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All 11 Packer draft choices will be on hand for the team's rookie orientation weekend that starts today. That includes first-round defensive tackle Justin Harrell who will hold his first in-person news conference. That normally takes place on Draft Weekend, but Harrell couldn't make it to Green Bay last week because of a family commitment. Coach Mike McCarthy decided to have a separate rookie camp because he thought the newcomers did not get enough practice at the team's post-draft mini-camp a year ago. The veterans are due in May 18th for a mandatory camp.
The Green Bay Packers are said to have at least some interest in acquiring free agent receiver Keyshawn Johnson. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quotes a source close to Johnson as saying the Packers are doing their homework on the 11-year veteran and their interest appears to be legitimate. Johnson was cut by the Carolina Panthers on Monday after he spent the weekend analyzing the NFL Draft on ESPN. The 34-year-old Johnson has caught at least 70 passes in every season, with 16 touchdowns in the last three years.
Jerry Kelly of Madison is tied for eighth after the opening round of the PGA's Wachovia Championship in Charlotte, N.C. He shot a three-under-par 69, three strokes behind the leader Padraig Harrington. Kelly played one of the earliest rounds Thursday and was as high as third in the clubhouse afterward. He has had three straight top-10 finishes, including his fifth-place showing at the Masters. Steve Stricker of Madison is tied for 47th after shooting an even-par-72. Appleton native J.P.
The Brewers are thinking about banning beer from their clubhouse. That not may not sound right for a team from one of America's beer capital, but Brewers' official Tyler Barnes says the recent death of St. Louis reliever Josh Hancock heightens everyone's awareness of what alcohol can do. Media reports say Hancock might have been impaired when he slammed his SUV into a stopped tow-truck on a St. Louis freeway early last Sunday. The Cardinals flew to Hancock's hometown in Mississippi right after they lost to the Brewers on Wednesday and they attended Hancock's memorial service Thursday.
The Milwaukee Brewers ended a four-game winning streak Thursday night with a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh at Miller Park. Dave Bush took a two-hitter into the seventh inning when the Pirates scored all their runs on back-to-back doubles by Freddy Sanchez and Jason Bay, and back-to-back homers by Jose Bautista and Ronny Paulino. Bautista, Ryan Doumit, and Jack Wilson had two hits apiece for the Pirates, who out-hit Milwaukee 9-6. Tom Gorzelanny got the win to go 4-1 and Salomon Torres earned his ninth save. Bush gave up four runs on six hits in seven innings for the loss. He's now 2-3.
RED WING, Minn. -- After two days, Nick Johnson of Elmwood leads the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour event on the Mississippi River with 39 pounds, 3 ounces. Richard Franklin of Bemidji, Minn., who caught 30 pounds, 5 ounces on Thursday alone, is second with 39 pounds.
Metro Milwaukee has its first baby bald eagle in more than 100 years. The state Department of Natural Resources confirmed this week that the eaglet was born in Mequon. Owen Boyle, ecologist, watched their nest for more than an hour before two adults fed the baby, and the little head suddenly emerged. The nest was built earlier this year near the top of a white pine tree on private land along Lake Michigan. Meanwhile, another baby bald eagle may be on the way in Waukesha County. Two eagles built a nest near Big Muskego Lake.
It's another day of higher gas prices. WisconsinGasPrices.com said the average price for regular unleaded this morning (Friday) was $3.12, 1.5 cents more than Thursday. Milwaukee's gas prices are averaging $3.24, up 2 cents from the day before. State Rep. Tom Nelson, D-Kaukauna, wants both the state and federal attorneys general to investigate alleged price gouging by the oil companies. Gov. Jim Doyle pushed the issue last year but Nelson says a new anti price-gouging law will make those efforts easier.
A bill to include cell phones and small businesses on the state's do-not-call list has taken a step forward in Madison. A Senate committee voted 3-2 this week to endorse a measure that could almost triple the phone numbers telemarketers would have to stay away from. Right now, the no-call list includes 1.1 million home phones on landlines. But Senate Democrat Jon Erpenbach says many folks only have cell phones these days and the telemarketers are eating up their minutes. Also, there are more violators. So the bill wratches up the penalties from $100 per violation to a maximum of $10,000.
Gov. Jim Doyle has signed a bill that lets adult shoppers get free beer samples. Both houses of the Legislature passed the measure last month. It lets grocery and liquor stores give out beer samples totaling up to six ounces a day. The new law will let breweries promote their specialty products, the same as wineries do now. The free samples can be issued between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., only to those of legal drinking age.