Quarterback Shane Carden threw for 159 yards and six touchdowns and wide receiver Reggie Gray had 10 catches for 92 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Brigade to their first Arena Football League win, 52-49 over the host Cleveland Gladiators on Sunday in front of an announced 5,758 fans at Quicken Loans Arena.
Defensive lineman Dexter Davis had 41/2 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery for Baltimore.
"I am happy to get our first win, I am happy for our players," said Brigade coach Omarr Smith said. "We made it hard on ourselves, made a few mistakes that we were lucky to rebound from, but we have to do better."
With the game tied at 28 near the end of the third quarter, Carden hit former Ravens wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Maryland, Poly) for a 13-yard score for a one-touchdown lead. Cleveland tied the game with a one-yard touchdown run on its ensuing drive, but the Brigade answered once again when Varmah Sonie returned the kickoff 50 yards for a touchdown, giving Baltimore a 42-35 lead with 11:10 left in the game.
After Baltimore recovered a fumble by Cleveland quarterback Tanner Marsh, Carden connected with Williams for a four-yard score two plays later to extend the Brigade lead to 49-35 with 5:17 remaining. Arvell Nelson replaced Marsh and capped the Gladiators' scoring drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass to trim to deficit to 49-42, but Patrick Clarke kicked a 20-yard field goal with 57 seconds left to make it 52-42.
Nelson threw a 45-yard touchdown pass with 46 seconds left, but the Brigade recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt to seal the victory. Baltimore plays at the Philadelphia Soul on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Women's Pro basketball
McCoughtry (St. Frances) wins EuroLeague title
Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored 20 points, Nneka Ogwumike added 19, and Dynamo Kursk beat Fenerbahce, 77-63, to win the EuroLeague championship in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Trailing 10-0, Kursk scored 31 of the next 42 points to take command. After trailing by 18, Fenerbahce got within 62-60 with 7:27 left, but Sandrine Gruda missed a shot that would have tied it. Dynamo Kursk scored the next 15 points to put the game away, with McCoughtry hitting a 3-pointer to close the burst and clinch the club's first EuroLeague title and finish the season 18-0. McCoughtry earned Most Valuable Player honors as she scored 28 points in the semifinals. Candace Parker had 18 points and five steals to lead Fenerbahce. Defending champion UMMC Ekaterinburg beat ZVVZ USK Prague 68-63 in the third-place game. McCoughtry, who also plays for the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA, said in January that she will sit out an undetermined portion of the 2017 season.
Made Bail spoils return of Ben's Cat at Laurel Park
Susan Cooney-owned and -trained gelding Made Bail took the lead after a half-mile and held off late bids from four horses in the stretch, including 26-time stakes winner Ben's Cat in his 11-year-old debut, to capture the featured seventh race allowance at Laurel Park. Ben's Cat, racing for the first time since finishing last of six in the Maryland Million Sprint Handicap on Oct. 22, was unable to find running room until the final furlong, when he surged along the inside under regular rider and meet-leading jockey Trevor McCarthy. The four-time Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, multiple Grade 3 winner and earner of more than $2.6 million in lifetime purses was beaten just three-quarters of a length in his 61st career start. He is bred, owned and trained by Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury, who hopes to use the race as a springboard to the Jim McKay Turf Sprint May 19 at Pimlico Race Course.
More Laurel Park: Jacks or Better Farm's stakes-winning homebred Fellowship, racing for the first time since an eighth-place finish in the Preakness (G1) in May, swept to the lead on the far outside and powered down the stretch to win the co-featured eighth race. Fellowship ($17.80), making his first start for trainer Ken Decker, ran seven furlongs in 1:22.30 over a fast main track in the $45,000 second-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up. ... The 20-cent Rainbow 6 was solved by one lucky bettor for a $21,385.90 jackpot payoff to cap the Easter Sunday program. ... Jockey Steve Hamilton swept the late daily double aboard Fellowship ($17.80) in the eighth race and Sister Says ($10.60) in the ninth. Jockey Alex Cintron also had a pair of winners with Oak Bluffs ($12.40) in the fifth and Made Bail ($49.80) in the seventh. ... Jockey Julian Pimentel, ranked among the leading riders at Laurel's current winter-sprint meet, will miss the next four to six weeks with two broken toes, agent Roniel Gerardo said. Pimentel was injured when he was thrown from his mount, 3-year-old filly Quick Witted, while waiting to load for Saturday's 10th race finale at Laurel, a $40,000 maiden special weight on the Kelso Turf Course. Trained by Hamilton Smith and making her second lifetime start, Quick Witted was a late scratch. Pimentel was replaced on each of his mounts Sunday, the first of which, Jacapo ($12.80) won the second race under jockey Forest Boyce. A 36-year-old native of Columbia with more than 1,500 career wins, Pimentel ranked sixth in Laurel's standings with 26 wins.
College baseball: Maryland scored 15 runs on 19 hits and scored in seven of its eight half innings in a 15-2 victory over visiting Penn State (12-23, 1-8 Big Ten). The Terps (24-11, 9-3) completed their third home sweep of the season and fourth home series win. Maryland is now 15-1 at home this season. Junior right-hander Taylor Bloom of Severna Park picked up his fourth win of the season, going seven innings with four strikeouts. Sophomores AJ Lee and Marty Costes (Archbishop Curley) led the offense with a pair of four-hit, five-RBI performances. Lee added two home runs while Costes finished a home run away from the cycle.
College lacrosse: Maryland midfielder Isaiah Davis-Allen was named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award in his sport. Other finalists include Denver attackman Connor Cannizzaro, a former Terp, and High Point attackman Michael LeClair (Mount Saint Joseph). To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as NCAA Division I seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Soccer: The Baltimore-based Craig Willinger Fund (CWFund) announced the selection of Travis Hackett, 13, of San Diego as its 13th honoree. Travis and his father, Tim, traveled to see Leicester City host Sunderland on April 4. Leicester is the defending English Premier League champion and a UEFA Champions League quarterfinalist. Travis, a soccer player — and Leicester fan — was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2014 and recently was declared cancer-free. "This is a special trip of lucky 13s for us." CWFund vice chair Darren Rudham said. "Travis is 13 years old. He is our 13th honoree, and 13 was the squad number of our founder, and namesake, Craig Willinger." The Craig Willinger Fund seeks to improve the lives of children and young adults stricken with cancer and other critical illnesses by providing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience soccer domestically and abroad.