Digest (July 1): Capitals re-sign Connolly, add right wing Peluso

The Washington Capitals have re-signed left wing Brett Connolly to a two-year, $3 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced. Connolly, 25, had 15 goals and eight assists in 66 games with the Capitals during the 2016-17 season, posting career highs in goals and plus/minus (+20). The 6-foot-3, 194-pound left wing scored 15 goals on 81 shots last season, ranking eighth in the NHL in shooting percentage (18.5 percent). Washington posted a 16-1-2 record in 2016-17 in games when Connolly recorded a point. He was drafted by Tampa Bay in the first round, sixth overall, in the 2010 NHL Draft and has 42 goals and 40 assists in 276 career NHL games with Tampa Bay, Boston and Washington. ... The Capitals also signed right wing Anthony Peluso to a one-year, two-way contract ($650,000/$250,000. Peluso, 28, has recorded 14 points in 142 career NHL games with the Winnipeg Jets. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound right wing made his NHL debut on Feb. 12, 2013 against Philadelphia. He was drafted by St. Louis in the sixth round, 160th overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft. The North York, Ont., native tallied two assists in 22 games with the Manitoba Moose (American Hockey League) last season and has earned 31 points in 203 career AHL games with Manitoba and Peoria. ... Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who played the last half of last season with the Capitals, signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers. Shattenkirk split last season between St. Louis and Washington and had 13 goals and 43 assists for 56 points in 80 games. The Capitals also lost free agent defenseman Karl Alzner (Canadiens) and forward Justin Williams (Hurricanes). He is one of four NHL defensemen who have at least 30 assists and 40 points in at least six of his first seven NHL seasons.



Navy athletes haul in honors for academic excellence

Recent Naval Academy graduate Grant Vermeer, rising junior Hasan Abdullah and rising sophomore Connor Mannion were named to the Patriot League Men's Basketball Academic Honor Roll. ... Five Mids have been named to the Patriot League Women's Golf Academic Honor Roll — graduate Marci Browning, rising senior Legare Augenstein, rising senior Jane Moon, rising senior Christine Walker and rising sophomore Morgan Frazier. ... Eight Navy women's tennis players were named to the Patriot League Women's Tennis Academic Honor Roll — recent graduates Audrey Channell and Rozel Hernandez, rising junior Catalina Rico, and rising sophomores Simona Babb, Aimee Dervishian, Danika Kahatapitiya, Emily Louie-Meadors and Ansofi Wreder.


Swimming: Bel Air resident Chase Kalisz won his second event at the U.S. Swimming National Championships in Indianapolis on Saturday night. Kalisz placed first in the 200 individual medley in 1:56.51, securing a second spot at next month's world championships in Budapest Hungary. Kalisz, an Olympic medalist last summer, also won the 400 IM on Thursday.

Tennis: The fifth annual Washington Kastles Charity Classic will take place on July 27 at 7 p.m. in Kastles Stadium at the GW Smith Center. The event will pair Republican and Democratic members of Congress, Washington media personalities and Kastles players in a series of fast-paced doubles matches. All tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to charity. Tickets are available at

VARSITY COACHES NEEDED: Annapolis High School is looking for a varsity head boys soccer coach for the fall season. Contact athletic director David Gehrdes or assistant AD Dustin McConnaughhay at 410-266-5240. ... Annapolis Area Christian School is looking to fill vacancies for varsity assistant girls soccer coach, varsity assistant boys lacrosse coach and junior varsity assistant girls basketball coach. Interested candidates should contact director of athletics Jim Domoracki at 410-519-5300, ext. 3563, or

Pro soccer: The Washington Spirit (3-6-2) lost a 1-0 decision on the road against the Boston Breakers (3-6-3) on Saturday. The loss for the Spirit put an end to the team's three-game unbeaten streak. Rookie forward Margaret Purce netted the only goal in the 73rd minute for Boston, coming off an assist from Rosie White. ... Blerim Dzemaili scored and set up defender Chris Duval's goal in a two-minute span in the first half to help the Montreal Impact beat D.C. United 2-0. D.C. United (5-10-3) slipped into last place in the Eastern Conference.

Men's golf: The Constellation Senior Players Championship, the fourth major of the season on the PGA Tour Champions, is seeking 900 volunteers for the tournament, which returns to Baltimore on July 11-16 at Caves Valley Golf Club. Volunteer opportunities include acting as on-course marshals and walking scorers, assisting with player transportation and setting up the course. Every volunteer is required to work a minimum of three shifts ranging from four to six hours. Volunteers are charged an $80 registration fee that offsets expenses and enables the event to donate to the community. With the fee, volunteers will receive a uniform (Nike golf shirts and one visor or hat), meal vouchers and a volunteer credential allowing access to the championship all week. Additionally, volunteers will receive a weekly guest ticket for championship week, as well as an invitation to the volunteer appreciation party. For youth participants ages 13-18, there is an option to volunteer as a Youth Standard Bearer at no charge. For details, go to or call the championship office at 410-648-4618.

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