- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Badgers’ Dekker needs to cool off before deciding on NBA

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Junior Sam Dekker needs to cool off and return home before making a decision about the future. Sophomore Nigel Hayes sounds like he is coming back to Wisconsin.

The Badgers could be a force in the Big Ten again if the versatile forwards return in the fall.

First they need time to ease the sting of the 68-63 loss to Duke in the NCAA Tournament title game on Monday night.

Hayes spoke afterward as if he had already made a decision. He said he was “nowhere near good enough to do anything else besides come back.”

Dekker, though, needs time.

He boosted his NBA draft stock after averaging 19.2 points in the tourney. He said he planned to get information to make “an educated decision.”

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Frank the Tank’s run comes to end with Wisconsin loss

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Hands on his head, Frank Kaminsky walked slowly back to the bench as the young Duke Blue Devils started celebrating at midcourt.

This fun run is over for Frank the Tank and the tight-knit Wisconsin Badgers.

Kaminsky’s remarkable career with the Badgers ended with a 68-63 loss Monday night in the NCAA Tournament title game against Duke.

“It’s hard to say anything. These guys are my family,” Kaminsky said. “I mean that literally. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye.”

The double-double machine finished with 21 points and 12 boards.

But a couple late-game mistakes by the usually savvy senior hurt the Badgers.

The AP Player of the Year threw up an errant shot as the shot clock wound down with 2:39 left.

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Bradley, Daley face off for seat on Wisconsin high court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The makeup of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and whether it’s led by a conservative or liberal justice, is at stake on Tuesday during an election that has drawn little attention in the state.

Voters will decide whether to re-elect Justice Ann Walsh Bradley to a third 10-year term or to elect her challenger, Rock County Circuit Judge James Daley. They also will consider scrapping the 126-year-old practice of having the most senior member of the court serve as chief justice.

But turnout is expected to be light: Only two out of every 10 potential voters are expected to cast ballots.

Although officially nonpartisan, conservative justices hold a majority on the court, which in recent years has been at the center of the some of the largest political fights in Wisconsin - including upholding Gov. Scott Walker’s law that effectively ended collective bargaining for public workers. Bradley and Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson are considered the liberal minority on the seven-member court.

Daley has described himself as a conservative and he actively courted Republican voters in his campaign, drawing criticism from Bradley. She accused Daley of politicizing the race, while he said Bradley should be removed because she is at the center of a dysfunctional court.

The court’s four-justice conservative majority has been bickering openly with Abrahamson and Bradley for years.

Emails emerged in 2011 that revealed conservative-leaning Justice David Prosser, a former Republican state Assembly speaker, used a derogatory term to refer to Abrahamson and had vowed to “destroy” her. Prosser also acknowledged to police that he wrapped his hands around Bradley’s throat after she charged him during an argument in chambers that same year.

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Police: Shooting marks Milwaukee’s 4th homicide in 3 days

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee police say the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old man outside a bar early Monday marked the city’s fourth homicide in three days.

Police say the city already has recorded more than three times the amount of homicides so far this year compared to the same time last year. They say 35 people have been victims of homicides in Milwaukee as of Monday, while only 11 people were killed in homicides last year at this time.

The latest shooting involving the 26-year-old victim took place about 1:10 a.m. Monday outside Bosses Lounge.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1FhhPw1https://bit.ly/1FhhPw1 ) reports 26-year-old Aaron Harmon and 33-year-old Jeremy Green were killed early Sunday after shooting at each other outside Comments Bar.

Twenty-seven-year-old Matthew Andler of Elkhart was fatally shot Saturday afternoon during a suspected drug deal.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.comhttps://www.jsonline.com

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