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    Defense was supposed to dominate in the first round of the NFL draft. It did, eventually. It just took a while. After the Browns took Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick Thursday night, eight of the next 11 picks were offensive players in a surprising opening day. Overall, 19 of the 32 players were from the defense, which was closer to projections. The first stunning move was the Bears trading with the 49ers to select North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2. 'It was just pretty much silence,' Trubisky said. 'That's why I'm surprised to hear my name called because we didn't have a lot of contact. I just think they ... were impressed with me at the combine and my workout. But yeah, I haven't had a whole lot of contact with them, so that makes it so much more exciting.' Considering the wild nature of the opening round, Friday's second and third rounds could feature more of the same. Among the players still available are Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson, Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, and UConn defensive back Obi Melifonwu. Cook was an All-American last season. After taking Garrett, the Browns added Michigan's Jabrill Peppers and tight end David Njoku as they look to improve off a horrendous 1-15 season. The Browns were the first team since Minnesota in 2013 to have three first-round picks. The Chiefs and the Texans also got in on the bartering to get quarterbacks. Kansas City moved from 27 to 10 for Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech. And Houston made a trade with the Browns and selected Deshaun Watson, who led Clemson to the national title last season. 'You're trying to anticipate what's going to happen,' Texans GM Rick Smith said. 'The foundation for this move was laid earlier with Sashi (Brown, Cleveland's VP of football operations). 'You've got all kinds of scenarios that you have to run to be prepared, because as much as you think you're prepared when the draft starts, it's such a fluid process that you've got to be able to react, and the only way to do that is to be in some respects prepared.' The first run of defensive players started with Arizona taking Temple's Haason Reddick at No. 13, which drew a big cheer from the huge crowd at Philadelphia's Museum of Art — city officials estimated 100,000 attended the Draft Experience. The Eagles went next and picked defensive end Derek Barnett. But it was what was going on around him that surprised Philadelphia's Howie Roseman. 'We had a lot of scenarios, but we did not have any scenarios like what's happened here,' the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations said. After not having any players selected in the top 15, Alabama ended up having the most taken in the first round: Baltimore took cornerback Marlon Humphrey at 16, Washington got defensive tackle Jonathan Allen at 17, Tampa Bay selected tight end O.J. Howard at 19, and San Francisco took linebacker Reuben Foster at 31. One controversial pick was Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley, who was drafted by Oakland at No. 24. Days before the draft, allegations emerged that Conley raped a woman in Cleveland. He called the accusations 'completely false' and no charges have been filed. Conley was named in a police report that details the allegations but no information has been forwarded to prosecutors. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie sounded confident the situation will be resolved. 'The research was done,' McKenzie said. 'It wasn't just a gut (feeling). It was based on research. We are very confident in the information that we gathered.' Earlier in the draft, the 49ers took Stanford tight end Solomon Thomas at No. 3, and LSU running back Leonard Fournette went to Jacksonville at No. 4. The Titans rounded out the top five with Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis. The New York Jets took LSU safety Jamal Adams at No. 6 for the third defensive pick in the top 10. He was followed by wide receiver Mike Williams as the first pick of the Los Angeles Chargers, then running back-kick returner Christian McCaffrey went to Carolina. Cincinnati surprised some by taking speedy wide receiver John Ross from Washington. Kansas City, which was 12-4 and won the AFC West last season and has Alex Smith at quarterback, may have found his replacement in Mahomes. It was only the third time in the common-draft era Kansas City selected a quarterback in the first round, and the first since Todd Blackledge failed to live up to expectations from the 1983 draft. 'Right now, Patrick isn't absolutely ready to play. He's got some work to do,' Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. 'But he's coming into a great room, he has an opportunity to learn from Alex, which will be a great for him. We have to have some patience with him, but he has tremendous upside.' Upside is what it's all about on Day 1 of the draft. ___ For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • The draft always provides surprises. As usual, some players were off the board earlier than expected while others had to wait longer than most of the draft forecasters expected. Three players who surged and three more who were picked but slipped during the first round of the NFL draft SURGE Corey Davis, wide receiver, Western Michigan to Tennessee at No. 5 For those who think the combine and pro day workouts are overrated, Davis is proof that film comes first. He didn't work out at the combine or pro day because of injuries, and the conventional wisdom was that would make Clemson's Mike Williams to first receiver off the board. Instead, the Titans grabbed Davis over Williams, who went two picks later to the Chargers . The only real question about the 6-foot-3 Davis is consistent quality of competition. John Ross, wide receiver, Washington to Cincinnati at No. 9. Ross was a lock to go in the first round after running a combine record 4.22-second 40-yard dash . Still, he is not the biggest guy at 5-11, 188. Plus, he had a serious knee injury in his college career. Ross seemed like more of a mid-first rounder than a top-10 pick, but the Bengals could not pass up on that speed. Patrick Mahomes II, quarterback, Texas Tech to Kansas City at No. 10. The