Nationals give former Oriole Hairston one-year contract
The Washington Nationals agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with utility player Jerry Hairston Jr., a 34-year-old former Oriole with a career .257 batting average, 59 homers and 341RBIs across 13 seasons with six clubs. He hit .244 with 10 homers and a career-high 50 RBIs for the San Diego Padres last season. General manager Mike Rizzo said Hairston, a member of the 2009 World Series champion New York Yankees, would be "very, very comfortable and very effective" playing any position in the field other than first base or catcher. "He gives the manager a lot of options," Rizzo said. "He's a very versatile player. Very upbeat. High-energy guy. Good clubhouse presence. And a guy with a championship ring that knows how to win and knows how to be a good teammate." Hairston can earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses.
More Nationals: Washington completed its trade for left-handed pitcher Tom Gorzelanny, 28, who is 36-37 with a 4.68 ERA in six major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. He went 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA in 23starts and six relief appearances last year. The Nationals sent outfielder Michael Burgess, right-hander A.J. Morris and left-hander Graham Hicks to Chicago. … Washington also unconditionally released pitcher J.D. Martin, who had lower-back surgery in August, clearing space on the 40-man roster for first baseman Adam LaRoche, a free-agent whose contract recently was approved by Major League Baseball.
Padres: San Diego agreed to a minor league deal with former Orioles catcher Gregg Zaun that includes an invitation to spring training. Zaun spent 2010 with the Brewers, hitting .265 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 28 games.
Report: Safety Richardson dismissed from academy
Sophomore safety De'Von Richardson (Bowie) has been dismissed from the Naval Academy for academic reasons, sources told The Capital in Annapolis. Richardson started the last nine games at safety and had 55 tackles, four pass breakups and an interception. The Capital also reported that freshman linebacker Brandon Killebrew also has been dismissed from the academy and freshman fullback Dylan Chynoweth has decided to transfer.
Urban Summit today; ex-Poly, Duke star Gilfillan dead at 82
MetroLacrosse, a Boston-based nonprofit and the largest urban lacrosse program in the country, is holding a daylong Urban Lacrosse Summit today from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. The program will provide information, strategies, and best practices on starting and maintaining a nonprofit urban lacrosse program. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who started an urban lacrosse league, will be among the participants. The program is free; $25 donations will be accepted.
Obituary: Former Poly standout and Duke All-America defenseman Charles McGrew Gilfillan died Sunday, the university announced Wednesday. He was 82 years old. Gilfillan was a four-year letter winner and two-time first-team All-America selection for the Blue Devils from 1948 to 1951. In 2000, he was named by Blue Devil Weekly as one of the top 50 greatest athletes in Duke history. Two years later, he was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Clinic: Maryland will host a men's clinic for high school, club and youth coaches Jan. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at Byrd Stadium. The cost is $25. For information, go to umterpslax.com.
Wizards blow 12-point lead, drop 20th in row on road
Keyon Dooling scored a season-high 23 points, Corey Maggette added 21, and the Milwaukee Bucks dropped the Washington Wizards to 0-20 on the road with a 100-87 victory on Wednesday night. The Wizards had ample opportunities to open a big lead against the short-handed Bucks early but squandered a 12-point lead in a matter of seven minutes in the first half as the Bucks began hitting shots despite missing starters Brandon Jennings (left foot), Carlos Delfino (concussion) and John Salmons (right hip). Milwaukee, which came in as the NBA's worst-shooting team (41.9 percent), went 35-for-73 to finish at 48 percent from the field. No. 1 overall pick John Wall of the Wizards scored 10 points and had 10 of his 13 assists in the first half. Andray Blatche scored 23points and Nick Young added 21 for Washington, which is two losses from matching the worst road start since 1997-98, when the Denver Nuggets dropped 22 straight.
WNBA: Washington Mystics forward Monique Currie is expected to miss the entire 2011 WNBA season after having surgery for a torn ligament in her left knee. The Mystics announced that Currie was injured while playing in Turkey during the WNBA offseason. Currie averaged 14.1points and 4.8 rebounds last season.
Bowling: Tim Criss of Bel Air placed 42nd after four rounds of qualifying of the PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas with a 20-game pinfall of 4,309. Eddie VanDaniker Jr. of Essex qualified 46th with 4,281. Bobby Hall II of Landover finished 115th with 3,888 and failed to advance. Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., qualified first with 4,608.
Golf: Dennis Winters of Bishopville and Rick Schuler of Chester, Va., finished one stroke back in the PGA Senior-Junior Team Championship at The PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Texans Robert Thompson and Bruce Smith won with a 63-65-63-64—255.
Capitals: The Washington Capitals recalled goaltender Braden Holtby from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
Soccer: American defender Oguchi Onyewu (Sherwood) made his debut for the Dutch club Twente in a 5-0 league win over Heracles Almelo on Wednesday night. Onyewu, who is recovering from a knee injury, is on loan to the Eredivisie champion for the rest of the season from AC Milan.
College swimming: Johns Hopkins freshman Anthony Lordi was named Bluegrass Mountain Conference Male Swimmer of the Week. Johns Hopkins freshman Taylor Kitayama was named the conference's Female Swimmer of the Week
College baseball: Towson is predicted in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason poll to finish ninth. James Madison is picked to win the conference.
—From Sun staff and news services