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The Green Bay Packers will open their first full mini-camp today without their second-round draft choice. The NFL's Management Council has ordered Nebraska running back Brandon Jackson to stay away. That's because they want him in Los Angeles for the Reebok Rookie Premier event in which top rookies pose for playing cards and start working on endorsement deals. It's a huge honor, and not every draft choice gets to go.
The University of Wisconsin men's track team won its school-record fourth straight Big Ten title Sunday at Penn State. The Badgers had 145.5 points to 100 for second-place University of Minnesota. It was also the fourth straight time the Badgers won the runners' Triple Crown -- league titles in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track in the same seasons. Coach Ed Nuttycombe won his 23rd Big Ten crown, tying the league record for the most titles by a single coach. Indiana University swim coach Doc Counsilman also won 23 championships from 1958-90.
Appleton native J.P. Hayes tied for sixth at the PGA Players' Championship in Florida. Hayes shot a two-under-par 70 in his final round at TPC Sawgrass to finish at six-under-282, five strokes behind the winner, Phil Mickelson. Jerry Kelly of Madison tied for 28th. He shot an even-par-72 Sunday to finish one-under for the tournament at 287. Steve Stricker of Madison tied for 52nd at two-over.
Wisconsin retailers are part of a big shopping boom on the Internet. According to the Forrester Research group, shoppers spent $220 billion on line last year, 25 percent more than in 2005. Travel is still No. 1, hands down. But shoes and clothing surpassed computers as the No. 2 item. The Mason Shoe Co., of Chippewa Falls launched a shoe-mall Web site last fall.
Matt Kenseth of Cambridge took seventh Sunday at NASCAR's Dodge Avenger-500 in Darlington, S.C. The race was delayed from Saturday night due to rain. Kenseth moved up 24 spots during the race after he started 31st. He remains third in the Nextel Cup standings with 1,582 points, 299 behind front-running Jeff Gordon who won Sunday's event. Johnny Sauter of Necedah took 29th and he remains 33rd for the year. Paul Menard of Eau Claire finished 31st, and he remains tied for 38th in the point totals.
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has advanced to the NCAA Division 3 softball finals. The Blugolds won the Eau Claire Regional Sunday with a 7-3 win over UW-Oshkosh. Casey Leisgang broke a 3-3 tie with a three-run homer, extending a school record with her 27th career blast. Mallory McKinney struck out five in seven innings to get the win. She's now 17-8 and needs only one more win to tie the Eau Claire record for career victories with 73. The Blugolds are now 35-and-12 and are the first WIAC school to make the nationals since 2000.
Growing numbers of Democrats say Wisconsin should end its long-running ban on nuclear power plants. But the prospects are uncertain at best in the Democratically-controlled Senate. Gov. Jim Doyle has said the nearly 25-year-old ban should stay in place. Still, a legislative panel recently voted to end the ban, thus allowing Wisconsin's first nuclear power plants in years. Republicans say it makes economic sense, because the state now buys much of its power from elsewhere. Assembly Leader Jim Kreuser, D-Kenosha, favors ending the ban too.
Four Wisconsin teams are among the 53 named early this morning to the NCAA Division 3 baseball tournament. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, UW-Oshkosh, Ripon College, and Carthage all received berths. UW-Stevens Point will host one of the eight regionals. The brackets and schedules were not immediately released. Play begins on Wednesday. The Pointers won the WIAC Tournament with a 9-2 win over Oshkosh during the weekend. UW-Stevens Point has the top seed in its regional, and Oshkosh is No. 5. Ripon has the three-seed after edging St.
The Milwaukee Brewers have lost their first series in their last 11. The New York Mets took two of three from the Brew Crew, capped by 9-1 thrashing Sunday at Shea Stadium. Oliver Perez held the Brewers to just one hit in 8.33 innings, before Bill Hall tagged him for a solo home run. Milwaukee only had three hits on the day. Johnny Estrada and Chris Capuano had the others, both singles. Perez' victory improved him to 4-3. Capuano took the loss to go 5-1 and the Brewers lost their first game in his eight starts. He gave up four runs on seven hits in four innings.
Packers' general manager Ted Thompson said Brett Favre was just being human when he lashed out at the team for not trading for Randy Moss. "I think it's natural for a player to be frustrated from time to time, that's simply being human," said Thompson in an article on the team's Web site. "Everyone knows that Brett Favre is all about winning. As an organization, we share that commitment. And we want to win now," Thompson added. But Thompson refused to comment on a report from FoxSports.com that Favre's agent asked for a trade.