Bears surprisingly traded up from No. 3 to No. 2 to take North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, but he had long been speculated to be the first QB off the board. Then Kansas City made an even more surprising jump from 27 to 10 via a trade with the Bills to take Mahomes . The gun-slinging Mahomes has a ton of upside, but needs polish. When the college football season ended, no one would have guessed that Mahomes would be drafted before Deshaun Watson, who was taken two picks later by Houston. SLIP Reuben Foster, linebacker, Alabama to San Francisco at No. 31. Foster was touted as a top-10 pick, but he had a rough go of it during the postseason draft process. He left the combine early after getting into argument with a hospital worker. He was found to have a diluted urine sample at the combine, which counts as a failed drug test. And there were lingering concerns about a shoulder problem. The last one might have been most damaging. Early in the process, there was speculation San Francisco might take Foster at No. 2 overall. Instead, the 49ers were able to trade back into the first round and get him with the second-to-last pick of the night. Jonathan Allen, defensive lineman, Alabama to Washington at No. 17. Another Alabama player with a shoulder issue that likely cost him a few million dollars. Allen was in the discussion to push Myles Garrett to be No. 1 overall at the end of the college season. Instead, a deep talent pool and an early run on quarterbacks helped push Allen down the board — much to the delight of the Redskins. O.J. Howard, tight end, Alabama to Tampa Bay at No. 19. Make it a hat trick for the Crimson Tide, though there were no injury red flags working against Howard. He was still the first tight end off the board and Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston gets a big new target at 6-foot-6, 255 pounds. ___ For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP
  • The point being there is plenty of big-time talent left on the board when the first round ends. That is especially the case this season, when the draft class was considered to have more first-round talents than first-round picks. Six players with first-round talent that will be available Friday during Rounds Two and Three. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State Cook was right there with top-10 picks Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey at the end of the college season. Some character red flags have popped up, but their validity seems debatable. Questions about ball security and his ability to run inside also dragged Cook down. Despite all that, this is a home-run hitter. Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma The story of Day Two will likely be when and if Mixon is drafted. On talent alone, he might be the best back in the draft — a bigger version of McCaffrey. He also was suspended his entire freshman season for punching a female student at Oklahoma and breaking bones in her face. Mixon comes with baggage and built-in criticism for whichever team takes him. The talent, though, is elite. Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky Only two offensive linemen went in the first round and none until pick 20. Scouts fell in love with Lamp at the Senior Bowl, but he doesn't have a prototypical tackle's body and that kept him out of the first round. He might be the most sound blocker in the class. Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama Robinson is sort of the flip side of Lamp. All the athleticism and ideal size, but his footwork gets sloppy and his play was inconsistent. He can dominate and those physical tools could lead to a long and productive career. Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt Cunningham was a tackle-machine with good instincts and athleticism. He could be a steady, if not spectacular, three-down linebacker. Kevin King, CB, Washington Who doesn't like 6-foot-3 cornerbacks? ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP
  • An Asia-based FIFA official has pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to charges relating to bribery and corruption in elections for soccer's world governing body. Guam Football Association President Richard Lai, who is a member of FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee and is on the Asian Football Confederation's executive board, pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn on Thursday to two counts of wire fraud conspiracy in connection with multiple schemes to accept and pay bribes to soccer officials. Lai, a U.S. citizen, also pleaded guilty to failing to disclose foreign bank accounts and agreed to pay more than $1.1 million in forfeiture and penalties. The plea was entered before U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen. Bridget M. Rohde, an Acting U.S. Attorney, announced the guilty plea and said it 'marks another important step in our ongoing effort to root out corruption in international soccer.' 'The defendant abused the trust placed in him as a soccer official in order to line his own pockets. The defendant's breach of trust was particularly significant given his position as a member of the FIFA Audit and Compliance committee, which must play an important and independent role if corruption within FIFA is to be eliminated.' According to the criminal information to which Lai pleaded guilty, he received $100,000 in bribes in 2011 from an official of the AFC who was then running for the FIFA presidency, in exchange for Lai's vote and support in the then-upcoming FIFA presidential election. Mohamed bin Hammam, the AFC president who was running against Sepp Blatter in that FIFA election, has since been banned for life from soccer. Lai also pleaded guilty to receiving more than $850,000 in bribes between 2009 and 2014 from a faction of soccer officials in the Asian region in exchange for using his influence as a soccer official to advance the interests of the faction that bribed him, including by helping officials in that faction identify other officials to offer bribes. More than 40 people and marketing agencies have been indicted or pleaded guilty in the U.S. investigation of corruption linked to FIFA. FIFA and the FIFA Ethics Committee did not immediately respond to requests from The Associated Press for comment.
