-opening slump with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, and Milwaukee ...

Yelich powers Brewers past Cards

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich led the way for the Milwaukee Brewers, from his first swing to the very last one for the game. So it was a pretty typical day for the reigning NL MVP. Yelich hit his fourth homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the ninth, lifting the Brewers ...

MLB: Goldschmidt belts Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt was hoping to swing for baseball history when Brewers manager Craig Counsell took the bat out of his hands. Though he felt for the boo-bird Cardinal fans behind the visiting dugout, the move wasn't much of a surprise to Goldschmidt. "We're still in a ...

No Cain Do: Brewers’ OF saves HR to preserve Opening Day win

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lorenzo Cain fired the ball high into the air and jumped up and down in the outfield, yelling and shaking his head from side to side. "I let them know. Not today," a grinning Cain said. Not today, indeed. Cain soared above the wall to rob Jose Martinez of a tying home ...

Reports: Former Packers WR Nelson to retire

Former Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson is retiring, according to multiple reports. The news first broke Wednesday morning on Twitter. Nelson did not address the news before press time. Nelson played 10 season including nine in Green Bay. He signed with the ...

Bledsoe scores 23 to lead Bucks past Rockets, 108-94

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Bledsoe stole the show in a marquee matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. With top-billing going to MVP front-runners Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, the feisty Bucks' guard turned in one his best all-around performances of ...

Packers vs. Bears to open 2019 schedule

PHOENIX (AP) — As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will have the Packers play at the Bears in the Thursday night kickoff game Sept. 5. Traditionally, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries in ...

NBA: Giannis returns, Bucks beat Heat

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks won the game. Dwyane Wade countered with a classy move as the Miami Heat trudged off the court. Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, had eight rebounds and seven assists after missing two games with a sprained right ankle and helped ...

Cold stretch sinks Badgers

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Oregon was stumbling toward the end of a disappointing season until a strong turnaround led the Ducks to the Pac-12 title and an NCAA Tournament bid. Oregon is not looking to slow down any time soon. Payton Pritchard scored 19 points, Kenny Wooten protected the rim ...

Sixers overcome Antetokounmpo

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo won the scoring matchup, but Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers won the game. Antetokounmpo poured in a career-high 52 points, yet Embiid had 40 points and 15 rebounds to lead the 76ers over the Milwaukee Bucks 130-125 on Sunday. Antetokounmpo ...

Cain, Crew aim to hold off deep NL Central

PHOENIX (AP) — Thanks to some aggressive acquisitions by the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds, the NL Central got a lot tougher on paper this offseason. Lorenzo Cain and the Milwaukee Brewers think they’re up to the task of repeating as champions. “Competition is through the ...

Packers didn’t skimp on landing free agents

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — From 2010 through 2016, former Packers general manager Ted Thompson signed two unrestricted free agents. On Thursday, the Packers announced the signing of four such players. Second-year GM Brian Gutekunst wasn’t shopping from the bargain bin, either, in trying to ...

Packers plan ‘Tailgate Tour’

GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the 14th annual ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 9-13, which will travel throughout central, western and northern Wisconsin to visit with fans. The tour will make stops in Marshfield (April 9), Sparta (April 10), New ...

Packers go on spending spree

After missing the playoffs in back-to-back years, the Green Bay Packers are spending big in free agency to try to get back the postseason. The Packers agreed to $183 million worth of contracts Tuesday with edge rusher Za’Darius Smith, linebacker Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos and ...

UWGB women lose in finals

DETROIT (AP) — Emily Vogelpohl scored eight of her 14 points in the fourth quarter to help Wright State beat Green Bay 55-52 on Tuesday in the Horizon League tournament championship game. The Raiders, who have eight won games in a row, advance to their second NCAA Tournament and snap Green ...