Hammel strong again, Cubs beat Pirates 7-5

CHICAGO (AP) – Jason Hammel threw seven strong innings, Anthony Rizzo had four hits, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 on Wednesday night despite allowing five solo home runs. Signed to a one-year, $6 million contract over the offseason, Hammel (2-0) won his Cubs debut when he beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh. He More >

Martinez’s HR in 10th leads Tigers over Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Victor Martinez hit a leadoff home run in the 10th inning, his second clutch hit against Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen in two games, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Dodgers 7-6 Wednesday night after Joe Nathan blew a three-run lead in the ninth. Martinez drove a 2-2 pitch deep into More >

Pacers rest starters, edge Bucks 104-102

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Chris Copeland’s driving layup with 1.2 seconds remaining gave the Indiana Pacers a 104-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night that moved them back into first place in the Eastern Conference. Copeland finished with a season-high 18 points. Luis Scola also recorded a season high with 24 points and Evan Turner More >

Gomez and Brewers beat Phillies 9-4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Ryan Braun hit a two-run triple during a four-run eighth inning rally to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to their fifth straight win, 9-4 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. Carlos Gomez and Mark Reynolds homered and Jean Segura doubled and drove in a run for Milwaukee, which has won all five games during More >

NCAA bans Wisconsin-Milwaukee from postseason play

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The NCAA has banned Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s basketball team from postseason play next season for failing to meet academic standards. The school said Wednesday the NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance denied its final appeal of a postseason ban. Milwaukee’s men’s basketball score for the current four-year 2012-13 cycle was 908, which fell below the mandated minimum More >

Mark Phelps joins Marquette coaching staff

MILWAUKEE (AP) – New Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski has added former Drake coach Mark Phelps to his coaching staff. Phelps was added as an assistant Wednesday. He joins former Duke star Chris Carrawell, who was hired Monday for Wojciechowski’s first-year staff. Phelps has 18 years of experience in Division I. He guided Drake to a pair of More >

Marquette lets women’s coach Mitchell go

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Marquette says women’s basketball coach Terri Mitchell will not return next season. Mitchell coached the Golden Eagles to a 348-215 record and 15 postseason appearances in 18 seasons. She also was a Marquette assistant for five seasons. The Golden Eagles went 22-11 this season, losing to Indiana in the second round of the WNIT. More >

Packers to open preseason at Tennessee

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The Green Bay Packers will open their preseason schedule on the road against the Tennessee Titans. The NFL announced the Packers’ preliminary schedule Wednesday. It includes a nationally televised game at Lambeau Field against the Oakland Raiders. For the third time in the last four years, the Packers will open the preseason More >

Scores from 4/8/14

Baseball Mauston 4, Wisconsin Dells 3 Nekoosa 13, Wautoma 0 Softball La Crosse Logan 7, Tomah 3 DeForest 10, Baraboo 7 Mount Horeb 9, Reedsburg 2 Wautoma 13, Nekoosa 9 Soccer Tomah 2, La Crosse Logan 0

Playoff-bound Wild notch shootout win vs. Bruins

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Mikko Koivu scored for Minnesota and Ilya Bryzgalov denied all three Boston shots in the shootout, lifting the Wild to a 4-3 victory over the Bruins on Tuesday night that clinched a wild-card spot in the Western Conference playoffs. Koivu, who had two assists, switched to his backhand to flip the More >