  • The San Antonio Spurs wanted no part of playing a seventh game against the Grizzlies, not with the Houston Rockets looming in the next round. Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and the Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by beating Memphis 103-96 on Thursday night to take the series 4-2. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich congratulated Memphis on a great year, especially rookie coach David Fizdale. 'I'm seriously thrilled that we were able to get through that first round,' Popovich said. 'That's the good news. The bad news is that now we have to go play Houston.' The Spurs now have beaten Memphis four of the five playoff series between these teams, and this was San Antonio's second straight win over the Grizzlies in the first round. But this was the first time all season that the visiting team won. 'It's huge for us,' Spurs guard Tony Parker said. 'Memphis, you have to give them a lot of credit. They played unbelievable. They're a great team, and they made it hard on us and so we didn't want to come back for Game 7. We treated this game as if it was Game 7. We wanted those days off before playing Houston because it's going to be a fast-paced game against them.' Parker added 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds. San Antonio outrebounded Memphis 46-28, with 16 of those offensive boards. That led to 17 second-chance points. Fizdale said rebounds, points in the paint and who pressured the best impacted each game in the series. 'I kept stressing that to our guys,' Fizdale said. 'To their credit, (the Spurs) won it more games than we did. But it definitely wasn't from a lack of competition on our part. I can sleep at night knowing my guys battled and competed their tails off.' The Spurs' semifinal with Houston will start Monday night in San Antonio. Mike Conley scored 26 points, leading the five Memphis starters in double digits. Marc Gasol added 18. The Grizzlies fell to 3-10 in elimination games, losing six straight. This was a taut game with 16 ties and nine lead changes, especially with four ties in the fourth quarter. The Spurs took control after the Grizzlies went up 88-81 on three free throws from Conley with 6:29 left. Then Leonard scored eight straight for San Antonio, starting a 22-8 run to finish the game. 'The guys were amazing in the fourth quarter,' Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. 'Huge plays. Great defense too. So, happy to go back home with a win and win the series.' Even with Conley and Gasol a combined 2 of 10 in the first quarter, the Grizzlies trailed only 24-22 after Conley knocked down a 3 at the end of the quarter for his first bucket of the game. Conley hit another 3 for the final shot in the second quarter, putting Memphis up 50-45. The team that led at halftime won each of the first five games. Parker hit his first six shots before finally missing his seventh with 29 seconds left in the first half. The Grizzlies took their biggest lead at 57-47 on a 3-pointer by James Ennis III. That gave Memphis as many made 3s (9 of 17) as the Spurs had attempted (3 of 9) at that point. Randolph's layup with 7:19 left matched that 10-point lead at 63-53. Then the Spurs went on a 13-3 run over a 4-minute span to erase that lead on Aldridge's three-point play at 67-66. Aldridge finished with nine points in helping the Spurs lead 75-74 at the end of the quarter. TIP-INS Spurs: They improved to 36-15 with a chance to clinch a series under Popovich, who took over in the 1996-97 season. ... Ginobili converted a four-point play with 1:31 left in the third, putting the Spurs up 73-69. ... The Spurs wound up tying the Grizzlies' reserves with 16 points thanks to Mills. Grizzlies: The Grizzlies set a franchise record hitting eight 3-pointers in the first half, topping the previous mark of seven in the second half May 1, 2005, against Phoenix. ... Conley has 20 or more points in five straight playoff games, the longest such streak in franchise history. HE SAID IT Popovich: 'I'm thrilled we were able to win because if we played 10 times, we each would probably win five.' FREE THROW WATCH Fizdale earned a $30,000 fine from the NBA for his 'Take that for data' rant about the free throw discrepancy in Game 2. Well, Leonard was 9 of 10 at the free throw line through three quarters compared to the Grizzlies' 7 of 8. The Spurs were 18 of 20 through three quarters. The Spurs finished 22 of 25 compared to 20 of 24 for Memphis. ___ More AP NBA: apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
  • T.J. Owuanibe got his wish: The 14-year-old shared center stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to announce the Baltimore Ravens' top draft pick. The eighth grader at McDonogh School in Baltimore was diagnosed two years ago with brain cancer. He recently told Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic that he longed to join Goodell at the podium in Philadelphia when the Ravens — his favorite team — made their first-round selection. And so, when Baltimore decided Thursday night to take Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey with the 16th overall pick, Owuanibe jumped into action to help complete the process. Wearing a grey suit, a bowtie, a light blue shirt and a very serious expression, Owuanibe nervously stood next to Goodell, who shared the youth's background with a national audience. Owuanibe stood stoically until Goodell said, 'He loves the Ravens.' And then the boy finally smiled. An instant after that, Goodell stepped aside and let Owuanibe move behind the microphone — which was too high. After Goodell made a quick adjustment to the microphone, Owuanibe pumped his fist and told football fans around the world who the Ravens picked at No. 16. Owuanibe loved the Ravens long before he was diagnosed with cancer. In recent year, the teenager met with the coaching staff and several players at training camp through another nonprofit organization, the Casey Cares Foundation. Thus, when his wish was presented to the Ravens front office, the team happily complied. Coach John Harbaugh informed T.J. that his wish has been granted. T.J.'s cancer is now in remission.
