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In this March 19, 2005 photo, former University of Pittsburgh football head coach Johnny Major, right, visits Pitt's first NCAA college football practice of the spring in Pittsburgh. Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, died Wednesday morning, June 3, 2020, at home in Knoxville, Tenn., according to a statement from his wife, Mary Lynn Majors. He was 85.  (John Beale/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Johnny Majors, former Tennessee and Pitt coach, dies at 85

Jun. 3, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, died Wednesday. He was 85. Majors died at his home in Knoxville, according to his wife, Mary Lynn Majors. “He spent...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden speaks during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Carson, Calif. The NFL Draft is April 23-25, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Fle)

Raiders draft playmakers with 1st 2 picks in third round

Apr. 25, 2020 1:45 AM EDT

Coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock set out this offseason to make the Las Vegas Raiders offense more dynamic. They spent the first two days of the draft trying to do just that. After drafting the fastest player available in the first round with receiver Henry Ruggs, the Raiders spent their first two...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) runs down field against Georgia during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game in Atlanta. Burrow is expected to be a first round pick at the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 23, 2020.(AP Photo/John Amis)

The Latest: SEC breaks draft record with 15 1st-round picks

Apr. 24, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

The Latest on the first round of the NFL draft. ___ The Southeastern Conference broke the NFL record for first-round draft picks by a conference. Fifteen players from the powerhouse league were selected in the opening round Thursday night. That topped the previous mark of 12 set by the Atlantic Coast Conference...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2019, file photo, Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs (11) runs in for a touchdown on a pass reception against Southern Mississippi during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Los Angeles Raiders selected Ruggs in the first round of the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

Raiders draft WR Henry Ruggs 12th, Damon Arnette 19th

Apr. 24, 2020 2:09 AM EDT

The first pick made by the Las Vegas Raiders would have made late owner Al Davis proud. The Raiders selected the fastest player available when they took Alabama receiver Henry Ruggs 12th overall Thursday night in the NFL draft and followed that up by taking Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette 19th. “We...

CORRECTS LOCATION TO THE PLAINS, OHIO, INSTEAD OF ATHENS, OHIO - In this still image from video provided by the NFL, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow appears in The Plains, Ohio, during the NFL football draft Thursday, April 23, 2020. (NFL via AP)

For all the changes, NFL draft kind of looked, well, normal

Apr. 24, 2020 12:31 AM EDT

For all the uniqueness of this NFL draft, including the angst over a potential communications fiasco, things looked and sounded pretty normal Thursday night. Quarterbacks were in demand. Ohio State(the top three picks played there) and the Southeastern Conference (a record 15 picks) dominated. The Patriots traded...

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 1984, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Lee Roy Selmon bids retiring coach John McKay farewell after the Buccaneers defeated the New York Jets 41-21 in an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla. Selmon was the first draft pick in team history, No. 1 overall in 1976 by an expansion franchise that within four seasons went from losing its first 26 games to within one victory of a Super Bowl appearance. Selmon was one of the NFL’s most dominant pass rushers and the first Tampa Bay player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Bruce Zake, File)

Selmon, Sapp, Brooks best of top picks in Buccaneers history

Apr. 21, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

BEST FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICK: DE Lee Roy Selmon was the first draft pick in team history, No. 1 overall in 1976 by an expansion franchise that within four seasons went from losing its first 26 games to within one victory of a Super Bowl appearance. Selmon was one of the NFL’s most dominant pass rushers and...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2019, file photo, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) scrambles during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Baton Rouge, La. Burrow is a posible first round pick in the NFL Draft Thursday night, April 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Look for 3 QBs in first 5 picks of NFL draft

Apr. 20, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

Talk about virtual drafts, what is a mock draft, really? Make believe. The upcoming NFL remote draft beginning Thursday night has a touch of irony to it. The producers of said mock drafts rarely are even remotely accurate. That said, here's one view of what might happen in the opening round. This mock draft does...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2019, file photo, Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs (11) runs in for a touchdown on a pass reception against Southern Mississippi during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala.  The Raiders have the 12th and 19th picks in the NFL draft thanks to the 2018 trade that sent star pass rusher Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears. Several receivers are projected to go in the first round. Ruggs and Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb are considered by many analysts to be the best of the bunch. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

Raiders quest for No. 1 receiver could be filled in draft

Apr. 16, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

The plan the Raiders had to fill their No. 1 receiver role backfired last year when Antonio Brown ended up getting cut before even playing a game for the franchise. The Raiders could get a second shot at it in the upcoming, receiver-rich draft with plenty of intriguing options and two first-round picks. The...

Raiders have two first-round picks as they head to Las Vegas

Apr. 15, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

12, 19. LAS VEGAS (7-9) LAST SEASON: Raiders took some positive steps in coach Jon Gruden’s second season and their final year in Oakland. Team improved by three wins and remained in playoff contention until Week 17. QB Derek Carr took big step forward, TE Darren Waller became breakthrough star and rookie...

Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Free agency spree sets stage for Raiders draft

Apr. 14, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

The Las Vegas Raiders spent most of the free agency period bolstering one of the NFL's worst defenses, with one glaring exception. While the Raiders added a pair of starting linebackers in Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski, a new free safety in Damarious Randall and rotational players on the defensive line in...