Manning to host SNL
Hood, Dockery to play in All-Star game
Duke's McRoberts declares for NBA draft
Selig hedges slightly on retirement
Wie skipping LPGA's first major
Portland resigns at PSU
Alford leaves Hawkeyes
Joubert wins at skating worlds
INDIANAPOLIS - "Saturday Night Live" is just another game for Peyton Manning. The Super Bowl MVP will host Saturday Night Live this Saturday. He'll dress up, work with his teammates and audible at every opportunity. Then Manning hopes it all works in perfect concert - which, of course, it never does on live television. Or minus receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne. "The only thing I've done live is play football, and that's the best thing I do," Manning said. "I've told everyone those commercials are very taped and very edited, but being live is kind of like a game."
CASTLEWOOD - Rye Cove's Adam Hood and Twin Springs' Mark Dockery will head up an impressive array of senior talent that will be featured in the Southwest Virginia All-Star Game at Castlewood Saturday. Top players drawn from Group A and Group AA teams throughout the region will play in the game, which will consist of two 20-minute halves plus a 3-point shooting and slam dunk contest. Other featured players include Castlewood's Drew Justice and Brad McReynolds, Lee High's Bobby Stafford and Chad Skaggs, Virginia High's C.J. Tilley, Twin Valley's Matt Baldwin, St. Paul's Brandon Phillips and Nathan Evans, Grundy's Jimmy Ashby and others. Admission is $5 per person.
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke forward Josh McRoberts declared himself eligible for the NBA draft Thursday. "I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that I have had here at Duke," McRoberts said. "This was a difficult decision, but I feel it is the best one for me and my family at this point in time." Several online draft projections have McRoberts, one of two sophomore team captains for Duke, as an early- to mid-first-round pick. The draft is June 28 in New York. McRoberts averaged 13 points and a team-leading 7.9 rebounds for the Blue Devils.
NEW YORK - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig hedged slightly on his retirement plans Thursday, saying he intends to leave in 2009 but that he's learned "never to say never." The 72-year-old Selig has been in charge of baseball since 1992, when he became acting commissioner. Voted to the job full-time in 1998, Selig said last year he intended to leave after his current term ends in 2009 in order to write and teach.
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Michelle Wie will not play the Kraft Nabisco Championship next week while she recovers from a wrist injury, the first LPGA Tour major championship she has missed in two years. Wie injured her right wrist during a fall last month. Wie, a 17-year-old senior from Honolulu, has played only once this year, missing the cut by 14 shots at the Sony Open on the PGA Tour.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State women's basketball coach Rene Portland resigned, ending a 27-year tenure that included 605 wins and allegations she discriminated against lesbian players. Portland resigned Wednesday night, the university said in a statement. "This was obviously a difficult decision," Portland said in Thursday's statement. "I am very appreciative of the opportunity to coach at Penn State, which has become a special place for me and my family. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish with the Lady Lion program through the years."
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa coach Steve Alford told his players during a team meeting Thursday that he is leaving to take over at New Mexico. Alford, a former star at Indiana, had a 152-106 record in eight seasons at Iowa. He led the Hawkeyes to three NCAA tournament appearances, but Iowa won just one NCAA tournament game under his leadership.
TOKYO - After winning the European Championships and all five other major competitions he entered, Brian Joubert became the first Frenchman in 42 years to capture the world title. U.S. hopefuls Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir finished fifth and eighth, respectively. The women's competition begins today with an expected showdown between local favorite Mao Asada and defending champion, American Kimmie Meissner.