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Capitals acquire Cote for draft pick

Hartford Whalers defenseman Sylvain Cote, who refused to report to training camp after agreeing to go to arbitration, was traded to the Washington Capitals for a second-round draft choice yesterday.

"It got to a point where a change was in order," Whalers general manager Ed Johnston said.

Cote, who played out his option last year while earning $180,000, said he requested a trade three weeks ago when it was clear he couldn't reach a contract agreement.

"This adds depth to our defense, gives us a right-handed shot from the point and Cote is only 25 years old but has five years of NHL experience," Capitals general manager David Poile said.


The American men's team lost Lance Ringnald, its top gymnast, at the World Gymnastics Championships in Indianapolis, jeopardizing its bid to qualify for the 1992 Olympics.

Ringnald, the only holdover member of the 1988 Olympic team, injured his right shoulder midway through his routine on the rings during the second day of compulsory competition. The exact nature of the injury had not been determined, but Ringnald withdrew from the rest of the competition.

The U.S. men were in fourth place when Ringnald was injured and wound up fifth going into the first round of optionals today. The Soviet Union led the way with 291.825 points, followed by Germany (287.875), Japan (287.900), China (287.875) and the United States (285.675).

Harness racing

Die Laughing had the last laugh in the Messenger Stakes at Rosecroft Raceway, and now he will try for more of the same later this month in the Little Brown Jug, the final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown.

Die Laughing rolled to an easy victory Saturday night, beating rivals Artspace and Silky Stallone in the $475,000 Messenger Stakes. The triumph was further proof that the 3-year-old has recovered sufficiently from a heart problem that had kept him stabled earlier this summer.

Die Laughing went off as the 7-10 favorite, but the odds will be different on Sept. 19 when Precious Bunny joins Die Laughing, Artspace and Silky Stallone for the Little Brown Jug at Delaware Fairgrounds in Ohio.

Die Laughing finished well in front of Easy Goer in an all-age track record 1 minute 51 1/5 seconds. That lowered by a full second the previous mark set by Artspace earlier this year in the $150,948 Terrapin Stakes.


Jerome Lindsay threw four touchdown passes as the Washington Stonewalls (3-0) defeated the Baltimore Bears (2-1), yesterday in a Mason-Dixon League game at Patterson High School.

Lindsay hit Leonard Martin for three first-half scores, including an 80-yarder, and completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Ron Thomas in the third quarter.

Ron Meehan paced the Bears' offense, completing 16 of 27 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns.

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