Soto out with meniscus tear in knee

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Soto out with meniscus tear in knee

Cubs catcher Geovany Soto might be headed to the DL after a MRI on his left knee revealed a meniscus tear.

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Patrick MooneyIn other news, Geovany Soto's MRI on left knee revealed slight tear in meniscus, making DL a possibility.
May 18 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply
CSN's David Kaplan reports that an unlikely player will be the backup catcher in today's game.

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David KaplanDarwin Barney is the Cubs emergency backup catcher today with Soto down.
May 18 via UberSocial for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

Buckeyes nearly match NFL Draft record with five first-round selections

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Buckeyes nearly match NFL Draft record with five first-round selections

Many expected a record-breaking night for Ohio State on Thursday, but the Buckeyes will have to settle for only five first-round selections in this year's NFL Draft.

In what was a phenomenal showing for Urban Meyer's program, five Buckeyes heard their names called during the first 20 picks in Thursday night's first round.

Ohio State came one selection away from matching the NFL Draft record of six players from one school being chosen in the first round, a feat accomplished by Miami, which saw six players taken in the first round in 2004.

Defensive end Joey Bosa got things started when he was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the third pick.

Teammate Ezekiel Elliott immediately followed when the Dallas Cowboys used the No. 4 pick on the star running back.

Cornerback Eli Apple made it three Buckeyes selected in the top 10 when the New York Giants took him at No. 10, instantly earning the new nickname of Eli "Big" Apple.

Offensive lineman Taylor Decker was chosen by the Tennessee Titans six picks later at No. 16, and linebacker Darron Lee rounded it out at five in the top 20 when he was picked by the New York Jets at No. 20.

It was the fourth time Ohio State has had five players picked in the first round of the NFL Draft.

The Buckeyes still have a shot at a modern draft record. Ohio State actually holds the record for the most players chosen in a single draft, with 14 players picked in 2004. As Cleveland.com's Bill Landis explained earlier this month, the all-time record is 17, accomplished by the Texas Longhorns in 1984, though that draft had 12 rounds. The 14 players sent to the draft by Ohio State in 2004 is a record under the current seven-round format.

Days 2 and 3 still figure to feature a lot of big-name Buckeyes. Top Ohio State talent not picked in the first round includes Vonn Bell, Cardale Jones, Braxton Miller, Joshua Perry, Tyvis Powell, Michael Thomas and Adolphus Washington.

Big Ten still without first-round quarterback in NFL Draft since 1995

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Big Ten still without first-round quarterback in NFL Draft since 1995

The Big Ten’s long, regional nightmare marches on.

With no signal callers taken Thursday night, the Big Ten still hasn't seen a quarterback chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1995.

The conference's drought extended to 21 years when the first round came and went with Michigan State's Connor Cook and Penn State's Christian Hackenberg, among others, still remaining on the board.

The last Big Ten quarterback to hear his name called in the first round was Kerry Collins, who was drafted out of Penn State way back in 1995.

Since, 26 Big Ten quarterbacks have been picked, just not in the first round. The skid came close to ending in 2001, when Purdue’s Drew Brees was the first pick of the second round at No. 32, a pick that would be in the first round today given there are now 32 NFL teams.

After Brees, though, the Big Ten went without a quarterback selected higher than the fourth round until 2007, the first of back-to-back years in which a conference quarterback was picked in the second round: Michigan State’s Drew Stanton in 2007 and Michigan’s Chad Henne in 2008.

Between 2009 and 2015, just six Big Ten quarterbacks were drafted: Purdue’s Curtis Painter (sixth round, 2009), Northwestern’s Mike Kafka (fourth round, 2010), Iowa’s Ricky Stanzi (fifth round, 2011), Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson (third round, 2012), Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins (fourth round, 2012) and Northwestern’s Trevor Siemian (seventh round, 2015).

Cook and Hackenberg could both be selected on Day 2, and Ohio State's Cardale Jones and Indiana's Nate Sudfeld could also be picked before this year's draft is over.

Here is the complete list of Big Ten quarterbacks selected from 1995 to the present.

— Kerry Collins, Penn State (first round, 1995)
— Tony Banks, Michigan State (second round, 1996)
— Bobby Hoying, Ohio State (third round, 1996)
— Wally Richardson, Penn State (seventh round, 1997)
— Brian Griese, Michigan (third round, 1998)
— Joe Germaine, Ohio State (fourth round, 1999)
— Tom Brady, Michigan (sixth round, 2000)
— Drew Brees, Purdue (second round, 2001)
— Kurt Kittner, Illinois (fifth round, 2002)
— Steve Bellisari, Ohio State (sixth round, 2002)
— Drew Henson, Michigan (sixth round, 2003)
— Brooks Bollinger, Wisconsin (sixth round, 2003)
— Gibran Hamdan, Indiana (seventh round, 2003)
— Craig Krenzel, Ohio State (fifth round, 2004)
— Jim Sorgi, Wisconsin (sixth round, 2004)
— Jeff Smoker, Michigan State (sixth round, 2004)
— John Navarre, Michigan (seventh round, 2004)
— Kyle Orton, Purdue (fourth round, 2005)
— Drew Stanton, Michigan State (second round, 2007)
— Troy Smith, Ohio State (fifth round, 2007)
— Chad Henne, Michigan (second round, 2008)
— Curtis Painter, Purdue (sixth round, 2009)
— Mike Kafka, Northwestern (fourth round, 2010)
— Ricky Stanzi, Iowa (fifth round, 2011)
— Russell Wilson, Wisconsin (third round, 2012)
— Kirk Cousins, Michigan State (fourth round, 2012)
— Trevor Siemian, Northwestern (seventh round, 2015)

Recapping the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft

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Recapping the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft

Thursday night's first round of the NFL Draft was full of surprises, including UCLA linebacker Myles Jack going undrafted. Here's a recap of the first 31 picks in this year's NFL Draft.

1. Los Angeles Rams (via Tennessee): Jared Goff, QB, California

2. Philadelphia Eagles (via Cleveland): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

3. San Diego Chargers: Joey Bosa, DL, Ohio State

4. Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

6. Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Stanley, OL, Notre Dame

7. San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon

8. Tennessee Titans (via Cleveland): Jack Conklin, OL, Michigan State

9. Chicago Bears (via Tampa Bay): Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

10. New York Giants: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Chicago): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

12. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville

13. Miami Dolphins (via Philadelphia): Laremy Tunsil, OL, Ole Miss

14. Oakland Raiders: Karl Joseph, DB, West Virginia

15. Cleveland Browns (via Tennessee): Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

16. Detroit Lions: Taylor Decker, OL, Ohio State

17. Atlanta Falcons: Keanu Neal, DB, Florida

18. Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Kelly, OL, Albama

19. Buffalo Bills: Shaq Lawson, DL, Clemson

20. New York Jets: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

21. Houston Texans (via Washington): Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

22. Washington Redskins (via Houston): Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

23. Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

24. Cincinnati Bengals: William Jackson III, DB, Houston

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Artie Burns, DB, Miami

26. Denver Broncos (via Seattle): Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

27. Green Bay Packers: Kenny Clark, DL, UCLA

28. San Francisco 49ers (via Kansas City): Joshua Garnett, OL, Stanford

29. Arizona Cardinals: Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss

30. Carolina Panthers: Vernon Butler, DL, Louisiana Tech

31. Seattle Seahawks: Germain Ifedi, OL, Texas A&M