PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the NFL draft (all times Eastern):
The New Orleans Saints trade up to select Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara and offensive linemen finally start to hear their names called as the third round opens.
No. 65 Cleveland: Larry Ogunjobi, DT, 6-3, 305, Charlotte
No. 66 San Francisco: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, 6-3, 198, Colorado
No. 67 New Orleans: Alvin Kamara, RB, 5-10, 214, Tennessee. The Saints traded up to get this pick from San Francisco. Kamara’s versatility could make him an ideal fit for the Saints’ offense.
No. 68 Jacksonville: Dawuane Smoot, DE, 6-3, 264, Illinois
No. 69 Los Angeles Rams: Cooper Kupp, WR, 6-2, 204, Eastern Washington
No. 70 Minnesota: Pat Elflein, C, 6-3, 303, Ohio State. Does this start a run on offensive linemen? Only seven offensive linemen were selected in first two rounds.
No. 71 Los Angeles Chargers: Dan Feeney, OG, 6-4, 305, Indiana
No. 72 Tennessee: Taywan Taylor, WR, 5-11, 203, Western Kentucky. The Titans trade up to get this pick from New England.
No 60 Dallas: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, 6-0, 202, Colorado
No. 61 Green Bay: Josh Jones, S, 6-1, 220, North Carolina State
No. 62 Pittsburgh: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, 6-1, 215, Southern California. Caught 10 touchdown passes each of last two years at USC.
No. 63 Buffalo: Dion Dawkins, OG, 6-4, 314, Temple. Bills traded up to get this pick from Atlanta.
No. 64 Carolina: Taylor Moton, OT/OG, 6-5, 319, Western Michigan. Moton is the final selection of the second round.
No. 53 Detroit: Teez Tabor, CB, 6-0, 199, Florida. Second Gators cornerback taken in the second round. A disappointing 40-yard dash caused his stock to drop.
No. 54 Miami: Raekwon McMillan, LB, 6-2, 240, Ohio State. Led the Buckeyes in tackles the last two seasons and a team leader.
No. 55 New York Giants: Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, 6-2, 310, Alabama. The seventh Alabama player selected.
No. 56 Oakland: Obi Melifonwu, S, 6-4, 224, Connecticut. The 17th defensive back taken in the first two rounds.
No. 57 Houston: Zach Cunningham, LB, 6-3, 234, Vanderbilt.
No. 58 Seattle: Ethan Pocic, C, 6-6, 310, LSU.
No. 59 Kansas City: Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, 6-7, 289, Villanova. The Villanova guy gets a huge ovation from the Philadelphia crowd.
The Cleveland Browns’ quest for a franchise quarterback has brought them to Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer.
After passing on quarterbacks in the first round, Cleveland selected Kizer with the No. 52 overall pick. The 6-foot-4, 233-pound Kizer struggled last season for the Fighting Irish, but the Browns are intrigued with his size, arm and upside.
The Browns have started 26 quarterbacks since 1999, when they returned as an expansion team.
On Thursday, Sashi Brown, the team’s head of football operations, said the team didn’t want to “force” picking a quarterback and would wait for the right moment to grab one. Kizer might not be their future, but he at least gives the Browns another option along with Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan.
The second round of the NFL draft started with a flurry of trades and a couple of defensive back teammates from Washington being selected.
No. 49 Washington: Ryan Anderson, OLB, 6-2, 253, Alabama.
No. 50 Tampa Bay: Justin Evans, S, 6-0, 228, Texas A&M.
No. 51 Denver: DeMarcus Walker, DE, 6-3, 280, Florida State. Tenacious pass rusher had 16 sacks last season and joins Von Miller with the Broncos.
No. 52 Cleveland: DeShone Kizer, QB, 6-4, 233, Notre Dame. The first quarterback taken in the second round as the Browns waited it out and still got a prospect with big upside
No. 43 Philadelphia: Sidney Jones, CB, 6-0, 186, Washington. Three Huskies DBs in 11 picks. Jones tore his Achilles’ at pro day workout.
No. 44 Los Angeles Rams: Gerald Everett, TE, 6-6, 239, South Alabama.
No. 45 Chicago: Adam Shaheen, TE, 6-6, 278, Ashland. Baby Gronk is from a Division II school.
No. 46 Indianapolis: Quincy Wilson, CB, 6-1, 211 Florida.
No. 47 Baltimore: Tyus Bowser, OLB, 6-2, 247, Houston
No. 48 Cincinnati: Joe Mixon, RB, 6-2, 230, Oklahoma. The Bengals have never been a shy about bringing in players with troubled pasts and they grabbed this draft’s biggest red flag. Mixon might have been the most talented running back in the draft, but he was suspended for his freshman season after punching a woman on video. He reached a plea deal to misdemeanor assault charges.
Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is headed to Cincinnati, which added to its reputation for taking chances on players with off-field problems.
The Bengals traded down in the second round, then took the 5-foot-10 running back with the 48th overall pick Friday. Mixon was one of the top running backs in the draft, but dropped because he was suspended his freshman season for punching a woman and breaking bones in her face.
Cincinnati needed a running back after Rex Burkhead left for New England. Plus, Giovani Bernard is recovering from a torn ACL, raising doubts about depth at the position.
The Minnesota Vikings were eager enough to start drafting after sitting out the first round that they traded up seven spots for Florida State running back Dalvin Cook with the 41st pick.
The Vikings sent one of their fourth-round selections, No. 128 overall, to Cincinnati in order to slide up in the second round. The 5-foot-11, 213-pound Cook was a first team Associated Press All-American last season as a junior and totaled 38 touchdowns over the last two years for the Seminoles.
Though the Vikings signed Latavius Murray in free agency, Cook has now been targeted as the long-term replacement for Adrian Peterson. He’s the third running back taken this year, after LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey went in the first round.
No. 38 Los Angeles Chargers: Forrest Lamp, OL, 6-4, 309, Western Kentucky. Tackle who might move inside in the pros, but he graded out as well as any linemen in the draft.
No. 39 New York Jets: Marcus Maye, S, 6-0, 210, Florida. Two picks and two safeties for the Jets.
No. 40 Carolina: Curtis Samuel, WR/RB, 6-0, 205, Ohio State. Panthers add versatile Samuel to Christian McCaffrey, who they took in Round 1.
No. 41 Minnesota: Dalvin Cook, RB, 5-10, 210, Florida State. Character question dragged Cook down, but the Vikings got a potential star to replace Adrian Peterson.
No. 42 New Orleans: Marcus Williams, S, 6-1, 202, Utah.
Latest picks from the NFL draft:
No. 33 Green Bay (from Cleveland): Kevin King, CB, 6-3, 203, Washington. One of the tallest corners in the draft. Big question is top-end speed.
No. 34 Jacksonville (from Seattle through San Francisco): Cam Robinson, OT, 6-6, 322, Alabama. The All-American has all the measurable. Needs more consistent footwork.
No. 35 Seattle (from Jacksonville): Malik McDowell, DT, 6-6, 295, Michigan State. Inconsistent play and some injuries as a junior kept him out of the first round. Freaky athlete.
No. 36 Arizona (from Chicago): Budda Baker, S, 5-10, 195, Washington. Baker goes to the team that has the player he is most often compared: Tyrann Mathieu.
No. 37 Buffalo (Los Angeles Rams): Zay Jones, WR, 6-2, 201, East Carolina. Jones led the nation in catches with a record 158 last season. Yes, 158.
The Green Bay Packers opened the second round of the NFL draft by selecting Washington cornerback Kevin King.
Green Bay traded out of the first round, so King, a 6-3 former safety, was its first addition in this draft. The Packers owned the 29th pick, which they sent to Cleveland on Thursday night.
Just before Friday’s selection, Commissioner Roger Goodell and former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski thanked Philadelphia and the fans. Folks in the theater even booed Goodell’s tribute, but not when “Jaws” repeated it.
Cardinals first-round draft pick Haason Reddick arrived in Arizona Friday and gushed about his new NFL home.
He praised the welcoming fans and called the area “heaven on earth.”
Apparently nobody warned him about practicing in 120-degree summer temperatures.
The versatile linebacker also said he’s looking forward to learning behind veteran Karlos Dansby, who was signed to a one-year contract.
Reddick, the 13th pick overall, said he’s already talked to Dansby and that he’s “blessed and lucky” to be in a position to learn from him.
Round two of the draft begins at 7 p.m. with a pick by Green Bay.
The NFL draft resumes at 7 p.m. with the second and third rounds.
The Green Bay Packers have the first and 29th picks in the second round. Seattle has the second pick in the second round, followed by Jacksonville, Chicago and the Los Angeles Rams.
Among the best players still on the board are Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson and Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer.
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TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. reported Friday a January-March profit of 27.7 billion yen ($250 million) on the back of healthy sales of image sensors, PlayStation 4 game software and batteries for mobile devices, marking a recovery from its red ink a year ago.
Tokyo-based Sony had an 88 billion yen loss in the same period last year, although that was a fraction of the red ink it had posted in years before as it contended with competition from rivals like Apple and Samsung in smartphones and other electronics devices.
