Rasheed Marshall rushed for 110 yards and threw a touchdown pass and Mike Lorello had two interceptions last night to lead No. 17 West Virginia to a 31-19 victory over Connecticut in the Mountaineers' Big East opener in East Hartford, Conn.

Marshall was 12 of 21 for 138 yards and was intercepted once. He became the first West Virginia quarterback to both rush and throw for more than 100 yards in a game since Major Harris in 1987. Marshall has 1,518 career rushing yards, 44 yards shy of the Big East quarterback rushing mark held by Syracuse's Donovan McNabb.

Jayson Colson ran for 111 yards and a touchdown for West Virginia (5-1, 1-0 Big East). The Huskies dropped to 4-2, 1-2.

* COURTS: Former world champion ski jumper Matti Nykanen was charged with attempted manslaughter after stabbing a man in southern Finland in August, regional court officials said.

If found guilty, Nykanen could be sentenced to as long as nine years in prison.

Nykanen and his wife, Mervi Tapola-Nykanen, were detained a few days after the Aug. 24 stabbing at a summer cottage in Nokia, near Tampere. Nykanen has been jailed since his arrest, but his wife was released after questioning. The 59-year-old victim, reportedly Nykanen's friend, was released from a hospital a few days after the stabbing.

Nykanen, 41, won 19 medals at the Olympics and world championships from 1982 to 1990, the most ever by a ski jumper.

* AUTO RACING: Jimmy Weller III, an 18-year-old sprint-car driver, was in critical condition in a Charlotte hospital after crashing in a dirt-track race at the Lowe's Motor Speedway complex in Concord, N.C. Emergency workers needed nearly a half-hour to remove Weller, of Liberty, Ohio, from his car after it slammed into the wall and flipped violently. . . .

Jason Leffler, 29, will drive a third Joe Gibbs Racing entry next year in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series. Team president J.D. Gibbs said that Leffler's Chevrolet will be sponsored by FedEx. Leffler will be a teammate to drivers Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte.

* BASEBALL: Former Cleveland Indians manager Charlie Manuel, who spent two seasons as Philadelphia's special assistant and adviser, was the second candidate in two days to interview for the Phillies' vacant managerial position. The team interviewed Don Baylor on Tuesday and also plans to talk to Grady Little, Buddy Bell and Jim Fregosi. . . .

Baltimore Orioles right-hander Jason Grimsley, 37, underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery on his pitching elbow and will be sidelined for six to nine months.

-- From News Services