Milwaukee defense struggles in 146-125 loss at San Antonio

Milwaukee did not look like a team fighting for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Bucks gave up 87 points in the first half Monday night and lost 146-125 to San Antonio.

Milwaukee's defense has been inconsistent of late. It has now give up 130 points or more in four of its last seven games and more than 140 points twice. The Spurs shot 59.6 percent from the field, the best by a Bucks opponent this year, and Milwaukee fell to 0-8 when allowing a team to shoot better than 51-percent.

Four different Spurs scored at least 20 points, led by Demar DeRozen's 23 and Dejounte Murray's 21. San Antonio is currently the 10-seed in the Western Conference, which would get them into the play-in tournament.

Giannis Antetokounmpo paced Milwaukee with 28 points in 29 minutes. Khris Middleton had 23 points and Jrue Holiday added 20 points and six assists. Bobby Portis added 13 points off the bench.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Bucks and dropped them a game back of Brooklyn for the second seed in the East with four games to play.

Milwaukee will be back home Tuesday night to face Orlando.


Andy North to play in American Family Insurance Championship

This year's American Family Insurance Championship will feature the three biggest names in Wisconsin golf.

It was announced Monday during the media day for the PGA Tour Champions event that two-time U.S. Open Champion Andy North would join the field.

“It’s going to be a fun week,” North said. “I’m really looking forward to competing again, and to have it happen in my hometown of Madison makes it even more special.”

North has been a part of the celebrity foursome since the tour began in 2016, but due to continued restrictions as a result of COVID-19, that won't be taking place this year. Instead, he'll join the tournament on a sponsor's exemption.

The other two big names in Wisconsin golf, Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly, are also scheduled to play in the tournament that will be held June 11-13 at University Ridge near Madison. Kelly won the tournament in 2019.

"I’m super-excited to see Andy playing in this year’s championship,” Stricker said. “Andy was the person I looked up to as a junior golfer, and he’s been there for Jerry Kelly and me our whole careers. I’ve always admired him for what he’s stood for, not only for the game of golf but also as a family man and as a person.”

Tickets for the tournament go on sale Tuesday. You can find more information here.


Packers reportedly bringing two QBs in for tryouts during rookie minicamp

After not adding a quarterback in free agency or the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers plan to workout a pair of veterans when they hold their rookie minicamp this weekend.

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Packers will bring in Kurt Benkert and Chad Kelly on a tryout basis.

https://twitter.com/TomPelissero/status/1391835890926833668

Benkert spent most of the last two seasons on the Atlanta Falcons practice squad after signing in 2018 as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia. He threw for 5,759 yards and 46 touchdowns over two seasons as the starter.

Kelly was a seventh-round pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2017 NFL Draft. Kelly earned the backup job in 2018 but was cut after being charged with criminal trespassing. The Ole Miss product signed with Indianapolis prior to the 2019 season and spent most of that year on the practice squad. He was released by the Colts last September. In two seasons with Ole Miss, Kelly threw for 6,800 yards and 50 touchdowns.


Aaron Rodgers Watch: Day 12

The Green Bay Packers and their quarterback Aaron Rodgers reportedly remain at odds with the future Hall of Famer saying he doesn't want to return to the team, while GM Brian Gutekunst maintaining he will not trade Rodgers.

Here are the latest developments:

-- If the Packers do relent and decide to trade Rodgers, the NFL Network's James Palmer said Monday the Denver Broncos are prepared to make a move.

https://twitter.com/JamesPalmerTV/status/1391741709709623301

-- Wide receiver Davante Adams made news last week with this not-so-cryptic tweet.

https://twitter.com/tae15adams/status/1389296683415085057

Rodgers' favorite target was then a guest Monday afternoon on The Herd with Colin Cowherd. He said he had spoken with Rodgers and he's 100-percent behind his quarterback.

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https://twitter.com/WinksThinks/status/1391805847542640645

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-- NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday afternoon the Packers and Rodgers are still at odds but the team has offered him a lucrative long-term extension and there has been dialog between the two sides.

https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/1391820672159059973?s=20


Daniel Vogelbach homers, Tyrone Taylor drives in winning run in Brewers 2-1 victory at Miami

Milwaukee finished off a tough road trip by beating Miami twice, including a 2-1 victory Sunday afternoon in 10 innings.

Tyrone Taylor singled in what proved to be the winning run in the 10th inning. It was one of two hits for Taylor, who has earned extra time with Christian Yelich on the injured list.

Daniel Vogelbach was responsible for Milwaukee's other run, hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning. It was his third of the season. Travis Shaw had a pair of hits for the Brewers, which closed out its seven-game road trip 2-5.

Pitcher Brett Anderson returned from a stint on the injured list by giving up two hits and striking out three over three innings of work.

JP Feyereisen gave up his first run of the season, a home run to Lewis Brinson. But the rest of the bullpen shut Miami down, including Josh Hader pitching a scoreless ninth inning to get the win and Drew Rasmussen following him to get the save.

