Scott Stevens agrees to join DevilsDefenseman Scott...


Scott Stevens agrees to join Devils

Defenseman Scott Stevens agreed yesterday to join the Devils, ending a weeklong holdout after he was awarded to New Jersey by an arbitrator.

Stevens, 27, signed with the St. Louis Blues as a free agent last year. When the Blues signed Devils free agent Brendan Shanahan this year, an arbitrator ruled that Stevens would be the compensation.

* The Pittsburgh Penguins will keep left wing Kevin Stevens by matching the Boston Bruins' five-year, $5.375 million offer sheet, a Pittsburgh TV station said.

Pittsburgh has until midnight tomorrow to match the Bruins' offer or lose Stevens, who led the Penguins with 17 playoff goals last spring.

* The Washington Capitals scored five first-period goals, including one by Mike Lalor 53 seconds into the exhibition game, to beat the host Hartford Whalers, 6-3.

After the game, the Capitals assigned 29 players to the Baltimore Skipjacks of the American Hockey League. Among them was defenseman Bob Babcock, who broke his hand Saturday night and will be out six weeks. Goalkeeper Jim Hrivnak is expected to be assigned to Baltimore when Don Beaupre settles his contract differences and returns to camp.


Cliff Carpenter had two goals and an assist, as Navy held off Liberty, 4-2, in Annapolis.

* Georgetown's Todd Kinney scored 3 minutes, 19 seconds into the game, and the Hoyas (3-2) went on to defeat Mount St. Mary's (3-3-1), 3-0, in Emmitsburg.

* Brazil's economic problems have forced the country to abandon hopes of being host of the 1998 World Cup.


Sarah Ingram, formerly of Owings Mills, and now living in Nashville, Tenn., won a pair of matches to reach the quarterfinals in the fifth annual U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur championship, in Scottsdale, Ariz. She and former Bethesda resident Sally Voss Krueger, of San Francisco, each won a morning match, then Ingram stopped Krueger in the afternoon, 7 and 5.

Ingram, 25, will play Mary Schmidt this morning, with the winner advancing to an afternoon semifinal.

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