Charlotte 108, Milwaukee 106 in overtime
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Iowa 4, Milwaukee 2
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The Milwaukee Bucks blew a 24-point third quarter lead and lost their season opener in Charlotte last night, 108-to-106 in overtime. Kemba Walker sent the game to overtime by hitting a three-pointer with one-point-six seconds left. In the O-T, former Buck Gary Neal tied the game with a drive to the hoop with almost 45 seconds left. Walker hit the game-winning shot with five-point-one seconds to go. Milwaukee's Khris Middleton was open off a screen for a three-pointer that could have given the Bucks the victory at the buzzer -- but it bounced off the back of the rim. Charlotte's comeback was the largest in its N-B-A history, for the time that both the Hornets and the former Bobcats have played there. They wiped out a 74-to-50 Milwaukee lead with just over six-and-a-half minutes left in the third period. Coach Jason Kidd said the Bucks' offense was moving the ball well at that point, but they got stagnant in the fourth quarter. Kidd, who lost his Milwaukee coaching debut, said the Bucks' defense kept them in the game. Point guard Brandon Knight led the Bucks with 22 points, 13 assists, and eight rebounds. Walker scored 26 points for the Hornets, who out-rebounded Milwaukee 50-to-35. The Bucks will pay their home opener tomorrow night against Philadelphia.
The San Francisco Giants won their third World Series in five years last night, edging the Royals in Kansas City 3-to-2 in Game-Seven. Madison Bumgarner pitched five scoreless innings of relief and earned a save, just two nights after he threw a four-hit shutout to beat the Royals in Game-Five. Bumgarner was named the Series M-V-P. Former Brewers' utility player Travis Ishikawa did not play in Game-Seven, but he'll always be remembered for hitting the walk-off homer in the N-L-C-S that sent the Giants to the Fall Classic. Door County native Erik Cordier is also on San Francisco's 40-man roster. He pitched in seven games in his big league debut as a September call-up, but was not eligible to play in the post-season. Still, Cordier told W-D-O-R Radio in Sturgeon Bay that he was in the Giants' dugout for the team's heroics. The players will decide whether he'll get a World Series ring -- but the station points out that the Giants' players voted to give rings to everyone on their 40-man roster two years ago. As for the Royals, former Brewers' manager Ned Yost fell just short of leading K-C to its first title since 1985. Ex-Brewers Alcides Escobar, Nori Aoki, and Lorenzo Cain went a combined 2-for-10 last night with two strikeouts and a walk at the top of the Royals' batting order.
(Thanks for help Chad Michaels, WDOR, Sturgeon Bay)
In hockey, the Milwaukee Admirals snapped a six-game winning streak to start the season, after losing at home to Iowa 4-to-2. The game was tied at one when the Wild scored two power play goals late in the second period. Marc Hagel scored the first one, which put Iowa in front for good. Zack Mitchell then scored Iowa's eventual game-winner on a power play with just under four minutes left in the middle stanza. Johan Gustafsson had 37 saves for Iowa, which won for only the third time in its last 15 games against Milwaukee. The Admirals blew a chance for their first 7-and-0 season since 2008.
Two more high school football players have given verbal commitments to Wisconsin, raising the total to four since last weekend. Media reports say Brown Deer quarterback Zack Baun is expected to gray-shirt, and not enroll at the U-W until the spring of 2016. Linebacker Jordan Griffin of Seffner Florida is the other newly-disclosed recruit. That was after defensive tackles Elu Aydon of American Samoa and Olive Sagapolu of Santa Ana California announced their commitments earlier. Yesterday, linebacker Mohamed Berry pulled back his commitment to the Badgers. A Rivals-Dot-Com reporter tweeted that academic standards at the U-W were an issue. Wisconsin now has 21 known commitments for next fall.
The Wisconsin volleyball team won at Purdue last night, three-sets-to-none. It was the seventh straight match in which the Badgers blanked their opponents. Ellen Chapman led Wisconsin with 16 kills. Taylor Morey had 13 digs and Dominique Thompson had seven blocks as the fourth-ranked Badgers have won their last 22 sets. They're now 10-and-1 in the Big Ten Conference and 19-and-2 overall. Purdue, which is ranked 13th, fell to 8-and-3 in the league and 18-and-5 overall.