SPORTS digest

Ovechkin, Holtsby lift Capitals over Lightning


Alex Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals to help the Washington Capitals put a decade of playoff frustration behind them with a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday night.

Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots for his second straight shutout and the Lightning, who led the NHL in goals during the regular season, failed to score in the last 159 minutes, 27 seconds — a stretch of nearly eight periods.

Ovechkin, who had never played a team that advanced beyond the second round, scored 1:02 into the winner-take-all showdown he had described as probably the “biggest game in my life.”

Nicklas Backstrom had an empty-netter to complete the rout.

The Capitals will meet the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final.

Penguin Club Outing still has openings


The West Coast Chill Penguin Club Scholarship Golf Outing is set for June 6 at the Youngstown Country Club.

A limited amount of foursomes remain for the afternoon flight.

For more information, contact: Tom Morella at 330-941-2351 or and John Tomsich at 330-941-3801 or

Players will have driving range access, lunch, dinner, on-course refreshments, riding cart, fan pack and door prize entry ticket.

The Presenting Package includes two foursomes, logo placement on all materials (program, brochures, course signage, website logo placement and link and press releases). The cost is $2,500. The Red Package includes a foursome, custom gift and tee sponsorship sign. The cost is $1,250. Also, individual golfers can participate in the event for $200.

Big-Block Modified headlines Speedway


The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds will be the featured attraction Saturday night in the first appearance by The Mod Tour at Sharon Speedway.

Also on the card will be Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods on Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Night. Kids Power Wheels races will be held during intermission. Race time is 7 p.m.

The Modified Tour for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply big blocks will be competing for their first $2,000 to-win payday of the season.

The Stock Cars should have a strong field of cars as drivers are running out of time to get tuned up for the $10,000 to-win Penn-Ohio “Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals” on June 16.

Help Network Golf Outing set for Friday


The ninth annual Help Network of Northeast Ohio Golf Outing is scheduled for Friday at Knoll Run Golf Course.

Registration and coffee and donuts are at 8 a.m,, followed by an 18-hole scramble with a 9 a.m. shotgun start and a dinner at 2 p,m.

The day will include golf, golf cart and prizes — with breakfast, lunch, dinner and beverages all day — for $75 per golfer. A dinner-only option is available for $25.

To register, contact Todd Marian at 330-747-5111.

This outing is also a qualifier for the Coors Light Greatest Scramble.

Incognito to receive psychiatric exam


Veteran NFL guard Richie Incognito has been taken into custody for psychiatric examination after an incident at a Florida gym.

Boca Raton police say they received a call Wednesday from a gym patron about a disturbance and as a result took Incognito into custody under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows for involuntary psychiatric commitment for people seen as a danger to themselves or others.

Staff/Wire Reports

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