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Regional Digest: Capitals protect rights to Fish in marquee player draft

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 7C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 - 1:02 am

The Capitals protected their rights to Mardy Fish, the top-ranked American male singles player in the world, with the seventh pick in Tuesday's World TeamTennis marquee draft, the team announced.

Fish, ranked eighth in the world, is expected to play two home matches for the Capitals this season (July 9-29). Fish was scheduled to play one match for the Capitals last summer but withdrew because of injury.

Other marquee players scheduled to play in Sacramento this summer include former Capitals player Lindsay Davenport for the Orange County Breakers and Mark Philippoussis for the Philadelphia Freedoms.

Dates for marquee player appearances will be announced when the schedule is released in March. Team lineups will be finalized during the league's roster draft March 13.

The finals weekend is Sept. 14-16 in Charleston, S.C.

– Bee Sports staff

Raiders add six more assistant coaches

The Raiders reported that they have added six more assistants to their coaching staff: quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore, tight ends coach Mark Hutson, defensive backs coach Clayton Lopez, defensive backs coach Johnnie Lynn and defensive-line coach Terrell Williams.

DeFilippo, who coached quarterbacks for the Raiders from 2007 to 2008, coached quarterbacks at San Jose State for the past two seasons. He also was the assistant quarterbacks coach with the New York Jets in 2009.

Lopez also is returning to the Raiders; he coached defensive backs in 2004 and 2005.

Lynn, an NFL assistant for 17 seasons, coached defensive backs for the Philadelphia Eagles last season after five seasons as a 49ers coach.

Hutson, Gilmore and Williams will be coaching in the NFL for the first time.

– Bee Sports staff

Western States run hires new race director

The Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, one of the most prestigious ultramarathons in the world, has hired Northern California native Craig Thornley as its new race director, effective in 2013.

Thornley, 48, director of the Waldo 100 in Oregon, will assume assistant race director duties immediately, helping longtime head Greg Soderlund in his final year running the annual June race from Squaw Valley to Auburn via the Western States trail.

Thornley grew up near the Western States trail in Cool and has run eight sub-24-hour finishes at Western States.

"Craig will be heavily involved in the race for the next year and a half," John Trent, president of the Western States board of trustees, said in a news release. "His appointment should assure a smooth and orderly transition. … We are extremely excited to have Craig as our future race director, and we look forward to him working closely over the next year and a half with one of the sport's most accomplished race directors in Greg Soderlund."

– Sam McManis

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