Rams pick quarterback Goff
The Los Angeles Rams on Thursday selected quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. The No. 2 selection for the Philadelphia Eagles was Carson Wentz, making it the second straight year that two quarterbacks were the first two selections. Goff started every game during his three college seasons at California, setting records with 977 completions, 12,220 yards passing and 96 touchdown passes. The Rams, back in Los Angeles for next season after relocating from St Louis, traded with Tennessee to get the pick. Wentz led North Dakota State to their fifth consecutive FCS college championship in January. He passed for 1,651 yards and 17 touchdowns during his senior year that was shortened by a broken right wrist. Philadelphia acquired the No. 2 selection in a trade with Cleveland last Wednesday. It is the first opening-round quarterback for the Eagles since taking Donovan McNabb with the No. 2 pick in the 1999 draft.
Tomic out of Istanbul Open
Top-seeded Bernard Tomic was knocked out of the Istanbul Open, losing to unseeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday. As the top seed, Tomic also lost his opening match a week ago at the Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest. “I am playing well on these courts, which are slow,’’ Schwartzman said. “I tried to be focused today and I think I played a great match.” In the quarter-finals, he faces Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who defeated Illya Marchenko of Ukriane 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Third-seeded Ivo Karlovic hit 13 aces to advance past Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 7-6 (11), 7-6 (7), recording his 300th career victory, and is to play fifth-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain, who defeated Hyeon Chung of South Korea 6-3, 6-4.
Quintana takes second stage
Colombia’s Nairo Quintana seized control of the Tour de Romandie by winning Thursday’s second stage in Morgins after defending champion Ilnur Zakarin was stripped of his victory. Quintana, who was jostling with fellow escapee Zakarin in a sprint finish, crossed the line in second behind the Russian, before the Katusha rider was downgraded by race officials for interfering with his rival. “Zakarin would have won anyway, but he boxed me in. I am not commenting on the decision of the judges,” Quintana said. “It is not easy to win here given the plateau. Being able to do so is a very good sign.” The pair finished 26 seconds ahead of a group headed by Portugal’s Rui Costa, with Rigoberto Uran and Thibaut Pinot also clocking the same time in the Swiss mountain village. Podium hopefuls Rafal Majka, Bauke Mollema and 2010 winner Simon Spilak all finished together as well, but American Tejay van Garderen lost over a minute.
Goffin advances in Munich
Belgium’s David Goffin on Thursday beat Victor Estrella of the Dominican Republic 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Munich Open. Goffin next faces Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who secured his quarter-final berth after downing the Czech Republic’s Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-4. In Thursday’s other matches, Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro beat Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany defeated fellow German Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-2, Italy’s Fabio Fognini downed Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-5, and Slovakia’s Jozef Kovalik downed the Netherlands’ Igor Sijsling 6-3, 6-4.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
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Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen