Yvette Alvarez pitched a three-hit shutout as the Pima College softball team won its second game at the NJCAA Division I national tournament in St. George, Utah, on Thursday. The Aztecs (48-17) defeated Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 4-0 to advance in the winner's bracket.

Alvarez, who went to Sahuarita High School, struck out three and walked one. She sat down the first nine hitters of the game and later got a strikeout with the bases loaded to end the game.

Victoria Mariscal hit a two-run homer to center in the sixth to extend the lead to 4-0 for the Aztecs, who will play Wallace State (Ala.) at 2:30 p.m. today.

• Nikki Regalado finished third in the 10,000 meters with a time of 38 minutes 36.99 seconds on the first day of the NJCAA outdoor championships Thursday in Hutchinson, Kan.

• Pima's women's golf team finished 12th, shooting a 387 in Thursday's final round of the NJCAA national tournament in Mesa. The Aztecs' four-round total was 1,530 (378-378-387-387). Pima's Josie Trapnell shot an 89 for a 347 total to finish tied for 41st.

• The Pima men's golf team shot a 298 - its best round of the NJCAA national tournament - on Thursday but couldn't move up from 23rd place in Lubbock, Texas. The Aztecs had an overall team score of 911 (309-304-298) with the final round to play today.


Wildcat men 13th at golf regional

The Arizona Wildcats men's golf team was in 13th place after the first round of the NCAA Tempe Regional on Thursday. The UA posted a score of 12-over 292 at ASU Karsten Golf Course.

UCLA led after a 12-under 268.

Erik Oja led the Wildcats with a 1-over 71 to sit in a tie for 28h place.

• UA junior third baseman Brandon Dixon was named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is give to the top player in collegiate baseball. Dixon leads all Pac-12 players with a .367 batting average.

• Arizona Wildcats junior Omotayo Talabi won the women's shot put with a toss of 50-7 1/4 Thursday on the first day of the Tucson Elite Classic at Drachman Stadium. The UA also received a podium finish from senior Asia Easley, who was third in the women's javelin (138-6). Action continues Saturday.

Auto Racing

Former NASCAR driver Trickle dies

CONCORD, N.C. - Dick Trickle, a former NASCAR driver whose larger-than-life personality and penchant for fun won him legions of fans despite a lack of success beyond the nation's small tracks, died Thursday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. He was 71. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said authorities received a call believed to be from Trickle, who said "there would be a dead body and it would be his." Trickle's body was found near his pickup truck at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C.


Ex-Saint Hargrove joins Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys signed defensive end Anthony Hargrove, who sat out the 2012 season after he was suspended as part of the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.

• Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche had two goals and two assists, and Nashville's Craig Smith added five assists to help the United States rout Russia 8-3 on Thursday in the world hockey quarterfinals in Helsinki.

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