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Track athletes receive Academic All-American honors; basketball exhibition times announced; Randle El reaches plea deal

Three athletes receive Academic All-American honors

Juniors Nathan Brown and Joe Detmer and senior Yael Peled were named to 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams for their work in the classroom as well as in competition. The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) chose the teams.

Brown, who has a cumulative 3.985 grade-point average in biochemistry, earned first-team Academic All-America honors. Brown is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick, a five-time Dean's List honoree and a two-time men's track Athletic Board Scholar. He is also a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national student-athlete honor society, a two-time recipient the Steenbock Scholarship and the winner of the Physics Ingersoll Prize. Brown placed 12th in the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and seventh at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

Detmer was named to the third team after earning a 3.604 GPA in computer engineering and leading the Badgers to a third-place finish in the distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoor Championships. He is also a member of three honor societies and is a four-time member of the Dean's List and two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He received the Donald E. Graves Engineering Scholarship for the 2004-05 school year. Detmer placed third in the 600 meters at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, but he did not compete in outdoors, taking a medical hardship.

Peled was named to the third-team Academic All-America list. A native of Hertzlia, Israel, Peled had a perfect 4.0 GPA in computer science and math. She earned Dean's List honors all 10 semesters of college and was a four-time women's track Athletic Board Scholar. The 2005 graduate is a member of several academic societies and is a four-time Academic All-Big Ten pick. She finished eighth on UW's all-time list in the triple jump.

Badgers face UW-River Falls, Lawrence in exhibition games

The Wisconsin men's basketball team will face the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. and Lawrence University Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in exhibitions at the Kohl Center.

UW-River Falls, a Division III school, competes in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and last year finished with an 8-17 overall record. Former Badger assistant coach Rick Bowen coaches the Falcons, who finished 4-12 in the WIAC.

Lawrence University, another D-III school, has won the Midwest Conference Championship for two straight years, finishing 20-6 last season. The Vikings advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Randle El reaches plea deal

Marcus Randle El, a sophomore wide receiver on the UW football team, plead guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge in Dane County Circuit Court Wednesday and will be placed in the county's first-offender's program. If Randle El, 19, completes the program the charge will be dismissed.

Randle El was arrested March 7 and tentatively charged with battery after an alleged altercation with his girlfriend in a campus dorm room. He was formally charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct a week later. For violating the university's student athlete-discipline policy, Randle El was suspended for half the Badgers' spring practices.

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