WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: UW grid player still not cleared academically to play this fall
MADISON - A University of Wisconsin football transfer from Eastern Arizona College has not been cleared academically to play for the Badgers. Coach Gary Andersen says he'll learn in the next couple days whether there's a chance for safety Serge Trezy to remain enrolled at UW-Madison this fall.
As the Badgers' pre-season camp opened yesterday, Andersen said his staff would need to obtain final transcripts -- and he believes Trezy had done everything he was asked to do academically. The coach said he was planning to have Trezy redshirt this fall, and officially join the team next January -- but Andersen wants the option of having Trezy play this fall if possible. Earlier this year, Badgers' receiver Chris Jones was cut because he failed to meet the UW's academic standards -- even though the NCAA had cleared him. Jones ended up signing with Toledo. Quarterback Joel Stave worked out with the top two offensive lines at yesterday's morning practice, and Tanner McAvoy worked with reserves in the afternoon session.
Many Packers' fans are still upset about the way Brett Favre left Green Bay and played at rival Minnesota. But Favre said yesterday he put behind all resentment against the Packers much sooner than most people thought -- and he was ready to be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame sooner than "maybe everyone else was." It was announced yesterday that the three-time MVP and Super Bowl winning quarterback will be inducted next July 18th -- his No. 4 will be retired at that ceremony -- and his name will be unveiled on the Lambeau facade during a home game in 2015. On that day, Favre asked that legendary Packers' quarterback Bart Starr join him as they take part in the pre-game coin flip. Favre talked on the phone for a half-hour about his impending immortalization in Green Bay. Any animosity appeared to disappear as he discussed his 16 years as a Packer -- and how former GM Ron Wolf believed him in when few others did by giving up a first-round draft choice to Atlanta to get the then-unknown Favre in 1992. Green Bay president Mark Murphy talked with Favre for several years about getting him back in the Packers' fold. But the idea didn't really rolling until former team president Bob Harlan called him about it last Thanksgiving. The Packers' Hall of Fame is currently closed for reconstruction, and hall officials said it was only fitting that Favre's induction be the first major event after it re-opens next year. It will be only the sixth time that one former player will be inducted, and the first time it's associated with a number being retired.
By reducing the contact, Packers' coach Mike McCarthy was hoping to avoid another major injury in front of the Lambeau crowd on Family Night -- but it didn't happen. The coach said yesterday that rookie tight end Colt Lylera would be out for what he called "weeks" with a knee injury suffered as he tried to hurdle over a defender. Lyerla's agent did not believe that surgery would be needed, but he conceded it would take a "while" to recover. He was just starting to show some real progress after a week-and-a-half at camp, catching a pair of touchdown passes at last Friday's practice. In hurdling corner Jumal Rolle, Lyerla said he was just trying to make the most of his opportunity -- and to show a little of his athleticism. The Packers still have a half-dozen tight end candidates at Training Camp. One of them, Jake Stoneburner, made a flashy touchdown catch at last night's practice -- plus a scooping catch from 20 yards out.
The Milwaukee Brewers did not say anything yesterday about the condition of starter Matt Garza. He was scheduled to undergo an exam to determine the extent of a sprained left oblique muscle suffered during Sunday's one-run loss at Saint Louis. After Sunday's game, Garza said the injury was not as bad as an oblique injury that kept him out for the first seven weeks of the 2013 season, when he was the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers open a three-game home series tonight against the San Francisco Giants. Rookie right-hander Jimmy Nelson, who's coming off a minor blister, will start for the Crew against Giants' veteran Tim Lincecum. Milwaukee still has a one-game lead over Saint Louis in the National League Central, and a one-and-a-half game edge on third-place Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, all remaining Brewers' games this season will be on TV, after Fox Sports Wisconsin added four broadcasts yesterday. The first added telecast will be Thursday afternoon's contest against the Giants.
In Major League Baseball...
In the National League Central Division race...
Cleveland 7, Cincinnati 1
In regional action...
Chicago White Sox 5, Texas 3 in 7 innings due to rain
New York Yankees 2, Detroit 1
In the Midwest League...
Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids 3 Beloit 9, Clinton 8
In the Northwoods League...
Lakeshore 2, Wisconsin 1
Green Bay 11, Kenosha 7 in 10 innings of Game-One
Kenosha 2, Green Bay 1 in Game-Two
Madison 6, Alexandria 1
Kalamazoo 8, La Crosse 2
Battle Creek 11, Wisconsin Rapids 6
Duluth at Eau Claire, rained out