Quarterly sales rose 4.4 percent to 1.9 trillion yen ($17 billion).
For the fiscal year through March, Sony’s profit fell 50 percent to 73.3 billion yen ($660 million) from 148 billion yen, partly because of costs related to repair of damage from a major earthquake that hit southwestern Japan in April 2016.
The quake shut down Sony’s semiconductor manufacturing facility. An unfavorable exchange rate also damaged Sony’s results.
Also hurting the annual results was the write-down Sony took earlier this year on its movie division, or what’s called “goodwill impairment,” stemming from its acquisition of Columbia Pictures in 1989.
Sony is projecting a three-fold recovery for the fiscal year through March 2018, because of the absence of quake- and movie-related costs, at 255 billion yen ($2.3 billion), although it warned currency fluctuations could hurt results.
Sony has been reshaping its business by focusing on high-end cameras and video games. It has already sold some assets, including its Vaio personal computer business. Its TV division lost money for years but has recently recovered.
In its movie business, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” released in the January-March quarter was one of its biggest successes in recent quarters, especially with the international box office. Best-selling titles for the year in its music division included Beyonce’s “Lemonade” and Sia’s “This Is Acting.”
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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard medics have stopped using military contractors who intentionally injure sedated animals so that medics can practice treating combat wounds.
Spokeswoman Lisa Novak said in a phone interview Thursday that the practice was suspended in January. A working group will decide if the training will continue.
The so-called “live tissue training” involved anesthetized goats.
Novak said she didn’t know what led to the suspension. In 2012, activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, released a video of a goat’s legs being removed with tree trimmers during what it said was Coast Guard training.
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, a California Democrat, wrote in The Hill newspaper on Thursday that she had raised concerns with the Coast Guard. She said most Americans are against the practice.
NEW YORK (AP) — “Keep the Change,” a romance about a couple who meet at a community for people on the autistic spectrum, and “Bobbi Jene,” a documentary about an American dancer in the Israeli dance company Batsheva, were the top winners at the 16th Tribeca Film Festival.
In the awards, announced in a ceremony Thursday night, Rachel Israel’s debut feature, “Keep the Change,” won the Founders Award for best narrative feature. The jury called it “a heartwarming, hilarious and consistently surprising reinvention of the New York romantic comedy, which opens a door to a world of vibrant characters not commonly seen on film.”
Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal happily noted that all five feature film awards went to movies directed by women. The festival also gives an award, named after Nora Ephron, to a female director. That prize went to Petra Volpe, writer-director of “The Divine Order,” a drama about women’s suffrage in Switzerland.
“Bobbi Jene,” which follows the dancer Bobbi Jene Smith as she moved back the U.S., took the best documentary award and honors for its cinematography and editing. The jury praised director Elvira Lind’s film for “pushing nonfiction intimacy to bold new places.”
Best international feature went to Elina Psykou’s Greek drama “Son of Sofia.”
The director of the best narrative short, Kaveh Mazaheri, for “Retouch,” said he was unable to attend the festival because of Republican President Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban. Mazaheri, an Iranian filmmaker, said in a video message that he and his crew were unable to get visas for Tribeca. He said his absence was “a pity” due to Trump’s “fascinating decisions.”
Courts have halted Trump’s bid to stop immigration from six predominantly Muslim counties: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Trump has appealed the courts’ rulings, saying he’s trying to keep the United States safe.
DALLAS (AP) — United Airlines moved to staunch criticism — and any customer defections — by reaching a settlement Thursday with a passenger dragged off one of its planes two weeks ago and issuing new policies designed to prevent similar customer-service failures.
On April 9, Kentucky physician David Dao was forcibly removed from a flight after refusing to give up his seat to a crew member. The incident ignited a debate about poor service and a lack of customer-friendly policies on U.S. airlines.
United and lawyers for Dao declined to disclose financial terms of the settlement Thursday. Earlier, United announced steps it would take to reduce overbooking of flights. Among other things, the airline said it will raise the limit on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights to $10,000, and it will improve training of employees.
Dao’s lead attorney, Thomas Demetrio, praised the airline and its CEO, Oscar Munoz, for accepting responsibility and not blaming others, including the city of Chicago, whose airport security officers yanked Dao from his seat and dragged him off the United Express plane.
Dao never filed a lawsuit against United, but Demetrio had said legal action was likely.
Dao was waiting to fly to Louisville, Kentucky, an April 9 when the airline decided it needed four seats for Republic Airline crew members who needed to travel to work another United Express flight in Louisville the next morning. When Dao and his wife were selected for bumping, he refused to leave.
