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2019 NFL Draft: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray selected with first pick by Cardinals

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was taken with the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.

Murray becomes the second straight Sooner quarterback selected with the first pick after former teammate Baker Mayfield was selected No. 1 by the Cleveland Browns in 2018.

Read on to learn more about all the first round picks in Thursday night's draft:

1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner ranked in the top five nationally in passing efficiency, passing yardage, passing touchdowns and rushing yardage by a quarterback.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

The Ohio State pass rusher started the first three games of 2018 before an injured core muscle forced him to miss the rest of the season. In 2017, Bosa was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection. He is the brother of defensive end Joey Bosa, who was drafted by the San Diego Chargers No. 3 overall in 2016.

3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

The red-shirt junior was an Associated Press first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC selection, starting 15 times in 2018 and leading the Tide with 18.5 tackles for loss among his 70 total stops.

4. Oakland Raiders: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

The first-team All-ACC selection and winner of the Ted Hendricks Award racked up 53 stops, 19.5 for loss, 11.5 sacks, four pass breakups, and three forced fumbles in 15 starts.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU

The junior garnered first-team All-SEC and Associated Press All-American accolades, as well as winning the Butkus Award as the top linebacker in the country after starting 12 of 13 games played. White led the Tigers with 123 stops, 12 of which went for losses including three sacks, six pass breakups, and three forced fumbles.

6. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

In 2018, Jones completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,674 yards, 22 touchdowns, and nine interceptions on the year. He starred in the team's bowl game, throwing for 423 yards and five touchdowns in their win over Temple.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Allen, DE, Kentucky

The first-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-SEC pick led the Wildcats with 88 tackles in 13 games, tied for sixth nationally with 21.5 tackles for loss and ranked second in the FBS in both sacks and forced fumbles.

8. Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

In 2018, Hockenson won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end and the Big Ten Tight End of the Year award, along with first-team all-conference honors. He started 13 contests in 2018, leading the team with 49 catches for 760 yards and six touchdowns.

9. Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

Oliver started eight games, 54 tackles, team-high 14.5 for loss, three sacks and two pass breakups, earning second-team All-AAC honors and third-team All-American notice from the Associated Press.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (after trade with Denver Broncos): Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

Bush led the Wolverines with 80 stops, 9.5 for loss, five sacks, and six pass breakups in 12 games. The team captain was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 and an Associated Press second-team All-American.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama

Williams started all 15 games at left tackle in 2018, earning a spot as a Outland Trophy finalist, receiving unanimous first-team All-American notice and repeating as a first-team All-SEC selection.

12. Green Bay Packers: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

In 2017, Gary was a first-team All-Big Ten honors with 66 stops, 12 for loss, and six sacks in 13 starts. Gary was a first-team pick again as a junior, compiling 44 tackles, seven for loss, and 3.5 sacks in 12 games.

13. Miami Dolphins: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Wilkins was a first-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-ACC selection for his play, which helped the Tigers win their second national title since he arrived on campus.

14. Chris Lindstrom, OL, Boston College

Lindstrom started at right guard for all 13 games in 2016 before earning second-team All-ACC honors as a junior, splitting time between right guard and right tackle. He stuck at right guard for all 12 games in 2018, earning Associated Press third-team All-American and first-team All-ACC notice.

15. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

In 2018, Haskins was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and lead the team to a Big Ten title. He was also a third-team All-American, leading the nation with 4,831 passing yards and 50 touchdown passes in 14 starts.

16. Carolina Panthers: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

Burns led his team with 15.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks among his 52 stops, while also breaking up three passes and forcing three fumbles.

17. New York Giants: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

Lawrence was first-team All-ACC as a junior, starting 13 games for the Tigers, recording 44 tackles, 7.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks and three pass breakups.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State

As a senior in 2018, Bradbury was a full-time starter and won the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center. He also received first-team All-ACC and Associated Press All-American honors.

19. Tennessee Titans: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

In 2018, Simmons started all 13 games and was voted first-team all conference as well as an Associated Press third-team All-American. He started all 13 games in 2018, leading his team with 17 tackles for loss.

20. Denver Broncos: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

The junior garnered first-team All-Big Ten notice and third-team All-American honors from the Associated Press.

21. Green Bay Packers (after trade with Seattle Seahawks): Darnell Savage Jr. S, Maryland

As a senior, Savage earned second-team all-conference notice with four interceptions, two pass breakups, and 52 tackles.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (after trade with Baltimore Ravens): Andre Dillard, OL, Washington State


Dillard earned first-team All-Pac-12, starting in all 13 games his senior year. He was also named third-team All-American by the Associated Press.

