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Terps to use 4th QB of season with Caleb Rowe

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Terps to use 4th QB of season with Caleb Rowe

BOSTON (AP) Freshman Caleb Rowe played well on his only series as Maryland's fourth quarterback of the season. With the first three sidelined, he'll get a chance to play a whole game on Saturday.

Rowe will face struggling Boston College one week after nearly guiding the Terrapins to a victory over North Carolina State.

``We've got full confidence in Caleb,'' defensive end A.J. Francis said. ``I told him to play the whole 60 minutes like it's (the) two-minute (offense), and he'll be all right.''

Rowe moved Maryland 60 yards in five plays in the final minute last Saturday, but Brad Craddock's 33-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright with two seconds left and North Carolina State held on for a 20-18 victory.

Perry Hills tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the second quarter. Devin Burns replaced him but is out for the year with a foot injury. And C.J. Brown tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in August.

``I would have liked to redshirt (Rowe),'' Maryland coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday before learning that Burns wouldn't play. ``We had made the decision to go with Devin as number two and Caleb at number three. I told him he had to be ready and be prepared because he hasn't gotten many reps.

``I think it was so impressive that he went in and performed the way he did with such minimal reps. Ideally, we would have wanted to redshirt him but we weren't afforded that luxury.''

Quarterback is one of the few strong points for Boston College (1-6, 0-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Chase Rettig leads the nation's 34th ranked passing offense. He's completed 56.3 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions but will be going against a solid pass rush.

``Chase Rettig is what makes them go,'' Edsall said.

Andre Williams is having a good season at running back with 534 yards rushing and an average of 4.9 yards per carry.

``Their offense is very different from what it's been the last few years,'' Maryland linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield said. ``They're not as downhill as they've previously been. They're pretty spread out. Their quarterback is a pretty good quarterback. I think we have to get some pressure on him.''

They should be able to do that.

``I think this is the best defense we've played, and we played Florida State,'' BC offensive coordinator Doug Martin said. ``I think these guys are a better defense, scheme-wise.''

The Terrapins (4-3, 2-1) have had a rough year offensively. They've scored just 18 touchdowns and rank last in the ACC with 295.3 yards per game.

But the Eagles are weak on defense. They have the fewest tackles for a loss nationally, have given up the second most yards rushing and have the third fewest sacks, five.

They'll try to stop freshman Wes Brown, who rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown against North Carolina State.

``We take a lot of pride in the defensive line. It's been frustrating this year,'' BC defensive end Kasim Edebali said. ``If we get to the quarterback, the (defensive backs) have it easier. (If) we all make sure we stop the run, the linebackers have it easier and, ultimately, we can have a better shot at winning games.''

The Eagles were beaten last Saturday 37-17 at Georgia Tech, the fifth straight game - all losses - in which they've allowed at least 34 points. Barring a dramatic turnaround, coach Frank Spaziani's tenure as coach could be in serious jeopardy, especially with the recent appointment of a new athletic director, Brad Bates. Spaziani is 21-26 in four seasons.

BC also was 1-6 last year then beat Maryland to start a 3-2 stretch that ended the season.

``Nobody sheds more blood, sweat, and tears on Saturday than I do,'' Spaziani said. ``I know what our situation is. I know what I'm doing, I know the problems I have to work through. That's what I'm worried about. I'm worried about getting the victory on Saturday.''

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Caps make second blue line addition, acquire Jakub Jerabek from Montreal

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Caps make second blue line addition, acquire Jakub Jerabek from Montreal

The Capitals continued to retool their scuffling blue line on Wednesday, acquiring 26-year-old defenseman Jakub Jerabek from Montreal in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2019.

The move comes a couple of days after GM Brian MacLellan dealt a conditional third-round selection to Chicago for swift skating Michal Kempny.

Both Jerabek and Kempny are left shot, puck-moving defensemen who move well and make crisp outlet passes. Both also hail from the Czech Republic.

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The team sees Jerabek as a No. 5 or 6, I’m told.

