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Wisconsin Sports Briefs: Two Wisconsin American Legion teams play final baseball games in Metrodome

Two Wisconsin American Legion baseball teams made history when they played the final scheduled baseball games at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

Viroqua and Sturgeon Bay split a double-header under the Dome yesterday, as Viroqua won the opener 6-2 and Sturgeon Bay took the nightcap 11-5.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says the pitcher’s mound is being removed Wednesday and the Metrodome will be set up for football. The Minnesota Vikings are expected to play their final season there beginning in August.

The air-suspended dome was considered a marvel when it opened in 1982 at a cost of $55 million.

Twins fans quickly grew tired of indoor baseball in the summertime and they got the fresh air they wanted when Target Field opened in 2010. Still, the Metrodome leaves quite a legacy. It’s the only stadium ever to host top events in three major sports – the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the World Series, the Super Bowl, and the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four.

Retired NFL player hosts football camp

Just because an NFL player is retired does not mean he stops teaching the game to youngsters.

Marshfield-area native Rich Seubert played for 10 seasons at guard for the New York Giants before retiring in 2010 with a Super Bowl ring. Tuesday, he hosted almost 250 Wisconsin youngsters at his fourth annual Youth Football Camp.

Third- through fifth-graders had their own session, and so did sixth-through eighth-graders.

Seubert says he keeps hosting the camps because he likes watching the kids have fun, which is something he stresses above anything. The camp raised about $4,300 for heart research at the Marshfield Clinic’s Medical Research Foundation.

Seubert began the endowment fund five years ago in honor of his grandmother.

J.J. Redick leaves the Bucks

 The Milwaukee Bucks have lost their third veteran guard to free agency, but this time they’ll get something for it.

The Bucks helped pull off a three-team swap Tuesday, which sent shooting guard J.J. Redick to the Los Angeles Clippers in a sign-and-trade deal. In exchange, Milwaukee will get two future second-round draft choices – one from the Clippers and one from the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns traded forward Jared Dudley to the Clips. Phoenix will get two players from the Clippers – Racine native Caron Butler and young point guard Eric Bledsoe.

The deal cannot be finalized until the NBA’s signing period begins next Wednesday.

The Bucks could have gotten nothing for Redick, who was an unrestricted free agent. The 29-year-old veteran agreed to a four-year, $27 million dollar contract with the Clippers.

Milwaukee obtained Redick in February from the Orlando Magic in a failed effort to move up from the final playoff in the Eastern Conference. He averaged 12 points a game and 32 percent from three-point range in his short time with the Bucks, both below his career averages.

The Bucks are in need of shooting guards after losing three of them the past couple weeks. Monta Ellis refused to exercise an $11 million player option, and Mike Dunleavy left for the Chicago Bulls.

Brewers break six-game skid

 Nothing seems to be going right for the Milwaukee Brewers, not even during a 4-0 victory at Washington Tuesday night which ended a six-game losing streak.

Wily Peralta was working on a three-hit shutout when he left the game in the sixth inning when he strained his left hamstring. He became the third Milwaukee pitcher to leave a game this season with hamstring problems, Marco Estrada and Jim Henderson being the others.

Afterward, Peralta said he hoped to make his next start and avoid joining Brewer starters Estrada and Alfredo Figaro on the disabled list.

Peralta matched Stephen Strasburg pitch-for-pitch before he got hurt.

Strasburg had a no-decision, giving up three hits in seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts.

Milwaukee scored the only runs of the game in the eighth inning. Juan Francisco broke the deadlock with a two-run double. Martin Maldonado had an RBI single, and Jeff Bianchi hit a run-scoring single.

Washington failed to get an extra-base hit, going 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

Henderson pitched the seventh to get the win. He’s 3-2.

Drew Storen took the loss for the Nationals, giving up all four runs in relief. He’s 2-2.

Milwaukee won its 14th road game against 26 losses. They’ll play the Nationals in D.C. again Wednesday night.

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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