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Sports Digest (Aug. 4): Brigade play tonight for third seed in AFL

Arena Football League playoff seeding will be on the line tonight when the Brigade (4-9) play their regular-season finale at 7 at Royal Farms Arena against the Washington Valor (2-11). With a win, the Brigade would be the No. 3 seed and play at the Tampa Bay Storm (10-3) on Monday, Aug. 14. A loss would put Baltimore in the No. 4 seed and set up a matchup with the Soul on Saturday, Aug. 12 in Philadelphia (12-1). Washington leads the season series between the expansion franchises 2-1 and won the most recent outing, 34-30, on July 22 at Verizon Center. The game will be broadcast live on Monumental Sports Network.

Tennis: Kevin Anderson survived a tense third-set tiebreaker to upset top-seeded Dominic Thiem and advance to the quarterfinals of the Citi Open in Washington. The 6-foot-8 South African veteran fought off a match point before serving out the tiebreaker to win, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (7), on Thursday night and improve his career record to 6-0 against the seventh-ranked Thiem. The match lasted 2 hours, 46 minutes. The Citi Open is a hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open, which starts July 28. Anderson's three career titles have all come on hard courts. Thiem has three titles this season, two on clay, and he reached the semifinals at the French Open. Third-seeded Milos Raonic, the 2014 Citi Open champion, won a lengthy first-set tiebreak on the way to beating Marcos Baghdatis, 7-6 (7), 6-3, and eighth-seeded Jack Sock beat fellow American Jared Donaldson, 7-6 (6), 6-2. Raonic and Sock will face each other in the next round. In the women's draw, Canadian wild card Bianca Andreescu knocked off second-seeded Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals. Andreescu beat Mladenovic, 6-2, 6-3, on Thursday. In other women's matches, top-seeded Simona Halep came back from losing the first set to beat Mariana Duque-Marino, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, and Andrea Petkovic beat Eugenie Bouchard, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0. Five of the top seven seeds in the women's draw reached the quarterfinals.

Women's college basketball: Towson named Zach Kancher an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Kancher, who was associate head coach at Missouri-Kansas City last season, also has coached at George Washington, Miami and Maryland among other schools.

Men's college lacrosse: Maryland named Tyler Barbarich volunteer assistant coach. He will work primarily with the faceoff specialists. Barbarich, a 2015 Delaware graduate, spent the past two seasons as the Blue Hens' volunteer assistant and played for the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse.

Men's college rugby: Navy named Gavin Hickie director of club rugby and head coach. Hickie coached Dartmouth to the Ivy League championship in XVs and 7s the past five seasons.

College football: King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., named senior inside linebacker Bruce Damon (Franklin) one of its four captains.

College administration: UMBC athletics director Tim Hall was appointed president of the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association, a professional organization composed of Division I athletics directors and administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Hall, who is entering his fifth year as the Retrievers' athletics director, began his one-year term as I-AAA ADA president in July. Hall's elevation to president, which was confirmed by a unanimous vote by all members in attendance at the NACDA Conference in Orlando, Fla., follows his one-year term as ADA first vice president in 2016-17.

Baseball: The 220th consecutive monthly meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. The speaker will be Fran Zimniuch, who will discuss his book, "Philadelphia Phillies: Where have you gone?" Call 410-992-1186 for information.

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