Pirates sign left-hander
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed former Arizona reliever Mike Zagurski to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
The Pirates announced the deal Saturday.
The 29-year-old Zagurski was 0-0 with a 5.54 ERA in 45 games last season. The left-hander struck out 34 in 37 1/3 innings.
Zagurski was 1-0 with a 6.13 ERA in 82 career games with Philadelphia and the Diamondbacks.
McDowell clings to 2-shot lead
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Graeme McDowell rolled in two long putts early and kept bogeys off his card to keep the lead in the World Challenge on Saturday.
McDowell, trying to win at Sherwood for the second time in three years, had a 4-under 68 for a two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley (67). Tiger Woods failed to birdie any of the five par fives at Sherwood, though the tournament host and defending champion stayed in the game with enough birdies late in his round for a 69. He was five shots behind, along with Bo Van Pelt (70).
Beckham wins 2nd MLS title
CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan scored the tiebreaking goal on a penalty kick in the 65th minute, and David Beckham left MLS as a two-time champion with the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup on Saturday.
The Galaxy gave an appropriate farewell to Beckham, the 37-year-old English midfielder who transformed the league and his team over six seasons in Los Angeles. Beckham will play elsewhere in the new year, but he hasn’t disclosed his immediate plans.
Host Panthers win tournament
MUNDYS CORNER – Dom Williams led all scorers with 21 points to lead Cambria County Christian past Northumberland Christian 67-45 in the championship game of the Bobbi D Memorial Tournament.
Tyler Gary added 16 points and Jon Perry had 10 for the Panthers.
Williams was named tournament MVP, while Gary made the all-tournament team.
Sokira records double-double
MUNDYS CORNER – The Warriors’ Alyssa Wesner scored 25 points and Northumberland Christian dealt Cambria County Christian a home loss.
Natalie Sokira had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Panthers.
Rick Majerus dies at 64
LOS ANGELES – Rick Majerus, the jovial college basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday.
He was 64.
Utah industrialist Jon Huntsman, the coach’s longtime friend, confirmed in a statement released through The Salt Lake Tribune that Majerus died of heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital.
Majerus said Nov. 19 that he wouldn’t return to St. Louis because of the heart condition.
Majerus was undergoing evaluation and treatment in California for the ongoing heart trouble and the school announced he was on leave in late August.
UPJ skates past PSU Altoona
UPJ improved to 12-6 on the season with a 6-3 win over Penn State Altoona on Saturday at Galactic Ice.
UPJ was led by Troy Schall, who had two goals and one assist, and returning All-American Eugene Mack with one goal and two assists.
Mack missed the first half of the season with a shoulder injury.
Wayne David recorded two assists. UPJ goaltender Tyler Mains stopped 37 of 40 shots. UPJ was 1 for 6 on the power play and PSA was 0 for 3. UPJ had 49 shots on goal.
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4 city students selected for PSU summer program
Four sophomores from Greater Johnstown High School have been selected to participate in Penn State’s Summer College Opportunity Program in Education.
Defense attorney: Woman’s death an accident
A defense attorney for a Blair County man charged with homicide in the 1999 death of his daughter-in-law said the woman’s death was accidental.
College players dominate Point nominations
Pitt-Johnstown junior Jake Warner was perfect and extremely productive at the plate while earning the first two monthly nominations for the 2013 Point Stadium Award in February and March.
Mount Aloysius sophomore Derrick Capiak nearly reached perfection to take the April nomination.
Pirates roll past Brewers
Wandy Rodriguez allowed one run over seven strong innings and Neil Walker hit a two-run single as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Rodriguez (4-2) gave up six hits, walking one and striking out five.
Dupuis coming through for Penguins
Dan Bylsma has been hearing it seemingly from the moment he took over at Pittsburgh Penguins head coach four years ago.
Every time the Penguins hit a rough patch, the murmurs about finding a polished winger to play alongside superstar Sidney Crosby pop up. Bylsma understands the sentiment. It’s just that it’s a little misplaced.
Penn State guard leaving for pro career
Penn State guard Jermaine Marshall, the team’s second-leading scorer, is foregoing his senior year of eligibility to pursue a professional career overseas.
The team announced the surprise move in a statement Wednesday. The 6-foot-4 Marshall, who is on schedule to graduate this summer, cited his family including a 1-year-old son, in making his decision.
Penn State coach blasts Sports Illustrated article
Penn State coach Bill O’Brien is fervently disputing suggestions raised in a report that player medical care has been compromised after the team doctor was replaced.
Speaking often in an angry tone that might be otherwise reserved for an argument with an official, O’Brien told reporters in a conference call that the health and safety of his players were his top priorities.
Penguins advance on overtime goal
Brooks Orpik’s goal would have been memorable even if wasn’t in overtime and didn’t put the Pittsburgh Penguins into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
When you are a defensive-minded defenseman with only 12 goals in nine NHL seasons, they all tend to stand out.
Liriano key to Pirates' victory
Francisco Liriano finally got to pitch for Pittsburgh and, just like that, the Pirates looked like a much better team.
He struck out nine and the Pirates teed off on New York’s pitching for an 11-2 win over the Mets on Saturday.
Shade softball thriving on Karl’s watch
Frank Karl coached the majority of the girls who comprise Shade High School’s softball team from the time they played T-ball and coach pitch.
Karl was there when the group, as elementary-school students, once rallied from an 18-run deficit to win a game, and he hoped to be there when the group reached the varsity level.
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