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WASHINGTON (AP) — Josh Bell and Keibert Ruiz hit home runs on consecutive pitches in the sixth inning, and the Washington Nationals defeated Milwaukee 11-5, extending the Brewers’ losing streak to a season-high seven games. Nelson Cruz and Maikel Franco also scored for the Nationals, who suffered a three-game sled in the opening of a 10-day, 11-game homestand. Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell, who is a win away from tying Phil Garner for the franchise’s managerial win record, was ejected in the fifth inning of the Brewers’ latest frustrating outing. Milwaukee has scored 14 runs during its slide.

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — Steve Flesch shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take the lead in the first round of the PGA Tour Champions’ American Family Insurance Championship. Flesch chipped for Eagle on the par-5 11 and had six birdies and a bogey at University Ridge. The 55-year-old left-hander won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic a month ago in Georgia for his second win at the event and second on the 50-and-over Tour after winning four times on the PGA Tour. Miguel Angel Jimenez and Colin Montgomerie were one shot behind. Jimenez finished second last year behind hometown favorite Jerry Kelly. Kelly, who picked up a playoff win at Sunday’s Principal Charity Classic in Iowa, opened with a 68 in his bid for his third straight win at the event.

UNDATED (AP) – Simona de Silvestro will make her IndyCar season debut at Road America in Wisconsin on Sunday. It’s the first of three races she plans to take part in with Paretta Autosport. The return of the Swiss will give IndyCar two women to field for more than one race for the first time since the 2013 season. Tatiana Calderon drives the road and road courses for AJ Foyt Racing. De Silvestro has been trying to return to IndyCar since 2013. She cites funding and a tougher climb for female racers as her main obstacles.

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — Wisconsin has hired Mark D’Onofrio as inside linebackers coach to fill a position that became vacant when Bill Sheridan resigned amid an NCAA investigation into possible Air Force rule violations. D’Onofrio hasn’t trained since 2018. He is a former defensive coordinator at Temple, Miami and most recently at Houston. Wisconsin hired Sheridan as inside linebackers coach on February 22 after serving two years as the Air Force defensive line coach. He resigned less than three months later.

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