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WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS:Nelson to miss the rest of Packers' training camp

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GREEN BAY - Another starter has gone down for the Green Bay Packers. Coach Mike McCarthy said today that receiver Jordy Nelson would miss the rest of Training Camp, after a previous knee injury re-surfaced.

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Nelson had knee problems last season – most recently in early December, when he sprained a knee against Minnesota. McCarthy said he optimistic that Nelson would be ready for the Packers’ regular season opener on September 8th at San Francisco. Also, the coach said he was waiting for the results of a second opinion on the knee that left tackle Bryan Bulaga injured on Saturday night. Reports have said he’ll be out for the season, but McCarthy says Bulaga is hoping to play at some point – and nothing is finalized yet. Also, receiver Randall Cobb left this morning’s practice with a bruised bicep. Defensive end Johnny Jolly left with cramps. Running back Alex Green went out with an injured knee. First-round defensive end Datone Jones missed practice today due to illness. McCarthy said Bulaga’s injury will give rookie David Bahktiari a chance to play at the left tackle spot. That’s where he practiced today with the Number-One offense. Right tackle Marshall Newhouse stayed at that spot. McCarthy also said today that he brought in veteran quarterback Vince Young to create more competition for the backup signal-calling spot.

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The Green Bay Packers announced the signing of quarterback Vince Young this morning, to provide a more experienced backup to Aaron Rodgers. Media reports said the 30-year-old Young would get the veterans’ minimum of 840-thousand dollars. You took part in this morning’s practice at Packer Training Camp – but it was not immediately known whether he could play in Friday night’s exhibition opener against Arizona at Lambeau Field. Young, a six-year pro, completed 58-percent of his passes with Tennessee and Philadelphia, with 46 touchdowns, 51 interceptions, and a 74.4 passer rating. Young played briefly with Buffalo last season but was let go after Training Camp. He did not play in the regular season a year ago. Also this morning, the Packers announced the signing of receiver Justin Wilson – and they placed receiver Sederrik Cunningham on injured reserve. Wilson, an undrafted rookie from Delaware State, took part in Green Bay’s rookie orientation camp in May. Cunningham injured a wrist on the opening day of Training Camp 11 days ago.   

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The Milwaukee Brewers will try to even their series at San Francisco tonight. The Crew has dropped four-of-its-last-five, including a two-run defeat last night at AT&T Park. Milwaukee has been held to two runs or less in each of those four defeats. Lead-off hitter Norichika Aoki is just 2-for-25 in his last eight games. He was rested on Sunday, and went hitless last night. Wily Peralta will try to end a personal two-game losing streak tonight, when the Milwaukee Brewers play the Giants in San Francisco. Peralta won his first four starts in July before going south. The rookie right-hander gave up eight runs – five earned – in just three-and-two-thirds innings in a loss to Colorado on July 26th. Then last Wednesday, Peralta gave up four runs in five innings in a five-run loss to the Cubs in Chicago. Peralta is 7-11 on the year with a 4.57 ERA. Giants’ veteran right-hander Matt Cain will start against the Crew tonight. Cain is 7-6, and he’s on pace for the highest ERA of his career. It’s at four-point-five-seven at the moment. But Cain has pitched a lot better lately, going 2-and-0 in his last three starts while giving up just one-point-eight earned runs every nine innings. The Giants have won two-of-the-last-three World Series, but they’re at the bottom of the National League West at 50-61. The Brewers, Central champions two years ago, are struggling in last at 47-65. 

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One suspect has been arrested in a burglary at Hank Aaron’s home in Atlanta. The former Braves-and-Brewers’ Hall-of-Famer was out of town with his wife in July when somebody broke a window to gain entry, and stole two BMW cars from their garage. Closets were ransacked. Car keys and jewelry were the only other items taken. Police said additional arrests are expected, and they’ll say more at that time. Aaron played in the Majors from 1954-’76. He spent most of his career with the Milwaukee-and-Atlanta Braves, then returned to Milwaukee for his final two seasons with the Brewers. He held the Major League home run record of 755 homers for almost three decades. Last Friday, Aaron took part in a ceremony at Miller Park to honor the 20th anniversary of Robin Yount’s retirement with the Brewers. The team honored Aaron with a bobble-head giveaway in early July. 

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In the Northwoods League, both divisional races are still tight with six days left in the regular season. In the South, the Lakeshore Chinooks have a two-and-a-half-game lead over second-place Eau Claire. The Chinooks are also up by three games over La Crosse. In the North Division, Waterloo has opened up a four-game lead over Mankato. But since Waterloo won the first-half crown, the team with the next-best overall season record will win the second-half playoff spot from the North. Duluth now holds that spot by a game over Mankato and Saint Cloud. Tonight, interdivisional play resumes. Lakeshore will finish a suspended game against Waterloo, before playing their scheduled contest in Mequon. The Wisconsin Woodchucks are at Duluth. Eau Claire plays at Thunder Bay. Madison travels to Willmar. Wisconsin Rapids is at Saint Cloud. Green Bay plays at Mankato. Alexandria hosts La Crosse. And Rochester is at home against Battle Creek.

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Wisconsin’s two teams in the Class-“A” Midwest League will play each other this afternoon. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will host the Beloit Snappers in a 12:05 start near Appleton. The Rattlers are coming off a 6-5 victory over Beloit last night. The Midwest League has one other matinee, as Lake County hosts Great Lakes. Tonight, Western Division leader Cedar Rapids hosts Quad Cities. Burlington plays at Peoria. Clinton hosts Kane County. East leader Bowling Green entertains South Bend. Lansing is at Fort Wayne. And Dayton plays at West Michigan.

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The NBA will release its full schedule for the next season this evening. NBA-TV will unveil and analyze the schedule in a program that starts at 5 p.m. The Milwaukee Bucks have not announced its full exhibition schedule yet, much less its regular season. The team’s been busy rebuilding its roster, with 11 new players among the 15 available slots. Newspapers have leaked out a few noteworthy items. The defending champion Miami Heat will play Chicago in its season opener. The Heat and the LA Lakers reportedly plan to be the top Christmas Day contest.    

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Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
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