  • Sidney Crosby outdueled Alex Ovechkin in a vintage goal-for-goal showdown between the NHL's top teams, and Nick Bonino and Marc-Andre Fleury put the finishing touches on a playoff classic. Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Bonino had the winner in the third period and Fleury made dazzling saves with and without his stick, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 Thursday night in Game 1 of their highly anticipated second-round series. Almost eight years after their 'dueling hat tricks' game, Ovechkin answered Crosby with his fourth goal of the playoffs, but his team couldn't compensate for the Penguins captain's greatness. 'They're special athletes, both those guys, and they look for those big moments and they capitalize on those big moments,' Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. 'They're special players.' Crosby scored twice in the first 64 seconds of the second period to give him as many goals as he had points in the Penguins' series against the Capitals a year ago. 'That's how it goes sometimes,' Crosby said. 'You don't get some for a while and then they come in bunches.' With linemates Jake Guentzel and Patric Hornqvist playing a game of 'Get Crosby the puck and watch him do his thing,' the 2016 playoff MVP capitalized on a couple of Washington mistakes and looked as if he had a third goal in him a few more times. 'He was a threat all night,' Penguins center Matt Cullen said. 'He was dangerous. He was attacking.' In a postseason full of blown multi-goal leads, the Capitals rallied on goals by Ovechkin late in the second and Evgeny Kuznetsov early in the third. Then another Capitals mistake allowed Scott Wilson to find Bonino in some open ice, and the third-line center beat Braden Holtby with 7:24 left for the Game 1 winner. 'Bones is a guy that's a high-stakes player,' coach Mike Sullivan said. 'He brings his best game when the games are most important, and we've got a lot of guys on our roster that we can say that about.' Fleury qualifies, especially after he flailed around and almost actually stood on his head to preserve the victory. He made 15 of his 32 saves in the third period, including a flurry of four with 3 minutes left long after he had lost his stick. 'I couldn't see the puck for a little while there, I had no stick, so I was trying to make some stops,' Fleury said. 'It was fun. ... Try to rise up to the challenge and try to keep the team in the game. Saving that lead, when you can do it, it's a good feeling.' The Capitals weren't feeling so good about a game in which they didn't have a single power play. Pittsburgh went 0 for 2 with the man advantage, but Trotz thought there were opportunities for his team to get at least one chance. 'No penalties against their side,' Ovechkin said. 'You just have to fight through it.' The Capitals outshot the Penguins 35-21 — Holtby made 18 saves and Fleury was the difference. With Game 2 in Washington on Saturday night, Bonino knows it will be difficult to take a 2-0 series lead with the same showing. 'I think we can play better,' Bonino said. 'There's no perfect games. I think we weathered their storm there. I think we're happy to get the win, but they played a great game and we know they're going to get better too, so we've got to match that.' NOTES: LW Chris Kunitz returned to the Penguins' lineup after missing the first round and final five games of the regular season with a lower-body injury. Kunitz appeared in his 107th playoff game, tying Hall of Famer/co-owner Mario Lemieux for fifth on the Penguins' career list. ... Pittsburgh LW Carl Hagelin remained out with a lower-body injury that has sidelined him since mid-March. ... Capitals D Karl Alzner missed his fifth consecutive game with an upper-body injury. ... Washington did not have a power play in a playoff game for the first time since Game 7 of the first round against the New York Islanders in 2015. ___ More AP NHL: https://www.apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey ___ Follow Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SWhyno
  • The crowd on the road was rowdy. The 25-point lead was gone. The Toronto Raptors were frazzled, in danger of losing a Game 6 in the playoffs again. This time, Toronto found a way to win. DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Cory Joseph had five points in a 9-0 run in the final 2 minutes to answer a furious rally by the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Raptors held on for a 92-89 victory Thursday night to take their first-round playoff series in six games. The Raptors move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, a series that starts Monday. 'We lost our composure a little bit,' coach Dwane Casey said. 'Again, we found a way to (hold on). That's what good teams do.' Toronto snapped a five-game losing streak in Game 6s, earning a couple extra days off to rest for the Cavaliers. The Raptors also need to work on finishing off opponents in the second half. Joseph's 3 with 1:27 left put Toronto up for good, 85-82. Two foul shots from Joseph with 33.9 seconds extended the lead to seven. The Raptors could finally breathe easy after DeRozan went 2 of 2 from the foul line with 3.1 seconds to play for a three-point lead. Tony Snell's inbounds pass on the ensuing possession was intercepted by DeRozan. 'We stayed calm. We knew they weren't going to give up,' DeRozan said. Jason Terry's 3 with 3:06 left had given the Bucks an 80-78 lead, completing an unlikely comeback from the 25-point deficit with 5:16 left in the third quarter. The Raptors looked as if they were on cruise control after DeMarre Carroll's 3 gave them the 71-46 advantage. Giannis Antetokounmpo spearheaded the second-half rally for Milwaukee. He had 34 points. But the Bucks finished one comeback short. A 9-of-18 showing from the foul line in the fourth quarter hurt, too. 'We always talk about the little things, and when we look at this it comes down to just free throws,' coach Jason Kidd said. 