NFL Picks All-Stars For Pro Bowl

Three members of the San Francisco 49ers and two Oakland Raiders have been selected as starters for the Pro Bowl.

Standout linebacker Patrick Willis, tight end Vernon Davis and punter Andy Lee will represent the Niners in the Jan. 31 Pro Bowl. For Oakland, it’ll be cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and punter Shane Lechler.

No big surprises among the selections. The Colts’ Peyton Manning will be quarterback for the AFC, and the Saints’ Drew Brees will start at QB for the NFC.

For the first time in 30 years, the Pro Bowl will not be played in Hawaii. Instead, the all-star game will be in South Florida’s Dolphin Stadium, which will also host the Super Bowl a week later, on Feb. 7.

To see the full rosters, click here.

  • When I was listing local New Year’s Eve celebrations yesterday, I omitted a big one: Win-River Casino is hosting a New Year’s Eve Bash at its events center that includes dinner, champagne and classic rock by the Buddy Emmer Band. Tickets are $50. For more info, click here.
  • Mark Your Calendars for Jan. 3, when BloodSource will conduct a blood drive at the Shasta Factory Outlets in Anderson from noon until 4 p.m. Donors get free movie tickets.
  • DVDs We’ve Seen: “The Brothers Bloom,” an amusing comedy about two brothers (Adrian Brody and Mark Ruffalo) who are great con men. Rachel Weisz plays the ditzy heiress who turns their world upside down.
  • Rules for Successful Living #4: If it hurts when you do that, don’t do that.

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Steve Brewer

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