Wisconsin Sports Headlines – 7/10/2020

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>>No Non-Conference Games For Big Ten Conference Fall Sports

(Chicago, IL)  —  Officials with the Big Ten Conference say if fall sports are played, all non-conference games will be canceled.  The announcement Thursday afternoon affects teams in men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.  Big Ten Conference teams would only meet conference opponents – if any games are played at all.  Big Ten presidents and athletics directors have been talking about their options for fall sports this week – leading to Thursday’s announcement.


>>Layoffs:  No Fans Mean No Food Sales At Lambeau, Miller Park

(Buffalo, NY)  —  The catering company that provides food services for games at Lambeau Field and Miller Park is laying off about 13 hundred of its employees.  Even if the games are played, no fans in the stands mean no food sales.  New York-based Delaware Food notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development about the move.  It says it will recall those workers when normal business resumes.  The company says it furloughed some of its full-time and part-time associates beginning last March.  The layoffs affect primarily cooks and servers.


>>Packers Sign 5th-Round Draft Pick Kamal Martin – 2 More To Go

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The Green Bay Packers have signed fifth-round NFL Draft pick Kamal Martin, a linebacker from Minnesota.  That Packers now have agreements with seven of their nine draft picks.  Tight end Josiah Deguara and center Jake Hanson are the only two still unsigned.  Martin was named All-Big Ten last season after a career with the Golden Gophers that included 13 tackles for loss, nine pass breakups and four forced fumbles.  One source reports his four-year deal for a little over three-and-a-half million dollars.


>>Shortened MLB Season Plays Right Into Manager Craig Counsell’s Strength

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers don’t really have an ace on their pitching staff and closer Josh Hader is the only star.  What they do have is a manager, Craig Counsell, who is year-after-year one of the best at manipulating the annual September roster expansion.  Under this year’s rules, Counsell will have a staff of 16 or 17 pitchers.  The Brewers’ pitching staff is always rightfully questioned and, in recent seasons, has dramatically outperformed its reputation.  Nobody is going nine innings anymore, but Milwaukee pitching coach Chris Hook says he and Counsell have at least 10 pitchers who can eat innings effectively.


>>Former Badger Quintez Cephus Signs Contract With Lions

(Detroit, MI)  —  Former Badgers wide receiver Quintez Cephus has signed a rookie contract with the Detroit Lions.  Cephus was a fifth-round pick in the 2020 N-F-L Draft last April.  He was the Badgers’ top receiver last season with 59 passes caught for 901 yards and seven touchdowns.  He made the decision to forgo his senior season in Madison and go pro.  His agreement with the Lions is expected to pay him three-point-six million dollars over four years, with a signing bonus of 300 thousand.


>>UW Athletics: 7 Of 428 Badger Athletes Test Positive For COVID-19

(Madison, WI)  —  U-W Athletics reports seven of 428 athletes have tested positive for COVID-19.  That includes the first two reported last month.  Once the athlete tests positive, they are immediately isolated and then monitored by the department’s Infection Response Team.  The school hasn’t reported how many athletes are self-isolating right now.  Contact-tracing has been done to measure the potential exposure to others.  Football and volleyball teams returned to campus June 8th with voluntary workouts beginning a week later.  Daily screenings are being conducted before the athletes are allowed to take part in workouts.  They’re wearing masks before and after those workouts on the Madison campus.


>>MLB Releases Brewers 2021 Season Schedule

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The coronavirus-shortened 2020 Major League Baseball season hasn’t started yet and we already know who the Brewers will be playing next year. MLBreleased the 2021 regular season schedule Thursday.  Milwaukee will open next season at Miller Park April 1st with an interleague series against the Minnesota Twins.  The Crew will then hit the road for three games at the rival Cubs and a three-game series at St. Louis.  The Brewers will face American League Central teams in interleague play again in 2021.  The season ends with road trips at the Cardinals and L-A Dodgers.