After a week in which he scored his 500th career goal and moved into the league lead for goals scored, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was named the NHL's "First Star" of the Week, the league announced on Monday. Ovechkin tied for first in the NHL with five goals in four games to power the Capitals (32-7-3, 67 points) to four straight wins. The Capitals are the top team in the NHL with the most points and the best winning percentage. By scoring 500 goals in 801 games, Ovechkin is the fifth-fastest to reach the milestone and the 43rd player to do so.
—Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post
OLB Galette hopes to be back from injury by March
Nearly five months after rupturing an Achilles tendon to end his first season with the Washington Redskins before it even started, outside linebacker Junior Galette has resumed running and is expected to regain full strength by March. Galette has rehabilitated at Redskins Park since his surgery. Galette, who had signed a one-year deal with Washington during training camp after being released by the New Orleans Saints, also expressed confidence that he will remain with the Redskins. "My goal is to be 100 percent by March and sign a long-term deal here," Galette said. Asked about his plans for the remainder of the offseason, Galette said, "I'm going to be here. I'm not going anywhere. I'm here. I'm addicted to the facility, the coaches. Obviously, I'll have a little break. But I'm going to be here at this facility. This is my home, and I'm claiming it." Cornerback Chris Culliver, who tore ligaments in his right knee on Thanksgiving Day during a collision in practice, also reported that his recovery from surgery is going well. Culliver still walks with the support of a large knee brace but said he hopes to take part in a limited amount of action during practices this spring and summer.
—Mike Jones, The Washington Post
Severn tabs McNealey for interim boys lacrosse coach
Jamie McNealey, a 1987 graduate of Severn and coach from 1999-2003, has been hired to lead the Admirals as their boys lacrosse interim coach. After graduating from Severn, McNealey went on to play at Johns Hopkins and helped lead the Blue Jays to an appearance in the NCAA championship game in 1989 as a sophomore. McNealey, the president of the National College Lacrosse League, was the defensive coordinator of the Chesapeake Bayhawks in 2010. He takes over for Brian Wood, who resigned in October. McNealey said he will retain all of Wood's assistant coaches. … Meade has hired Matt Zando as its new boys lacrosse coach, replacing Don Ziegler, who stepped down after five years. Zando coached previously at Edgewood and C. Milton Wright. High school basketball: Meade's Tristan Easton and Jerrel Elder, and Arundel's Kennedi Colclough were nominated for the 2016 McDonald's All-American Games in Chicago, which will take place March 30 at United Center and will air live on ESPN. The final list of the 24 boys and girls who will participate in the games will be announced at 10:30 p.m. Sunday during the McDonald's All-American Games Selection Show on ESPNU.
—Bob Hough, Baltimore Sun Media Group
Men's college basketball: Devin Martin scored 21 points and host UMES (4-14, 1-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) beat Morgan State, 69-65. Cedric Blosson had 17 points for the Bears (3-13, 1-2). … Navy sophomore guard Shawn Anderson was named Patriot League Player of the Week. Anderson averaged 18.5 points to lead the Mids to a pair of wins.
Women's college basketball: Braennan Farrar scored 27 points to lead Morgan State (5-11, 3-1 MEAC) to a 77-69 win over host UMES (3-12, 1-2). Ciani Byrom had 17 points for the Hawks. … Junior Kayla Bates scored a career-high 15 points, but host Mount St. Mary's (4-11, 2-2) fell to Bryant, 70-59, in Northeast Conference action. Morgan Olander led the Bulldogs (7-8, 4-0) with a game-high 18 points. … Navy sophomore guard Taylor Dunham received Patriot League Player of the Week honorable mention.
Swimming and diving: Navy senior David Carlson was named Patriot League men's Swimmer of the Week. Carlson swept the backstroke events against North Carolina and also helped the Mids earn a first-place finish over the Tarheels in the 200 medley relay.
College baseball: Maryland junior right-handed pitcher Mike Shawaryn was named a preseason first-team Perfect Game All-American. Shawaryn put together the best season by a starting pitcher in Maryland history last season, piling up 13 wins with 138 strikeouts, both top single-season marks in school history.
Men's college lacrosse: Johns Hopkins is ranked fifth in the 2016 USILA/Nike Preseason Coaches Poll.
College track and field: Navy freshman Amanda Agana was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week. … Navy senior Steve Schroeder and freshman Kordell Williams (Upper Marlboro) were named Patriot League Track Athlete and Rookie of the Week, respectively.
Horse racing: Jockey Nik Juarez won six races during Monday's nine-race program at Laurel Park, capping his afternoon with a victory aboard Escrow Kid ($3.40) in the ninth race. Juarez started by winning three consecutive races, beginning with Start Swinging ($8.80) in the second race. He followed that with a victory in the third race with Closure ($10) and the fourth with Bioterp ($4.20). Juarez then won the sixth race with Sneaky Fair ($11.60), the seventh with Bustin to Win ($11.20) and ended it with Escrow Kid in the ninth.
—From Sun staff and news services
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