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May 2, 2012 | By Brian Cronin
BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND : The Yankees left Mickey Mantle unprotected in the 1968 expansion draft. Major League Baseball (MLB) has held six expansion drafts in its history (1960, 1961, 1968, 1976, 1992 and 1997) , where incoming expansion teams can draft players from the rosters of the other MLB teams (with each current team being allowed to protect a certain amount of players from being drafted). There have been a number of standout players drafted via these drafts (to name three - a young Lou Piniella was taken in the 1968 draft, a young Vinny Castilla was taken in the 1992 draft and a young Bobby Abreu was taken in the 1997 draft)
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SPORTS
April 26, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
No. 6 Dallas Cowboys: CB Morris Claiborne, LSU - - Generally viewed as the best corner in this draft, Claiborne had 11 interceptions in his two full seasons as a starter at LSU.  He returned one pick for a 45-yard touchdown against Georgia last season in the Southeastern Conference title game. Although he doesn't have elite speed for an NFL corner, he was fast enough in high school to win the Louisiana state championship in the 100 meters. Comment: The Cowboys needed a playmaker at this position and Claiborne is elite - a player so coveted that Dallas was willing to sacrifice its second-round pick to get him. MORE Photos: 2012 NFL draft picks First round of draft is a rush to judgment NFL considers suspending Pro Bowl after 2013     NFl draft: Cowboys select cornerback Morris Claiborne at No. 6
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April 26, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
No. 10 Buffalo Bills: CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina - - Some evaluators think Gilmore is the best cornerback prospect in the draft. He was a rare true freshman starter for the Gamecocks, and had 52 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, and nine passes defended his first year. Comment: The Bills have built a supreme defensive line, and now they're building the back end. Not bad for a team that ranked 30th in points allowed in 2011. MORE Photos: 2012 NFL draft picks First round of draft is a rush to judgment NFL considers suspending Pro Bowl after 2013     NFL draft: Cornerback Stephon Gilmore chosen 10th by Bills
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April 26, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
No. 21 Cleveland Browns: QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State - - Weeden is 28 and began his professional sports career as a baseball pitcher. He was drafted out of high school in the second round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft, the first selection of the Yankees. He was traded to the Dodgers a year later, and later played in the Royals organization. Injuries and a high ERA convinced him to quit baseball. He enrolled at Oklahoma State in 2007. Comment: Weeden will be 29 in the fall, having been a professional baseball player before heading to college.
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April 26, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
No. 3 Cleveland Browns: RB Trent Richardson, Alabama - - Richardson helped lead Alabama to two BCS championships and last year won the Doak Walker Award and was a Heisman finalist. Some evaluators think he's the most promising college back since Adrian Peterson. Richardson didn't participate in the scouting combine after undergoing minor knee surgery, but he recently escorted a cancer patient to her high school prom. Comment: The Browns need to be able to pound the ball in the AFC North, especially when the weather turns cold, and Richardson gives them that ability.
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April 26, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
2. Washington Redskins: QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor - Jim Harbaugh recruited both Griffin and Andrew Luck to Stanford. Griffin declined the scholarship offer because he reasoned there would be a logjam at quarterback. He is the only player from Baylor to win the Heisman Trophy. As a high school track star in Texas, he broke state records in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Comment: The Redskins run a bootleg offense - - roll right, roll left - - and Mike Shanahan says Griffin is the best he's coached at doing that since Steve Young.  MORE Photos: 2012 NFL draft picks First round of draft is a rush to judgment NFL considers suspending Pro Bowl after 2013     Robert Griffin III selected second by the Redskins    
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April 28, 2012 | Sam Farmer
ARIZONA Heady move: Fourth-rounder Bobby Massie of Mississippi can play right tackle, and some scouts had him going in the second. Head scratcher: In taking Oklahoma's Jamell Fleming in the third, the Cardinals picked up their ninth corner. ATLANTA Heady move: The Falcons have a 35-year-old center and need help on the interior of the offensive line, so getting Wisconsin's Peter Konz in the second was huge. Head scratcher: Took Southern Mississippi's Lamar Holmes in the third, a player Mel Kiper rated as the 29th tackle.
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April 27, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA guard Jordan Adams reversed himself and has declared for the NBA draft, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak on the matter. The turn of events means the Bruins have lost their two best players to the NBA. Point guard Kyle Anderson had already declared for the draft. Adams' decision, first reported on Yahoo Sports, deprives the Bruins of their leading scorer and one of the team's top defensive players. The 6-foot-5 sophomore from Atlanta averaged 17.4 points a game and finished with 95 steals last season.
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April 30, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict had the most dramatic plunge in the NFL draft, going from a player who was widely believed to be a first-round prospect a few months ago to an undrafted free-agent signee of the Cincinnati Bengals. The oft-penalized Burfict had as many red flags as yellow ones. His final season was riddled with 15-yard penalties; he fought with teammates and refused to enter a game late in the season; he was overweight and slow at the combine, running a 5-flat 40, and, according to FoxSports.com, failed a drug test there.
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