Monday, April 30, 2007
Most experts are giving the Packers anywhere from a C+ to a D-. Here are the picks:
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Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Sheets, 28, was looking forward to a healthy season after missing the last five weeks of 2005 with a torn muscle behind his pitching shoulder, leading to ongoing shoulder issues throughout last season. He pitched a complete-game two-hitter on opening day against Los Angeles, then experienced command problems in his next two starts (17 hits, 13 runs in 11 innings) before rebounding with a solid outing (seven innings, two runs) against Houston.
Sheets allowed four hits by the Cubs over three innings but pitched out of trouble to keep the score 0-0 before his early exit.
"I wasn't necessarily dominating but we had thrown up a couple of zeros," said Sheets. "That's what we were out there to do.
"I actually felt pretty good out there. That's why it sucked that I had to come out."
Sheets wasn't sure exactly how he suffered the injury. He didn't remember feeling it on his last pitch of the inning and thought it might have happened when he turned to watch Derrek Lee's grounder to short for the final out.
"It just grabbed me for some reason," he said. "I don't recall doing anything. I'm sure the elements played a part in some of that.
"It wasn't that it was excruciating by any means. But there was really no sense in pushing through it and taking that chance this early, especially with the weather as it was."
Sheets briefly lobbied to stay in the game, but Yost, pitching coach Mike Maddux and trainer Roger Caplinger didn't want to hear it, not at this early stage of the season.
Read more here from TOM HAUDRICOURT'S article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
But any team that trades for Johnson would have to satisfy the running back's asking price as well as the Chiefs', a difficult double play to pull off. One NFL general manager went as far as to say that Johnson was "untradeable -- who will pay that contract demand?"
Ultimately, maybe it will be the Chiefs, who continue to talk contract extension with Johnson in the hopes that the two sides can reach a peaceful resolution before training camp.
But to hedge their bets that they won't, the Chiefs are actively seeking to pick a running back on the first day of the draft. In the past week, they've hosted visits with California's Marshawn Lynch, Ohio State's Antonio Pittman, Florida State's Lorenzo Booker and Louisville's Kolby Smith. They've even told some of the players' agents that they plan to pick a running back high.
It is just one more sign that Johnson's future with the team is, for the time being, uncertain. Most NFL personnel people believe it is a long shot that the Chiefs will wind up trading Johnson within the next week, but it can no longer be overlooked.
Read more from Adam Schefter's article on NFL.com here:
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
"The decision to declare will be very soon, and I would say from all accounts he's leaning in that direction," he said. "And I totally understand that and am very supportive of it. I feel we've done all the due diligence we need to do and now it's time to see where this process takes him."
The 5-foot-11 James is not expected to hire an agent, thus preserving his college eligibility should he not get the feedback he's looking for in the coming weeks. He said recently that he would remain in the draft only if he were to receive a guarantee he'd be selected in the first round.
James has until Sunday night to officially announce his intention to enter the draft and until June 18 to withdraw his name, should he choose to do so.
If James does indeed declare, the next order of business would be securing a spot in the NBA pre-draft camp, which runs from May 29-June 4 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Invitations are expected to be distributed from May 1-15.
There, he'd play a number of games in front of NBA officials who undoubtedly would be looking at not only his perimeter shooting but also his decision making at the point guard spot.
"That all comes down to the NBA people and what they feel," Crean said. "I would certainly try to do whatever I could do to help push for that. I would hope that the body of work he has had over two years would get him invited."
Following the pre-draft camp, underclassmen like James can then participate in workouts for individual NBA teams.
James led MU in scoring at 14.9 points per game and in assists with 4.9 this past season but struggled shooting the ball, hitting 38.4% of his shots overall, 27.2% of his three-pointers and 65.1% of his free throws.
He was also named first team all-Big East.
Courtesy of TODD ROSIAK of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Prince Fielder's second solo homer of the game, a one-out shot in the top of the 12th inning, lifted the Brewers to a 5-4 victory at Wrigley Field in a game that seemed certain to go the Cubs' way on at least a few occasions early on.
Carlos Villanueva pitched half of the bullpen's eight shutout innings, and Derrick Turnbow closed the victory with a strong bottom of the 12th, seemingly impervious to the pressure after losing the closer's job the second half of last season.
