Nationals trade Detwiler to Rangers for minor leaguers

The Nationals drafted Ross Detwiler sixth overall in 2007. Thursday they dealt him away.

The Washington Nationals sent left-hander Ross Detwiler to the pitching-starved Texas Rangers on Thursday for two minor leaguers, an infielder and a pitcher — both at Single-A — pending an exchange of medical information, according to people familiar with the situation. Detwiler, 28, who saw his role diminish throughout last season, was entering his final year before free agency. He had a 4.00 ERA in 63 innings and was left off the playoff roster. The Nationals selected Detwiler with the sixth overall pick of the 2007 draft. He reached the majors full time by 2009 and started 69 games for he Nationals over five years.

James Wagner, The Washington Post

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Horse named for Terrell Suggs wins at Laurel Park

A gelding named T-Sizzle, the nickname of Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, won the fourth race at Laurel Park on Thursday. Julian Pimentel rode the 4-5 favorite trained by Michael Trombetta of Baltimore to his maiden victory in the 51/2-furlong dirt-track race. Suggs is the Ravens' longest-tenured player, having been selected in the first round of the NFL draft in 2003. In September, when Nick Markakis was the longest-tenured Oriole, a horse named Markakis won at Laurel. Trombetta saddled two other winners Thursday to move into a tie atop the fall standings. He has 23 winners at the track since the meet began in September, the same as Claudio Gonzalez.

Jon Meoli

More Laurel Park: The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that the track has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.

Varsity Allied bowling: Dundalk freshman Hunter Machin bowled a perfect 300 during practice at AMF Dundalk Lanes on Monday. It was Machin's third perfect game.

Glenn Graham

NFL: Colt McCoy took the bulk of the first-team snaps at quarterback Thursday for the Washington Redskins. Barring a setback regarding his neck injury, he will start Sunday against the New York Giants, coach Jay Gruden said. McCoy was listed as "limited" on the injury report, but Gruden said he didn't have any problems throwing the ball or with mobility or range of motion. McCoy will go to the doctor for a follow-up appointment Friday. He said Wednesday that he had received full clearance and was told that he couldn't further damage his neck. Washington has promoted running back Chris Thompson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and will place rookie tackle Morgan Moses on the injured reserve list with a lisfranc injury that will require surgery to repair.

Mike Jones, The Washington Post

NHL: The Washington Capitals assigned forward Aaron Volpatti to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on a long-term injury conditioning loan.

Alex Prewitt, The Washington Post

Lacrosse Convention: Commander Rorke T. Denver, a 13-year Navy SEAL and current author and actor, will be the keynote speaker at the US Lacrosse Convention, set for Jan. 23-25 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Denver will speak at 7 p.m. Jan. 23. For information on schedules, speakers, hotel discounts for attendees, Fan Fest, and to register for the convention, go to uslacrosse.org/convention.

Men's college soccer: UMBC redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Billy Heavner received the Elite 89 award for the NCAA Division I final four. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete in each of the NCAA's championships who has the highest cumulative GPA at the finals site. Heavner, majoring in financial economics, has a 4.00 GPA. He also received the America East inaugural Elite 18 award, a similar honor. ... Johns Hopkins senior midfielder Rob Heuler was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III All-Mid-Atlantic second team. Dickinson senior defender Drew Carneal of Woodbine and Centenary College senior midfielder Quinn Khouri (Liberty) were named to the third team.

Women's college soccer: Johns Hopkins senior forward Hannah Kronick and sophomore midfielder Ana Bengoechea were named to the NSCAA Division III All-America first and second teams, respectively. Senior defender Emily Nagourney and junior midfielder Alaina Arthur were named to the Division III national championship round all-tournament team.

Women's college gymnastics: Maryland was picked in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches' Poll to finish seventh. Maryland freshman Abbie Epperson and senior Stephanie Giameo and Penn State senior Krystal Welsh (Archbishop Spalding) were named to the Big Ten Gymnasts To Watch List.

Men's college indoor track and field: Salisbury junior Luke Campbell was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Athlete of the Week.

Women's college bowling: UMES senior Mariana Alvarado was named the ECAC Co-Bowler of the Week, and Hawks junior Thashaina Seraus was named the Rookie of the Week.

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