Digest (Sept. 19): MASL places Blast in Eastern Division

The Major Arena Soccer League announced the divisional and conference alignments for the 2017-18 season. The MASL enters its fourth season with 24 teams in the MASL pyramid, including an expected eight to 12 teams in the newly formed MASL2. The full 2017-18 MASL schedule is set to be released next week. The league will be split into Eastern and Western conferences, with two divisions in each conference. The Eastern Conference's Eastern Division has the Blast, Florida Tropics, Harrisburg Heat and Syracuse Silver Knights, and the Central Division has the Cedar Rapids Rampage, Kansas City Comets, Milwaukee Wave and St. Louis Ambush. The Western Conference's Pacific Division has the Ontario Fury, San Diego Sockers, Tacoma Stars and Turlock Express, and the Southwest Division has the El Paso Coyotes, Monterrey Flash, RGV Barracudas and Soles de Sonora. The RGV Barracudas and Monterrey Flash return to the MASL schedule this season, while the first Canadian franchise will begin play in Toronto in 2018-19. The Kansas City Comets remain in the MASL 1st Division after an offseason restructuring of the team's ownership and management. The Blast are moving to SECU Arena at Towson University this season.

College basketball

CBS Sports Network plansto televise Army-Navy

The Navy men's and women's teams will have at least five games televised by CBS Sports Network during the 2017-18 season, the Patriot League announced Tuesday. CBS Sports Network will televise 19 Patriot League games, including both the men's and women's championship games. CBS Sports Network will televise the Veterans Classic on Nov. 10 at the Naval Academy. Alabama will face Memphis at 6:30 p.m. and Navy will host Pittsburgh at 9 p.m. in the season-opening event. CBS Sports Network also will televise both Army-Navy men's and women's basketball doubleheaders this season (Jan. 14 and Feb. 10). The Loyola Maryland men will be featured against Lafayette on Feb. 11.

Coppin state women: The Eagles released their 2017-18 schedule, which features nonconference home contests against local opponents Mount St. Mary's (Nov. 18) and Maryland (Dec. 20). Coppin will face four programs that finished in the Associated Press Top 25 last season. Go to coppinstatesports.com to view the schedule.

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BTN Tailgate show tomake stop in College Park

Big Ten Network announced that Maryland is scheduled to host the BTN Tailgate show on Oct. 14 before the Terps' football game against Northwestern. The network's Saturday morning pregame show originates from a different Big Ten campus each week during conference play. BTN Tailgate debuts Saturday from West Lafayette, Ind., when Purdue hosts No. 8 Michigan. In its second season, BTN Tailgate will expand to two hours, beginning at 10 a.m.

College field hockey: No. 10 Maryland (5-3) came up short in a second-half push, losing to No. 17 Princeton, 2-1.

College golf: UMES named Jamila Johnson as its inaugural women's coach. Johnson leads the program in its first season, beginning this fall. ... Shawn MacBurnie, a McDaniel junior, was named the Centennial Conference Golfer of the Week. MacBurnie won the Penn State-Harrisburg Invitational.

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