Friday, April 20, 2007
By TOM HAUDRICOURTmailto:HAUDRICOURTthaudricourt@journalsentinel.com
"My job there is to keep the damage to a minimum," Suppan said.
As if that didn't take enough wind out of the Pirates' sails, the Brewers came back with four runs in the bottom of the inning and never trailed in claiming a 7-5 victory that kept them atop the NL Central standings with a 9-6 record.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
According to the sheriff's department release, "Robinson went through the identical process as any other individual being incarcerated at the jail."
Robinson is classified as a minimum security risk and thus is eligible for the electronic monitoring program, the release said.
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"That is correct," Stellmacher said. "People have called me crazy and criticized me, but I'm not going to have any regrets. I just thought I had my time, had my fun and I was ready to move on in my life."
Stellmacher, the Badgers' strong safety in 2005 and '06, made honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference and finished second on the team in tackles each year. He had 200 tackles in a five-year career that began as a walk-on.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The Indians brought their mascot, Slider, and paid for superfan John Adams to bring his big drum - a fixture at Indians home games - to Milwaukee.
"I think it's great," Adams said. "They started a little too early. I know a lot of people from Cleveland (who) live in Chicago came racing up after work."
But Tuesday's game had a touch of Milwaukee, as the chorizo won the sausage mascot race that was held after the sixth inning, just like during Brewers games.
And fans seemed too busy doing the wave in the seventh inning to notice that Sabathia had struck out Garret Anderson to pitch out of a jam. Even Wedge admitted he was temporarily mesmerized by what amounted to a changeup wave by the fans, done at half its normal speed.
"I've never seen a slow wave before," Wedge said. "That locked me up a little bit."
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
By JEFF POTRYKUSjpotrykus@journalsentinel.com
Posted: April 9, 2007
Madison - Long before spring practice opened last month, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst insisted his No. 1 goal for the spring was to develop the team's quarterbacks rather than identify and name the 2007 starter.
Nevertheless, Chryst believes someone eventually must move forward from the pack of contenders and win the job outright. With eight practices in the books and the first of seven more set for 6:30 a.m. today, there is no established leader.
Tyler Donovan, Allan Evridge and Dustin Sherer have shared time with the No. 1 offense, though the race for the starting job realistically appears to be between Donovan and Evridge. The bottom line so far in the spring is that all three quarterbacks have suffered through mixed results.
GREEN BAY -- The Green Bay Packers may have spent next-to-nothing in free agency this year, but there's no questioning general manager Ted Thompson's commitment to keeping the team's own, as evidenced by Tuesday morning's signing of middle linebacker Nick Barnett to a long-term contract extension.
Details of the deal weren't immediately available, but it is thought to average between $5 million and $6 million per year and include guaranteed money of more than $10 million.
Barnett was entering the final year of the five-year, $6 million rookie deal he signed as the Packers' 2003 first-round draft pick and was set to earn $1.95 million this season.
Monday, April 9, 2007
The Green Bay Packers fill two positions by drafting Ted Ginn JR. the wide receiver/kick returner in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft on April 28th.
Other options could be wide receivers Dwayne Jarrett, or Robert Meachem and running back Marshawn Lynch.
(And had to show the picture of Ginn against my cousin Keith's Miami(OH) school!!!)
Posted: April 8, 2007
Augusta, Ga. - Jerry Kelly would be the first to admit that his record in the major championships was abysmal for a player of his stature.
Jerry Kelly credits his work with a mental coach for helping him stay relaxed and focused while finishing tied for fifth place at the Masters.
He had won nearly $14.7 million in his career, had finished among the top 40 money winners five times in 11 years on the PGA Tour and he had even won twice. But in the majors, he had exactly two top-25 finishes in 27 starts.
Finally, in the 71st Masters Tournament, he got to see what his name looked like on the leader board.
Kelly, 40, of Madison, Wis., shot a final-round 70 on Sunday and finished in a tie for fifth place with Justin Rose at 4-over-par 292, three strokes behind winner Zach Johnson.
