- Associated Press - Friday, April 27, 2018

NFL

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Quarterback desperation means NFL teams can’t pass on taking a passer - even a flawed one - in the draft.

The Browns, Jets, Bills and Cardinals heeded that notion, even as more highly rated players at other positions remained on the board.

Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield became Cleveland’s latest attempt to find its franchise quarterback at No. 1. Sam Darnold of Southern California went to the Jets at No. 3, while in upstate New York - where the Bills gave up on Tyrod Taylor - the future belongs to Wyoming’s Josh Allen. Just after Buffalo traded up to grab Allen at No. 7, Arizona moved up to No. 10 to get UCLA’s Josh Rosen, a potential replacement for the retired Carson Palmer.

Four quarterbacks in the first 10 selections. Never mind that the best players were considered Penn State running back Saquon Barkley (second overall to the Giants) and North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb (fifth to Denver). The last pick of the first round was a fifth quarterback: 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, chosen by Baltimore.

NBA

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Giannis Antetokounmpo asserted himself in the biggest game of his budding career with his team on the brink of playoff elimination. Now it’s on to Game 7 for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 14 rebounds and the Bucks pulled away late to beat the Boston Celtics 97-86 to force a winner-take-all game Saturday night in Boston.

Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon each added 16 points, with Brogdon hitting a momentum-swinging 3 from the left corner to give the Bucks a two-possession lead with 5:22 left.

Just getting to Game 7 is a small but significant step for a young team that lost in six games to the Toronto Raptors a year ago.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry resumed full practice with contact and could play for the defending champion Golden State Warriors as soon as Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Saturday night against New Orleans.

Curry looked strong as he practiced wearing a protective brace over his sprained left knee, which has sidelined him since the injury March 23 - the same day he returned from a six-game absence because of a hurt right ankle.

Coach Steve Kerr is calling Curry questionable for Saturday. That could change if the two-time NBA MVP still feels fine Friday and is fine after one more day of full practice before the Pelicans visit Oracle Arena to begin the best-of-seven series.

NHL

WASHINGTON (AP) - After the Capitals scored early, the Penguins scored often to stun their rivals with yet another comeback.

Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel scored in a 4:49 span to help Pittsburgh erase a two-goal deficit in the third period and the Penguins beat Washington 3-2 in Game 1 of the second-round series.

Showing no panic from allowing a goal to Evgeny Kuznetsov 17 seconds into the game and another to Alex Ovechkin 28 seconds into the third period, the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions took another series lead in typical Penguins fashion.

Playing without injured forwards Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh naturally fed off Crosby, who had a goal and an assist.

Matt Murray stopped 32 of 34 shots, keeping the Penguins in the game.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 33 shots for his third shutout of the playoffs, and the Vegas Golden Knights went on to beat the San Jose Sharks 7-0 in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Cody Eakin, Erik Haula and Jonathan Marchessault scored 1:31 apart early in the first period to get Vegas going. Alex Tuch, Shea Theodore, Colin Miller and James Neal also scored, Reilly Smith and William Karlsson each had three assists, and Marchessault and David Perron added two each.

Fleury, who improved to 5-0 in the playoffs, got his 13th career shutout in the playoffs - and second straight. He also blanked Los Angeles 1-0 in Game 4 of the first round.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego State said its proposed new 35,000-seat football stadium could be expanded to 55,000 seats if the NFL ever returns to the city.

SDSU has proposed building a $250 million stadium to replace aging SDCCU Stadium, formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium.

The new stadium would be part of a campus expansion via an initiative on the November ballot that seeks to buy the site from the city.

A competing initiative calls for a $4 billion development that would include a stadium for a possible MLS team.

The NFL’s Chargers relocated to the Los Angeles area before the 2017 season.

GOLF

AVONDALE, La. (AP) - Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover teamed to shoot a 12-under 60 for a share of the Zurich Classic lead with China’s Zhang Xinjun and Dou Zecheng.

Reavie and Glover each had six birdies in the best-ball format, pushing through soggy weather early in the round before conditions cleared at TPC Louisiana. Zhang and Dou birdied four of their final five holes.

Tony Finau-Daniel Summerhays, Chris Paisley-Tommy Fleetwood, J.J. Henry-Tom Hoge, Michael Kim-Andrew Putnam, Kevin Kisner-Scott Brown and Troy Merritt-Brendon de Jonge were tied for third at 62.

Jason Day and Ryan Ruffels shot 64, Masters champion Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay had a 65, and Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer were at 66.

This is the second year that two-player teams have competed at the Zurich Classic. xxxxxxxx

DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) - Lydia Ko was back on top at Lake Merced.

Ko shot a 4-under 68 on a chilly morning at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship for a share of the first-round lead. Jessica Korda, Caroline Hedwall, In-Kyung Kim and Su Oh joined Ko atop the leaderboard in the LPGA Tour’s return to Lake Merced after a year away.

Ko eagled the par-5 fifth and had four birdies and a bogey. The New Zealander has 14 LPGA Tour wins, the last in July 2016.

Oh was the only one of the five players tied for the lead to play in the afternoon.

Lexi Thompson, Sei Young Kim, Charley Hull and Celine Herbin shot 69.


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