Gordon leads way as Capitals win second in row, 5-1

United gives new contract to top MLS rookie Najar

December 22, 2010|By Sports Digest

NHL

Gordon leads way as Capitals win second in row, 5-1

Andrew Gordon had a goal and assist for his first two NHL points, and the host Washington Capitals earned their second straight victory by beating the New Jersey Devils, 5-1, on Tuesday night. Washington is enjoying a winning streak after ending an eight-game losing streak with a victory at Ottawa on Sunday. Five players scored Tuesday for the Capitals, who jumped back over the Atlanta Thrashers into first place in the Southeast Division. The Capitals took command with three goals in a 6:31 span of the second period. Michal Neuvirth made 35 saves.

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United gives new contract to top MLS rookie Najar

D.C. United midfielder Andy Najar, the Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year, has signed a new contract with the club. Neither United nor Najar's representative would disclose terms of the deal. He was already under a long-term contract but earned just $60,000 before bonuses this year. The sides had been discussing a new contract for several weeks and were expected to reach agreement before training camp opened next month. Najar, 17, had five goals in league play and seven overall in becoming the first United player since coach Ben Olsen in 1998 to win Rookie of the Year honors. Meantime, Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad, the oldest player in MLS history, has announced his retirement so he can join Olsen's coaching staff. He will oversee the goalie corps. Chad Ashton, who has been with the club in multiple roles for several years, is the other assistant. Plans for a third assistant were apparently affected by budgetary issues. Onstad, a Canadian national team veteran who will turn 43 next month, was twice named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and won three league championships. Two of this year's assistants, Mark Simpson and Kris Kelderman, are no longer with the club.

Steve Goff, The Washington Post

More United: The U.S. men's national team has called up 24 players to its January training camp, including D.C. United midfielder Dax McCarty. The men will train Jan. 4-22 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Men's college lacrosse: Washington & Jefferson has accepted an invitation to become an affiliate member of the Landmark Conference beginning in the 2011-12 academic year. The Landmark sent Goucher to the NCAA Division III championships as the conference's first automatic qualifier after the 2010 season.

College football: Johns Hopkins junior center Ed Rodger made the d3football.com All-South Region team first team. Junior wide receiver Sam Wernick, junior linebacker Ryan Piatek and senior kicker Alex Lachman made the second team. … Hampton senior defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis was named Black College Football's top defensive player for 2010 on Monday, one of four Pirates honored. … Senior defensive back Ricardo Silva (Poly) was named to the Black College Football defensive team.

College baseball: UMBC announced that left-handed pitcher Jon Cobo (C. Milton Wright), middle infielder Vince Corbi, right-handed pitcher and outfielder Anthony Gatto, middle infielder Ian Glassman, right-handed pitcher Kevin Ladner and right-handed pitcher David Superdock have signed letters of intent to play for the Retrievers in the 2011-12 school year.

—From Sun staff and news services

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