Cowboys pass on Manziel, take OL from Notre Dame
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have passed on quarterback Johnny Manziel and taken offensive tackle Zack Martin of Notre Dame with the 16th pick in the first round of the NFL draft.
The Cowboys on Thursday night picked an offensive lineman in the first round for the second year in a row. Dallas traded down a year ago and ended up with center Travis Frederick, who started all 16 games as a rookie.
The anticipation of Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones grew as Manziel stayed on the board longer than expected.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is 34 and coming off two back surgeries. But Jones has said he was happy with Romo and didn't want to invest in a rookie.
No surprises: Clowney taken 1st by Texans
NEW YORK (AP) — The Houston Texans have made South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon (jah-DAY'-vee-ahn) Clowney the first pick in the NFL draft.
Considered a budding NFL star even when he was a freshman, Clowney brings size, speed and power to a Texans lineup that already has 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.
But his work ethic has been questioned after he slipped from 13 sacks to just three in 2013. Critics said he was protecting himself from injury before declaring early for the draft.
Houston previously made the top pick in two drafts, taking quarterback David Carr in 2002. He never lived up to that billing. They took DE Mario Williams in 2006, but he left for Buffalo in 2012.
Johnny Football joins Browns
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Johnny Football's long wait is over.
The Cleveland Browns selected Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 22nd overall pick of the NFL draft on Thursday night, moving up to nab college football's most exciting player who waited most of the first round to be selected.
The Browns made two earlier trades and passed on Manziel. With a chance to land him again, the Browns traded with Philadelphia and jumped from No. 26 to No. 22 to nab Johnny Football, who walked on Radio Music City Hall's stage doing his signature "money" gesture.
Manziel will certainly sell tickets in Cleveland, but the Browns need him to win and there are questions about the 5-foot-11 QB's durability.
Manziel is expected to compete with Brian Hoyer, who is coming off knee surgery.
Chargers draft CB Verrett from TCU
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers have taken TCU cornerback Jason Verrett with the 25th pick in the NFL draft.
The Chargers, who have to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos twice a season, had one of the most porous pass defenses last season.
Verrett is expected to start opposite Shareece Wright. Verrett is only 5-foot-9 and 189 pounds.
Bucs select WR Mike Evans 7th overall in NFL draft
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans with the seventh overall pick in the NFL draft.
Improving an offense that ranked last in passing and total offense in 2013 has been a major priority this offseason. New coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht decided Thursday night that adding the second-highest rated receiver in the draft was more important than making Evans' college teammate, Johnny Manziel, the team's quarterback of the future.
The 6-foot-5, 231-pound Evans averaged just over 20 yards per reception last season, finishing with 69 catches for 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Bucs will play him on the side opposite of Vincent Jackson, a five-time 1,000-yard receiver, including the past two seasons in Tampa Bay.
Spurs roll to 2-0 lead over Trail Blazers
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points, Tony Parker had 16 points and 10 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 114-97 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
Manu Ginobili added 16 points, Marco Belinelli scored 13, and Tiago Splitter had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Spurs' second convincing victory to open the best-of-seven series.
Nicolas Batum scored 21 points for Portland. Damian Lillard had 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points and 10 rebounds, but Portland again struggled to score against San Antonio's suffocating defense.
The Trail Blazers host Game 3 on Saturday night.
Rangers rebound for 5-0 win over Rockies
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Prince Fielder homered, Matt Harrison earned his first win of the season and the Texas Rangers beat Colorado 5-0 Thursday night after being overwhelmed by the Rockies the previous three games.
Harrison (1-0) and four relievers combined on a five-hitter, the Rangers' major league-best seventh shutout. Joakim Soria worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 28 games with a single in the third. That broke the team record he matched Wednesday night.
Colorado was the only National League team without a shutout loss. The Rockies, whose 22 wins are tied for most in the majors, had 50 hits and outscored the Rangers 29-5 the previous three nights — the first two in Denver before the interleague matchup switched to Texas.
Astros beat Tigers 6-2 to snap Detroit's streak
DETROIT (AP) — Dallas Keuchel outpitched college roommate Drew Smyly, and the Houston Astros edged Detroit 6-2 on Thursday to snap the Tigers' eight-game winning streak.
Houston also ended its own five-game losing skid. Keuchel allowed two runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings.
Keuchel and Smyly were both on the Arkansas team that reached the College World Series in 2009. The two left-handers were both sharp early Thursday, but Houston broke through with three runs in the fifth off Smyly to take the lead.
Houston's George Springer, a first-round draft pick in 2011, hit his first major league homer. Carlos Corporan and Matt Dominguez also went deep for the Astros.
Victor Martinez homered for the Tigers.
Rangers promote 2 infielders from Double-A
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have promoted two infielders from Double-A Frisco in place of the veteran second basemen who have shared that role.
Infielders Luis Sardinas and Rougned Odor had their contracts selected Thursday when Texas put Donnie Murphy was put on the 15-day disabled list with a neck strain and designated Josh Wilson for assignment.
Right-hander Scott Baker was designated for assignment a day after pitching 5 1-3 innings in relief in his Rangers debut.
Odor was in the starting lineup at second base for his major league debut. He hit .421 with three homers his last nine games in Frisco. Sardinas made his major league debut earlier this season with three games for the Rangers.
Murphy has started 18 games at second base, and Wilson started 16.
ROCKIES-ARENADO HIT STREAK
Arenado's 28-game hit streak breaks Rockies record
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has broken the team record with a 28-game hitting streak.
Arenado had a two-out single in the third inning Thursday night against the Texas Rangers.
The streak is one game longer than teammate Michael Cuddyer's 27-gamer last season.
Arenado's streak is the longest for anyone 23 or younger since Albert Pujols had a 30-game run in 2003 when he was 23.
The streak for Arenado began April 9, a week before his 23rd birthday.
Arkansas hosts Texas A&M in SEC baseball
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas will host Texas A&M in a weekend Southeastern Conference college baseball series.
The Razorbacks and the Aggies will play Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
Arkansas is 30-20 on the season and 11-13 in SEC play while Texas A&M is 30-19 overall and 12-12 in conference play.