The Washington Capitals made a major move Monday night, acquiring All-Star defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and goaltender Pheonix Copley from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forwards Zach Sanford and Brad Malone, the Capitals' 2017 first-round draft pick and a conditional draft pick, the team announced. Shattenkirk is expected to be in the Capitals' lineup against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
The move reinforces that Washington is in win-now mode, paying what could be considered a hefty price to reinforce its defensive corps. Shattenkirk will be the third right shot on the team to go along with Matt Niskanen and John Carlson, and he can play on the team's power play.
Through 61 games this season, Shattenkirk, 28, has 11 goals and 31 assists. He will provide the Capitals with an offensive threat from their blue line who will fit in with the league's stingiest defensive team. Shattenkirk is a rental, scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he was the top defenseman on the trading block. He carries a cap hit of $4.25 million, but the Blues are retaining 39 percent of his salary and bonuses.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post
The Sun honored as a top daily sports section
The Baltimore Sun has been named one of the top daily sports sections in the country for 2016, and its Ravens/NFL special section was also honored as one of the best nationally. Competing in the largest publication category — newspapers with a circulation of more than 175,000 — The Sun finished in the Top 10 in daily and special sections in The Associated Press Sports Editors' annual contest. The Sun also took honorable mention honors in Sunday sections and in the sports-digital contest for websites with more than 2 million unique monthly visitors. Judging ended Sunday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Minneapolis Star Tribune and Washington Post won Grand Slam honors for being Top 10 in all four categories. It's the third straight year The Sun has been recognized with a Top 10 in special sections and the second straight year for its daily section.
Women's college basketball
Terps' Slocum named Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Maryland women's basketball guard Destiny Slocum was named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year on Monday, while her two senior teammates added more top honors. Center Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) and guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough were unanimous All-Big Ten selections by the league coaches and media. The pair, whose jerseys were honored before the No. 4 Terps' game Sunday against Minnesota, also made the coaches' All-Defensive Team. Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell and Michigan's Kim Barnes Arico were voted Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, by the coaches and media. Maryland freshman wing Kaila Charles also joined Slocum on the coaches' Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
— Jonas Shaffer
Bayhawks acquire former Terp Groot from Ohio
The Chesapeake Bayhawks acquired midfielder Dan Groot (Maryland) from the Ohio Machine in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2018 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft and a sixth-round pick in the 2018 supplemental draft, the team announced Monday. Groot is a 2009 graduate of Maryland, where he was a two-time All-American. "Dan is a two-way middie who gives us a lot of flexibility," said Bayhawks general manager Dave Cottle, who coached Groot at Maryland, in a news release. "Dan has proven during his professional career that he can play offense and defense. He is also a left-hander, which is always a plus." Groot, an eight-year vetern, began his MLL career in 2009 with the Bayhawks.
WWE didn't wait long to come back to Baltimore. Royal Farms Arena will host an Extreme Rules pay-per-view event June 4, the venue announced Monday. WWE Monday Night Raw was held at Royal Farms Arena on May 23. According to WJZ-TV (Channel 13), WWE Universal champion Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, WWE Raw women's champion Bayley, Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks will compete in the Extreme Rules event. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. They are available through the Royal Farms Arena box office, ticketmaster.com and via telephone (1-800-745-3000).
Mt. St. Joseph, Mt. Carmel hoops invited to Alhambra
The Mount Saint Joseph and Mount Carmel boys basketball teams have received invitations to play in the 57th annual Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament, set to run from March 9-11 at Frostburg State's Bobcat Arena. No. 3 Mount Saint Joseph (32-3) will open the tournament against Baltimore Catholic League rival St. Maria Goretti at 5:45 p.m. on March 9. No. 5 Mount Carmel (25-9) will play D.C. power St. John's at 9:15 p.m. The second round will take place March 10 with the championship game at 8:30 p.m. on March 11 after the consolation games. For more information, go to: www.alhambratournament.com.
Women's college basketball: Braennan Farrar scored 17 points to help host Morgan State (8-20, 6-9 MEAC) earn a 72-41 victory over Coppin State (8-19, 8-7). Candice Beverly had her first career double double with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Eagles. ... Sydni Johnson scored 17 points to lead host Howard (15-12, 11-4 MEAC) to a 71-40 win over UMES (12-14, 6-9). The Bison held the Hawks to 20.6 percent shooting from the field. ... Ashlee White scored 18 points but visiting Mount St. Mary's (12-17, 10-8 Northeast Conference) fell, 71-55, to St. Francis (8-21, 6-12) in its regular-season finale.
Women's college lacrosse: Riley Donahue scored the winning goal with nine seconds left to lift host No. 4 Syracuse (5-0) to a 13-12 win over Albany (3-2). ... Sammi Burgess and Lindsey Ronbeck each scored four goals to lead No. 3 Florida (2-1) to a 21-14 win over host Jacksonville (0-3).
Minor league basketball: Brian Biscoe (Frostburg State, Old Mill), Demetre Johnson (Stevenson, Kent Island), and Joseph Kiely (Stevenson, Oakland Mills) were among the rookies invited to the Baltimore Shuckers' training camp, which begins Wednesday. In June, the Shuckers announced they would be moving to the Central Basketball Association and change their name from Bay Area Shuckers to Baltimore Shuckers.