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Not enough evidence to take Doughty to court

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LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors have declined to file a date-rape charge against Los Angeles Kings star Drew Doughty, citing insufficient evidence.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office issued a report Wednesday concluding there was not enough evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

A woman who accused Doughty of raping her said she had consensual sex with him previously.

She told of drinking with him at a Hermosa Beach bar, then going to his home, where she said he assaulted her.

Doughty is among the Kings' highest paid players.

The 22-year-old had two goals and four assists during the team's recent victory over the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup finals.

Doughty's attorney, Craig Renetsky, said his client was relieved and thankful to the Hermosa Beach Police Department for their careful investigation of the case, which began last March.

Wild lock up Dumba

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild have signed teenager and first-round draft pick Mathew Dumba.

The Wild announced Thursday the signing of 17-year-old Dumba, who was the seventh overall draft pick. He recently participated in the Wild's prospect camp after serving as a captain for Canada in the under-18 world championships.

Dumba had 20 goals and 57 points for Red Deer in the Western Hockey League last season. He led all WHL defencemen in goals. The Wild envision him becoming a top-shelf, puck-moving defenceman.

His development will no doubt be aided by the recent acquisition of veteran defenceman Ryan Suter. The Wild signed Suter to a 13-year, $98 million contract this month.

Wilson, Caps agree

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals have signed forward Tom Wilson to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The 18-year-old Wilson was the 16th overall pick in the NHL draft. The deal is worth US$832,500 per year at the NHL level, and $70,000 per year at the AHL level.

The forward had 27 points and 141 penalty minutes in 49 games with the Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League and 13 points in 13 playoff games.

Wilson is expected to play for Plymouth this season, the Capitals said in making the announcement Thursday.

He's the second of two first-round picks signed by the Capitals.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 20, 2012 C2

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