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WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: If Pack's Wallace gets hurt salary cut in half

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers' new backup quarterback would get more than a 50-percent pay cut if he somehow goes on injured reserve. 

Media reports say Seneca Wallace is getting the veterans' minimum of $840,000 in a one-year contract.  If he gets hurt and goes out for the year, his salary would drop to $408,000  Also, the Packers get a salary cap break for signing a veteran of Wallace's experience.  His cap figure is $555,000.  Wallace also agreed to a split contract during his brief time with the San Francisco 49'ers at the end of their Training Camp.  The Packers signed Wallace on Labor Day after the Niners let him go.  The Pack is practicing today, to get ready to face the 49'ers in their regular season opener on Sunday in San Francisco.


The Milwaukee Brewers will try to end a five-game losing streak tonight, when they close out their series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park.  The Pirates are on the verge of sweeping their first series in Milwaukee in almost a decade.  The last time they did it was in late April and early May of 2004.  Stats LLC says the Brewers have the second-worst record in the Majors against left-handers at 12-16 -- and tonight, they'll face Pirates' southpaw Francisco Liriano.  He's 15-6 with a 2.57 ERA, and he's tied for the Major League lead in season victories by southpaws.  Liriano is coming off a solid outing against Saint Louis last Friday night, in which he gave up two hits in eight scoreless innings with six strikeouts in a 5-nothing Pirates' victory.  Closer Jason Grilli could see some action tonight for the first time since July 22nd.  He was activated from the disabled list yesterday with a strained right forearm.  Milwaukee will send rookie right-hander Wily Peralta to the hill.  He's 8-14 with an ERA of just over 4.50.  A loss tonight would tie him for the big league lead in defeats for the year.


Amanda Ropiak of Concordia-Mequon is the season's first women's tennis player-of-the-week in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.  Ropiak, a sophomore, went 2-0 in singles play and 1-0 in doubles to help the Falcons beat Aurora and Benedictine last weekend.  The NACC also recognized Sean Esenberg of Wisconsin Lutheran in men's golf -- Nina Puch of Concordia-Mequon in women's golf -- and Julie Favorite of Wisconsin Lutheran in cross country.