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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers open weekend series with Cardinals with win

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MILWAUKEE - Aramis Ramirez started the scoring with a home run as the Milwaukee Brewers battered St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright in a 7-4 victory Friday night. 

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Jonathan Lucroy’s double cleared the bases and knocked Wainwright out of the game in the sixth inning.  Wily Peralta was the beneficiary of all that support on the way to his 13th victory.  Peralta ties Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw for the most victories by National League pitcher.  Matt Carpenter knocked in three runs with a pair of hits and Matt Holliday had a homer for the Cardinals, who have now lost three of their last four games.  Peralta gave up five hits and two runs in six and two-thirds innings, winning his fourth in a row.  Former Cardinal Kyle Lohse goes for Milwaukee tonight against Justin Masterson.

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Brewers’ second baseman Scooter Gennett missed the Cardinal game with a minor injury.  He’s considered to be day-to-day with a bruised left index finger. 

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Green Bay Packers' rookie receiver Jared Abbrederis sat out of practice yesterday with a knee injury.  Coach Mike McCarthy said the team's medical staff had not told him the specific problem -- and he did not know if the injury was serious.  McCarthy said the injury occurred at yesterday's Training Camp practice, but he did not have details -- and reporters at the practice did not see anything out of the ordinary.  Abbrederis stayed on the sidelines wearing a sleeve on his right leg.  The former University of Wisconsin star from Wautoma has been a crowd favorite throughout the first week of Training Camp.  He's been catching passes and returning punts.  Abbrederis was a fifth-round draft pick in April.  Meanwhile, rookie center Corey Linsley missed practice yesterday.  McCarthy said today he had a shoulder problem, but he was still waiting for tests on it.  Today, the Packers will work out in front of a packed house at Lambeau Field during the team's annual Family Night.

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Green Bay Packers' coach Mike McCarthy says linebackers Mike Neal and Nick Perry have "no restrictions" as they return to practice following injuries.  Both were taken off the physically unable to perform list this week.  Neal was back on the practice field yesterday, and Perry was there for the first time this season.  Perry, Green Bay's top draft choice from two years ago, has had several injury problems in his first two years -- and McCarthy says Perry needs to stay healthy.  Also, the coach said offensive tackle Derek Sherrod is much stronger than he's been.  Sherrod has missed more than two seasons with a broken leg suffered late in his rookie year against Kansas City.  McCarthy said Sherrod just needs to play -- and he also needs a full training camp, which he hasn't had.  

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It immortalizes a 21-year-old tradition at Lambeau Field.  A statue representing the Lambeau Leap was unveiled outside the home of the Green Bay Packers yesterday.  The sculpture pays tribute to the way the Green Bay players often celebrate touchdowns scored on the home turf by leaping up into the arms of the fans in the stands.  Former Packer safety LeRoy Butler was the first to jump into the crowd like that the day after Christmas, 1993.  Butler says the Lambeau Leap is simply a tribute to the passionate fans in Green Bay.  The newest statue is located near the statues of Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi on Harlan Plaza.

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The new owners of the Milwaukee Bucks say they hope to have a site chosen for a new multi-purpose arena in the next few months.  Meetings were held in Milwaukee yesterday among the owners, city leaders and Mayor Tom Barrett. Barrett has said the downtown area east of the Milwaukee River is a popular location for development and new residences.  A new arena and the associated development around it could do the same for the west side of the river.

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NBA veteran guard Jerryd Bayless signed a two-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks today.  He agreed to join the Bucks earlier this month, and media reports say he'll average three-million dollars a year.  Bayless turns 26 on August 20th, and he's joining his sixth NBA team as he embarks on his seventh season.  Bayless split time last year between Memphis and Boston.  He averaged ten points a game for the Celtics in 41 contests.  He started 14 of those games. The 6-3 Bayless can play either guard position.  He says he especially looks forward to playing for new Bucks' coach Jason Kidd.

