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WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: Packers reportedly sign Vince Young

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GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers have reportedly signed veteran quarterback Vince Young to a one-year deal for the veterans’ minimum of $840,000.

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Various media reports said the Packers called Young’s agent after Number-three quarterback B.J. Coleman threw a pair of interceptions during Saturday’s Family Night scrimmage. It was a sign that the Packers want Aaron Rodgers’ back-up to be more experienced. Graham Harrell served as Rodgers’ only back-up a year ago. The 30-year-old Young reportedly auditioned for the Packers yesterday. He’s a six-year NFL veteran with Tennessee and Philadelphia. Young did not play last season, after the Buffalo Bills cut him at the end of their training camp. His best year was in 2010, with 10 touchdown passes and three interceptions for the Eagles with a 98.6 passer rating. The Packers did not practice yesterday, and team officials were not available for interviews.

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The Packers have still not confirmed that left tackle Bryan Bulaga tore an ACL knee ligament on Saturday night – and that he appears to be out for the year. The Green Bay Press-Gazette says rookie David Bakhtiari has the best chance of replacing Bulaga on the left side, which means that Marshall Newhouse would stay at right tackle. Bakhtiari, a fourth-round rookie, has impressed the coaches during the first week-plus of Training Camp. The Packers return to practice today. Their first exhibition game is on Friday night at home against Arizona.

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The University of Wisconsin preseason football camp opened yesterday, with quarterbacks Curt Phillips and Joel Stave getting most of the work with the top two units. Junior college transfer Tanner McEvoy and freshman Bart Houston received limited work. Coach Gary Andersen said the quarterbacks generally threw well in drills – but the scrimmage showed that they have a lot of work to do. Redshirt freshman Leo Musso practiced with the Number-One defense opposite safety Dezmen Southward. Musso was moved from the running back position in the spring. Andersen said he would look at four-or-five players at the safety spot. Still, he had high praise for Musso, calling him a well-rounded athlete with the smarts and the instincts to do everything a safety needs to do. 

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The Milwaukee Brewers fell apart in the eighth inning last night and lost at San Francisco 4-2. The game was tied at one when John Axford threw over catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s head on an intentional walk, putting runners at the corners. Michael Gonzalez then came in and walked Brandon Belt to load the bases. The Brewers then called in rookie Rob Wooten, who gave up the game-winning hit when Jeff Franceour singled to left. A two-run error by Jeff Bianchi at third capped the Giants’ three-run rally. Juan Francisco hit a solo homer in the ninth. He also drove in Milwaukee’s other run in the seventh with a ground-rule double. Hunter Pence walked three times and scored the Giants’ deciding run. The Crew’s late meltdown ruined a solid start by Tyler Thornburg, who gave up just one unearned run in six innings on seven hits, a pair of walks, and four strikeouts. Axford took the loss, Milwaukee’s fourth in its last five games. He’s now 5-5. Santiago Castilla got the win in relief for San Francisco. He’s 5-2. Sergio Romo got his 27th save. The Brewers and Giants will play again tonight at AT&T Park. Right-hander Wily Peralta will face Giants’ right-hander Matt Cain. 

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Former Brewers’ outfield prospect Nelson Cruz of Texas is among 12 players who accepted 50-game suspensions yesterday for their roles in the Bio-Genesis PED matter. The 33-year-old Cruz said he expects to return to the Rangers in time for the playoffs. Texas holds one of the two American League Wild Cards at the moment, and is two games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West. Cruz called his PED use an “error in judgment.” He said a gastro-intestinal infection made him 40-pounds underweight when he reported to Spring Training in 2012 – and he turned to a banned substance to bulk up. Cruz said he should have handled the matter differently. He was in the Milwaukee minor league organization when the Brewers traded him to Texas in 2006, in a deal that brought closer Francisco Cordero to Milwaukee. Cruz is now in his ninth big league season. He’s a two-time All-Star, and was the MVP of the 2011 American League Championship Series. Cruz is a free agent at the end of this season.

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In a suspension not related to Bio-Genesis, Brewers’ minor league pitcher William West was given 50 games off yesterday for a second violation of the Minor League drug program. The 20-year-old West was part of the Brewers’ Arizona League rookie team, after he signed in 2011 as an undrafted free agent. He had no record in three games for Arizona, with a 5.06 ERA.

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Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon said he looks forward to some time off before he plays in the U.S. Amateur next week in Brookline, Massachusetts. The 20-year-old Niebrugge has won three notable tournaments in the last three weeks, after claiming the Western Amateur Championship yesterday in Arkansas. Niebrugge returned home yesterday and said he felt wiped out after Sunday’s semi-finals. He expects to get a little practice time in this week. Niebrugge, who will be a sophomore at Oklahoma State this fall, won the State Amateur two weeks ago, and the U.S. Amateur Public Links title the week before that. He has played in 20 tournament rounds since mid-July, and he’s 55-under par in that stretch.

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Madison golfer Steve Stricker fell two places to 13th today in the new World Golf Rankings. Stricker finished 13th over the weekend at the World Golf Championships’ Bridgestone Invitational. He’ll be the only Wisconsin regular in the P-G-A Championship, which opens on Thursday in Rochester New York.  

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Scores: In Major League Baseball…

San Francisco 4, Milwaukee 2

Chicago White Sox 8, New York Yankees 1

Kansas City 13, Minnesota 0

Detroit 4, Cleveland 2

In the Midwest League…

Wisconsin 6, Beloit 5

Quad Cities 6, Cedar Rapids 2

Clinton 12, Kane County 4

Peoria 9, Burlington 8

South Bend 8, Bowling Green 7 in 15 innings

Fort Wayne 2, Lansing 0

Lake County 11, Great Lakes 4

Dayton 5, West Michigan 4 in 13 innings

In the Northwoods League…

Lakeshore 3, La Crosse 1

Eau Claire 4, Battle Creek 1

Madison 4, Wisconsin Rapids 3

Green Bay 3, Wisconsin 1

Waterloo 6, Alexandria 4 in 10 innings

Duluth 12, Mankato 6

Rochester 14, Thunder Bay 1

Willmar 11, Saint Cloud 3 

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