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PITTSBURGH (Sports Network) - Locked in a race for the NL Central crown, the Pittsburgh Pirates bolstered their roster on Saturday, acquiring veteran first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins. Outfielder Alex Presley is headed to the Twin Cities, along with a player to be named later or cash considerations. Morneau was hitting .259 with 17 home runs, 32 doubles and 74 RBI over 127 games for the floundering Twins this season. The 32-year-old native of suburban Vancouver moves on from the only pro franchise he's known after amassin
LOWELL - A 61-year-old woman and her two dogs were killed when struck by a train. The incident happened in Lowell yesterday morning. The Dodge County Sheriff’s office says Juanita Payton was taking the two dogs for a walk when she was struck by the southbound train on the tracks. The incident is still under investigation. ___________________________________________ Wisconsin U.S.
MADISON - The Gary Andersen era kicked off to a good start, as 23rd-ranked Wisconsin demolished Massachusetts yesterday afternoon 45-0 in front of over 76,000 fans at Camp Randall Stadium. UW running backs Melvin Gordon, James White and Corey Clement rushed for well over 100 yards in the game. Quarterback Joel Stave had a slow start, but got things rolling as the game progressed. He finished 9-of-17 for 197 yards and two touchdowns to wide receiver Jared Abbrederis.
BOYCEVILLE - Spring Valley High School girls' cross country team finished second and Elmwood/Plum City was eighth in the 19-team field at the Boyceville Varsity Invitational. But more important than where the teams finished was simply leaving the meet healthy after six runners in the field were taken to the hospital in Menomonie for heat exhaustion. The meet started at 3 p.m. with temperatures reaching in low 90s and dew points in the mid-60s.
ELMWOOD - Two games, two shutouts for the Spring Valley High School football team The Cardinals handed the Elmwood/Plum City co-op its worst loss in two years of existence 40-0 Friday at Raider Field in Elmwood. Spring Valley scored 20 points in both halves and were particularly dominant in the second half, holding EPC to just one first down. SV quarterback Zach Newton only made one pass attempt during the game but he didn’t have to throw the ball. He rushed for 13 carries for 107 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on runs of one, 18 and 11 yards.
MADISON - The time for talk of a new head coach, coaching staff and starting quarterback is over. It’s gameday at the University of Wisconsin, as the Badgers take on the Massachusetts this morning at Camp Randall Stadium. This will be the first time the Badgers will face the Minutemen. Expect an effective running game from the three-time defending Big Ten champions, as Massachusetts’ front line could be its weakness. Head coach Gary Andersen says not to expect many wrinkles to open the season. Badgers and Minutemen kick off at 11:00 A.M. CST.
MADISON - A new bill could shut down public access to forest lands near a controversial iron mining site. State Senator Thomas Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst), the bill’s author, says protesters of the proposed Gogebic mine in northern Wisconsin have taken advantage of the managed forest land designation. The bill would allow mining officials to close that land until a permit is issued. Aggressive protesting tactics have worried some mining officials, after a Stevens Point woman was charged with robbery in a camera incident on June 11.
This week in Pierce County prep football is all about localism. Red Wing crosses the big river and heads up Hwy. 63 to Ellsworth for the first time since 1973. While the Eau Galle River Rivalry continues as Spring Valley and Elmwood/Plum City square off again at Raider Field in Elmwood. Kick-off for both games is at 7 p.m. Both EPC and Spring Valley go into tonight's game 1-0. EPC won a close contest over Frederic in their season opener largely through the work of Levi Wolf.
It’s another hot day in southern Wisconsin. By noon, the heat index got up to 108 near Boscobel in Grant County – and by one p.m, the actual temperature reached 93 in Racine, Kenosha, and Janesville. Forecasters said highs would reach the mid-90’s in southern Wisconsin this afternoon – and many places would get a heat index of 105 if they haven’t already. The National Weather Service issued a rash of new heat advisories late this morning.