Marc Nale, a member of the 1977 Heights team that won the Class 5A tournament, will sign copies of his newly-published book, "Acrophobia 1977," from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. Nale said other members of the team, which included collegiate All-Americans Darnell Valentine and Antoine Carr, are scheduled to attend.
* The Bethany men defeated Friends 80-78 in Wichita behind 18 points from Vincent Ferguson. Chris Jackson led the Falcons with 22 points and Drew Jones added 21.
* The Friends women defeated Bethany 79-54 in Wichita. Tavi Polley-Davis led Friends with 25 points and four assists. Cathy Wade led the Swedes with 14 points.
The United States was passed over in its bid to host the 2022 World Cup. While the U.S. had the best financial bid, according to FIFA's analysis, and ready-built stadiums to host the tournament, the tiny desert nation of Qatar won 14-8 in the final round of secret voting by the executive committee of soccer's governing body.
Russia will be host for the 2018 tournament, beating joint bids by Spain-Portugal and Belgium-Netherlands in a vote also announced Thursday. England, soccer's motherland.
Tiger Woods opened with a 7-under 65 to take the lead in the Chevron World Challenge at Thousand Oaks, Calif., only the second time all year his name has been atop the leaderboard.
Woods nearly made it through an entire round without a mistake. But he popped up his tee shot on the 18th hole, had to pitch out from the trees and two-putt from 50 feet for a bogey.
He was one shot clear of U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy. Thursday's 65 matched the best score Woods has shot all year, including at The Barclays, where he was tied for the first-round lead.
* Amy Yang and Seon Hwa Lee each shot a 5-under 67 on to share the clubhouse lead when the opening round of the LPGA Tour Championship was called for darkness in Orlando. Julieta Granada was two shots back on a chilly day at Grand Cypress Golf Club.
The New York Yankees have increased their contract offer to free-agent shortstop Derek Jeter. New York opened with a $45 million, three-year proposal last month, then awaited a formal counteroffer from its captain. It was not known whether the new offer improved the value, contract length or both. "The ball's in Derek's court now, and his agent," Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner said. "It's up to them."
* Former Yankees World Series hero Jim Leyritz was sentenced to one year's probation and fined $500 for a drunk driving conviction, a far lesser penalty than he had faced before a jury decided he wasn't responsible for a woman's death in a 2007 traffic crash in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Sidney Crosby scored all three Pittsburgh goals for the first natural hat trick of his six-season career and the Penguins won a matchup of teams on long winning streaks, beating the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2.... Backup Andrew Raycroft made 37 saves, Brandon Segal scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and Dallas Stars survived a late scare to beat Washington 2-1 for its fifth straight win