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STATE SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wisconsin 12 days away from opener against Massachusetts

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The Wisconsin football team begins its third week of pre-season camp today, with two weeks to go before the Badgers’ season opener on August 31st against Massachusetts. The camp’s second formal scrimmage begins at 3:30 this afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium, and it’s open to fans. The Badgers’ top three receivers are the same as when camp started – Jared Abbrederis, Jordan Fredrick, and Kenzel Doe. Three other receivers have made some noise at camp as well. Freshman Robert Wheelwright, redshirt freshman Alex Erickson, and senior Jeff Duckworth are among top candidates to make the Opening Day roster as well. 

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Wisconsin men’s basketball guard Josh Gasser will play for the first time in almost a year on Wednesday, when the Badgers begin a five-game exhibition tour in Canada. The Badgers practiced yesterday. Coach Bo Ryan said Gasser will try to play 8-to-12 minutes a game, after he missed all of last season with two torn ligaments and a torn meniscus in his left knee. Gasser, who’s now a redshirt junior, was expected to be the starting point guard for Wisconsin last season. Traevon Jackson and George Marshall shared that role. Gasser was ahead of schedule in his rehab. He was not planning to take part in full-contact work until October. The Badgers will open their Canadian tour on Wednesday in Ottawa. 

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Paul Menard of Eau Claire had his first Top-Five finish of the year in NASCAR’s top series, when he placed fourth in yesterday’s Pure Michigan-400 near Detroit. Menard started the race in the 20th spot. It was his fifth Top-10 performance of the season, and he rose two places to 17th in the Sprint Cup season point standings. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge finished 15th at Michigan International. He rose one spot to sixth in the point totals. Beloit-born Danica Patrick took 23rd yesterday, and she remains 27th for the year. Travis Kvapil of Janesville was 28th in the 400. He rose one spot in the standings to 35th. Truck Series’ driver Johnny Sauter of Necedah placed 42nd in his first Sprint Cup event of the year. He left after 34-of-the-200 laps with a vibration in his car. Joey Logano won the race. Jimmie Johnson remains the Sprint Cup points’ leader. 

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Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon was named yesterday to the U-S Walker Cup team. He’ll join nine other American-born college-age players in a competition against a squad from England and Ireland. The Walker Cup is held every two years, and will take place on September 7th-and-8th in Southampton New York. The 20-year-old Niebrugge won the U-S Amateur Public Links Championship, the State Amateur, and the Western Amateur in a three-week stretch this summer. He did not make it past the first round of match play at last week’s U-S Amateur. Niebrugge is starting his sophomore year at Oklahoma State. He’s the second Wisconsinite in history to make a U-S Walker Cup team, and the first in 64 years. Ray Billows of Racine did it in 1938 and 1949. Niebrugge is returning to college this week, and will not compete in the State Open golf tournament which begins today in Franklin. 

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Madison golfer Jerry Kelly tied for 45th place at the P-G-A’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro North Carolina. Kelly shot a one-over-par 71 in his fourth-and-final round yesterday. He finished at two-under-278. Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth both completed regulation at 14-under-266. Reed won his first P-G-A event on the second playoff hole. 

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On the P-G-A Champions Tour, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for 27th at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott New York. Forsman shot a four-under-par 68 in his third-and-final round yesterday, to finish at seven-under-209. Bart Bryant was the winner at 16-under. 

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Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee placed 15th in the men’s senior all-around at the U-S Gymnastics Championships in Hartford Connecticut. Kimble is a senior at Milwaukee Hamilton High School. He moved up to the senior group after having the top score in his Junior Elite Division on Friday. Kimble scored 86-point-one in the finals. Afterward, Kimble was among seven athletes named to the U-S Junior National Team in the 15-and-16-year-old age division along with Robert Neff of Brookfield. Neff placed fifth in his age category in the junior all-around competition. Both train at Swiss Turners in West Allis along with Dmitri Belanovski of West Allis. Belanovski won the 17-and-18 Junior Elite Division at the nationals, and he was among seven named to the Junior National Team in his age category. 

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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