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De La Rosa strikes out 10, Diamondbacks beat Cardinals 3-0

PHOENIX (AP) — Rubby De La Rosa struck out a career-high 10 and pitched two-hit ball through seven innings, Chris Herrmann and Brandon Drury homered and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 Thursday night.

The Diamondbacks forced a split in the four-game series. De La Rosa (3-3) had been shaky this year and was demoted to the bullpen for a time but turned in his second straight strong start.

Herrmann's two-run home run — after Drury's blooper fell between center fielder Stephen Piscotty and shortstop Aledmys Diaz for a double — gave the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead in the second. Drury lined a 2-1 pitch from Michael Wacha (2-1) into the left field seats for a solo shot in the fourth.

It was Drury's second home run in two days.


Cardinals take DT Nkemdiche with 29th pick in draft

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have selected defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (kihm-DEE'-chay) of Mississippi with the 29th pick in the NFL draft.

Nkemdiche was considered one of the most talented players in the draft but he was still available late in the first round due to an incident last December at an Atlanta hotel, when he fell 15 feet through a broken window.

He was charged with marijuana possession after the drug was found in the hotel room.

The Cardinals front office and coaches believe they have the kind of solid locker room culture, led on defense by Tyrann Mathieu (TY'-ran MATH'-yoo) and Patrick Peterson, to help Nkemdiche succeed.

Mathieu had his own marijuana issues in the past but has become a standout leader for the Cardinals.


LA Rams find their quarterback, picking Cal's Jared Goff

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Welcome to Hollywood, Jared Goff.

The Los Angeles Rams are returning home with a new face of the franchise after choosing the California quarterback with the first overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.

Two weeks after trading up from 15th to grab the top pick from the Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles selected Goff over North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. The Rams hope they've finally solved their perennial problem at football's most important position.

The 6-foot-4 Goff is a Bay Area native who set records and grew into a top prospect in three seasons with the Golden Bears. Now he'll be competing for the chance to throw the first passes at the Coliseum in the Rams' return in September.


Raiders owner says he will spend $500 million in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Raiders owner Mark Davis says he wants to move the team to Las Vegas and is willing to spend a half billion dollars as part of a deal for a new stadium in the city.

Davis upped the ante in a bid to move the team to this gambling city, appearing Thursday alongside soccer great David Beckham and billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson before a committee studying the idea of a $1.4 billion stadium.

He repeated what he said he told Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval a few weeks ago, saying the Raiders want to turn the Silver State into the "silver and black state."

Davis noted the Raiders played in Las Vegas in an exhibition against Houston in 1964, and said with help building the stadium it won't be another 50 years before they play here again.