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Packers draft pick can't participate in off-season workouts
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Green Bay Packers' draft pick Johnathan Franklin cannot take part in any of the team's off-season workouts except for this weekend's mandatory rookie camp. NFL rules say rookies cannot participate in a team's OTA workouts or June mini-camps while their colleges are still in session, and they have not obtained their bachelor's degrees yet.


Franklin, a fourth-round running back from UCLA, must sit out all 10 OTA practices and the mandatory team mini-camp June 4-6.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette says UCLA's final exams don't end until June 14.

Meanwhile, Franklin's former UCLA teammate Datone Jones can take part in all of Green Bay's off-season work. That's because he graduated last year. Jones was the Packers' first-round draft pick last month.

Ron Dayne selected for Hall of Fame

Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said no one in college football accomplished what Ron Dayne did. The 1999 Heisman Trophy winner was named Tuesday to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Dayne will join 11 other players and two coaches in an induction ceremony on Dece. 10 in New York.

Dayne starred at Wisconsin from 1996 through 1999. He left with the most yards in college football history with 7,125 yards, including four bowl games. Alvarez coached Dayne during those four seasons.

Dayne said his honors would never have come without the support of his teammates.

Alvarez said Dayne's Hall of Fame recognition won't really sink in until he goes to New York in December and sees the magnitude of the other inductees' credentials. Alvarez himself was elected to the Hall in 2010.

The new inductees will increase the Hall's membership to 930 players and 202 coaches. Dayne will be Wisconsin's 13th member of the College Football Hall of Fame, and the 10th player.

Ryan Suter finalist for Norris Trophy

Madison native Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild is one of three finalists for the Norris Trophy as the National Hockey League's top defenseman. Suter, Kris Letang of Pittsburgh and P.K. Subban of Montreal are all finalists for the first time.

Suter had four goals and 28 assists in his first season in Minnesota. After seven years with Nashville, the 28-year-old Suter signed a 13-year, $98 million deal almost a year ago. He played one season of college hockey at Wisconsin, and he's a former Milwaukee Admiral.

Plover native scores two goals for Sharks

Stevens Point area native Joe Pavelski scored two goals for the second straight game, as the San Jose Sharks edged Vancouver 4-3 in overtime to take their first round NHL playoff series. The Sharks pulled off a four-game sweep for the first time in their history.

Pavelski sent Tuesday night's game to overtime with his second goal of the night with 4:27 left. The center played a big role in the series, with four goals and four assists in the four contests for a total of eight points.

The 28-year-old Pavelski is a seven-year NHL veteran from Plover. He played his college hockey at Wisconsin, and San Jose drafted him in the seventh round in 2003.