Digest (June 13): Barry Trotz starts contract talks to return to Capitals

Coach Barry Trotz wants to return after leading the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup , and general manager Brian MacLellan wants to sign the 55-year-old to an extension. Now it's a matter of them getting a deal done. Trotz and MacLellan met Wednesday to begin discussing a new contract. It's uncommon for an established coach of a contending team to go through a lame-duck season and even rarer for a Cup-winner to not be back the next season. "We've got lots of good things going," Trotz said. "We'll work through what we need to do. If that's what they want, then something will get done. If not, we'll deal with that." MacLellan and the Capitals chose not to extend Trotz last summer after a second consecutive Presidents' Trophy-winning season that ended with a second-round exit at the hands of the eventual champion Pittsburgh Penguins . After winning the Cup in Las Vegas, MacLellan said Trotz would be back if he wants to be. At the championship rally Tuesday, Trotz dropped hints of wanting to return by saying, "We'll do it again" and noting afterward, "We'll get something done." He reiterated Wednesday that he likes the area for his family and enjoys coaching this team.

Arena Football League


Brigade QB Hippeard earns weekly offensive honor

Brigade quarterback Randy Hippeard was named the Arena Football League's Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Albany Empire on Saturday. Hippeard threw for 270 yards and eight touchdowns in a 59-56 win that gave Baltimore sole possession of first place in the AFL standings. Hippeard's eight touchdowns are a season high for the 2017 league Most Valuable Player and set an all-time Brigade single-game record. Hippeard led a consistent Brigade attack, throwing four touchdowns in each half and scoring on nine of 11 of the team's offensive drives. The seven-year AFL veteran threw six of his eight touchdowns to wideouts Brandon Thompkins and Quentin Sims, who each caught three. The Brigade return to action Friday at 7 p.m., taking on the Washington Valor at Royal Farms Arena. The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. Baltimore is 2-0 against Washington this season.


Roster addition: The Brigade signed AFL Hall of Fame defensive back Clevan Thomas on Wednesday. The 11-year AFL veteran last played for the LA KISS in 2016. Thomas has been on four AFL championship teams and won the league's Defensive Player of the Year award three times. The Florida State alumnus ranks ranks second all-time in the AFL in interceptions (81), is third in pass breakups (161) and is tied for ninth in total tackles (538).

Valor honors: Washington defensive back Fred Obi was named Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Philadelphia Soul. In his first game with the Valor, Obi recorded three solo tackles, one pass breakup and a pair of interceptions.

Men's college basketball

Terps, Seton Hall said to be close to a scheduling deal

Maryland is in the last stages of settling a home-and-home series with Seton Hall of the Big East Conference , per a FanRags report. The series is expected to begin Dec. 22 in College Park. The Terps' away game at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., would be set for the 2019-20 season. Maryland, who leads the Pirates 2-1 in their three total meetings, has never hosted Seton Hall at Xfinity Center. The Terps have not shared a court with the Pirates since 1975. The Pirates advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament this past season, where they fell to No. 1 seed Kansas. It was Seton Hall's third straight appearance in the Big Dance. The pending agreement adds a much-needed quality opponent to Maryland's relatively weak nonconference schedule.

— Katherine Fominykh


Report: Ex- Ravens running back West signing with Saints


Free-agent running back Terrance West, who was a healthy scratch for six of the Ravens' final seven games and didn't get a single touch after Week 5, appears to have a new home. The New Orleans Saints worked out West, 27, on Wednesday and are signing him to a deal, reported, citing a source informed of the situation. The Northwestern High and Towson University alumnus is expected to provide depth after Mark Ingram was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He'll join a backfield that includes Alvin Kamara, Jonathan Williams , Trey Edmunds (Maryland), Daniel Lasco and rookie Boston Scott. In the NFL, West has rushed for 1,816 yards and 11 touchdowns on 465 attempts, averaging 3.9 yards per carry.

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