The Dallas Cowboys agreed to a five-year, $105 million deal with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deal. The agreement will include $65 million in guaranteed money, the sources told The AP on condition of anonymity. Lawrence, 26, and the Cowboys had until July 15 to work out a long-term pact after the club put the franchise tag on its best pass rusher for the second straight year. Lawrence played on a $17.1 million franchise tag last season, when he recorded his second straight double-digit sacks season with 10½.
Vikings’ Hill banned 4 gamnes for PEDs
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Holton Hill was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Hill got extensive playing time as a rookie in 2018, starting three games . . . The Lions signed free agent running back C.J. Anderson. Waived by Carolina in November, Anderson rushed for 299 yards in the Rams’ last two games. He then ran for 123 yards and two TDs in the playoff win over Dallas , getting more carries than All-Pro Todd Gurley . . . The Browns signed safety Morgan Burnett, who was released earlier this week after one disappointing season with the Steelers, who signed him to a three-year deal from Green Bay in 2018 . . . The Raiders signed former Patriot safety Jordan Richards, who made a career-high 12 starts and played 15 games in all last season for the Falcons. Richards played 41 games for New England from 2015-17 before being dealt to Atlanta for a 7th-round pick . . . A person with knowledge of the deal says the Broncos will sign cornerback De'Vante Bausby, who had four interceptions for the San Antonio Commanders of the failed American Alliance of Football, which folded last week.
Williamson is AP Player of the Year
Duke freshman Zion Williamson was named The Associated Press men's college basketball player of the year Friday. The 6-foot-7-inch, 285-pound Williamson was the runaway choice, claiming 59 of 64 votes from AP Top 25 voters. Duke freshman RJ Barrett earned two votes as a fellow AP first-team All-American, while Virginia’s De'Andre Hunter, Michigan State’s Cassius Winston, and Murray State’s Ja Morant each got a vote. In a likely one-year stop for a possible top overall NBA draft pick, Williamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds while ranking second nationally by shooting 68% . . . LSU junior guard Skyler Mays is planning to leave the Tigers and enter the NBA draft, making him the third starter from the SEC regular-season champions to announce an early exit. The departures coincide with the indefinite suspension of LSU coach Will Wade, who was implicated in a federal probe of sports agent and shoe company middlemen convicted of funneling improper payments to families of college basketball recruits.
Stackhouse to coach Vanderbilt men
Vanderbilt hired Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach Jerry Stackhouse, an 18-year NBA veteran and two-time All-Star, as its men’s basketball coach. Vanderbilt fired coach Bryce Drew on March 22 after he went 40-59 in three seasons. Stackhouse inherits a program that just had its worst season ever at 9-23. The Commodores finished on a 20-game skid and were the first Southeastern Conference team to go winless in league play in 65 years.
Revolution take aim at Crew
After snapping a four-game winless run with their first victory of the season last Saturday, 2-1 over Minnesota, the Revolution will try to continue that momentum Saturday night at the Eastern Conference front-running Columbus Crew, who have three shutouts this season, including a 2-0 win in New England. With the Crew defender Harrison Afful out with a fractured jaw, New England can target Columbus’s two offensive talismans, Federico Higuain and Gyasi Zardes. Against Minnesota, the Revolution upped their speed on the wings, employing Brandon Bye and DeJuan Jones — two of the fastest players to come out the MLS SuperDraft in recent years. It paid off with Bye scoring the winner and Jones picking up an assist. Expect a similar tactical alignment in Columbus. The Revolution could also benefit from keeping a high line, restricting Columbus’s lateral movement upfield, forcing a slower offensive buildup that’s easier to break down.
Kim leads Valero Open by four shots
First-round leader Si Woo Kim used a late-round hole-in-one to build a four-shot lead at the halfway point of the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. Kim led by one heading into the second round before shooting a 6-under 66. Kim aced TPC San Antonio’s 16th hole and is 12 under. He leads six players at 8 under, including Rickie Fowler (68) and Jordan Spieth (68). Fowler led on the back nine until consecutive bogeys late in the round . . . In-Kyung Kim shot a 7-under 65 in mostly calm morning conditions to take a three-stroke lead into the weekend at the LPGA ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, Calif, the first major golf championship of the year. The 30-year-old South Korean had an 8-under 136 total at at Mission Hills. Katherine Kirk was second, bogeying the final two holes in a 68. First-round leader Ally McDonald followed her opening 68 with a 72 to remain at 4 under with Jin Young Ko (71).
Keys ousts top seed Stephens in Charleston
Eighth-seeded Madison Keys rallied to down top seed Sloane Stephens, 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-2, for the first time in four career meetings between the Americans to reach the Volvo Car Open semis in Charleston, S.C. Keys, ranked 18th in the world, now faces Monica Puig, who topped No. 11 Danielle Collins of the United States, 6-3, 6-2. Stephens had not lost a set in three previous matches against her good friend, including in the 2017 US Open final and last year’s French Open semifinals. No. 5 seed Caroline Wozniacki defeated Maria Sakkari, 6-2, 6-2, and will play No. 16 Petra Martic, who ousted ninth-seeded Belinda Bencic, 6-3, 6-4 . . . Chase Elliott earned his first pole this year on a short track with a lap at 131.713 miles per hour at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Monster Energy FoodCity 500. Elliott edged Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron (131.371 mph) for the top starting spot.