Former Capitals standout Semin released by Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes' Alexander Semin slides during the first period at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Oct. 28, 2013. Semin was tripped up by the Pittsburgh Penguins' Brandon Sutter.

Alexander Semin's time with the Carolina Hurricanes is over. The Hurricanes placed the fifth-leading scorer in Washington Capitals history on unconditional waivers on Tuesday with the intent to buy out his hefty contract. The move came the day before the start of the NHL's free agency period. Semin must clear waivers at noon today before his deal can be bought out. Under the league's collective bargaining agreement, he will be owed $14 million — two-thirds of the amount remaining on his deal — over six years. Semin had a career-worst six goals and added 13 assists in 57 games in the 2014-15 season. During his three seasons with Carolina, he had 41 goals and 64 assists. He reached the 30-goal mark three times in seven seasons with the Capitals before leaving via free agency in 2013.

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Transfer of Small from Baylor announced by Frese

The Maryland women's basketball team is adding guard Ieshia Small, coach Brenda Frese announced Tuesday. Small is set to transfer to College Park from Baylor, where she spent her first two seasons. The news was first reported Saturday. Under NCAA transfer rules, Small will sit out next season and have two years of eligibility remaining. The 6-foot Small played in 28 of the Bears' 37 games this past season, averaging 2.6 points in just over 11 minutes. "Ieshia is a versatile player that can help in multiple areas on both ends of the floor," Frese said in a statement. "She will provide veteran leadership and experience to our team as well. Everyone around her has said what a great young lady she is. I'm excited to coach her, and I think her potential is untapped. Her future is extremely bright." Small was a McDonald's All American at Florida State University High School in Tallahassee in 2013.


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College sailing: St. Mary's hired Conner Blouin as an assistant coach. Blouin resigned last month as head coach at his alma mater, Washington College, a position he held for two years.

College swimming: Matt Harris has been promoted to associate head coach of the Washington College men's and women's teams. He was an assistant for the past three seasons.

Bass fishing: Three-time Angler of the Year Clark Wendlandt won the Walmart Fishing League Worldwide Tour event at the Potomac River this past weekend with a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 14 ounces. Wendlandt's four-day total of 20 bass weighing 60 pounds earned him the win by a 4-pound, 4-ounce margin over Andy Morgan and the top cash award of $125,000.

Youth lacrosse: Team 91 Lacrosse, one of the nation's premier youth and high school select club teams, will be expanding to Maryland. Mark Millon, most recently the offensive coordinator at Gilman, will head its Maryland operations. Team 91 Maryland tryouts will be held Aug. 8-9 at St. Paul's. Coaching opportunities are available. For more information, go to

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NBA: Guard Toure' Murry and forward Damion James are expected to play for the Washington Wizards in the coming Las Vegas summer league, according to people with knowledge of the situation. James was with the team for training camp and preseason last year, and Murry joined Washington on a 10-day contract in March.

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TV: The Ravens won their 19th regional Emmy Award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay chapter Saturday night. Ravens Productions was recognized in the "Sports Program Feature/Segment" category for its "Ravens 2014 Christmas Album" spoof, in which several players sang for a fake album of the "greatest collection of Ravens Christmas classics that have ever been assembled by an NFL team in Baltimore."