Browns take Mayfield No. 1, QBs go early

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Quarterback desperation means NFL teams can't pass on taking a passer - even a flawed one - in the draft.

The Browns, Jets, Bills and Cardinals heeded that notion Thursday night, even as more highly rated players at other positions remained on the board.

Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield became Cleveland's latest attempt to find its franchise quarterback. Sam Darnold of Southern California is trying to revive the Jets, while in upstate New York - where the Bills gave up on Tyrod Taylor - the future belongs to Wyoming's Josh Allen. Just after Buffalo traded up to grab Allen, Arizona moved up to get UCLA's Josh Rosen, a potential replacement for the retired Carson Palmer.

Giants nab RB Barkley, pass on QB

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants passed on an heir apparent to two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and took a running back that many think is the best to come out of college in decade.

The Giants selected Penn State's Saquon Barkley with the second pick overall, a player many football experts consider the best running back to enter the NFL since Adrian Peterson came out of Oklahoma in 2007. (MORE)

Giannis has 31-14 as Bucks force Game 7

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo asserted himself in the biggest game of his budding career with his team on the brink of playoff elimination.

Now it's on to Game 7 for the Milwaukee Bucks. (MORE)

Pens score 3 unanswered, rally past Caps

WASHINGTON (AP) After the Capitals scored early, the Penguins scored often to stun their rivals with yet another comeback.

Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel scored in a 4:49 span to help Pittsburgh erase a two-goal deficit in the third period and the Penguins beat Washington 3-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the second-round series. (MORE)

Fleury blanks Sharks as Vegas rolls 7-0

LAS VEGAS (AP) Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 33 shots for his third shutout of the playoffs, and the Vegas Golden Knights went on to beat the San Jose Sharks 7-0 Thursday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Cody Eakin, Erik Haula and Jonathan Marchessault scored 1:31 apart early in the first period to get Vegas going. Alex Tuch, Shea Theodore, Colin Miller and James Neal also scored, Reilly Smith and William Karlsson each had three assists, and Marchessault and David Perron added two each. (MORE)

 Jets get USC QB Darnold with No. 3 pick

 Bills trade up to take QB Allen at No. 7

 Ravens grab QB Jackson to end Round 1

 Cards land QB Rosen with move to No. 10

 NBA: James' late block was goaltending