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Thaddeus Moss, son of Randy Moss, transferring from NC State

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The son of former NFL star Randy Moss is transferring from North Carolina State.

Athletic spokesman Fred Demarest said Thursday that Thaddeus Moss met with coach Dave Doeren and that Doeren "supports Thad and wishes him all the best."

Moss caught six passes for 49 yards and a touchdown while playing in all 13 games as a freshman in 2016. He said on Twitter that he hopes "to better my opportunities for the future" but has "nothing but love" for Doeren and the Wolfpack program.

He becomes the school's second tight end in two days to announce plans to transfer. Pharoah McKever, who had seen time on both sides of the ball, said he would graduate this spring and play his final season elsewhere.


North Carolina junior Justin Jackson entering NBA draft

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 Thursday, saying the Associated Press first-team All-American would hire an agent to end his college career in Chapel Hill.

The 6-foot-8 native of Tomball, Texas, 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.

Jackson declared for the NBA draft last year to work out for teams before returning to school. In a statement, Jackson said that put him "in a much better position as a basketball player and a person."


NC State: Rowan leaving Wolfpack program after 2 years

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State sophomore guard Maverick Rowan won't return to the Wolfpack.

Athletic spokesman Fred Demarest said Thursday that Rowan had informed new coach Kevin Keatts that he had decided to leave the program.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Rowan planned to transfer or pursue professional playing opportunities. Rowan tweeted later that "transferring was never considered" and "everyone has a different path" while saying he loved Wolfpack fans and playing in PNC Arena.

The 6-foot-7 wing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was third on the team in scoring at 12 points per game while shooting 36 percent on 3-pointers.

Rowan started 17 games for the Wolfpack (15-17), who suffered a second straight losing season that led to the firing of coach Mark Gottfried and the arrival of Keatts from UNC Wilmington.


Bud Cauley takes RBC Heritage lead with strong finish

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Bud Cauley took advantage of pristine, windless conditions at Harbour Town Golf Links with birdies on four of final five holes for an 8-under 63 and a two-shot lead Thursday after the opening round of the RBC Heritage.

Cauley hadn't made many waves at Harbour Town his first three visits with two missed cuts and only one round in the 60s. This time, though, with mild, 70-degree conditions, practically no wind and abundant sunshine, Cauley made eight birdies in a bogey-free round, including three straight to finish with a flourish.

The 63 was one shy of the 27-year-old Cauley's career low (62 at the McGladney Classic in 2012) and two off the tournament mark of 61 shared by David Frost and Troy Merritt.

Cauley was two strokes in front of Luke Donald, Graham DeLaet and Sam Saunders, the grandson of the late Arnold Palmer. Russell Henley continued his recent run of top-flight golf with a 66 to join a group that included former U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson and Ian Poulter.

But it was Cauley's strong finish that led the way. He rolled in a 5-footer for birdie on No. 16, an 8-footer for another on No. 17 and hit a near perfect approach to the usually wind-swept 18th green off Calibogue Sound to inside 12 feet for the two-stroke edge.


Dustin Johnson headed back to PGA Tour at Wells Fargo

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- Dustin Johnson's injured back must be feeling better.

The world's Number 1 player said he'll return to the PGA Tour at the Wells Fargo Championships at Eagle Point Golf Club from May 4th through 7th.

The Wells Fargo Championship announced Johnson's status Thursday.

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.

Johnson warmed up last Thursday on the Augusta National practice range and came out to the putting green near the first tee. But he headed off the course and withdrew with a bad back.

Johnson said then he had planned to take three weeks off following the Masters.