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Dolphins DB Jones draws rebuke for tweet about Sam

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) A negative one-word tweet from Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones about the drafting of Michael Sam drew a rebuke from the team.

Shortly after the St. Louis Rams selected Sam in the seventh round Saturday, Jones tweeted, "Horrible." The tweet was taken down a short time later.

Sam is the first openly gay player to be selected in the NFL draft.

The Dolphins were at the center of bullying scandal last season that embarrassed the league and drew nationwide scrutiny of locker room culture in the NFL.

After the draft, Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said he was made aware of Jones' tweet.

"I was disappointed in those comments," Hickey said. "That's not what we stand for as an organization. The draft weekend is the culmination for so many players of their lifetime achievement of their dream to achieve their goal. For Michael Sam, for all the other players, it's such a great celebration as they begin their future.

"We're going to sit down with Don Jones and address (the tweet) appropriately."

Jones' agent, Chris Martin, said he was unaware of the tweet and declined to comment.

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Bruins beat Canadiens 4-2 to take 3-2 series lead

BOSTON (AP) Reilly Smith and Jarome Iginla scored 22 seconds apart to help the Boston Bruins snap a five-year playoff power-play drought against Montreal and beat the Canadiens 4-2 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday night.

The Bruins lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, with a chance to eliminate the Canadiens in Montreal on Monday night. Game 7 would be Wednesday night back in Boston.

Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson also scored, and Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for Boston. He extended his shutout streak to 122 minutes, 6 seconds before Brendan Gallagher scored to make it 3-1 on a power play with 5:21 left in the second period.

Carey Price made 26 saves for Montreal. P.K. Subban had a late goal power-play goal.

The Bruins had not scored a power-play goal in the playoffs against the Canadiens in 39 tries over 14 playoff games dating to 2009.

Hot-shooting Thunder beat Clippers 118-112

LOS ANGELES -- Kevin Durant scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Oklahoma City Thunder outplayed the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter for a 118-112 victory Friday night and a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.

Serge Ibaka added 20 points and Westbrook had 13 assists for the Thunder in a game that neither team ever led by double digits.

Blake Griffin scored 34 points, and Chris Paul added 21 points and 16 assists for the Clippers, who saw their four-point lead disappear for good early in the fourth quarter. Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford added 20 points.

Oklahoma City led 113-107 on Durant's turnaround jumper with 1:23 left. It followed Westbrook's 3-pointer after the Clippers had closed within 108-107 when Griffin muscled in for a layup.

Game 4 is Sunday at Staples Center.

The Thunder shot 56 percent, and controlled the paint and fastbreak points against a Clippers team that never got into their favored run-and-gun mode.

J.J. Redick, who got off to a hot start in Game 2, was held to five points on 1-of-6 shooting. DeAndre Jordan was never a factor for the Clippers either, with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Matt Barnes gave them a lift with 14 points.

The Thunder gradually pulled away in the fourth, scoring eight straight points, including Durant's three-point play, to take the lead for good. Former Clipper Caron Butler hit three 3-pointers to give his team the lead and then extend it.

Emotions boiled in the third, with double technicals called on Barnes and Kendrick Perkins, who stared hard at each other. Perkins took a step toward Barnes but got pushed away by Westbrook. By then, Griffin was already bloodied. He got hit in the face by Ibaka, but the only call by the referees was 3 seconds on the Clippers.

Griffin held a towel to his gushing nose and changed his jersey during a timeout.

The Clippers rallied at the end of the period, outscoring the Thunder 8-0 to take a 90-86 lead. They did it on free throws except for Griffin's basket. Reggie Jackson was called for a foul and a technical, and then Durant fouled Crawford on a 3-point attempt with less than a second left. He made all three.

Neither team led by more than seven points in the first half, when the lead changed hands 14 times and there were seven ties. Ibaka had three fouls and Thabo Sefolosha two for the Thunder.