'We don't need to overanalyze it. We got to the stripe and we just couldn't capitalize on that.' Khris Middleton added 19 points for the Bucks after missing practice time this week because of illness. TIP-INS Raptors: Toronto last won a Game 6 in 2001 after defeating Philadelphia in a second-round series. ... Entering Thursday, Toronto was 0-4 all-time in Game 6s on the road, and 0-3 in Casey's six-year tenure with the team. That stretch started in 2014, when the Raptors lost a first-round series to the Brooklyn Nets, who were then coached by Kidd. ... DeRozan was 7 of 13 for a game-high 16 points in the first half. ... The Raptors lost three of four games to Cleveland in the regular season. Bucks: Middleton made the only 3 of the first half for Milwaukee, which missed its eight other shots from behind the arc. The Raptors outscored the Bucks 28-22 in the paint, negating Milwaukee's strength. ... The franchise hasn't won a playoff series since advancing to the Eastern Conference finals in 2001. BREATHLESS BUCKS The furious effort appeared to sap the energy of the young Bucks. Even Antetokounmpo, a gym rat, looked tired with his hands on hips as he caught his breath during fourth-quarter breaks. He played 47 minutes. Antetokounmpo finished 13 of 23 from the field and 2 of 6 in the fourth. A frenetic, towel-waving crowd helped fuel the Bucks. 'You know you're going to be tired, it's the playoffs. I just was thinking in my mind 'Do whatever it takes,'' the All-Star said. 'I told my teammates to just fight through it. It was not just me. Everybody was tired.' LOSING FOCUS Nearly everything was going Toronto's way from late in the first quarter to midway through the third quarter. Then the Raptors lost focus. They looked like the team that had the embarrassing 27-point loss in Game 3. 'I think we gave up the lead by not passing the ball, not moving the ball as much,' guard Kyle Lowry said. 'But you live and you learn. ... On to the next one and we're prepared for the next one.' Lowry finished with 13 points. UP NEXT The Raptors will face Cleveland a year after losing to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals in six games. 'Winning in Cleveland is difficult. We know what we're facing,' Casey said. 'Hopefully we've got a couple days now to review what they're doing.' ___ More AP NBA: apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
  • Erik Karlsson was hoping for a good bounce. He got a great one. Karlsson's shot from an almost impossible angle beat Henrik Lundqvist with 4:11 left in the third period, sending the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in the opener of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night. Karlsson's first attempt was blocked by Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh, but the second — the shot leaving his tape from below the goal line — somehow found its way past the Swedish goaltender, who had been nearly unbeatable to that point. 'Those are always nice to get,' Karlsson said. 'And I think that the amount of pucks that we put at the net we deserved one of those.' It was the last of 43 shots at Lundqvist and the first goal of the playoffs for the Ottawa captain. 'There's three guys in line with that puck and I pick it up, but it just hit me in the head and it's in,' Lundqvist said. It was Karlsson's first goal and seventh point of the playoffs. The 26-year-old defenseman, who has been playing with a foot injury, also logged more than 28 minutes in the win. Senators coach Guy Boucher was almost at a loss for words to describe a player who he believes is deserving of Hart Trophy consideration as league MVP this season. 'It's been so consistent that I guess I got used to it,' Boucher said. 'I don't know if that's good or bad, but I don't think you should ever get used to that. I think our fans have to appreciate what we have here. It's more than a star right now. That's what I think is unbelievable. He's a skilled player that became a star and now he's a winner.' Ryan McDonagh scored for New York, and Lundqvist finished with 41 saves. Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots and Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa, which eliminated Boston in six games in the first round. Game 2 is Saturday. The Senators, playing in front of several empty seats, had a chance for a fast start, but went 0 for 3 on the power play during a scoreless first period. The 35-year-old Lundqvist was terrific, especially early on. He made 21 saves in the first, including a pair of stops on Mark Stone during a flurry around the net on Ottawa's first power play. Lundqvist had a 1.70 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage in the first round against Montreal. 'He made some big stops for us and kept it tight and we always know he's going to be there,' Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. 'You knew they were going to push in their building in Game 1 and we have to find a way to answer in Game 2. Playoffs come down to a bounce and one shot here or there and Thursday we were on the wrong side of it.' Anderson wasn't tested nearly as much at the other end, but was forced to hang tough when McDonagh walked past a row of Senators during a New York power play and made an attempt on goal that went wide. The captain of the Rangers made the most of another power-play opportunity in the second, beating Anderson at 7:10 with pesky winger Chris Kreider camped out in front. New York went 1 for 15 with the man advantage in the first round. Slumping through the first half of the middle period, the Sens grabbed momentum by punishing the Rangers with a series of heavy shifts down low in the offensive zone. The speedy Viktor Stalberg nearly scored when he slipped behind the New York defense at one point, but he was turned away. Ottawa finally broke through with another power play — on the second of two minor penalties for rookie Brady Skjei. Lundqvist brushed aside Kyle Turris' shot from the left face-off circle, but the rebound came right to Dzingel and he converted the Sens' 33rd shot. It was more Lundqvist in the third. He denied Clarke MacArthur on a redirection from the slot, and then turned away Dzingel, who had gotten behind the New York defense. Lundqvist snatched his shot with the glove as the Canadian Tire Centre crowd murmured in frustration. NOTES: Dozens of rows in the upper bowl were completely empty, and there was even a noticeable smattering of vacant seats in the lower bowl. The Senators had no comment when asked about the empty seats at the game and the attendance was not announced. The official game sheet said 16,744 fans were in the 19,153-seat arena.
