KANSAS CITY — Former University of Wisconsin wide receiver Robert Wheelwright has found his new home after signing a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Wheelwright spent the last thee-plus months as a free agent after being released by the New York Giants in May. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Giants in April after some initial confusion over his “Carolina Panthers” Tweet that same night.
The Columbus, Ohio native joins fellow former Badger quarterback Joel Stave on the Kansas City roster after Stave was added to the Chiefs practice squad last November. Wheelwright finished his senior year with a career-high 448 yards on 34 receptions, though he only had one touchdown.
The NFL.com scouting report on Wheelwright wasn’t very promising heading into the NFL Draft. He was described as having a habit of making mental errors.
Summary: A bit of an underachiever. Wheelwright has all of the physical tools, but hasn’t quite lived up to his four-star status. Was a dependable receiver for the last two seasons for the Badgers. Doesn’t play as big as his size suggests. Will likely play the X in the NFL, despite playing the Z in Madison. Needs to get stronger, and develop more of a mean streak. Will get a camp invite, and could stick as a practice squad player for a year or two before getting a chance at a main roster.
MILWAUKEE — After an initial meeting on Jul. 3 to discuss his fit with the team, the Milwaukee Bucks and point guard Derrick Rose are reportedly set to have a follow-up meeting.
According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, a second meeting will take place, with Rose looking to sign on a one-year contract. The 28-year-old former Rookie of the Year averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game with New York last season.
It should be noted that Milwaukee is currently over the tax apron by about $1.6 million, meaning the Bucks could only offer $5.19 million to Rose, using the mid-level tax exemption. The Bucks could clear some cap space by parting ways with John Henson (as Haynes suggests). Haynes added in his report that there’s “mutual interest an motivation” by both sides to move Henson, the longest-tenured player on Milwaukee’s roster.
NEW YORK — Jay Bruce’s RBI single in the 12th inning gave the New York Mets a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night at Citi Field.
The Mets built up a 4-1 lead heading into the seventh inning before Asdrubal Cabrera’s dropped pop fly allowed the Brewers to strike for three runs and tie the game. But Bruce’s single not only saved Cabrera from taking the heat of a loss, but it backed up Tyler Pill’s first Major League start (5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4K, 7 LOB).
“There have been a lot of games where we think we’ve had it wrapped up, and all of the sudden we can’t stop somebody,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “This was one we needed to have.”
The Brewers have now lost seven of their last nine but remain in first place in the National League Central. Zach Davies got Milwaukee off to a solid start, throwing five innings of two-run baseball before Carlos Torres allowed two more runs in the sixth.
“We were fortunate to tie it, obviously,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “But yeah, we missed a lot of opportunities.”
The Brewers left 30 runners on base, compared to the Mets’ 14. New York has guaranteed itself at least a split of the four-game series.
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers battled back from as many as six runs down to defeat the New York Mets 11-9 Sunday afternoon, punctuated by a three-run eighth-inning home run from catcher Manny Piña.
“I don’t know if I’ve seen anything like that,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We just kind of chipped away. They answered back. The eighth inning, that was absolutely incredible. Great at-bats by a whole bunch of guys.”
That eighth inning saw the Brewers offense come alive, scoring five runs to retake the lead for good. Once again, Milwaukee was victorious in a game started by Wily Peralta, improving the team’s record to 6-2. However, it was yet another game without a decision for Peralta, getting beat up for six runs on seven hits. He also fanned just one batter, as his winless streak dates back to Apr. 26.
Sunday’s win not only captured a series sweep of the Mets, but solidified Milwaukee’s ranking as the best team to play on Mother’s Day with a league-best .627 winning percentage.
MILWAUKEE — The offense exploded for an eight-run fifth inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers an 11-4 win over the New York Mets Saturday night at Miller Park.
It was “Star Wars Night” in Milwaukee and The Force was strong with the Brewers bats, racking up 16 hits, led by third baseman Travis Shaw (3-for-5. 4 RBI, HR). The Crew continues to lead all of Major League Baseball with 60 home runs, while ranking second with 192 runs scored.
“I think we have a solid, all-around unit and there’s a bunch of guys that can help,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “…That means that it doesn’t have to be the same guy every day. There’s enough firepower for it to be different guys [contributing]. That’s how you score runs, ultimately.”
The offense made up for a shaky start for Zach Davies, who allowed seven hits and four earned runs over his five innings of work. He was only able to punch out two Mets batters while using 101 pitches in his outing.
“As long as you’re within striking distance, this team is going to do it,” Davis said. “I think people are starting to realize that, and people are starting to play us that way. They realize that we’re just not going to show up and roll over.”
The series concludes Sunday at 1:10 p.m. with Wily Peralta opposite Jacob deGrom. The Brewers are 5-2 in games started by Peralta.
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks looked like they had the game in control until blowing a 13-point lead entering the fourth quarter, falling to the New York Knicks 116-111 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center Friday night.
The Knicks battled back from an 18-point hole to end a six-game losing streak. A big part of that was Carmelo Anthony’s 26 points and 10 rebounds, including the clutch three-pointer late in the fourth quarter that secured the win.
”It felt good. I’m glad it went in,” Anthony said. ”You don’t make it if you don’t take it.”
Anthony was supported by the return of Kristaps Porzingis, who came back from an Achilles injury that held him out the previous three games. Porzingis not only provided a big body in the paint on defense, but his 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting helped overcome the 100-plus points New York has allowed in its last seven games.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker gave the Bucks 25 points apiece, but lock-down defense by the Knicks only allowed Milwaukee to score 15 points in the final quarter.
”After halftime, we relaxed and didn’t move the ball real well,” Antetokounmpo said. ”We were taking tough shots and we weren’t playing our game. We had a chance to put them away, but we didn’t.”