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Bucks drop Game 5, are one game away from eliminationSubmitted: 05/23/2019
MILWAUKEE - MILWAUKEE (AP) " Kawhi Leonard scored 35 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-99 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

Leonard showed no obvious signs of the leg soreness that bothered him in Toronto's victories in the previous two games, hitting the 30-point mark for the fourth time in the series. He made five 3-pointers and had seven rebounds and nine assists.

Fred VanVleet scored 21 points, hitting seven 3s. Kyle Lowry added 17 as the Raptors put themselves in position to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time. A victory at home Saturday would set up a matchup with two-time defending champion Golden State.


"This was a super-hard win tonight," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.

The Raptors battled out of an early 14-point hole, then got 15 points from Leonard in the fourth quarter to send the top-seeded Bucks to their first three-game losing streak of the season.

"We weathered the storm early," Leonard said.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points for Milwaukee hours after being announced as a unanimous first-team, All-NBA selection. Eric Bledsoe scored 20 and Malcolm Brogdon added 18 points and 11 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup.

"It's first to four. We've got to go to Toronto, get a game. I think the group will be ready," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

The Raptors were clinging to a two-point lead in the closing minute after Khris Middleton drove around Leonard on the baseline for a layup.

Toronto was initially called for a shot-clock violation when Leonard missed a fadeaway jumper with 35 seconds left. That got overturned by a replay review, and Brook Lopez was called for a foul, instead, for bumping Marc Gasol after he retrieved the loose ball.

Gasol hit both free throws to make it 100-97. Another replay review went in Toronto's favor when officials determined a ball went out of bounds off Brogdon with 26.8 seconds left. Brogdon pulled his hand away, thinking his dribble had gone off Pascal Siakam's foot.

Siakam then drove for a dunk, making it 102-97, and the Raptors hung on from there.

Milwaukee was leading 81-79 with about 8 1/2 minutes left when Leonard nailed back-to-back 3-pointers. He hit two free throws before Siakam threw down a put-back dunk to make it 89-81.

The Bucks tied it at 93-all with 2:44 left on a 3-pointer by Lopez. VanVleet answered with one of his own before Antetokounmpo threw down an alley-oop dunk to cut it to 96-95 with just over two minutes remaining.

The Bucks set a fast pace early on and led by 10 after the first quarter, delighting the towel-waving fans chanting "Fear The Deer! Fear the Deer!" They withstood a 16-2 run by Toronto to start the second, with Antetokounmpo nailing a 3 to stop it.

The Bucks also went on a 14-2 run early in the third, with the Greek Freak throwing down a hard dunk off a feed by Middleton for a 63-51 lead. But the Raptors got right back into it.

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Raptors: Lowry now has 1,126 points in 66 playoff games for Toronto, surpassing DeMar DeRozan (1,117) as the franchise's postseason scoring leader.

Bucks: Brogdon started all 64 games he played in during the regular season, before missing basically all of the first two rounds because of a heel injury. With Brogdon back in the lineup, Nikola Mirotic came off the bench.

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Game 6 is at Toronto on Saturday.

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TORONTO - TORONTO (AP) " Kyle Lowry scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard had 19 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 120-102 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.

Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who improved to 7-2 at home this postseason. Reserve Norm Powell scored 18 points, and Marc Gasol had 17 points and a team-high seven assists.

The home team has won all four games in the series so far. Game 5 is Thursday night in Milwaukee.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the top-seeded Bucks. Khris Middleton scored 30 points.


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MILWAUKEE - George Flores takes pride in his restaurant's Greek food and it's never more important to get right than when Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo stops in for a late night meal.

"His favorite plate is lamb chops and Greek salad and Saganaki," Flores said.

Customers can find all those items and more at Omega Restaurant on the South Side of Milwaukee.

Giannis first started coming to the restaurant in his rookie year, and as he became more famous, people definitely started to take notice.


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MILWAUKEE - The iconic cheese head will forever be a Wisconsin trademark, especially for the Packers.

Thanks to two Milwaukee-based entrepreneurs, Bucks fans can now sport their own pair of antlers during a run toward the NBA Finals.

But their inspiration came less from the mascot and more from the actual animals out in the wild.

Two men who want to help bring awareness to chronic wasting disease molded a new fashion statement for Wisconsin sports fans.

"Where'd you get that hat, that's awesome."

That's the reaction Jesse Meyer and Marc Ownley keep getting when people see the new Buck Head Hat.

"The whole intention was to kind of celebrate our Wisconsin teams and heritage," said Buck Head Hats owner Jesse Meyer. 

A buck head hat is a ball cap with removable foam antlers.

Marc and Jesse were inspired by the impact the cheesehead has had in Wisconsin. So they found a new way to celebrate their home state and its sports teams.

The antlers are very flexible. The foam is quite similar to the cheesehead.

The hats have been most popular for Packers and Bucks fans and even with hunters. The buck head business hopes the hats also bring awareness to chronic wasting disease.

"You can have a good time, you are wearing the loudest, crazy things possible, so it's the perfect fit for that," Meyer said.

