Capitals Fortifying Blue Line?

Capitals Fortifying Blue Line?

Monday, May 24, 2010,10:01 a.m.CSNwashington.comHelping The Blue Line
Their loss to Montreal showed the Capitals need to improve their defense with a shut down rear guard who isnt afraid to block shots.Enter Ottawas Anton Volchenkov. The Toronto Sun reported this weekend that the Capitals are planning to offer the free agent-to-be a huge contract.Talk is the Capitals are prepared to offer Volchenkov a salary in the 5 million-range, which would be a 1.8-million raise from his 2009-10 stipend, The Toronto Sun reports. There is also the belief that the Caps will have star winger Alex Ovechkin call his comrade and sell him on moving to the D.C. area. Governor Weighs In
Count Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has the first person to pick the Redskins to reach the playoffs.Talking to Politico this weekend, Rendell was asked about the upcoming NFL season and the Redskins and Eagles.Theyre going to be in it, and were not, Rendell told Politico, according to this Philadelphia Inquirer report.Wall Comparisons
Most of the comparisons about John Caliparis latest great point guard, John Wall, have been to Chicagos Derrick Rose.But Rick Bozich of the Louisiville Courier-Journal maintains that Wall is more like fellow Kentucky alum Rajon Rondo.Like Rondo, Wall is lean, swift and relentless, a defender (when motivated) capable of transforming lazy passes into an instant basket, Bozich writes.Ovechkins O-For
Alex Ovechkins hockey season ended Sunday with another disappointing defeat, this time for Russia at the World Championships.Russias 24-game winning streak in the event was snapped in a 2-1 Czech Republic victory.Down 2-0 with two minutes remaining, the Russians had a 6-on-3 advantage and scored with 36 seconds left. The Czechs held on.Ovechkin finishes the year without an Olympic gold, Stanley Cup or World title.Bryces Big Day
Assumed Nationals top pick Bryce Harper had games for the ages this weekend the College of South Nevada.Friday: Hit for the cycle.Saturday: A 6-for-6 day with four home runs, triple, double and 10 runs batted in.Harpers team is now headed for the Junior College World Series.

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Team USA reclaims women's hockey gold from Canada in instant Olympic classic

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Team USA reclaims women's hockey gold from Canada in instant Olympic classic

GANGNEUNG, South Korea  -- The Americans' gold medal drought in women's hockey -- finally -- is over.

Even though they needed the first shootout in an Olympic women's final to do it.

Twenty long years after taking gold when the sport debuted in 1998 at Nagano, the United States snapped Canada's streak of four straight Olympic golds Thursday with a 3-2 shootout victory.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the sixth round of the shootout to start the Americans piling over the boards, throwing gloves in the air before huddling and hugging on the ice.

Gigi Marvin and Amanda Kessel also scored in the shootout. Monique Lamoureux-Morando tied it up with a breakaway with 6:21 left in regulation.

Hilary Knight also had a goal.


Maddie Rooney made 29 saves for the win against their archrival. The 20-year-old goalie stopped the last two Canadian shooters in the shootout in Brianne Jenner and then Meghan Agosta on her second attempt.

It was sweet redemption for the 10 Americans who watched the Canadians snatch gold from their hands in 2014 at Sochi after tying it up with 54.6 seconds left in regulation and winning 3-2 in overtime.

Not only did the Americans snap the Canadians' stranglehold on Olympic gold, they ended a skid of five straight against their rival coming into this game, including a 2-1 loss to wrap up pool play a week ago.

Marie-Philip Poulin and Haley Irwin each scored goals for Canada. Agosta and Melodie Daoust scored in the shootout.

The Americans had been dominating in non-Olympic years, winning the last four and eight of the last 10 world championships, including a 3-2 overtime victory over Canada last spring.

Their domination on the world stage only made the lack of gold at the Olympics all the more noticeable, and Canada has been in their way since losing the inaugural gold in Nagano. Canada had won 24 straight Olympic games to go along with four consecutive gold medals. It's a streak of success in a women's team sport second only to the United States' basketball team's current streak of six straight gold.

This was the eighth time these North American rivals met in the Olympics and the fifth with gold on the line. None of the previous seven were decided by more than two goals.

U.S. coach Robb Stauber went with the 20-year-old Rooney in net for the biggest game of her career, but she was the goalie for each of the three games the Americans beat Canada last fall during their pre-Olympic exhibition tour, including Four Nations Cup title in November.

Canada had Shannon Szabados, 31, in goal for her third Olympic gold medal game, and her teammates made her job very easy by keeping the puck in front of Rooney for most of the first period by dictating play. The Americans couldn't use their speed or get organized even with two power plays until Sarah Nurse went in the box for interference late in the period.

Knight gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead with 25.4 seconds left in the first, redirecting a shot from Sidney Morin through Szabados' pads giving the Americans a jolt of energy.

That lasted only 2 minutes into the second when Irwin tipped a pass from Blayre Turnbull over Rooney's left leg for Canada. When Morin lost the puck, Melodie Daoust grabbed it and passed to Meghan Agosta who hit Poulin for the wrister into the left side of the net at 6:55 for a 2-1 lead.


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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.


Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.