RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina swingman Justin Jackson will skip his senior season and enter the NBA draft after leading the Tar Heels to the NCAA championship. The school announced Jackson's decision today, saying the Associated Press first-team All-American would hire an agent to end his college career in Chapel Hill. The 6-foot-8 Texan averaged 18.3 points and set a program single-season record with 105 3-pointers as UNC won its sixth NCAA title last week by beating Gonzaga. The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year is projected as a first-round pick.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former NHL great Wayne Gretzky calls it "one of the best things" that's happened to the league since the arrival of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin in 2005. He's talking about the playoff debuts of young stars Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews. McDavid had an assist last night as his Edmonton Oilers lost 3-2 in overtime in the series opener to San Jose. Matthews, the rookie center for the Toronto Maple Leafs, takes on the Capitals tonight as their series opens in Washington. Tonight's other two NHL playoff openers feature Nashville at Chicago and Calgary at Anaheim.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall back from the disabled list for tonight's game at home against the White Sox. Chisenhall, who batted .286 for the American League champs last season, sprained his right shoulder running into a wall during a spring training game last month. To make room for him, the Tribe sent down outfielder Tyler Naquin, the team's first-round draft pick in 2012.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jon Gray says he'll be looking for another way to be intimidating when he takes the mound tonight for the Colorado Rockies against the Giants in San Francisco. It's his first start with short hair, after he had eight inches trimmed off for charity. Gray donated his flowing mane to a charity that gives hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. On the mound for San Francisco will be bearded ace Madison Bumgarner, looking for his first win this season.
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- Dustin Johnson's injured back must be feeling better. The world's No. 1 player said he'll return to the PGA Tour at the Wells Fargo Championships at Eagle Point Golf Club from May 4-7. Johnson was among the favorites to win the Masters last week after winning three straight tournaments. But a fall at his rental home hurt his back the day before the year's first major was to start. He warmed up on the tournament's first day, but then withdrew with a bad back.