the World Series...
Kansas City 7, San Francisco 2 (Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1)
In N-B-A exhibition basketball...
Minnesota 110, Milwaukee 91
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The World Series is now tied at a game-apiece, after Kansas City pulled off a 7-to-2 home victory over San Francisco last night. The Royals scored five runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by a two-run homer from Omar Infante. The three ex-Milwaukee players at the top of the K-C lineup did their jobs, hitting a combined 4-for-11. Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain each went 2-for-4, and both doubled. Escobar drove in a run, and Cain scored twice. Norichika Aoki went 0-for-3 before being pulled in the sixth inning for defensive purposes. Ex-Brewer Travis Ishikawa started in left again. He singled in four trips and struck out twice. Former Brewers' manager Ned Yost said his Royals were relaxed, and did not show any panic after getting crushed 7-to-1 in Game-One on Tuesday. The series now shifts to San Francisco for Game-Three tomorrow night.
The Milwaukee Bucks lost their exhibition finale to Minnesota at home last night, 110-to-91. The Bucks never led in this one. They were down by six points at the break, and they committed five straight turnovers to open the second half while the Timberwolves pulled away with a 10-0 run. Milwaukee committed 23 turnovers for the game, leading to 25 Minnesota points. Rookie forward Jabari Parker led the Bucks with 18 points and nine rebounds. Point guard Brandon Knight returned from a strained groin that kept him out for three games. He scored just one point, while committing four turnovers. The Timberwolves had six scorers in double figures, led by Shabazz Muhammed with 19. Milwaukee ended its exhibition season at 3-and-4. The Bucks will open their regular season next Wednesday night at Charlotte.
The Green Bay Packers wonder how much of a force Jimmy Graham will be on Sunday night, when the Pack plays at New Orleans. The Saints' high-scoring tight end is coming off a shoulder injury suffered three weeks ago against Tampa Bay. Graham did not catch a pass in New Orleans' loss at Detroit last Sunday, and Drew Brees only threw to him twice. Graham was a limited participant at the Saints' practice yesterday, but Brees said his tight end looked better than a week ago. Despite his injury, Graham is ranked third among N-F-L tight ends with 34 catches for 376 yards and three touchdowns. Only three N-F-L players have caught more passes than Graham since 2011, and he's had 39 touchdowns in that span. The Packers will need as much defensive fire-power as they can to keep Brees and the New Orleans' offense under control. Green Bay safety Morgan Burnett and corner Sam Shields both missed practice yesterday with injuries. Both took part in team warm-ups, and coach Mike McCarthy said he'd know more about their playing status later.
Former Packers' general manager Ron Wolf has been nominated for the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame. He's one of two "contributor" finalists named yesterday along with Bill Polian -- a former general manager at Indianapolis, Carolina, and Buffalo. A selection committee will determine the inductees on the day before the Super Bowl in February. Wolf brought new life to the Packers by bringing in coach Mike Holmgren, quarterback Brett Favre, and the late "Minister of Defense" Reggie White. Wolf spent a decade in Green Bay, covering most of the 1990's. His Packers won Super Bowl-31, and made it back to the Big Game the following year. They never had a losing season during Wolf's tenure, as they made the playoffs in seven of his ten years. Wolf worked for the late Oakland Raiders' owner Al Davis for 25 years in three front office stints. He was also a G-M at Tampa Bay. Wolf also headed the personnel department for the New York Jets, just before joining the Packers in 1991.
The fifth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team swept Iowa in three sets last night at the U-W Field House. The Badgers have now won eight straight matches, and 16 sets in a row. Wisconsin had a season-high 15 blocks. Senior Dominique Thompson had eight of those blocks, matching a career-high. Senior Courtney Thomas had 11 kills and 13 digs, as the Badgers improved to 8-and-1 in the Big Ten and 17-and-2 overall. Iowa dropped to 1-and-8 in the conference and 9-and-11 overall.
The Marquette men's soccer team played to a 1-1 tie with Providence last night in Milwaukee. Julian Gressel intercepted a Marquette pass to score for the Friars late in the first half. Jake Taylor scored for the 15th-ranked Golden Eagles. Twenty-third-ranked Providence is now 3-0-and-2 in the Big East and 8-2-and-2 overall. Marquette is now 1-1-and-3 in the conference, and 7-3-and-3 overall.
The Wisconsin men scored a 1-nothing home victory over U-W Milwaukee. Carl Schneider scored in the 65th minute. Milwaukee out-shot the Badgers 9-8. Wisconsin improved to 3-9-and-2 overall. The Panthers fell to 5-9-and-2.
The U-W Green Bay women's soccer team won at Illinois-Chicago last night, 1-to-nothing. Sydney Born scored in the 10th minute, as Green Bay ended a two-match losing streak. The Phoenix out-shot U-I-C 15-to-2, as they improved to 3-and-3 in the Horizon League and 9-5-and-2 overall. Illinois-Chicago dropped to 0-and-6 in the conference, and 2-and-14 overall.
The U-W Milwaukee women lost a 1-nothing match at Valparaiso. April Cronin scored the only goal in the 16th minute, as Valpo extended its unbeaten streak to 14 matches. The Crusaders are now 6-and-0 in the Horizon League and 10-1-and-4 overall. Milwaukee fell to 1-4-and-2 in the circuit, and 5-10-and-2 overall.
A golfer from northwest Wisconsin has won the weekly honors in the Big Ten Conference. Charlie Danielson of Osceola plays for the University of Illinois and was named the Big Ten men's golfer-of-the-week. Danielson, a junior, shot an eight-under-par 208 as he tied for ninth at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational in Orlando. He led the Illini to a fourth-place finish among 15 teams in that event.