WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Favre to enter the Packers' Hall of Fame next year
Brett Favre will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers' Hall of Fame after the facility re-opens next year following its present re-construction. And the legendary quarterback's Number-Four will be retired sometime next season. The Packers have scheduled a news conference about Favre at 1:30 this afternoon -- and various media reports say both his enshrinement and his number-retirement will be confirmed. Favre will appear via telephone. Packers' president Mark Murphy and former president Bob Harlan have worked hard to mend fences with the 20-year N-F-L veteran. That's after Favre's emotional departure from Green Bay, where he starred for 16 years and won a Super Bowl. Favre retired after the 2007 season -- and general manager Ted Thompson stuck with his decision to go with Aaron Rodgers when Favre wanted to un-retire a few months later. He was dealt to the New York Jets, where he played a year before ending his career in Minnesota for two seasons -- a move which he called a dig against Thompson at the time. Favre left the N-F-L for good after the 2010 campaign. His enshrinement at Green Bay has been a touchy subject among Packer fans -- but as Favre has softened up, so have the Cheese-heads. Last September, a political survey by the Public Policy Polling firm gave Favre a 50-percent approval rating among likely Wisconsin voters. That was way up from 26-percent in 2010.
Brewers' starter Matt Garza strained his left oblique muscle in yesterday's 3-to-2 Milwaukee loss at Saint Louis. Garza left after the sixth inning, giving up just one hit while throwing to one batter over the minimum. The Brewers' bullpen proceeded to blow a 2-nothing lead, as the Cardinals scored all three of their runs in the seventh on five hits. Zach Duke gave up a pair which tied the game, including a solo shot by Matt Holliday. Jeremy Jeffress surrendered the Cards' winning run, a line-drive single by Oscar Tavares. Jeffress lost his first decision of the year. It's not known how long Garza will be out. Last year, he missed the first seven weeks of the season with a similar oblique strain. Garza said the new one's a little lower than the last one, but it's not as bad. John Lackey won his first start for Saint Louis after being traded from Boston last week. He gave up two early runs but settled down to throw seven solid innings. Trevor Rosenthal gave up a hit and a walk in the ninth, but still earned his 34th save. Mark Reynolds hit a solo homer and Aramis Ramirez had two singles and an R-B-I, as Milwaukee dropped 2-of-3 from the Cardinals over the weekend. The Brewers have now dropped five of their last seven. Their lead in the National League Central is down to one game over Saint Louis, one-and-a-half over Pittsburgh, and four-and-a-half over Cincinnati. The Brewers are off today, and will host San Francisco tomorrow night.
Wisconsin NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth remains fourth in the Sprint Cup season point standings, despite getting into a 13-car crash yesterday at Pocono. Both Kenseth and Paul Menard of Eau Claire got swept up in the crash, after Denny Hamlin's car spun out of control following a late restart. It knocked Kenseth out of the race after 116 of the 160 laps, and he finished 38th in the Go-Bowling-Dot-Com-400. Menard's car landed underneath Tony Stewart's vehicle. Still, Menard was driving at the end, and finished in 33rd. He dropped one place to 16th in the Sprint Cup standings. Travis Kvapil of Janesville was Wisconsin's top finisher in 25th. He remains 39th for the year. Beloit-born Danica Patrick was 30th yesterday, and she's still 28th in the standings. Dale Earnhardt Junior swept both Pocono events this year with another victory. Jeff Gordon remains the series leader, 89 points ahead of the fourth-place Kenseth.
The Wisconsin football team opens its pre-season camp today. Quarterback Joel Stave returns after a shoulder injury in January's Capital One Bowl. And he'll be challenged by Tanner McAvoy, who returns to his natural position after playing on the Badgers' defense a year ago. There's competition for the safety spot next to Michael Caputo in the Badgers' basic defensive package. Among the candidates are redshirt senior Peniel Jean, redshirt sophomore Leo Musso, true sophomore Joe Ferguson, and freshman Austin Hudson.
In golf, Steve Stricker of Madison tied for 63rd at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron Ohio. Stricker failed to shoot a single round below-par at the World Golf Championships' event at the Firestone Country Club. He shot a three-over 73 yesterday and finished at 12-over-292. Rory McIlroy won the tournament at 15-under, two strokes better than second-place Sergio Garcia.
Pewaukee native Mark Wilson tied for 45th at the P-G-A's Barracuda Championship in Reno Nevada. Wilson scored a four-round total of 23 points under the modified Stableford scoring system that rewarded holes below-par and penalized holes above par. Geoff Ogilvy was the winner with 49 points.
On the senior P-G-A Champions Tour, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for 78th -- third to last -- at the 3-M Championship in Blaine Minnesota. Forsman shot a one-over-par 73 in his third-and-final round yesterday and finished at six-over-222. Kenny Perry was the winner at 23-under.