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Sports briefs: Capitals re-sign Hagelin

  • FILE - In this April 24, 2019 file photo Washington Capitals left wing Carl Hagelin (62), of Sweden, stands on the ice during the first period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes in Washington. The Capitals have signed Hagelin to an $11 million, four-year deal. Hagelin counts $2.75 million against the salary cap through the 2022-23 season. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, file)


The Associated Press
Sunday, June 16, 2019

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Washington Capitals have signed winger Carl Hagelin to an $11 million, four-year deal.

Hagelin counts $2.75 million against the salary cap through the 2022-23 season. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal on Sunday.

Washington acquired Hagelin from Los Angeles prior to the trade deadline this past season. He scored three goals in 20 regular-season games with the Capitals after scoring just two in 38 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Kings.

Hagelin figures to be a linchpin of the Capitals’ third line. The team cleared the necessary salary cap space to re-sign Hagelin and others by trading defenseman Matt Niskanen to the Philadelphia Flyers for Radko Gudas.

The 30-year-old Swede won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017. He has 241 points in 546 NHL regular-season games.

With the potential departure of veteran blueliner Brooks Orpik, Hagelin could be counted on to take a bigger leadership role this fall in his first full season in Washington. He also will be counted on to produce if winger Brett Connolly departs in free agency or the Capitals don’t re-sign Andre Burakovsky.

LPGA GolfHenderson sets mark for Canadians

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Brooke Henderson won the Meijer LPGA Classic on Sunday to break the Canadian record for tour victories with nine.

The 21-year-old Henderson led wire-to-wire for her second victory in three years at Blythefield Country Club, closing with a 2-under 70 in chilly conditions to hold off Lexi Thompson, Nasa Hataoka, Su Oh and Brittany Altomare by a stroke.

Henderson broke a tie with Sandra Post for the Canadian record on the LPGA Tour and also moved ahead of George Knudson and Mike Weir for the overall country mark.

NCAA BaseballCWS: Vandy wins

OMAHA, Neb. — Austin Martin homered on Reid Detmers’ first pitch of the game and he went deep again in the seventh to break a tie in Vanderbilt’s 3-1 victory over Louisville on Sunday in the College World Series on Sunday.

Drake Fellows came off a poor outing in the super regionals to pitch seven strong innings and help No. 2 national seed Vanderbilt (55-11) improve to 4-0 in its CWS openers.

Martin homered twice for the second straight game, having hit two against Duke on June 9. He became the first player since Florida’s Harrison Bader in 2015 to lead off a CWS game with a homer when he drove Detmers’ initial offering out to left.

Martin’s two-run homer off Bryan Hoeing (3-4) in the seventh barely cleared the wall in left center, but it was long enough to break a 1-all tie after Julian Infante doubled.

Fellows (13-1), a sixth-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres this month and the national wins leader, had worked the first four innings of an 18-5 loss to Duke in the super regional opener June 7.

No. 7 Louisville (49-17) had base runners in six of Fellows’ seven innings but found a semblance of rhythm only in the fifth. No. 8 batter Justin Lavey started things with a double and scored on Henry Davis’ base hit to tie it. Lucas Dunn and Logan Wyatt followed with singles to load the bases with one out, but Fellows got a flyout and groundout to snuff the threat.

Fellows allowed six singles and a double, walked one and struck out six before the bullpen took over. All-SEC closer Tyler Brown worked the ninth for his 15th save.

Detmers labored through the first three innings and he left with two outs in the sixth. Vanderbilt managed only one hit off the sophomore left-hander after Martin’s homer and JJ Bleday’s single in the first, but the ACC pitcher of the year walked a career-high six during his 102-pitch afternoon.

Vanderbilt caught a break in the sixth when Louisville’s Lavey popped up in the grass behind first base. Running with two outs, Danny Oriente came around from second. Infante, the Commodores’ first baseman, couldn’t make the catch, but the ball had floated just foul, and the call was upheld on a video review.

Lavey ended up striking out, and the Cardinals had only three other batters reach base the rest of the way. They were just 3 for 16 with runners on base.

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Vanderbilt will play a Bracket 2 winners’ game Tuesday night against the winner of Sunday’s late game between Auburn and Mississippi State.

Louisville plays an elimination game Tuesday afternoon against the Auburn-Mississippi State loser.