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Wisconsin Sports Briefs: Ridnour returns to Bucks; Badgers won’t play biggest rivals in 2014 and ’15…

Luke Ridnour’s return to Milwaukee was made official Thursday after the Bucks completed a three-team trade with Minnesota and Oklahoma City.

Ridnour played two seasons in Milwaukee before leaving for the Timberwolves in 2010. The Wolves sent Ridnour back to the Bucks along with a second-round pick in next year’s draft. The Bucks also received cash considerations from Oklahoma City.

Milwaukee agreed to pick up Ridnour’s $4.3 million salary for next year to give the Timberwolves enough salary cap space to sign free-agent forward Corey Brewer from Denver.

The Bucks also gave Oklahoma City the draft rights to second-round pick Szymon Szewczyk.

The 32-year-old Ridnour started every game for Minnesota last season at shooting guard, often playing against much bigger opponents. He’ll return to his natural point guard spot for Milwaukee. Ridnour is a 10-year NBA veteran.

Bruesewitz on Bucks’ Summer League team

The Milwaukee Bucks are sending a 14-man squad to Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League. Their first game is Saturday night against the Denver Nuggets.

The Bucks’ roster includes two free agents from Wisconsin who hope to hook up with an NBA team – forward Mike Bruesewitz from Wisconsin and guard Junior Cadougan from Marquette.

The Summer League features first- and second-year players hoping to make a big impression. Second-year forward John Henson leads the Milwaukee squad.

The Bucks will play three scheduled games before going into a seeded 22-team tournament. All teams are guaranteed five contests.

Badgers football schedule

The Wisconsin football team will get back to playing three of its biggest rivals in 2016. The Badgers are not playing Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan in 2014 and ’15, because Wisconsin will be in the opposite division from the other three.

The Big Ten Conference schedules for 2016 and ’17 were released Thursday. The Badgers will have three interdivisional contests that year against the Buckeyes, Spartans and Wolverines. Of those three, only Michigan is on the Badgers’ schedule for 2017.

Neither Michigan nor Michigan State is on this year’s Wisconsin schedule. The Badgers play at Ohio State on Sept. 28.

Badgers are award candidates

 Two more Wisconsin football players have been nominated for post-season awards.

Senior linebacker Chris Borland is on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Award. It’s the third Borland is being considered for the award that honors the nation’s top defensive player.

Also, senior Ryan Groy is on the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which goes to the nation’s best interior lineman on either side of the ball.

NASCAR circuit

All three major NASCAR circuits are in action this weekend and Wisconsin drivers plan to run in all the events.

Matt Kenseth of Cambridge will try to return to the top five in the Sprint Cup standings in the Camping World RV Sales 301 on Sunday in Loudon, New Hampshire. Qualifying is set for Friday afternoon. Kenseth is sixth in NASCAR’s top circuit.

Also entered are Paul Menard of Eau Claire, Travis Kvapil of Janesville and Beloit-born Danica Patrick. Kenseth and Menard also plan to race in the Nationwide Series CNBC Prime the Profit 200 Saturday at Loudon.

The Camping World Truck Series is in Newton, Iowa, for the American Ethanol 200 Saturday night. Johnny Sauter of Necedah is entered in that event.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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