Rams Take Linemen In First Round

The Rams stayed put at number two and 13 in the first round of the NFL Draft. St. Louis took Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson second overall and Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald at 13. Rounds Two and Three are tonight, and Rounds Four through Seven are tomorrow. The Rams have 10 more picks.

The Houston Texans selected South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney first overall in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night from New York City. The Rams used the first of two picks on Auburn offensive lineman Greg Robinson. St. Louis also took Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald at 13. UCF quarterback Blake Bortles was the first QB off the board at number three to the Jaguars. The Browns made the first of three first-round trades at four, opting to trade back to number nine with the Bills.

Buffalo drafted wideout Sammy Watkins from Clemson. Cleveland then moved up one spot to number eight to take Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert. Cleveland later traded their 26th overall choice to get to number-22 and take the second quarterback, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. The last pick of the first round, held by the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, was shipped to the Vikings, who jumped up from number 40 to draft Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater. Rounds Two and Three continue Friday night with the final four rounds on Saturday.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored. As a pitcher, he's 5-0 with an ERA of 1.631 and a WHIP of .961.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

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Thomas Jefferson, proponent of the Bill of Rights, could never have conceived just how many venues there are today for First-Amendment protected speech.

What he also could not have conceived is how this phenomenon of pervasive media has actually stymied, not enhanced, the free speech expression of presidential candidates.

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SPORTS CORNER

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2015 marks the first time in the history of Washington Post 218 American Legion Baseball that all three teams in the program have qualified for state tournament play. The Freshmen team played in the state tournament in Springfield earlier this month. The Juniors won state in Blue Springs last weekend and the Seniors are going to the state tournament in Sedalia this week.