Patriots keep backup for Brady, add players to protect him

It's not who the New England Patriots picked up, it's who they kept. The defending Super Bowl champions decided to trade neither backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo nor defensive back Malcolm Butler over the three days of the NFL draft. Both had been the subject of active trade talks, with New Orleans pursuing Butler and Cleveland going after Garoppolo even up until the second day.

Want to succeed at the NFL draft? Copy the Patriots

The New England Patriots are, without a doubt, the NFL's model franchise over the past decade, so it makes sense that the rest of the league would take a close look at how Bill Belichick and Co. have gone about constructing their roster, especially when it comes to the draft.

DEFENSE, DEFENSE: This draft crop is loaded on that side

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE. That's going to be the area of concentration in this draft, in the first round and through much of the proceedings in Philadelphia. Indeed, the first half-dozen or so selections could come from that side of the ball. That's often the fallout when there are no slam-dunk quarterbacks available. Here's how we see Thursday night's first round falling, minus any trades. 1.

NFL draft: Browns still searching for franchise quarterback

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Finding Bigfoot has been more productive than the Cleveland Browns' search for a franchise quarterback. This flawed football quest drags on. For nearly two decades, the Browns, once a standard of NFL excellence and now a league punching bag, have been running in circles as they try to find a quarterback to lead them from the darkness to relevance and respectability.

NFL draft capsules for AFC teams

1, 12. CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-15) LAST SEASON: Following 0-14 start under first-year coach Hue Jackson, Browns barely avoided becoming only second team to lose all 16 games. Owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam vowed to be patient with new front office and coaching staff and were mostly true to word as team underwent minimal offseason changes. Cleveland's biggest issue remains as it has been for 15 years, no long-term answer at quarterback.

Trump, Francis, LeBron among Time's 100 most influential

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump and Pope Francis join the likes of singer Demi Lovato and actress Viola Davis on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people. The latest edition of the magazine's annual list is an eclectic group that also includes Chance the Rapper, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and FBI Director James Comey. This is the second straight year Trump has made the list.

Wednesday's Sports in Brief

TENNIS A spokeswoman for Serena Williams says the tennis star is pregnant. Kelly Bush Novak wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday: "I'm happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall." Earlier in the day, Williams posted a photo of herself on the social media site Snapchat with the caption "20 weeks.

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Update on the latest sports

NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Wizards rally to go up 2-0 UNDATED (AP) -- The Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards each have two-games-to-none leads in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Rockets overcame a historic triple-double by Russell Westbrook, while the Wizards survived a rugged game against Atlanta. Westbrook produced the highest-scoring triple-double in playoff history, but it wasn't enough for Oklahoma City in a 115-111 loss to the Rockets.

Von Miller recovers his Super Bowl 50 helmet

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Von Miller has his Super Bowl 50 helmet back. The FBI retrieved his helmet from Mexican authorities who also recovered Tom Brady's two Super Bowl jerseys in Mexico City last month. Special agents Brian Schmitt, Melissa Tallman and Clint Judd delivered the helmet to Miller at the UC Heath Center on Wednesday.

The Latest: Trump on Pats, 'No team has been good this long'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the New England Patriots' visit to the White House to celebrate their 2017 Super Bowl championship (all times local): 2:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is saluting the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at the White House. Trump says "no team has been good this long." The Patriots rallied from 25 points down to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in February.

Trump congratulates Patriots, doesn't mention Hernandez

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump welcomed the New England Patriots to the White House Wednesday, noting the parallels between his own upset victory and their stunning Super Bowl win -- but avoiding discussion of the apparent prison suicide of their former teammate Aaron Hernandez earlier in the day.

Capitals beat Bruins 3-1 in possible playoff preview

BOSTON (AP) -- Kevin Shattenkirk scored the go-ahead goal 56 seconds after the Bruins tied it in the second period, and the NHL-leading Washington Capitals sent Boston to a season-ending 3-1 loss on Saturday that set up a potential first-round playoff matchup between the teams. Backup Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves for the Capitals. Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams also scored for Washington, which has won 10 of its last 11 games. Bruins No.

Capitals beat Bruins 3-1 in possible playoff preview

BOSTON (AP) -- Kevin Shattenkirk scored the go-ahead goal 56 seconds after the Bruins tied it in the second period, and the NHL-leading Washington Capitals sent Boston to a season-ending 3-1 loss on Saturday that set up a potential first-round playoff matchup between the teams. Backup Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves for the Capitals. Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams also scored for Washington, which has won 10 of its last 11 games. Bruins No.

Brady's jersey stolen again, this time in fun at Fenway Park

BOSTON (AP) -- Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey was stolen again -- this time by Rob Gronkowski in full view of 37,000 screaming Red Sox fans. The New England Patriots quarterback was showing off the recently re-acquired uniform top during the pregame ceremony on opening day at Fenway Park on Monday when Gronkowski ripped it out of his hands. Brady chased him around the infield and playfully tackled him in right field.

Sunday at the Masters about kids and no stress

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- The 40 girls and 40 boys moved in orderly fashion from the driving range to the chipping area to the putting green in their age groups. At Augusta National, it was precision unlike any other. The latest tradition at the Masters is the Drive, Chip and Putt national finals, with winners from eight age groups posing with Danny Willett, Bubba Watson, Nick Faldo, Mark O'Meara and other Masters champions.