Caps re-sign Carlson to 8-year deal

Caps re-sign Carlson to 8-year deal


The Washington Capitals have re-signed John Carlson to a $64 million, eight-year contract that allows the Stanley Cup champions to keep the do-it-all defenseman.

Carlson will count $8 million against the salary cap through the 2026-27 season. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal Sunday.

The 28-year-old who has made the Washington area his home and wanted to stay if there was a fit. The Capitals got the cap space necessary to re-sign Carlson by trading veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik and backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night at the NHL draft.

Carlson outperformed his last deal that paid him just under $4 million a season and was at his best in a contract year.

He led all defensemen with 68 points in the regular season and 20 in the playoffs to help Washington win the Metropolitan Division and then the Stanley Cup.

The contract makes Carlson the second-highest-paid player on the Capitals behind Alex Ovechkin.

Fall schedules needed

The Vindicator sports department needs fall schedules from high schools in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Athletic directors are encouraged to send them by email ( or fax (330-747-6712).

Hurdler Allen barely wins Iowa race


Devon Allen is used to winning close races.

Allen might never enter another event that’ll be as close as the 110-meter hurdles Sunday at the USATF Outdoor championships.

Allen, the former Oregon receiver, crossed in 13.452 seconds — with the up-and-coming Grant Holloway in second at 13.454 — after a weather delay that lasted just under three hours.

World record-holder Aries Merritt, who missed the 2016 Olympic team by 0.01 and missed a national title a year ago by 0.07 after a kidney transplant three years ago, was fourth at 13.52.

Ameer Webb won the 200 in 20.47, and Jenna Prandini won the women’s 200 in 22.62 after finishing third in the 100 on Friday.

Shelby Houlihan became just the second runner to win the women’s 1,500 and 5,000 in the same national championship meet, taking the 5,000 in 15:31.03.

Reds sweep Cubs


Pitcher Michael Lorenzen and Jesse Winker connected for pinch-hit homers in Cincinnati’s seven-run seventh inning, sending the Reds to their seventh straight victory.

Lorenzen’s homer was the third of his career and second in two games by a Reds pitcher. Anthony DeSclafani hit a grand slam on Saturday — the first by a Reds pitcher since 1959.

Jackson Stephens (1-0) got the win as the Reds completed a four-game sweep of the Cubs for the first time in 25 years.

Raisel Iglesias worked the ninth for his 13th save.

Anthony Rizzo and Albert Almora Jr. homered for Chicago, and Pedro Strop (3-1) got the loss.

Twins blank Rangers


Jose Berrios struck out a career-best 12 in seven innings, and the Twins beat Bartolo Colon and the Rangers.

Eddie Rosario had two hits for Minnesota, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Bobby Wilson and Robbie Grossman each singled in a run.

Berrios (8-5) surrendered just three hits, two in the first inning, while improving to 3-0 in June.

Trevor Hildenberger pitched a perfect eighth and Fernando Rodney finished the three-hitter for his 17th save.

The Rangers had won seven in a row and missed out on a chance for a perfect six-game road trip.

Colon (4-5) yielded two runs and seven hits in seven innings.

“I think I pitched a great game, but I have to give credit to Berrios because he also pitched a great game too,” Colon said through an interpreter.

Staff/wire report

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