NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Arizona Cardinals went for a quarterback with the first overall pick in the NFL draft last night before the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets acquired defensive help. Kyle Murray became the second straight Oklahoma quarterback to be taken with the top pick with the Cardinals took the Heisman Trophy winner. Defensive end Nick Bosa was selected by the Niners with the second pick, and the Jets landed defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the third choice. Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson was taken 7th overall by the Detroit Lions. Hawkeye teammate and fellow tight end Noah Fant was selected 20th overall by the Denver Broncos.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs forced a Game 7 in their NBA first-round series by whipping the second-seeded Denver Nuggets, 120-103. DeMar DeRozan added 25 points to help the Spurs withstand an outstanding performance by Nikola Jokic , who finished with 43 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Game 7 is tomorrow in Denver, where the Nuggets had the league’s best home record during the regular season.
BOSTON (AP) – Charlie Coyle provided the tying and winning goals as the Boston Bruins took the opener of their second-round Stanley Cup series against Columbus, 3-2 in overtime. Coyle beat Sergei Bobrovsky 5:15 into OT after knotting the score with 4:35 left in regulation. He tying goal came after Brandon Dubinsky and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored just 13 seconds apart in the third period to put the Blue Jackets ahead, 2-1.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Blues have opened their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series by getting two goals from Vladimir Tarasenko in a 3-2 victory against Dallas. Tarasenko broke a 1-1 deadlock with a power-play goal late in the second period and gave St. Louis a 3-1 lead four minutes into the third. Robby Fabbri also scored and rookie Jordan Binnington turned back 27 shots for the Blues.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski is unlikely to play Game 1 in the second round of the playoffs tonight against Colorado after being knocked out and bloodied in the first-round clincher. Coach Peter DeBoer says Pavelski is officially day to day but is not expected to be cleared for the game. Pavelski got hurt Tuesday in a Game 7 victory over Vegas when he was cross-checked by Cody Eakin after a faceoff and was hit by another Golden Knight before falling awkwardly, his helmet slamming on the ice.