Digest (Aug. 8): Brigade's Robert Hayes earns AFL's weekly defensive award

Brigade defensive lineman Robert Hayes was named the Arena Football League Defensive Player of the Week. Hayes had three tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in a 41-35 loss to the Washington Valor in Week 18. With just over nine minutes remaining in the third quarter and Washington driving into Baltimore territory, Hayes sacked Valor quarterback Warren Smith, forced and recovered a fumble, protecting a one-score lead. Hayes ranks second in the AFL this season with 11 tackles for loss and fourth in the league with eight sacks — both of which are single-season career highs.

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IronBirds hosting driveto benefit food bank

The Aberdeen IronBirds will host a food drive this weekend at Ripken Stadium in partnership with the Maryland Food Bank. The drive will benefit Harford Community Action Agency (Saturday) and Bel Air United Methodist Church (Sunday). Volunteers from both organizations will be onsite collecting nonperishable food and monetary donations in front of the main gates. In addition to the food drive, the IronBirds are offering two reserve seats (up to a $30 value) for just $20 to either game — $5 of each two-pack purchased will be donated directly to the Maryland Food Bank. Contributions to the drive can be made at fooddrive.mdfoodbank.org/ironbirds. ... The IronBirds will send a league-high seven players to the Short-A New York-Penn League All Star Game in Troy, N.Y. Right-hander Brenan Hanifee, left-hander Zac Lowther, right-hander James Teague, catcher Ben Breazeale, infielder Kirvin Moesquit, infielder Mason McCoy and outfielder Jaylen Ferguson will represent the IronBirds on Tuesday at Joesph L. Bruno Stadium.

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D.C. United trade Boswellfor 2019 draft selection

D.C. United acquired a third-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft from Atlanta United FC in exchange for veteran defender Bobby Boswell. During two stints with United, Boswell made 198 league appearances, scoring 10 goals and recording eight assists. The 34-year-old originally signed a developmental contract in 2005 and quickly established himself as a starter in his rookie season. ... Zoltan Stieber, the second of perhaps three United acquisitions in the final days of the MLS transfer and trade window, joined United for training Monday morning. With financial terms settled, the Hungarian national team midfielder arrived in Washington on Saturday. He passed a physical. United will announce the deal once final paperwork is completed. Stieber, 28, cannot play for United until his work visa and international transfer certificate are approved, leaving in question whether he'll debut this Saturday against visiting Real Salt Lake or the following weekend at Colorado.

Women's college soccer: Johns Hopkins is ranked 13th and McDaniel 16th in the Division III preseason poll released by United Soccer Coaches, previously known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Washington University (Missouri) is ranked first.

College administration: Johns Hopkins named Jacob Lee director of corporate sponsorships, Lauren Dellipoali athletic communications assistant and Vina Ranaivoarijaona, who worked most recently at Towson University, marketing coordinator for the department of athletics and recreation.

Youth golf: The DC East All-Stars, captained by Troy Beck of Glenn Dale Golf Club, finished with seven points, two better than the Nova Girls, captained by Liz Cooper of Army-Navy Country Club, to win a PGA Junior League subregional at Glenn Dale on Saturday. Glenn Dale advanced in the 13-and-under scramble-format competition to face Nova East or Nova Central at a time and date to be determined.

National Women's Soccer League: Washington Spirit midfielder Line Sigvardsen Jensen will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn right ACL in Denmark's win over Austria in the UEFA Women's EURO. Sigvardsen Jensen, 25, played in six games for the Spirit, starting six.

Horse racing: Multiple-stakes winners Divining Rod, claimer-turned-millionaire Page McKenney and Lovable Lady are among 55 horses nominated to a pair of sprint stakes worth $150,000 in purses Saturday at Laurel Park. Lael Stables homebred Divining Rod, trained by Arnaud Delacour, is expected to make his 5-year-old debut in the $75,000 Polynesian for 3-year-olds and up at 7 furlongs. Always Sunshine, winner of the 2016 Maryland Sprint (Grade 3); multiple stakes winners Bucchero, Never Gone South, No Distortion and Royal Squeeze; stakes winners Clear the Runway, Struth and The Truth or Else; and Grade 3-placed Colonel Sharp, Rockinn On Bye and We Deer You are also nominated. Lovable Lady, a Laurel stakes winner on turf and dirt and most recently second by a neck in defense of her 2016 Jameela victory June 24, tops 28 nominees to the $75,000 Twixt for fillies and mares, also at 7 furlongs. Also among the nominees are multiple stakes winners Discreet Senorita, Sweet On Smokey and Who's the Lady; Improv, second by a neck in the Matron (G3) two starts back; Line of Best Fit, third by 3 lengths at 35-1 behind Songbird in the Delaware Handicap (G1) last time out; multiple graded stakes-placed Mayla and Sweetgrass; and Gerald Brooks-trained Sky Flower, a winner of five straight races over the artificial surface at Presque Isle Downs.

Men's college soccer: Maryland announced the addition of four players — defenders Chase Gasper and Johannes Bergmann and goalkeepers Misha de Waal-Hart and Alejandro Chacon — to the team for the fall season. Gasper, a transfer from UCLA, spent three seasons with the Bruins, earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors as a sophomore. Bergmann has spent time with RW Erfurt (a German youth Bundesliga club) and the Germany U-18 and U-20 national teams. De Waal-Hart played at Kelvin Grove State, graduating in 2015. He then played for the Dutch club MVV Maastricht in Holland. Chacon, from Caracas, Venezuela, played club soccer for Caracas FC.

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