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Packers to hold training camp at own facilities instead of St. NorbertSubmitted: 07/01/2020
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers will use their own facilities to host training camp this season instead of St. Norbert College, per release.

Players usually reside in an on-campus residence hall and eat together in the school's commons. That will not happen this year due to concerns about COVID-19 transmission.

St. Norbert has hosted the Packers every summer since 1958.




Story By: Andrew Goldstein

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 LOCAL SPORTS

LINCOLN, NEB. - Former Wisconsin guard Kobe King has changed his plans and won't be playing basketball at Nebraska.

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- The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) has allowed school districts to proceed with summer contact days at their own discretion.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, the WIAA said that they hope school districts can "allow students to participate in scholastic athletics and activities in any and all situations where it can be done safely."

Contact days to make up for the cancelled spring sports season may start on July 1. Each school can use up to 30 days for practices and/or scrimmages against local competition, so long as they include seniors.

The WIAA has not made any decisions about fall sports yet.

To read the full list of WIAA recommendations, click the link below.

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GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers Foundation has awarded a total of $500,000 in impact grants to Brown County and Milwaukee County nonprofit organizations providing basic needs to those impacted by COVID-19.

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RHINELANDER - Strength and conditioning day is usually an athlete's least favorite part of the job, but after months indoors, Rhinelander's junior competitors will take what they can get.

"When I get home, I'm like 'I wish it was every day of the week,'" said high school student Ava Lamers. "It's definitely nice to be able to be with people and be pushed by other people around you."

Most of them haven't been around many people outside of their families for months, which makes a twice-per-week strength and conditioning camp a sight for sore eyes and a source of sore calves.

"I've been able to lift and work out in my basement but we haven't been able to do like large runs and sprints," said workout participant Joseph Heck. "We've got parachutes and sleds here, so it's a really good thing to do."

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GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers have reached contract agreements with 2020 first-round selection Jordan Love and second-round pick A.J. Dillon, respectively.

Green Bay selected Love with the 26th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and Dillon with the 62nd overall pick.

Head coach Matt LaFleur said he hoped that rookie camp would start on July 21, a week before the veterans report to team facilities.

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STEVENS POINT - The WIAA Board of Control unanimously decided to add a new tournament during a virtual meeting on Wednesday.

Girls wrestling will now have its own tournament in the 2021-2022 season. 

Girls and boys will be allowed to wrestle each other during the regular season. 

But the boys and girls will get their own, gender-exclusive tournament series. 

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the addition of a girls sport hasn't happened since 2001, when girls hockey was added. 

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- Major League Baseball will have a 60-game season in 2020 with July 24 as a target start date. 

Players are set to report to modified spring training camps on July 1. There is not currently an expanded postseason in place.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred imposed a 60-game season with fully pro-rated salaries after weeks-long negotiations between players and owners broke down. The two sides were at odds over how many games to play and whether players would be paid pro-rated salaries.

The announcement comes after the league and player's union agreed to health and safety standards.

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- NEW YORK (AP)  The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association rejected a proposed 60-game schedule by a 33-5 vote, daring Commissioner Rob Manfred to give a unilateral order for the regular season's start and provoke what figures to be lengthy and costly litigation over the impact of the coronavirus.

The union's vote was confirmed by a person familiar with the meeting who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the balloting was not made public.

The union said in a statement that the "board reaffirmed the players' eagerness to return to work as soon and as safely as possible."

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