Winter Classic probably coming to Nats Park in 2015

December 31, 2013|Sports Digest

NHL

Winter Classic probably coming to Nats Park in 2015

The 2015 NHL Winter Classic likely will be held at Nationals Park in Washington, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Since the Capitals were named the hosts of the 2015 marquee outdoor game in September, speculation over a venue — and whether the contest would take place within the city itself — has been rampant given the number of stadium options in the region. No formal decision has been made and an announcement isn't expected in the immediate future, the source said, but Nationals Park is the likely site after recent visits by NHL representatives to the ballpark, RFK Stadium in Washington and FedEx Field in Landover. An opponent remains to be determined for the contest as well, though CSNPhilly.com has reported that it will be the Philadelphia Flyers or Boston Bruins. Of all the possible venues in the region, Nationals Park is both the newest stadium, having opened in 2008, and the most updated option in Washington. Nationals owner Mark Lerner is a minority partner in Ted Leonsis' Monumental Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Capitals. But the Nationals do not have exclusive control over striking a deal with the NHL because they lease the ballpark from the District.

Katie Carrera, The Washington Post

College basketball

Weekly honors for Irish's Atkins, Navy's Stapleton

Notre Dame senior guard Eric Atkins (Mount St. Joseph) was selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week. Atkins scored a career high 30 points in Sunday's 87-81 overtime win over Canisius. The Columbia native made a career-high six 3-pointers on eight attempts. The six 3-pointers were the most for any Fighting Irish player since Pat Connaughton made six in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Big East championship against Marquette. Atkins, who played all 45 minutes in the overtime victory, connected on 10 of 14 shots from the field to set another career high for shots made.

Women: A day after her red-hot shooting performance, Navy junior guard Chloe Stapleton was named Patriot League Player of the Week. Stapleton connected on a career-high eight 3-pointers, the most of any player in the league this season, on 14 attempts in Navy's 72-68 win at Marshall on Sunday afternoon. She shot 56.3percent (9-for-16) for the game to lead all scorers with a career-best 26 points. Her eight 3s were one shy of the league and academy mark of nine set by Angela Dobbs against Yale on Jan. 4, 1992. ... Freshman guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough of No. 8 Maryland was voted Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week Monday for the first time in her career. Walker-Kimbrough came off the bench and provided Maryland (12-1) a spark while averaging 16.0 points in a 2-0 week for the Terps. She tied her career-high 17 points in a win over Wofford on Saturday and 15 points in a win over the College of Charleston the next day to help Maryland claim the Terrapin Classic. She has scored in double figures in the last four straight games and 10 out of 13 this year. Walker-Kimbrough leads the ACC in 3-point field-goal percentage (.538) and is in the top 30 in scoring with 11.1 points per game.

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