NOTES: Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling, attended the game. Her lawyer has said she wants to retain her financial interest in the team. ... Paul tied Elton Brand's franchise record for most double-doubles in the playoffs with his sixth. ... Paul and Durant earned double technicals late in the first half after using expletives. ... Clippers F Hedo Turkoglu, out with a hairline fracture in his lower back, was able to pull on his gym shorts Friday, but coach Doc Rivers said it's not looking good for him to return. ... Earlier Friday, the NBA hired Dick Parsons as the Clippers' interim CEO. He is former chairman of Citigroup and Time Warner. Rivers said Parsons "is a very good hire." ... Rivers handed Crawford his Sixth Man of the Year trophy at center court before the game. ... Among the famous faces were Rihanna, former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer, Billy Crystal, producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi, who pulled out his medal as the crowd cheered.

Wild barrage on Crawford beats Blackhawks 4-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Jason Pominville scored for Minnesota in the second period off the back of Chicago goalie Corey Crawford's skate and the Wild beat the Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday night to even the Western Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.

Matt Cooke returned from his seven-game kneeing suspension to give the Wild a jolt, assisting on Justin Fontaine's opening goal. Nino Niederreiter and Jared Spurgeon also scored.

Crawford made 27 saves, but he gave up four goals for the second straight game.

Patrick Sharp snapped out of his slump by scoring for the Blackhawks and Michal Handzus had a goal, but the defending Stanley Cup champions again found themselves unable to establish a consistent attack against the Wild's stifling defense.

The teams will return to Chicago for Game 5 on Sunday night and be back in Minnesota for Game 6 on Tuesday night.

The Blackhawks, blanked 4-0 in Game 3, were shut out twice in the postseason last year and responded with four and six goals, respectively, in their ensuing games. Coach Joel Quenneville shuffled up the lines this week, moving Ben Smith to the first group with captain Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell and bringing defenseman Nick Leddy back to the lineup in a search for more speed and flow.

The Wild wouldn't let that happen.

Leading the NHL in takeaways in the playoffs and allowing an average of fewer than 21 shots on goal per game in the series, the Wild improved to 5-0 at home this postseason with a 16-5 goal differential. The franchise record at Xcel Energy Center was a mere 5-10 prior to this year.

Sharp, coming off a 34-goal, 44-assist season, got just his second goal in 10 playoff games. The Blackhawks, though, managed just 20 shots on Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov after stressing the importance of testing him more.

Cooke set Fontaine up for a slap shot on a two-on-one rush early in the game, and the puck sailed over the glass. Fontaine buried his next chance, though, a bad-angle attempt from the front edge of the circle that skidded through Michal Rozsival's legs after Cooke swiped the puck from the defenseman.

After two full periods of trap-filled, tight-checking play in Game 3, the pace in this one was quick from the start to help the Wild get their crowd going. The fans resumed their sing-song jeering of Crawford's last name from the last game, and the chants grew louder throughout the night.

The buzz in the building was killed for a bit when Sharp, whose struggles prompted a move down to a new third line with Handzus and Marian Hossa, caught defenseman Clayton Stoner stuck in the offensive zone on a turnover by Niederreiter and beat Mikko Koivu to slip a wrister between Bryzgalov's pads with 38 seconds left before the break.

But the Wild roared right back in the second period. Pominville, the other leading scorer having a quiet postseason, got his first goal of the series with the good bounce to beat all good bounces with his soft shot from the end boards. Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook slammed his stick against the boards in disgust.

Handzus retied the game by boxing out Mikael Granlund and redirecting Seabrook's try, but the Wild pulled ahead again when Crawford whiffed in his attempt to squeeze his glove on Niederreiter's uncontested shot. Bryzgalov did his part by sticking his pad out to stop Sharp's breakaway with a thud.

Then early in the third period, Koivu fed Spurgeon for the power-play score to push the lead to two. That was just the fourth goal in 42 opportunities against the Blackhawks in the playoffs, the best penalty-kill percentage in the league.

NOTES: Both teams lost a player to injury late in the second period on penalized contact. Brandon Bollig was called for boarding on the Wild's Keith Ballard, sending him to the locker room. Then Spurgeon was whistled for elbowing Marcus Kruger of the Blackhawks. Kruger returned, but Ballard didn't. ... Quenneville on Leddy being a healthy scratch: "Sometimes it gets their attention. It's never personal." ... Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, drafted from Louisville the night before, took in his first hockey game.

Browns' Gordon facing possible suspension

BEREA, Ohio (AP) A day of celebration dissolved into confusion for the Browns.

