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Saturday State Sports Briefs: Packers hold rookie camp workouts this weekend

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GREEN BAY - Eleven draft picks, nine undrafted free agents and 27 players trying to hang on - all are joining in rookie camp workouts in Green Bay this weekend.

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Nine of the 11 drafted players have signed contracts. Getting a lot of attention at the Friday workouts were first-round draft pick and defensive end Datone Jones from UCLA and second-round pick and running back Eddie Lacy from Alabama. Packers coach Mike McCarthy says rookie camp is just as much about becoming oriented to life as an NFL player as it is about football. The real work comes in six weeks with the full squad mini-camp.

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Work on Lambeau Field has created 400 new jobs for the fall's NFL season. The $146 million dollar renovation project on the historic stadium's south end zone includes more than two dozen new concession standard. The Packers say the jobs normally pay 12 to 18 dollars an hour. About 50 nonprofit organizations will be allowed to keep five to 10 percent of the sales conducted at their stands. Capacity at Lambeau will be about 80,000 after the addition of seven thousand seats to the stadium. The addition will actually trap noise and make the oldest continually used NFL stadium one of the league's loudest. All the work on Lambeau Field is expected to be completed by August.

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Marquette University freshman Pat Sanchez is among 16 players on the All-Big East Conference men's golf team. Sanchez is all of his team's 11 events this spring, averaging 75-and-three-quarter strokes per round. He also had the Golden Eagles' low round for the season with a 68 at the Kiawah Classic. Chase Koepka of South Florida has been named the league's player-of-the-year and freshman-of-the-year. His coach, Chris Malloy, is the Big East coach-of-the-year.

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Former Green Bay Packers' safety Charles Woodson now says he'll help a rebuilding team, if that's what it takes to get somebody to sign him. The 36-year-old All-Pro tells the NFL Network he was hoping to latch on with a contender after the Packers let him go in mid-February. The NFC champion San Francisco 49'ers took a look at Woodson, and then took a pass. Now, he says he's nearing the end of his career, and he's lowering his asking price because he just wants to play football. Woodson does not expect the Packers to bring him back for a bargain. General manager Ted Thompson has signaled that he's willing to match young safeties M.D Jennings and Jerron McMillian next to Morgan Burnett. The Packers appear .to be set at corner, too, with Tramon Williams and Casey Hayward - who had a team-high six interceptions as a rookie in 2012.

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For the third year in a row, Steph Brunette of Saint Norbert College has been named the North Division softball player-of-the-year in the Midwest Conference. Shannon Murray of Lawrence is the divisional pitcher-of-the-year. Brunette, a senior shortstop, had a regular season batting average of .443, with an on-base-plus-slugging-percentage of one-point-one. Murray, a senior, had a 2.32 ERA while holding opponents to a .248 batting average. She struck out 93 batters in 148 innings with six saves and 15 complete games. JoAnn Krueger of Saint Norbert and Kim Tatro of Lawrence were named the division's co-coaches of the year. Brunette and Murray also made the All-North Division team. They were joined by Morgan Buboltz and Jessica DeMeuse of Saint Norbert, Ashley Gnacinski and Steph Rieuwpassa of Ripon, Jen Zucker and Emily Dorjath of Beloit, Cathy Kaye and Anna Wawiorka of Lawrence, and Stephanie Speel and Hannah Sanidas of Carroll.

SCORES

MIDWEST LEAGUE

Cedar Rapids 2, Quad Cities 0 (DH)

Cedar Rapids 5, Quad Cities 1 (DH)

Fort Wayne 6, Great Lakes 2

Kane County 2, Burlington 1 (DH)

Kane County 4, Burlington 1 (DH)

Lansing 7, Dayton 4

Peoria 2, Beloit 0 (DH)

Beloit 4, Peoria 0 (DH)

South Bend at Lake County, postponed

West Michigan at Bowling Green, postponed

Wisconsin 4, Clinton 3 (DH)

Clinton 7, Wisconsin 0 (DH)

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COLLEGE BASEBALL

--Midwest Conference Tournament at Ripon

Ripon 9, Grinnell 3

St. Norbert 7, Knox 0

Ripon 8, St. Norbert 7

Knox 12, Grinnell 7

--Northern Athletics Conference Tournament at Mequon

Concordia-Chicago 7, Rockford 5

Wisconsin Lutheran 5, Concordia-Mequon 2

Benedictine 5, Aurora 0

Wisconsin Lutheran 5, Aurora 1

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COLLEGE SOFTBALL

--NCAA Division III at Whitewater

Illinois Wesleyan 7, Benedictine 6

Carthage 10, Finlandia 2

UW-Eau Claire 5, Benedictine 1

Luther 5, UW-Whitewater 4

--Big Ten Conference Tournament

Wisconsin 3, Northwestern 0

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COLLEGE TENNIS

--NCAA Men's Division III at Whitewater

Ohio Northern 5, Concordia-Mequon 0

--NCAA Women's Division III at Chicago

Carleton 5, Grinnell 1

Ohio Northern 5, Edgewood 0

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COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD

--Midwest Conference Men, 1st day

1. Monmouth, 55

2. Grinnell, 40

3. St. Norbert, 35

--Midwest Conference Women, 1st day

1. Monmouth, 94.5

2. Carroll, 44

3. St. Norbert, 28.5

--Big Ten Conference Men, 1st day

1). Minnesota 20

2). Wisconsin 15

3). Purdue 12

--Big Ten Conference Women, 1st day

1). Wisconsin 18

2). Penn State 12

3). Minnesota 10

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