Ovechkin is week-to-week with upper-body strain

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin suffered an upper-body strain in Sunday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and his status is week-to-week, the team said Monday. Ovechkin, the NHL leader in points (23) and goals (14) and the league's Second Star of the Month for October, is expected to miss the fifth game of his five-year career on Wednesday at New Jersey. He has missed only two games because of injury in his first four seasons. "We have to buckle down," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "A goal a game he scores, so we got to play better defense and cannot allow four or five goals a game. You have to win 3-1 and 2-1, and if you get lucky sometimes make it a 4-2 game. I think we have enough character players who understand what we will have to do without Alex." The two-time Most Valuable Player will travel with the Capitals this week to continue to receive medical treatment.


U.S. men's national team has many local standouts

US Lacrosse announced Monday the final roster for the 2010 U.S. men's national team. The training team roster of 41 was narrowed down to the Federation of International Lacrosse-mandated limit of 23 after three fall exhibition weekends in West Point, N.Y., Annapolis, and Stony Brook, N.Y. All 23 players, selected by the coaching staff, will compete in the FIL World Championship in Manchester, England, July 14-24. The team includes five members of the 2006 U.S. men's team that finished as runner-up to Canada at the world championship: Ryan Boyle, Kevin Cassese, Ryan Powell, Matt Striebel and Kyle Sweeney. The team's first appearance together will be at the 2010 US Lacrosse National Convention in Baltimore Jan. 15-17, followed by its first on-field competition at the 2010 Champion Challenge in Orlando, Fla., against Duke and Army Jan. 30-31. The team includes midfielders Kyle Dixon and Alex Smith and defenseman Shawn Nadelen (Johns Hopkins). Others on the roster include attackmen Brendan Mundorf (UMBC) and Drew Westervelt (UMBC); midfielders Stephen Peyser (Johns Hopkins) and Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins), defensemen Joe Cinosky (Maryland) and Eric Martin (Salisbury); and goalie Brian Dougherty (Maryland).

Hall of Fame: : Three-time All-American and Navy lacrosse all-time leading scorer Jeff Long will be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Saturday along with Cherie Greer Brown (Virginia '94), Todd Curry (Syracuse '87), Patricia Price Genovese (coach), Kevin Lowe (Princeton '94), Jennifer Miller O'Donnell (official), Mark Millon (Massachusetts '93) and Jessica Wilk Strosberg (Maryland '90). The 52nd class will be honored at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley.

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D.C. United's Olsen, Pontius finalists for year-end awards

D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen and midfielder-forward Chris Pontius were among the finalists for year-end awards announced by Major League Soccer. Olsen is up for Comeback Player of the Year, and Pontius is a candidate for Rookie of the Year. Comeback Player of the Year will be announced next Tuesday; Rookie of the Year will be announced Nov. 12.

Tennis: : The women's team from Columbia, representing the USTA Mid-Atlantic section, finished third at the USTA League 3.0 senior national championships held in Tucson, Ariz., from Friday to Sunday. The Mid-Atlantic team defeated a team from Walnut Creek, Calif., 2-1, in the third-place match. Earlier in the day, the Columbia team lost to a team from Boise, Idaho, 2-1, in the semifinals. It advanced by winning its round-robin flight Friday and Saturday. The team is captained by Carolyn Mitchell and features Arianne Monroe, Sheila Farrell, Mary Bielefeld, Karen Laforme, Leslie MacFarlane, Angela Young, Linda Stelly, Cynthia Mullen, Sarah Rennie and Marie Kerins.

Women's college basketball: : Towson extended the contract of coach Joe Mathews through the 2011-12 season, athletic director Mike Hermann announced. "Joe has done a wonderful job building our women's basketball program since his arrival in 2001," Hermann said. "You can actually look at the year-by-year results and visibly see the improvement in the program." Mathews has led the Tigers to 95 wins since his arrival in May 2001. That includes a school-record 22 victories in the 2007-08 season.

- From Sun staff and news services

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