Mark Lewis kicked a 17-yard field goal with 1.6 seconds left to lift the Brigade (6-2) to a 59-56 win over the host Albany Empire (5-3) on Saturday night in a battle for sole possession of first place in the Arena Football League. Brigade quarterback Randy Hippeard was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after passing for a season-high eight touchdowns. Wide receiver Brandon Thompkins totaled 159 yards and three touchdowns on a career-high and Brigade-record 17 receptions and was named Offensive Player of the Game.
Byrne leads Bayhawks past Machine and into tie for second place
Josh Byrne had four goals and three assists to help the visiting Chesapeake Bayhawks (5-2) earn their fourth straight victory, 15-12 over the Ohio Machine (2-5) and move into a tie with the Charlotte Hounds for second place in Major League Lacrosse. Rookie midfielder Ian MacKay added four goals. Stephen Kelly (Calvert Hall) went 16-for-30 on faceoffs, including 8-for-14 in the second half. Niko Amato (Maryland) made 12 of his 19 saves in the second and third quarters for the Bayhawks, who scored nine of the game’s final 14 goals after a rain delay of 1 hour, 40 minutes between the first and second halves.
Major League Soccer: Nicolas Lodeiro ended a 362-minute Seattle scoreless drought in the 57th minute, and Magnus Wolff Eikrem headed in the winner in the 83rd as the Sounders (3-7-2) rallied to a 2-1 win over visiting D.C. United (2-6-3). Darren Mattocks had put D.C. in front in the 53rd minute with his sixth goal of the season.
National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit (2-7-3) played a scoreless draw with Sky Blue FC (0-8-2) on Friday night in Piscataway, N.J. The best chance for either side came in the 79th minute when the Spirit’s Andi Sullivan was thwarted on a penalty kick after Estefania Banini was taken down from behind in the box. Washington goalie Aubrey Bledsoe stopped seven shots on goal, including one in the 88th minute and one in the 89th. Banini led the Spirit with three total shots, including one on target in the 32nd minute. The Spirit will play Seattle Reign FC next Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds.
Swimming: Five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky of Bethesda signed her first endorsement deal since turning pro, partnering with swimwear company TYR. Ledecky made the announcement Friday, before competing in the Santa Clara, Calif., meet, which is expected to be her last event before U.S. nationals in July. Terms were not released, the company is calling the deal “the most lucrative partnership in the history of the swim industry.” The move means Ledecky has secured what should be one of her biggest sponsors through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and locks in the swim gear that she’ll compete in as she takes aim at matching her medal haul from the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Ledecky announced in March after her sophomore season at Stanford that she was turning pro. She competed last month in Indianapolis wearing the gear of multiple companies before apparently settling on TYR, which has sponsored the U.S. team since 2013.
— Rick Maese, The Washington Post