Kansas' Joel Embiid will enter the NBA draft after a freshman season that ended with a stress fracture in his back that kept the 7-footer out of the NCAA tournament.

Embiid, who some believe could go first overall, said Wednesday that he discussed his decision with coach Bill Self, his family and the Minnesota Timberwolves' Luc Mbah a Moute, a fellow Cameroonian who's his mentor.

Embiid averaged 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this past season.

Jayhawks freshman Andrew Wiggins had already declared for the draft.

  • UMass guard Derrick Gordon hopes his decision to become the first openly gay player in Division I men's basketball will inspire others. "Maybe I can give a lot of kids that confidence that they need to get over that hump," he said.

    Earlier in the day, Gordon made the announcement in interviews with ESPN and Outsports. The sophomore, who averaged 9.4 points per game this past season, said he told his parents he was gay on March 30, informed UMass coach Derek Kellogg the next day and told his teammates two days later.

  • Connecticut's 79-58 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA women's basketball final on ESPN on Tuesday earned a 2.8 rating. That's the best since a 3.5 for the UConn-Tennessee final in 2004.

  • The Republican-controlled Ohio House approved a proposal that says college athletes are not employees under state law. The measure heads to the Ohio Senate. It comes after a National Labor Relations Board decision last month involving Northwestern's football team. That ruling by a regional director says full scholarship players can be considered employees and thus are eligible to form a union.

  • Northwestern's Trevor Siemian said it was wrong for former quarterback Kain Colter and other players to explore unionization without first taking their concerns to coach Pat Fitzgerald and school administrators. Scholarship football players will vote April 25 on whether to form a union. "I'm treated far better than I deserve here," said Siemian, quarterback who'll be a senior this fall. He's against unionizing.

    NFL

    Alex Mack is floating in free-agency limbo, but Cleveland remains confident the Pro Bowl center will land back with the Browns. The former Cal star visited Jacksonville, and a source said the sides are working on an offer sheet. The Browns, who placed a transition tag on Mack, would have five days to match any offer, and owner Jimmy Haslam said the team wants to keep him at all costs.

  • The next Pro Bowl will be played in Glendale, Ariz., which is the site of the Super Bowl. The game will return to Hawaii in 2016. The Pro Bowl will remain a week before the Super Bowl.

    Mixed martial arts

    Gina Carano was scheduled to meet with UFC president Dana White to discuss a return to MMA for a bout with champion Ronda Rousey. Carano hasn't fought since August 2009 while pursuing an acting career. "She's the reason why I fight," Rousey said. "I'd bend over backwards to fight her."

    Tennis

    Top-ranked Serena Williams is too exhausted to play in the Fed Cup against France on April 19-20 in St. Louis, U.S. captain Mary Joe Fernandez said.