Digest: Brigade add DB Varmah Sonie, three other players

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A former All-Arena player is joining the Brigade.

The Baltimore Brigade added defensive back Varmah Sonie to the roster for their inaugural Arena Football League season.

Sonie, who is entering his fourth year in the AFL, played for the Portland Thunder in 2013 and 2014, setting a franchise record of 86 tackles as a rookie, then receiving All-Arena first-team honors his second season. He was a member of the Orlando Predators last season. Sonie has spent time with the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers but never played in an NFL game.

"This is a significant signing for the Baltimore Brigade," coach Omarr Smith said. "Varmah Sonie is a dynamic player and he is considered one of the best defensive backs in the AFL. He has an unrivaled competitive spirit, a thirst to be great and an ability to make things difficult for opposing receivers."

The Brigade also added veteran defensive end Calvin Fance, rookie wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei and rookie defensive lineman Justin Taimatuia.

Men's college lacrosse: After capturing the Patriot League tournament crown and advancing to the NCAA semifinals in 2016, Loyola Maryland has been predicted to win the conference in 2017. The Greyhounds collected 16 of 18 first-place votes and 128 overall points to earn top billing in the league's preseason poll, which was released Thursday night. Navy, which is ranked No. 11, was picked to finish second. The Midshipmen, who split last year's regular-season title with Loyola and made an appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals, earned the last two first-place votes and 112 points. Greyhounds sophomore attackman Pat Spencer was named preseason Offensive Player of the Year. The Davidsonville resident and Boys' Latin graduate became the first player in Patriot League history to win both Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors. Navy senior defenseman Chris Fennell was chosen as the preseason Defensive Player of the Year. He has captured that award in each of the past two years. In addition to Spencer, Loyola placed redshirt senior midfielder Brian Sherlock and junior defenseman Foster Huggins on the All-Patriot League preseason team. For the Mids, sophomore midfielder Greyson Torain and senior long-stick midfielder Matt Rees (Boys' Latin) joined Fennell on the all-conference team.

— Edward Lee

NFL: Former Washington Redskins assistant defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant has accepted a position with the Los Angeles Rams, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Pleasant will join former Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay's staff in an undetermined coaching role in the secondary. ... The Redskins have interviewed two candidates for their vacant defensive backs coaching position, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Coach Jay Gruden interviewed longtime NFL assistant Tim Lewis and former Chicago Bears safety Chris Harris for the position in the past week.

Master Tesfatsion and Mike Jones, The Washington Post

Baseball: Former Oriole Mark Reynolds is staying with the Colorado Rockies, at least for the start of spring training. Reynolds agreed to a minor league contract, the team announced, and will report to big league spring training. If Reynolds earns a roster spot, he likely would back up Ian Desmond, who agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract. Reynolds, 33, hit a career-best .282 last year with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs. He struck out 112 times in 441 plate appearances, an improvement from when he topped 200 each season from 2008 to 2010. Reynolds was limited by injuries to 32 at-bats after Aug. 11.

Varsity girls basketball: Breanna Humbles scored 12 points to lead host Edgewood (11-5) to a 39-35 win over North Harford (7-11). ... Jonna Maddox scored 11 points to help Harford Tech (8-7) earn a 37-30 win over host Fallston (5-12).

Varsity boys basketball: Myles Douglass scored 24 points to lead Aberdeen (12-5) to a 65-33 win over host C. Milton Wright (5-12).

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