Digest (June 2): Baltimore Brigade travel for clash with Tampa Bay Soul

The Baltimore Brigade (2-4) travel to Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., for their only road matchup of the season tonight at 7 with the Tampa Bay Storm (5-1). The Brigade are coming off their first home win, a 63-60 victory over the Cleveland Gladiators while the Storm enter the Week-9 matchup off their second bye week. Receiver Julian Talley is the big-play threat for the Baltimore offense with five touchdowns of 30 yards or longer over the last four games. In his only game against Tampa Bay, Talley recorded season highs of 149 yards and three touchdowns. For the Storm, receiver Joe Hills has recorded 475 yards and 14 touchdowns in his past four games, including 123 yards and three touchdowns on 11 receptions in the team's last outing in Week 7 against the Washington Valor. In Hill's only matchup with the Brigade, he caught 13 passes for 126 yards and four touchdowns. The game will be broadcast live on Monumental Sports Network and, for the first time, live on Twitter.



Sunny skies and warm temperatures provided a perfect backdrop for the first wave of starters in the 2017 Annapolis to Newport Race. However, the wind wasn't quite as cooperative at the outset and the 32 boats that started Friday morning found light conditions when they reached the rendezvous point near the main shipping channel. Bruce Bingman, a principal race officer for the event, began the starting sequence in a northeasterly breeze of 4 to 6 knots. Four classes — IRC 2, PHRF 2, PHRF 3, and Performance Cruiser — started at 11 a.m. with the J/122 Orion coming off the line with the best speed and quickly surging to the front. Annapolis to Newport Race is a 475-nautical-mile passage that combines inshore (Chesapeake Bay) and offshore (Atlantic Ocean) elements. This year's race is expected to last three to five days for most of Friday's starters. The second and final wave of A2N entries begins today on the Chesapeake Bay.

Major League Lacrosse


Machine top Bayhawksdespite a strong debut

Rookie Ben Williams made an impressive professional debut on Friday night, but the Chesapeake Bayhawks could not take advantage of the lift the faceoff specialist provided in an 18-11 loss to the Ohio Machine. Chesapeake chose Williams in the fifth round of the Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft and decided to activate him after just one practice. The former Syracuse standout won 23 of 32 draws and gobbled up 15 ground balls. However, the Bayhawks squandered most of the extra possessions he provided with sloppy play on the offensive end.

— Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group


Trainer suspended for year for actions at Hunt Cup

Todd McKenna had his steeplechase trainer and owner's licenses suspended for one year by the Maryland Hunt Cup Stewards on May 26 for his actions in the Maryland Hunt Cup on April 29. McKenna can reapply for a license June 1, 2018. McKenna was accused of kicking a horse at the event.

Men's soccer: Maryland-based Christos FC is the only amateur squad of the 14 remaining teams in the U.S. Open Cup tournament. Despite facing teams from the United Soccer League and the Premier Development League, Christos FC has advanced to the fourth round, where they will face local foe D.C. United of Major League Soccer on June 13 at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

—Callie Caplan


From Sun staff and news services