The Baltimore Anthem, one of two expansion teams in the second season of the National Pro Grid League, signed its first player last week, world champion and Olympic silver medalist weightlifter Dmitry Klokov of Russia, then added Mat Fraser,thesecond-place finisher at the 2014 CrossFit Games, on Thursday. The league bills itself as the world's first professional coed spectator sport. Competitions involve two teams racing head-to-head in tests of endurance that involve weightlifting and bodyweight elements. The Anthem and Carolina Crush will join the DC Brawlers, Boston Iron, New York Rhinos, Miami Surge, Phoenix Rise, Los Angeles Reign and San Francisco Fire for the 2015 season. NBC Sports Group will telecast at least five regular-season Grid League matches on NBC Sports Network, as well as all seven playoff matches this summer.
New Town alum McNeil signs deal with Seahawks
Wide receiver Douglas McNeil, a New Town and Bowie State alumnus, signed a reserve-future deal this week with the Seattle Seahawks. McNeil, 6 feet 3, 200 pounds, had a stint on the Seahawks' practice squad this season. "It's definitely been a long journey, coming from high school to college to the Arena League to get to this point," McNeil said. "Joining an organization like Seattle, I already knew about Pete Carroll and the kind of coach he was before I got there. I really like Pete Carroll. He really gets his guys ready to play."
For Aaron Wilson's blog post on McNeil's path to the NFL, go to baltimoresun.com/ravensinsider
Lacrosse: Former Georgetown standout Sheehan Stanwick Burch (Notre Dame Prep) will be among six inductees at the Potomac Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Saturday night at the University Club in Washington.
National Women's Soccer League: The league schedule will begin April 10 with the Washington Spirit visiting the Houston Dash. The Spirit's first home game in Boyds will be April 18 against Kansas City FC.
College football: Maryland announced the expected hiring of Terry Richardson as running backs coach. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Richardson replaces Andre Powell, who recently left Maryland for Pittsburgh.
Running: Former Ravens linebacker O.J. Brigance is holding his second annual 5K run April 25 in Canton. Registration for the Brigance Brigade Foundation 5.7-kilometer championship run and 1-mile family run-walk is open through his website at brigancebrigade.org. The run benefits research for and support of families dealing with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The Ravens' senior advisor to player development, Brigance was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. He won a Super Bowl with the Ravens after the 2000 season and won a Grey Cup championship with the Baltimore Stallions.
Event: Babe's Birthday Bash, hosted by the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, will be today from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. Tickets for the celebration of the 120th anniversary of the slugger's birth in Baltimore on Feb. 6, 1895, are available at BabeRuthMuseum.org. For more information on the Bash, call 410-727-1539 ext. 3033.