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The traveling spring show known as the NFL draft might be the league's second-most popular event outside of the Super Bowl
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Nearly 100,000 people attended the festivities surrounding the first night of the NFL draft Thursday. That's more than at any Super Bowl except one....

The last two players to be selected with the first pick of the second round of the NFL draft were New York Giants star safety Landon Collins in 2015 and Cleveland Browns promising pass rusher Emmanuel Ogbah last year
The last two players to be selected with the first pick of the second round of the NFL draft were New York Giants star safety Landon Collins in 2015 and Cleveland Browns promising pass rusher Emmanuel Ogbah last year....

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Larry Bird is stepping down as president of the Indiana Pacers
Larry Bird is stepping down as president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers, a stunningly abrupt move even for an NBA legend known for making swift decisions....

The sprawling American investigation of bribery and corruption in international soccer has reached into Asia and claimed the first guilty plea from a senior official in the new FIFA leadership
MACOLIN, Switzerland (AP) -- The sprawling American investigation of bribery and corruption in international soccer has reached into Asia and claimed the first guilty plea from a senior official in the new FIFA leadership....

Anthony Joshua has the weight of a country on his shoulders, and a fighter with true heavyweight pedigree in the ring across from him
LONDON (AP) -- Anthony Joshua has the weight of a country on his shoulders, and a fighter with true heavyweight pedigree in the ring across from him....

The first Lithuanian player in Major League Baseball history learned the game in a place where few play
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The decades-long journey of a father and a son, of a game and a country, ended with a sprint....

Maria Sharapova advanced to the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix by beating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-3, 6-4
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Maria Sharapova won again to move into the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals after beating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-3, 6-4 on Friday....

Ilie Nastase responded to the backlash from his comments about Serena Williams and his Fed Cup outburst, saying his remarks about the pregnant tennis great were "spontaneous" and his tirade inexcusable
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Ilie Nastase responded to the backlash from his comments about Serena Williams and his Fed Cup outburst, saying his remarks about the pregnant tennis great were "spontaneous" and his tirade inexcusable....

The first round of the NFL draft had players from Temple and Western Michigan off the board before players from Alabama
The first round of the NFL draft had players from Temple and Western Michigan off the board before players from Alabama. And in a draft where none of the quarterbacks looked like locks to be picked in the first round, three were taken in the first 12 picks....

The Detroit Pistons have put in bids to host a future NBA All-Star Game at Little Caesars Arena
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons have put in bids to host a future NBA All-Star Game at Little Caesars Arena....

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