Capitals to open at home against Devils
The Washington Capitals unveiled their regular-season schedule for 2012-13 on Thursday. It begins Oct. 12 at home against the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. Washington faces the other teams in the Southeast Division six times each and the remaining Eastern Conference opponents four times each. The Capitals play each team in the Western Conference at least once, with two games each against the Nashville Predators, Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars. They will host the defending Stanley Cup-champion Kings at Verizon Center on Feb. 3. All but eight of Washington's home games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
NephCure to honor Palmer, L. Duquette
The NephCure Foundation, the only organization solely committed to finding the cause and a cure for the kidney diseases FSGS (focal segmental glomerulosclerosis) and nephrotic syndrome, will honor Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer and Lindsey Duquette at the Countdown to a Cure-Baltimore on Sunday at the Kettle Hill Restaurant beginning at 6 p.m. The event will cap a full day of NephCure activities in Baltimore that will start with The NephCure Walk before the Orioles' 1:35 p.m. game against the Washington Nationals. Palmer will receive the NephCure Public Service Award. Duquette, the 10-year-old daughter of former Orioles executive and current MLB Radio and MLB.com analyst Jim Duquette, has suffered from FSGS since she was 2. Jim donated his kidney to Lindsey on June 4. To purchase tickets to Countdown to a Cure and receive sponsorship information, call 571-355-9808 or go to countdowntoacure.org. To register for the walk, go to thenephcurewalk.org or call 571-355-9808.
Golf: The STX Baltimore Putting Championship will begin Sunday and Monday with qualifying rounds at Pine Ridge, Mount Pleasant, Clifton Park, Forest Park and Carroll Park. The event is open to adult and junior entrants. For information, go to classicfivegolf.com.
WNBA: Samantha Prahalis hit a jumper with 23.2 seconds to play to help the host Phoenix Mercury to an 80-77 win over the Washington Mystics late Wednesday night. DeWanna Bonner Krystal Thomas Michelle Snow had 21 points and nine rebounds while Monique Currie had 20 points and six boards for the Mystics, who have lost their past two games. ... Candace Parker had 33 points, eight rebounds and a career-high nine blocks and Kristi Toliver (Maryland) went 14-for-14 from the foul line en route to 22 points as the host Los Angeles Sparks cruised to a 95-79 win over the Tulsa Shock late Wednesday.
Varsity baseball: Archbishop Spalding named Joseph Palumbo, a four-year starter and 2008 graduate of Maryland, as its coach.
Washington College: The school announced that Julika Blankenship, women's soccer and lacrosse coach since July 2008, will remain as women's lacrosse coach. A search for a new women's soccer coach will begin immediately. After the 2012-13 academic year, Lacey Lister, softball and volleyball coach since January 2009, will hand over the reigns of the volleyball program and will continue to coach softball.
—From Sun staff and news services