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Morning State Sports Briefs: Badgers hoops team to open against St. John's in Sioux Falls

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MADISON - The University of Wisconsin will open its men's basketball season against Saint John's of New York on a neutral floor. The game will be played November eighth at the new Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which opens this fall.

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It's a $19-million facility that includes nine basketball courts. The Badgers and the Red Storm will play on the Heritage Court, which seats just over 3,200 people. Saint John's is among the teams moving to the new Big East Conference this fall. The Red Storm went 17-16 and made the second round of the NIT last season.

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University of Wisconsin deputy athletic director Sean Frazier is one of two remaining finalists for the athletic director's post at Rutgers. The Newark Star-Ledger said Frazier and Louisville senior associate AD Julie Hermann are still in the running to replace Tim Pernetti. A third finalist, Thomas Boeh of Fresno State, withdrew from consideration on Sunday night. A 26-person search committee reportedly interviewed the finalists last week, and a hiring decision could come as soon as this week. Frazier is a deputy athletic director at Wisconsin. He joined the Badger staff in 2007.

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The Green Bay Packers have signed five players who tried out at the team's rookie camp this past weekend. They are fullback Jonathan Amosa, receiver Tyrone Walker, corner Brandon Smith, and linebackers Donte Savage and Jarvis Wilson. The Packers released two other tryout players yesterday - fullback Ryan Roberson and linebacker Micah Johnson. The Packers kept two tryout players around last season. Receiver Jarrett Boykin made the 53-man roster, while tight end Brandon Bostick spent the year on the team's practice squad.

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Former UW-Stevens Point right-hander Jordan Zimmermann won his fourth straight decision for the Washington Nationals last night. The Auburndale native gave up two runs on nine hits in seven-and-two-thirds' innings, as the Nationals topped the Dodgers in Los Angeles 6-2. Zimmermann walked nobody and struck out five, as he improved to 7-1. He has given up just three runs in his last 31-and-two-thirds innings.

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SCORES

In the Midwest League...

Wisconsin 5, Burlington 4 in 11 innings

Beloit 3, Cedar Rapids 2

Clinton 4, Kane County 0

Quad Cities 8, Peoria 0

South Bend 6, West Michigan 2

Bowling Green 6, Lake County 1

Fort Wayne 5, Dayton 4

Lansing 5, Great Lakes 0

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