  • ___ WASHINGTON CAPITALIZES Trea Turner and the Nationals clubbed their way through Coors Field this week, scoring 11 or more runs in three straight games for the first time since they were the Montreal Expos in 1986. Turner had a huge four-game series in Colorado, getting seven extra-base hits, driving in 11 runs and scoring 10. Max Scherzer and Washington now host the Mets — New York, which has lost six in a row, might find out how long slugger Yoenis Cespedes will be out with an injured hamstring. OLD-TIMEY The Cubs visit Fenway Park as World Series champions, with Jake Arrieta (3-0, 3.65 ERA) facing Drew Pomeranz. The Red Sox are 5-7 vs. the Cubs in interleague play — not including the 1918 Fall Classic, won by Babe Ruth and Boston — and got swept by Chicago at home in three games in 2014. ON A ROLL The Phillies own the longest winning streak in the majors, taking a six-game run into Dodger Stadium. Maikel Franco has 20 RBIs in Philadelphia's 20 games despite hitting just .221. TRY AGAIN Toronto is the only team in the majors that hasn't won two straight games this season. The Blue Jays hope to break that streak this weekend when they host Tampa Bay. Marcus Stroman pitches for the hosts — in his last start, he threw a complete game against the Angels. Stroman also played this week in St. Louis, delivering a pinch-double for his first career hit and scoring in an extra-inning win. TOUGH CHOICE Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller has a partially torn ligament in his throwing elbow, leaving him with a difficult decision. He could have Tommy John surgery, a route that would keep him out at least until the middle of next season. He also could try rehabilitating it, even go with stem cell injections, though that comes with the risk of tearing the ligament completely. The 26-year-old Miller appeared to be getting back on track this season after struggling in 2016. He was 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA in four starts before the injury.

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  • Former Gainesville Red Elephant football and Clemson Tiger quarterback Deshaun Watson had his name called on the biggest of football stages last night in Philadelphia. With the 12th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected the once local high school legend and College Football Playoff champion. Watson was an AJC Super 11 selection in 2013 and left the Red Elephants as the Georgia record-holder for career passing yards in high school. In three seasons at Clemson, Watson  led the Tigers to two College Football Playoff appearances, winning a National Championship in 2017 when he beat the Alabama Crimson Tide,  and has twice been named a Heisman Trophy finalist. Earlier this year, the road that runs by the Gainesville High football stadium was named ‘Deshaun Watson Way’ in his honor. 
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS-----Georgia plays host to No. 8 Florida starting Friday at Foley Field at 7 p.m. with the entire league series available on SEC Network+ and the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG. With four SEC series remaining, the Bulldogs (17-25, 5-13 SEC) are tied for 12th with Tennessee for the final spot in the 12-team SEC Tournament field. Georgia and the Vols own identical 5-13 SEC records. The Bulldogs do hold the tiebreaker over UT after winning the series in Knoxville 2-1 earlier this season. Alabama is in last place overall with a 2-16 SEC record. Missouri holds the 11th spot with an 8-10 league mark. The Gators (27-13, 10-8 SEC) are in second place in the Eastern Division, two games behind seventh-ranked Kentucky (28-13, 12-6 SEC). Georgia travels to Kentucky next (May 5-7). Georgia is coming off a 7-5 road win over Georgia Tech to clinch the season series in its only midweek action while Florida last played on Sunday, winning a home series over No. 18 South Carolina. Entering this series, the Bulldogs are batting .259 with an ERA of 5.08 and a fielding percentage of .956. The Gators are batting .252 with a 3.09 ERA and a .978 fielding percentage. Florida leads the series with Georgia 173-80-2. The Bulldogs last won a series over the Gators in 2013, going 2-1 in Athens. Florida has won the last three series, posting a sweep in Gainesville in 2014 and winning 2-1 in Athens in 2015 and 2-1 in Gainesville in 2016.   On Saturday at 2 p.m., Georgia will hold its annual Lettermen’s Day with a special focus on the 30-year anniversary of the 1987 team that was the first Bulldog squad in school history to advance to the College World Series. Also, two annual lettermen awards will be presented before the game. Lettermen from as far back as the 1940s will be in attendance.   Pitching Matchups For The UF Series Friday at 7 p.m.: Andrew Gist (2-3, 3.99), LHP, Sr. vs. Alex Faedo (6-1, 2.47) RHP, Jr. Saturday at 2 p.m.: Chase Adkins (5-4, 3.43), RHP, Jr. vs. Brady Singer (4-3, 1.94), RHP, So. Sunday at 1 p.m.: Kevin Smith (2-4, 6.35), LHP, So. vs. Jackson Kowar (6-0, 3.90), RHP, So.    Hitters To Watch Georgia’s top two hitters and All-Star candidates are sophomore C/DH Michael Curry (.344-9-42) and freshman SS Cam Shepherd (.320-5-22). They have started all 42 games and rank 1-2 on the squad in batting average, home runs and RBI. Curry ranks in the top 10 in the SEC in batting, home runs and RBI. In SEC action, Shepherd is batting a team-best .359 followed by Curry at .338. The Gators are led by sophomore OF Nelson Maldonado (.311-3-13) and junior 1B/C JJ Schwarz (.243-5-30). Also, Florida is 52-for-68 in stolen base attempts with junior SS Dalton Guthrie (.250-3-13) and sophomore 2B Deacon Liput (225-1-12) with 10 stolen bases apiece.   Banged-Up Bulldogs  Georgia’s infield depth has taken a hit this month after two more Bulldogs were lost to season-ending injuries. Freshman Aaron Schunk (.290-1-18), who had started 37 games at third base, broke his left thumb against Clemson on April 19th while junior utility infielder Trey Logan (.190-0-6) broke his left collarbone against Vanderbilt April 22nd. Georgia has been without projected starting first baseman sophomore Patrick Sullivan all year due to an illness. Also, junior outfielder Will Campbell (.237-3-13), who has made 29 starts, has missed the last nine games due to a sore back.    2017 Georgia Baseball Stat Link: http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/teamcume.html   Television/Radio TV: SEC Network+ Friday-Sunday (Matt Stewart & Jason Jacobs); Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (Jeff Dantzler & David Johnston) Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), also via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app. Live Stats: www.georgiadogs.com, go to the Schedule Page, find the game, click on GameTracker Link Additional Coverage on Twitter: @BaseballUGA   Foley Field Ticket Information *Ticket Booth and Gates open two hours before first pitch. *Reserved Seat Tickets: $8; General Admission Tickets: $5; Order online or by calling 1-877-542-1231 *UGA Student Tickets: Free Admission with valid UGA Student ID Card *UGA Student Gate is located off Rutherford Street Special Promotions for the UF Series *Friday: First 750 fans receive Utz Potato Chips *Saturday: Lettermen Day honoring Georgia’s 1987 College World Series Team; First 750 fans receive a 1987 replica jersey *Sunday: First 200 fans receive an oatmeal cookie to celebrate National Oatmeal Cookie Day: Pregame: Anthem Buddies: Stand on the field next to your favorite Bulldog for the National Anthem Postgame: Kids can run the bases and play catch in the outfield for a brief time