Creativity isn't lacking from the two creators. Jesse is a metal fabricator and Marc is a welder.

"Having some background and knowledge of how to make stuff the mold, sculpting the antlers was crucial," Meyer said.

Buck Head Hats has been in business for almost a year.  Marc and Jesse couldn't be more proud of their new creation.

"It's just a matter of celebrating our great state and enjoying life and having a great time with other people while waving the Wisconsin flag," Meyer said. 

The only retail store the Buck Heads are in right now is at Fiserv Forum in the Bucks Pro Shop.

The Bucks' success in the playoffs has sure been a positive for the hat creators.

The Buck Head Hats website has reached people all around the country and is patent pending.


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LOUISVILLE - Maximum Security led all the way in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, only to become the first winner disqualified for interference in the race's 145-year history. After a long wait, 65-1 shot Country House was declared the winner.

Country House finished second in the slop before an objection was raised, causing a lengthy delay while stewards repeatedly reviewed several angles of video footage, before he was elevated into the winner's circle.

The stunning outcome gave Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his first Derby victory at age 65.

"It feels pretty darn good," Mott said. "It was an odd way to do it and we hate to back into any of these things. We'll just have to prove ourselves in the future."

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NASHVILLE, TN - The Green Bay Packers used their first pick in the first round to draft defensive end Rashan Gary out of University of Michigan. 

With their second first-round pick, they selected safety Darnell Savage Jr. from Maryland.

Gary was a two-time All-Big Ten first team selection, but only started nine games last year due to a shoulder injury.

He is a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and is known as a disrupter up front. 

His stats aren't fantastic, he only recorded nine sacks in the last 2 years among 18 tackles. 

Darnell Savage is a three year starter. He recorded 181 tackles and eight interceptions in 45 career games.

Savage was a 2nd Team All-Big Ten selection last season. He ranked second in the Big Ten and 13th in the country in interceptions in 2018.

He was the first defensive back off the board in this year's draft.

This is the eighth straight year that the Packers have selected a defensive player with their first draft pick.

This is the first time since 2009, the Green Bay Packers had two first-round picks. 

They have three picks in the top 45 for the first time since 1980.

Green Bay will go back on the clock Friday night with the 44th pick in the second round.

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Until last year, Stevens Point was the northern-most rugby club for GIRLS in Wisconsin.

The Wausau Area Rugby club decided to change that and now the high school girls' team just started their second season.

"There is a rush of energy that you get from putting another girl in the ground that you don't get from anything else," said Wausau girls rugby captain Erica Rupple.

The best way to describe rugby is a mixture between soccer and football. Only catch is you have to throw the ball backwards.

"It's all about working together for the common goal," said Wausau girls rugby coach Nalik Trupp.

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MILWAUKEE - Sam and Joey Hauser have decided to transfer from the Marquette University basketball team, per statements posted on both of their Twitter accounts.

Both Hausers committed to Marquette after playing at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Sam averaged 14.9 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game this season. Joey averaged 9.7 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Sam has used three years of eligibility while Joey has used one.

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AUGUSTA, GA: (AP) - The comeback is complete. Tiger Woods has his fifth Masters title.

The 43-year-old Woods shot a 2-under 70 for one-stroke victory Sunday and his 15th major championship. But it was his first since the 2008 U.S. Open, capping a remarkable recovery from debilitating injuries and embarrassing personal problems.

Woods showed he still had the game to compete with the world's best when he triumphed in last year's Tour Championship, his first victory of any kind since 2013.

Now, he's back on top with his first green jacket at Augusta National since 2005.

In a final round that was played in threesomes off both tees to stay ahead of approaching thunderstorms, Woods grabbed the outright lead for the first time with a two-putt birdie at No. 15.

Then, with Olympic champion Michael Phelps standing behind him on the tee at the par-3 16th, Woods wrapped things up by sticking an 8-iron within 2 feet of the cup for another birdie and a two-stroke lead.

Francesco Molinari began the day with a two-shot advantage over Woods and Tony Finau. But the Italian self-destructed on the back side, dunking two balls in the water on the way to double-bogeys at the 12th and 15th holes.

This is the first time Woods has ever come from behind on the final day to win a major championship, leaving him three behind Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles.

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- The Pro Football Hall of Fame says Green Bay Packers great Forrest Gregg has died at 85.

The Hall did not disclose details in its statement Friday.

Gregg starred at tackle and guard for the mighty Packers teams of the 1960s. Green Bay coach Vince Lombardi called him the "best player I ever coached."

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MARSHFIELD - Packers and bears don't usually belong together, but several former Green Bay Packers were happy to show up with teddy bears for the kids.

"Just seeing those young faces, it brightens your day," former linebacker Nick Barnett said. "And you know, they're so optimistic."

Six Green Bay Packers came to Marshfield Children's Hospital to sign autographs, hand out mementos and interact with sick children in the hospital.

"It fills my soul and my heart to be able to come to a place like this and at least make, if not the kids, their parents' day for just that little time," former offensive lineman Earl Dotson said.

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