Digest (June 25): Capitals' Smith-Pelly set to be free agent after not getting qualifying offer

From Sun staff and news services

The Washington Capitals did not qualify pending restricted free-agent right wing Devante Smith-Pelly by Monday's 5 p.m. deadline, meaning Smith-Pelly will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Capitals are expected to continue discussions with Smith-Pelly and could make a push to sign him in free agency, but he can also hear from other teams as part of this week's "interview period" leading up to July 1 when free agents are eligible to sign. Washington submitted qualifying offers for forwards Tom Wilson, Travis Boyd, Liam O'Brien, Riley Barber and defenseman Madison Bowey, so the team retains those players' rights as they continue negotiating on new contracts. The move is a surprising one considering Smith-Pelly was one of the Capitals' top players in their run to a Stanley Cup championship, scoring seven even-strength goals in 24 games to match his regular-season total.

— Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post

Bowling

Dundalk lanes to hostyouth duckpin tournament

The 45th annual National Duckpin Youth Championships will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bowlmor AMF Dundalk. Twenty-four teams of four bowlers each in four age divisions (Preps, Bantams, Juniors, Majors) will bowl three games to determine the champions. Participating teams, which won state/regional qualifying tournaments in the spring, are from Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Virginia. In addition to team and individual honors, four $500 scholarships are awarded at the tournament. In the Baltimore area, the eight teams participating are from Glen Burnie, AMF Dundalk and Parkville Lanes.

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Valentino named Howard CC women's lacrosse coach

Howard Community College named Joe Valentino women's lacrosse coach. Before joining HCC, Valentino was the coach at The Academy of The Holy Cross girls' junior varsity lacrosse team. He was also the coach and a volunteer assistant of the Rebels Lacrosse Club, as well as the offensive coordinator for St. Vincent Pallotti High in Laurel.

Women's college basketball: Towson announced the signing of Kionna Jeter, who will be eligible to play for the Tigers beginning this fall. A 5-foot-5 guard from Spartanburg, S.C., Jeter played last season at Gulf Coast State in Panama City, Fla., where she averaged 19.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Jeter, a former three-star recruit, was the Gatorade South Carolina Girls Basketball Player of the Year and South Carolina Coaches Association AAAA Player of the Year as a junior in 2015. Jeter chose Towson over Auburn, Clemson , Texas Southern , Denver and Xavier.

Women's college gymnastics: Former Maryland assistant coach J.J. Ferreira will return to the Terps staff. Ferreira spent the past six seasons as an assistant for Maryland.

Major League Lacrosse: Florida Launch attackman Dylan Molloy was added to the MLL All-Stars roster for Thursday night's All-Star Game against Team USA at Harvard Stadium in Boston.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United hired Rodrigo Robles as director of South American scouting. Robles joins the staff from Chilean club O'Higgins FC.

Track and field camp: Mount St. Mary's will host a throws and pole vault camp from July 20-22 for high school athletes ages 14-18. The camp will offer specialized coaching, specific strength exercises, and video analysis in small group settings. For more information, email Tim Nickas at Nickas@msmary.edu or go to mountathletics.com.

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