Capitals send Blue Jackets to 9th straight loss

Johansson continues roll for Washington in win over Columbus

It should come as no surprise that left wing Alex Ovechkin leads the Washington Capitals with eight goals. But after left wing Marcus Johansson finished last season with eight goals in 80 games, could anyone have predicted Johansson would share the team lead with Ovechkin? "I would not believe it," Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said. "But I'm glad it's happened." Ovechkin and Johansson each scored a pair of goals, and Backstrom and rookie center Andre Burakovsky each added a pair of assists to lead the Capitals to a 4-2 NHL win over the slumping Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night at the Verizon Center. The win was the third in a row for the Capitals (7-5-3) after a five-game losing streak. The loss was the ninth in a row for the Blue Jackets, who are 0-8-1 after a 4-2-0 start. "We can build some momentum," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "The guys responded, especially the penalty kill and especially Braden [Holtby] in the third period. When the game was on the line he stood tall." Goaltender Holtby (24 saves) picked up his fifth win for the Capitals, while Columbus goaltender Curtis McElhinney (28 saves) fell to 0-5-1. Defenseman David Savard and right wing Cam Atkinson scored for Columbus, which has not won since Oct. 23.


Horse racing

Laurel Park to host 11 dates in August


Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course will host 149 days of racing in 2015, three more than in 2014, with a new August slate at Laurel representing the most significant change. The calendar is highlighted by the 140th Preakness on May 16. The Maryland Racing Commission unanimously approved the schedule — agreed to by the Maryland Jockey Club and the state's horsemen and breeders — Tuesday afternoon during its monthly meeting at Laurel Park. The winter meet at Laurel will start Jan. 1 and include 43 days of live racing, ending March 28. The 37-day spring meeting will pick up at Pimlico on April 2 and run through June 6, the day of the Belmont Stakes. The Pimlico schedule, two days longer than in 2014, will feature at least three days of racing every week in April and May. In returning to summer racing for the first time since 2010, Laurel will host 11 dates between Aug. 1 and Aug. 23 before taking a break during the Timonium State Fair meet.

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Bowie football aide Grant fired after video surfaces

A Bowie State spokesman confirmed Tuesday that an assistant football coach was fired after video surfaced of him body-slamming a person two weeks ago. Charles Grant, a volunteer coach in charge of the linebackers and a former NFL defensive end who won a Super Bowl ring with the New Orleans Saints, was terminated after the incident, the spokesman said. The university issued a brief written statement on the matter, saying, "The Department of Athletics has zero tolerance of behavior that violates the University's Core Values and jeopardizes the welfare of student-athletes." TMZ posed video of the altercation, which the website reported occurred Oct. 30. It is unclear who the victim was or his connection to Grant or the school. The university spokesman declined to say whether the victim was a student or an athlete at the school.

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More football: Navy long snapper Joseph Cardona and Penn State safety Adrian Amos (Calvert Hall) were among 11 players accepting invitations to the Reese's Senior Bowl on Jan. 24 in Mobile, Ala.

Men's lacrosse: David Cohn (Gilman, Navy) has been named an assistant coach at Air Force. Cohn was a four-year letterman for the Midshipmen and was part of four Patriot League championship teams. Cohn earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 2007 and spent six years on active duty as a surface warfare officer. ... Washington College promoted Chris Miller from senior assistant coach and offensive coordinator to associate head coach and offensive coordinator. Assistant coach Shayne Lynch has added defensive coordinator duties.

Men's college soccer: Loyola Maryland senior midfielder Connor Thompson was named second-team All-Patriot League. ... Navy junior goalkeeper Jackson Morgan and junior forward Derek Vogel were named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week. Morgan was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week, and Vogel was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week.

Men's basketball: Senior guard Sean Brooks, senior forward Sean Flanigan and junior forward Pat Morgan were named captains for Washington College.

Field hockey: Salisbury will enter the NCAA Division III tournament as the top-ranked team in the country, receiving 622 points and 22 first-place votes in the final National Field Hockey Coaches' Association coaches' poll of the season.

Hall of Fame: Hallie Gregory, who was UMES athletic director from 1989 to 2000, will be inducted into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame on March 13 in Norfolk, Va.


Et cetera

Redskins activate veteran nose tackle Cofield

The Washington Redskins activated nose tackle Barry Cofield Jr. from the reserve/injured list (designated for return), where he had been recovering from a strained groin and a high ankle sprain. Cofield, 30, has made 49 regular-season starts since joining Washington as an unrestricted free agent in July 2011. To make room for him on the 53-man roster, Washington waived backup linebacker Jackson Jeffcoat.

From Sun staff and news services

Varsity: Patrick Cha of Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Jillian Petito of Stephen Decatur won the Maryland Wendy's High School Heisman Award, which recognizes seniors' work in the classroom, on the field and in the community. Finalists included C. Milton Wright's Lauren O'Mara, Broadneck's Erin Dougherty, Catholic's Rebekah Kempske, Liberty's Logan Sweeney, St. Paul's Carter Flaig, Severna Park's Brett Pohlmeyer and Northeast's Devon Lee.

Baseball: Jeff Lantz resigned as Orioles manager of media relations to become the director of communications for Minor League Baseball in St. Petersburg, Fla. Lantz had served the Orioles' de facto public relations director since the death of Monica Barlow in February.


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