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Prince shows off his dance moves

May 14, 2015 -- 6:53am

ESPN Wisconsin staff

Prince Fielder played with emotion during his time in Milwaukee, but does anybody remember him busting a move like he did after this long homer?

Wisconsin Sports Awards nominees

May 07, 2015 -- 8:31am


Former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball is nominated for a 2014 Wisconsin Sports Award as College Athlete and Athlete of the Year.

Badgers, Warhawks lead WSA nominations

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (April 10, 2015): Good Karma Brands announces the nominees for the fourth annual Wisconsin Sports Awards, presented by American Family Insurance. The Wisconsin Sports Awards, which will honor achievement in 2014, will be held May 7, 2015 at The Beacon KOHLER Communications building in Kohler. Nominees, which are determined by a Blue Ribbon Panel of sports journalists and executives, are listed below:

High School Football Player of the Year

Zack Baun, Brown Deer High School

Alec Ingold, Bay Port High School

Troy Laufenberg, Waunakee High School

Goodwill Power of Work Girls High School Basketball Player of the Year

Allie LeClaire, Green Bay Notre Dame High School

Arike Ogunbowale, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School

Gabrielle Ortiz, Racine Prairie High School

Rick Majerus Boys High School Basketball Player of the Year

Henry Ellenson, Rice Lake High School

Kevon Looney, Milwaukee Hamilton High School

Diamond Stone, Whitefish Bay Dominican High School

College Coach of the Year

Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert – hockey

Lance Leipold, UW-Whitewater – football

Pat Miller, UW-Whitewater – basketball

Bo Ryan, University of Wisconsin - basketball

John Vodenlich, UW-Whitewater – baseball

Cousins Subs Homegrown Player of the Year

Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls

Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns

J.J. Watt, Houston Texans

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Jordan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals

College Athlete of the Year

Durell Busby, UW-Milwaukee – track

Melvin Gordon, University of Wisconsin – football

Frank Kaminsky, University of Wisconsin – basketball

Keifer Sykes, UW-Green Bay – basketball

College Team of the Year

St. Norbert College hockey

University of Wisconsin basketball

UW-Whitewater baseball

UW-Whitewater basketball

UW-Whitewater football

Professional Athlete of the Year

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Gruber Law Offices Coach of the Year

Steve Jones, Kimberly High School– football

Jason Kidd, Milwaukee Bucks

Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers

Duke Roufus, UFC

Bo Ryan, University of Wisconsin – basketball

ATI Player of the Year

Henry Ellenson, Rice Lake High School

Melvin Gordon, University of Wisconsin – football

Frank Kaminsky, University of Wisconsin – basketball

Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

American Family Insurance Dream Team of the Year

Green Bay Packers

Germantown High School – basketball

Kimberly High School – football

University of Wisconsin – basketball

UW-Whitewater – football

Destination Kohler Game of the Year

Dec. 28 - Aaron Rodgers returns from locker room for MVP and NFC North win
over Lions

March 29 - Frank Kaminsky scores 28 as Wisconsin beats Arizona to advance to
Final Four

Nov 15 - Melvin Gordon rushes for 409 yards as Wisconsin beats Nebraska

Fan Friendly Team of the Year

Packers 

Milwaukee Brewers 

Green Bay Blizzard

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek Inspirational Player of the Year

The winner will be announced at the Wisconsin Sports Awards. 

Baird Community Involved Player of the Year

The winner will be announced at the Wisconsin Sports Awards. 

The Wisconsin Sports Awards will be televised as a one-hour special to air throughout the state in the weeks following the event. Follow @WISportsAwards for updates, photos and news, and please use #WSA or #WisconsinSportsAwards when discussing the Wisconsin Sports Awards. 

 

Video: Craig Counsell introduced as Brewers manager

May 04, 2015 -- 1:22pm

ESPN Wisconsin staff

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin introduced Craig Counsell as the team's 19th manager at a press conference Monday morning at Miller Park.

