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Steve Terry, University of Wisconsin-Stout athletic director resigned Thursday, in the wake of drug charges against five football players. He said Chancellor Charles Sorenson asked him to step down, but he said the athletic department did the right thing by adopting a strict drug-testing policy, and suspending players when they break it. Terry will stay with the school as an associate professor in physical education. Football coach Todd Strop resigned in January after two players were charged with possessing cocaine and marijuana.
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will play Rhode Island College Friday afternoon in the NCAA Division 3 softball finals in Salem, Va. A total of eight schools will square off for the national title in a double-elimination format. Third-seeded UW-Eau Claire is 35-12 and has won 12 of its last 13 games. Rhode Island is 41-5 with the No. 6 seed. Linfield of Oregon has the top seed. This is UW-Eau Claire's third trip to the nationals. They finished fourth in both 1999 and 2000.
All four Wisconsin teams are still alive in their NCAA Division 3 baseball regionals, but Carthage College of Kenosha is the only unbeaten team. Meanwhile, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, UW-Oshkosh and Ripon College are all one loss away from elimination. Carthage improved to 2-0 at the Illinois Wesleyan regional with a 6-4 victory over Webster College Thursday night. The Red Men improved to 34-11 overall and will play Luther College Friday. The state's other teams are all at the Wisconsin Rapids regional. UW-Oshkosh stayed alive with an 11-5 win over St.
The state Natural Resources Board has banned the moving of live fish from the Lake Winnebago system to try and keep the VHS virus from spreading. It also means that anglers must clean their boats and fishing gear when they leave the water. On a conference call Thursday, board members said no to expanding the restrictions statewide.
The Green Bay Packers will open their first full mini-camp Friday without their second-round draft choice. The NFL's Management Council has ordered Nebraska running back Brandon Jackson to stay away. That's because they want him in Los Angeles for the Reebok Rookie Premier event, in which top rookies pose for playing cards and start working on endorsement deals. It's a huge honor and not every draft choice gets to go.
The Milwaukee Brewers ended a 2-5 road trip with a 3-2 win at Philadelphia Thursday. Gabe Gross hit two solo home runs, his first hits since April 27th, as the bench player ended an 0-14 slide. With the Brewers up by one in the ninth, Francisco Cordero got a scare when Pat Burrell's long drive hit the top of the fence and bounced back in for a double. Cordero then retired his final two batters to get his 16th save. Ben Sheets got the win, giving up two runs on five hits in 7.66 innings and is now 4-2.
While the rest of the Wisconsin is experiencing a drop in home sales over 2006, the western region is seeing a 6.5 percent growth. That's according to a quarterly housing report by the Wisconsin Realtors Association®. WRA reports that across the state home sales dropped by 6.5 percent, but that was after record highs set during the same period in 2006. Meanwhile home sales in Pierce County grew by a whopping 20 percent in 2007 over the same period last year.
The Green Bay Packers will open their first full mini-camp today without their second-round draft choice. The NFL's Management Council has ordered Nebraska running back Brandon Jackson to stay away. That's because they want him in Los Angeles for the Reebok Rookie Premier event in which top rookies pose for playing cards and start working on endorsement deals. It's a huge honor, and not every draft choice gets to go.
The Milwaukee Brewers have lost their first series in their last 11. The New York Mets took two of three from the Brew Crew, capped by 9-1 thrashing Sunday at Shea Stadium. Oliver Perez held the Brewers to just one hit in 8.33 innings, before Bill Hall tagged him for a solo home run. Milwaukee only had three hits on the day. Johnny Estrada and Chris Capuano had the others, both singles. Perez' victory improved him to 4-3. Capuano took the loss to go 5-1 and the Brewers lost their first game in his eight starts. He gave up four runs on seven hits in four innings.
Growing numbers of Democrats say Wisconsin should end its long-running ban on nuclear power plants. But the prospects are uncertain at best in the Democratically-controlled Senate. Gov. Jim Doyle has said the nearly 25-year-old ban should stay in place. Still, a legislative panel recently voted to end the ban, thus allowing Wisconsin's first nuclear power plants in years. Republicans say it makes economic sense, because the state now buys much of its power from elsewhere. Assembly Leader Jim Kreuser, D-Kenosha, favors ending the ban too.