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Wisconsin Sports 8-10

>>Packers vs. Philly: Thompson Wants To See Hundley’s Leadership Skills

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Green Bay G-M Ted Thompson says he’ll look for leadership skills from quarterback Brett Hundley when the Packers host Philadelphia tonight (Thursday) in their exhibition opener. Aaron Rodgers will be among the starters on the sideline, giving the third year Hundley a chance to audition for a starting job elsewhere after the Packers reportedly came close to trading him in April. Q-B coach Alex Van Pelt says Hundley has improved his footwork since last year, and he has a better “feel” for the rhythm of the passing game. Hundley did not get much of a chance to play in last year’s preseason, when he appeared in just one game due to a sprained ankle suffered at practice. Tonight (Thursday), corner Davon House is out with a bad hamstring and tight end Richard Rodgers is among those listed as questionable with an undisclosed injury.


>>Brewers Blanked By Twins, Drop Fourth Straight

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers have lost four straight after getting shut out by Minnesota 4-0 Wednesday night at Miller Park. The Brewer offense struggled again with just five hits — none for extra bases — as Ryan Braun and Orlando Arcia each singled twice off 44-year-old Bartolo Colon who went seven innings and improved to 2-1. Brandon Woodruff is now 1-1 after two big league starts, giving two runs in five and two thirds innings. Brian Dozier fell a triple short of the cycle as the Twins go for a sweep of their four game Interleague home and home series with Milwaukee tonight (Thursday). Meanwhile, Saint Louis has moved into a second place tie with the Brewers in the National League Central — both one and a half games behind Chicago after the Cubs lost their second straight Wednesday at San Francisco while the Cardinals beat Kansas City.


>>MLB Teams Will Wear Colorful Jerseys With Nicknames

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Major League Baseball will wear colorful jerseys with nicknames on the backs during the first “Players Weekend” August 25th through 27th. The Brewers will play the Dodgers in Los Angeles, and the Crew will have navy blue tops and gold sleeves and numbers. Eric Sogard, who wears thick glasses, will wear the nickname “Nerd Power” and Eric Thames will be called “Sang Namja” in reference to his three previous seasons in Korea. It’s part of an effort by the players’ union to get more young fans interested in the game by letting them see more of the players’ personalities and interests.


>>Madison’s Stricker Plays In PGA Championship

(Charlotte, NC)  —  The 99th P-G-A Championship begins today (Thursday) at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. Steve Stricker of Madison is part of the afternoon group for the opening round of the year’s final major. He’ll tee off at 12:40 Wisconsin time in a group with Brian Harman and Jonas Blixt. Jimmy Walker is the defending champion of the P-G-A, which has been played three times at Whistling Straits near Sheboygan and will be moved to May starting in 2019.


>>Former Wolves’ GM Newton Named Bucks’ Assistant GM

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Former Minnesota Timberwolves’ general manager Milt Newton has been named the assistant G-M of the Milwaukee Bucks. Newton — one of several new staffers announced Wednesday — replaces Justin Zanek, who left for the Utah Jazz after Jon Horst was picked in June as Milwaukee’s next G-M. Newton led Minnesota’s front office for three years when the team traded Kevin Love to Cleveland and got two top draft choices who became N-B-A rookies of the year in 2015 and ’16 — Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony Towns. Other new Bucks’ personnel include strategy director David Mincberg, basketball operations chief Tony Bollier, and former Phoenix player and head coach Frank Johnson as an assistant to Bucks’ coach Jason Kidd. Milwaukee also lost vice president of player development Craig Robinson to a similar post with the New York Knicks.


>>Badgers Cancel Milwaukee Football Practice

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin football team has canceled a public practice scheduled for this (Thursday) afternoon in Milwaukee at Custer Stadium. U-W officials say heavy thunderstorms are in the forecast, and they called off the event late Wednesday afternoon. Coach Paul Chryst says he’s disappointed — and he hopes the Badgers can make it there in the future. Meanwhile, U-W running back Taiwan Deal is among the latest to sit out with minor injuries, sidelined Wednesday with a protective boot on his right foot. Backup corner Dontye Carriere Williams was also added to the injury list with a bad back — and starting receiver Jazz Peavy has missed two days with an injured leg.

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