Raiders Use 1st Pick On Ohio State Cornerback Gareon Conley

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Despite rape allegations that emerged days before the draft, Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley was taken by the Oakland Raiders with the No. 24 pick on Thursday night. Conley seemed like a lock to be selected early in the first round until earlier this...

Colts Add Ohio State DB Malik Hooker In 1st Round

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Malik Hooker needed one breakout season to prove he was worth a first-round draft pick. The Indianapolis Colts expect even more from Hooker when he is completely healthy. New general manager Chris Ballard continued Indy’s offseason defensive overhaul...

The Latest: Cowboys draft Charlton to help pass rush

AP Photo/Julio Cortez PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the first round of the NFL draft (all times local): 11:22 p.m. The Dallas Cowboys drafted for defense as expected, taking Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton with the 28th overall pick. Charlton, who led the...

Foligno, Getzlaf, Giordano Are Messier Finalists

NEW YORK (AP) — Columbus left wing Nick Foligno, Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf and Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano are the finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. Hall of Famer Messier selected the finalists announced Thursday. The winner will be announced June 21 at...

No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up, with music, art

AP Photo/Verena Dobnik NEW YORK (AP) — In a park amid skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork. The free-of-charge, air-conditioned splendor,...

GOP bill would discipline hecklers at college speeches

AP Photo/Scott Bauer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin students who disrupt speeches and demonstrations could be expelled and campuses would have to remain neutral on public issues under a bill Republican legislators are pushing this week. The bill comes as free...

Karlsson helps Senators edge Rangers 2-1 in Game 1

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Erik Karlsson scored on a bad-angle shot with 4:11 left in the third period, sending the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in the opener of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night. The Senators captain beat fellow...

Whew! Raptors blow 25-point lead, but beat Bucks 92-89

AP Photo/Morry Gash MILWAUKEE (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and the Toronto Raptors squandered a 25-point lead late in the third quarter before holding on for a 92-89 victory Thursday night over the Milwaukee Bucks to take their first-round playoff series in six...

DNA from dirt: Tracing ancient humans found in 'empty' caves

BERLIN (AP) — No bones? No problem! Scientists say they’ve figured out a way to extract tiny traces of ancient human DNA from dirt in caves that lack skeletal remains. The technique could be valuable for reconstructing human evolutionary history, according to the...

Taliban announce start of spring offensive

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan’s Taliban have announced the start of a spring offensive, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on coalition and Afghan security forces. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced the...