Wisconsin Sports Headlines – 7/21/2020

>>Players Union Considering NFL Offer That Includes No
Preseason Games

York, NY)  —  The NFL Players Association is said to be considering
an offer from the league that would include no preseason games.  The offer
hasn’t been officially announced.  If accepted, it would be a major move
toward starting the 2020 season on time. Rookies for most teams report to
camp today (Tuesday), though Green Bay Packers rookies have until
Thursday.  Before then, the Packers infectious disease emergency response
plan has to be approved by the union.  That includes COVID-19 prevention,
testing, and the management of positive cases.


Becomes 2nd Milwaukee Bucks
Player to Test Positive for Virus

FL)  —  Veteran guard Pat Connaughton has become the second
Milwaukee Bucks player to test positive for COVID-19.  Connaughton isn’t
currently with the team in the Orlando “bubble” while it prepares for the
resumption of play.  In a statement released Monday, he said he is healthy
and feels great and looks forward to joining his teammates as soon as he meets
all the NBA protocols.  Another guard, Eric Bledsoe, announced his
diagnosis last week.


Safety on Preseason Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

WI)  —  Wisconsin Badgers senior safety Eric Burrell is one of four
Big Ten defensive backs named to the preseason Jim Thorpe Award watch
list.  Also named Monday were Ambry Thomas of Michigan, Lamont Wade of
Penn State and Shaun Wade of Ohio State.  Forty-nine athletes across the
country are in the running for the award given the top college defensive back
each year.  Burrell had 55 tackles as a junior, to go with
three-and-a-half tackles for loss, two sacks, three interceptions, six pass
breakups, two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries.


Leads Brewers Team Gold to 2-0 Win Monday; Yelich Bat Still Quiet

WI)  —  Outfielder Keon Broxton had a pair of hits and scored both
runs as the Brewers Team Gold won Monday’s intra-squad game 2-0.  The Gold
has won five-of-six meetings as Milwaukee gets ready for the shortened
season.  Struggles by outfielder Christian Yelich continued when he struck
out to end the game.  Yelich has fanned 12 times in 18 at-bats. 
Although he took the loss, Corbin Burnes was impressive in five innings, giving
up a walk and two runs to go with four hits.  Rookie Drew Rasmussen fanned
five in two innings, reportedly touching 99 miles-an-hour with several


>>Blister May Bump Anderson from Starting Second Game of

WI) — A blister on his index finger may bump lefty Brett Anderson from
starting the second game of the season. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell had
just announced his assignment over the weekend. At the same time, veteran
slugger Ryan Braun is being held out of the Brewers’ scrimmages. Counsell says
he’s confident Braun will be fine and ready to go when the season kicks off.
Milwaukee plays the White Sox in an exhibition Wednesday in Chicago.


>>NASCAR Champ Busch Competes At August Race in Kaukauna

WI) — Two-time NASCAR champion Kyle Busch is going to compete in next month’s
Gandrud Auto 250. The August 4th race will be run at the Wisconsin
International Raceway in Kaukauna. Busch appeared to have won at the same track
three years ago, but his car was disqualified after the race for being too
light. This is the 40th running of the super-late model event. Mark Martin and
Dick Trickle are some other NASCAR stars who have taken the top prize in the