Video of the incident has sparked more than two weeks of withering criticism and mockery of United. Munoz initially blamed Dao, but later said he was horrified by the event and called it a failure on United’s part.
On Thursday, United released a report on the incident that outlined new policies to prevent a repeat. The airline vowed to reduce, but not eliminate, overbooking — the selling of more tickets than there are seats on the plane.
United won’t say whether ticket sales have dropped, but the airline’s CEO acknowledged the Dao incident could be damaging.
“I breached public trust with this event and how we responded,” Oscar Munoz told The Associated Press. “People are upset, and I suspect that there are a lot of people potentially thinking of not flying us.”
To head off customer defections, United had already announced that it will no longer call police to remove passengers from overbooked flights, and will require airline crews traveling for work to check in sooner. On Thursday, it added several other new policies including:
— Raising the limit on compensation to $10,000 for customers who give up their seats starting Friday. That is a maximum — it’s unclear how many, if any, passengers would see that much. The current limit is $1,350. Delta Air Lines earlier this month raised its limit to $9,950.
— Sending displaced passengers or crew members to nearby airports, putting them on other airlines or arranging for car transportation to get them to their destinations.
— Giving gate agents annual refresher training in dealing with oversold flights. Munoz said he also wants agents and flight attendants to get more help at de-escalating tense situations.
While not a factor in this month’s incident, United also said that starting in June it will pay customers $1,500 with no questions asked if the airline loses their bag.
For United, the timing of the viral video could hardly have been worse. The airline struggled badly after a 2010 merger with Continental, enduring several technology breakdowns that angered customers. In the past year, however, the airline has flown more on-time flights and lost fewer bags. It recently rolled out plans for expanding service this summer.
Instead of being commended for those signs of progress, United has been pilloried. Munoz apologized again and faulted his own initial response, in which he defended airline employees and called Dao belligerent.
“That first response was insensitive beyond belief,” Munoz said. “It did not represent how I felt,” saying that he got “caught up in facts and circumstances” that weren’t initially clear, instead of expressing his shock.
United said it will reduce overbooking, particularly on flights with a poor track record of finding volunteers to give up their seats, but won’t end the practice. Munoz said if airlines can’t overbook there will be more empty seats and fares will rise.
Earlier Thursday Southwest Airlines, which bumped the most passengers off its planes in 2016, announced plans to stop overbooking flights, citing the United incident as a catalyst.
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The CEO of United Airlines acknowledges he “messed up” with his initial response to the April 9 incident where a passenger was dragged off a plane after refusing to give up his seat.
United issued a report Thursday about the incident on a United Express plane, and detailed several new policies to deal with overbooked flights, including increasing the amount of compensation that can be offered as an incentive so passengers volunteer to be bumped off an overbooked flight.
A 69-year-old passenger who was already seated on the plane refused to leave when told to make room for airline crew members who were traveling for work. Cellphone video of David Dao being dragged off the plane by airport security officers lit up the internet.
Oscar Munoz, the CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc., initially defended his airline’s actions and criticized the passenger. He has subsequently apologized numerous times. On Thursday, Munoz talked to The Associated Press about the incident and the new policies designed to deal with overbooking.
Here are excerpts from the interview. Answers have been edited for length.
Q: People have been complaining about airline service for years. Why did it take video of a passenger being violently removed from a plane for United to make these changes?
A: Clearly the event certainly accelerated our focus on this … We’ve been on a pretty nice trajectory with regards to our reliability, with regards to our friendliness. We hear that from customers. Progress has been made, and this event a couple weeks ago was a failure.
Q: Is this hurting ticket sales?
A: We have such big numbers that I suspect there are places where things have fallen off a little bit … It’s a little too early to tell. We will watch that and closely monitor. My going-in perspective is one of paranoia. I breached public trust with this event and how we responded. People are upset, and I suspect that there are a lot of people potentially thinking of not flying us. We have to re-earn their trust. Today’s announcements are a first step in that.
Q: Are you worried that Congress or the Department of Transportation might ban overbooking or take other steps opposed by the airlines?
A: I suspect that this event will generate some enthusiasm for any of those items.
Q: Do you regret anything you personally did in responding to this incident? Maybe the letter to employees? (In that letter he blamed Dao and called him “disruptive and belligerent.”)
A: That first response was insensitive beyond belief. It did not represent how I felt. Like most people, I got caught up in facts and circumstances because clearly the event was more complicated than other recent ones at other airlines. I messed up, plain and simple.