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The Milwaukee Bucks will open their training camp today with new ownership, a new coaching staff, and a pair of 19-year-olds from whom a lot will be expected. Forward Jabari Parker from Duke was the Number-two overall pick in the N-B-A Draft in June.  Guard-and-forward Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece is starting his second season in Milwaukee.  At the Bucks' Media Day yesterday, Parker said he'll worry about the team first and filling his role in it.  After Milwaukee won only 15 games last season, many fans saw Parker as the team's hope for the future.  New coach Jason Kidd says he won't put the Bucks' entire load on Parker.  And Kidd put it, "It's not about the individual success, but the team success ... Team wins, he wins."  Meanwhile, Antetokounmpo said he built up more confidence in his game this summer.  He averaged 17 points and six rebounds in four N-B-A Summer League games.  He also starred for the Greek national team in the recent World Cup.  The so-called "Greek Freak" was drafted 15th by the Bucks a year ago.  Meanwhile, Kidd has a lot to prove after making his N-B-A coaching debut a year ago at Brooklyn.  And Bucks' owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens have been given three years by the N-B-A to open a new arena to replace the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center.  If it doesn't happen, the league can buy back the team after Herb Kohl sold it earlier this year.  

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The Green Bay Packers have only two days to get ready for their next game against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.  One thing the Packers hope to do is shore up their run defense -- which gives up the most rushing yards in the N-F-L with 176 per game.  Coach Mike McCarthy defended the Packers' decision to go with smaller, more athletic players on the defensive line.  He said it plays to the strengths of his roster, and nobody on the staff is happy with the numbers so far.  McCarthy said the Bears' running game took him by surprise this past Sunday -- when Chicago ran for 235 yards, mainly in draw and trap plays up the middle.  The coach said the team made adjustments at halftime, and the defense got better when it intercepted two Jay Cutler passes.  On Thursday night, the Packers will have to deal with Minnesota rushers Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon, who ran for 213 yards against Atlanta on Sunday.  Asiata had three rushing touchdowns in place of Adrian Peterson.  The Packers and Vikings both come in at 2-and-2, a game behind N-F-C North Division-leading Detroit.

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Wisconsin running back Corey Clement says he's frustrated by his lack of production so far.  As a freshman, Clement was the Badgers' Number-three running back a year ago.  He provided late relief for James White and Melvin Gordon, against defenses that were more tired than what Clement is seeing now as the main back-up to Gordon.  Clement says he's too hesitant on the field, he makes incorrect reads, and he gets too nervous sometimes.  He sees he needs to keep playing in order to fix those issues.  Running backs' coach Thomas Brown says Clement tries to press too much sometimes -- and he needs to do a better job of taking what the defense gives him.  Clement has 56 carries in the Badgers' first four games for 290 yards and three touchdowns.  Through four games a year ago, he had 44 carries for 344 yards and four scores.  The 3-and-1 Badgers play at Northwestern on Saturday in their Big Ten opener.

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Kimberly is still Number-One among large schools in the new A-P state high school football poll.  Ashwaubenon is second, Germantown third, and Bay Port fourth.  West De Pere remains atop the list of mid-sized schools.  Wisconsin Lutheran is second, followed by Appleton Xavier and Somerset.  Fond du Lac Springs still leads the smaller schools, with Amherst, Edgar, and Stanley-Boyd in the two-three-and-four spots.  All the schools we mentioned are 6-and-0.

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Milwaukee Brewers' general manager Doug Melvin says a lack of offense was the biggest problem with his team down the stretch.  The Crew was a team of free swingers who succeeded early, but collectively struggled to score runs in the second half of the season.  Melvin said the key is to find out why that happened.  There were some successes.  Jonathan Lucroy set a new Major League record for doubles in games played as a catcher with 46.  Carlos Gomez showed his normal energy, hitting .284 with 34 stolen bases and 23 homers.  Ryan Braun is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday to try-and-fix the nerve issue in his right thumb which dropped his production in the year following his drug suspension.  Braun hit .266 in 135 games.  The Brewers might look for a more patient hitter who could do a better job of working-the-count and hitting .300.  But Melvin says he first wants to evaluate his current players to see who cares about winning-and-losing.  As the G-M put it, "If there are guys who don't care about winning, they probably won't be here."  He says at least a partial turnover of the roster is possible.  Melvin and team owner Mark Attanasio plan to discuss manager Ron Roenicke's future next week.