Crystal Dunn, a rising star with the top-ranked U.S. women's national soccer team, has left the Washington Spirit to sign with English club Chelsea, the second prominent player to depart since the National Women's Soccer League final three months ago.
She follows captain Ali Krieger, who clashed with the coach and owner before being traded to the Orlando Pride in November.
Dunn, a dynamic attacker who won the 2015 league Most Valuable Player trophy, was free to pursue other opportunities after her contract with the U.S. Soccer Federation expired.
Krieger and Dunn were the Spirit's only U.S. team representatives. They were among a group of players who had grown disenchanted with the Spirit organization, several sources said.
Dunn played down her problems with the Spirit, saying in a phone interview from Europe: "My decision is based on trying a new environment. I absolutely loved the Spirit."
Dunn, 24, is the second prominent national team figure to move overseas this winter: Forward Alex Morgan signed a six-month pact with French club Olympique Lyonnais, the reigning European champion.
While Morgan plans to report back to Orlando this summer, Dunn has no such arrangement, even though the English season ends in May, the second month on the NWSL calendar.
Her contract does include options to leave if things don't work out, but she said, "I will not be in the NWSL in 2017."
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
Wizards lose lead, fall to Mavericks, 113-105
Harrison Barnes scored 26 points and Deron Williams added 21 as the host Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Washington Wizards, 113-105, on Tuesday night. Devin Harris had 17 points and Seth Curry 16 for Dallas. Williams, Harris and Curry each hit four 3-pointers as the Mavericks made 17 of 32 from long range. John Wall led Washington with 27 points and Bradley Beal added 25 for the Wizards, who fell to 1-6 on the second half of back-to-back games. They lost to Houston on Monday night. Dallas trailed in the third quarter before rallying. The Mavericks took control early in the fourth quarter, scoring the first eight points and building a 110-100 lead on Barnes' 3-pointer with 2:51 to play.
More Wizards: Wall was named the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month. He led the Eastern Conference in assists per game at 10.7 (second in the NBA during December) while averaging 24.5 points (fifth in the East and 10th in the NBA), 4.4 rebounds and an NBA-best 2.67 steals per game. ... Washington's game at Milwaukee on Sunday will begin at 2 p.m. The game was originally set to start at 3:30 p.m.
Capitals end Maple Leafs' winning streak, 6-5
Alex Ovechkin scored 22 seconds into overtime as the host Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Maple Leafs, 6-5, on Tuesday night and end Toronto's winning streak at five. Ovechkin's 18th goal of the season came after Washington erased multiple deficits to win their its third in a row. The Russian superstar moved to within five points of 1,000 for his career. Justin Williams had a goal and two assists, and T.J. Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and John Carlson also scored for the Capitals. Philipp Grubauer made 15 saves in relief of Braden Holtby, who was pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots. Nazem Kadri, Connor Brown, Frederik Gauthier, Leo Komarov and Mitch Marner scored for the Maple Leafs. Frederik Andersen made 23 saves.
Jets add Darius Jennings, Chris Swain
New York signed wide receiver Darius Jennings (Gilman) and fullback Chris Swain (Navy) to reserve/future deals.
Jennings was signed out of Virginia by Cleveland after the 2015 draft. He was with the Browns off and on through this October, then spent two weeks on Chicago's practice squad before being released and signing with the Jets' practice squad Dec. 6.
Swain was signed as an undrafted free agent by San Diego. He had seven carries for 16 yards and a touchdown and one reception for 11 yards in the preseason before being a final cut by the Chargers. He was added to the Jets' practice squad Dec. 8.
Ex-Terp Jordan Williams charged in kidnapping
Former Maryland men's basketball star Jordan Williams was arrested Friday in connection with a Thanksgiving kidnapping and robbery, Connecticut police said. A juvenile was kidnapped at knifepoint Nov. 24 and robbed of his clothes and belongings, according to The Register Citizen (Conn.). The victim was taken to a home in Torrington, Williams' hometown, where he was assaulted. The victim was able to flee from the house and get help. Police said the incident might have resulted from a drug deal gone bad; the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. Williams was charged with third-degree assault, breach of peace, third-degree strangulation and risk of injury to a minor. He is being ordered held in lieu of $300,000 bail. Three others were arrested in connection with the incident. As a freshman at Maryland in 2009-10, Williams averaged 9.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game en route to Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman team honors. The following year, he was named first-team All-ACC after averaging a doubledouble (16.9 points, 11.8 rebounds) and shooting 53.8 percent from the field. He was selected No. 36 overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. He played in 43 games, starting five, in his rookie year before being traded to the Atlanta Hawks. He was waived in September 2012 before heading overseas to play professionally.
Women's college hockey: Junior Chelsea Blackburn scored five times en route to the 50th goal of her career as Stevenson (7-5) rolled to a 13-0 win over Post (0-11) in the consolation game of the 10th annual Codfish Bowl in Boston. Stevenson tied program records for most goals in a game and most goals in a period (eight in the third).
Men's college basketball: Morgan State forward Phillip Carr was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week.
College wrestling: Navy junior Jadaen Bernstein defeated Chattanooga's Sean Mappes on Monday, ensuring the a two-time NCAA qualifier would place at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn. Bernstein, seeded seventh and ranked 17th at 174 pounds, lost his final two matches and placed eighth. Navy finished 19th with 22 points among 23 teams.