Digest: Capitals to protect 11 players from Vegas expansion draft
From Sun staff and news services|
Jun 18, 2017 | 2:13 AM
The Washington Capitals were one of 30 NHL teams to submit their list of protected players for the Las Vegas expansion draft by 5 p.m. Saturday. The league will release those lists at 10 a.m. today, but according to The Washington Post, here is who Washington chose to exempt from the expansion draft: Forwards Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky, Marcus Johansson, Lars Eller and Tom Wilson; defensemen Matt Niskanen, John Carlson and Dmitry Orlov; and goaltender Braden Holtby. Las Vegas will announce its expansion draft selections Wednesday night. The most notable players exposed were defenseman Nate Schmidt, goaltender Philipp Grubauer and forwards Brett Connolly and Jay Beagle. Washington did not protect any of its five pending unrestricted free agents — T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams, Daniel Winnik, Karl Alzner and Kevin Shattenkirk, likely because it doesn't make sense for the Capitals to waste a protection on a player who could hit the open market July 1. Washington can still re-sign any of those players after the expansion draft Wednesday.
Eleanor Roosevelt safety Raymond Boone committed to Maryland on Friday night, the second in-state recruit to commit to the Terps in as many days. "Childhood dreams do come true and I think it's time for me to step out and fulfill mine," the rising senior wrote on Twitter. Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com and not yet evaluated by ESPN.com and 247Sports.com, Boone made his pledge a little more than 24 hours after St. Frances four-star offensive tackle Jaelyn Duncan announced he was College Park-bound. The 5-foot-11, 199-pound Boone also had offers from Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Kentucky, among others. He was teammates last season with defensive end Lawtez Rogers, a Class of 2017 signee. Boone is the 10th member of the Terps' Class of 2018 and first defensive back recruit.
Men's college basketball:John Andrzejek, Maurice Williams and Kevin Quinlan will join the Johns Hopkins staff, coach Josh Loeffler announced. Andrzejek comes to the Blue Jays after serving as the director of basketball operations at San Francisco this past season. Williams, a Frostburg State graduate, spent last season as an assistant at Stevenson. Quinlan, a Maryland graduate, spent the past seven years as boys varsity basketball coach at Glenelg Country. Quinlan had a 122-80 record since taking over the Dragons' program before the 2010-11 season.
Women's college lacrosse: Maryland sophomore goalie Megan Taylor (Glenelg) was selected ILWomen's Co-National Goalie of the Year this week after helping the Terps to a 23-0 record and the NCAA championship this season. Taylor shares the honor with Princeton's Ellie DeGarmo (Bryn Mawr). Taylor repeated as the Big Ten Goaltender of the Year and ranked third nationally with a .535 save percentage. DeGarmo was the nation's leader in save percentage (.556) for the second straight season.
Horse racing: Hillwood Stable's Shimmering Aspen ($5.40) shook free of an early duel and opened up down the stretch to a 53/4-length victory in 1 minute, 23.12 seconds in the $75,000 Alma North at Laurel Park. The seven-furlong Alma North for 3-year-old fillies was the first of 21 stakes worth $1.67 million in purses to be run during Laurel's 33-day summer stand that opened June 9 and continues through Aug. 20. In other stakes races, Narrow Leaf Farm's Maryland homebred Cheese On settled in behind the first flight of horses before sweeping outside and powering down the stretch to spring a 12-1 upset in his unveiling in Saturday's fifth race, a $40,000 maiden special weight for 2-year-olds. Ridden by Sheldon Russell for trainer Cal Lynch, Cheese On ($26) ran five furlongs in 58.44 seconds over a fast main track. Two races earlier, even-money favorite Limited View was an easy gate-to-wire winner of a $40,000 maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies, running five furlongs in 57.95 seconds. Russell and Steve Hamilton each rode back-to-back winners Saturday. Russell took the fifth race with Cheese On ($26) and the sixth on Carolina Shag ($31.80) in the sixth, and Hamilton was first with Bourbon Commander ($11.20) in the eighth and Shimmering Aspen ($5.40). Also with riding doubles were Julian Pimentel aboard Magician'squestion ($10.60) in the second and Parade of Nations ($15.60) in the seventh, and Victor Carrasco in the first with Better Way ($7.80) and 10th on Zen's Land ($7.60).
Major League Soccer:Jozy Altidore and Jordan Hamilton scored second-half goals and Toronto FC (9-2-5) beat D.C. United, 2-0, to stretch its home unbeaten streak to nine games. D.C. United dropped to 4-8-3.
Youth cricket: Gaithersburg will host the 5th Annual Maryland Youth Cricket Championship Sunday. There will be 11-under and 15-under championship matches held from 9-11 a.m. at Strawberry Knoll Park, 18810 Strawberry Knoll Road. For more information, go to mdyouthcricket.org.