Digest: Capitals' Backstrom seeing specialist for neck injury

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January 10, 2013|Sports Digest


Backstrom seeing specialist for neck injury

Nicklas Backstrom is visiting a specialist in Michigan after suffering a neck injury while playing in the Kontinental Hockey League during the lockout, a Washington Capitals spokesman confirmed. Backstrom has not played since suffering the injury Dec.26 in a game with Dynamo Moscow. The Swedish center returned to North America on Sunday and was at the Capitals' training facility in Arlington, Va., on Monday, but has since traveled to Michigan. On Tuesday, general manager George McPhee said he couldn't discuss Backstrom's health until the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified and the center is examined by team medical personnel. If Backstrom does not pass his training camp physical, the Capitals will not have to pay him because he was injured during the lockout. Backstrom missed 40 games last season with a concussion.

Katie Carrera, The Washington Post

Varsity lacrosse

Under Armour Classic is July 6 at Towson U.

Under Armour announced Wednesday that the eighth annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic will be held July 6 at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium. Eighty-eight of the nation's top male and female high school seniors will earn one of the sport's most prestigious honors. Under Armour All-Americans are selected by a panel of experts at Inside Lacrosse magazine. The yearlong process includes input from college and high school coaches from across the country as well as nominations from the public. All-America nominations for the Class of 2013 can be submitted to insidelacrosse.com/underarmour. The Under Armour All-America games will be held at Towson in conjunction with the Under Armour Underclassmen Elite Stars tournament July 5-7. The tryouts and tournament, widely recognized as the premier recruiting event of the summer, will again feature competing male and female regional teams from Baltimore, Long Island, the Midwest, New England, New Jersey, Philadelphia, the South, upstate New York, Washington and the West. Registration for Underclass Elite Stars tryouts is now open. Tryout dates, locations and coaches for each region will be posted at underarmourlacrosse.com.

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Md. boys lacrosse team wins title at Calif. Adrenaline Challenge

The Crabs Atlantic Stars of Maryland, the only East Coast team at the 12th annual Adrenaline Challenge last weekend in Del Mar, Calif., went undefeated to win their age bracket, capped by a last-minute comeback in the final. In the STX Middle School Abracket championship against the three-time defending champion L.A. Lazers, the Crabs trailed by a goal with 1:27 to go. Luke Shilling tied the game on an inside roll with 29 seconds left. The Crabs won the ensuing faceoff, and coach Andy Shilling called a timeout. On the restart, Anthony Orsini drove to the cage hard and drew a double team, but found Luke Shilling on the backside for the game-winner. "It feels pretty special being the only East Coast team," Andy Shilling said after his squad started the tournament 3-0 on Saturday. "This tournament is really great — back east there aren't tournaments that can host so many teams in one location, and the weather is just awesome." Each game consisted of 20-minute halves. The Crabs Atlantic Stars featured players from the Baltimore Crabs, the Virginia Lacrosse Club, Breakers LC and Greene Turtle LC.

College men: Towson has added perennial powerhouse Duke to its schedule. The Tigers will travel to Durham, N.C., to face the Blue Devils on March 16 at 1 p.m. The game will replace the home contest against Stony Brook previously scheduled that day.

Recruiting: Division I High Point announced the addition of sophomore transfer Dylan Bozel (Loyola) for the 2013 season. The midfielder played in one game for Rutgers last season, recording one shot. Bozel was an Under Armour All-American with the Dons and also earned All-State honors; he played football and basketball as well.

FIL: The Federation of International Lacrosse announced a new website, filacrosse.com, for the worldwide governing body of lacrosse. "There is a significant section of the website dedicated to raising awareness in regard to anti-doping," FIL president Stan Cockerton said. "We want to send a strong message to the world that we are serious about being an Olympic-caliber sport."

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