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Here is the latest Wisconsin sports news from The Associated PressSubmitted: 06/02/2020
- Miami Heat All-Star Bam Adebayo says he isn't sure how the NBA will keep everyone healthy if the league resumes this pandemic-interrupted season.

He notes that some players lick their hands during games and players often touch each other. 

Green Bay Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis wants every precaution taken. 

Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk says safe cannot be sacrificed. 

The Associated Press spoke to more than two dozen athletes from around the globe to get a sense of how concerned or confident they are about going back to their jobs. 

They are particularly wary about whether there will be sufficient COVID-19 testing and other precautions in place.


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The NBA is targeting July 31 as a date to return to the court, per The Athletic's Shams Charania.

League commissioner Adam Silver proposed that date in a call with the NBA's Board of Governors.

The league also put forth four scenarios for resuming the season, with options ranging from starting the playoffs immediately with 16 teams to playing an abbreviated 30-team regular season, followed by the playoffs.

It is also possible that the league will conduct a play-in tournament in between the regular season and the playoffs.

Many team locales have allowed professional sports to resume practicing.


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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 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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GREEN BAY - When Aaron Rodgers speaks, Wisconsin listens and Packer fans have been waiting for "number 12" to talk about the team drafting Jordan Love -- the man who may replace him at quarterback, eventually.

Rodgers  finally spoke publicly about it today.

Rodgers says he was watching the draft with a couple of retired NFL players -- including former teammate A.J. Hawk.

He remembers being surprised that Green Bay took a quarterback.

Head coach Matt LaFleur previously said he did not consult with Rodgers before making his pick.

The long-time quarterback says he had mixed feelings about it.

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GREEN BAY - NFL teams can begin reopening their facilities on Tuesday if state and local governments will allow it.

In a memo sent to the 32 teams Friday by Commissioner Roger Goodell and obtained by The Associated Press, he stressed that the clubs must be "in compliance with any additional public health requirements in their jurisdiction, and have implemented the protocols that were developed by (league medical officer) Dr. (Allen) Sills and distributed to all clubs on May 6."

Facilities have been closed since late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Each team was required to submit a plan to the league for reopening its training/practice facility this week.

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GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers have finalized their preseason schedule, which is slated to begin on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Lambeau Field.

Green Bay will stay at home against the Cleveland Browns the following week on Aug. 22 before finishing out the preseason with back-to-back road games against the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs.

The full schedule is as follows:

Aug. 15 vs. Arizona Cardinals -- Noon
Aug. 22 vs. Cleveland Browns -- 3 p.m.
Aug. 29 at New York Giants -- 7 p.m.
Sept. 3 at Kansas City Chiefs -- 7 p.m.

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