Nationally....

Manley barred from camp for now

NEW YORK--Dexter Manley of the Washington Redskins was "excused" from training camp by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle after the two met Friday to discuss what the league described as a "personal matter."

Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported that traces of a "minor" substance had been found in Manley's urine during a physical examination. Manley underwent rehabilitation for an alcohol problem in 1987.

Manley and his attorney, Bob Woolf, met with Rozelle for an hour Friday. It was the second discussion with Rozelle this year for Manley, who had been due to report to the Redskins' training camp in Carlisle, Pa. on Saturday.

Oilers sign Lorenzo White

SAN MARCOS, Texas--the Houston Oilers Friday signed running back Lorenzo White, the team's top pick in the NFL draft, leaving only two of the club's 1988 draft choices unsigned.

White, the 22nd player chosen in the first round, agreed to a multi-year contract, said Oilers spokesman Chip Namias.

Yankees waive Jose Cruz

KANSAS CITY, Mo--Jose Cruz was waived Friday by the New York Yankees, with the intent of giving the 18-year veteran his unconditional release.

New York cut Cruz, 40, from the roster to make room for Ken Phelps, acquired Thursday in a trade with the Seattle, Mariners. Phelps was inserted in the cleanup spot Friday as the designated hitter

Wyoming will host skiing championships

LARAMIE, Wyo.--Wyoming's Jackson Hole area has been selected as the site for the 1989 NCAA skiing championships next March 2-5.

University of Wyoming Athletic Director Paul Roach said the giant slalom event will be conducted at Teton Village, the slalom at the Snow King ski area, and cross country events at Trail Creek Ranch.

Cavaliers release Kent Benson

RICHFIELD, Ohio--The Cleveland Cavaliers Friday released forward Kent Benson, who was hampered by an elbow injury last season and played in only two games.

Benson, 33, was acquired Oct. 8, 1987, in a three-team, six-player deal that sent Mel Turpin to Utah, and John Bagley and Keith Lee to New Jersey.

The Milwaukee Bucks made the 6-foot-10 Benson the first player selected in the 1977 draft. The Indiana University star has played for Milwaukee, Detroit, Utah and Cleveland, scoring an average of 9.1 points in 680 games.

Cleveland is without the Force

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio--The Cleveland Force, the most successful franchise in the Major Indoor Soccer League in recent years, Friday became the fourth MISL team to fold since the end of the 1987-88 season.

The league said late Friday that it would hold a conference call among clubs Monday to plan for a seven-team league next season. A statement said the seven teams--Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tacoma and Wichita--would plan budgets this weekend.

Former Eagle coach to lead Peoria team

ST. LOUIS--Former NHL goaltender Wayner Thomas on Friday was named head coach of the St. Louis Blues' minor league affiliate in Peoria, Ill., the club announced.

Thomas 40, was an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. Previously he was head coach for two seasons at Salt Lake City, leading the team to the Turner Cup Championship given to the International Hockey League playoff champion in 1986-87.

He also set records for victories (44 in 1985-86) and points (90 in 1986-87) in a season at Salt Lake City.