Quarterbacks and just about anyone from national champion Alabama headlined the NFL draft.
The top three spots for the third time ever were passers: Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence to Jacksonville, followed by BYU’s Zach Wilson to the Jets, followed by FCS school North Dakota State’s Trey Lance to San Francisco.
Two other QBs selected were Justin Field of Ohio State by Chicago and Mac Jones of the Crimson Tide by New England.
Jones was one of six Alabama players to go in the first 24 to tie a record set by Miami, Florida, in 2004.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst reiterated Thursday that the team remains committed to quarterback Aaron Rodgers amid a report the reigning MVP doesn’t want to return to Green Bay.
ESPN reported in the hours leading up to the draft that Rodgers doesn’t want to return to the Packers. The ESPN report said the Packers have offered to extend Rodgers’ contract and that team CEO Mark Murphy, Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur each flew out separately to meet Rodgers during the offseason.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Anaheim Ducks goalie Ryan Miller will retire at the conclusion of the season, ending the 18-year career of the winningest American-born goaltender in NHL history.
The 40-year-old Miller has played 794 games for the Buffalo Sabres, the Vancouver Canucks, the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim, where he has spent the past four seasons primarily as John Gibson’s backup. Miller won the Vezina Trophy in 2010 as the NHL’s best goaltender for Buffalo.
With a career 390-289-87 record and a .914 save percentage, Miller is first in NHL history in victories by an American-born goalie while ranking second in shutouts (44) and games played. He is 14th overall on the NHL’s victories list, ranking 12th in saves (21,621) and 19th in games played.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) - Jesse Marsch will take over at German soccer team Leipzig next season in one of the most prominent jobs for an American coach in European club soccer.
The Bundesliga club said Thursday that Marsch will switch from sister club Red Bull Salzburg on a two-year contract until June 2023.
Marsch will take over from Julian Nagelsmann, who agreed Tuesday to replace from Hansi Flick at Bayern Munich.
Marsch, a former player who made two appearances for the United States national team, was the first American to coach a team in the Champions League.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea began administering fast-track COVID-19 vaccines on Thursday to athletes, coaches and others expected to attend the Tokyo Olympics.
The Korean Sport and Olympic Committee said the first group of about 100 people received the first doses at a state-run hospital in Seoul at the start of the country’s prioritized vaccination program for its Olympic delegation. They will be given second shots in the coming weeks.
A total of 930 athletes, coaches, officials and other support staff will be vaccinated ahead of the Tokyo Games, which is set to open on July 23.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Byron “B.J.” Seaman, one of the founding owners of the Calgary Flames, has died. He was 97.
He died Saturday in Calgary, according to McInnis and Holloway Funeral Home in Calgary.
James and late brother Daryl “Doc” Seaman were co-owners of the NHL franchise for 30 years. They were among six Calgary men along with Nelson Skalbania who bought the Atlanta Flames and moved the club to Alberta in 1980.
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