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WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: Packers sign Burnett to four-year contract

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GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers have locked up the leader of their secondary, after signing safety Morgan Burnett to a four-year contract worth a reported $24.3 million dollars.

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The Packers did not immediately announce the deal. NFL.com said Burnett is getting an eight-and-a-quarter million dollar signing bonus, and he can get up to 26-million with incentives. He was scheduled to make almost one-and-a-third million dollars in the final year of his rookie contract. The 24-year-old Burnett is entering his fourth NFL season, all with the Packers. He and Saint Louis linebacker James Laurinaitis were the only defensive players in the league not to miss a snap last season. Burnett quarterbacked the secondary in 2012, while leading Green Bay in tackles with 123. He also had two of his six career interceptions last season. 

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Noah Bolton of Spring Green got quite a surprise when he entered Lambeau Field in Green Bay yesterday. The Packers honored him as the one-millionth person to take their Stadium Tour. He was given a large Packers’ cupcake, plus a custom jersey which read “Tour 1M Fan” on the back. He was also treated to lunch at the stadium’s largest restaurant, Curly’s Pub. And he received a lifetime pass to the Stadium Tours. Bolton said it was the first time in 10 years he visited Lambeau. Now, he’s got some special bragging rights within his family. His brother is a die-hard Chicago Bears’ fan.   

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Milwaukee Bucks’ forward John Henson is expected to play tonight, when the Bucks take on Golden State in an NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas. Henson, Milwaukee’s top draft choice from a year ago, sat out Sunday’s win over New Orleans with a right groin injury suffered at practice last week. Henson practiced with the team yesterday, and Summer League coach Bob Bender said he moved around quote, “pretty well.”

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Bucks’ first-round draft choice Giannis Antetokounmpo (yah-niss an-teh-toe-koom’-po) had 12 points and 15 rebounds, as his native Greece beat Croatia 77-68 in the European Under-20 tournament in Estonia. He also had six blocked shots. Yesterday’s game marked the opening of second round play, after Greece took first place in Group-“A” at 4-0. Antetokounmpo is averaging almost 10-and-a-half points in his team’s five games with seven rebounds and just over two assists. Greece plays Montenegro today. 

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UW-Milwaukee swimmer Emily McClellan is going for a medal today at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. McClellan, who will be a senior this fall, placed fourth in yesterday’s semi-finals of the 50-meter breast-stroke with a time of :31.87 seconds. She’s starting in the eighth position in today’s finals. McClellan also competed in the women’s 100-breast-stroke, but did not make the finals.

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University of Wisconsin senior linebacker Chris Borland is being considered for two more national post-season awards. Borland was put on watch lists yesterday for the Rotary Lombardi Award, which is given to the nation’s top interior lineman or linebacker – and the Dick Butkus award, given each year to the country’s top overall linebacker. Badgers’ senior offensive lineman Ryan Groy was also named to the watch list for the Lombardi Award. That’s after he was named a candidate last week for the Outland Trophy. Borland has been nominated this summer for five national awards. The other ones are the Ronnie Lott Impact Trophy, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, and the Bednarik Award.   

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