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Aaron Rodgers adjusting to new receiversSubmitted: 08/01/2014
GREEN BAY - Even star quarterback Aaron Rodgers had has a learning curve at the start of training camp.

Rodgers is adjusting to a revamped group of receivers.

He likes the depth and talent at the position, but is tempering his expectations for how things will shake out by the end of the preseason.

Several players are battling for possibly just three or four spots behind top wideouts Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb on the roster before the Packers kick off the season Sept. 4 at defending Super Bowl champion Seattle.

One of those young hopefuls is Jared Abbrederis. Green Bay selected the former Wisconsin standout in the fifth round of the draft, but the rookie suffered a knee injury that kept him out of practice Friday.

Coach Mike McCarthy didn't know after practice the extent of the injury for Abbrederis.



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Bucks add another guard to the foldSubmitted: 08/01/2014

MILWAUKEE - Free agent guard Jerryd Bayless has signed a contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The 6-foot-3 guard played for Memphis and Boston last season, averaging 9.3 points in 72 games. Bayless was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 11th overall pick in the 2008 draft. He was traded to Portland prior to his rookie season.

General manager John Hammond announced the signing Thursday, and the team did not disclose terms.

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Scooter Gennett scratched from start Friday against CardinalsSubmitted: 08/01/2014

ST. LOUIS - Scooter Gennett has been scratched from the Milwaukee Brewers lineup with a finger injury on his left hand.

Elian Herrera replaces Gennett at second base and bats eighth against the Cardinals on Friday night.

Gennett had been batting fifth in the original lineup. The players batting behind him _ Khris Davis, Lyle Overbay and Jean Segura _ all move up one spot.

Gennett is hitting .302 with eight homers and 35 RBIs. Herrera is hitting .270 in 89 at-bats with two RBIs.

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Packers' Abbrederis may have torn ACLSubmitted: 08/01/2014

GREEN BAY - A former Wisconsin Badger might not get the chance to even play a preseason game with the Green Bay Packers.

Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis may have torn his ACL today in practice.

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Eddie Lacy working on several skills at training campSubmitted: 08/01/2014

GREEN BAY - Running back Eddie Lacy is working on different parts of his game in training camp for the Green Bay Packers.

Last season's Offensive Rookie of the Year is trying to improve as a receiver. It's a task that backups James Starks and DuJuan Harris are working on as well.

The goal is to have all three backs available for three-down duty when the Packers are running a hurry-up offense.

Lacy is entrenched as the No. 1 back after rushing for a franchise rookie-record 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. But he's also proud of his abilities as a receiver, even if that's not his primary duty.

Last season Lacy would jokingly refer to himself as ``Moss'' after making a catch last season, after former NFL star receiver Randy Moss.

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Packers energy high as preseason opener approachesSubmitted: 07/31/2014

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GREEN BAY - It's time to mark those calendars because we are less than two weeks away from the first Packers preseason game.

Training camp is in full swing, and the energy around the team is ramping up as players fight for their jobs.

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Brewers lose second straight gameSubmitted: 07/28/2014

TAMPA BAY - Jake Odorizzi won his third consecutive start, James Loney had two RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Monday night.

Odorizzi (7-8) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to beat the team that took him 32nd overall in the 2008 draft.

Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Loney drove in two with a two-out, bases-loaded single off Kyle Lohse (11-5), who gave up two runs and four hits over six innings.

The Rays had won nine in a row before a 3-2 loss Sunday to Boston. The winning streak was the second longest in team history.

Mark Reynolds put the Brewers ahead 1-0 with his 18th homer of the season in the third.

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Brewers split series with New YorkSubmitted: 07/27/2014

MILWAUKEE - Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, rookie Jacob deGrom pitched well into the seventh, and the New York Mets split a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers with a 2-0 win Sunday.

Duda sent an 0-2 slider in the sixth from rookie Jimmy Nelson (1-2) into the second deck above right field to break a scoreless pitcher's duel. It was Duda's third homer in four days in Milwaukee.

The Brewers mounted a ninth-inning rally against Jenrry Mejia with two outs after Jean Segura's single put runners on first and second. Mejia got Lyle Overbay to ground out for his 15th save.

DeGrom (5-5) held the Brewers to four hits and two walks, exiting with one out in the seventh after allowing two singles. Vic Black got out of that jam.

