Wisconsin Sports Headlines – 6/22/2020

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>>Davante Adams Moving Up Packers’ All-Time Receiver Leaderboards

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Packers wide receiver Davante Adams is starting to show up on the team’s all-time receiver leaderboards. He’s 13th in receiving yards and has been averaging nearly 11 hundred yards-a-year for the last three seasons.  Another season like that and Adams will move into the top-10, passing James Jones, Carroll Dale, Randall Cobb and Billy Howton. If he duplicates last year’s 13 hundred yards, he will edge past Max McGee for ninth.  He’s already eighth on the list with 431 receptions in his six seasons – and 10th with 44 touchdown receptions.  Still just 27 years old, Adams has a chance to become one of Green Bay’s all-time greats before he retires.


>>Packers WR Lazard Looking to Step Up This Season

(Green Bay,WI)  —  Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard says the virtual offseason was a time of growth.  Lazard is slowly digesting the social injustice going on in America and trying to make sense of it.  He says he’s also used the time to improve the mental part of the game, studying film and understanding what teams are trying to do and how they manipulate you.  Lazard wants to catch more touchdowns and said “I would feel devastated like you can’t have a Lambeau leap without Lambeau. It is nothing without the fans in there.”  He says he’s ready to start the NFL even if it looks different due to COVID-19.  The Packers ended their virtual program this week.


>>Green Bay Packers Shareholders Meeting To Be Virtual

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The Green Bay Packers’ annual shareholders meeting will be a virtual gathering this year.  The coronavirus pandemic has eliminated plans for a public meeting at Titletown.  The team has announced the virtual meeting will be held July 23rd.  Meeting details were included in a message to more than 360 thousand people who hold shares in the team ownership.  President Mark Murphy wrote, “as you may know, thousands of you have viewed the meeting online the past five years. This year’s meeting will expand on that capability.”


>>9 Packers Make ESPN All-Decade NFC North Team

(Bristol, CT)  —  Nine Green Bay Packers made ESPN’s NFC North All-Decade Team for the 2010s.  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers , wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga, and guard Josh Sitton all made the team on offense.  On defense, defensive end Julius Peppers and linebacker Clay Matthews are Green Bay’s only selections.  On special teams, longtime kicker Mason Crosby makes the team. Rodgers was the MVP of the Pack.  Former head coach Mike McCarthy was also named the NFC North coach of the decade after leading the Packers to their fourth Super Bowl championship.


 >>John Byce Part Of Latest University Of Wisconsin Athletic Hall Of Fame Class

(Madison, WI)  —  Thirty years after he graduated, his former coaches and teammates at the University of Wisconsin still marvel at the talent displayed by John Byce.  He played baseball and hockey for the Badgers from 1985 to 1990.  Byce is one of the 11 athletes who will be inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in September.  His first hit in a Big Ten baseball game was a grand slam and his first shot in a hockey game was a goal.  Byce is the only player in NCAA history to win a national hockey championship, then play in the Stanley Cup Finals in the same season.


>>MLBPA Vote On 2020 Season Delayed

(Undated)  —  Sunday’s vote on a 60-game Major League Baseball season was delayed – meaning no agreement on anything yet.  Baseball and its players’ union have been negotiating for nearly six weeks.  Entering the weekend there was hope a deal was near.  In addition to the small number of games, the 2020 season would be unique in other ways.  There would be extensive health protocols for everyone involved, not just players.  Rosters would be larger and teams would use a universal designated hitter.  Playoffs would be expanded to 16 teams after a regular season with a  regional schedule – for instance, pitting teams in the American League Central Division against teams in the National League Central.


>>NBA Draft Set For October 16th

(Undated)  —  The 2020 NBA Draft is set for October 16th.  So far, the league has been more focused on restarting the season.  Originally, the draft would have been held this Thursday, June 25th. ESPN says the draft will start on a Friday to avoid a conflict with Thursday Night Football.  The reported timeline sets the early entry deadline for August 17th, the early entry withdrawal deadline for October 6th, and NBA free agency opening on October 18th.


>>NCAA Rule Expansion Means No Championship Events In Mississippi

(Indianapolis, IN)  —  The NCAA Board of Governors has expanded its policy, meaning no championship events can be played in Mississippi.  Specifically, the policy rules out playing title games in states where the Confederate flag has a “prominent presence.”  As the policy is worded now, Mississippi is the only state that would be affected. Its state flag features the Confederate symbol prominently.  University leaders at Ole Miss and Mississippi State have repeated their support for changing the state flag.  The new N-C-A-A policy was revealed last Friday – the day for the observance of Juneteenth, which commemorates the ending of slavery in the U-S.