Capitals draft forward Jakub Vrana with pick No. 13

June 28, 2014|Sports Digest

With the No. 13 pick in the 2014 NHL draft Friday night, the Washington Capitals selected forward Jakub Vrana from the Czech Republic, the first selection made by rookie general manager Brian MacLellan. An 18-year-old wing, Vrana comes to the Capitals organization from Linkoping in the Swedish Hockey League, where he played 24 games last season and scored two goals. The hard-shooting left-hander was ranked the fourth-best skater in Europe for this draft class, according to NHL Central Scouting. He's the sixth straight European drafted by Washington in the first round.

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More Capitals: Washington finalized its coaching staff under Barry Trotz, announcing the hiring of Lane Lambert as the third assistant coach. Lambert, who arrives after three seasons with Trotz in Nashville, is expected to work with the forwards and penalty kill. MacLellan confirmed Thursday that Blaine Forsythe would be retained in an unspecified role, making him the only member of the Capitals' coaching staff from 2013-14 to return under the new regime. Goaltending coach Olie Kolzig and assistant Calle Johansson both stepped down for family reasons, though Kolzig is expected to stay with the organization in a part-time teaching and scouting role.

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WNBA: Emma Meesseman had a career-high 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Washington Mystics (7-9) to a 69-63 victory over the visiting Connecticut Sun (8-7) on Friday night.

Women's basketball: Jenerrie Harris was named the new head coach at Massachusetts Lowell on Thursday. Harris was as the associate head coach under Stefanie Pemper at Navy last season after four years as her assistant coach.

Men's college basketball: Recent New Town graduate Danny Shand, an All-Metro second-team point guard, has committed to Division II Barton College in Wilson, N.C. Shand averaged 15 points and eight assists to lead the No. 10 Titans to a 20-6 mark this past season.

Glenn Graham 

Men's college lacrosse: Willie Scroggs, who coached North Carolina to national titles in 1981, 1982 and 1986, was approved as the new secretary-rules editor for the sport by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Wednesday. Scroggs (Johns Hopkins, City) succeeds UMBC coach Don Zimmerman in the position, which is an eight-year term. ... Washington & Jefferson promoted Kevin Kustron (Salisbury) to head coach Friday. Kustron, who served as an assistant last season, won three NCAA Division III national championships with the Sea Gulls. He served as the team captain during the Sea Gulls' 22-0 championship season in 2008.

Women's college lacrosse: Elon hired Brittany Dipper as an assistant coach. Dipper, a former goalie at Maryland, spent the past two years at Stetson, including time as the interim head coach the last month of the 2014 season.

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