Wisconsin Sports Headlines – 7/16/2020

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>>UPDATE—No Fans At Training Camp, Family Night, Preseason Games Costly

he Green Bay Packers announced Wednesday that there will be no fans in attendance at 2020 training camp practices, Packers Family Night and any home preseason games.  President and CEO Mark Murphy said, “the tremendous support of cheering fans at Lambeau Field motivates all of us in the Packers organization. But after consulting with local health officials and reviewing League and CDC guidelines, we felt we needed to make this difficult decision.”  Murphy says they will continue to work on the protocols and logistics in the hope that we can welcome fans back to Lambeau Field for the regular season without jeopardizing the health of our players, team personnel and fans.  He’s asking fans to help the effort by wearing masks and staying six feet away from non-family members when out in the community.


The Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates not allowing fans to attend Packers training camp, Family Night and preseason games will cost the area economy 40 million dollars.  The team’s preparation for the 2020 season is going to look and feel very different this summer.  Local officials say it is possible the lost revenue will be too much to survive for some businesses.  Including the canceled Wisconsin-Notre Dame college game at Lambeau and the loss increases to 55 million dollars.  During training camp Green Bay area hotel occupancy usually reaches 65 to 70 percent – last week it was 44 percent.


>>Black “W” On Badger Uniforms To Show Solidarity, Inclusion, Unity

(Madison, WI)  —  Uniforms worn by Wisconsin Badger athletes will include a university crest logo with a black “W” as a show of support, inclusion and unity when the teams return to action.  Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez made the announcement Wednesday.  He says the change will show solidarity with Black and other under-represented communities on campus.  Some athletic apparel will also include a black “Motion W” after discussions involving the university’s athletes.


>>USA Hockey Cancels Summer Evaluation Camp For World Junior Championship

(Plymouth, MI)  —  U-S-A Hockey has decided to cancel its summer evaluation camp which was set to skate next week in Plymouth, Michigan.  The team’s general manager says the goal is still to win a gold medal at the World Junior Championship which starts the day after Christmas.  Four current or former Wisconsin Badgers were set to participate in the week-long camp — Cole Caufield, Alex Turcotte, Owen Lindmark and incoming freshman Sam Stange.  Badger forward Dylan Holloway was invited to Canada’s virtual development camp scheduled for July 27th through the 31st.


>>Corbin Burnes Impressive In Second Blue-Gold Series Game

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Hard-throwing Corbin Burnes was impressive in the second game of the Milwaukee Brewers’ Blue-Gold Series at Miller Mark.  Throwing for the winning Gold team, Burns retired all 12 batters he faced in a 3-0 win Wednesday night.  He struck out seven and hit 98 miles-an-hour on his fastballs.  A two-run homer by Omar Narvaez was the big hit for the winning side.  Narvaez scored his team’s third run on a single by Orlando Arcia in the fourth.  The Gold team holds a two-games-to-none edge in the series played at the Brewers summer camp.


>>Badgers RB Watson On Doak Walker Award Watch List

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin Badgers running back Nakia Watson’s name is on the Doak Walker Award watch list for the coming season.  The award recognizes the nation’s top college running back “for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community.”  Jonathan Taylor won the national award each of the last two seasons.  Watson was Wisconsin’s second-leading rusher last year with 331 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  He also made an impact on special teams.


>>Menomonie Native Stanley Signs Rookie Contract With Vikings

(Eagan, MN)  —  Menomonie native Nate Stanley signed a four-year N-F-L rookie contract this week with the Vikings.  The deal is non-guaranteed other than a signing bonus.  Minnesota selected the former Iowa Hawkeye quarterback in the seventh round of this year’s draft.  Stanley is competing with journeyman Sean Mannion and practice squad Q-B Jake Browning to be Kirk Cousin’s back-up.  Stanley started the past three seasons at Iowa and is number two all-time in program history for passing yards and touchdowns.  He threw for more than 36-hundred yards and 36 T-Ds at Menomonie High School.


>>Northwoods League Scores

Green Bay 4, Wisconsin 3

Wisconsin Rapids 2, La Crosse 0