Two-year deal for new acquisition Brouwer
The Washington Capitals signed right wing Troy Brouwer to a two-year contract worth $2.35 million per season. Washington acquired Brouwer, 25, who was a restricted free agent, from the Chicago Blackhawks on the first day of the 2011 NHL entry draft for its first-round (26th overall) selection. Brouwer had 17 goals, a career-high 19 assists and 262 hits, fifth in the NHL, last season. His new contract pushes the Capitals a little more than $1.8 million over the NHL salary cap of $64.3million for next season based on calculations with the numbers available at Capgeek. Karl AlznerIn other news, former Capital Jason Arnott signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues. The deal is worth $2.5 million, with potential bonuses that could increase his salary to $2.8 million according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
—Katie Carrera, The Washington Post
Ex-Raven Neal charged with DUI in California
Former Ravens fullback Lorenzo Neal was charged with driving under the influence on the Fourth of July after his truck hit a pole, Fresno, Calif., police told KFSN-TV. Neal, a 15-year veteran whose final season came with the Ravens in 2008, failed a field sobriety test after striking a pole in an attempt to turn right at an intersection, according to police. He was arrested and later released to a friend instead of going to jail, the California television station reported. He "just ran off the road, struck a pole," Officer Axel Reyes told KFSN. "Nothing real major about it. Luckily, he didn't hit anyone, and no one else was with him as a passenger."
Towson alum Bruce joins Mount's basketball staff
Mount St. Mary's named DeMatha graduate Darryl Bruce to its men's basketball coaching staff Wednesday. Bruce has spent 20 seasons as a Division I assistant coach, including the past six under former Mount player Cliff Warren at Jacksonville. His career has included stints at Towson, his alma mater, and UMES, Delaware, Wagner, Howard and Hampton.
More men's basketball: Hood College added three recruits to its 2011-12 roster: guard-forward Trey Quinn from St. Mary's High, guard Andre Pierre from South Hagerstown High and guard Harry Shultz from Hanover (Pa.) High.
Men's lacrosse: Washington College named Chris Miller senior assistant coach and offensive coordinator, replacing J.L. Reppert, who recently accepted an assistant coaching position at his alma mater, Navy. Miller was offensive coach and recruiting coordinator at Sacred Heart last season.
Academics: Navy tennis player and 2011 valedictorian Nick Birger was named Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The honors political science major posted a cumulative GPA of 4.0 during his four years at the academy to rank first in his class on the Overall Order of Merit. … Towson track and field and cross country captain Brandi Gervais was named Colonial Athletic Association Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The biology major graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA and plans to attend dental school.
Maryland horses have big day Sunday at Belmont
Both graded $150,000 stakes for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park on Sunday were won by Maryland horses. In the Belmont Futurity for colts, the winner, Jack's in the Box, was trained at Laurel by Robin Graham, owned by Maryland's Skeedattle Stable, ridden by Maryland jockey Wesley Ho and sired by Maryland stallion Love of Money. The second place colt, Team Six, is also based in Maryland, training at Fair Hill. The Matron for 2-year-old fillies was won by Millionreasonswhy, owned by and trained at Sagamore Farm. The third and fourth finishers in that race, Dancing Anna and Good looking Girl, were also trained and owned by Marylanders (John Robb trains both at Laurel Park).
Minor league baseball: Greg Perret (Washington College) has been selected to play in the inaugural Pecos League All-Star Game on Sunday in Alamogordo, N.M. Perret, a shortstop for the Carlsbad Bats, is hitting .317 in 30 games with 18 runs and three stolen bases.
—From Sun staff and news services