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With 13 new starters, there’s a lot of competition for spots on the field among the University of Wisconsin football team.  One thing is for sure – Melvin Gordon will be touching the football a lot.  Gordon is the second-leading returning rusher in college football for the 2014 season.  He averaged more than eight yards per carry last year.  Media Day for the team was yesterday at Camp Randall Stadium. There will be another quarterback competition with incumbent Joel Stave facing a strong challenge from junior Tanner McEvoy.  And, only three starters return on defense.

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The Badgers' football camp will open Monday with a wide-open competition for the two starting wide receivers as well.  There are eight candidates, including three freshmen.  None of the five returning players have had the big-play ability of Jared Abbrederis -- who had 15 catches of 20 yards or more last season with an average of almost 37 yards per reception.  This year, Abbrederis is trying to win a spot on the Green Bay Packers -- which leaves senior Kenzel Doe and junior Jordan Frederick as the most tenured returning players.  Doe had seven catches a year ago, and Frederick ten.  Sophomore Robert Wheelwright, a tall wide-out at 6-2, had just two catches for nine yards a year ago.  Badgers' coach Gary Andersen said this could be the year he breaks out.  Also back are sophomores Alex Erickson and Reggie Love.  Jazz Peavy redshirted in his initial season last year due to a lingering hamstring injury.  The three true freshmen being considered are Krenwick Sanders, Natrell Jamerson, and George Rushing. 

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Rookie Kyle Larson takes the pole position for tomorrow’s NASCAR race at Pocono, Pennsylvania.  He barely edged another young driver, Joey Logano.  The best starting position for a Wisconsin driver is Danica Patrick who takes off in the 10thposition.  Matt Kenseth  qualified 18th, Paul Menard 29th and Travis Kvapil 34th.

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At 11-under-par, Sergio Garcia takes a three-shot lead into today’s third round at the World Golf Championship at Akron, Ohio.  Madison golfer Steve Stricker has had a rough start and is tied for 67th, 18 shots off the pace.  Nick Watney leads the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada.  The tournament is using a modified Stableford scoring system. Watney has a three-point lead on Geoff Ogilvy.  Pewaukee’s Mark Wilson is tied for 14th.  Madison’s Skip Kendall missed the cut.  And at the 3M Championship on the PGA Champions Tour in Blaine, Minn.,  Rhinelander’s Dan Forsman is tied for 71st and two-over-par.  He trails leader Marco Dawson by 11 shots.

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Wisconsin's final golfer was eliminated yesterday at the Western Amateur in Chicago.  Charlie Danielson of Osceola lost his Sweet-16 match to Hunter Stewart of Kentucky, 2-and-1.  Last year's Western champion, Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon, was eliminated Thursday after his fourth round of stroke play.  The final eight were playing this afternoon. A champion will be crowned today at Chicago's Beverly Country Club.

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Lawrence University of Appleton has named Jon Sheridan as its new golf coach.  He'll work with Chris Burns, who was the interim head coach last spring.  Sheridan was recently named an assistant hockey coach at Lawrence, where he was a standout as a player.  He's also an avid golfer, and he expects to improve on Lawrence's fourth place finish in the Midwest Conference tournament in each of the last two seasons.  Sheridan was the head hockey coach at Ohio University last year.  He was an assistant at Ohio the previous season.

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SCOREBOARD

-NL CENTRAL DIVISION

Milwaukee Brewers 7, St. Louis Cardinals 4

Cincinnati Reds 5, Miami Marlins 2

Pittsburgh Pirates 9, Arizona Diamondbacks 4

Chicago Cubs 8, Los Angeles Dodgers 2

--REGIONAL ACTION

Chicago White Sox 10, Minnesota Twins 8

Detroit Tigers 4, Colorado Rockies 2

--MIDWEST LEAGUE

Wisconsin 5, Peoria 1

Beloit at Cedar Rapids, susp

--NORTHWOODS LEAGUE

Wisconsin 6, Lakeshore 5

Madison 4, Kenosha 3

Wisconsin Rapids 12, Thunder Bay 5

La Crosse 8, Battle Creek 4

Eau Claire 18, Alexandria 11

Kalamazoo 2, Green Bay 0

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