Friday, April 29
FRIDAY, APRIL 29
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Cincinnati (Straily 0-0) at Pittsburgh (Nicasio 2-2), 7:05 p.m.
Cleveland (Kluber 1-3) at Philadelphia (Morgan 0-0), 7:05 p.m.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
NFL Draft (rounds 2-3), Chicago, 7 p.m.
Penn Relays, Philadelphia, 9 a.m.
Oshie has hat trick, Capitals beat Penguins 4-3 in overtime
WASHINGTON (AP) — T.J. Oshie completed a hat trick in overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night in a classic start to the highly anticipated second-round playoff series between Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.
Pittsburgh will try to even up the series in Game 2 on Saturday.
Oshie's wraparound goal 9:33 into overtime of Game 1 stood up after video review once it was definitively shown that the puck went over the goal line.
Vezina Trophy finalist Braden Holtby made 42 saves, and Andre Burakovsky also scored for the Capitals.
Pittsburgh's Matt Murray stopped 43 shots. Ben Lovejoy, Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bonino scored for the Penguins, who will try to even the series Saturday night in Game 2.
Ovechkin assisted on Oshie's second goal, while Crosby was on the ice for three goals against. This is the first playoff meeting between the 2004 and 2005 No. 1 picks since 2009.
Eagles get quarterback Carson Wentz at No. 2 overall
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Eagles have selected North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in the NFL draft.
A potential franchise quarterback was Philadelphia's goal after the team traded up twice to get the second pick from Cleveland. The Eagles moved from No. 13 to No. 8 to No. 2 to get in position to select Jared Goff or Wentz despite signing Sam Bradford to a $36 million, two-year contract in March.
The 6-foot-5 Wentz led the Bison to their fifth consecutive FCS title last season. He passed for 1,651 yards and 17 touchdowns during his senior year that was shortened by a wrist injury. Wentz only started his final two seasons and didn't face big-time competition.
Bradford did not report for voluntary workouts this week and agent Tom Condon has requested a trade. The Eagles also signed Chase Daniel to a $21 million, three-year deal to be the backup.
Eagles: Bradford is team's quarterback
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Eagles have no plans to trade disgruntled quarterback Sam Bradford despite drafting North Dakota State's Carson Wentz with the second overall pick.
Executive Vice President Howie Roseman says the Eagles have been clear that Bradford is the team's quarterback, adding that "whenever he comes back, we'll welcome him with open arms."
In March, the Eagles gave Bradford a $36 million, two-year contract that included $22 million guaranteed. Then they moved up from No. 13 to No. 8 to No. 2 and landed Wentz.
Bradford did not report for voluntary workouts this week and agent Tom Condon has requested a trade. If Philadelphia relents and trades Bradford, another team would only pay him $7 million this season. The Eagles would incur an $11 million salary-cap hit for Bradford's signing bonus.
Barring a trade or injury to Bradford or backup Chase Daniel, Wentz isn't even expected to dress for a game in the regular season.
Steelers take Miami cornerback Artie Burns with 25th pick
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers took Miami cornerback Artie Burns with the 25th overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night, the first cornerback taken by the club in the opening round in nearly 20 years.
The Steelers are looking to revamp a secondary that finished 30th in the league in pass defense in 2015, one of the few weak spots on a club that made the playoffs for a second straight season.
The 6-foot, 197-pound Burns gives Pittsburgh size, speed and youth at a position where the club has struggled to develop talent. Burns led the ACC with six interceptions last fall for the Hurricanes. The selection marks the first cornerback selected by the Steelers since they took Chad Scott with the 24th pick in 1997.
L.A. Story: QB Goff goes to Los Angeles Rams with No. 1 pick
CHICAGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have selected California quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, and the No. 2 selection for the Philadelphia Eagles is North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.
It's the second straight year that two QBs were the first names off the board. It's the seventh time in the modern era of the draft since 1967.
The 6-foot-4 Goff started every game during his three seasons at California and set school records with 977 completions, 12,220 yards passing and 96 touchdown passes. The Rams traded with Tennessee to get the pick.
Wentz led the Bison to their fifth consecutive FCS championship in January. He passed for 1,651 yards and 17 touchdowns during his senior year that was shortened by a broken right wrist.
Philadelphia acquired the No. 2 selection in a trade with Cleveland last Wednesday. It's the first opening-round quarterback for the Eagles since they grabbed Donovan McNabb with the No. 2 pick in the 1999 draft.
NFL CONCUSSION LAWSUIT
Critics of NFL concussion deal seek further court review
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Critics of the proposed $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion claims want a full U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia to review a recent decision that upheld the deal.
The challengers believe the lead players' lawyers negotiated away compensation for chronic traumatic encephalopathy because the science is still being developed.
They consider CTE the "industrial disease" of football and say it was the key complaint in the initial lawsuit.
In their appeal Thursday, the critics' lawyers say the lead players' negotiators "traded" away the issue in exchange for enhanced compensation for less common problems, such as Parkinson's disease and dementia.
The lead plaintiffs' lawyers say further appeals will delay payments to ailing players and their families.
Rupp's 9th-inning hit lifts Phils over Nats 3-0 for sweep
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cameron Rupp hit a tiebreaking, two-run double off Jonathan Papelbon in a three-run ninth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.
Aaron Nola, Dalier Hinojosa, Elvis Araujo (1-0) and Jeanmar Gomez combined on a four-hitter and extended Washington's scoreless streak to 22 innings.
Philadelphia has won six of seven and at 12-10 moved two games over .500. The Phillies swept a series in Washington for the first time since May 2009.
Pirates-Rockies game postponed due to weather
DENVER (AP) — The game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Colorado Rockies was postponed Thursday about 90 minutes before the scheduled start because of a rain and snow mix.
A makeup date was not announced.
The Pirates are heading home after going 6-3 on their trip. They play Cincinnati on Friday.
Colorado begins a 10-day trip Friday in Arizona.
A break couldn't come at a better time for the Rockies, who've dropped eight straight against the Pirates at Coors Field.
The temperature at the time of the postponement was 37 degrees, which would have made this one of the coldest home games in team history. The record is 23 degrees on April 23, 2013, in a doubleheader opener against Atlanta.
Georgetown wins women's distance medley relay at Penn Relays
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sabrina Southerland led Georgetown to the Penn Relays women's distance medley relay title Thursday, running a speedy third leg to help the Hoyas dethrone four-time defending champion Villanova.
Georgetown finished in 11 minutes, 12.73 seconds for its third title in the event and first since 2011. The Hoyas led by a wide margin for most of the race, beat second-place Oklahoma State by five seconds and third-place Villanova by nine seconds in the marquee event of the first full day of the country's oldest and largest track meet.
Villanova, which ran three sophomores and a freshman, held a small lead after the opening 1,200-meter leg. But Georgetown surged ahead on the strength of Heather Martin's 400 leg (55.12 seconds) and extended its advantage on Southerland's 800 (2:05.22).
Katrina Coogan ran the 1,600 anchor leg in 4:44.07 for the Hoyas, who were coming off an NCAA indoor title in the DMR. Andrea Keklak ran the opening 1,200 leg in 3:28.33 at a chilly, rainy Franklin Field.
The meet continues with a full slate of high school and college events Friday and Saturday. The 17th annual USA vs. the World competition will also be held Saturday with several well-known professionals, including Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Sanya Richards-Ross and DeeDee Trotter, slated to compete as they prepare for the US Olympics trials in July.