CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the second day of the NFL draft (all times local):
Roberto Aguayo put his best foot forward and will stay in the state of Florida.
Aguayo, from Florida State, was selected by the Buccaneers in the second round of the draft and was the 59th overall pick.
The previous kicker to go in the second round was Mike Nugent, who was the 47th overall pick by the New York Jets in 2005.
Aguayo also became the first kicker since Sebastian Janikowski to forgo his senior year in college.
As a freshman in 2013, he won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker, setting an FBS record with 157 points as the Seminoles won the national championship.
As a sophomore he was a first-team selection to The Associated Press All-America team for the second straight season. Had he stayed for his senior season, Aguayo would have likely set NCAA records for scoring.
The Alabama getaway began late at the NFL draft.
Only one member of the national champion Crimson Tide, center Ryan Kelly, went in the first round. And none was selected through nine spots in the second round.
Then three All-Americans heard their names called.
Linebacker Reggie Ragland went to Buffalo, which traded up to the 41st spot with Chicago for him. At No. 45, Tennessee took Heisman Trophy-winning running back Derrick Henry. And on the very next pick, defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson was selected by Detroit.
Ragland should fit nicely in Rex Ryan’s attacking defense. Henry joins DeMarco Murray and 2014 second-round pick, Bishop Sankey, in the Titans’ backfield.
Robinson fits a need for the Lions, who lost Ndamukong Suh in free agency last year.
Defensive tackle Jarran Reed then went 49th to Seattle, which traded up for him.
And cornerback Cyrus Jones went to New England with the 60th pick.
A growl would have been a more appropriate way to open Round 2, considering who the official greeter was.
“Welcome to Chicago, home of the world’s greatest fans,” said former Bears linebacker Dick Butkus, one of the meanest defenders pro football has seen.
“And as always,” he couldn’t resist adding, “Go Bears!”
Butkus was the last in a long line of former NFL greats to be introduced by commissioner Roger Goodell, who then officially opened the second round. But if Goodell’s intention in appearing alongside Butkus was to soften up the fans in the Auditorium at Roosevelt University, it didn’t work. By the time the commissioner showed up to introduce the first pick, he was roundly booed once again.
Kansas City hopes to land the NFL draft in the near future, joining cities such as Atlanta, Denver and Los Angeles in expressing interest in what has become a three-day football festival.
Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said before Friday night’s second and third rounds that the organization would work with civic leaders on a bid. Kansas City has aggressively pursued numerous sporting events the past few years, ranging from NCAA regionals to next year’s U.S. figure skating championship.
Chicago is hosting the event for the second straight year, but Commissioner Roger Goodell said recently it was “very likely” to move next year. Falcons owner Arthur Blank is hoping to land that edition.
“Chicago has shown you can have the draft somewhere other than New York City,” Hunt said. “I’m interested and the organization is interested and the city is interested in bringing the draft here. When that opportunity presents itself, we’ll put our best foot forward.”
The president of the NFL players’ union is taking exception to how the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to the problems of Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who dropped in the first round after a video was posted to his Twitter account showing him smoking from a bong contraption.
Eric Winston, an offensive tackle with the Cincinnati Bengals, posted on Twitter that he was “stewing” over what had happened the previous night. He followed with a series of tweets:
“Last night everyone saw a young man’s dream turn into a nightmare. The mistakes he made in the past were released out there to millions with an intent to harm him. What did the NFL do? Nothing. In fact, if Roger is to be believed, they loved it because it made the draft ‘so exciting.’
“The NFL invested big on this marketing campaign of ‘family.’ It was all over Chicago on every billboard. Let me dish out some free advice to the young men coming into this league this weekend: they are not your family. This is a business. I hope that what Laremy said is true and that he learned from his mistake. I wish him good luck and hope every drafted player is wise to what it takes to make it in the NFL and who really has your back.”
Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was a no-show at the Miami Dolphins’ news conferences Friday to present him as their first-round pick.
Tunsil was absent due to an allergic reaction, the team said.
“Unfortunately, Laremy had an allergic reaction this afternoon, so right now he’s with our medical staff and hopefully it’s just a quick, short-term thing,” Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said.
Tunsil went through a bizarre plummet in the first round on Thursday. Considered a top-five pick, he went 13th overall after he said his social media accounts were hacked and incidents of his troubled past became public minutes before the first round began, including a video of him smoking from a gas mask-bong contraption.
