Offensive tackles go 1-2 in the draft...Rams trade up to take 5-foot-8 receiver Austin
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL teams went with bulk in the first round of the draft. The first seven picks were linemen. No running back was taken in the first round, the first time that's happened in 40 years. And no quarterback was taken until the 16th pick.
__ The Kansas City Chiefs chose Eric Fisher, an offensive tackle out of Central Michigan, with the No. 1 overall pick. He's just the third offensive tackle chosen No. 1 overall since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Fisher called it a "dream come true" to play for the Chiefs, who are looking to rebuild under new coach Andy Reid, the former coach of the Eagles. Fisher became the first player from the Mid-American Conference taken at No. 1.
__ The Jacksonville Jaguars took 6-foot-6, 306-pound Luke Joeckel (JOHK'-uhl), an offensive tackle from Texas A&M, with the second pick. The Jags are coming off a 2-14 season and also have a new coach in Gus Bradley.
__ The Oakland Raiders, who've gone 10 straight seasons without a winning record and lost eight of their last nine games last year, traded the rights to the third pick to Miami for two draft picks. The Dolphins chose Oregon's 6-foor-6 linebacker Dion Jordan, who said he was surprised to be taken so highly. The Raiders ended up taking Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden with the Dolphins' pick at No. 12.
__ The Philadelphia Eagles, who have a new coach in Chip Kelly following their 4-12 season, chose offensive tackle Lane Johnson out of Oklahoma. He's 6-6, 303 pounds, but has quickness for a man his size.
__ The Detroit Lions, who lost their final eight games last season, took BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah with the fifth pick. Ansah, a native of Ghana who first tried out for the BYU basketball team before starting his football career, moved way up the draft board during the NFL combine in the spring.
__ Cleveland took LSU defensive end Barkevious (bahr-KEE'-vee-uhs) Mingo with the sixth pick. The 6-foot-4, 241-pound Mingo played defensive end in college, but will likely be used as an outside pass rusher by the Browns, who are going with a 3-4 defense.
__ At No. 7, the Arizona Cardinals selected North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper to bolster one of the NFL's worst offenses during their 5-11 season that began with a 4-0 start.
__ St. Louis traded up to get the eighth pick from Buffalo. The Rams took 5-foot-8, 174-pound wide receiver Tavon (TAY'-vahn) Austin, a speed merchant who turned in a 40-yard dash time in 4.3 seconds, who is expected to become one of quarterback Sam Bradford's favorite targets.
__ The New York Jets took Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner with the ninth pick. He's expected to help fill the void left when the Jets traded Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay.
__ Rounding out the top 10 picks, the Tennessee Titans drafted Chance Warmack, a guard out of Alabama. He was a unanimous All-America off the Crimson Tide national championship team.
__ The first quarterback taken was Florida State's E.J. Manuel by Buffalo at No. 16. With Ryan Fitzpatrick out, Manuel has a chance to be a rookie starting QB this season.
__ West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was expected to go in the first round this year. But the strong-armed, erratic thrower will still on the board when the second round starts today. He's the all-time passing leader with 11,662 career yards at WVU.
__ The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens concluded the first round by taking Matt Elam (EE'-lahm), a safety out of Florida. He is expected to fill the void left when veteran All-Pro Ed Reed signed with Houston in the offseason, and Bernard Pollard was cut after the Ravens won it all.
Draft has a Crimson tint
NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama's dominance once again carried over to the NFL draft.
The two-time defending national champions became the first college team to produce three consecutive first-round picks since the common draft started in 1967. The New York Jets selected cornerback Dee Milliner with the ninth pick, then guard Chance Warmack promptly went to the Tennessee Titans and San Diego picked tackle D.J. Fluker.
NBA PLAYOFFS-FINAL SCORES
Heat on the verge of sweep...Bulls take 2-1 lead...Grizzlies win
UNDATED (AP) -- One more victory and the Miami Heat are in the second round of the NBA playoffs. Ray Allen scored 23 points and broke the NBA career playoff record for 3-pointers, and the Miami Heat used another of their patented runs to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-91 for a 3-0 lead in their first-round series.
Allen's five 3-pointers against the Bucks gave him 322 for his career, two more than Reggie Miller. LeBron James added 22 points for the Heat. Chris Bosh had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Dwyane Wade scored only four points, but had 11 assists.
The Heat can complete the sweep in Game 4 on Sunday at the Bradley Center. No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit to win an NBA playoff series.
In other first-round playoffs:
__ Chicago has taken a 2-1 series lead against Brooklyn with a 79-76 win over the Nets. Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 16 rebounds. Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) added 21 points and 10 boards.
__ The Memphis Grizzlies beat the L.A. Clippers 94-82 to cut the Clippers' series lead to 2-1. Zach Randolph led the way with 27 points and 11 rebounds.
Lakers hurting at guard
UNDATED (AP) — Steve Blake won't play for the Los Angeles Lakers in Friday's Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs, and fellow guards Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks are doubtful. Blake has a strained right hamstring that will keep him out indefinitely.
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.
In other playoff news:
— Golden State's Stephen (STEH'-fahn) Curry is unsure if his sprained left ankle will be healthy enough for him to play in Game 3 against Denver on Friday night.
— Houston point guard Jeremy Lin is listed as day to day with a bruised right chest muscle he sustained in a Game 2 loss to Oklahoma City Wednesday night.
