Capitals sign Orpik, Niskanen and Peters

July 02, 2014|Sports Digest

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Capitals sign Orpik, Niskanen and Peters

On the first day of free agency, the Washington Capitals signed defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen and goaltender Justin Peters. Orpik received a five-year, $27.5 million deal. Orpik is the longest-tenured defenseman Penguins history with 703 career games since 2002-03. Niskanen, Orpik's teammate in Pittsburgh, signed a seven-year, $40.25 million deal. Peters comes from the Carolina Hurricanes. Washington also signed defensemen Jon Landry and Mike Moore to one-year, two-way contracts. Additionally, forward Michael Latta re-signed to a two-year, $1.15 million deal after the team extended him a qualifying offer Sunday.

Alex Prewitt, The Washington Post

College football

McDonogh linebacker Cook commits to Purdue

Westminster resident Wyatt Cook (McDonogh) has committed to Purdue, Cook announced Tuesday on Twitter. Cook, a rising senior linebacker, also had offers from Maryland and Virginia, but he said Maryland rescinded its offer before his recruiting visit to Purdue because the Terps already had two commitments at linebacker, Gus Little and Brett Zanotto. However, even if the Maryland offer were still on the table, Cook said, he would have chosen the Boilermakers over his hometown school.

For more of Jonathan Munshaw's blog post on Cook, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters

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Gortat accepts Wizards' 5-year, $60 million deal

Center Marcin Gortat agreed to a five-year deal worth $60 million to remain with the Washington Wizards, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Gortat confirmed the agreement on Twitter, saying, "I'm proud to say Washington will be my home." Gortat averaged 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 54.2 percent from the field in his lone season in Washington.

Michael Lee, The Washington Post

WNBA: Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored 17 points on 6-for-18 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds but the Atlanta Dream lost to the Indiana Fever, 77-70. Marissa Coleman (Maryland) shot 3-for-5 from 3-point range for the Fever, scoring 11 points in the win.

Wimbledon: It took three days to accomplish, but seventh seed Francis Tiafoe, 16, of Riverdale Park in Prince George's County, completed his opening match at the Junior Championships on Tuesday, defeating unseeded Martin Blasko of Slovakia 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Liz Clarke, The Washington Post

Major League Soccer: D.C. United and defender Cristian Fernandez mutually agreed on the termination of his contract. Fernandez started 15 games and recorded one assist.

Major League Lacrosse: Bayhawks midfielder Joe Walters (Maryland) was named the Offensive Player of the Week.

Girls lacrosse: Three players in the area have been named winners of the Jackie Pitts Award by chapters of U.S. Lacrosse: midfielders Ellie McNulty (Broadneck) and Kristen Murphy (Westminster), and defender Elizabeth Piet (Maryvale). The award is given by each chapter to a senior player who is invested in the development of lacrosse in her community, is an exceptional player who continually strives to improve her game and is an exemplary member of her team.

Women's college lacrosse: Bucknell senior midfielder Katelyn Miller (McDonogh) was named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division I Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Colleges: Elon officially joined the Colonial Athletic Association, which includes Towson. Elon will participate in 16 sports, including football. … Elizabethtown joined the Landmark Conference, joining Goucher.

Men's college volleyball: Stevenson hired former Mustangs standout Steve Grossnickle as coach, replacing Joe Tagye, who resigned last month after two seasons.

College basketball: Coppin State announced its first two recruits of the 2014-15 season: forward Blake Simpson from Cincinnati and center Lawrence Fejokwu from Lagos, Nigeria.

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