Winston, Mariota go 1-2 in draft

CHICAGO (AP) — The last two Heisman Trophy winners were the first two players taken in Thursday's NFL draft at Chicago.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have used the first pick in the NFL draft to select Jameis  Winston, the Florida State quarterback and 2013 Heisman winner. Winston played 27 games in his two seasons with the Seminoles, completing 66 percent of his passes for 7,964 yards, 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.

He passed for 40 touchdowns and 10 picks while leading the Seminoles to the BCS championship as a freshman before compiling 25 TDs and 18 interceptions last season. Winston was 26-1 in college but was dogged by off-field controversy in his two seasons at FSU.

Tennessee selected quarterback Marcus Mariota of Oregon with the second selection. Mariota was last year's Heisman winner and completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 4,454 yards, 42 touchdowns and just four interceptions for the Ducks. Mariota also ran for over 700 yards in each of his three seasons in college, including 770 yards and 15 touchdowns last season.

Mariota could start the season opener Sept. 13 against Winston and the Buccaneers. Mariota led Oregon to a 59-20 rout of Winston's Seminoles in the national semifinals.

Jacksonville selected Florida defensive lineman and linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. with the third choice. Fowler had 60 total tackles, 15 for loss and 8 ½ sacks for the Gators as a junior last season.

Alabama receiver Amari Cooper was taken fourth by the Oakland Raiders. Cooper won the Fred Biletnikoff Award last year and led the nation with 124 receptions and 16 touchdown grabs.

Washington used the fifth selection to fill a need on the offensive line, taking Outland Trophy Winner Brandon Scherff of Iowa.

Rounding out the top-10 picks:

— The New York Jets grabbed Southern California defensive end Leonard Williams with the sixth selection.

— West Virginia wideout Kevin White went to the Chicago Bears with the seventh choice.

— The Atlanta Falcons selected Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley with the No. 8 pick.

— The New York Giants chose offensive lineman Ereck Flowers of Miami with the ninth choice.

— And the St. Louis Rams have used the 10th selection to land Georgia running back Todd Gurley.


Draft withdrawal denied

CHICAGO (AP) — The NFL denied a request from LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins to be withdrawn from this week's draft and placed in a supplemental draft later this year.

Collins has been sought by police in connection with the murder of his ex-girlfriend in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Police say he is not a suspect in her shooting, but the investigation could scare off some teams after he was projected to be selected in the first round.


Clippers force Game 7...Bulls rip Bucks to reach conference semis

UNDATED (AP) — The defending NBA champions are one loss away from elimination in the Western Conference quarterfinals.

The Los Angeles Clippers have forced a Game 7 in their series with the Spurs by pulling out a 102-96 triumph at San Antonio. Blake Griffin finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists while helping the Clippers hold Tim Duncan to 12 points. DeAndre Jordan chipped in 15 points and 14 boards, one game after his offensive goaltend in the closing seconds helped the Spurs take a 3-2 series lead.

Chris Paul had 19 points and 15 assists for the Clippers, who will host Game 7 on Saturday.

It will be the Chicago Bulls taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Bulls had dropped two straight to Milwaukee until Mike Dunleavy scored 20 points and Pau Gasol added 19 in a 120-66 laugher against the Bucks. The Bulls walked into the dressing room with a 32-point halftime lead and came within four points of matching the league playoff record for largest margin of victory. The Minneapolis Lakers dismantled the St. Louis Hawks 133-75 during the 1956 postseason.

The Bulls hit 51 percent of their shots, including 15 of 30 from 3-point range. They also kept every Buck from scoring more than eight points.


Donovan leaving the Gators

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Billy Donovan is leaving a successful college coaching career at Florida to take the reins of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder. Donovan led the Gators to two national championships, four Final Fours, seven Elite Eights and 14 NCAA Tournament berths in 19 years. He replaces Scott Brooks who was fired after the Thunder failed to make the playoffs this season.

Donovan left Florida in 2007 to take the head coaching job with the NBA's Orlando Magic, but changed his mind the following day and returned to the Gators.

Donovan takes over a Thunder team that features former NBA MVP Kevin Durant and 2014-15 NBA scoring champ Russell Westbrook.


Timberwolves Wiggins win rookie honors

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Wiggins has become the first Minnesota Timberwolves player to win the NBA rookie of the year award and it wasn't close. He received 110 of 130 first-place votes and had 604 points in the voting. Chicago's Nikola Mirotic finished second with 14 first-place votes and 335 points and Philadelphia's Nerlens Noel was third.

After coming to the Timberwolves in the trade that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland, Wiggins averaged 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds while playing all 82 games.


Caps stun Rangers with late goal...Ducks stamp out Flames

NEW YORK (AP) — The second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs has begun with a last-second victory in New York and a blowout win at Anaheim.