23. Houston Texans: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

Coaches in Howard's conference named him the Hornets' only first-team all-conference selection in 2018 after he started 10 games at right tackle.

24. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

In 2018, Jacobs rushed for 640 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in 15 games. He also caught 20 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns as a receiver. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 SEC Championship Game with 86 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries.

25. Baltimore Ravens: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

The wide receiver was eighth in the nation in receiving yards in 2018 (1,318 yards) and had 10 touchdowns. He joins his quarterback, Murray, as the second player selected from the Sooners.

26. Washington Redskins: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

Sweat, at 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, ran an incredible 4.41-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, but dropped due to concerns about a heart condition discovered during physicals.

27. Oakland Raiders: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

Abram becomes the second straight Mississippi State defensive player selected. The speedy safety had 84 tackles and two interceptions last season for the Bulldogs. He is the third selection of the first round for the Raiders.

28. San Diego Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound run stuffer also had eight sacks last season. He had 4 1/2 sacks as a junior.

29. Seattle Seahawks (after trade with Kansas City): L.J. Collier, DE, TCU

Collier will likely replace the veteran Frank Clark, who was traded earlier in the day for this selection. Collier had 11 1/2 tackles for loss and six sacks as a senior.

30. New York Giants (after trade with Seattle): Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

Baker is the first cornerback off the board and rated by many prognosticators as the best. He had two interceptions and nine pass breakups last season, but was rarely targeted due to his ability.

31. Atlanta Falcons (after trade with St. Louis): Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington

The 6-foot-7, 317-pound behemoth will strengthen up the offensive line for Matt Ryan. The line gave up 42 sacks last season (13th in the league).

32. New England Patriots: N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Harry was first-team All-Pac 12 as both a junior and senior and had 1,088 receiving yards last season. The 6-foot-2, 228-pound player is a possession receiver, not a speedster.

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NFL prospect spending draft day picking up pieces from tornado in Louisiana

Don Juan Moore/Getty Images(RUSTON, La.) -- Jaylon Ferguson is hours away from being a millionaire. He just may not know about it when it happens.

The defensive lineman from Louisiana Tech is projected as a second-round pick in 2019's NFL Draft, set to get underway Friday. He missed day one: He was picking up the pieces from a tornado.

A line of severe storms rolled through Louisiana late Wednesday into Thursday and sparked an EF3 tornado -- with winds up to 140 mph -- in Ruston, Louisiana, the home of Louisiana Tech University. It devastated the community and killed two people.

Ferguson's home survived, but he hit the streets of his town to help others -- most without power.

"It’s just a rough time. The power is still out for a lot of people right now," Ferguson told ABC News on Thursday night. "A couple people lost their lives, a lot of people lost their property in all of this."

"Luckily nobody [I know] was seriously injured, but I know some people lost their property, and some people are still missing right now," he added. "So, we been out all day helping people."

Getting in touch with Ferguson wasn't easy. Cellphone service was down for the entire town.

ESPN's Adam Schefter spoke to Ferguson's agent, who said he wasn't sure his client would even be able to be contacted by prospective teams to tell him he'd been picked.

"Instead of having a draft party and celebrating a lifelong dream, he's out helping other people," Ferguson's agent, Safarrah Lawson, said Thursday. "It speaks to this young man's character."

The Louisiana Tech campus was seriously damaged in the storms, including the baseball, softball and soccer fields. Ferguson is originally from Zachary, Louisiana, just north of Baton Rouge, but he's lived in Ruston since coming in 2014.

"Ruston has been my home the last five years," he told ABC News. "They show me love and a lot of the fans that come to the football games are the same people out in the community that’s having trouble right now. Being a football player and being an alumni of Louisiana Tech University, it’s only right for me to come back and help. I’m at home right here. It’s nothing to give out help, pick up some branches, go buy a pack of water, or a couple of pizzas. It’s nothing to do that for people who really need it."

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound player is no shrinking violet on the field. He was well aware he set a school record with 45 career sacks.

"Yeah, I’m the 'Sack Daddy,'" he said. "Just all the sacks I got, over and over and my teammates, one day, they were just joking around, like, 'Oh you’re the sack daddy now, you’re the sack daddy,' and it just stuck with me."

He'll be waiting to see when he goes off the board Friday night.

"To have a chance to play in the NFL, that’d mean everything," Ferguson said. "It’s literally like a lifelong dream for me."

