May 09, 2014
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Bortles among NFL draft's biggest losers

Round 1 is in the books. The first round of the 2014 NFL draft was a wild ride as expected. The only thing more unpredictable than the picks themselves was who won the night -- and who came out on more of the losing end: Winners: Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater. ... Losers: Blake Bortles and Derek Carr. Good for Bortles for going ahead of Manziel and Bridgewater all the way at No. 3 to the Jaguars. But after the whiff on Blaine Gabbert, there's a lot of pressure on Bortles to be the immediate face of the franchise. He'll be forced to do so without the same inherited support system Manziel and Bridgewater will enjoy. Bortles looks the part of a big-time passer and may get there in time, but that's not on his side. On the flip side, Carr makes it by not being drafted. (Sporting News) Comment

Snake crashes Blazers' locker room

Surprise! Portland reserve Thomas Robinson was getting ready for Thursday's game at the AT&T Center when he spied something out of the corner of his eye that didn't seem quite right. Upon closer inspection, he made a startling discovery: A three- to four-foot snake, curled up at the bottom of his locker room. "No one believed me until they looked in there," Robinson said. "It hissed, I backed up." Portland coach Terry Stotts initially said it was believed to have been a rattler, but a Spurs spokesman said that was not the case. ... "I don't know if that's happened before," Stotts said. "That sounds like an ABA story." An old stable/barn facility adjacent to the AT&T Center was recently torn down, which could have resulted in the creature seeking alternative shelter. (San Antonio Express-News) Comment

Oregon controversy keeps bubbling

Oregon head coach Dana Altman may have more questions to answer in Eugene. [Altman] was notified of an investigation into Ducks basketball players a day or two before his team's NCAA Tournament opener in March but played them only after being told by university officials it was OK to do so, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. The handling of the investigation and the internal second-guessing of the decision to play Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis has caused such controversy since it was made public this week that the coaching staff has been placed under a gag order. The sources spoke to The Oregonian on the condition of anonymity because of the fallout stemming from the sexual assault allegations made against Dotson, Artis and transfer Brandon Austin. None of the players are expected to return next season. (The Oregonian) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the assembled masses at New York City's famed Radio City Music Hall as the 2014 NFL Draft commences amid much hubbub, hoopla and huzzahs. (David Bergman/SI/Getty)

Must-See Video

Quarterback Johnny "Cleveland" Manziel reacts to being drafted by the Browns.

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SI Vault: More New York Rangers
  • 1961 -- Jim Gentile of the Orioles becomes first major leaguer to hit grand slams in consecutive innings; Baltimore beats Minnesota, 13-5.
  • 1984 -- The White Sox beat the Brewers, 7-6, in a 25-inning game that takes 8 hours 6 minutes.
  • 1994 -- Defenseman Brian Leetch eliminates Washington with a goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals as the New York Rangers continue their march to the Stanley Cup.
  • 2006 -- Delmon Young suspended 50 games by the International League for throwing a bat that hits a replacement umpire in the chest.
  • 2009 -- Hall of Fame basketball coach Chuck Daly passes away at age 78.
  • 2009 -- NASCAR indefinitely suspends driver Jeremy Mayfield for violating its substance abuse rules.

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