Kolbe out, Hershey's Walton in as radio voice of Caps


Kolbe out, Hershey's Walton in as radio voice of Caps

John Walton, the former voice of the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, has been chosen to become the Washington Capitals' new radio play-by-play announcer. Walton, 38, replaces veteran Steve Kolbe, who is not being brought back after 14 seasons in Washington. Kolbe, who was born in Highlandtown, was raised near Catonsville and attended Mount St. Joseph, had been working on a year-to-year contract with the Caps but was informed in July that the team planned to open the position to others. He was welcome to apply, which he did.

Tarik El-Bashir, The Washington Post


Terps to play Notre Dame in BB&T Classic on Dec. 4

Maryland's men's basketball game in the BB&T Classic this season will be against Notre Dame. The Terps will play the Fighting Irish on Dec. 4 at Verizon Center in Washington after the 2:30 p.m. game between George Washington and 2011 Final Four team Virginia Commonwealth. The Fighting Irish, 27-7 last season, are coached by Bethesda native Mike Brey, who was considered a candidate for the Terps job that went to Mark Turgeon in May. Tickets for the 17th annual showcase, which benefits the Children's Charities Foundation, will cost $45 and $25 and be available in early October at Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or via Phonecharge at 202-397-SEAT, 703-573-SEAT or 410-547-SEAT. Accessible seating is available for patrons with disabilities by calling 202-661-5065. Both games will be televised by MASN. For more information, go to bbandtclassic.com.

More Maryland basketball: The Terps are among six programs still in the running for Brewster (N.H.) Academy center Mitch McGary, the nation's top-ranked power forward prospect, ESPN.com reported. The other schools are Duke, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina and Michigan.

Towson football: Wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard (McDonogh) has left Connecticut and will transfer to Towson, where he rejoins former Eagles quarterback Leon Kinnard and former UConn assistant coach Rob Ambrose, now the Tigers' head coach. Ambrose recruited both players to the Huskies. Sheppard, a 6-foot-2, 217-pound redshirt junior from Owings Mills, had struggled to get playing time.

The Hartford Courant

Maryland football: Dick Novak, a quarterback for the Terps from 1959 to 1961, was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference's Class of 2011 Football Championship Game Legends team. Novak completed 109 of 217 passes for 1,262 yards and 10 touchdowns and had 550 rushing yards.

Men's lacrosse: Calvert Hall defenseman Garrett Epple, a rising junior, has committed orally to attend Notre Dame. Epple, also a starting linebacker in football, is a two-time Jake Reed Nike blue chipper and two-time Under Armour Baltimore team member.

Et cetera

U.S. U-19 women's lacrosse team finishes pool play unbeaten

The United States defeated Australia, 20-7, on Tuesday to finish unbeaten in pool play at the Federation of International Lacrosse Under-19 Women's World Championship in Hanover, Germany. The three-time defending champion Americans advance to today's quarterfinals against Scotland with the title game set for Saturday. The United States won the tougher pool, beating Japan, Canada, England and the Haudenosaunee, as well as Australia, which won the past three silver medals after taking the inaugural title in 1995. Australia, which finished second in the pool the U.S. won, will meet Wales, which went undefeated in the other pool, in the quarterfinals. Katherine Dunn

Men's soccer: Center back Clarence Goodson (Maryland), who was expected to start in the U.S. national team's exhibition match against Mexico tonight in Philadelphia, was scratched because of a hamstring injury suffered in the Danish league Sunday. Midfielder Maurice Edu (Maryland), who injured a calf over the weekend, also will miss the game.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

WNBA: Sancho Lyttle hit a 13-foot jumper with 0.9 of a second left to lift the visiting Atlanta Dream over the Washington Mystics, 72-70. Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored 19 for Atlanta. Matee Ajavon had 28 and Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) 23 for the Mystics, who have dropped five of their past six games.

Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers signed 6-foot-6, 230-pound Derick Payne (Bowie State), an All-Star last season in the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League.

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