Wisconsin Sports Headlines – 7/8/2020

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>>Report:  PGA Postponing Ryder Cup Until 2021

(Haven, WI)  —  The coronavirus pandemic has apparently taken out another major annual sporting event. ESPN is reporting the PGA has decided to postpone the Ryder Cup until next year.  The international competition was scheduled for Whistling Straits in Haven in late September.  Wisconsin native Steve Stricker is captain of the 12-person U-S team that was set to take on the best golfers from Europe.  The last time the Ryder Cup was postponed was in 2001 following the terrorist attacks on 9-11.  The decision probably isn’t a big shock to local officials since no construction of any kind has started on the course.


>>Milwaukee Bucks Are Packed Up, Ready To Leave For Florida

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Bucks are ready to leave for the resumption of the NBA season in Orlando Thursday.  Play resumes later this month even though several COVID-19 cases have led the Bucks and five other teams to shut down their practice facilities.  Bucks center Brook Lopez says the team was already cutting back on its activities when the decision was made.  Light workouts were all that remained on the schedule for players in Milwaukee.  The Bucks are just two weeks away from their first organized scrimmage against another team, the San Antonio Spurs.


>>Brewers Reach Agreement With No. 1 Draft Pick Garrett Mitchell

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly reached agreement on a deal with number-one draft pick Garrett Mitchell.  S-B Nation beat writer Brad Ford reports he spotted a social media post saying Mitchell was on a flight to Milwaukee, apparently so he could sign a contract.  Mitchell’s signing bonus is said to be near the slot value.  The next decision by the Brewers will be whether to put the former UCLA star on their 60-player pool to get him some work this summer or let him stay at home because his diabetic condition makes him a high risk for COVID-19.


>>Chicago Blackhawks To Sign UW Defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk

(Chicago, IL)  —  Former Wisconsin Badgers defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk is expected to sign a contract with the NHL Chicago Blackhawks.  A report in TheAthletic-dot-com calls Kalynuk an offensive-minded defenseman who was a Badgers team captain and a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a junior.  He was drafted three years ago by the Philadelphia Flyers, but they failed to sign him during their “window of exclusivity.”  Kalynuk won’t be eligible to play in the 24-team NHL tournament if and when it gets underway in August.


>>Led By Bakhtiari, Packers OL To Be A Team Strength Again

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The departure of tackle Bryan Bulaga is a step back, but the Green Bay Packers offensive line is still projected among the best in the N-F-L.  Pro Football Focus ranks the Packers’ line fourth in the league, only behind the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys.  The Pack returns four of five starters from last season and with Bulaga gone, there are questions on the right side.  Ryan Wagner is expected to take Bulaga’s position and Billy Turner will likely start at right guard.  Bakhtiari is ranked by some publications as the best pass-blocking tackle in the N-F-L – now that former Badger Joe Thomas retired in Cleveland.