NEW YORK (AP) - EJ Manuel told himself he wasn't going to cry. But then he heard his name called and thought about all his family has gone through to get to this moment, when the Florida State star became the first quarterback picked in this year's NFL draft. His mother, Jackie, is in remission from breast cancer, he said. She's still undergoing radiation therapy but is back at work. "Her hair is growing back; ...
NEW YORK - Short on glam, slim on glitter and no sign of Manti Te'o, the NFL draft was still a solid B-plus.
Thursday, April 25 1, Oakland traded its first-round pick (No. 3) to Miami for the Dolphins' first- (No. 12) and second-round (No. 42) picks. Miami selected Dion Jordan, de, Oregon. Oakland selected D.J. Hayden, db, Houston and (No. 42). 2, Buffalo traded its first- (No. 8) and third-round (No. 71) picks to St. Louis for the Rams' first- (No. 16); second- (No. 46); third- (No. 78) and seventh-round (No. 222) picks. St. Louis selected Tavon ...
CHICAGO - Every play near the basket looked like a traffic accident. There were long scoreless stretches. Shooting from outside was a dicey proposition.
MILWAUKEE - The Miami Heat's latest spurt might have run the Milwaukee Bucks right out of the playoffs.
DETROIT - Alex Gordon had already struck out three times when he came to the plate with the bases loaded in the 10th inning.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Playing on the offensive line is about as unglamorous as it gets in professional football.
DETROIT - Jose Valverde returned to Detroit with a save and Victor Martinez drove in a pair of runs to help the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 7-5 Wednesday night.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 29 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder recovered after squandering a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 105-102 on Wednesday night and take a 2-0 series lead.
NEW YORK - Since 1936, the NFL has picked the best of college football to join the pro league. From the very first pick - Jay Berwanger, who also was the first bust, never playing a down in the NFL - to last year's No. 1, Andrew Luck, the draft has always offered plenty of intrigue for teams and fans.
For NFL prospects on the bubble, it's often better not to get picked at all than to be selected in the final rounds.
ALAMEDA, Calif. - For seven straight years starting in 2004, the Oakland Raiders had a top 10 pick in the NFL draft only to end up disappointed in the outcome.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - On Wednesday, Matt Kenseth was essentially stripped of his Sunday win at Kansas Speedway because his race-winning car failed inspection.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Chargers have signed former Denver Broncos fullback Chris Gronkowski.
MIAMI - Everyone in the Miami huddle was bracing for a grind to the finish. On the other end, the sense around the Milwaukee bench was that an upset was there for the taking.
NEW YORK - Francisco Liriano struck out nine and pitched into the sixth inning to win his debut with Pittsburgh and help the Pirates beat the New York Mets 11-2.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Andy Pettitte finally stopped beating himself up long enough to look at video of his past couple of outings, subpar efforts by any stretch and certainly his own lofty standards.
WASHINGTON - Stephen Strasburg fell apart after one of third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's two errors and wound up dropping his fifth consecutive decision as the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 8-2 Saturday.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Tiger Woods was surrounded by four rows of fans who stood shoulder-to-shoulder, curious to see how he was going to escape from the trees on the second hole at The Players Championship. Cheers erupted when he pulled out a 5-wood, a risky shot off the pine straw through a 15-foot gap of pines.
BOSTON - Adam Lind hit a tiebreaking homer off Boston closer Junichi Tazawa leading off the ninth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Grizzlies call it grit and grind, and it got them through another ugly game.
BALTIMORE - Jeremy Guthrie's incentive to win had nothing to do with beating his former team.
SAN ANTONIO - Klay Thompson scored 34 points, Stephen Curry added 22 and the Golden State Warriors withstood another furious rally by the San Antonio Spurs for a 100-91 victory Wednesday night to even their series at one game apiece and snap a 30-game skid in the Alamo City.
BALTIMORE - One bad throw led to another, and then another. And another.
MIAMI - It was the biggest postseason win in Miami Heat history, and the biggest postseason loss in Chicago Bulls history.