He added, "I just want to play for the people of Ruston."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/25/19

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston 7 Detroit 3
Cleveland 2 Houston 1
LA Angels 11 NY Yankees 5
Seattle 14 Texas 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona 5 Pittsburgh 0
LA Dodgers 2 Chi Cubs 1
Cincinnati 4 Atlanta 2
Miami 3 Philadelphia 1, 10 Innings

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
San Antonio 120 Denver 103

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

OT Boston 3 Columbus 2
St. Louis 3 Dallas 2

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh invites blind fan to read NFL draft pick in Braille

Baltimore Ravens(BALTIMORE) -- The Charm City just scored a touchdown with the Ravens' heart-warming plans for the NFL draft.

When the Baltimore Ravens got wind of an inspiring young fan, who regularly discusses the team with a local sports radio station, head coach John Harbaugh found the perfect way to include him in the team's upcoming NFL draft selection.

Mo Gaba, 13, a three-time cancer survivor who has been blind since he was just 9 months old, will soon make history as the first person in to read an NFL draft pick in Braille.

While the superfan analyzed the upcoming draft on the Justin, Scott and Spiegel 98 Rock Morning Show, Harbaugh surprised him on the other line and shared some exciting news.

"We heard about this guy named Mo that has incredible insights into the Ravens and what we do and how good we're gonna be and we heard he's one of our very biggest fans," Harbaugh said. "We're inviting Mo to announce our fourth round draft pick at our draft fest event at the Inner Harbor.

"What do you think about that Mo?" Harbaugh asked.

"What?! Really? I've never done that before," a surprised and excited Mo said. "I'd like to do that, yeah."

"You're gonna be the first person in the history of the NFL to announce a draft pick written on a card in Braille," Harbough told Mo. "How amazing is that going to be?"

"Whoaaa," Mo replied, stunned at the exciting history making moment.

One of the show's hosts asked if this was the start of his budding sports broadcasting career, to which Mo confidently replied, "It's gonna start this week."

The Ravens told ABC News that they first heard about Mo through the radio show and a local news story in March, which highlighted Mo's incredible bond with a resource officer at his middle school.

When the team heard Mo's cancer came back for a fourth time, they sent its mascot Poe to a fundraiser for the boy on March 22. At that time, they began to consider plans to include him in the draft pick announcement, a representative for the team said.

Harbaugh said the team will "roll out the red carpet" for Mo and his mom, who will attend the draft day event at Baltimore's inner harbor on Saturday, "just like one of our draft picks."

"It's gonna be first class all the way," he said. "There's gonna be tons of fans down there, our players are gonna be down there -- so many of our guys are fired up to have a great day and it's gonna be really amazing."

The video of their radio interview has been viewed on the Baltimore Ravens Twitter account more than 108,000 times as of Thursday afternoon

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What to watch as the NFL draft kicks off

33ft/iStock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Millions of football fans will be tuning in to the NFL Draft to see if their favorite college players get picked.

The first round kicks off Thursday night in Nashville, Tennessee.

ABC News’ Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts will host the first round of the draft. In the video below, she breaks down what to expect from the big night:

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/24/19

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland 6 Miami 2
San Diego 1 Seattle 0
San Francisco 4 Toronto 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Kansas City 10 Tampa Bay 2
Oakland 6 Texas 5
Baltimore 4 Chi White Sox 3
Boston 11 Detroit 4
Houston 7 Minnesota 1
NY Yankees 6 LA Angels 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis 5 Milwaukee 2
Colorado 9 Washington 5
Atlanta 3 Cincinnati 1
Arizona 11 Pittsburgh 2
Philadelphia 6 NY Mets 0
Chi Cubs 7 LA Dodgers 6

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Houston 100 Utah 93
L.A. Clippers 129 Golden State 121

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

SO Carolina 4 Washington 3

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New York City 1 Chicago 0

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Texas family accused of obtaining Masters tickets with fake IDs: DOJ

wellesenterprises/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A Texas family is accused of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in a scheme to re-sell tickets to the annual Masters golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, the Department of Justice said.

The indictment, unsealed in the Southern District of Georgia on Tuesday details a pattern from 2013 to 2017 in which Steven and Diane Freeman and their children Christine Oliverson and Stephen M. Freeman took steps to defraud the prestigious golf tournament's through its selective ticketing system.

According to the indictment, tickets are distributed in a lottery after information is submitted on the Augusta National Incorporated website and only one account per household is allowed.

Prosecutors allege that the family "defrauded ANI by creating false user accounts in order to purchase spectator tickets to attend the Masters Golf Tournament held annually in Augusta, Georgia." They went on to say, the family was hoping to "re-sell the tickets at a substantial profit.

