Digest (June 15): Brigade blast past Valor for seventh win

The Baltimore Brigade defeated the Washington Valor, 72-42, Friday night at Royal Farms Arena. The 72 points scored are a Brigade franchise record. Quarterback Randy Hippeard threw for five touchdowns and was named the game's most valuable player for the seventh time this season for the Brigade (7-2). Brigade fullback Rory Nixon was named offensive player of the game after rushing for a franchise-record three touchdowns. Defensive back Joe Powell won game defensive honors with six tackles, one interception returned for a touchdown. Valor quarterback Arvell Nelson, playing in his third game with the team, totaled five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) and accounted for 236 total yards. The Valor dropped to 1-8 on the season. The Brigade are back in action next Saturday, hosting the Albany Empire at 7:30 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. It will be the team's final home game of the regular season. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.



St. Mary's county anglerbreaks warmouth mark

A 24-year-old St. Mary's County man is now the official state record holder for the warmouth in Maryland's nontidal waters. Dezi Collins of Mechanicsville reeled in his record 10.72 ounce catch June 11 at Gilbert Run Lake in Charles County. Collins, along with a few friends, were fishing for black bass when something unusual hit his 5-inch Senko plastic worm. Biologists from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources verified the species and its weight was certified by Thompson's Seafood. The catch beats the previous 9.76-ounce record held since 2009 by Don Perantoni. The warmouth, or lepomis gulosus, looks similar to a rock bass and is a member of the sunfish family. Anglers who think they have a potential record catch should fill-out the state record application and call 443-569-1381 or 410-260-8325. The department suggests the fish be immersed in ice water to preserve its weight until it can be checked, confirmed and certified by staff.

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Spirit to play NWSL gameat United's new Audi Field

The Washington Spirit will host the Portland Thorns in a National Women's Soccer League game at Audi Field, D.C. United's new stadium, on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNEWS. The Spirit will also host the Orlando Pride next Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPNEWS.

Indoor soccer: Mohawk Valley Garden CEO Rob Esche and Major Arena Soccer League commissioner Joshua Schaub, along with other officials, announced Wednesday that Utica will field a professional indoor soccer team — called Utica City Football Club, or FC for short — that will play home games at the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium beginning with the 2018-19 season this fall. The team — which relocates from Syracuse after seven seasons — will play in the MASL, which is the highest level of professional arena soccer. The league has 17 teams in the United States, Canada and Mexico, including the Blast .

Men's college soccer: Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa., will host the Army-Navy Cup Through 2022. Keystone Sports and Entertainment announced the rivalry will return to the venue via a contract extension for five additional seasons. This year's matchup is set for Oct. 12. Kickoff time and broadcast information are to be determined.

Men's college lacrosse: Salisbury senior defenseman Kyle Tucker was named Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic All-Region Defensive Player of the Year.

Baseball camp: The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is hosting a Nike baseball camps July 8-11 on campus in Princess Anne for ages 9-18. Registration is open for both overnight and extended day campers. New Hawks coach Brian Hollamon will lead the Nike camp that is managed by U.S. Sports Camps. To register, go to or call 1-800-645-3226.

Track and field camp: Mount St. Mary's will host a throws and pole vault camp from July 20-22 for high school athletes ages 14-18. The camp will offer specialized coaching, specific strength exercises, and video analysis in small group settings. For more information, email Tim Nickas at or go to

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