O's, Hendrickson agree on contract terms



Looking to increase their pitching depth, the Orioles have agreed to terms with free-agent left-hander Mark Hendrickson, who will take a physical this week to finalize the deal, according to team sources. Terms of the deal aren't known. Orioles president Andy MacPhail declined to comment on the status of the negotiations last night, but the deal was essentially finalized last week, according to sources. Hendrickson, 34, has a 50-63 record and a 5.07 ERA over parts of seven seasons. He went 7-8 last season with a 5.45 ERA in 36 games (19 starts) for the Florida Marlins. The Orioles, who are looking to add at least two starters, value Hendrickson's versatility and like him best as a long reliever and spot starter. However, the 6-foot-9 Hendrickson could get an opportunity to win a spot in the rotation behind Jeremy Guthrie if the Orioles are unable to land a couple of starters. Hendrickson, who has also pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers, has made 215 career appearances, including 154 starts. In addition, the York, Pa., resident was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers and played 114 games in the NBA. JEFF ZREBIEC

Caps win, improve to 15-1-1 at home



Alex Ovechkin scored two goals, including the tiebreaker with 10 seconds left in the second period, Brooks Laich also scored twice, and the Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1, to improve their home record to an Eastern Conference-best 15-1-1. Jose Theodore made 23 saves to win his third consecutive start for Washington, which won for the 10th time in 12 games to move ahead of the New York Rangers with 50 points to take over second place in the East behind the Boston Bruins. The Capitals' 10-point lead atop the Southeast Division is their largest margin since March 2001. Add in a six-game home winning streak at the end of last season, and the Capitals have won 21 of their past 23 games at Verizon Center. Before the game, Hall of Famer Mike Gartner's No. 11 was retired by Washington.

Bruins 2, Thrashers 1: : Michael Ryder broke a tie with 6:04 left, and visiting Boston won its eighth straight to tie the San Jose Sharks for the overall NHL lead with 58 points. Ryder converted a lead pass from David Krejci to beat goalie Kari Lehtonen for his 14th goal and second winner in two nights. The winning streak is Boston's longest since the final eight games of the 1992-93 regular season. The Bruins (27-5-4) have played one more game than San Jose (27-4-4).

Blackhawks 4, Wild 1: : Dustin Byfuglien led visiting Chicago to its franchise-record ninth straight victory, scoring two goals and adding an assist against Minnesota. The Blackhawks broke the team record of eight straight victories set in December 1971 and matched in January 1981. With the nine-game streak, they also tied San Jose for the longest run of the season.

Swider-Peltz, Hedrick earn speedskating titles

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Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr. won her first all-around national title and Chad Hedrick won the men's all-around at the U.S. Long Track Speedskating National Championships in West Allis, Wis. Swider-Peltz Jr. won the 5,000 meters in 7 minutes, 23.39 seconds and took second in the 1,500 in 2:03.77 to add to her results Saturday, a victory in the 3,000 and eighth-place finish in the 500. Hedrick, who edged rival Shani Davis in the 5,000 on Saturday, yesterday nipped Davis in the 1,500. Hedrick won in 1:46.52, and Davis was second in 1:47.20.

Jurisprudence: : The lawyer for Danny Villa says the former NFL offensive lineman and high school football coach will plead not guilty to child rape charges. Villa, who had been working as coach at Walpole (Mass.) High, was arrested Saturday in Tucson, Ariz. He is expected to be returned to Massachusetts within a week to face three counts of rape of a child over 14 and three counts of enticing a minor. Villa, 44, resigned as Walpole's coach Tuesday, hours after the schools superintendent confronted him over allegations of criminal misconduct and placed him on paid administrative leave.


College basketball: : Former Florida guard Jai Lucas, the son of ex-NBA player and coach John Lucas (Maryland), said he will transfer to Texas.

Horse racing: : R Clear Victory beat South Fourth St. by 1 1/2 lengths to win the $85,100 Alex Robb Handicap for New York-breds at Aqueduct in New York. The 5-year-old gelding earned his seventh win in 27 starts, covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.85.

College football:: Gus Malzahn, who directed one of the nation's top-ranked offenses at Tulsa, was hired to be Auburn's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. ... Running back Shawnbrey McNeal and tight end Daniel Adderley will be granted releases by Miami (Fla.) to transfer.

Hockey: : Jordan Schroeder had two goals and an assist to help the United States beat the Czech Republic, 4-3, in the world junior hockey championship in Ottawa.