Williamson Player of the year...Fans line up to watch practice...Craig Carton sentenced
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Duke freshman Zion Williamson is The Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson made headlines with his highlight-reel dunks and athleticism. He was the runaway choice for the award, claiming 59 of 64 votes from AP Top 25 voters. Williamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who lost in an NCAA regional final against Michigan State.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The fans have lined up early for entry into U.S. Bank Stadium, as the Final Four teams hold open-to-the-public workouts. Auburn takes the court first, followed by Virginia, Texas Tech and Michigan State. U.S. Bank Stadium opened in 2016, the home of the Minnesota Vikings and the host of the Super Bowl after the 2017 NFL season. The seating capacity has been expanded for the Final Four to 72,000.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sports radio personality Craig Carton has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for a ticket reselling scam that ended his decade-long broadcast partnership with ex-NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason (eh-SY’-uh-suhn). Carton blamed his crime on a gambling addiction he said grew from his effort to cope with childhood sexual abuse.
CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the plans tells The Associated Press the Cleveland Browns intend to sign former Packers and Steelers safety Morgan Burnett and quarterback Garrett Gilbert. Gilbert played in the failed Alliance of American Football. The deals are pending physicals. Burnett was released by Pittsburgh this week. He would give the Browns depth after they traded Jabrill Peppers to New York. Gilbert played for the Orlando Apollos of the defunct AAF. He was the league’s passing leader
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed free agent running back C.J. Anderson, who made big plays for the Rams in the playoffs. Anderson rushed for 403 yards in 11 games last season for the Panthers and Rams. He joins a Detroit backfield that includes Kerryon Johnson, who shined last season as a rookie.