On Wednesday, the Caps also officially said goodbye to Taylor Chorney, who was claimed off waivers by Columbus. Chorney will report to the Blue Jackets.

The Caps were off on Wednesday as they made their way Florida for Thursday night’s meeting with the Panthers, so it’s unclear how Coach Barry Trotz intends to deploy his new defensemen.

But it’s probably safe to assume that Kempny will move into a spot within the top four with John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov and Matt Niskanen.

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That figures to leave Brooks Orpik and Jerabek on the third pair, while rookies Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey jockey for position as the next man up.

Kempny is expected to make his Caps’ debut on Thursday night.

Is the Caps’ D corps better? Well, that remains to be seen. But it had become clear to MacLellan and Co. in recent weeks that the status quo was not going to cut it. This month, in fact, the team has allowed 39 goals in 10 games. Only the Rangers (40) have allowed more in the same span.

With the trade deadline looming next Monday, the Caps now have roughly $617,000 in cap space, according to www.capfriendly.com, and are at the roster maximum of 23 players. So they would need to make a move in order to add another body.

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NHL Trade Tracker 2018: Latest deadline rumors, deals

NHL Trade Tracker 2018: Latest deadline rumors, deals

The 2018 NHL Trade Deadline is nearly here, marking the final point in the season teams can make major shakeups before preparing for the stretch run and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The 2018 NHL Trade Deadline takes place a week earlier than in 2017, and teams have until 3:00 p.m. ET on Monday afternoon to make their final pre-deadline deals. That being said, the trade deadline is not the end of player movement in 2018, but signifies the end of the open trade window.

But with less than w eek left, the trade rumors are swirling, with teams putting out feelers and reaching out to potential trade partners.

The Capitals started the trade deadline period a week early, with a minor trade on Monday and another on Wednesday.

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2018 NHL TRADE DEADLINE TRACKER:

February 21: TRADE — The Montreal Canadiens trade D Jakub Jerabek to the Washington Capitals for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. (TRADE ANALYSIS)

February 21: RUMOR — The Columbus Blue Jackets have shown interest in acquiring Artem Anisimov from the Chicago Blackhawks, a team attempting a major rebuild toward the end of the 2017-18 season.

February 20: TRADE — The Toronto Maple Leafs trade C Erif Fehr to the San Jose Sharks for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

February 20: RUMOR — The Ottawa Senators are looking to deal D Erik Karlsson and C Bobby Ryan. The Sens have already begun to enter "tank" mode. Moving Karlsson and/or Ryan would make it all but official.

February 20: TRADE — The New York Rangers trade D Nick Holden to the Boston Bruins for D Rob O'Gara and a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

February 19: TRADE — The Chicago Blackhawks trade D Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. (TRADE ANALYSIS)

February 19: RUMOR — The Anaheim Ducks look to be targeting Vancouver Canucks LW Thomas Vanek, but the Canucks may 'kick tires" on a potential trade if the return isn't right. 

February 19: TRADE — The Detroit Red Wings trade G Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

February 19: RUMOR — The Pittsburgh Penguins are interested in pursuing speedy New York Rangers RW Michael Grabner.

February 17: RUMOR — The Ottawa Senators' fire sale continues to heat up. The St. Louis Blues are reportedly interested in Senators RW Mike Hoffman and C Derick Brassard.

February 15: TRADE — Toronto Maple Leafs trade RW Nikita Soshnikov to the St. Louis Blues for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

February 15: TRADE — The Chicago Blackhawks trade D Ville Pokka to the Ottawa Senators for LW Chris DiDomenico.

February 13: RUMOR — New York Rangers LW Rick Nash is rumored to be a major trade target for virtually every team within playoff reach. The Nashville Predators have been rumored to be the favorites for the former No. 1 overall draft pick.

February 13: TRADE — The Los Angeles Kings trade RW Marian Gaborik and C Nick Shore to the Ottawa Senators for D Dion Phaneuf and C Nate Thompson.