Sports Briefs

WLU’s Pelle is Player of Week

West Liberty guard Corey Pelle has been named the West Virginia Conference’s Men’s Basketball Players of the Week.

Pelle led No. 3 West Liberty to a 130-103 victory against West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday with 24 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, and six assists. He connected on 9 of 16 field goals and all five of his free-throw attempts in only 24 minutes of action as the Toppers remained unbeaten.

WJU’s Stuvek shares honor

Wheeling Jesuit’s Megan Stuvek and Glenville State’s Tenisha Wilson have been named co-Women’s Players of the Week by the West Virginia Conference. Stuvek helped Wheeling Jesuit rally for a 71-65 victory against Davis & Elkins with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. She also contributed four steals and two assists for the Cardinals in the victory. Stuvek connected on 10 of 14 field goals against D&E.

Kent State hires OSU assistant

KENT, Ohio – Darrell Hazell is the new Kent State coach after developing receivers Santonio Holmes and Ted Ginn Jr. into first-round draft picks during seven seasons as an Ohio State assistant.

Hazell becomes the Golden Flashes’ 20th head coach. He replaces Doug Martin, who resigned with a few weeks left in a 5-7 season and went 29-53 in seven years overall. He also helped design Ohio State’s offensive game plans.

Pirates, Fields agree to deal

PITTSBURGH – Infielder Josh Fields has agreed to minor-league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and been invited to big-league spring training.

The 28-year-old Fields missed most of last season with a right hip injury, then hit .306 with three home runs and six RBI in 13 games with Kansas City.

Primarily a third baseman, Fields has a .234 average with 34 homers and 107 RBI in 217 games with the White Sox (2006-09) and Royals. He had 23 homers and 67 RBI in 100 games as a rookie with the White Sox in 2007.

Heinz Field will soon have ice

PITTSBURGH- The NHL will begin setting up the Winter Classic rink at Heinz Field within an hour after the Panthers-Steelers game ends Thursday.

The Penguins will play the Capitals in the New Year’s Day outdoor game.

NHL facilities operations manager Dan Craig said Monday his crew will begin putting down the rink shortly after the NFL game ends. A refrigeration trailer will be brought in Friday, and power generators will be hooked up for the start of ice making late on Christmas Day.

The rink markings will be completed Dec. 28, three days before the teams practice and a Capitals-Penguins alumni game is played.

Former QB Leaf to write books

PULLMAN, Wash. – Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is planning to will write three books about his life, football career and addiction to painkillers.

The deal was announced Monday by Crimson Oak Publishing, a Pullman, Wash.-based publisher that bills itself as specializing in books about “hope, possibility and determination.”