Digest: Stars ends Capitals' home win streak at 15
From Sun staff and news services|
Mar 06, 2017 | 11:58 PM
Kari Lehtonen made 42 saves and Devin Shore, Radek Faksa and Jason Spezza scored and the Dallas Stars continued their puzzling domination of the host Washington Capitals with a 4-2 victory Monday night.
Despite struggling this season, Dallas extended its point streak in the series to 12 games and won for the sixth consecutive time in Washington.
The NHL-leading Capitals' home winning streak snapped at 15 and their point streak at 17. Despite Nicklas Backstrom's 21st goal and T.J. Oshie's 25th, they lost in regulation at home for the first time since Dec. 17 and in any fashion at home since Dec. 29.
The Stars chased reigning Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Braden Holtby with three goals on 11 shots and haven't lost in regulation to the Capitals since 2006.
PG Trimble named first-team All-Big Ten; Terps move to No. 25
Melo Trimble was named first-team All-Big Ten Conference by the league's coaches and media Monday, the third such honor for the Maryland men's basketball standout in as many seasons. A unanimous selection by the coaches, Trimble led the Terps to a second-place finish in the league this season, securing a No. 3 seed with a dramatic, go-ahead 3-pointer in the final moments of Saturday's 63-60 win over Michigan State. He finished sixth in the league in scoring (16.9 per game), ninth in assists (3.7) and ninth in free-throw percentage (79.8), and has scored in double figures 29 times this season, including 20 in a row. Trimble was on the media's first team and the coaches' second team as a freshman, and was on both groups' second team last year. Joining Trimble on the first team were Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan (named Big Ten Player of the Year), Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ, Iowa guard Peter Jok and Minnesota guard Nate Mason. Michigan State forward Miles Bridges, the league's Freshman of the Year, headlined a group selected by Big Ten coaches to the All-Freshman team that also included Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon, Penn State guard Tony Carr, Minnesota forward Amir Coffey and Iowa forward Tyler Cook.
For more from Jonas Shaffer on the honors, go to baltimoresun.com/trackingterps.
More: A week after Maryland dropped out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll with three straight defeats, the Terps moved to No. 25 after winning at Rutgers, 79-59, on Tuesday and beating Michigan State, 63-60, on Saturday.
After a turnaround season, the UMBC men's basketball team has accepted an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, its first such tournament in nearly a decade. The Retrievers (18-12), who last appeared in a postseason tournament in 2008, after winning the America East Conference tournament title, will host a first-round game next week. The date and time have yet to be determined. "We are extremely pleased to accept an invitation to the CIT and continue to compete in post-season play," coach Ryan Odom said in a release. "This is a significant milestone for this team and our program and represents a major step forward as we seek to establish a strong foundation upon which to build a championship-caliber program. Our players have committed themselves to our new philosophy and approach and I am so happy they are being rewarded for their efforts and sacrifice with this bid." Despite a 74-65 loss to New Hampshire in the America East tournament quarterfinals Friday, the Retrievers are tied for the third-most improved team in the nation. After finishing last season 7-25 under former coach Aki Thomas, UMBC has won 18 games, tied for fourth-most in the program's Division I history. All first- and second-round and quarterfinal games in the 32-team CIT will be broadcast on Facebook Live. The tournament's semifinals and championship will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
More men's college basketball: Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion Bowie State received an at-large selection in the 64-team NCAA Division II tournament on Sunday night and will make its first postseason appearance since 2013. The Bulldogs (16-14) are seeded No. 8 overall in the Atlantic Region and will face Fairmont State (W.Va.), the No. 1 seed, on Saturday at a time to be determined. The Falcons finished the regular season 29-2 and were the Mountain East Conference tournament runner-up.
Baseball: The Cincinnati Reds claimed former Orioles first baseman Christian Walker off waivers from the Atlanta Braves, bringing him to his third organization in two months. Walker, 25, has spent most of his time in the minors. He appeared in 13 games for Baltimore from 2014 to 2015, going 4-for-27 with a solo homer.
NFL: The Chicago Bears have re-signed former Ravens tight end Daniel Brown to a one-year contract. Brown started last season with Baltimore before being released and signing with Chicago. He started three games for the Bears and had 16 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.
Arena Football League: The Baltimore Brigade will host auditions for their inaugural dance team Sunday at UMBC. Registration is $10 and begins at 8:30 a.m. The Brigade's home opener at Royal Farms Arena will be May 7. For more information, go to info.monumentalsports.com/BAL-BrigadeDanceAuditions.
National Women's Soccer League: D.C. United academy under-18 head coach Tom Torres was named a first-team assistant and director of youth development for the Washington Spirit.
College baseball: Maryland's home opener against William & Mary today has been moved to 2 p.m. from its originally scheduled time of 4 p.m.