WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: Rodgers speaks out on Braun
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants to focus on the upcoming season – but not before clearing the air about his friend, suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun.
During the first day of Packers training camp yesterday, Rodgers says he was disappointed Braun lied to him, saying he “trusted him” and that hurt the most. Rodgers says he believes in forgiveness and moving forward. As for comments made by former teammate Greg Jennings questioning the quarterback’s leadership skills – Rodgers took the high road and says his energy is better spent focusing on the team.
First day of training camp is in the books for the Green Bay Packers. Cornerbacks Casey Hayward (hamstring) and Davon House (illness) missed the practice with injuries, which put Sam Shields at the starter spot. The running backs are also the focus of attention with steady work from rookies Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin; along with Alex Green, James Starks and Angelo Pease. The Packers will hold a no-pads today and go full pads on Sunday.
Two defensive players for the Green Bay Packers will be out for a couple weeks, after they got hurt while training on their own. Lineman-and-outside linebacker Mike Neal suffered an abdomen injury. Corner Casey Hayward has a bad hamstring. Neal was among seven players who were put on the team’s physically-unable-to-perform list yesterday. Hayward was not placed on that list. Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed the timetables for both Neal and Hayward, after the Packers held their first Training Camp practice this morning. The coach also said running back DuJuan Harris is quote, “a week or two away” from returning, after he had off-season surgery to control a cyst in one of his lungs. McCarthy also said offensive tackle Derek Sherrod looked good in conditioning drills yesterday, but he could not say when he might return. Sherrod missed all of last season, after he broke a leg near the end of his rookie campaign in 2011.
The Colorado Rockies scored four runs in the second and fourth innings to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 last night in Denver. Wily Peralta had a tough start in the game, allowing eight runs and seven hits in three-and-two-third innings of work. Brewers made a push for runs in the sixth inning, but it wasn't enough. If there was any bright spot in the game for the Brewers, it was Carlos Gomez’s 449-foot home run in the ninth inning – the longest in his career.
The Milwaukee Brewers will play 15-of-their-next-18 games on the road. The Brewers are 1-4 after Ryan Braun started his season-ending suspension on Monday. Braun had only played in three games since June ninth anyway due to injuries – but the team and its management have clearly been rocked after he all-but-admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs following two years of denials. Even Braun alluded to the team’s situation yesterday, saying it’s been quote, “difficult for everybody.” Owner Mark Attanasio said Braun has promised not to say anything publicly about his role in the Bio-Genesis PED scandal until baseball’s investigation is complete. Braun said he would address it when he’s quote, “legally allowed.”
The man who exposed the Bio-Genesis drug scandal now says he turned down a $125,000 offer from Major League Baseball to give them records about players who took PED’s. Tony Bosch associate Porter Fischer admits giving documents to the Miami New Times, which first reported on the case in January. Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun was among more than 20 players implicated. This week, he took a season-ending suspension which basically reversed his vehement denials over the last two years that he took PED’s. Braun has promised he wouldn’t say anything publicly until after baseball’s investigation is complete. Fischer tells ESPN that at least a dozen players from other pro sports leagues also did business with Bio-Genesis. He did not name names, and said none were from the NFL or National Hockey League. Fischer said he ended up getting $5,500 for turning over his former company’s records. He said he wanted to approach federal officials with the info for possible prosecution, but didn’t. Fischer also said he was never comfortable spilling-the-beans to his local law enforcement in Florida.
_______________________________________________Milwaukee native and Wisconsin senior rower Michael Lindberg has advanced to the 2013 Under-23 Rowing World Championships in Austria. Lindberg is rowing for Team U-S-A and advanced to the medal round by securing second-place in yesterday’s semifinal. Lindberg and his team will face defending-champions Italy, Spain, Great Britain, France and Germany in Sunday’s final. Another Wisconsinite, Greenfield native Kendall Schmidt and her teammate, are also in Sunday’s women final. Schmidt looks to grab her second-consecutive gold medal in the event.
Danica Patrick will have lots of fans in the stands on Sunday, when NASCAR takes its turn at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Patrick, born in Beloit, now has most of her family living in Indy. She made her mark at the Brickyard in 2005 when she became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis-500. Patrick placed fourth that day. And in her Sprint Cup debut this year, she won the pole and placed eighth at the Daytona-500. Patrick has not had nearly that kind of success since then. She’s 27th in the Sprint Cup season point standings. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge is sixth, and he’ll try to raise his standing in the Samuel Deeds-400 on Sunday. Paul Menard of Eau Claire and Travis Kvapil of Janesville are also entered. Qualifying takes place tomorrow. Kenseth and Menard are also entered for the Nationwide Series’ event. The Indiana-250 will be run tomorrow at the Brickyard.
---------Colorado 8, Milwaukee 3Minnesota 3, Seattle 2 (F/13)Detroit 2, Philadelphia 1Chicago Cubs 3, San Francisco 2Kansas City 5, Chicago White Sox 1Atlanta 4, St. Louis 1
MIDWEST LEAGUE------------Clinton 3, Wisconsin 1Bowling Green 7, Great Lakes 3Lansing 6, Dayton 3Quad Cities 1, Burlington 0South Bend 7, Lake County 4Cedar Rapids 6, Peoria 2Kane County 4, Beloit 1Fort Wayne, West Michigan (PPD)
NORTHWOODS LEAGUE----------Lakeshore 7, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 2Wisconsin Woodchucks 18, Eau Claire 5Green Bay 5, La Crosse 4Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 8, Lakeshore 4Alexandria 10, St. Cloud 9Battle Creek 11, Madison 9Rochester 5, Willmar 1Mankato 4, Waterloo 3Duluth 11, Thunder Bay 7