Ohio State became the first national champion to be shut out in the first round of the NFL draft last night since it pulled off the feat in 2003. But things should pick up tonight during the second and third rounds.
Danny Shelton at Washington's pro day on April 2
BEREA, Ohio — Danny Shelton walked onto the stage, and sized up his first target as a pro. Overcome with emotion after being selected No. 12 overall by the Cleveland Browns, Shelton, dressed in a traditional sarong to honor his native Samoa, wrapped his arms around NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and lifted the league's top boss off the ground.
Texas A&M offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi is coming off of reconstructive knee surgery.
CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals felt they were in a position where they could afford to take a player in the first round who might not even play next season.
Green Bay Packers fans cheer during the first round of the NFL draft in Chicago.
CHICAGO -- Three teams showed no fear of behavioral baggage accompanying some prospects in the NFL draft's first round. The rest were more reticent. Tampa Bay thinks it found its franchise quarterback at the top of the proceedings last night, selecting Jameis Winston. Denver also didn't struggle much with the fact that Missouri defensive end Shane Ray was cited for marijuana possession on Monday.
Nick Markakis of the Braves is forced out at second base by Skip Schumaker of the Reds.
ATLANTA — Mike Leake pitched eight strong innings and hit his fifth career home run last night to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1.
CLEVELAND — Indians starting pitcher TJ House’s outing started well, but he couldn’t keep the Toronto Blue Jays’ offense down for long in a 5-1 loss last night at Progressive Field.
Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett is a likely second-round pick in the NFL draft.
Michael Bennett has tried to imagine how the moment will feel. A cornerstone of Ohio State’s national championship team, Bennett has worked for most of his life to be taken in the NFL draft. Now, the draft has arrived.
Tonight, unless there is an upset, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will select Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft.
LAS VEGAS — Fight week formally kicked off on Tuesday, and not surprisingly, Floyd Mayweather Jr. already believes he has won.
CINCINNATI — Luggage littered the floor of the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse, and employees scurried around taking care of postgame chores before the team headed off to catch a flight to Atlanta.
CLEVELAND — Danny Salazar overcame a scary moment and a hot ballclub to remain undefeated and help the Cleveland Indians end a four-game losing streak.
Tiger Woods has won the Memorial Tournament a record five times.
Making official what he told tournament founder Jack Nicklaus last week, Tiger Woods today committed to playing in the Memorial Tournament on June 4-7 at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
If Devin Smith is picked in the first round of the NFL draft, most analysts project that it won’t be until late, perhaps with the 32nd and last pick of the day by the New England Patriots.
Devin Smith is headed toward the next chapter of his football career, and the Ohio State receiver wants to meet it head on. Although some projected first-round picks, such as quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota and receiver Amari Cooper, decided not to attend the start of the NFL draft on Thursday in Chicago, Smith will be there.
Johnny Cueto, talking with catcher Brayan Pena, gave up two runs on three hits in eight innings.
CINCINNATI — Johnny Cueto had another great time against an opponent that can barely touch him. The right-hander gave up three hits over eight innings during his latest dominant performance against the Milwaukee Brewers, and Brandon Phillips had a two-run homer last night to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-2 victory over the worst team in the major leagues.
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians’ frustration builds with every loss. It boiled over last night for starting pitcher Trevor Bauer.
Urban Meyer has said he would rather not schedule a football camp away from Ohio Stadium, but with other Big Ten schools doing so, it became a “monkey see, monkey do” situation, he said.
Ohio State has launched into the controversial realm of satellite football camps, scheduling one at Florida Atlantic University on June 17. But with coach Urban Meyer among those calling for the NCAA to halt them, it might end up being the only satellite camp the Buckeyes ever have.
OSU tight end Jeff Heuerman was slowed by injuries in his senior season, which likely will hurt his draft stock.
Jeff Heuerman has been flown to more than a dozen cities and has been asked enough questions to know there is serious interest in him headed toward the seven-round NFL draft, which starts on Thursday in Chicago.
Kevin Love was injured when Boston’s Kelly Olynyk pinned his left arm while competing for a rebound.
CLEVELAND — Kevin Love’s postseason career spanned a little more than three games, and no one is sure when it will resume. J.R. Smith is suspended again. And suddenly, the Cavaliers’ once-vibrant NBA title hopes are in doubt.
CLEVELAND — The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner will end April without a victory. Corey Kluber gave up six runs on 10 hits in 61/3 innings last night, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2.