Friday, April 6, 2007
Milwaukee will start RHP Dave Bush, who posted 12 wins last year with a 3.03 ERA vs Chicago LHP Rich Hill. The platooning will continue in the Outfield, which has been a hot topic this year. We'll see who steps up today. Saturday's game will be a great one with both team's aces going head-to-head. Sheets gets the nod for the Crew, who's coming off a 2 hit complete game on Opening day. Carlos Zambrano goes for the Cubs. He is looking to bounce back from his shaky start coming in 0-1 with 9.00 ERA. This should be a great game showcasing star pitching talent. GO BREWERS!!!!!!!! TAKE BACK MILLER PARK!!!!!!
Thursday, April 5, 2007
firstname.lastname@example.org features a snap shot at UW Football this spring.
When sophomore tailback Lance Smith looks in front of him, he sees starter P.J. Hill, the Freshman of the Year in the Big Ten Conference last season.
When Smith looks behind him, he sees a couple of highly regarded incoming recruits in John Clay, from Racine Park, and Zach Brown, from Royal Palm, Fla., who will join the team for fall camp.
Suppan solid in his debut but bats squander chances
By TOM HAUDRICOURTthaudricourt@journalsentinel.com
Posted: April 4, 2007
Jeff Suppan did what he does best Wednesday night, doing what it takes to give his team a chance to win. In fact, the Milwaukee Brewers had several chances to win.
"Just one more hit," said leftfielder Geoff Jenkins. "That's what you always say when you lose by one."
It was difficult to dismiss those opportunities when Suppan's debut with the Brewers was spoiled by a 5-4 defeat at Miller Park that allowed the Los Angeles Dodgers to avoid a season-opening three-game sweep. Though the Brewers hit into some tough outs, they also failed to execute when the game was there for the taking.
"You're not going to be 100% getting those runs in," said manager Ned Yost. "But you sure want to be able to take advantage of them, especially in tight ballgames like today. They mean the difference between winning and losing."
Suppan kept the game close by escaping tight spots in the early going and limiting the damage in what could have been a disastrous third inning. He later got some help from his defense, such as third baseman Craig Counsell's rally-killing unassisted double play in the seventh.
When all was said and done, Suppan had limited the Dodgers to two runs in seven innings. He departed with his team behind, 2-1, but very much in the game.
"I thought as the game went on, my command got better," said Suppan, who raised expectations for both himself and the team by signing a four-year, $42 million free-agent deal over the winter.
"I was excited to get out there for the first time. Unfortunately, we lost but it was a hard-fought ballgame."
Los Angeles starter Jason Schmidt also made big pitches when necessary. His real test came in the fifth, when a sudden lapse in command resulted in three two-out walks, the first drawn by Suppan.
Schmidt escaped when Prince Fielder took a mighty swing at a 1-0 offering and popped out. A parade of relievers then presented the Brewers with opportunities to win the game.
And the Brewers might have done just that if not for a horrible relief appearance by Carlos Villanueva in the top of the eighth. A former starter getting a shot in the bullpen, Villanueva walked all three batters he faced before Yost came out with the hook.
Each walk came around to score as pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz greeted reliever Elmer Dessens with a two-run double and Matt Kemp later tacked on a sacrifice fly. Rather than send Villanueva to Class AAA Nashville to make regular starts, the decision was made to keep him in the bullpen, which certainly didn't work the first time out.
Villanueva, who normally pitches with reliable command, refused to blame the pratfall on his bullpen assignment.
"I shied away from contact a little bit," he said. "I need to get ahead (in the count) and be more aggressive. (The role) is new, but it's a game of adjustments. I just hope I get another chance and show I can do it."
Even with that three-run gift to the Dodgers, the Brewers could have won the game. A one-out triple by Rickie Weeks was wasted in the seventh when Los Angeles brought in its infield and J.J. Hardy hit a smash right to shortstop Ramon Martinez, who easily nabbed Weeks at the plate.
Craig Counsell's two-run double in the eighth cut the Dodgers' lead to 5-3 and left runners on second and third with one down, but Takashi Saito got pinch-hitter Gabe Gross to pop out before Weeks lined deep to center. The Brewers were back in business when Hardy ripped a lead-off homer in the ninth and Fielder followed with a double.
But Bill Hall, who was picked off first base in the sixth to render meaningless Jenkins' two-out double, struck out instead of getting Fielder over. Johnny Estrada followed with a fly to center that would have delivered the tying run from third.
"If we get him over there, you know Johnny's going to get him in and tie the ball game," said Yost. "That was another missed opportunity."