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October 12, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Staff, wire reports

WVU men picked sixth in Big 12

IRVING, Texas - Defending Big 12 champion Kansas, Big 12 champion or co-champion in each of the past eight seasons, is the preseason favorite to win repeat again.

League coaches tapped the Jayhawks as the overwhelming 2012-13 favorite in the annual preseason vote released Thursday.

Kansas was 16-2 in league play last season and made it all the way to the NCAA championship game against Kentucky. The Jayhawks return senior starters Jeff Withey, Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford.

Since coaches are ineligible to vote for their own team, Kansas got the maximum nine first-place votes available. The other top vote went to Baylor, which was picked second.

Oklahoma State is third, followed by Texas, Kansas State and Big 12 newcomer West Virginia. Oklahoma, Iowa State, Texas Tech and TCU round out the poll.

Beano Cook dies at 81

PITTSBURGH - Beano Cook, the college football commentator with an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport he dearly loved, has died.

The 81-year-old Boston native had worked for ESPN since 1986 and was the sports information director at his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, from 1956 to 1966. The school announced Thursday that Cook had died in his sleep.

Cook was a diabetic and his health had been failing recently, as he made mention in his most recent blog post at www.bean-cook.com.

Rose beats Woods in Turkey

BELEK, Turkey - Justin Rose beat Tiger Woods by a stroke Thursday to set up a title match against Lee Westwood in the World Golf Final.

The two Englishmen, teammates on the victorious European Ryder Cup team, will meet Saturday, with the winner getting $1.5 million and the runner-up $1 million in the eight-player exhibition.

Rose holed a sand wedge shot for an eagle at the 14th and finished at 2-under 69.

Westwood shot a course-record 61 to beat 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa by six shots. Westwood had two eagles and eight birdies, including a 50-footer at the last on the Sultan Course at Antalya Club. He also had a double bogey at the fourth hole.

O'Hern leads in California

SAN MARTIN, Calif. - Australia's Nick O'Hern shot a 9-under 62 on Thursday to take a three-stroke lead on European Ryder Cup player Nicolas Colsaerts and Jhonattan Vegas in the Frys.com Open.

O'Hern had eight birdies in an 11-hole stretch and capped the bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-5 ninth hole at CordeValle Golf Club.

Colsaerts and Vegas shot 65. Colsaerts is trying to earn a PGA Tour card. As a special temporary member, he needs to finish the equivalent of 125th on the money list to earn a full 2013 card. The Belgian player has earned $652,886, enough now for the 120th spot.

Charles Howell III, John Mallinger, Jonas Blixt, Gary Woodland and Greg Owen shot 66. British Open champion Ernie Els opened with a 71 in the Fall Series event.

 
 

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