July 02, 2009


Free-agent right wing Knuble joins Caps, will play on 1st line

The Washington Capitals signed free-agent right wing Mike Knuble to a two-year deal worth $5.6 million on the first day of free agency. Knuble, 36, had 27 goals and 20 assists in 82 games for the Philadelphia Flyers last season. "Washington is everything I wanted in a team," Knuble said. Capitals general manager George McPhee was looking for a veteran willing to muck it up along the boards and create havoc in front of opposing goalies. "We needed someone to go to the net," McPhee said. "Mike's made his living there." Knuble will replace Viktor Kozlov, who signed with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League last month, as a first-line forward alongside star left wing Alex Ovechkin and center Nicklas Backstrom. "What we did is replace a 13-goal scorer [in Kozlov] with a 27-goal scorer," McPhee said.

MORE CAPITALS: : Donald Brashear, who led Washington with 119 penalty minutes and had one goal and four points in 63 games, signed with the Rangers.


Pasadena's Sachs named Bethany's basketball coach

Holy Cross assistant Andrew Sachs, a native of Pasadena, has been named the men's basketball coach at Bethany. Sachs, who graduated from Salisbury in 1990 and was an assistant there, replaces Mike Summey, who resigned to become director of basketball operations at Miami. Holy Cross made the Patriot League championship game in four of Sachs' five seasons there. Before that, Sachs was an assistant for Mike Glick at Archbishop Spalding, where the Cavaliers averaged 28 wins in his three seasons. Bethany, a West Virginia school, has won the Presidents' Athletic Conference title in three of the past five seasons.

Chowan: : After playing one season as a football-only member of the country's oldest historically black athletic league, Chowan and 10 of its athletic programs enter the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, joining Bowie State and 10 other schools. Chowan, in northeast North Carolina, is the first non-historically black college in the CIAA.

Norfolk State: : Interim associate athletic director Sherie Cornish (Severn), a former Morgan State basketball player, recently graduated from the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males and Females.

Minor league baseball

Abreu, 3 other Baysox chosen as Eastern League All-Stars

Four Bowie Baysox - second baseman Miguel Abreu, left fielder Jonathan Tucker and relievers Josh Perrault and Ryan Ouellette - were selected to play for the Southern Division in the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game on July 15 in Trenton, N.J. Abreu leads the team in hits (85), doubles (18), RBIs (26) and batting average (.296); Tucker has stolen 19 bases; Perrault has 13 saves in 16 opportunities; and Ouellette is 3-1 with a 2.05 ERA in 22 innings.


Small wins PGA Pro Nationals; Hagerstown's Schultz 40th

Mike Small won the PGA Professional National Championship for the second time in five years, closing with a 3-under-par 68 in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M., for a one-stroke victory over Mark Sheftic and Steve Schneiter. Small had a 7-under 277 total to top the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship at Hazeltine. Dirk Schultz of Hagerstown finished tied for 40th.


Without new ownership, Wave could be left out to dry

The Milwaukee Wave, a former rival of the Blast's, could fold. The four-team Xtreme Soccer League, which the Wave joined last September, is expected to disband by Friday. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sources said the Wave seeks new ownership and could land in the National Indoor Soccer League, which includes the Blast. "I would absolutely welcome Milwaukee," NISL commissioner David Grimaldi. said.

WPS: : Lindsay Tarpley broke a 1-1 tie in the 61st minute to lead the Chicago Red Stars over visiting Washington, 2-1, in Women's Professional Soccer. Abby Wambach gave the Freedom a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute.

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