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia sophomore Denzel Comenentia has been named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week while redshirt freshman Kate Hall has earned the Women’s Freshman of the Week honor following the Bulldogs’ weekend at the Virginia Challenge.   Comenentia was named the SEC Freshman of the Week once last year indoors and once outdoors in 2016. This marks Hall’s first weekly league honor.   The Bulldogs have now had five SEC weekly award winners outdoors. Freshman Beatrice Llano became Georgia’s first winner following the Texas Relays and senior siblings Devon and Kendell Williams garnered conference honors after sweeping the Bulldog Decathlon/Heptathlon in Athens.   Comenentia, a native of Amsterdam, Netherlands, lifted his fourth attempt in the shot put Invite a personal-best distance of 66 feet, 8 ½ inches to take second in Charlottesville, Va. This effort ranks fourth on the national list, is the top SEC mark and sits third in the school record books, pushing 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Reese Hoffa to fourth. Comenentia started his weekend by winning the hammer with a throw of 227-3.   Hall, a native of Casco, Maine, and Iowa State transfer, cruised to a victory in the 100-meter dash by .20 seconds, marking the first time she had run the distance at the collegiate level. She finished with a personal record of 11.36, which is the second-best time for a freshman in the country this year. Hall’s time ranks fourth in the UGA record books and is the best since 2004. She remains fifth on this year’s national long jump list as well.   The Bulldogs will train through this weekend as they prepare for the inaugural Torrin Lawrence Memorial at the Spec Towns Track in Athens on Saturday, May 6. This will be the teams’ final meet before the SEC Championships arrive in Columbia, S.C., on May 11-13.   Updates from Georgia’s track and field and cross country teams can always be found on Twitter/Instagram (UGATrack) and Snapchat (ugatrack)
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATLANTA-----Georgia cruised to a 7-5 win over Georgia Tech Tuesday to clinch the season series in front of a Russ Chandler Stadium crowd of 2,373.    Georgia (17-25) used a two-out rally in the fourth to score four runs on three hits to break open a scoreless contest. With two on and two outs, sophomore designated LJ Talley got the scoring started with an RBI-single. After a walk to freshman second baseman Will Proctor, freshman centerfielder Tucker Maxwell delivered a two-run single. Freshman right fielder Tucker Bradley capped the scoring with an infield single that marked his first career RBI and a 4-0 advantage. Tech responded with single runs in the fourth and fifth frames to make it 4-2. In the seventh, sophomore catcher Michael Curry blasted a two-out, two-run shot for a 6-2 lead. It was his ninth of the year and gave him 41 RBI, both team-highs. Tech centerfielder Ryan Peurifoy closed the gap to 6-3 with a leadoff home run in the seventh. Curry added an RBI-single in the ninth. The Bulldogs scored all seven of their runs with two outs, going 5-for-14.   Sophomore Kevin Smith (2-4) started for the Bulldogs on a staff night and provided four solid innings for the win, allowing one run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts. In the fifth, Georgia turned to freshman Zac Kristofak and he went four innings, scattering four runs on six hits before leaving with the bases loaded and nobody out in the ninth. Redshirt junior Drew Moody picked up his first save of the year and fourth of his career to preserve the victory. Tech fell to 20-20 and right-hander Ben Schniederjans dropped to 2-4, surrendering four runs on two hits in 3.2 innings.   Earlier this month in Athens, Georgia defeated Tech 5-1. The teams will meet one more time in Atlanta at SunTrust Park on May 9th in a game to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). It will be the 15th time they have played for CHOA with the previous 14 games held at Turner Field, the former home of the Atlanta Braves. Georgia went 9-5 in those contests.   Georgia returns to Foley Field Friday for the start of an SEC series with No. 8 Florida (27-13, 10-8 SEC). First pitch will be at 7:02 p.m. EDT and be available on SEC Network+ and the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.   Dawg Tracks   *Sophomore DH LJ Talley got the four-run outburst in the fourth started with a two-out RBI single as Keegan McGovern scored on a play at the plate. *Freshman RF Tucker Bradley notched his first career RBI, and it came in his 89th at bat of the year, a two-out, RBI-single in the fourth to make it 4-0. He had his first career four-hit game too. He became the sixth different Bulldog with a four-hit game this year. *Sophomore Michael Curry hit his team-leading ninth home run in the seventh, a two-run blast. He finished 2-for-5 with three RBI for a team-best 42 RBI this year. *Redshirt junior Drew Moody notched his first save of the season and fourth of his career, inheriting a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the ninth with a 7-3 lead.   Coach's Corner: Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin “We won the series against our biggest rival, and that’s a big deal. I thought we played really clean, our pitchers did a great job and we got some clutch two-out hits to score all our runs. Tucker Bradley had four hits and his first RBI and LJ Talley got the big inning going for us with a two-out RBI. Kevin Smith gave us a solid start and then Zac Kristofak pitched really well, and when you’re pitching with a lead, it’s okay to give up a solo home run. Zac was throwing strikes, and that’s the key and why we stuck with him. We had Drew Moody ready, and it was tough to bring him in with the bases loaded in the ninth, and he got the job done.”