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Packers give Jordy Nelson 4-year extensionSubmitted: 07/26/2014

GREEN BAY - The Packers have signed receiver Jordy Nelson to a contract extension, securing their top player at a position that has had several high-profile departures in recent years.

Green Bay announced the deal Saturday after the first practice of training camp. Terms of the contract were not announced by the team, and NFL.com reported it was a four-year, $39 million deal with an $11.5 million signing bonus.

Nelson was a second-round pick in 2008 who posted career-highs of 85 catches and 1,314 yards last season. He has developed into one of the top receivers in the league with his ability to make sideline catches.

Word of Nelson's deal spread during Saturday practice, just after the wideout made a pretty touchdown catch on a long corner pass from Aaron Rodgers.

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Brewers hang on to beat MetsSubmitted: 07/26/2014

MILWAUKEE - Wily Peralta earned his team-leading 12th win, and Mark Reynolds homered in the Milwaukee Brewers' 5-2 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night.

Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun and Khris Davis added run-scoring hits for NL Central Division-leading Milwaukee. Peralta (12-6) pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and two runs. He walked three batters and struck out two.

Four relievers held the Mets scoreless the rest of the way. Francisco Rodriguez, who blew a save and took the loss against the Mets on Friday night, recorded his 30th save in 34 chances.

Curtis Granderson had a home run and a double for the Mets. Chris Young added two doubles and reached base three times.

Jonathon Niese (5-6) took the loss, giving up five hits and three runs in five innings. He walked two batters and struck out four.

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Brewers drop series to NationalsSubmitted: 07/20/2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Jayson Werth hit a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth after the Brewers tied it in the top of the inning and the Washington Nationals beat Milwaukee 5-4 on Sunday afternoon.

Washington's bullpen tossed five scoreless innings in relief of Gio Gonzalez until Rickie Weeks' RBI single in the ninth off closer Rafael Soriano (1-1), who earned the win despite blowing his third save in 25 chances.

Anthony Rendon reached on a fielder's choice against Rob Wooten (1-4) with two outs in the ninth. He scored from first on Werth's drive into the left field corner.

Washington took two of three in the series between teams that entered Sunday as division leaders.

Ryan Zimmerman had two hits, including a two-run homer, for the Nationals.

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Marisa Silvas
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Marisa Silvas joined the Newswatch 12 sports team in October 2011 as the Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter.

Prior to coming to WJFW, she was an editor/associate producer for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in San Francisco, CA. She also was a freelance field producer for NBC's Football Night in America and spent 6 years as a sports producer and editor for KNTV, the Bay Area’s NBC affiliate where she co-hosted a weekly Sports Sunday web show with Jerry Rice.

She graduated with a degree in Communications from Santa Clara University.

Marisa is new to the Northwoods and the cold weather but has lived in several different locations on her journey to Rhinelander. Coming from a family with military ties, she was born in Austin, TX, but also grew up in Mississippi, Lancaster, CA, San Antonio, TX before settling down in Campbell, CA for the past several years.

Marisa has always had a passion for sports and people and has followed her dreams to WJFW after pursuing a full time on-air job for several years.

Marisa likes all sports but is most passionate about the NFL, NBA and major league baseball. Since she has lived in many different locations her favorite teams are all over the country as well. You will see her following her favorites: the San Antonio Spurs, Oakland Athletics and yes, Packers fans, sorry, the Chicago Bears.

She is also an avid fantasy sports fan and has participated in fantasy football and hockey leagues the past 5 seasons. Feel free to ask her for the hot waiver wire pickup!

She and her husband of 4 years, Lyndon, have taken several vacations over the past few summers to visit all the MLB parks...she has now been to 14 and is excited to add Target Field to the list this summer! Her favorites so far are Wrigley, PNC and Miller Park. She and her husband also make an annual trek to Soldier Field to watch their beloved Bears and hang out in their favorite city, where they got engaged at the top of the Hancock Tower in 2007.

In her free time, she loves hanging out with her husband Lyndon and adorable puggle Walter. She also never misses her favorite TV show, Dancing With The Stars and with an extensive dancing background, someday dreams of being a future celebrity contestant and winner!

Marisa is very excited to be making the big move from sunny California to the winter wonderland of Rhinelander! If you see Marisa out in the field or around the town, feel free to say hi and buy her a hot chocolate, she's probably cold!