April 28, 2011
NFL DRAFT-TRACKER: CAL
Cal's defensive end Cameron Jordan was selected with the 24th overall pick in the NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.
Over his career at Cal, he played in 50 of 51 possible games, and was an honorable mention All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 choice as a senior in 2010.
"I'm very proud of Cameron," said Cal head coach Jeff Tedford. "He had a great career at Cal. It's nice to see him take the next step and be another first-round pick for the Bears, which says a lot about our program. I'm really happy for him, and I know he's going to be successful at the next level."
Jordan, son of former Pro Bowl playerSteve Jordan, had 62 tackles, 12.5 stops for loss and 5.5 sacks whileforcing three fumbles as a senior. He was a first-team Pac-10 selectionlast year.
Jordan was a combine invite. The 287-pound versatile defensive lineman ran the 40 in 4.74 seconds and ripped off 25 225-pound bench reps.
Jordan's father Steve Jordan played 12 years in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings.
New Orleans finished tied for 18th in the NFL in sacks last season and did not get consistent pressure from starting ends Will Smith (5.5 sacks) and Alex Brown (two sacks). After winning the Super Bowl, the Saints went 11-5 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Seattle.New Orleans passed on Clemsondefensive end Da'Quan Bowers, who led the nation with 15.5 sacks, andAlabama running back Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner.
The selections of Jordan and Tyson Alualu in 2010 as the 10th overallpick by the Jacksonville Jaguars mark the first time the Bears have haddefensive linemen chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft inback-to-back seasons.The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Even though he has been working extensively with Warriors head trainer Chelsea Lane in recent days, Steph Curry isn't close to returning.
Curry hasn't reached the final stages of his rehab process, according to The Athletic, and an early May return is still the most realistic possibility. That means Curry will likely miss a few games of the next round, assuming the Warriors advance.
Curry suffered a Grade 2 sprain of his left MCL on Friday, March 23. The original timetable for Curry's return was set at 4-to-6 weeks. Tomorrow will be the four-week marker. Six weeks would be Friday, May 4.
If the Warriors finish off the Spurs in four or five games and the Pelicans take down the Blazers in similar fashion, the Western Conference Semifinals could begin as early as April 28. If either of the series get extended to six or seven games, the next round would start on May 1, according to the report.
PHOENIX -- The removal of three small pins in Madison Bumgarner's left pinky represented a big step for the pitcher.
Bumgarner had the pins taken out Thursday and he now will begin the process of strengthening his hand, which was fractured during his final spring training appearance. He could begin playing catch in two weeks.
"Once he gets that going, I think you'll see him make real progress," manager Bruce Bochy said.
It still will be a long process for Bumgarner, who is on the 60-day DL and not eligible to return until May 26. It seems unlikely that he's ready on that day, but it could be soon thereafter. Bumgarner will need to play catch for a bit before starting bullpen sessions and eventually a real rehab assignment. Realistically, the Giants are hopeful that he'll be back in the rotation in early June. Bochy said he wouldn't be surprised if Bumgarner beats the initial timetable.
"But it all depends on (how he feels) when he starts throwing," Bochy added.
The Giants will get another key pitcher back Friday when Jeff Samardzija makes his season debut.
--- Hunter Pence has a sore right thumb and wasn't in Thursday's lineup. The timing is, well, interesting. Mac Williamson wasn't in Triple-A Sacramento's lineup, so this could be the time a move is made, but the Giants also will need to clear a spot for Samardzija and they're hoping to stick with eight relievers for now. Stay tuned.