The Washington Capitals have stolen the opener of their series against the Rangers. Joel Ward scored with 1.3 seconds remaining to give the Capitals a 2-1 win over the Blueshirts at Madison Square Garden. Alex Ovechkin grabbed a loose puck behind the New York goal line and skated behind the net before hitting Ward with a pass in the slot. Ovechkin also opened the scoring with a power-play goal late in the first period.

Braden Holtby turned back 31 shots and blanked the Rangers until Jesper Fast scored with 4:39 remaining.

Henrik Lundqvist handled 27 shots for the Rangers, who host Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.

The lopsided win was pulled off by the Ducks, who scored the first six goals in a 6-1 romp over Calgary. Corey Perry had two goals and two assists, while linemate Ryan Getzlaf scored once and collected four points. The game became a rout once Perry and Getzlaf scored power-play goals 1:48 apart during the first 2 ½ minutes of the third period.

Frederik Andersen made 23 saves and blanked the Flames until Sam Bennett scored with 10:44 remaining.

Game 2 of the series is Sunday at Anaheim.


Nats enjoy another romp

UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals trailed Atlanta 9-1 after two innings on Tuesday night and were in danger of suffering their seventh consecutive loss. They've outscored their opponents 33-9 since then, including Thursday's 8-2 win over the New York Mets.

Bryce Harper lined a three-run double in the ninth inning to cap the scoring in the Nationals' third straight victory. Wilson Ramos and Ryan Zimmerman each had two RBIs, and Stephen Strasburg struck out seven over 5 1/3 innings.

Strasburg and the Washington bullpen tossed shutout ball after the Mets took a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

New York has dropped five of seven since a team record-tying 11-game winning streak.

In other major league finals:

— Eric Hosmer smacked a two-run homer and Alex Gordon drove in a pair as Kansas City clobbered Detroit 8-1. Danny Duffy helped the Royals take over first place in the American League Central by limiting the Tigers to a run and seven hits while fanning seven in seven innings.

— Houston notched its seventh consecutive win and moved into a tie with the Royals for the AL's top record by beating Seattle 3-2 on Jose Altuve's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. Altuve had three of the Astros' seven hits and Evan Gattis drove in two runs as the Astros improved to 15-7.

— Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday combined to go 7-for-12 with six RBIs and six runs scored as St. Louis hammered Philadelphia 9-3. Adams supplied a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the third inning and finished with three hits and three RBIs. Carpenter was 2-for-3 with a ribbie and three runs scored, and Holliday was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and two trips around the bases.

— Mike Leake was the star in Cincinnati's 5-1 triumph in Atlanta, belting his fifth career home run and holding the Braves to two hits in eight scoreless innings. Todd Frazier, Tucker Barnhart and Billly Hamilton also went deep in the Reds' third consecutive win.

— Kevin Pillar hit a two-run double while Toronto scored five times in the fourth inning to beat Cleveland 5-1. The Blue Jays' bullpen allowed just one run over six innings and helped the Indians drop to 7-14, tying Texas for the American League's worst record.

— Kole Calhoun hit a two-run single and had three RBIs while the Los Angeles Angels were building a 6-0 lead in a 6-5 triumph at Oakland. David Freese had three hits and an RBI to back Garrett Richards, who held the Athletics to a run and four hits in six-plus innings.

— Brian Dozier belted a three-run homer and collected four RBIs in Minnesota's 12-2 pounding of Chris Sale and the White Sox. Sale was tagged for a career-high nine runs - eight earned - on nine hits in just three innings.


Wainwright has Achilles surgery

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has had surgery to repair a season-ending torn left Achilles tendon.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak says all went well and there were no surprises. He expects Wainwright to rest and recover for 6 to 8 weeks.

Wainwright was injured while batting in Milwaukee last Saturday.


Spieth, McIlroy win again

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Masters champion Jordan Spieth was among Thursday's winners in the World Match Play Championship in San Francisco. Spieth cruised to a 4 and 3 win over Matt Every.

Spieth, top-seeded Rory McIlroy, Gary Woodland and Bubba Watson are all 2-0 and face elimination matches. Rickie Fowler and John Senden have won their groups and next play what amounts to a practice round in the middle of a tournament.


3 share first-round lead

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr and Sydnee Michaels share the lead through 18 holes of the LPGA's North Texas Shootout.

The leaders opened with 5-under 66s, putting them one stroke ahead of 10 others.

Sandra Gal, Natalie Gulbis, Angela Stanford and Lexi Thompson are among those at minus-4.


Derby line-up changes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Stanford has been scratched from the Kentucky Derby, moving Frammento into the 20-horse field for Saturday's race.

Trainer Todd Pletcher says that Stanford would skip the Derby and run in a future race.

All horses outside of Stanford's assigned No. 11 post will move inside one position; Frammento will break from the No. 20 spot.

The lineup change means 5-2 favorite American Pharoah will break from the No. 17.