Digest: Caps' Holtby, Trotz earn major NHL awards

The Washington Capitals' Braden Holtby and Barry Trotz were honored at the "NHL Awards Show" on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

Holtby won the Vezina Trophy as the best goalie, and Trotz took home the Jack Adams Award as the top coach.


Holtby tied Martin Brodeur's league record with 48 victories, his goals-against average was fifth in the league at 2.20, and he finished eighth in save percentage at .922.

Trotz, who coached the Baltimore Skipjacks during the 1992-93 American Hockey League season, led the Capitals to an NHL-best 120 points and franchise-record 56 victories.


Holtby was voted to the Professional Hockey Writers Association's All-NHL first team; Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin made the second team.


Former Navy rower King earns spot on U.S. Rio team

Edward King, a 2011 Navy graduate and a former member of the men's lightweight rowing program, was named this week to represent the United States in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. A veteran of six U.S. national teams in international competition from 2009 to 2016, King was chosen to compete as a member of the lightweight men's four crew. King will become the first rower from Navy to race in the Olympics since 1988.

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Boxing: Light welterweight Gary Russell of Capitol Heights reached the quarterfinals of the World Olympic Qualifying Event on Tuesday in Baku, Azerbaijan, and needs one more win to earn an Olympic berth. Russell won a unanimous decision over Australia's David Biddle at 141 pounds and will face Jordan's Obada Alkasbeh today.


UMES drops men's tennis, is adding women's golf


UMES has eliminated men's tennis, citing the program's failure to meet sports sponsorship requirements. The program did not meet NCAA Bylaw, a rule pertaining to the minimum contest and participant requirements for sport sponsorship three of the past four years, including the 2016 season, which was canceled after the team did not have enough players to compete. The redirected resources will allow the Hawks to add a women's golf program, which will begin competition in the fall of 2017. The men's tennis program was 12-138 (4-64 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) from 2004-05 to 2014-15.

Maryland: Former basketball center Malina Howard and lacrosse midfielder Taylor Cummings (McDonogh) are nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, which honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Football: Maryland defensive back Will Likely was named the second-team punt returner on the Athlon Sports 2016 All-America Team.

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Baseball: Third baseman Maxwell Costes, a rising junior at Gilman who made the All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association first team this season, has committed to Maryland. Costes' brother, Marty, an Archbishop Curley alumnus, is a rising sophomore outfielder with the Terps who made the All-Big Ten freshman team.

ESPY Awards


McCoughtry, Cummings, Snyder, McFadden among nominees

ESPN announced its list of 2016 ESPY Award nominees, which included swimmer Katie Ledecky of Bethesda (best female athlete), Chicago Cubs pitcher and former Oriole Jake Arrieta (best breakthrough athlete, best MLB player), Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and goalie Braden Holtby (best NHL player), Atlanta Dream guard-forward and St. Frances alumna Angel McCoughtry (best WNBA player), Maryland lacrosse player and McDonogh alumna Taylor Cummings (best female college athlete), Preakness winner and former Maryland-based jockey Kent Desormeaux (best jockey), Navy alumnus Brad Snyder (best male athlete with a disability) and wheelchair racer and Atholton alumna Tatyana McFadden (best female athlete with a disability). The ESPYS, hosted by wrestler John Cena, will air July 13 at 8 p.m. on channels 2 and 7.

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On eve of his tour event, Woods 'not quite there yet'

Speaking on the eve of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, a tournament he hosts, Tiger Woods says he can play soccer with kids and ride a bike but hasn't progressed far enough in his rehabilitation to set a timeline on when he'll return to professional golf. Woods, who hasn't played on the PGA Tour in 10 months after two back surgeries last year, isn't yet able to play 36 holes a day and practice how he'd like. "I need to get to where I can play 18 holes out here and go to the range for an hour and work on my game," said Woods, 40, a 14-time major winner. "That's what I used to do, that's one of the reasons why I think I've had some success — I was able to work on it during the week. Just not quite there yet."

Baseball: The Tampa Bay Rays, who will play a four-game series at Camden Yards starting Friday night, put former Oriole Steve Pearce on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after he strained his right hamstring Monday night running to first base after hitting a fly ball. Pearce is batting .322 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs. He has played first base, second base and designated hitter. ... Austin Hays, the Orioles' fourth-round draft pick this month, had three hits, scored a run and stole a base as the Aberdeen IronBirds (2-4) used a season-best 13-hit attack to earn a 7-0 victory over the Auburn Doubledays (4-2) in their Short-A New York-Penn League home opener. Auburn's Ryan Ripken (Gilman), the son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., went 1-for-4 for Auburn, a Washington Nationals affiliate, and is hitting .421.


WNBA: Tayler Hill scored 11 of her 16 points in the second half and the host Washington Mystics (7-7) earned a 76-62 win over the Indiana Fever (5-9) for their fifth win in the past six games. Emma Meesseman and Ivory Latta added 12 points each, and Stefanie Dolson scored 10. The Fever's Lynetta Kizer (Maryland) had 18.