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Digest (Feb. 13): Brigade to open AFL season with championship rematch

The Arena Football League announced its 2019 season schedule, along with rule changes for the upcoming season. The Baltimore Brigade will kick off the season in a rematch of last year's championship game at Royal Farms Arena, hosting the defending AFL champion Washington Valor on April 26. The AFL's six teams, including newcomers Atlantic City and Columbus, will play 12 regular-season games. The League will retain the playoff format adopted last season, with four teams advancing to the playoffs. The new rule changes are designed to improve player safety, speed up the game and enhance the game-day experience for fans. The regular season concludes July 21, and the playoffs begin on July 27. Rule changes include: The first-half's 1-minute timing rules will be eliminated; the number and duration of media timeouts will be reduced; each team will have three timeouts per half; and a 60-second play clock will be implemented following the extra-point attempt, and/or 2-point-conversion attempt, with the exception of media timeouts. For the complete AFL schedule, go to arenafootball.com.

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Wilde Lake grad Corbettlifts UMBC to lacrosse win

Grayson Corbett (Wilde Lake) scored the unassisted game-winner with 1:56 left in overtime to lift visiting UMBC (1-0) to a 9-8 decision over American (0-1) in women's lacrosse on Wednesday. The Eagles led 8-5 with 13:37 left to play before UMBC went on a 3-0 run over the final 10½ minutes of regulation. Brittany Levine scored the tying goal on a free-position shot as time expired. ... Logan Brennan had a career-high five goals and an assist to lead No. 9 James Madison (1-1) to a 14-8 victory over No 12 Virginia Tech. The visiting Dukes scored seven goals per half and their defense held the Hokies scoreless for over 11 minutes. ... Charlotte North had five goals and six assists, a single-game points record for the school, and No. 16 Duke (2-0) won a 20-0 shutout over Presbyterian (0-2). Duke goalies Gabbe Cadoux (McDonogh) got the win with one save, and Jamie Lockwood had two saves.

Women's college basketball: Kyaja Williams and Shawnkia McCallum combined for 21 points to help Bowie State (19-4) avenge an earlier loss to Virginia Union, defeating the Panthers 58-46. ... Visiting Washington College got a career-high 18 points from senior forward Emily Thiemann in a 77-45 win over Bryn Mawr.

Horse racing: Breeze Easy's Grade 3 winner Late Night Pow Wow, her streak having grown to eight races since the only loss of her career 10 months ago, will face the toughest test yet in her return to graded-stakes competition for Saturday's $250,000 Barbara Fritchie (G3) at Laurel Park . The 67th running of the Barbara Fritchie for fillies and mares 4 and older and the 43rd renewal of the $250,000 General George (G3) for 4-year-olds and up, both at 7 furlongs, co-headline a 10-race Winter Carnival program that features five stakes worth $800,000 in purses. A trio of $100,000 stakes are also on tap: the 1-mile Miracle Wood presented by Blackwell Real Estate for 3-year-olds, the Wide Country at about 11/16 miles for 3-year-old fillies, and the 11/8-mile John B. Campbell presented by Fidelity First for 4-year-olds and up. First-race post time is 12:30 p.m. In addition to live racing, Saturday's program will include ice sculptures, an ice-carving demonstration, an ice wall with $3,000 in prizes and a Tech Glove giveaway with program purchase, while supplies last.

Boxing: The Washington Golden Gloves Championship Tournament will hold the first in a series of seven nights of boxing Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Rosecroft Raceway. The tournament will wrap up with championship bouts between fighters from Washington, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and North Carolina on April 27. For more information, call 301-843-6165.

SOFTBALL: North Harford senior Jess Smith signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Division II South Carolina Aiken.

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