 

Ugly finish just a blip on the Bucks' screen

Apr 30, 2015 -- 11:02pm


The Bucks' promising season came to a crashing halt with a blowout loss in Game 6 of the playoff series against Chicago.

By DREW OLSON
dolson@espnwisconsin.com

The quixotic bid for immortality failed - as so many do - in spectacularly humiliating fashion.

Having entered the playoffs with a “just-happy-to-be-here” attitude they spent five gritty games trying to shed, the Milwaukee Bucks took the court Thursday night with dreams of thrilling a throbbing sellout crowd at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and pushing their first-round Eastern Conference series against Chicago to Game 7.

Two hours and 19 minutes later, they exited the arena – and the postseason -- with a blowout loss for the ages. The scoreboard told only part of the tale:

Chicago 120, Milwaukee 66.

It really wasn’t that close.

The Bulls, who advance to face Cleveland, led by 18 points at the end of the first quarter, 32 at halftime and had a 42-point cushion when Tyler Ennis’ three-pointer beat the third-quarter buzzer.

When Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd devised a blueprint for his squad to become the first NBA team to overcome a 3-0 playoff deficit, he didn’t envision using Ennis, Jorge Gutierrez, Johnny O’Bryant and Miles Plumlee to start the final quarter.

The game, which had devolved into garbage time midway through the first half, was not the story. If there is such a thing as an uplifting 54-point loss, this was it.

The final horn sounded with fans standing and chanting “MIL-WAU-KEE! MIL-WAU-KEE!” and acting like they didn’t want to leave. The contrast from last season, when the Bucks won a league-worst 15 games, couldn’t have been more striking.

"We got better," Kidd said, reflecting on both the series and the season. "The whole experience of being in the playoffs, you can't take that away from those guys, no matter if you lose by 40 or you lose by one. It's a loss. That's it. You move on."

The Bucks will move on to a brighter future. The first-year ownership group led by Marc Lasry and Wes Edens made major strides in rebuilding a bond with fans, who are excited about a new logo, a new star (Jabari Parker) and possibly a new arena on the horizon.

Adding to the excitement: a budding rivalry with Chicago.

Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol are established stars with solid credentials. They weren’t the story Thursday. Mike Dunleavy, who spent his childhood in Mequon and a few seasons with the Bucks, wore the black hat. Dunleavy decked Michael Carter-Williams with a questionable shot to the chops in the first quarter, and buried a bushel of shots throughout the night while dodging retaliatory strikes from the Bucks.

"He kind of got under our guys' skins," said veteran center Zaza Pachulia , who led his team in scoring with a meager eight points. "Especially he picked the young guys, he picked the right guys, and unfortunately our guys responded and we got hurt. But they're going to learn from it."

With less than 2 minutes remaining before halftime, Giannis Antetokounmpo  absorbed another cheap shot from Dunleavy, ran down the court and barreled into the Duke product as he unleashed a shot. Dunleavy crashed into the first row and Antetokounmpo was ejected for a flagrant foul.

"They had some momentum in the series, won a couple in a row," Dunleavy said. "We came out on their court and put it on them. That's frustrating. If anybody's been there before, that's frustrating, and I understand that."

"Sometimes, you've got to take a hard foul.. We've all been there. There's a time and a place for it."

There will be a time and a place for the Bucks in the playoffs. And, it appears to be much closer than it did just a few months ago.

"They're not a secret anymore," Kidd said. "They've got to get better if they want to compete against the best."

 

Attanasio discusses horrible start

Apr 21, 2015 -- 6:53pm

The future of post-game celebrations?

Apr 13, 2015 -- 8:30am

By DREW OLSON
dolson@espnwisconsin.com

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty tired of Gatorade showers and shaving cream pie celebrations.

I applaud the Miami Marlins for their originality in the "slam dunk send-up."

This was a fun twist on a tired ritual. Kudos, Marlins...

 

 

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