The Chicago Cubs have agreed to trade pitcher Tom Gorzelanny to the Washington Nationals for prospects, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press. MLB.com, citing two unidentified baseball sources, reported that outfielder Michael Burgess, right-hander A.J. Morris and left-hander Graham Hicks would be sent to the Cubs as part of the trade. Gorzelanny, a 28-year-old left-hander, is 36-37 with a 4.68ERA in six seasons. He was 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA in 29 games (23 starts) last year but became expendable after the Cubs acquired Matt Garza in a trade with Tampa Bay. … The Nationals agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with pitcher John Lannan, avoiding salary arbitration. The 26-year-old lefty was 8-8 with a 4.65 ERA last season, when he made $458,000. … The Mets and outfielder Willie Harris, a former Oriole, have agreed to a minor league contract. Harris, 32, hit .183 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs in 132 games for the Nationals last season. He played all three outfield positions, plus third base.
Laysh Laysh Laysh pounces in Native Dancer Stakes
Laysh Laysh Laysh was next-to-last at the 3/16th pole before revving up and motoring by the field to win the $75,000 Native Dancer Stakes at Laurel Park by 21/4 lengths in 1 minute, 37.45 seconds. "He has a long stride and I just needed to get him outside and make one run," jockey Erick Rodriguez said. "They were running ahead of us but he was closing really well and I was confident." No Advantage, who tracked the leaders, held off Global Force to finish second. Ben's Cat bumped with the winner during his drive and faded to fifth as the 2-1 betting favorite. Julian PimentelThe winner paid $6.20. His three starts in 2011 include a narrow loss against optional-allowance company Jan. 9 and a late-charging victory, which mirrored this win, over $60,000 claimers four days later.
Ninth race: Valay Cat was closing in on victory in the ninth race when he broke down, sending jockey Richard Monterrey hard to the ground. Alberto Delgado and Franklin's Philly tried to avoid Monterrey but tripped over him. Delgado came out of the saddle and fell to the racing surface, too. Delgado was able to walk off under his own power. Monterrey was removed from the track via ambulance. Maryland Jockey Club medical director Harry Harris indicated the 26-year-old has abdominal and left elbow injuries but did not know the extent until X-rays are taken. Franklin's Philly ran off but Valay Cat had to be euthanized.
Eclipse Award: Forest Boyce, a graduate of Garrison Forest and the Maryland Institute College of Art, finished a distant second in the voting for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey. Omar Moreno won with 197 first-place votes, followed by Boyce with six and Freddy Lenclud with four. Boyce, based at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, ended her rookie season with 129 wins, 125 seconds and 109 thirds out of 757 mounts. Those finishes amounted to $2,065,984 in purse winnings.
Former UMES star Morgan to join CIAA Hall of Fame
James Morgan, who set the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's career rebounding record of 1,741 from 1967 to 1970 while at UMES, will be among the seven-member induction class for the conference's John B. McLendon Jr. Hall of Fame on March 4 in Charlotte, N.C. Morgan played for the 29-0 Hawks in 1969-70.
More men's college basketball: Navy freshman forward J.J. Avila was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week. … UMES freshman Joseph Swift was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. … Delaware freshman guard Devon Saddler (Aberdeen) was named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Rookie of the Week. … Lincoln junior guard Denzel Mooney (Western Tech) was named CIAA Newcomer of the Week. … Bowie State's Darrell Brooks was named CIAA Coach of the Week.
College track and field: Navy freshman C.J. Elward was named Patriot League men's Track and Field Rookie of the Week. … Navy juniors Jess Palacio and Amanda Phelps were named Patriot League women's Track Athlete and Field Athlete of the Week, respectively.
Lacrosse: The U.S. men's senior national team that will face Notre Dame in the Champion Challenge exhibition on Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m. in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., will include attackman Steven Boyle (Johns Hopkins 2010); midfielders Michael Kimmel (Chesapeake Bayhawks, Johns Hopkins '10), Stephen Berger (Washington College '04), Stephen Peyser (Johns Hopkins '08) and Peet Poillon (Bayhawks, UMBC '09); and defenders Matt Bocklet (Johns Hopkins '08) and Lee Zink (Maryland '04).
Varsity wrestling: St. Paul's bested 12teams Saturday to win the King of the Hill tournament in Pottstown, Pa. Five were champions: Jack Mutchnik (103), Eric Friedman (119), Connor Wagh (135), Mike Green (189) and Matt Green (215). Connor Clayton (125) finished second, along with Peter Galli (140), Nick Skudrna (145) and Brad Mutchnik (152). Hunter Lee finished third at heavyweight, and Ryan Gary and Greg Louzan finished fifth and sixth at 171 and 160, respectively.
Boxing: Jake Smith of Baltimore Pro Boxing and Ballroom Boxing's Scott Wagner will co-promote "The Future" on Feb. 11 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. The card will feature Olympic-style open-class boxing with amateurs who are projected to star as professionals. Tickets start at $25 and can be ordered by calling 410-766-7474. For more information, go to baltimoreboxing.com or ballroomboxing.com.
Soccer: Forward Kenny Cooper, whose father Kenny Sr. coached the Blast, signed with Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers. Cooper, 26, had 40 goals in 90 games for FC Dallas from 2006 to 2009, then signed with 1860 Munich and scored three goals in 15 games in all competitions.
—From Sun staff and news services