The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. Grubauer, 25, posted a 13-6-2 record with three shutouts, a 2.04 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in 24 games with the Capitals during the 2016-17 season as the primary backup to starting goalie Braden Hotlby. The 6-foot-1, 182-pound goaltender ranked second in the NHL in goals-against average (2.04) and tied for fourth in save percentage (.926) last season. Grubauer became just the 11th goalie in franchise history to record three or more shutouts in a season and became the first Capitals goaltender other than Holtby to post three or more shutouts in a season since Tomas Vokoun (4) and Michal Neuvirth (3) during the 2011-12 season. The Rosenheim, Germany, native was drafted by Washington in the fourth round, 112th overall, in the 2010 NHL Draft and has posted a 28-21-8 record with three shutouts, a 2.25 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage in 66 career games with the Capitals.
Miller leaving retirementto coach St. Mary's girls
After spending a year in retirement, veteran girls basketball coach Chuck Miller has been hired as the girls basketball coach at St. Mary's. Miller replaces Trey Quinn, who took over the Saints' boys program. "I could never have imagined coaching any place but Severn," Miller said. "After sitting out a year, I just missed it. I was talking to Trey Quinn after I heard about the opening and I asked him if he thought St. Mary's would be interested in an old guy." Miller coached Severn for 16 years and compiled a 284-117 (.708) record, which included five IAAM B Conference titles. He took over at Severn in 2000 after nine years as the JV coach at St. Mary's.
— Bob Hough, Baltimore Sun Media Group
Laurel Park festivitiesinclude handicapping test
Along with a live program of 10 races that begins at 1:10 p.m., Laurel Park will celebrate Independence Day on Saturday with the All-American BBQ and All-American Handicapping Challenge. The All-American BBQ will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on the track apron. The All-American Handicapping Challenge is for Maryland Jockey Club Premier Players and features a guaranteed pot of $500. There is a $20 entry fee with a maximum of two entries per person that covers hamburgers, hot dogs and soda in the new Players Lounge. In the contest, players will place mythical $2 win-place bets on the final five live races at Laurel Park. Standings are tabulated by mythical payoffs with first place receiving 65 percent of the total pool, 25 percent for second and 10 percent for third. All prize money will be distributed as Premier Player points.
ARENA FOOTBALL: The Baltimore Brigade (3-6) host the undefeated, defending champion Philadelphia Soul (10-0) on Saturday at Royal Farms Arena. The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network with kickoff set for 7 p.m. The Brigade are coming off a bye week after a 51-41 win over the Washington Valor in Week 12. The Soul enter the game on a 17-game winning streak dating back to last season. The teams have met twice this season, both Soul wins in Philadelphia.
— From Sun staff and news services