February 20, 2012By Cavalier Dave Forrester of Hugh M Cummings High School
Elon games wiped out
ELON — Elon University’s baseball game against visiting Akron was cancelled Sunday because of inclement weather. Elon (3-0) will begin a stretch of eight consecutive road games Tuesday afternoon at North Carolina A&T.
In softball at Elon , the last day of play in the Phoenix Softball Clash was cancelled with Elon’s games against Bucknell and James Madison called off.That means the host Phoenix (5-2) was stuck with the memory of losing its last two outings because Elon lost by 2-0 to Bucknell and by 7-4 to James Madison on Saturday. The latter of those games was tied 4-4 going to the fifth inning and it resulted in the first pitching loss of the season for Erin O’Shea (3-1) even though teammate Tomeka Watson went 4-for-4 at the plate.
Yankees trade Burnett to Pirates
NEW YORK — A.J. Burnett’s rocky tenure in pinstripes is finished. The New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates completed a trade Sunday that sends the much-maligned pitcher to Pittsburgh for a pair of minor leaguers. New York will also give the Pirates cash to cover part of Burnett’s hefty salary.
The teams agreed to the deal Friday, but it was subject to Burnett passing a physical. He was at Pirates camp Sunday in Bradenton, Fla., to take his exam. Commissioner Bud Selig also had to approve the deal because of the money involved.
Pittsburgh will pay $13 million of the $33 million salary due Burnett for 2012 and 2013, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
Philadelphia right-hander Kyle Kendrick
agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Phillies. Kendrick, 27, went 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 34 games for the Phillies last year. He made 15 starts, as Philadelphia won the National League East division title. He is now under contract through 2013, and the deal includes performance and award bonuses.
Kendrick was at his best within the division last year. In 18 games against the NL East, in fact, he went 5-2 with a 2.14 ERA. Drafted by the Phillies in the seventh round of the 2003 draft, Kendrick is 43-30 for his career, with a 4.41 ERA in 127 games. He has made 98 career starts.
Wild’s Peters suspended 1 game
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The NHL has suspended Minnesota Wild center Warren Peters for one game after he cross-checked an opponent in the head. The penalty was imposed Sunday. On Saturday night, Peters hit David Backes late in a 4-0 loss at St. Louis. Peters was given a game misconduct.
Backes left the ice and did not return for the final 3½ minutes, although he was fine after the game. Peters said he did not mean to hit Backes in the head. But Peters said he needed to be more responsible with his stick.
Minnesota recalled Chad Rau to take Peters’ spot on the roster for Sunday’s game against Boston.
CFL Hall of Famer Murphy dies
TORONTO — Cal Murphy, a nine-time Grey Cup champion and member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, has died. He was 79. His death was confirmed by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, a team Murphy served as coach and general manager. He died Saturday night in a hospital in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he had been since breaking ribs in a fall earlier this month. Murphy had heart attacks in 1978 and 1985 before undergoing a heart transplant in 1992.
Murphy spent more than 30 years in the CFL as a coach and GM. During a 14-year stint as the Bombers’ coach and GM the club made five Grey Cup appearances. Since 2000 had been evaluating talent for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.
Murphy is second in career wins for the Bombers history with a record of 86-51-1. He was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 2004.
Holcomb wins 2-man bobsled gold
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Steven Holcomb and brakeman Steve Langton won the two-man bobsled on Sunday, the first time the U.S. captured this event at the world championships. Three years ago, Holcomb won the two-man bronze and four-man gold at worlds in Lake Placid on his home track at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
This time, he surged past first-day leader Lyndon Rush of Canada with a near-flawless third run. Holcomb had a four-run time over two days of 3 minutes, 42.88 seconds. He was 0.46 seconds ahead of Rush and brakeman Jesse Lumsden.
Maximilian Arndt and Kevin Kuske of Germany took the bronze, 0.55 behind Holcomb. World Cup champion Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter of Switzerland were fifth and John Napier and Christopher Fogt sixth for the U.S., which placed all three of its sleds in the top 10. Rookie Nick Cunningham and Dallas Robinson finished ninth.
Before Sunday, the best the U.S. had done in two-man at the worlds was four silvers — Stanley Benham (1950-51), Art Tyler (1957), and Gary Sheffield (1961). Since the discipline began at worlds in 1931, the U.S. also had collected only six bronze medals — Brian Shimer (1997), Howard Clifton (1967), Tyler (1959), Benham (1954) and Fred Fortune (1949-50).