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- University of Wisconsin athletic officials will try for a second time to get an athletic performance center for the Madison campus. The Board of Regents will discuss the project today, and will consider asking the Legislature to approve $77-million in improvements in the next state budget.
MADISON - University of Wisconsin athletic officials will try for a second time to get an athletic performance center for the Madison campus. The Board of Regents will discuss the project today, and will consider asking the Legislature to approve $77-million in improvements in the next state budget.
The Regents approved a $67-million facility two years ago, but it was eliminated later in the budget process. The performance center would include new locker rooms for football players and coaches – as well as a strength-and-conditioning center and a weight room for all Badger athletes. Also, the UW’s Fetzer Center would be expanded to include new locker rooms. The McClain Center that’s attached to Camp Randall Stadium would be renovated with offices and lockers for all sports and an indoor golf practice facility as well. And the athletic department also wants to replace the Field-Turf and improve the sound system at Camp Randall. Officials say they would borrow $50-million-dollars from future athletic revenues for the facilities, and would seek $27-million-dollars in grants and gifts. The UW Athletic Department does not receive state tax money.
For the final time at training camp, the Green Bay Packers have two practices today. A two-hour workout took place this morning, and the other one is set for this evening. The Packers take an 0-1 exhibition record into their next pre-season contest on Saturday night at Seattle. Special teams remain a concern – but coordinator Shawn Slocum says he won’t get a handle on the units’ performances until the end of the pre-season, after players are evaluated individually. For now, his goal is to get the units to play smart, tough, and disciplined. He mentioned a half-dozen core players for the Packer special teams – Derrick Martin, Desmond Bishop, Jarrett Bush, James Jones, Brett Swain, and Spencer Havner.
There are four Wisconsin golfers teeing it up today as the PGA’s Wyndham Championship opens in Greensboro North Carolina. Jerry Kelly of Madison, Pewaukee native Mark Wilson, Appleton native J.P. Hayes, and Fox Point native Skip Kendall were all scheduled to tee off late this morning. Kelly hopes to improve after missing the cut at the PGA Championship near Sheboygan. The Fed-Ex playoffs begin in a week. On the senior Champions’ Tour, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman starts his first round this afternoon at the JELD-WEN Tradition event in Sunriver Oregon. And on the women’s LPGA Tour, Sherri Steinhauer of Madison will compete in the Safeway Classic this weekend. The three-round tournament begins tomorrow in North Plains Oregon.
Road America at Elkhart Lake will host the NASCAR Nationwide Series again next year. But a new schedule released yesterday moves the event back by one week, to June 25th. Track officials were hoping to have their race on Father’s Day weekend – but track president George Bruggenthies says they can live with holding the event a week later. Road America hosted a NASCAR event this summer for the first time in years. That was after events at the Milwaukee Mile were canceled.
The UW-Milwaukee men’s basketball team opened a summer tour of Italy last night with an 84-50 victory in Rome over Dream Team Lombardia. The Panthers pulled away by outscoring Lombardia 25-7 in the second quarter. Anthony Hill led UWM with 18 points. They’ll play the Livorno Basket team tomorrow night.