Digest: Brigade clinch AFL playoff berth after Gladiators' loss

From Sun staff and news services

The Baltimore Brigade have clinched a berth in the Arena Football League playoffs because of the Cleveland Gladiators' 57-27 loss to the host Tampa Bay Storm on Saturday night. The Brigade became the first expansion franchise to make the playoffs in their inaugural season since the Portland Thunder in 2014 and will aim to become the first expansion franchise to win a playoff game since the Spokane Shock in 2010. The Brigade (4-8) are third in the AFL standings, a half game up on the Gladiators (4-9) with two weeks remaining in the regular season. The date, location and opponent of the Brigade's playoff game will be determined at a later date. The Philadelphia Soul (11-1) and Tampa Bay Storm (10-3) have clinched home games to open the playoffs, which consist of two rounds. The winners of the two first-round games will advance to the championship, ArenaBowl XXX, which will take place in the home arena of the highest seed remaining.

Men's college lacrosse

Terps name former player Jesse Bernhardt defensive coordinator

The Maryland men's lacrosse team welcomed back a familiar face to its coaching staff. A little bit more than a month after associate head coach/defensive coordinator Kevin Conry left the defending national champions to become the head coach at Michigan, the Terps announced Monday the hiring of former long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt to fill the vacancy created by Conry's departure June 22. Bernhardt, an All-American in 2012 and 2013, was the defensive coordinator at Princeton last spring. Bernhardt will be reunited with younger brother Jared, who recently completed his freshman year with 20 goals and eight assists. Eldest brother Jake was a midfielder for the Terps from 2009 to 2013.

—Edward Lee

Et cetera

Big Ten announces 6-year deal with ESPN, Fox Sports

The Big Ten formally announced its new six-year partnership with ESPN and Fox Sports, a deal worth a reported $2.64 billion that industry analysts view as a victory for the league. News of the agreement got out more than a year ago, but commissioner Jim Delany delayed the unveiling until Monday. Fox Sports gets the first pick each year, and the network has selected the Ohio State-Michigan game in 2017 (Fox also gets the annual conference championship game).

—Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune

College baseball: Maryland promoted Matt Swope to assistant coach/recruiting coordinator. Swope, who will serve as hitting coach, was the Terps' director of operations for the past five seasons and played in College Park from 1999 to 2002.

Youth baseball: The Baltimore-based Yankee Rebels won the under-19 bracket Sunday at the 5th Annual Atlantic Coast Baseball Louisville Slugger Wood Bat World Series in Washington, Pa. The Rebels entered the playoff bracket as the No. 2 seed after going 1-1-1 during pool play Friday and Saturday and beat the No. 3 seed Grand Island Vikings (N.Y.), 11-3, and the No. 1 seed Cheektowaga Thundering Herd (N.Y.), 16-2, to capture the championship. Michael Brown (Charles Herbert Flowers High) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and five RBIs, and Conner Devlin (Bowie High) was the winning pitcher in the championship game for the Rebels.

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