BOSTON (AP) - The World Series champion Boston Red Sox have signed free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year contract. The lefty-hitting Pierzynski replaces Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the Boston lineup. Righty David Ross served as the backup last season but took over the job in the World Series after Saltalamacchia's throwing error helped lead to the obstruction call that gave St. Louis a victory in Game 3.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Purdue pulled away from Boston College 88-67 last night. Terone Johnson scored a season high 18 points, Ronnie Johnson added 15 and Kendall Stephens finished with 11. Purdue shot 52.2 percent from the field and at one point in the second half had made more than twice as many baskets as Boston College.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Bryant got past Yale 72-64 last night. Alex Francis and Dyami Starks each scored 22 points. Bryant won its fourth consecutive game, erasing a halftime deficit and opening the second half on a 23-11 run, led by 11 from Starks.
BOSTON (AP) - Kyle Casey scored 17 points and collected three rebounds as Harvard beat Northeastern 72-64 last night. Wesley Saunders had 17 points with three rebounds and a pair of assists and Evan Cummins came off the bench to score 10 points with six rebounds. Reggie Spencer led the Huskies with 16 points, six rebounds and a steal.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Dave Dudzinski had a game-high 22 points to lift Holy Cross past Albany 62-57 last night. The Crusaders faced an early 10-point deficit in the second half, but Malachi Alexander sparked a 12-2 run with a layup and two jumpers to tie the game at 40.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Sacred Heart took down Hofstra 73-59 last night. Steve Glowiak scored 18 points on six 3-pointers. Sacred Heart snapped a two-game losing skid, hitting 12 of 24 3-pointers and shooting 50 percent from the field.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Tyrone Garland scored 17 points to lead La Salle past Hartford 75-62 last night. Garland's basket with 6:40 left gave La Salle its largest lead of the game at 67-50 and the Explorers held a double-digit lead from there. Mark Nwakamma led Hartford with 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Yolonzo Moore II added 11 points and five assists.
EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) - Binghamton defeated Mount St. Mary's 74-70 last night. Jordan Reed scored 17 points joining three of his teammates in double digits. The Mountaineers' scoring leader was Julian Norfleet with a game-high 26 points, three rebounds, and seven assists.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - Matt Hunter scored 13 points and Faronte Drakeford added 12 as Central Connecticut State held off New Hampshire 65-56 last night. The Blue Devils held a slim one-point lead early in the second half and surged away as Hunter contributed eight points during a 16-2 run. Hunter started the run with a layup and capped it off with a dunk to put CCSU up 45-30, their largest lead with 14:01 remaining.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Terrence Smith scored 22 points and Damon Lynn 19 as NJIT defeated Maine 81-72 last night. The Highlanders used 51.6 percent shooting in the first half to take a nine-point lead. Free throws paid off in the second half, when they made 17 of 23 attempts. Zarko Valjarevic led the Black Bears with 19 points, Xavier Pollard added 18 points and 11 rebounds and Garet Beal scored 12.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - The dream of the high school football team in Newtown, Connecticut, to win a state championship in honor of the 26 victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School has come to an end. Newtown High School was 12-0 and seeded Number 1 headed into the Class LL quarterfinals Tuesday night against 9-2 Ridgefield, but lost 35-33 after a last-second comeback bid fell short.
TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:
Boston at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
Rider at Monmouth (NJ), 7 p.m.
LIU Brooklyn at Seton Hall, 7 p.m.
Providence at Rhode Island, 8 p.m.
High Point at Georgetown, 9 p.m.
Wright St. at NC A&T, 7 p.m.
Dartmouth at N. Illinois, 8 p.m.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
Providence at Duquesne, 7 p.m.
Lafayette at NJIT, 7 p.m.
LIU Brooklyn at Penn, 7 p.m.
UC Davis at UConn, 7 p.m.
La Salle at William & Mary, 7 p.m.
Syracuse at Iowa, 7 p.m.
Ohio at Cleveland St., 7 p.m.
Dayton at Cent. Michigan, 7 p.m.
Boston College at Wisconsin, 8 p.m.
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