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Saturday
May022015

Winston Signs Rookie Deal with Bucs

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed quarterback Jameis Winston, the first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, on Friday.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound former Heisman Trophy winner received a four-year deal worth $25.35 million, including a $16.69 million signing bonus.

The contract is completely guaranteed under the league's collective bargaining agreement.

"It's something we wanted to do," Bucs general manager Jason Licht said about signing Winston. "And it was something where they had no reluctancy, either. It was fairly smooth. We wanted Jameis to start off on the right foot. There's no reason to punish Jameis. He's going to be treated contractually in terms of money just like any other first overall pick."

Winston will wear No. 3 for the Bucs.

"I'm glad we got the contract stuff out of the way," Winston said. "I'm just looking forward to getting with the team. We've got some great teammates and I'm looking forward to working with the coaching staff. Just playing some football. This whole thing has been long for me. But football is what I'm here for and I can't wait."


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Sunday
Apr192015

Oilers Win NHL Draft Lottery

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the fourth time in the last six years, the Edmonton Oilers have the first overall pick in the NHL Draft.

The Oilers won the 2015 draft lottery in Toronto Saturday, despite having the third best odds to win the pick.

The Oilers are now expected to select center Connor McDavid, who is being called the best prospect since Sidney Crosby.

The 18-year-old McDavid scored 44 goals and dished out 76 assists in 47 games for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, this season.

The Oilers used their previous first picks on Taylor Hall (2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011), and Nail Yakupov (2012).

The Buffalo Sabres, which had the best odds at winning the Draft, will pick second, and the Arizona Coyotes will pick third.


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Friday
May092014

Texans Take Clowney with First Pick in NFL Draft

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Texans selected defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick of the NFL Draft Thursday.

While there seemed little doubt to most prognosticators that Clowney would go first, there was at least one person that wasn't sure of that; Clowney.

"I'm feeling overwhelmed," said Clowney, who only found out Houston had selected him three minutes before the team's clock hit zero. "I'm feeling great right now. It's just a blessing, man. I appreciate it. I'm just glad to be a part of the Houston Texans."

Clowney becomes the first defensive player to be selected with the first pick since 2006, when the Texans selected defensive end Mario Williams.

The 6-foot-5, 266-pound Clowney played three seasons for South Carolina. During that time he recorded 24 sacks, the third most in school history.

Rounding out the top five Thursday were offensive tackle Greg Robinson (Rams), quarterback Blake Bortles (Jaguars), receiver Sammy Watkins (Bills) and linebacker Khalil Mack (Raiders).

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Wednesday
May222013

Cavaliers Win First Pick in 2013 NBA Draft

Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the second time in three seasons, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won the NBA Draft Lottery.

The Cav's had a 15.6% chance of winning the lottery, the third best of any team. The Orlando Magic had the best chance and ended up with the second pick.

This is the fourth time since 1985 the Cavaliers have won the lottery, the most of any team in the NBA.

It's been three seasons since the Cavaliers lost superstar LeBron James to the Miami Heat. Since then it's been a rebuilding process, one that Gilbert hopes is over after this draft.

“We were hoping, regardless of what pick we got, that this would be our last lottery,” Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said. “We thought originally, after everything had to be reset, that it would be a three-year process. You never know. It could be two or it could be four. But we thought three years. With the No. 1 pick this year, and we also have No. 19, we think this will be the last Lottery for a while.”

The projected number one pick in the 2013 draft is Kentucky center Nerlens Noel.

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Friday
Jun292012

No Surprise: Davis Is First Pick in NBA Draft

Elsa/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Kentucky forward Anthony Davis was selected first in the 2012 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets, Thursday night.

"I've been dreaming of this all my life," Davis said. "I just talked to coach Cal (John Calapari) and Mike (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist). We were sitting down at the table and it finally hit us. We're hear and we've been waiting all of our lives for this. It's a dream come true."

Davis' selection was not a surprise. Since he helped lead Kentucky to a NCAA Championship in April, he has been thought by many to be the best player in the draft.

Last season, Davis' only season in college, he was named college basketball's player of the year and the Most Outstanding player of the Final Four.

He led Kentucky in points scored, rebounds, and steal. He also led the nation in blocks, averaging 4.7 per-game.

Davis' teammate, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken with the second pick of the draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. That marks the first time in history that a school had the top two picks in the draft.

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Saturday
Jun232012

Oilers Take Yakupov with First Pick

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Edmonton Oilers selected 18-year-old Russian forward Nail Yakupov with the first pick in the NHL Draft Friday.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Yakupov played his last two seasons with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. During the 2010-2011 season, he scored 119 points for Sarnia. That broke the teams rookie scoring record which was held by current Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos.

Yakupov thinks he can help the Oilers this season.

"I think yeah, why not?” said Yakupov. “I have lots of time for work in the summer and work with Edmonton, to try and make the team. I think I’m ready for the NHL.”

Yakupov is the first Russian to be selected first in the draft since Alex Ovechkin was in 2004. He is the Oilers third straight number one pick.

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Tuesday
Jun052012

Carlos Correa Goes First in MLB Draft

Major League Baseball(SEACAUCUS, N.J.) -- The Houston Astros selected 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa with the first pick in the 2012 MLB Draft.

"I feel so excited to be the number one pick," Correa said to the MLB Network. "I worked hard to be here. Right now we are doing a great job to be here, and I feel proud and excited."

Correa become the first player from Puerto Rico to be picked first in the draft.

Correa was Houstons first pick in a draft since it drafted Phil Nevin first in 1992.

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Wednesday
Apr112012

Oilers Will Pick First in Upcoming Draft

Tom Szczerbowski/NHLI via Getty Images(TORONTO) -- For the third consecutive season the Edmonton Oilers have won the NHL Draft Lottery and will have the first pick in the upcoming 2012 draft.

The Columbus Blue Jackets actually had better odds than the Oilers, but it seems winning the lottery is a right of passage for Edmonton.

The past two seasons the Oilers have selected center Ryan Nugent Hopkins and winger Taylor Hall. This years popular bet to be the first pick is Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting (OHL). He also plays wing, leading to speculation that the Oilers may try to trade the pick.

The last team to pick first in the NHL Draft for three straight seasons was the Quebec Nordiques from 1989-1991.

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