Wisconsin teams

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New Packers tackle Rick Wagner, a Wisconsin native, said it was a "pretty easy decision" to sign here as a free agent after playing for the Ravens and Lions. He still makes his home in West Allis but said he "really only went to two (Packers) game was a kid and both were preseason games." He also he came to training camp and "got a couple of autographs from a couple of linemen like me."

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The Packers' first practice is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15. The "gradual ramp-up period" can actually start Aug. 12 and contact days on Aug. 17. “We do have a schedule mapped out," coach Matt LaFleur said. "Kind of like I told you guys the other day thought it's going to be very, very fluid. We've got to get a good feel for where our guys are at."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Hard to imagine any team keeping only two QBs like the Packers did in 2019. Matt LaFleur essentially confirmed they'll keep the three currently on the roster: Aaron Rodgers, Tim Boyle, Jordan Love. Packers cut fourth QB Jalen Morton. "Difficult to get four guys reps and especially meaningful reps where they can go out and you can see that improvement. So with the three guys we wanted to focus on,the three that we have that we know we're going to have, I believe, on our roster," LaFleur said.

Perk can't trust Bucks, Clippers to make the NBA finals (1:51)

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

A lot of talk about players opting out, but what about coaches? "That's something we talked to all of our staff members about, just making sure they felt comfortable with the situation and protocols in place," Packers coach Matt LaFIeur said. "I don't think any of these guys had any reservations and I talked to each guy individually."

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Durant's NBA Finals pick: Clippers over Bucks

Brooklyn's Kevin Durant, recovering from a torn Achilles, said Wednesday on the "Play For Keeps" podcast that if he "had to choose" he would pick the Clippers to beat the Bucks in this year's NBA Finals.

The CFB Pod: The latest on UConn canceling its season, the new Big Ten schedule, players opting out and the Pac-12 player unity group

Kevin Negandhi spins the wheel of college football news, first with Heather Dinich as they discuss UConn canceling its season, the Big Ten revising its schedule to accommodate teams potentially quarantining, the role of the NCAA Board of Governors and if this is the the start of the Power Five schools breaking off from the NCAA (1:07). Then, Adam Rittenberg joins the podcast to talk about #BigTenUnited, how #BigTenUnited differs from the Pac-12’s player unity group, the potential for more NFL-caliber players to opt out of the season and the Pac-12 planning a loan program to rescue athletic departments if the season doesn’t happen (14:56). Later, Harry Lyles Jr. goes deep on the Pac-12 players’ demands for the conference and the “blueprint” they’ve created (28:00).

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Corey Linsley, who plays in the trenches as the Packers center, said he doesn't anticipate wearing a face shield to cover his facemask but ... "If that's something our trainers come to us (and say it could reduce COVID transmission), then for sure that's something I would consider," Linsley said. "But I haven't heard anything like that."