— Boston coach Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 by the NBA on for publicly criticizing game officials after the Celtics' loss to New York on Tuesday night. He said two fouls called on Kevin Garnett in the game were "horrendous."
Rangers and Senators in the playoffs...Blue Jackets still alive
UNDATED (AP) — Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scored 2:55 into overtime, and New York rallied to clinch a third straight Eastern Conference playoff berth by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.
Brad Richards tied it for the Rangers with 2:57 left in regulation after New York blew an early 2-0 lead and fell behind already-eliminated Carolina.
In other NHL action:
__ Ottawa also clinched a playoff berth by beating Washington 2-1 despite Alex Ovechkin's league-leading 32nd goal. Sergei Gonchar (SUR'-gay GAHN'-char) scored 47 seconds into overtime.
— Pavel Datsyuk (PAH'-vuhl DAT'-sook) had a goal and two assists and the Detroit Red Wings moved a step closer to their 22nd straight playoff appearance with a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators.
__ Columbus stayed alive in the race with Detroit for the final playoff berth in the West. The Blue Jackets scored two third-period goals to beat Dallas 3-1. Cam Atkinson scored two goals.
— Oliver Lauridsen and Danny Briere (BREE'-ayr) scored goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to 2-1 win over the New York Islanders, who dropped to seventh in the Eastern Conference.
— Ilya Kovalchuk (EEL'-yah KOH'-vul-chook) scored his first goal since suffering a shoulder injury last month, giving the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
__ Ryan Reaves scored twice and Brian Elliott earned his NHL-leading 10th win in April in the St. Louis Blues' 4-1 victory over Calgary.
— Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots for his second shutout in as many starts and Boston beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0.
__ Montreal remained tied with Boston atop the Northeast Division with a 4-3 overtime win over Winnipeg. That eliminated the Jets from the playoff chase.
— Phil Kessel scored two goals to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Florida Panthers 4-0.
__ The Anaheim Ducks beat Vancouver 3-1. Both teams already are in the playoffs.
Nats get serious
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals have been a slow-starting bunch following an offseason that had the Nats among the favorites to reach the World Series. The Nats appeared to kick it into another gear Thursday night, spanking Cincinnati 8-1 as Gio (JEE'-oh) Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano combined on a one-hitter.
Bryce Harper hit his eighth home run. Danny Espinosa also went deep for the Nationals, who reached the .500 mark.
In other NL action:
— Pinch-hitter Garrett Jones delivered the go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning and Pittsburgh went on to beat Philadelphia 6-5 to complete a four-game sweep. It was the first series sweep in Philadelphia for the Pirates since April, 2003. Gaby Sanchez homered and drove in three for the Pirates who have won three in a row and 10 of their last 13.
— Andre Ethier (EE'-thee-ur) hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the New York Mets 3-2.
— Luis Valbuena hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the ninth inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 win over Miami.
__ Arizona nipped Colorado 3-2. Paul Goldschmidt hit his fifth homer, a two-run shot.
Over in the AL:
__ David Ortiz went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, boosting his batting average over .500 as the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 7-2 to win their eighth straight series opener.
__ Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') hit a three-run homer and the New York Yankees used a flurry of early long balls to outslug the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3. Vernon Wells and Francisco Cervelli also connected for the Yanks.
__ George Kottaras walked to drive in the go-head run and Alex Gordon followed with a grand slam to give Kansas City an 8-3, 10-inning win over Detroit. Tigers starter Justin Verlander is listed as day-to-day after being forced to leave the game in the seventh inning with what the team says was cracked skin on his throwing thumb.
__ Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz each drove in runs to lead the Texas Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.
— Chris Sale combined with two relievers on a five-hitter and Adam Dunn homered to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2.
__ Carlos Peguero hit a 451-foot homer in his first at-bat of the season and Kyle Seager had a two-run homer to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-0.
__ Baltimore clobbered Oakland 10-2 behind a 15-hit assault. Chris Davis hit his eighth homer.
Jeter confident of full recovery
NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter has no doubt he will return to the New York Yankees this season at the same level that made him one of baseball's most revered players.
The shortstop was in pinstripes Thursday when he spoke at Yankee Stadium for the first time about a new fracture that was discovered last week in the ankle he broke during Game 1 of the AL championship series Oct. 13.
The Yankees are expecting their captain back around mid-July.
Kenseth calls harsh penalties 'grossly unfair'
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Matt Kenseth says NASCAR's penalties against his team are "grossly unfair" and "borderline shameful."
Kenseth's team was hit with some of the harshest penalties NASCAR has handed out Wednesday after his race-winning engine at Kansas failed the post-race inspection. He says one of eight connecting rods on the engine was too light — by 2.7 grams.
Kenseth was docked 50 driver points in the standings — two more than he earned for the victory. But he says he's angrier about the penalties given to Gibbs and crew chief Jason Ratcliff. Both were suspended six weeks.
Barnes on top
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Ricky Barnes birdied six of the final eight holes on the way to an 8-under 64 and has lead after the first round of the Zurich Classic. Boo Weekley and Lucas Glover are one shot back.
LPGA-NORTH TEXAS SHOOTOUT
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.
ESPN says Digger batting bladder cancer
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN says former Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps has been diagnosed with bladder cancer.
The network says Phelps has had surgery and will start follow-up treatment next week near his home in South Bend, Ind.
The 71-year-old Phelps has been a college basketball analyst for ESPN since 1993.