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N-B-A owners met today in New York but did not approve the sale of Milwaukee Bucks. League Commissioner Adam Silver said the process must run its course, but it should happen fairly quickly -- perhaps within the next month. After 29 years, owner Herb Kohl wants to sell the Bucks to New York hedge fund owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens. Silver said he has know Lasry for many years. He owns a small part of the Brooklyn Nets, but he expects to divest himself of that before assuming control of the Milwaukee franchise. Silver said the owners need to do background checks on both Lasry and Edens before acting on the sale -- which is standard procedure. Kohl said on Wednesday that he did not expect action this week. Meanwhile, tongues are still wagging over the 550-million dollar purchase price. Some financial experts said the sale price was way too high, while others disagreed. Former Houston Rockets executive George Postolos says all N-B-A teams are worth more, thanks to an improved collective bargaining agreement and better national T-V money. He also cites improved revenue sharing, more fans in Europe and China, and a strong digital exposure. Postolos says the N-B-A has more momentum than it's seen in the last two decades.
The Milwaukee Brewers have won 79 games over the Pittsburgh Pirates since 2007. Stats Incorporated says it's the most by any National League team over an opponent during that time span. The Brewers have also 37 games to the Pirates in the last seven years -- including last night's 11-to-2 trashing by Pittsburgh. Milwaukee's bullpen broke down for the first time this season, giving up nine runs in the final two innings after starter Yovani Gallardo sat down. The two teams play again tonight at P-N-C Park, with a pair of veteran right-handers taking the mound -- Kyle Lohse for Milwaukee, and Charlie Morton for Pittsburgh. The Brewers enter the weekend at 11-and-5, with a one-game lead over second-place Saint Louis and a three-game advantage on the Pirates in the National League Central.
It appears that Wisconsin's two P-G-A touring golfers will not be around for the Easter weekend at the R-B-C Heritage tournament. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson shot a four-over-par 75 today in his second round. That put at seven-over for the tournament, tied for 110th when play was suspended this afternoon due to rain. Jerry Kelly of Madison was tied for 86th at that point. He was at even-par after five holes today, after shooting a five-over 76 yesterday. K-C Choi had the lead when play stopped. He was at five-under.