Digest: Mystics' Thibault becomes winningest coach in WNBA history

July 07, 2013|Sports Digest

WNBA

Mystics' Thibault becomes winningest coach in league history

Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault became the winningest coach in WNBA with Saturday night's 62-59 win over the visiting Seattle Storm. Thibault surpassed Van Chancellor with his 212th career victory. The Mystics' win puts them back at .500 with a record of 6-6. Last season, Washington never reached the six-win mark, ending the season at 5-29. The Mystics moved into third place in the Eastern Conference — a half-game over the New York Liberty. Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) led the way for Washington with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting and added five rebounds. ... Center Quanitra Hollingsworth has joined the Mystics after her commitment with the Turkish national team. Hollingsworth was acquired in a trade with the New York Liberty in exchange for Washington's third round pick (25th overall). ... Washington released veteran forward Jessica Moore, who appeared in two games this season. Moore will serve as an assistant to the basketball operations staff upon clearing waivers.

NHL

Capitals lose Ribeiro, Hendricks in free agency

Free agents Mike Ribeiro and Matt Hendricks left the Capitals on Friday for Phoenix and Nashville, respectively, where they both received lengthy contract terms and salaries that Washington wasn't willing to offer. Ribeiro, 33, signed a four-year, $22 million deal with the Coyotes. Although the Capitals would have liked to bring Ribeiro back, they didn't want to commit to more than a three-year deal in part because of his age. Barring an offseason addition — Mikhal Grabovski and Derek Roy are among the unspectacular group of free-agent pivots remaining — the Capitals likely will turn to Brooks Laich as second-line center. Hendricks, 32, had hoped to return to Washington, but given that this summer was his prime opportunity to land a significant contract, the numbers never worked out. He landed a four-year, $7.4 million contract with the Predators. On Saturday, the Capitals signed defenseman David Kolomatis to a one-year, two-way contract. Kolomatis, 24, recorded 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) and 18 penalty minutes in 46 games last season with Manchester of the American Hockey League.

Katie Carrera, The Washington Post

Baseball

Angels' Jered Weaver names newborn son after Nick Adenhart

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver and his wife, Kristin, honored Weaver's late teammate and good friend Nick Adenhart by naming their newborn son Aden David Weaver, according to several reports. Aden, born Friday, weighed 8 pounds and was 21 inches long. Weaver and Adenhart came up through the Angels' minor league system together. Adenhart of Williamsport, a small town in Western Maryland, and two friends died April 9, 2009, on their way to a nightclub when the car they were riding in was struck by a minivan driven through a red light in Fullerton, Calif. Just 22 years old when he was killed, Adenhart was one of the Angels' top prospects and had made his his first start of the 2009 season just before the fatal accident. Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez was also a good friend of Adenhart's and has used a glove given to him by Adenhart.

Et cetera

Diamond Jim on the loose; Spirit loses to Sky Blue, 1-0

The Diamond Jim component of the 2013 Maryland Fishing Challenge entered its second phase recently when Maryland DNR biologists and teams of young anglers caught, tagged and released around 200 striped bass into the Chesapeake Bay. One of the tagged fish is the official Diamond Jim worth $20,000 to the angler who catches him between July 1 and midnight July 31. The other tagged "imposter" rockfish are worth at least $500 each if caught and registered before midnight on Sept. 2. Over the summer, hundreds of imposters and one genuine Diamond Jim will be pursued by anglers. Each month Diamond Jim goes uncaught, the bounty increases — from $10,000 in June, to $20,000 in July and $25,000 in August. The contest features a guaranteed $25,000 payout, so if Diamond Jim is not caught by midnight Labor Day, the cash prize will be split equally among those who catch imposters.

National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit (1-8-4) dictated most of the play in their second match under the direction of new head coach Mark Parsons but couldn't produce an equalizer after a late second-half goal, falling on the road, 1-0, to league-leading Sky Blue FC (9-3-3). Sky Blue's Monica Ocampo ran onto an open chance after Danesha Adams had her shot blocked in the 74th minute for the only goal.

Track and field: Representing his home state of Brandenburg, UMBC rising sophomore Vincent Rentzsch recorded a throw of 65.19 meters (213 feet, 10 inches) and finished 10th in the javelin at the German National Championships. Thomas Roehler from Thuringia won the competition with a top throw of 83.56 meters (274-1).

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