Stanford could have 4 first-round picks?


Stanford could have 4 first-round picks?

My, how times have changed at Stanford.

It's possible - bordering on likely - that the Cardinal could have four players selected in the first round of this month's draft. NFL.com details the players and where they're likely to go. Andrew Luck is a name you're familiar with. Possibly you know his top tight end, Coby Fleener, too. But are you up to date on the other two Stanford players who could go in Round 1? Here are their NFL.com write-ups:

--David DeCastro, OG, (6-5 18, 314) DeCastro stood on everything he did at the NFL Scouting Combine, though he was weighed and measured. He had a very good workout, and is a very solid football player. He is similar to Titans G Steve Hutchinson, an 11-year veteran who has made the Pro Bowl seven times. Like Hutchinson, DeCastro should be a top-line starter for 10 or 11 years.

--Jonathan Martin, OT, (6-5 38, 307) Martin ran the 40-yard dash in 5.27 and 5.43 seconds. He notched a 30-inch vertical, an 8-8 broad jump, a 4.68-second short shuttle and a 7.69-second three-cone. Martin had 20 strength lifts, with arms that measured 34 18 inches. The parents of the likely first-round pick both went to Harvard and practice law.

NFL.com's Gil Brandt also has mini scouting reports on Luck and Fleener, in addition to other Cardinal players who could hear their name called at the draft. You can read them all here.

In terms of the four Stanford players likely to go in the first round, the Raiders almost certainly won't have a shot at any of them, as Oakland doesn't have a first- or second-round pick. But perhaps one of the Stanford safeties (Delano Howell or Michael Thomas) or wideouts (Chris Owusu or Griff Whalen) would be more up the Raiders' alley, later in the draft.

Gordon Hayward's first game with Celtics ends with gruesome fractured ankle


Gordon Hayward's first game with Celtics ends with gruesome fractured ankle

CLEVELAND -- Boston star forward Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome injury, breaking his left ankle just five minutes into his debut with the Celtics.

Hayward, who signed a four-year, $128 million free agent contract this summer, went up for an alley-oop pass and collided with LeBron James midway through the first quarter. He got his leg twisted underneath him as came back to the floor. Hayward collapsed under the basket and looked in horror as his left foot was pointing outward.

He put his hands to his face and dropped back to the floor as a hush fell over the sellout crowd inside Quicken Loans Arena.

Hayward's new teammates huddled in prayer at their bench as a distressed James covered his mouth and several Cleveland players nearby looked away. Hayward had his leg placed in an air cast, and James came over and consoled him before the 27-year-old was pushed from the floor on a stretcher.

Cleveland's crowd gave Hayward a roaring ovation as he left.

The team later confirmed that Hawyard's ankle was broken. It's a devastating blow for the Celtics, who had hoped to close the gap on the Cavs in the Eastern Conference.

Now, they could be without Hayward for an extended period.

Hayward spent the past six seasons with the Utah Jazz before signing with Boston.

The injury overshadowed Kyrie Irving's return to Cleveland after the All-Star point guard was traded to Boston this summer.


Warriors guard Shaun Livingston and Thunder forward Paul George, who have both suffered serious leg injuries, took to Twitter after seeing Hayward's injury.

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong


49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involving an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.