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January 8, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Wire reports

WLU's Harris earns honor

PRINCETON - After leading the unbeaten and No. 1-ranked West Liberty to two more victories, Cedric Harris has been honored as the WVIAC Player of the Week.

A 6-foot junior guard from Zanesville, Harris helped the nation's highest-scoring team stretch their streak of 100-point games to eight with a 120-61 rout of Davis and Elkins on Thursday followed by a 101-92 victory against Pitt-Johnstown on Saturday.

The first team All-WVIAC standout turned in one of the best performances of his career in Saturday's victory against the upset-minded Mountain Cats. Harris poured in a career-high 32 points and keyed West Liberty's high-pressure defense with a career-high eight steals while handing out four assists and grabbing five rebounds in 36 minutes of action.

Amayo leaves team at Marshall

HUNTINGTON - It was announced on Monday that freshman guard Kelvin Amayo has decided to leave the Marshall men's basketball team.

From Newark, N.J., Amayo had been on the Marshall campus since January of 2012, but as a non-qualifier was not allowed to practice until Dec. 20. He made his collegiate debut at Kentucky on Dec. 22 and also played against Delaware State and at Ohio. Amayo averaged 2.7 points and 9.3 minutes of play over those three games.

"I want to thank Marshall University for giving me a chance," Amayo said. "I just wanted to be closer to home."

Berkman, Texas complete deal

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Texas Rangers have completed a $10 million, one-year deal for six-time All-Star Lance Berkman to be their designated hitter.

The deal that includes a vesting option for 2014 was finalized Monday after Berkman passed a physical.

Berkman, who turns 37 next month, was limited to 32 games in St. Louis last year, when he had surgery twice on his right knee.

The switch-hitter provides the potential big bat for the middle of the lineup the Rangers were seeking after losing Josh Hamilton and catcher Mike Napoli in free agency and trading Michael Young to Philadelphia.

Berkman is a .296 career hitter with 360 home runs and 1,200 RBIs in 1,806 regular-season games, all but 214 with Houston from 1999-2010.

Polian hired

at Nevada

RENO, Nev. - Nevada athletic officials reached an agreement with Texas A&M assistant Brian Polian to become the Wolf Pack's next football coach under a five-year deal that will pay him $475,000 in annual base pay plus incentives if it is formally approved this week by the state Board of Regents, school officials said Monday.

Polian, 38, the Aggies' tight ends coach and special teams coordinator, also has coached at Stanford, Notre Dame, Central Florida and Buffalo. He said in a joint statement with the university that he is looking forward to the "incredible opportunity" to replace Chris Ault, who recently announced his retirement after 28 seasons at Nevada.

Nevada made its eighth consecutive trip to a bowl game this past season, it's first in the Mountain West Conference, losing to Arizona 49-48 in the New Mexico Bowl.

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