On the Radar: NFL draft, earthquake drill, space update
Auburn's Cam Newton is expected to be the first pick in Thursday's NFL draft.
April 28th, 2011
06:48 AM ET

On the Radar: NFL draft, earthquake drill, space update

NFL draft: The National Football League holds its draft of college players Thursday night, with Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton the favorite to be picked No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers.

In his mock draft, SI.com's Don Banks says the Panthers, who earned the top pick with a league-worst 2-14 record in 2010, would trade out of the top spot if they could, but that is unlikely.

"They will pick Newton, but they'll do so with a queasy feeling in the pit of their stomachs. They know he carries risk, but they also feel they have to roll the dice and take the quarterback who has the potential to make the biggest possible impact," he writes.

The draft comes amid an off-season of labor strife in the league. A federal judge this week ruled league owners must resume business and end a lockout of players from team facilities. Owner appeals of that ruling are ongoing.

So when their names are called at Radio City Music Hall in New York City Thursday night, the collegiate stars won't know when they might first don the uniform of their NFL team or even if there will be an NFL season in 2011.

The first round of the draft begins at 8 p.m. and can be seen on the NFL Network. Second and third rounds are Friday at 6 p.m. and the fourth through seventh rounds are Saturday at noon.

Earthquake drill: Residents of 10 states from Oklahoma to South Carolina will practice earthquake safety drills as part of the Great Central U.S. Shakeout.

Organizers say more than 3 million people will participate in the event, scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. local time. Participants will practice the "drop, cover and hold on" technique to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake.

Government agencies, schools and universities, hospitals and businesses in Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky join Oklahoma and South Carolina in Thursday's event. Indiana did its drills last week.

Voyager update: NASA updates the mission of its twin Voyager spacecraft on Thursday morning.

Since their launch 33 years ago, the spacecraft have traveled 10 billion miles to the edge of our solar system and are now heading toward interstellar space.

Besides sending information on their journey back to Earth, the spacecraft carry "a collection of images and sounds from Earth as a message to possible life elsewhere in the galaxy," NASA says.

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  1. Tony

    If Cam Newton was WHITE, we wouldn't even be having this discussion!!! Get over it people!!

    April 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fastball

    Cam Newton is a black baboon. He is a poo throwing chimp. When he walks, his knuckles drag. I say let's make the world a better place and blast Cam Newton into outer space. How is that for a rhyme you dumb monkeys?
    Cam Newton will prove to be the total package....He'll lie, cheat, and get arrested for something like r@pe. He is just a dumbJiggaboo. You can take the jig out of the ghetto....you know the rest.

    April 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big Game James


    April 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tony

    WE are still waiting for Carson Palmer to pan out. In fact, we've been waiting since 2003! How many chances will he get to prove himself, but yet he's still PURE garbage!!!!!

    April 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tony

    Cam Newton will be the #1 pick and make millions........STOP HATING!!! If he turns out like Ryan Leaf and the rest of "THEM", so be it!!!! He deserves it!!!!

    April 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kx3

    Cam Newton is black crack addict. He will be out of the league in 3 years. He sucks. Auburn sucks too.

    April 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    My daughter has already participated in the earthquake drills; they're going under their desks much as we did in the 60's for the nuclear bomb drills. Ahhh, the memories!

    April 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lucky

    Whitemen are just mad because cam went from screwing a couple dozen of whitewomen to screwing hundreds of whitewomen oh yeah the steelers QB is a rapists not cam but since he is white it was alright

    April 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lucky

    And the funny thing about carson palmers situation is that the bengals wont trade him they said he is a big part of what they wanna do carson tells them he will retire if they dont trade him and guess what carson tells espn he has 80 million in the bank and 98% of nfl fans forgets who the bengals STARTING QB is since 2003

    April 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lucky

    I guess u haters would like it better if cam was sleeping on a sidewalk strung out on drugs or running around with a gun killing another blackman for nothing huh? How dare he try to get into the same league as tom brady and peyton manning cam newton must be losing his mind

    April 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. curious meee

    It is just hilarious the minority white people wont accept the truth theyre minority now! get to the back of the bus BOY!

    April 28, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Big Game James

    Welcome to Charlotte, Cam! Fu@k the haters!

    April 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. raven


    April 29, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    Hey! I didnt do that,but its ok with me . smiles all around! :):)

    April 29, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. raven

    Guess I shoulda said i didnt MEAN ta do that. obviously i DID it, just dint MEAN to. 🙂 meant ta do THAT tho:)

    April 29, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
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