  • ATHENS, GA. --- Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has named 78 University of Georgia student-athletes to the winter SEC Academic Honor Roll, announced this week. The honor roll includes the sports of basketball, equestrian, gymnastics and swimming & diving. It is based on grades from the 2016 spring, summer and fall terms. To be eligible for nomination, the student-athlete must have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.   Georgia’s 78 student-athletes was the second highest in the conference, behind Auburn’s 96. South Carolina also posted 78 to the honor roll, followed by Kentucky’s 70.   The following UGA student-athletes were named to the 2016-2017 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll:   Men’s Basketball: Houston Kessler (Management); Connor O’Neill (Finance); Juwan Parker (Kinesiology); Brandon Young (Management)   Women’s Basketball: Haley Clark (Finance); Mackenzie Engram (Journalism)   Equestrian: Bailey Anderson (Biochemical Engineering); Payton Anderson (Finance); Madison Anger (Biology); Madison Beasley (Journalism); Sydney Beasley (Exercise and Sport Science); Taylor Carman (Communication Studies and Criminal Justice); Lindsey Cheek (Management Information Systems); Addyson Cord (Chemistry); Carissa Duvall (Biology); Liza Finsness (Biology); Chaney Getchell (Accounting); Vanessa Gillette (Marketing); Liza Goodlett (Journalism); Allie Harbert (Psychology and Biology); Kyndall Harper (Human Development and Family Science); Grace Howard (Fashion Merchandising; Housing Management and Policy); Caroline Johnson (Biology); Samantha Johnson (Risk Management and Insurance); Ashlin Liedberg (Early Childhood Education); Emma Mandarino (Accounting); Eva Marcelis (Arabic and International Affairs); Vanessa McCarthy (Consumer Economics); Alexis Mougalian (Business); Madison Newman (Risk Management and Insurance); Ashlyn Perry (Communication Science and Disorders); Grace Porter (Biology and Genetics); Caroline Robinson (Psychology); Emma Schauder (English); Kelly Skoglund (Management Information Systems); Claudia Spreng (International Business and Finance); Agne Stoskute (Animal Science); Catherine Sullivan (Journalism and International Affairs); Jane Sutcliff (Psychology); Charley Thiel (Furnishings and Interiors); Danielle Walawender (Animal Science)   Gymnastics: Jasmine Arnold (Criminal Justice and Psychology); Vivi Babalis (Sport Management); Grace Cherrey (Marketing); Lauren Johnson (Human Development and Family Science); Gigi Marino (Early Childhood Education); Morgan Reynolds (Consumer Journalism); Beth Roberts (Management Information Systems); Hayley Sanders (Dietetics and Consumer Foods); Rachel Schick (Biological Science)   Men’s Swimming and Diving: Blake Atmore (Legal Studies; International Business & Finance); Alex Bemiller (Marketing); Gunnar Bentz (Management); Powell Brooks (Finance); Aidan Burns (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology); Pace Clark (Management); Taylor Dale (Management); Ian Forlini (Marketing); James Guest (Finance); Patrick Humphreys (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology); Joshua Kenway (Political Science and Economics); Jay Litherland (Management); John Mattern (Risk Management and Insurance); Basil Orr (Finance); Christopher Powell (Real Estate); Walker Wheeler (Management)   Women’s Swimming and Diving: Emily Cameron (International Affairs and Political Science); Caitlin Casazza (Exercise and Sport Science); Madison Duvall (Human Development and Family Science); Allison Greene (Sport Management); Kimberlee John-Williams (International Affairs and Political Science); Megan Kingsley (Marketing); Ashley Mallon (International Affairs); Anna McKenzie (Spanish); Meaghan Raab (Journalism); Kelly Thatcher (Exercise and Sport Science); Chantal Van Landeghem (Psychology); Rachel Zilinskas (Statistics and Risk Management and Insurance)