Chances that the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds will complete a deal for veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips appeared to be fading Saturday. Because Phillips has played 10 years in the major leagues, five with the same team, he must consent to any trade. As of Friday, the Reds had made no progress in persuading him to do so, a person familiar with the situation said. Among the issues the Reds needed to resolve with Phillips was the question of money deferred in the six-year, $72.5 million contract extension he signed in 2012, according to that person. Phillips moved his family to Cincinnati year-round, and has played for the Reds since 2006, though some speculated he might be willing to leave the area to reunite with new Nationals manager Dusty Baker, one of his former managers in Cincinnati.
—Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post
Ovechkin leaves practice with 'tweak,' will play tonight
Alex Ovechkin left practice Saturday morning, and Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz said Ovechkin has "a little bit of a tweak." Trotz left no doubt that Ovechkin's problem wouldn't keep him out of the lineup tonight against the New York Rangers. The Capitals had him leave practice early for precautionary reasons. "I will say that he definitely will be playing tomorrow," Trotz said. Ovechkin scored two power-play goals Friday night in a comeback win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, and he's nine goals away from his 500th.
—Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post
College football: Shepherd's Allen Cross (Long Reach) had 11 carries for 27 yards and caught three passes for 15 yards, but the Rams fell, 34-7, to Northwest Missouri State in the NCAA Division II championship game in Kansas City, Kan. A championship-game record of 16,181 watched the game at the home of Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City. The Bearcats (14-0), who came into the game with the best scoring defense in Division II, held Shepherd (13-1) to 97 yards of total offense.
Laurel Park: There will be three big carry-overs when racing resumes today with a 12:25 p.m. first-race post time. The 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover of $77,769.69 after there was no single winning ticket on Saturday's program. Tickets with the winning numbers 7-2-2-8-7-3 returned $2,322,58 Saturday. Along with the Rainbow 6 there will also be a Pick5 carryover of $11,982.01, while the day will kick off with a Super Hi5 carryover of $10,375.11. Saturday's Rainbow6 sequence begins with the fourth race, a starter optional claimer at 7 furlongs, and ends with the ninth, a maiden claimer at 7 furlongs. The sixth race, an entry-level allowance at 51/2 furlongs, drew a field of 10. The Super Hi 5 starts with the first race, a $5,000 claimer which drew a field of eighth. ... Jockey Victor Carrasco won Saturday aboard Welcome Fairbanks ($13.40) in the second race, Charmed Victory ($11.80) in the fifth and favored Salsalito ($4.60) in the ninth. Horacio Karamanos won aboard long-shot Sebray ($32.40) in the first and John Jones ($18.60) in the eighth.
Minor league basketball: Torey Fassett (Atholton) had 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Bay Area Shuckers (5-1) earned a 108-99 victory over the visiting NoVa Hawks (2-1) in the American Professional Basketball League.