PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The City of Brotherly Love turned a boring event into an entertaining show. About 100,000 vocal fans gave everyone what they wanted and expected from Philadelphia: Boos! Tired of hearing about tossing snowballs at Santa Claus 49 years ago or how they cheered Michael Irvin's career-ending injury in 1999, Philly fans let everyone have it during the second and third rounds of the NFL draft Friday night.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Is unorthodox the same as cruel and unusual punishment? It's the central question of the current U.S. death penalty debate, highlighted by the latest execution involving a disputed sedative that appeared to involve discomfort to the inmate.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina has picked off 48 runners in his 14-year career, and his heads-up play in the sixth inning of the Cardinals' 7-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday may have been his finest work. Molina short-circuited a Reds rally by catching Eugenio Suarez napping at third with the bases loaded in a 3-1 game. Starting pitcher Lance Lynn walked Devin Mesoraco with two away.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Latest on the NFL draft (all times Eastern): 12:05 a.m. The second night of the draft concludes as the San Francisco 49ers take quarterback C.J. Beathard and the Pittsburgh Steelers pick running back James Conner late in the third round. No. 97 Miami: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, 6-1, 199, Clemson No. 98 Arizona: Chad Williams, RB, 6-1, 204, Grambling State No. 99 Philadelphia: Rasul Douglas, CB, 6-2, 209, West Virginia No.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The defending American League champions ran into an overpowering pitching performance Friday night. Ariel Miranda and two relievers combined to strike out 14 while allowing only four hits and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-1. Miranda (2-2) allowed two hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out seven. James Pazos struck out four and Edwin Diaz recorded the final four outs, three on strikeouts, for his fourth save.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears weren't through with controversy after Day 1 of the NFL draft. Following a stunning trade to move up and select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2 on Thursday, the Bears traded down in Round 2 Friday and selected NCAA Division II tight end Adam Shaheen.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is headed to Cincinnati, which added to its reputation for taking chances on players with significant off-field issues. The Bengals traded down in the second round on Friday and took Mixon with the 48th overall pick, putting them back in the spotlight as a place known for giving second and third chances.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- General manager Dave Gettleman is doing everything he can to get Cam Newton back to playing at an MVP level -- and the Panthers back to the Super Bowl. Carolina selected speedy slot receiver Curtis Samuel from Ohio State in the second round Friday night, one day after taking Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 overall pick.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- After sitting out of the first round, the Minnesota Vikings didn't want to wait any longer. Dalvin Cook was still available, the kind of dynamic running back Minnesota drafted 10 years ago and just recently let go. The Vikings traded up seven spots to the 41st overall pick Friday night and snagged Cook, the Florida State star whose stellar college career came with off-the-field questions.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- A soldier from Ohio was among two Army Rangers killed in a raid in Afghanistan who may have died as the result of friendly fire, the U.S military said Friday. The Department of Defense statement said Sgt. Cameron Thomas, 23, of Kettering, in southwest Ohio, was killed in the raid Wednesday on an Islamic State compound in eastern Afghanistan.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- It's Philly, so of course they booed. Roger Goodell heard it. Cincinnati's selection of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon intensified it. And Drew Pearson incited the fans at the NFL draft Friday night by lauding -- and lauding and lauding -- the hated Dallas Cowboys. Not everything got jeered on the second day of the grab bag.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Latest on the NFL draft (all times Eastern): 10 p.m. The New Orleans Saints trade up to select Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara and offensive linemen finally start to hear their names called as the third round opens. No. 65 Cleveland: Larry Ogunjobi, DT, 6-3, 305, Charlotte No. 66 San Francisco: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, 6-3, 198, Colorado No. 67 New Orleans: Alvin Kamara, RB, 5-10, 214, Tennessee.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards have wrapped up their first-round NBA playoff series in six games, while the Los Angeles Clippers have forced a Game 7. John Wall poured in 42 points as the Wizards knocked out the Hawks, 115-99, and the Celtics rode Avery Bradley's 23 points to a 105-83 romp over the Bulls.
The sedative midazolam is supposed to prevent condemned prisoners from suffering while they die, but opponents say several problematic executions involving the drug are evidence that it does not work consistently. They raised new concerns after an execution Thursday in Arkansas left the prisoner convulsing and pressing against his restraints.
NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Celtics, Wizards advance UNDATED (AP) -- The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards have passed their first tests in the NBA playoffs by advancing to the second round. Avery Bradley pumped in 23 points and the Celtics drained 16 3-pointers while ripping the Bulls, 105-83 in Chicago. Gerald Green scored 16 points for the Celts, who led by 13 at the half and outscored the Bulls 34-18 in the third quarter.
UNDATED (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Larry Bird is stepping down as president of the Indiana Pacers. The person tells the AP that Kevin Pritchard is being elevated from general manager to the team's new president of basketball operations.
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 traveling spring show might be the league's second-most popular event outside of the championship extravaganza. And, like the Super Bowl, hosting it is about to become the objective of nearly every city that has an NFL franchise. And even one that doesn't.
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PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- A self-described psychic who scammed more than $1 million in cash and valuables from a dozen people she promised to protect from "dark forces" has been sentenced to eight years in prison. An Ohio judge gave 42-two-year-old Gina Miller the maximum sentence and ordered her to repay $1.4 million.