EAU CLAIRE - Tufts University of Massachusetts won the NCAA Division III softball championship at Gelein Field at Carson Park yesterday, edging Cortland State of New York 6-5.

It was a see-saw affair, as Tufts went up 3-1 early, and both teams scored three times in the fifth to complete the scoring. Gracie Marshall singled home the winning run for Tufts, which won its first softball crown. Allyson Fournier threw a stormy complete game for Tufts, giving up five runs on 12 with no walks and eight strikeouts. She was named the tournament's MVP, with four victories during her stretch in Eau Claire.


Atlanta Hawks' coach Larry Drew interviewed yesterday for the Milwaukee Bucks' opening. Drew's contract expires next month, and both sides are exploring their options for next season. The Hawks are expected to get a new coach, but that's not official yet. Former Wisconsin and Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy is said to have interviewed for the Atlanta job. Detroit, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn are also looking for new head coaches - and Phoenix could join that group if it decides not to keep interim coach and former Bucks' guard Lindsey Hunter. Hunter has also interviewed at Detroit. Former Bucks' assistant Kelvin Sampson is said to be a candidate in Milwaukee, Charlotte, and Phoenix. And former Bucks' coach Scott Skiles, who left the team in January, is being mentioned as a possibility for the Nets' job.


Jake Peters of Decatur, Ill. was the qualifying leader yesterday, as the Professional Bowlers' Association started its Badger Open in Waukesha. Peters, a former USA junior team bowler, racked up an average of 241-point-one for 10 qualifying games. That was 19 pins better than current PBA Player-of-the-Year Sean Rash. The Top-24 in the qualifying are moving on to round-robin match play today. The Badger Open is the first PBA event in several years that's using natural wood lanes, with the longest oil application in years at 52-feet.


Wisconsin sports fans love what Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun serve up on the field - and apparently, diners like what the two are serving up in their restaurant. It was announced yesterday that the "Eight-Twelve MVP Bar-and-Grill" will open a second location at Bayshore Mall in the Milwaukee suburb of Glendale. The Packers quarterback and Brewers outfielder opened their first restaurant last summer in nearby Brookfield. It's run by the SURG Restaurant Group. Company spokeswoman Jamie Jacobs says there's not a firm date to open the new restaurant, but they hope it will be by October. Braun and Rodgers said they're excited to open a second location.



In the Midwest League...

Beloit 4, Quad Cities 1

Wisconsin at Burlington, rained out

Peoria 11, Clinton 8

Cedar Rapids 8, Kane County 7

Lansing 4, Great Lakes 3 in 10 innings

Fort Wayne 7, Lake County 4

West Michigan 7, Bowling Green 6 in 11 innings

South Bend 9, Dayton 1


At the NCAA Division III softball tournament in Eau Claire

--Championship Game

Tufts 6, Cortland State 5

--Earlier in the day

Salisbury 1, University of Texas-Tyler 0

Cortland State 7, Salisbury 6