Milwaukee (19-16) will now head back to American Family Field to open a series Tuesday against St. Louis.


Aaron Rodgers Watch: Day 11

The Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers remain at odds as the biggest offseason story in the NFL continues.

Here's a look at the latest developments:

-- ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Sunday morning on SportsCenter that people around the league believe it's 60-40 that Rodgers gets traded and the most likely destination would be Denver.

"The Packers are still actively looking for solutions here. They're trying to keep an open line of communication with Aaron Rodgers and his agent, Dave Dunn. So, no traction in the short term. But many people around the league believe Aaron Rodgers is indeed 'dug in,' and there's a belief by some that he wants to be out West. Denver is a team that's buzzing in league circles. I was told by a source that Denver is 'monitoring' that situation right now. But they're also coming out of the draft, and they're in the team-building mode. They really like Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater, so they're not committed or tied to anything. Talking to people around the league, they say about 60-40 they think that Rodgers is dealt."

-- Rodgers is heading back to TV. After a two week stint guest hosting Jeopardy! earlier this year, Rodgers will be on the ABC sitcom The Conners on Wednesday. He won't have to act too much -- his role is as the host of Jeopardy!.

https://twitter.com/TheConnersABC/status/1391045655934771203?s=20


Brewers snap six-game losing streak with win at Miami

Milwaukee's longest losing streak in close to three years is over.

The Brewers beat Miami 6-2 Saturday night to snap a six-game skid.

Adrian Houser got it done on the mound and at the plate. He went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and striking out a season-high 10 batters. The righty also hit a home run, his second of the season. He's one of only two pitchers in MLB to hit multiple home run this year.

Relievers J.P. Feyereisen, Devin Williams and Josh Hader came on to take care of the final nine outs for the Brewers and got eight of them via the strikeout. Hader's three strikeouts give him 402 for his career, making him the fastest to 400 strikeouts in MLB history (234.2 IP).

Milwaukee totaled 11 hits and more than half of them came from Kolton Wong and Avisail Garcia. One of Garcia's was a two-run homer, his fourth of the year.

The two teams will close out the three game series Sunday afternoon.


Wisconsin basketball adds Cincinnati transfer

Wisconsin has dipped into the NCAA transfer portal to add some size and experience to its frontcourt.

Cincinnati center Chris Vogt announced Saturday he had committed to the Badgers.

https://twitter.com/ChrisVogt33/status/1391130870082326531

The 7-foot-1, 260-pound Vogt is a senior and will be immediately eligible to play for the Badgers.

Vogt started his career at Northern Kentucky but followed coach John Brannen when he was hired by the Bearcats prior to the 2019 season. He had a breakout junior season, averaging 11.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Vogt reportedly played through a torn labrum in the second half of that season and was dealing with a shoulder injury again this past season when he averaged just 5.0 points and 3.5 rebounds.

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The Kentucky native fills a big need for the Badgers. With Micah Potter and Nate Reuvers moving on after this past season, Wisconsin was desperate for some experience inside to go along with freshmen Steven Crowl and Ben Carlson.

Vogt is the third transfer in for coach Greg Gard this offseason joining Wake Forest guard Jahcobi Neath and UNLV guard Isaac Lindsey.


Bucks beat Houston for fifth straight win

Brook Lopez scored a team-high 24 points and Milwaukee beat Houston 141-133 Friday night to move into a tie for the second seed in the Eastern Conference.

It was Lopez's second-highest scoring output of the year and he added seven rebounds, as the Bucks got a measure of revenge after the Rockets upset them last week. It was also their fifth straight win.

All five of Milwaukee's starters were in double figures. Giannis Antetokounmpo put up a double double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while dishing out seven assists. Khris Middleton had 23 points, Jrue Holiday had 20 points and Donte DiVincenzo had 18.

Bobby Portis gave the Bucks 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Bryn Forbes contributed 11 points.

The Rockets got 26 points from Kenyon Martin Jr., while Kelly Olynyk had 23 points and 12 rebounds.

Milwaukee is now tied with Brooklyn for the No. 2 seed with five games to play and sitting three games back of Philadelphia for the top seed.

The Bucks will travel to San Antonio on Tuesday to face the Spurs.


Brewers fall to Miami, lose sixth straight

Milwaukee is in the midst of its longest losing streak in nearly three years.

The Brewers gave up another grand slam and lost to Miami 6-1. It was their sixth straight loss, the longest they've gone without a win since July of 2018.

Brent Suter got the spot start and left after 2 1/3 innings with an injury. When he went out, Patrick Weigel came on and served up a bases loaded home run to Miami's Isan Diaz. Suter's final line included three runs allowed on four hits and a pair of strikeouts.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee's offense struggled to get much of anything off of Trevor Rogers. He went five innings, giving up just one run and struck out six. The Brewers finished with just five hits and the lone RBI was courtesy of a Pablo Reyes single.

Milwaukee is now 17-16 on the year and sitting in second place in the NL Central.

The two teams will meet against Saturday night in Miami.