Hours after quarterback Johnny Manziel's arrival had Cleveland's football pulse racing faster than it had in years, a report that star wide receiver Josh Gordon may be facing an indefinite suspension shattered the city's collective joy.

One star in, one maybe on his way out.

As the second round of the NFL draft was set to open Friday, ESPN reported that Gordon, who led the NFL in yards receiving last season, had failed another drug test for marijuana and could be banned for a year. The ESPN report, based on anonymous sources, described letters the Pro Bowler received about the failed test.

The Browns deferred any comment on Gordon's situation to the league office. Gordon's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined comment.

Browns general manager Ray Farmer refused to address any specifics on Gordon's situation, which he called "a lot of shocking, supposedly news."

"We're not going to talk or comment on our player's health status of anyone who's on this roster," Farmer said, repeating a similar line several times as he was pressed by reporters.

Farmer said he'll remain silent until he has clarity from the league.

Gordon was suspended without pay for the first two games last season for violating the league's substance abuse policy for the second time, but still led the league with 1,646 yards receiving in 14 games. He had 87 catches and nine touchdowns.

Gordon, who was taken in the 2012 supplemental draft, entered the league with a history of substance issues. He was excused from Baylor's team for twice failing drug tests and he also failed a test after transferring to Utah.

The Browns have been pleased with the easygoing Gordon's maturity and his off-the-field progress. The team had the 23-year-old involved in many of their offseason activities this winter, including him in meetings with free agents and keeping him apprised of their plans.

At last week's voluntary mini-camp, first-year Browns coach Mike Pettine praised Gordon for his game-breaking abilities and his willingness to accept his role with the team. Gordon spoke to a small group of reporters away from the TV cameras and said he was pleased to be so entwined in the team's offseason regimen.

"It was actually big. I was surprised by it," Gordon said. "It was good to have that camaraderie, we never really had that before. Nobody really tried to instill that in this group, but hopefully that brings us all together."

Gordon was expected to be the top playmaker for either Manziel or incumbent starter Brian Hoyer.

Farmer would not comment on if the Browns were aware of Gordon's possible ban before Thursday's opening round, when they traded out of the No. 4, sending that pick to Buffalo for the No. 9 pick and a first- and fourth-rounder in 2015. Buffalo used the fourth selection on Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

If Gordon is suspended, the Browns are in big trouble at wide receiver. Greg Little and Nate Burleson would be the most experienced players at the position with newly signed Andrew Hawkins at the slot position.

Burleson underwent surgery last week to fix a plate in the left arm he broke in a car accident last year when he was with Detroit.

"I'm just fine," he said in a text message to the AP. "I had a minor surgery to fix the plate in my arm so I'll be ready well before training camp. If today were the playoffs, I would be playing."

Farmer said he's not concerned about his team's depth at wide receiver.

"We play games in September, right now there's plenty of opportunity for us to acquire players and make things happen whether it's in trades or draft picks or players who get cut," he said.

The Browns were expected to address their depth at receiver before the report on Gordon surfaced. But Cleveland went in a different direction in the second round, taking Nevada offensive tackle Joel Bitonio with the No. 35 overall pick.

At 6-foot-4, 302 pounds, Bitonio can also play guard and has been described as "nasty."

"I like to play hard," he said. "Football is played to the whistle and you have to play as hard as you can every snap. If you can play that hard every play, then there's a good chance that if you're equally talented and use your technique well, you'll be able to beat the guy you're going against. I want to play as hard as I possibly can. I know the AFC North is a tough, hard-nosed division, and I hope I can a little bit of that to the team."

The Browns passed over wide receivers - seven were drafted in the second round - again in the third, when they selected Iowa linebacker Christian Kirksey. The 6-foot-1, 233-pounder played outside linebacker last season for the Hawkeyes, but Cleveland's coaching staff envisions him playing inside.

Later, the Browns moved back into the third round and picked Towson State running back Terrance West. Cleveland sent a fourth-rounder (No. 106) and sixth-rounder (No. 180) to San Francisco for the No. 94 pick to take West, who rushed for 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns last season.

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AP Sports Writer Larry Lage in Detroit contributed to this report.

