ALAMEDA (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have taken Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack with the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft.
Mack gives the Raiders the potential impact pass rusher that they had been seeking. Mack had 10½ sacks last season playing for a Mid-American conference school.
Mack won the Jack Lambert Award and finished second to Alabama’s C.J. Mosley in the Butkus Award voting — both honoring the nation’s top linebackers. He set a conference record with 16 career forced fumbles. His 75 career tackles for a loss were the most at the NCAA level since 2000.
49ers nab Ward in first round
SANTA CLARA (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have selected defensive back Jimmie Ward from Northern Illinois with the 30th pick in the NFL draft.
General manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh might move Ward from safety to cornerback to fill a need on the defense after San Francisco released Carlos Rogers and then saw both Rogers and Tarell Brown join the Oakland Raiders across the bay.
The 5-foot-10, 193-pound Ward started all 14 games at strong safety last season, leading his team with 95 tackles — 62 solo — with a 10-yard sack and 10 pass deflections.
Giants beat L.A. in 10 innings
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pinch hitter Hector Sanchez had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-1, Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.
Brandon Belt added an RBI single for the Giants, who tied the score at 1-1 when Brandon Hicks homered off Josh Beckett in the seventh.