Roundup

December 20, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Capitals: Friday night's game

Ovechkin is shut down in 3-2 loss in Vancouver

Mason Raymond tied the game with a nifty move late in the second period and then patiently lifted in the winner on a power play with 6:04 left, lifting the host Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night. "We stayed with it and got some big goals there by Raymond," said Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, who struggled on first-period goals by Alexander Semin and Chris Clark, but stopped Semin on a penalty shot with 5:45 left among his 25 saves. Ryan Kesler had a goal and an assist playing with Raymond. But more impressive was the job their line did against Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, who received all the hype coming into Vancouver for just the second time in a five-year career that has produced two league Most Valuable Player awards. With lots of help from the defensive pair of Sami Salo and Willie Mitchell, the Canucks held the Russian star without a shot through two periods and without a point for only the sixth time all season.

Wizards: Friday night's game

6-game slide ends, thanks to Arenas' 45 points, 13 assists

Gilbert Arenas had season highs with 45 points and 13 assists, and the Washington Wizards ended a six-game losing streak, beating the host Golden State Warriors, 118-109, Friday night. "That's one thing about this arena, the fans are always with you," said Arenas, who played with the Warriors his first two years in the league. "It was good to hear a few cheers at the beginning of the game." Arenas, who missed most of the past two seasons with knee injuries, had his 29th career game of 40 or more points. "When we got the ball in Gilbert's hands he made plays," Wizards coach Flip Saunders said. Caron Butler added a season-high 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards.

Et cetera

Simulcasting at Laurel, Pimlico to be closed today

Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course will be closed for simulcasting today because of inclement weather.

Men's basketball: : Mount St. Mary's (3-7) lost, 66-48, to host Pittsburgh (9-2) in a nonconference game. Mount seniors Jeremy Goode and Kelly Beidler each scored 11 points. The Mountaineers cut the deficit to 57-46 with 4:52 left but didn't get any closer as the Panthers won their 28th straight home game. ... Terrell Vinson (St. Frances) came up with the ball after a scramble in the lane and banked in a basket with 0.7 of a second left Saturday night to give Massachusetts a 73-72 victory over Memphis in Boston. Vinson had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Minutemen (6-5). ... Towson's Saturday game against Hampton was postponed because of snow until today at 2 p.m. at Towson Center. ... UMBC's Saturday game at American was postponed until today at 4:30 p.m.

Women's basketball: : Towson's Saturday game at UMES was postponed. No makeup date was announced. ... Mount St. Mary's game at George Washington, scheduled for today, was canceled.

- From Sun staff and news services

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