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NFL DRAFT: Patriots, Raiders make QB picks

NEW YORK (AP) The only two quarterbacks chosen on the second day of the NFL draft Friday have a lot to emulate.

Derek Carr's guiding light has been older brother David, the top overall pick in the 2002 draft. Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite player has been Tom Brady, the 199th selection in 2000.

The problem for Carr, taken fourth in the second round by Oakland, is that David was only mediocre as a pro. The issue for Garoppolo, chosen 62nd overall by New England, is, well, can anyone really live up to Brady's career?

"I learned everything that he did right and everything that he did wrong," Derek Carr said of David, 11 years his elder. "He told me that if he could do anything, he hopes he made the path smoother for me as I transition into the NFL."

The two were among dozens of picks made Friday as the NFL draft wrapped up Rounds 2 and 3 at Radio City Music Hall. The first day shattered all-time television viewership records and fed a roaring crowd, but the second day was more subdued.

Carr's older brother, David, was the first player ever taken by the Houston Texans. Derek, who also went to Fresno State and, like his elder brother enters the league with a wife and child, went 36th overall.

Derek Carr must hope he gets better protection with the Raiders than David did with Houston. David Carr never reached the expectations of a No. 1 pick, in part because he was sacked so often during his time with the Texans.

Derek Carr rewrote the Bulldogs' record book, throwing for more than 10,000 yards and 100 touchdown passes. He led Fresno State to consecutive Mountain West Conference titles in his final two seasons and passed for 5,082 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2013. He guided a spread offense that relied on his quick decision making, fast release and ability to move in the pocket. All in a season where his son was born with a serious problem with his intestines a month before he stepped on the field.

Oakland acquired veteran Matt Schaub to be its starter, but he will get a serious push from Carr.

"They want me to come in, work hard, compete," Carr said. "Whenever I'm the quarterback, great. To me, it doesn't matter what the situation is - if I'm a starter, if I'm a backup, there to learn."

Garoppolo couldn't have said it any better. The star on the FCS level at Eastern Illinois, which produced Tony Romo, went to New England near the end of the second round. Could he be the heir to Tom Brady?

"It's a fun offense, lot of different variables. It's an offense that fits me,"Garoppolo said. "This is a picture-perfect fit for me."

"I feel good about it. Whether I was coming in as the starter or as the backup, I'm going to go in and approach it the same way. I'm going to go out there and try to get better each and every day. That's what good football players do."

In other picks Friday:

- The Texans selected UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo, who joins the first overall pick, defensive disrupter Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina, in Houston. The two of them can have fun colliding against each other in minicamps and training camp. The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Su'a-Filo, who went on a Mormon mission while in college, also has played tackle.

- The Cowboys took Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, who they hope will emulate their departed sacks leader with the same first name, DeMarcus Ware, now with Denver. "I'm my own Demarcus," Lawrence said. "I don't like to try to be nobody else. I'm going to be me, and I'm going to do it well."

- Cleveland, more active than any team in the first round, added a protector for Johnny Manziel by grabbing guard Joel Bitonio of Nevada, who also can play tackle or center. The Browns caused the biggest stir on opening night when they traded up to No. 22 to get Johnny Football. Cleveland did not choose any receivers even though Josh Gordon is reportedly facing suspension by the NFL for violating the league's drug policy again. Gordon was suspended for the first two games of 2013, but still led the league with 1,646 yards receiving in 14 games.

- After Washington selected Virginia tackle Morgan Moses, who was on hand at the draft, with the 66th pick, Moses joked: "I thought my phone was broken." Several mock drafts had Moses going in the first round.

- It took 54 selections, a draft record, for a running back to go. Bishop Sankey of Washington was chosen by the Titans, who cut Chris Johnson this spring. Two more went in the next three selections: Jeremy Hill of LSU to Cincinnati, and Carlos Hyde of Ohio State to San Francisco. Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason went 75th overall to St. Louis.

- A total of 39 early entrants have been selected so far, 25 on Friday. Altogether, there were a record 102 early entrants this year. College powerhouses Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia did not have anyone chosen in the first three rounds.

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AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo and Sports Writers Simmi Buttar, Schuyler Dixon and Josh Dubow contributed to this story.

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