From wire reports

COLLEGE sports

Three Tar Heels ?set to leave early

•?North Carolina underclassmen Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall will enter the NBA Draft, the school said Thursday. The school didn’t state whether the three planned to hire an agent in its release announcing the departures, though it appears the three are in the draft to stay.

“It’s a great day for three youngsters who are taking another step toward their ultimate goal of playing professional basketball,” coach Roy Williams said in a statement. “On a very small stage, it’s a sad day for me because I won’t get to coach them again. All Tar Heel fans will miss them greatly, as well.”

Barnes, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, averaged about 17 points to lead the team. Henson, a 6-11 junior, averaged about 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

•?John Groce, who took the Ohio Bobcats farther in the NCAATournament than they had been in nearly 50 years, was introduced as Illinois’ new coach, replacing the fired Bruce Weber.

•?Florida tight end A.C. Leonard, suspended indefinitely following his arrest on a domestic battery charge last month, was reinstated. Leonard practiced Wednesday.

•?The University of Montana fired football coach Robin Pflugrad and Athletic Director Jim O’Day.

winter sports

Virtue, Moir golden in world ice dance

•?Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada won the world figure skating title in Nice, France, reversing last year’s result by beating defending champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. Alena Leonova of Russia nailed all of her jumps and won the women’s short program.

•?Tommy Ford used a strong second run on sun-baked snow to capture the slalom title in a tight race at the U.S. championships in Winter Park, Colo.

•?The Montreal Canadiens fired General Manager Pierre Gauthier after a dismal season and split with Montreal great Bob Gainey, a special adviser. Montreal is last in the Eastern Conference.


Sharapova knocks off Wozniacki

•?Maria Sharapova benefited from a chair umpire’s overrule on the disputed final point and edged Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in a semifinal match at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. At 40-30 in the last game, Sharapova hit a second serve that the linesman called long, which would have been a double-fault, but umpire Kader Nouni immediately reversed the ruling and ordered the point replayed. Sharapova was awarded two serves and took advantage with a big first serve to set up an overhead slam for the victory that puts her in Saturday’s final.


Yang’s shoots 66, leads Kraft Nabisco

•?Amy Yang shot a 6-under 66 to take a 1-stroke lead over Lindsey Wright in the opening round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

•?Angel Cabrera and Carl Pettersson took advantage of early tee times to beat the rain and share the early lead in the Houston Open in Humble, Texas. Cabrera and Pettersson shot 7-under 65s in calm conditions Thursday morning to set the pace before the first round was suspended by a thunderstorm. Only 51 players completed play.

•?Peter Lawrie of Ireland led the Sicilian Open by a stroke after shooting an 8-under 64 in the opening round in Sciacca, Sicily. Jamie Donaldson, Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark and Tano Goya of Argentina shared second.


Green Bay picks up ?defensive lineman

•?The agent for Anthony Hargrove says the free-agent defensive lineman agreed to a contract with the Green Bay Packers. Hargrove played for Seattle last season.

•?The Denver Broncos re-signed versatile free agent defensive end Jason Hunter.

•?Defensive tackle Antonio Garay agreed to a two-year contract to remain with the San Diego Chargers.

— From wire reports