Also, a post on his Instagram showed an alleged text message exchange between the offensive lineman and an Ole Miss football staff member that included Tunsil’s request for money for bills.
Before the second round of the NFL draft begins, team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will walk the red carpet. They also will announce some third-round selections.
Two winners of the national Payton honor, Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (2014) and former Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields (2003), will take part in the festivities.
The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field and his commitment to philanthropy and community impact.
Team winners, representing past and present players, are:
Arizona Cardinals:Jay Feely
Atlanta Falcons:Patrick DiMarco
Baltimore Ravens:Mike McCrary
Buffalo Bills:Eric Wood
Carolina Panthers:Thomas Davis
Chicago Bears:Israel Idonije
Cincinnati Bengals:Carlos Dunlap
Cleveland Browns:Gary Barnidge
Dallas Cowboys:Brandon Carr
Denver Broncos:DeMarcus Ware
Detroit Lions:Mike Furrey
Green Bay Packers: Sam Barrington
Houston Texans:Chester Pitts
Indianapolis Colts:Reggie Wayne
Jacksonville Jaguars:Maurice Jones-Drew
Kansas City Chiefs:Will Shields
Los Angeles Rams:Johnny Hekker
Miami Dolphins:Ronnie Brown
Minnesota Vikings: E.J. Henderson
New England Patriots:Kevin Faulk
New Orleans Saints: Scott Fujita
New York Giants:Steve Weatherford
New York Jets: Kevin Mawae
Oakland Raiders:Willie Brown
Philadelphia Eagles:Bennie Logan
Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward
San Diego Chargers: Quentin Jammer
San Francisco 49ers:Takeo Spikes
Seattle Seahawks:Shaun Alexander
Tampa Bay Buccaneers:Rondè Barber
Tennessee Titans:Delanie Walker
Washington Redskins:Ryan Kerrigan
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey mall Easter bunny who got into a scuffle with a father last month has had a criminal charge against him downgraded.
NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/21jO9eB ) a Hudson County judge Wednesday downgraded the aggravated assault charge against Kassim Charles to the disorderly persons offense of simple assault. The case also was sent to the Jersey City Municipal Court.
Charles is from Jersey City. He had been playing the role of the Easter bunny. Authorities say Juan Jimenez-Guerrero attacked Charles when his toddler daughter slipped from a chair while getting her photo taken.
A video posted online shows them exchanging punches at the Newport Centre.
Charles’ defense attorney says they look forward to vindicating “the bunny.”
An update on an aggravated assault charge against Jimenez-Guerrero is unavailable. Jimenez-Guerrero’s wife says he was trying to protect their child.
Information from: NJ Advance Media.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn’t immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus Rift headset, many — possibly most — of whom are still waiting for their $600 gadgets more than four weeks after they started shipping .
The delay, naturally, has sparked online grousing and even some data-based activism, including the creation of a crowdsourced spreadsheet for tracking who received their prized VR gear and when. Some longtime supporters of Oculus have declared themselves alienated by the company’s inability to deliver; others have defected to rival VR systems, or are at least considering it.
Christian Cantrell, a software engineer and science-fiction author in Sterling, Virginia, put in his pre-order roughly 15 minutes after Oculus started accepting them in January — and is still waiting. It’s been a “bummer,” he says, because he passed up buying a rival headset, the HTC Vive, hoping to be part of a VR “renaissance” with Rift.
“I’ve been kind of like an Oculus believer,” he says. “But if they bump it again, I might just order a Vive.”
It’s too soon to say how the delays will affect Oculus, much less the overall acceptance of VR, a technology that submerges users in realistic artificial worlds. (Early VR “experiences” consist primarily of video games .) In other contexts, big companies like Apple have managed to weather shortages and shipping delays for products such as the Apple Watch and its new iPhone SE.
But some find the Rift delays intolerable, especially given that Oculus is no fledgling startup, but part of Facebook — the social network bought it two years ago for $2 billion. “There’s an element of inexcusable incompetence going on,” says J.P. Gownder, a Forrester Research analyst, who placed his preorder in the first 10 minutes but doesn’t expect his Rift until mid-May.
