2 June 2017 Sports
SOFTBALL SECTIONAL FINALS
Laconia 9 Random Lake 0 – Will play Bloomer on Friday June 9 in State Tournament
Kewaskum 4, Whitnall 0
New London 7, Denmark 4
Oshkosh North 8, Watertown 0
Shiocton 6, Lourdes Academy 4
Weyauwega-Fremont 6, Southern Door 5
Anderson sharp, Brewers get help on odd play, beat Mets 2-1
NEW YORK (AP) — Chase Anderson pitched seven shutout innings and the Brewers benefited — temporarily, anyway — when a Milwaukee bat boy bumped into Mets infielder Wilmer Flores on a foul popup Thursday in a 2-1 victory over New York.
NL Central-leading Milwaukee won the last two at Citi Field to salvage a four-game split.
The kooky play came in the fourth inning with the Brewers ahead 2-0 after they loaded the bases with one out.
Eric Sogard lofted a popup and Flores gave frantic chase along the railing of Milwaukee’s third base dugout. A bat boy carrying a metal stool tried to dodge him and slide past, but nicked Flores’ arm and the ball dropped.
Umpires originally called Sogard out for interference but quickly huddled and reversed their ruling. Mets manager Terry Collins bolted from the bench, argued with crew chief Fieldin Culbreth and was ejected.
In the Official Baseball Rules, it is considered unintentional interference — not an out — if a bat boy or security or someone else permitted on the field accidently gets in the way of a fielder.
As it turned, the Mets came out OK with Sogard. Given a second chance, the leadoff man who singled his first two times up then grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Packers release punter Jacob Schum
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have released Jacob Schum, leaving Justin Vogel as the only punter on the roster.
Vogel was undrafted out of Miami this spring and signed with the Packers as a free agent. Schum didn’t participate in the Packers’ first open OTAs on May 23 because of a back injury.
The Packers replaced Schum’s spot on the roster with Colby Pearson, an undrafted receiver out of BYU. The team also signed fourth-round running back Jamaal Williams on Thursday. That leaves third-round defensive tackle Montravius Adams as the only unsigned draftee.
OAKLAND (AP) — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will have until Sunday night to try to figure out how to stop the Golden State Warriors, who were unstoppable with the addition of Kevin Durant. He drove through the paint repeatedly with dazzling dunks and wound up with 38 points. Stephen Curry knocked down six 3-pointers and finished with 28 points in a 113-91 Game 1 victory. James led the Cavs with 28 points.
OAKLAND (AP) — Look for changes in the NBA draft system. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants the draft-eligibility rules changed. But he’s not sure what needs to be done exactly. About 20 players who completed just one year of college will be welcomed into the league in the upcoming draft. Silver expects the so-called “one-and-done” rule to be modified. He says the system isn’t working for anyone, colleges or NBA squads.
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Predators hope a return to “Smashville” will help them as they face a must-win situation in Saturday’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Pittsburgh cruised to a 4-1 win in Game 2 on Wednesday and leads the series 2.0. The Penguins inched closer to becoming the first team in nearly 20 years to win back-to-back titles.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Assistant coach Paul MacLean and the Anaheim Ducks have mutually parted ways at the conclusion of his contract. The Ducks announced MacLean’s departure after two seasons Thursday. MacLean was hired as an assistant to Bruce Boudreau in 2015, and stayed with Anaheim after Boudreau was fired and replaced by Randy Carlyle in 2016. The Ducks won the Pacific Division title in both of MacLean’s seasons. Anaheim reached the Western Conference finals this year, losing to Nashville in six games.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — He’s a low-key birdie machine. Jason Dufner putted for birdie on every hole until the last one at the Memorial. Dufner had a 7-under 65 for his best score Thursday at Muirfield Village, giving him a tie for the lead with David Lingmerth, whose first PGA Tour victory came at the Memorial two years ago. Lurking one shot behind is Jordann Spieth, whose short game is starting to return with the U.S. Open around the corner.