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Chicago Cubs 1, Cincinnati 0
Kansas City 4, Chicago White Sox 3
Detroit 8, Minnesota 6
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The story of the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers will be told over their final 12 games, the first of which is tonight at division-leading Saint Louis. The Brewers were atop the National League Central for almost the entire season, until they dropped to third place when they lost 16-of-19 games. Now, they've bounced back after winning four-of-their-last-five. But they're still a game-and-a-half behind second-place Pittsburgh, and five behind the first-place Cardinals in the division. And they've got three games with the Cardinals, then three at Pittsburgh this weekend. They've also got a shot at the final National League Wild Card spot, and they're a game-and-a-half behind Pittsburgh for that. Outfielder Ryan Braun says all a team can ask for is an opportunity to play meaningful games down the stretch -- and if the Brewers play good baseball down the stretch, they'll find their way into the post-season. Braun says the Brewers have momentum -- and if they keep that, they'll have a chance to win a lot of games on their nine-game road trip, which also includes three at Cincinnati next week. Right-hander Wily Peralta starts for the Brewers tonight against Saint Louis right-hander Lance Lynn.
Green Bay Packers' linebacker Andy Mulumba could be out for a while. He injured a knee in Sunday's home win over the New York Jets. Yesterday, coach Mike McCarthy termed it a "signficant" injury, as the team was still waiting for results of an M-R-I at that point. Mulumba, a second-year pro, was hurt while covering a punt in the fourth quarter. The news is better for safety Micah Hyde, who also hurt a knee on Sunday. Hyde said yesterday that something hit his knee, and he's not sure what it was. He called it a bruise, and he expects to play on Sunday at Detroit. McCarthy said corner Casey Hayward had a tight hamstring -- the same one he had trouble with last season -- and that's why he didn't play on defense against the Jets. He did play 11 snaps on special teams. Corner Davon House was strong as an outside corner in Green Bay's nickel package with Tramon Williams doubling inside. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers said House would have played that role even if Hayward was healthy.
New York Jets' offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg took full blame for improperly calling a time out that negated the Jets' potential game-tying touchdown on Sunday at Green Bay. The Jets thought they scored on a 36-yard pass play on fourth-and-four with just over five minutes left in the game. Yesterday, coach Rex Ryan said one of the running backs lined up in the wrong place, so Mornhinweg ran down the sideline signaling Ryan to call time. The alignment got fixed, but it was too late. Jets' lineman Sheldon Richardson leaned over to an official and yelled for time -- which the referee granted, thus nullifying the T-D play. Mornhinweg, a former Packers' assistant, said Richardson does not need to be accountable for that. Ryan agreed that Richardson was only trying to help.
After a bye last weekend, the Wisconsin football team is getting ready to play Bowling Green on Saturday in Madison. One of the main goals for the 19th-ranked Badgers is to get running back Melvin Gordon back on rhythm. He rushed for just 38 yards in Wisconsin's last game, a 37-to-3 romp of Western Illinois. The Leathernecks stacked the box to keep the Badgers' running game in check before the team got rolling in the second half. Gordon had 17 carries against Western Illinois. He also caught an eight-yard touchdown pass. Gordon hurt a hip flexor on August 30th against L-S-U, but he says he has fully recovered from that and he felt okay the following week. Coach Gary Andersen says he remains optimistic that Gordon will bounce back against Bowling Green.
Kimberly is still in first place among large schools in this week's A-P Wisconsin prep football poll. Mequon Homestead is second, followed by Ashwaubenon and Germantown. West De Pere still tops the list of medium schools. Wisconsin Lutheran is now second, Mount Horeb-Barneveld third, and Waukesha Catholic Memorial fourth. Fond du Lac Springs is still Number-One among the small schools, followed by Shiocton, Edgar, and Amherst. All the schools we mentioned are 4-and-0 except Waukesha Catholic Memorial.
All three Wisconsin golfers who made it to the match play round of the U-S Senior Amateur were eliminated yesterday in the Round-of-64. Michael Turner of Sherman Oaks California defeated Mark Bemowski of Mukwonago one-up. Paul Zarek of Burlington lost 4-and-2 to Chris Hall of Mableton Georgia. And former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sports-writer Gary Van Sickle of Wexford Pennsylvania lost to Tim Jackson of Germantown Tennessee 3-and-2. The winners move on to the Round-of-32 today at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach California.