Capitals re-sign Kundratek, place Schultz on waivers
The Capitals re-signed defenseman Tomas Kundratek to a two-year contract, the team announced Tuesday. Kundratek, 23, will earn $550,000 on a one-way deal in 2013-14, but in 2014-15 it switches to a two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 in the American Hockey League. It's an opportunity for Kundratek, who was an impending restricted free agent, to show he can stick in the NHL for a full 82-game season after appearing in 25 games (one goal, six assists) with the Capitals last season. The Capitals also placed defenseman Jeff Schultz on unconditional waivers; Schultz, 27, will receive a compliance buyout, which means the $2 million Washington owes him over the next two years will not count against the salary cap. He had one year remaining on his four-year, $11 million contract. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, teams are permitted two compliance buyouts that can be used either this offseason or next.
—Katie Carrera, The Washington Post
Wizards, Webster agree to 4-year, $22 million deal
The Washington Wizards used their full midlevel exception to get Martell Webster to agree to terms on a four-year deal worth $22 million, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. Webster averaged career highs of 11.4 points and 3.9 rebounds, shot 42 percent from beyond the 3-point line and also served as a vocal locker room presence last season. He also suited up for 76 games, including 62 starts, after two injury-plagued seasons in Minnesota, where he never played more than 47 games in either campaign for the Timberwolves because of two back operations that had him contemplating retirement. Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld repeatedly stated his intentions to bring back Webster, even though the team is already stocked at small forward with Trevor Ariza, Chris Singleton and recent No. 3 overall draft pick Otto Porter Jr. Webster's offseason sports hernia surgery also wasn't a deterrent for a sizable commitment. The Wizards plan to use the 6-foot-6 Webster at multiple positions, as they did last season, when he received heavy minutes at shooting guard. Webster's agreement comes a day after the team received an oral commitment from free-agent point guard Eric Maynor. The team has 12 players under contract for roughly $68 million, with second-round pick Glen Rice Jr. possibly putting the roster at 13. A league source said the Wizards expect to add Garrett Temple, which would leave the team with one open roster spot.
—Michael Lee, The Washington Post
Men's basketball: Mitchellville's James Robinson finished with five rebounds, three steals and two assists, and Team USA (5-0) used full-court, nonstop pressure defense in a 94-51 rout of Australia (2-3) in second-round play at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague. The United States will conclude second-round play against 5-0 Serbia at 2:15 p.m. today; the game will determine the No. 1 seed in Group F for the medal-round quarterfinals, for which both teams have qualified.
Pimlico: At the second annual Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show in the Pimlico Race Course infield July 13, Baltimore County-based EHM Stables will be represented by 12 horses and 10 riders. Part of the Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series, the event is one of a handful of shows for thoroughbreds where each horse shows under its Jockey Club name. Traditional show horses often have their names altered when they change owners or circuits. Seven years ago, Timonium Elementary School teacher Betty McCue, the wife of Maryland Jockey Club photographer Jim McCue, and her sister Evelyn Martin founded EHM Stables, which gives thoroughbreds a new life after retiring from the racetrack. Among those McCue will be bringing are Baltimore Raven, Cayman Condo, Powered by Love, Prideland, Oregon Ridge and Saratoga Jet. The show, which begins at 9a.m., will include eight classes with six ribbons awarded for each class and nearly $10,000 in prize money paid to the owners of the first three finishers in each class (60 percent to the winner, 30 percent to second place and 10 percent to third). The inaugural event featured nearly 800 entries and raised $16,500 for charity.
—From Sun staff and news services