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Digest: Capitals sign Smith-Pelly, Albert to one-year deals

From Sun staff and news services

Less than 24 hours after clearing salary cap room by trading left wing Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils, the Washington Capitals used their new roster flexibility to sign right wing Devante Smith-Pelly to a one-year, two-way contract that will pay him the league minimum of $650,000 when he's in the NHL. Smith-Pelly was bought out by the Devils last week after scoring four goals with five assists in 53 games in New Jersey last season. The 25-year-old was a second-round selection by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2010 draft, and two seasons ago, he scored a career-high 14 goals in 64 games. The Capitals will be his fourth team since he joined the league in 2011. Washington also announced the signing of forward John Albert to a one-year, two-way contract. Albert's last NHL experience came in the 2013-14 season, when he played in nine games for the Winnipeg Jets. The 28-year-old is expected to spend most of next season with the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears after playing last season in Finland and scoring 12 goals in 42 games.

—Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post

NBA

Former Terp Trimble doesn't play in Sixers' Summer League opener

Former Maryland men's basketball star Melo Trimble, who turned pro after his junior season in College Park, did not play in the Philadelphia 76ers' NBA Summer League opener Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics. He was one of six 76ers to remain on the bench in their 89-88 loss in Utah, as No. 3 pick Jayson Tatum hit the game-winning jumper with 5.7 seconds left for Boston. Philadelphia plays again Wednesday, against the host Jazz, before concluding its first Summer League slate Thursday against the San Antonio Spurs. The 76ers then move on to the Las Vegas Summer League, where they'll play at least five games. No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz started for the 76ers alongside NBA Development League point guard Larry Drew II (10 points, five assists and no turnovers on 4-for-9 shooting in 30 minutes). After Drew came undrafted Kentucky combo guard Isaiah Briscoe, who had no points, two rebounds, two assists and four turnovers on 0-for-2 shooting in 14 minutes. Wing Isaiah Miles (Milford Mill, Glenelg Country) had 10 points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes for the 76ers, missing just one of his five shots.

—Jonas Shaffer

Et cetera

Men's basketball: Immanuel Quickley (John Carroll) and Kevin Huerter (Maryland) are off to a 2-0 start with the the under-19 United States team in the World Cup tournament in Cairo, Egypt. Team USA won Saturday, 108-48, over Iran and Sunday beat Angola, 109-68. Quickley has started both games and is averaging 18 minutes and nine points a game. Huerter, coming off the bench, has averaged 16 minutes, 4.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and four assists per game. Team USA closes group play today against Italy (2-0), which defeated Iran, 64-45, on Sunday. After the preliminary round, the 16 teams will be seeded by group-play results and will play round of 16 beginning Wednesday. The quarterfinals are Friday, semifinals Saturday and medal games Sunday.

Arena Football League: Washington Valor quarterback Erik Meyer, a former AFL Most Valuable Player, announced his retirement. Meyer finishes his AFL career throwing for 13,904 yards (29th all time) and 312 touchdowns (24th all time) in seven seasons. His 120.57 career passer rating ranks seventh all time. The La Mirada, Calif., native and Eastern Washington alumnus played with the AFL's Spokane Shock from 2010 to 2014, the San Jose SaberCats in 2015 and the Valor during the 2017 season.

College baseball: Corey Muscara was named an assistant at Maryland. Muscara, who previously served as an assistant at St. John's for five seasons, will handle the Terps' pitching staff. Muscara has helped the Red Storm advance to the NCAA tournament in two of the past three seasons. The former college pitcher coached four All-Americans and two freshman All-Americans at St. John's and had nine pitchers selected in the major league draft, including five in 2015.

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