The government alleges that the family created "false user accounts by purchasing mailing lists that included the actual names and addresses of individuals who did not grant their authority or permission for the creation of these accounts," the charging document says. They also created fake IDs, utility bills and credit card statements to go with fake accounts, and mail them to Augusta for a change of address, the prosecutors said.

They also purchased emails, "in bulk" to use to register online, authorities said.

The government says the family created a document in which they could all see information pertaining to the scheme at the same time.

"Mom, this links to a document that we can all see at once. this is how chrissy requested i send her the info," reads an email included in the indictment allegedly sent by Stephen M. Freeman. "we'll see how this works. i found a fairly basic utility bill in NY state. the link to the bill is on the document along with the changes that need to be made," the email reads.

Stephen Michael Freeman is also charged with identity theft.

If convicted, each member of the family could face up to 20 years in prison.

No attorneys for the family members were listed in court records.

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Olympic runner discusses training her mind for success

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The physical demands professional runners endure are both grueling and awe-inspiring. For Olympian Deena Kastor, becoming a successful long distance runner was about more than just training her body; it was about training her mind, too. She outlines the lessons she learned about competing, life, and discovering her winner's mindset in her new book, Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory.

In an exclusive conversation with ABC News, Kastor discusses some of the lessons she took from years of competing on the national stage.

She says whether people are competing on the race course, at school, or their jobs, they must find ways to reframe their perceptions about failures and shortcomings. "It may take a lot of work to get there," she concedes, "but the work is worth it."

Kastor recounts one of her worst losses as a moment when she learned that she could use failure to push herself to succeed. In an eight kilometer cross country national championship race early in her career, she believed she was going to come in first place after months of intense training. Instead, she says, "I was absolutely demolished. I went from confident to crushed in just thirty minutes."

Her coach would not let her wallow in the unexpected failure. He wanted her to use her failure to increase her desire to win and find ways to improve before her next competitive race:

"My coach told me, 'I'm glad you're disappointed because it means you care.'"

It was following this loss that she improved her times and became a world class runner, competing in national and Olympic races.

Kastor looked to fill her book with a variety of lessons she learned at different points in life. They include how becoming a mother reframed the way she thought about competition, and how she was able to move on from the grief she endured in losing her family dog.

With her memoir, she hopes some of what she learned will empower others to endure through their own challenges and reach their potential:

"The lessons of bravery and courage and enduring can be related across the board. At any given moment, we can choose to throw in the towel, give up... I think it's really important to pass along the message we can reshape and redefine our perceptions. And the best way to share that knowledge is to write a book... not so much for people to learn about me, but discover more about themselves through using thoughts, and perspectives, and more of their mental game to get an edge on their running and their lives."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/23/19

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
Miami 3, Cleveland 1
San Francisco 7, Toronto 6
San Diego 6, Seattle 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit 7, Boston 4
Baltimore 9, Chicago White Sox 1
Tampa Bay 5, Kansas City 2
Detroit 4, Boston 2
Houston 10, Minnesota 4
N.Y. Yankees 7, L.A. Angels 5
Oakland 11, Texas 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cincinnati 7, Atlanta 6
Arizona 2, Pittsburgh 1
N.Y. Mets 9, Philadelphia 0
St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 3
Chicago Cubs 7, L.A. Dodgers 2
Washington 6, Colorado 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Toronto 115, Orlando 96
Philadelphia 122, Brooklyn 100
Denver 108, San Antonio 90
Portland 118, Oklahoma City 115

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Boston 5, Toronto 1
San Jose 5, Vegas 4

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Serena Williams posts video of daughter Olympia trying out tennis racquets

TPN/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The apple certainly doesn't fall from the tree!

Tennis superstar Serena Williams posted this video of her daughter Olympia hitting the racquet closet not once, but four times!

"History in the making," she wrote in the caption as little Olympia gave each racquet a smash test!

Some of Williams' celebrity friends commented on the post. Singer Justin Timberlake wrote "Uh oh!" while actress Olivia Wilde said, "Already better than me."

Williams' husband, Alexis Ohanian, remarked: "Smash that racquet, baby girl!"

No matter what Olympia puts her young mind to, she will certainly have a wealth of coaches and supporters along the way to guide her.

If young Olympia does follow in her mother's footsteps, she will be hitting the court in just a few short years. Williams was just 4 years old when she started playing tennis and was a professional by the age of 14.

Olympia turns 2 in September.

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