Draft continues today
NEW YORK (AP) — The second and third rounds of the NFL draft are being conducted today. In last night's first round the selection of linemen dominated the news. That and the fact that only one quarterback was taken. The lone signal-caller chosen was Florida State's EJ Manuel, by Buffalo with the 16th pick.
Three of the biggest names not chosen on day one were USC quarterback Matt Barkley, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (MAN'-ty TAY'-oh) and West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.
Full schedule of play
UNDATED (AP) — As you would expect on a Friday night, there is a full schedule of 15 games in Major League Baseball. In Washington two division winners from last year are squaring off as the Nationals entertain the Reds. Homer Bailey toes the rubber for the visitors while 3-1 Jordan Zimmerman goes for the Nationals.
Josh Beckett of the Dodgers is off to a rough start with three losses against. Tonight he looks to get in the win column with a game against the Brewers in Los Angeles.
The inter-league game of the night is a good one as the 15-6 Braves play host to the 10-10 Tigers.
Three playoff games on tap tonight in hoops
UNDATED (AP) — The Knicks and Spurs can take commanding leads in their NBA playoffs tonight. The Knicks top the Celtics 2-0 and Game 3 of that best-of-seven series is this evening in Boston. In Los Angeles the Lakers are fighting for their playoff lives as they trail the Spurs 2-0 in that first-round series. Steve Blake won't play for the Lakers because of a strained right hamstring, while fellow guards Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks are doubtful. Nash got two epidural injections in his back and a cortisone injection in his right hip in an attempt to fight off his nagging pain. Coach Mike D'Antoni says Nash is more likely to play than Meeks, who has a sprained left ankle.
The final playoff game of the night is being played in Oakland as the Golden State Warriors are facing Denver. The series is knotted up at one win apiece.
Western Conference berths still up for grabs
UNDATED (AP) — In the key NHL game tonight Minnesota is hosting Edmonton. The Wild currently share the final playoff berth in the Western Conference with idle Columbus with 53 points apiece. Detroit, which is also off this evening, holds down the sixth spot with 54. Overall there are two playoff spots still up for grabs, both in the West.
That said, playoff positioning continues and will do so until the regular season ends Sunday night.
The only division still not claimed is the Northeast, where Boston and Montreal share first place with 61 points. Both teams have a game tomorrow while the Bruins close out the season on Sunday in the final game of the day and the season at home against Ottawa.
The rest of tonight's schedule has Buffalo at home to the Islanders, Calgary at Chicago and Colorado playing at Phoenix.
Qualifying on tap today
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Practice and qualifying are on tap today at the Richmond International Raceway for tomorrow night's Sprint Cup race. A year ago Kyle Busch won the event for the fourth straight year.
The results of last week's race are still being discussed as winner Matt Kenseth was stripped of 50 driver points in the standings as well as his pole award. NASCAR took the action because his engine failed a post-race inspection. NASCAR also suspended crew chief Jason Ratcliff for six races fined him $200,000 and placed him on probation until the end of the year. Car owner Joe Gibbs had his owner's license suspended for the next six races and won't earn car owner points during that time. He was also docked 50 car owner points. Gibbs Racing says it will appeal the penalty.
Round two in progress
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Lucas Glover has the lead during the early going of the second round of the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic. He is 3-under for the day after six holes and 10-under for the tournament. Boo Weekley is a shot back after seven holes.
The leader after the opening round was Ricky Barnes at 8-under.
LPGA-NORTH TEXAS SHOOTOUT
Second round today
IRVING, Texas (AP) — LPGA Tour rookie Caroline Masson shot a bogey-free 7-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over Carlota Ciganda after the first round of the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout. Inbee Park, the No. 1 women's player in the world, was in a group at 67.
Day one play
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Round one of the Champions Tour Legends of Golf tournament is being played today in Savannah, Ga. A year ago John Cook and Joey Sindelar (SIN'-deh-lar) won the better-ball event by a stroke. This year the favorite is the duo of Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) and Tom Lehman (LAY'-muhn). They've dominated Champions Tour play of late, having won six of the last 20 events. Langer has won two of the six events played this year.