Ohio State’s senior class was instrumental to the 2014 run to the national championship. But there’s a decent chance that no Buckeye will be taken in the first 32 picks of the NFL draft on Thursday.
LeBron James, driving to the basket, led the Cavaliers with 27 points in Game 4.
BOSTON — LeBron James dribbled out the final 20 seconds while players embraced as the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a sweep of the Celtics yesterday. It might have been the calmest, most congenial 20 seconds of a physical game that left two players with potentially serious injuries and Cleveland wondering if Kevin Love would be ready for the next round.
The only things missing from D’Angelo Russell’s farewell news conference on Thursday were balloons, streamers and a pep band. The freshman All-American grinned his way through most of his 30-minute goodbye, as did his father, Antonio, and Ohio State coach Thad Matta.
The NFL is taking its draft out of New York and hitting the road. Goodbye, Radio City Music Hall, and hello, Auditorium Theater in Chicago. Round 1 is on Thursday night, rounds 2 and 3 are on Friday night, and rounds 4 through 7 are on Saturday afternoon.
D'Angelo Russell led Ohio State in scoring (19.3 points a game) and rebounds (5.7) and was second in assists and steals this past season.
The news conference had ended, all the reporters had scattered, and there was D’Angelo Russell shooting a basketball yesterday in the Ohio State practice gym. He looked at home. Russell, of course, is no longer officially a Buckeye. He decided on Wednesday to leave OSU after his freshman season to become an early entry in the NBA draft on June 25.
The Cavaliers’ LeBron James drives to the basket against the Celtics’ Tyler Zeller.
BOSTON — LeBron James got to the arena early. When he left the Cleveland Cavaliers had a chance to put an early end to the series. James scored 31 points in his first playoff game in Boston since a masterful performance in the 2012 postseason. And Cleveland moved one win away from a sweep in its first playoff series in five years with a 103-95 victory last night.
Bulls 113, Bucks 106, 2 OT: Derrick Rose scored 34 points, Jimmy Butler added 24 and Chicago beat host Milwaukee in double overtime last night to take a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
Martin Maldonado of the Brewers hangs onto Reds shortstop Zack Cozart while trying to break up a double play.
MILWAUKEE — Slowly but surely, Homer Bailey is working his way back from right forearm surgery, and the Cincinnati Reds are staying patient.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said that Pete Rose, who agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 for betting on baseball, will be allowed to participate in activities surrounding the All-Star Game in his hometown of Cincinnati this summer.
Giovanny Urshela missed whatever chance he had to open the season with the Cleveland Indians this spring doing something that he dearly loves.
The Cincinnati Bengals will open their season on Sept. 13 at the Oakland Raiders and play their home opener on Sept. 20 against the San Diego Chargers. The Bengals are scheduled to play twice on Monday night and once on Thursday night. Their home game against Cleveland will be on Thursday, Nov. 5, and their Monday games will be Nov. 16 against Houston and Dec. 28 at Denver.
The Cleveland Browns will open their season on Sept. 13 at the New York Jets and play their home opener on Sept. 20 against the Tennessee Titans. In addition, the Browns are scheduled to play one Thursday night and one Monday night game during the season. They play at Cincinnati on Thursday, Nov. 5, and against Baltimore on Monday, Nov. 30.
Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer voiced support for quarterback Johnny Manziel during a pre-draft news conference and insisted that he didn’t attempt to ship the former Heisman Trophy winner to the Philadelphia Eagles.
CLEVELAND — When John Davidson joined the Blue Jackets as president of hockey operations three years ago, the idea of reaching northeast Ohio through a minor-league affiliate came up in only a few conversations.
Lightning 3, Red Wings 2, OT: Tyler Johnson led a stirring rally late in regulation for Tampa Bay and then scored 2:25 into overtime to defeat host Detroit last night.
If NHL teams have learned anything after 10 years under a salary-cap system, it is this: The window of opportunity, formerly sizable, is now a wee porthole. “It happens quick, doesn’t it?” said Ray Ferraro, a highly respected, and hail-fellow-well-met, analyst for the Canadian sports network TSN.
It has been almost three months since Crew SC signed defender Hernan Grana. For 12 years, Grana had played only in his native Argentina. At 30, he made the move to the United States and Major League Soccer.
Tiger Woods has won the Memorial Tournament a record five times.
Jack Nicklaus takes Tiger Woods at his word that the former world’s No. 1 golfer will play the Memorial Tournament on June 4-7 at Muirfield Village Golf Club.