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Packers' Jones says his contract status won't distract himSubmitted: 05/28/2020
GREEN BAY - Packers running back Aaron Jones says he wants to remain in Green Bay for his entire career and that he won't let speculation about his future distract him as he enters the final season of his contract. 

The Packers drafted Boston College running back A.J. Dillon in the second round last month.

The move raised questions about Jones' long-term future with the franchise.

Jones tied Tennessee's Derrick Henry for the NFL lead in touchdown runs and matched Carolina's Christian McCaffrey for first place in total touchdowns last season.

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RHINELANDER - "There's an old saying that you get good at what you spend time doing," said Rhinelander tennis coach Bob Heideman.

After more than three decades coaching on the high school's tennis courts, Heideman has seen that wisdom manifest, both in himself and his players.

"It's nothing more than, I think, the combination of hard work, which is hours and then being smart about those hours," Heideman said.

Heideman will spend the rest of his hours away from the Rhinelander program that he's coached for so long.

He informed the district that he will retire after the cancelled season officially ends June 13.

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TOMAHAWK - The two things you notice at the Tomahawk Speedway are the noise and the signs.

"We've got social distancing signs up all over the place, just to give people a reminder that hey, six feet is encouraged," said track co-owner Andrew Bartelt.

The speedway opened its season over the Memorial Day Weekend, finishing it off with the bluntly-titled Afternoon of Wrecking Stuff, a marathon demolition derby.

"This is basically a cheap way for us to get into it and have a little bit of fun," said racer Michael Plate.

Bartelt installed hand-sanitizing stations and asked people to stay six feet apart while watching the races.

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PHILLIPS - Anglers all across Wisconsin rushed to the lakes for Saturday's musky opening.

Technically, musky season has two opening days.

The opening day for the southern zone, defined as waters south of Highway 10, happened at the beginning of the month.

This was the start of fishing season for everything from Marshfield on north.

License application numbers are not out yet, but early estimates from the DNR say that it was an active application season.

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NORTHWOODS - The State Legion Executive Committee will announce Saturday whether or not there will be a 2020 legion baseball season in Wisconsin.

Regional directors met virtually on Wednesday to make private recommendations to the committee.

Options range from a complete cancellation to going forward as scheduled.

Playing with a modified start date or without crowds is also an option.

Local legion coaches say they favor any solution that lets the kids play ball.

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- The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company on a single-site scenario for a resumption of play in Central Florida in late July, the clearest sign yet that the league believes the season can continue amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Basketball Players Association is also part of the talks with Disney, the league said Saturday. Games would be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a massive campus on the Disney property near Orlando.

NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the conversations were still "exploratory," and that the Disney site would be used for practices and housing as well.

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GREEN BAY -
Green Bay could always count on Za'Darius and Preston Smith to bring down the quarterback last season, but defensive coordinator Mike Pettine would like to see a few more snaps without them on the field this year.

"I do think at times that Preston and Z play maybe a little too much to where we want to take something off their plate," Pettine said.

Nose tackle Kenny Clark is also in the group of players that needs some more down time.

"I don't think it was any secret, I mean, we've talked about it and felt like Kenny played too many plays," Pettine said.

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The Green Bay Packers will re-open their facilities to 75 employees on Tuesday, May 26, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

Players and coaches are still not allowed to show up, except for those receiving medical treatment.

Areas of Lambeau Field that are normally open to the public remain closed. The team is in the planning stages of re-opening those areas.

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The NCAA is allowing Division I athletes to return to team facilities for voluntary workouts starting Monday, June 1.

Some programs may choose to wait longer than this in order to comply with guidelines set by state and local authorities, or by the school itself.

Required activities are still suspended through June 30.

UW-Madison has cancelled on-campus summer programs and camps. Online classes will continue through the summer.

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