Receivers Malachi Dupre of LSU and Travis Rudolph of Florida State are prime examples of pro prospects who left high school as five-star recruits and now enter the NFL draft trying to overcome perceptions that they never fulfilled their promise in college. For NFL teams, the challenge is figuring out why such players haven't met expectations -- and whether they might still flourish as pros.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs has earned nearly as much attention for his academic achievements as his football exploits, so he is approaching the NFL draft process like he is prepping for an exam. And the results are familiar: Dobbs is acing his football tests as well.
MOSCOW (AP) -- Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has told Russian media he's selling a 49 percent stake in the NBA club. The Russian billionaire announced his intention to sell a minority stake in December, and now says "49 percent of the Brooklyn shares are up for sale," in comments reported by R-Sport. He adds that "currently the process is going on and we are looking for a buyer.
The increasing visibility of spring football games has offered plenty of feel-good moments and fan-friendly opportunities. What fans won't get is much insight into what these teams will be doing this fall. Nebraska's spring game last week reunited a military family. Nebraska Army National Guard Sgt. Matthew Hawke wore a Cornhuskers uniform and then took off his helmet to surprise his family at the game.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Yo, Roger, they did it. When the NFL chose Philadelphia to host the 2017 draft, it quickly became clear one of the world's most famous movie locations would be the perfect site to hold the three-day extravaganza. "We had talked about a couple different venues for the NFL and they wanted the Rocky steps and they wanted the Art Museum," Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told The Associated Press.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Allison Janney recently found comfort in the fact that she shares something special with the late Sir Laurence Olivier. Yes, acting, of course. But also this: panic attacks. The Emmy-winning actress from "The West Wing" and "Mom" confesses she's been Googling her nervous symptoms and whom she shares them with as she makes her Broadway return. "I'm not going to lie. There's a considerable amount of nerves, panic attacks," she says.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs haven't lost a playoff game in the Bluff City since 2011, and the Memphis Grizzlies haven't beaten them anytime or anywhere since winning that first-round series. Spurs guard Tony Parker doesn't believe any of that matters. "We have a lot of respect for Memphis," Parker said Wednesday. "They made it hard on us during the regular season, and I expect them to play very well at home.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech's football season opener is staying on a Saturday. Hours after the Big 12 Conference school announced Tuesday that its opener was being moved back a day to accommodate television, Texas Tech said the game would remain on Sept. 2 as originally scheduled. In between a series of announcements by Texas Tech, Eastern Washington athletic director Bill Chaves tweeted that his school hadn't agreed to a Sunday game.
NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Lowry, Raptors bounce back TORONTO (AP) -- Kyle Lowry regained his shootout touch while helping the Toronto Raptors tie their NBA first-round series at a game apiece. Lowry capped his 22-point performance by hitting the clinching basket with 8.9 seconds left in the Raptors' 106-100 triumph over Milwaukee. He was 6-for-12 from the field after scoring just four points on 0-for-6 from 3-point range in Saturday's loss to the Bucks.
The bad news for Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Portland is obvious: They're down 1-0 and on the road. There's worse news, too. Washington, Houston and Golden State all saw ways they can get better in Game 2. The Wizards, Rockets and Warriors will aim to take 2-0 leads in their respective series on Wednesday night, when those first-round matchups resume. Washington plays host to Atlanta, Houston to Oklahoma City and Golden State to Portland.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A state-backed newspaper in the United Arab Emirates that was bought by an Emirati who oversees the English soccer club Manchester City is undergoing layoffs, those with knowledge of the firings said Monday. They told The Associated Press that staffers at The National were informed Sunday they had been let go. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions.
This time of the year can feel like Spring Break on the PGA Tour, even if the destination is not the Bahamas. The amount of attention paid to Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Smylie Kaufman and Jordan Spieth during their post-Masters break to Baker's Bay in the Bahamas is enough to indicate there isn't a lot of interest in PGA Tour competition at the moment.
TOKYO (AP) -- One of Japan's most popular athletes should have known she couldn't leave quietly: Mao Asada's press conference Wednesday to officially announce her retirement from figure skating attracted some 350 media and was telecast live across Japan. Asada led her country's figure skating scene since her teens with her trademark triple axel.
The hockey world has resumed revolving on its normal axis north of the border. A year after being shut out, Canada is making a return to the NHL playoffs in a big way.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 3-9. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Gonzaga vs. North Carolina, CBS, 23.01 million. 2. "NCAA Pre-Game," CBS, 14.08 million. 3. "NCIS," CBS, 13.83 million. 4. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 12.6 million. 5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 11.64 million. 6. "Bull," CBS, 11.1 million. 7. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 10.47 million. 8.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Advertisers are fleeing Bill O'Reilly's "no spin zone" on Fox News Channel, but viewers are remaining loyal. "The O'Reilly Factor" averaged 3.71 million viewers over five nights last week, the Nielsen company said Tuesday. That's up 12 percent from the 3.31 million viewers he averaged the week before and up 28 percent compared to the same week in 2016.
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Swedish athletes competing in soccer, ice hockey and swimming have observed a minute of silence for the victims of Friday's deadly truck attack in Stockholm. Swedish media showed teams and supporters in the country's top soccer leagues, in the highest division hockey league, and at a swimming event standing silently shoulder-to-shoulder before kick-off.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The scoreboard at Citi Field showed Jacob deGrom hitting 98 mph, and the ballpark buzzed with the Mets star back in top form. In Seattle, fans surely thought the same when Felix Hernandez's fastball ticked up on opening day. And how about that extra juice from Detroit ace Justin Verlander? All across the majors, pitchers are ramping up the velocity this season -- or at least it seems that way.
MADRID (AP) -- La Liga needs every possible source of income to try and compete financially with the Premier League. So it's taking its rivalry with the mighty league online, and launching a campaign to crack down on illegal streaming of games.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- An investigator for a Nebraska law enforcement agency said Wednesday he is reviewing hundreds of confirmed or possible threats against an Omaha basketball official who worked Kentucky's NCAA Tournament loss to North Carolina. Matt Barrall of the Sarpy County Sheriff's Department said he was in his fifth day working full-time on the case, and no end was in sight. "We are taking this very, very -- extremely -- seriously," Barrall said.