Experienced hardware manufacturers would have set up suppliers months or years in advance to avoid these types of problems, Gownder says. The fact that Oculus managed to bungle its launch with more than three years to prepare, plus the backing of Facebook, is “scandalous,” he says.
Oculus, which has blamed the delays on an “unexpected component shortage,” declined to comment on specifics. It told the AP in a statement it has moved to address the shortage and expects deliveries to accelerate in coming weeks. By way of apology, Oculus said it will offer free shipping to customers who ordered before April 1.
Few have been as disappointed as some of the company’s earliest supporters. Back in January, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey announced that 5,600 of the company’s first Kickstarter backers would be eligible for a free headset. He then tweeted on the eve of first deliveries that the gifts would “start arriving” two days before others, giving the impression Kickstarter backers would get theirs first.
It didn’t happen. Unhappy customers gathered on Reddit to complain and to figure out where they stood in line; one poster catalogued the frustration on a crowdsourced spreadsheet. While not necessarily representative of the entire Oculus customer base, that data shows that of the 131 early Kickstarter backers who submitted responses, only 28 report receiving a unit. Of 1,399 pre-order customers, just 165 say they got a Rift.
The virtual reality boom is just getting going, and the competition is growing. Sony will release its PlayStation VR headset later this year. Google is expected to expand on its primitive Cardboard viewer, and recent Apple acquisitions suggest that it may also be jumping into the field soon.
Meanwhile, the Rift is losing some of its first-mover appeal. Some games originally designed to be Oculus exclusives have now been hacked to work on the HTC Vive, which launched about a week after the Rift, but hasn’t experienced shipping delays. Customers who bought Rift games before receiving their headset can now get digital keys so they can play the games in real reality, on a regular PC.
Bill Ellis, a 30-year-old computer engineer in Houston, has been playing with his Vive since it arrived April 5, and may not keep the Rift after it arrives. His plan, he says, was always to buy both, and sell the one that didn’t live up to expectations: “The one that hasn’t shown up is the one that hasn’t lived up to my expectations so far.”
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LONDON (AP) — It helps to have friends in high places when you’re promoting an athletic event.
That’s certainly the case for Prince Harry, who released a video Friday promoting the upcoming Invictus Games for wounded veterans. The cast includes his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II as well as Barack and Michelle Obama, who Harry and his brother Prince William had over for dinner last week in London.
The video starts with Harry and the queen looking at an Invictus brochure when they get a video phone message from Mrs. Obama. It shows the Obamas accepting Harry’s challenge to the Invictus Games, with a man in uniform behind them saying “Boom!”
The queen, bemused by the Americans, says, “Oh really? Please.” Harry then says “Boom!” with a wicked grin.
Elizabeth also made a widely-viewed promotional video with 007 star Daniel Craig for the 2012 London Olympics.
PARIS (AP) — French radio says a small blaze broke out in a building under renovation near a major Paris train station.
France Info says Friday that the fire was quickly controlled by workers and there were no injuries. Video posted to social media showed black smoke pouring from the top of a building. Its authenticity could not immediately be determined.
Messages left with Paris’ fire service were not immediately returned.
Paris sees thousands of fires every year.
NEW YORK (AP) — Digital TV listing company Rovi is buying TiVo in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.1 billion.
Rovi Corp. said Friday that it will pay $10.70 in cash and stock for each TiVo Inc. share. Rovi will pay $2.75 per share in cash, or about $277 million. The rest, $7.95 per share, will be paid in stock.
Once the deal closes, the combined business will use the TiVo name. TiVo is a digital video recording company.
Rovi CEO Tom Carson will serve as CEO of the new company. The executive said in a written statement on Friday that the buyout will help to extend services across platforms and expand its customer base. The transaction will add more than 10 million TiVo-served households to Rovi’s current customer base of about 18 million households using its guides globally.
The companies anticipate at least $100 million in annual cost savings. The transaction is expected to add to Rovi’s adjusted earnings per share within the first year after closing.
Both companies’ boards have approved the deal, which is targeted to close in the third quarter. It still needs approval from both companies’ shareholders.
Shares of TiVo, based in San Jose, California, added 17 cents to $9.59 in premarket trading. Shares of Rovi, based in Santa Clara, California, surged $1.15, or 6.6 percent, to $18.50.