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April 4, 2014

McDermott wins Wooden Award

FROM WIRE REPORTS

Creighton’s Doug McDermott just keeps picking up awards during college basketball’s biggest weekend.

McDermott won the Wooden Award on Friday, given to the game’s top player as selected by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. McDermott received his latest honor at a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas, not far from the site of the Final Four in Arlington.

Earlier Friday, McDermott was named player of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. The 6-foot-8 McDermott was selected The Associated Press player of the year on Thursday.

McDermott led the nation in scoring with a 26.7 average while shooting 52.6 percent from the field, including 44.9 percent from 3-point range.

NCAA BASKETBALL

WAKE FOREST: The Demon Deacons hired Danny Manning as head basketball coach. He’ll be introduced at a news conference next week on campus in Winston-Salem, N.C., a short drive from where Manning grew up. His hiring ends Wake Forest’s two-week search for a replacement for Jeff Bzdelik, who resigned under intense public pressure following four mostly unremarkable seasons. Manning, who was 38-29 with two postseason berths in two seasons at Tulsa, interviewed this week and toured the campus in Winston-Salem on Wednesday before taking the job two days later.

NFL

LIONS: Detroit announced the signing of offensive tackle J.B. Shugarts. The Ohio State player was on the Cleveland Browns practice squad in 2012 and spent parts of the 2013 off-season and preseason with Dallas and the New York Jets. After being the Buckeyes’ starting at right tackle for three years, Shugarts (6-6, 305) has played in eight preseason NFL games the last two seasons, but no regular-season contests.

TITANS: Running back Chris Johnson was released by Tennessee. Johnson was one of the league’s most dynamic and explosive playmakers early in his career. He ran for 2,006 yards in 2009 and is one of only six players to run for at least 1,000 yards in his first six seasons, along with Barry Sanders, Curtis Martin, LaDainian Tomlinson, Eric Dickerson and Corey Dillon. But Johnson averaged a career-worst 3.9 yards a carry and didn’t have a run longer than 30 yards in 2013. He was scheduled to make $8 million in 2014.

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