Complete effort sparks Hickman

Friday, December 17, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:04 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Hickman’s girls’ basketball team beat Parkway South 63-42 on Thursday night in St. Louis.

Lauren Nolke led the scoring with 22 points, and Megan McCabe had 18.

The Kewpies improved to 5-7.

“It was the most complete four quarters we’ve played this season,” Hickman coach Tonya Mirts said. “It was the best we’ve played all year and we rebounded well.”

Mirts said that though MegAnn Schlader had only five points, she hit the boards well and “emerged for us as a steady presence.”

Hickman plays Jan. 3 at home against Glendale.

JOHNSON MEGADEAL IN WORKS: Randy Johnson was on the verge of joining the New York Yankees in a three-team megadeal that also includes Shawn Green and Javier Vazquez, sources told The Associated Press on Thursday night.

Green would go from Los Angeles to Arizona while Vazquez would move from the Yankees to the Dodgers in the trade that would put the Arizona ace in Yankee pinstripes.

“It is going to happen,” a source familiar with the negotiations said on the condition of anonymity. Another team source said the principals were in place for the trade to be completed.

Newsday and Fox Sports, which first reported the deal on their Web sites, said the other players were Dodgers pitchers Brad Penny and Yhency Brazoban, and Yankees top prospects Eric Duncan and Dioner Navarro.

There was no confirmation from any of the teams that a deal had been finalized. And one source said it still could fall apart at the last moment because of the number of players and clubs involved.

The Atlanta Braves made another huge pitch for success, getting Tim Hudson in a trade from Oakland, and the Seattle Mariners signed another slugger, agreeing contract with All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre.

After finishing at the bottom of the AL West and winding up last in the league in runs and home runs, the Mariners reached agreement with Beltre on a $64 million, five-year deal, the AP learned.

Also, Kansas City traded catcher Benito Santiago to Pittsburgh for right-handed prospect Leo Nunez. The Royals also must pay about $1 million of Santiago’s $2.15 million salary.

In another deal, Atlanta sent outfielder Eli Marrero to Kansas City for right-hander Jorge Vasquez. The Braves began the day by reaching agreement with Smoltz on $20 million, two-year contract.

SOLICH BACK TO COACHING: Former Nebraska coach Frank Solich was introduced as Ohio University’s new football coach, returning to the state where he grew up and promising to rebuild a program that has gone 11-35 in the past four seasons.

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