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Baker Mayfield, until the past few days considered an outsider to be chosen at the top of the NFL draft, has been taken by the Cleveland Browns to begin this year's NFL draft.

The first Heisman Trophy winner taken No. 1 overall in the following draft since Cam Newton went to Carolina in 2010, Mayfield joins a team that went 0-16 in 2017.


The Los Angeles Rams have used the No. 1 selection in the NFL draft to take California's Quarterback Jared Goff, just before the Philadelphia Eagles pick Carson Wentz of North Dakota State with the No. 2 choice. The San Diego Chargers pulled off a bit of a surprise by taking Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa with the third selection. Dallas also went with an Ohio State product at No. 4, grabbing running back Ezekiel Elliott.


In the NHL playoffs, Washington topped the Rangers 2-1 to take a 1-0 series lead and it was Anaheim over Calgary 6-1 giving the Ducks a 1-0 series lead.


In the NBA playoffs, Chicago beat Milwaukee 120-66 to send the Bulls to round 2, series ended 4-2, and it was the Clippers over San Antonio 102-96 to tie the series at 3 games apiece.


In the first round of the NFL Draft, Florida State Quaterback Jameis Winston was the overall number one pick from Tampa Bay, Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota went second to Tennessee, the Jets had 6th and picked up Southern California DT Leonard Williams, the Giants added OT Ereck Flowers of Miami with the 9th pick, and the Patriots picked up Texas DT Malcom Brown for the 32nd pick. The draft continues today into the weekend.


In the NHL playoffs, Tampa Bay blanked Detroit 2-0 to bring the Lightning to the second round, series ended 4-3.

Sports Report: NFL First Round Draft Picks

May 9, 2014


The NFL Draft started last night at Radio City Music Hall. Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman trophy winner out of Texas A&M, was expected to go early, but it wasn’t until pick 22 from the Cleveland Browns that he dropped his sullen expression. The first pick went to Houston, which selected Jadeveon Clowney a defensive end from South Carolina, St. Louis went next and picked Greg Robinson an offensive tackle out of Auburn, and Jacksonville took quarterback Blake Bortles out of Central Florida. Buffalo picked wide receiver Sammy Watkins from Clemson fourth pick, the Giants picked up Odell Beckham Jr., a WR out of LSU, the Jets went with safety Calvin Pryor of Louisville, and the Patriots grabbed Dominique Easley a DT from Florida.

The Siena Saints Division I men’s lacrosse team fell to Bryant University last night, 9-8. UAlbany will face Loyola on Saturday at noon on ESPNU.

Keith Strudler: NFL Draft Probability

May 7, 2014

The NFL draft isn’t just an exercise in bizarre hiring practices. And it’s not simply the world’s most public meat market, although that is what it seems, with all the measuring and prodding and touching the merchandise of typically scantily clad men. Perhaps that makes it society’s answer to the swimsuit calendar, where the male physique is as quantified and deconstructed as the female form, even for entirely different purposes.

Michael Sam Comes Out, Mancuso Takes Bronze

Feb 10, 2014

The NFL could soon have its first openly gay player.

Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end is eligible for the NFL draft in May.

Sam says he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August.

Sound courtesy of The Associated Press.

The 255-pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last month after leading the SEC with 11 1/2 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. He is projected to be a mid-round NFL draft pick.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Apr 26, 2013
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In the first round of the NFL draft, the first three players chosen were offensive linemen. No running back was taken in the first round, the first time that's happened in 40 years. The Kansas City Chiefs chose Eric Fisher with the No. 1 overall pick. The Jacksonville Jaguars took 6-foot-6, 306-pound Luke Joeckel, an offensive tackle from Texas A&M, with the second pick. The Dolphins chose Oregon's 6-foot-6 linebacker Dion Jordan third and Philadelphia chose offensive tackle Lane Johnson out of Oklahoma.

Tight Security For Everyone Involved In The Draft

Apr 25, 2013
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The NFL is increasing security for this week's draft in New York. The league says everyone entering Radio City Music Hall will be subject to screening measures including metal detectors, pat-downs and searches of personal property. And that includes league officials, players and their families.

The draft begins Thursday night and has sessions on Friday and Saturday afternoon.

The additional security comes after the Boston Marathon bombings raised concerns among those organizing other sporting events.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Apr 25, 2013
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Checking baseball news, in the American League, Stephen Drew hit a two-run triple, David Ortiz had two hits and drove in a run and the Red Sox beat Oakland 6-5 to take two of three from the A's. It was Boston's ninth win in 12 games.

Elsewhere, Tampa Bay shut out the Yankees 3-0. Toronto beat Baltimore 6-5. The White Sox bested Cleveland 3-2. Houston cruised ahead of Seattle 10-3. Detroit slid past Kansas City 7-5 and Texas crushed the Angels 11-3.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Feb 26, 2013
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The Boston Celtics beat the Utah Jazz 110-107 last night. Paul Pierce scored 26 points, including seven straight in overtime. He had a chance to win it in regulation, but his 19-footer at the buzzer rimmed out. Denver topped the Lakers 119-108, ending a four-game winning streak for L.A. Washington beat Toronto 90-84 and Atlanta edged ahead of Detroit 114-103.

Checking the NHL, Toronto doubled up Philadelphia 4-2. Ottawa defeated Montreal 2-1 and Nashville beat Dallas 5-4.