Ex-Cap Grabovski gets 4-year deal with Isles

July 03, 2014|Sports Digest


Ex-Cap Grabovski gets 4-year deal with Isles

Former Washington Capitals center Mikhail Grabovskihas signed a four-year deal with the New York Islanders worth $20 million, his agent, Gary Greenstin, confirmed Wednesday. Nikolai Kulemin, Throughout the offseason, Washington general manager Brian MacLellan had maintained that the Capitals would explore keeping Grabovski, but only if the price was right. MacLellan said he might pursue another player to fill in at second-line center or use Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brooks Laich or Marcus Johansson. Last season, Grabovski had 35 points in 58 games.

Alex Prewitt, The Washington Post

Minor leagues: The Hershey Bears, Washington's American Hockey League affiliate, named Troy Mann head coach and Bryan Helmer assistant coach. Mann, 44, a former Bears assistant, was 36-30-6 as head coach with Bakersfield of the East Coast Hockey League in 2013-14.

College basketball

Report: Doug Wojcik could lose job at Charleston

Former Navy men's basketball player and assistant coach Doug Wojcik was on the verge of being fired as College of Charleston head coach Monday and still might lose his job for alleged verbal abuse of his players, The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., has learned. On Monday afternoon, athletic director Joe Hull told team members he was going to fire Wojcik, 50. Hull was overruled by then-school president George Benson later in the day, the newspaper reported. Benson recommended that Wojcik be suspended without pay for August and undergo counseling, a Post and Courier source confirmed. The loss of a month's pay for Wojcik would be more than $33,000. Players met with Glenn McConnell, who took over as the school's president Tuesday, to discuss Wojcik's situation, but no resolution was reached. A Post and Courier source inside the school's athletic department confirmed that Wojcik has been under six-month investigation after allegations of verbal abuse came to the attention of the school's administration.

College football

Terps wrestler Myers to join football team next year

Spencer Myers, a Maryland wrestler who in high school was named Pennsylvania's Defensive Player of the Year, is joining the Terps football program, coach Randy Edsall announced Wednesday. The senior from Selinsgrove will continue to wrestle and will join the football team as a defensive lineman. Myers won the Atlantic Coast Conference heavyweight title twice and earned All-America status as a freshman with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA championships. In his prep days, he led Selinsgrove High to a state football title, won a state wrestling title at 215 pounds and was a state finalist in discus.


Cowboys announce terms of deal for LB McClain

The Ravens didn't make out as well as originally thought in the deal that sent inactive middle linebacker Rolando McClain to the Dallas Cowboys. It was widely reported after the deal that the Ravens would send McClain, who was on the reserved/retired list, plus a 2015 seventh-round pick to the Cowboys for a 2015 sixth-round pick. But that's the best-case scenario. The Cowboys announced the terms of the deal Wednesday and that the 2015 draft-pick exchange will take place only if McClain plays 50 percent of the defensive snaps for Dallas during the 2014 season. That's hardly a sure thing as McClain, 24, hasn't played in an NFL game since November 2012. If McClain doesn't play in 50 percent of the Cowboys' defensive snaps but is on their 53-man roster for five games or the game-day 46-man roster for three, the Cowboys and Ravens will swap 2016 seventh-round picks only if Dallas has the better pick. If the Ravens already have the better seventh-round pick or McClain doesn't make the Cowboys at all, no draft picks will be exchanged.

Jeff Zrebiec

Et cetera

Private funeral for former Orioles executive Cashen

Funeral services for Frank Cashen, the onetime Orioles executive who died Monday at age 88, will be private. His family asks that contributions in Cashen's name be made to either the Talbot Hospice Foundation, 586 Cynwood, Easton, MD 21601, or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 E. 56th St., 8th floor, New York, NY 10022. Cashen, a Baltimore native and the Orioles' vice president when they won their first two World Series (1966 and 1970), died in Easton of complications from congestive heart failure.

Women's college lacrosse: Ray Cameron (Gilman) has resigned after two seasons as coach at Division II Lees-McRae in Banner Elk, N.C. Cameron had an 8-16 record. ... Coker coach Steve Efland (Salisbury) announced his resignation effective July 15. Efland, a Baltimore native and the first women's lacrosse coach at the school in Hartsville, S.C., led the Cobras to a record of 3-10 overall (2-4 in the South Atlantic Conference) during their inaugural season.

Soccer: The first-year Baltimore Celtic Soccer Club has placed two teams in the USYSA National Championships. The Under-16 team, coached by Brandon Quaranta (McDonogh), beat Synergy of Vermont, 3-0. The U-13 team, coached by the Blast's Mike Lookingland, beat Braddock Road of Virginia, 1-0, on Danique Parker's penalty kick in overtime. Each team will play for a national title this month at the Maryland Soccerplex.

WNBA: Lynetta Kizer (Maryland) scored all 10 of her points in the second quarter as the visiting Indiana Fever (8-9) earned an 80-77 victory over the Washington Mystics (7-11).

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