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Digest: Brigade fall to Valor, 41-35; will face Soul in playoffs

From Sun staff and news services

Quarterback Shane Boyd completed 18 of 32 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns in his first Arena Football League start since May 30, but the Brigade (4-10) fell to the visiting Washington Valor, 41-35, in the regular-season finale for both teams. With the loss, the Brigade will be the fourth seed in the playoffs and will face the top-seeded and defending ArenaBowl champion Philadelphia Soul (12-1) on Aug. 12 at Wells Fargo Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Brigade wide receiver Brandon Collins caught seven passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, becoming the fifth active AFL player to amass over 7,000 career receiving yards. Washington (3-11) quarterback Warren Smith had 229 passing yards and five touchdowns, including two in the final seven minutes to erase a 35-28 deficit. Brigade defensive back Varmah Sonie had 10 tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

College football

Navy loses director of player personnel again

Navy's football recruiting efforts are attracting the notice of the competition. In February, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh lured director of player personnel Sean Magee away from Navy. Preston Pehrson was promoted to replace Magee in that role, and now he's been hired away by Houston. Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed Friday that Pehrson had abruptly left the program after being pursued by the American Athletic Conference rival Cougars. "To me, it shows how our recruiting is going," Niumatalolo said after practice. "People have noticed what we're doing with recruiting and that we have a ton of commitments. Preston has played a large part in that. In the short time that he's been here, I think he's helped change our recruiting." Pehrson, whose father, Dale, is Navy's defensive coordinator, joined the program three years ago as Magee's assistant. Niumatalolo said Omar Nelson, a 1997 Navy graduate and standout fullback who was hired as assistant recruiting coordinator in June, has been promoted to replace Pehrson, who attended Broadneck High and played college baseball at Jacksonville, Texas and Towson and minor league baseball in the Orioles system.

—Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Et cetera

Top seed Halep ousted in Citi Open quarterfinals

Simona Halep, the top seed in the Citi Open and the second-ranked women's tennis player in the world, retired from her quarterfinal match Friday because of illness brought on by the heat. Halep was trailing No. 7 seed Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0, when she called the trainer over early and appeared to have her blood pressure taken, after which she immediately retired. "I had a headache," Halep said, "and little sick, so it was better to stop." The temperature was 90 degrees in Washington at the time of Halep's match on Friday. Makarova, a Russian ranked 58th in the world, advanced to face fifth-seeded Oceane Dodin, who beat Sabine Lisicki, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (4), in the semifinals. On the men's side, eighth-seeded Jack Sock upset third-seed Milos Raonic, 7-5, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals. In other men's quarterfinal matches, Kevin Anderson defeated Yuki Bhambri, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, and fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev beat Daniel Medvedev, 6-2, 6-4. In men's doubles, Mike and Bob Bryan defeated Rohan Bopanna and Donald Young, 7-5, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals, where the fourth-seeded brothers will play the second-seeded pair of Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo.

—Ava Wallace and Aaron Torres, The Washington Post

Youth baseball: Paterson (N.J.) RBI (3-1) earned a 10-2 victory over Baltimore Orioles RBI to advance the semifinals of the 25th Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities World Series in Cincinnati. Baltimore finished the tournament 1-3. Third baseman Maxwell Costes (Gilman), a Class of 2018 Maryland commit, went 2-for-2 with two doubles and an RBI for Baltimore.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United acquired Bolivian forward Bruno Miranda on loan through 2018 with an option for a permanent transfer from Club Universidad de Chile. Meanwhile, a source familiar with United's plans said the team is seriously chasing Zoltan Stieber, a Hungarian national team midfielder who has played in the German leagues since 2009.

—Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Colleges: In an effort to support academic programs that help student-athletes graduate on time, the NCAA awarded Morgan State an $887,700 Accelerating Academic Success Program Comprehensive Grant. The funding comes as part of more than $3.1 million in total grants awarded to nine universities, including Coppin State ($85,000).

Men's college soccer: Maryland was ranked No. 6 by the United Soccer Coaches (formerly National Soccer Coaches Association of America) preseason poll. Stanford is No. 1.

College sports medicine: Dee Jones, assistant athletic director for sports medicine and rehabilitation, is retiring after 30 years at Navy.

College track and field: Navy pole vaulter Stefano Pineda was selected as a United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Men's Division I Scholar Athlete.

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