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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Bengals make low offer to Hawkins
Johnstown’s Andrew Hawkins grew up with the Cincinnati Bengals while following his older brother Artrell Hawkins Jr.’s NFL career.
The younger Hawkins could see himself wearing a Bengals uniform and playing wide receiver in Cincinnati for years to come. But the Bishop McCort High School graduate knows the business side of the NFL sometimes gets in the way of the storybook ending.
Second place little consolation to contenders
Perspective can be a tricky thing in athletics.
Just ask Richland’s Nico Pecora and Bedford’s Jon Gabriel.
PIAA wrestling notebook: Murin not pleased with fifth place
Max Murin won the first 36 matches of his varsity career.
But the Central Cambria freshman was disappointed after he dropped two consecutive bouts on Friday night at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin girls avenge earlier loss to Portage
Berlin Brothersvalley was highly motivated to play Portage on Saturday in their PIAA Class A girls’ first-round basketball matchup at Central Cambria High School.
The Mountaineers, who lost at Portage earlier in the season, held the Mustangs to a single basket in the first half on 1 of 21 shooting Saturday and went on to a 59-42 victory.
Shade girls nip Bishop Carroll
Alexis Meck isn’t the first name that comes to mind when the Shade girls’ basketball team is the topic.
On Saturday, her name was the last in the scorebook as the Panthers edged Bishop Carroll 56-54 in a PIAA Class A first-round game at Pitt-Johnstown’s Sports Center.
Conemaugh Township eliminated
After weathering Summit Academy’s first-half dominance and using the third quarter as a springboard to their first lead of Saturday’s PIAA Class AA boys first-round game, it appeared that District 5 champion Conemaugh Township had solved the Knights.
At the very least, the Indians had frustrated them.
Quaker Valley trips Richland in OT
There were just two shots taken in the overtime on Saturday in the first-round PIAA Class AA boys’ basketball game between Quaker Valley and Richland.
The Quakers had both shots including the game-winner by Winter Fondi with time winding down in a 42-40 victory over the Rams in a nailbiter.
Tomahawks drop key decision
Just two weeks ago, the Johnstown Tomahawks had earned points in five straight games, with four victories during that span.
Not so long ago, Johnstown had moved into a tie for second place in the NAHL North Division.
Pitt slips past Clemson in OT
Lamar Patterson had a career-high 30 points, including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left, as Pittsburgh overcome a five-point deficit in the final seconds of regulation and beat Clemson 83-78 in overtime Saturday.
Patterson’s 3 with 3 seconds left cut the Tigers’ lead to 67-65.
Robert Morris holds off St. Francis in NEC
Karvel Anderson and Lucky Jones came up big again for top-seeded Robert Morris, with 21 and 18 points, respectively, but clutch free throws by David Appolon preserved a 60-57 victory over sixth-seeded St. Francis in a Northeast Conference semifinal on Saturday.
The Colonials (21-12) advance to Tuesday’s championship for the fifth time in six years, facing fourth-seeded Mount St. Mary’s (15-16).
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