Burnett to Pirates is a done deal
A.J. Burnett's rocky tenure in pinstripes is over.
The Yankees and Pirates completed a trade Sunday that sends the much-maligned pitcher to Pittsburgh for a pair of minor leaguers. New York is also giving the Pirates nearly $20 million to cover most of Burnett's hefty salary in a deal that clears the way for the Yankees to sign Raul Ibanez.
The teams agreed to the trade Friday but it was subject to Burnett passing a physical, which he did Sunday at Pirates camp as pitchers and catchers held their first workout of spring training in Bradenton, Fla.
Commissioner Bud Selig also had to approve the deal because of the money involved.
Burnett goes from a perennial World Series contender to a club coming off its 19th consecutive losing season, a record for the four major pro sports in North America.
"When I first heard we were thinking about getting A.J., I was excited. I was hoping we'd get it done," said new Pirates catcher Rod Barajas, who played with Burnett on the 2008 Toronto Blue Jays.
Canisius hockey upends St. Joe's
There will be a new state Catholic playoff hockey champion.
No. 4 seed Canisius earned a trip to Super Sunday as the Crusaders upset top-seeded St. Joe's, the defending state champions, 3-2, in overtime in a Federation Catholic semifinal playoff game Sunday at the Buffalo State Ice Arena.
Sophomore Pat Mitchell scored with one minute left in overtime after he received a pass from the corner from Axel Aksoy and got his stick on the puck enough to direct it over the blocker of the goalie. Canisius took a 2-0 lead after the first period only to have St. Joe's tie it 2-2 in the second. The Crusaders lost to St. Joe's last year in this round and lost to the Marauders twice this year.
Canisius will face St. Francis for the Fed Catholic title Sunday at First Niagara Center. The Red Raiders advanced with an 8-1 rout of Bishop Timon-St. Jude as Cooper Stefaniak recorded a hat trick in the win.
Kinyon rules Tri-City Masters
Gary Kinyon of Lockport defeated Mike Hanes of Tonawanda, 446-386, in the two-game final for the second year in a row to win the Tri-City Masters bowling championship at Allie Brandt Lanes in Lockport.
The victory was worth $1,000 and was the third Tri-City title for the veteran right-hander, with Hanes the victim each time. Kinyon also has been a three-time runner-up in the competition among bowlers from the Tonawandas, Niagara Falls and Lockport associations.
Kinyon defeated Peter Maduri, 462-398, and Stephano Cirrito, 426-413, to reach the final. Hanes, a former Tri-City champion (2009) himself, defeated Mike Mallwitz, 459-379, and Rich Maloney, 476-345, to advance and collect $600.
Aliyev is Golden Gloves champ
Technically, there's still one round left in the New York State Golden Gloves but a couple of boxers had championship moments in their division Saturday night at the Statler-Golden Ballroom.
Buffalo's Akhmad Aliyev won his second state Golden Gloves title in as many years. He captured the novice 132-pound title by beating Niagara Falls' Michael Vega, 5-0, in a rematch of last year's subnovice final.
In the 152-pound open championship bout, Rochester's Ravell Harris defeated Buffalo's Tim Thayer via 5-0 decision.
The tournament concludes at the Statler-Golden Ballroom on April 13 with open-division champions earning bids to the national tournament.
*Just 24 hours after clinching her fifth consecutive World Cup downhill title, Lindsey Vonn clinched her third straight super-combined trophy after the final race in the discipline this season was canceled due to heavy snowfall on the Sochi 2014 Olympics course in Russia. In Bansko, Bulgaria, Austria's Marcel Hirscher won his second race in two days, capturing a slalom.
*ESPN fired an employee responsible for an offensive headline about Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin. The headline Friday on ESPN's mobile website was used for a story about a New York loss in which Lin had nine turnovers. The headline was an idiom that contains a word that also can be used as a slur against Chinese. An ESPNEWS anchor who used the same phrase was suspended for 30 days.
*Drill defeated American Act by a nose to win the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita in California, snapping a five-race skid.
*In Doha, Qatar, top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus shook off a lingering ankle injury to win the Qatar Open, routing Sam Stosur of Australia, 6-1, 6-2.
From News Staff and wire service reports