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Digest (July 15): Brigade beat Soul, 57-45, inch closer to ArenaBowl

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The Brigade beat the host Philadelphia Soul , 57-45, on Sunday night in the first meeting of a two-game Arena Football League semifinal series, moving Baltimore closer to its first ArenaBowl appearance. Quarterback Randy Hippeard threw for 212 yards and scored seven touchdowns (six passing, one rushing), while defensive back Joe Powell had 51/2 tackles and one interception for Baltimore, which holds a 12-point advantage heading into the second weekend of the AFL postseason. Baltimore hosts Game 2 of the series, determined by aggregate scoring, against Philadelphia on Friday at 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network. If the aggregate score is tied, the teams would immediately play an overtime period to determine which advances.

More: The Washington Valor fell, 57-56, in overtime to the visiting Albany Empire on Saturday night in the first meeting of a two-game semifinal series. Quarterback Arvell Nelson scored eight touchdowns for Washington, which must win Game 2 of the series by at least two points to advance to ArenaBowl XXXI. Game 2 is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Albany, N.Y., and will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.

Men's lacrosse

Rabil's late goal lifts U.S. over Canada at world games

Paul Rabil scored with just 1:10 remaining to give the United States an 11-10 victory over Canada at the Federation of International Lacrosse men's world championship in Netanya, Israel. After Rob Pannell scored on a back-handed shot to give the U.S. a 9-7 lead with 15:54 remaining, Canada scored three straight goals, taking its first lead of the game at 10-9 as Ben McIntosh streaked down the alley and finished a feed from behind the cage by Mark Matthews with just 5:10 remaining. The U.S. responded, as Matt Danowski took a feed from Rabil and scored on a sidearm shot to tie the game at 10 with 3:04 left in the game. Greg Gurenlian won the ensuing draw and the U.S. called timeout. The U.S. turned it over, but Canada gave the ball back to the U.S. on a clearing attempt. Rabil buried an outside shot to give the U.S. the 11-10 lead. Joe Fletcher stripped Matthews of the ball and the U.S. ran out the clock to take control of the Blue Division with a 3-0 record. Rabil added three assists to lead the U.S. offense. Ryan Brown had three goals and Danowski and Pannell each scored twice. John Galloway finished with eight saves. Jeff Teat had a hat trick for Canada (2-1). The U.S. will play for the third straight day when it meets Scotland at at 2:45 p.m. today.


Mystics' Delle Donne fastest player to score 3,000 points

Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne became the fastest player in WNBA history to score 3,000 career points in an 80-77 loss to the Atlanta Dream on Sunday. She reached the milestone with 7:53 left in the first quarter on a 3-pointer to put the Mystics up 9-0, needing just 148 games to reach 3,000 points. Diana Taurasi and Seimone Augustus needed 151 games. Brittney Sykes scored 12 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter to help Atlanta seal the victory. The Dream (12-9) led 74-64 on Sykes' free throws with 5:26 left before the Mystics (13-9) went on an 11-2 run to pull within one. Washington had a chance to go ahead in the final seconds after Monique Currie's defensive rebound with 13.9 seconds left, but Kristi Toliver (Maryland) missed an 18-foot jumper and Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) grabbed the rebound. McCoughtry sank her pair of free throws with 5.8 seconds left and Tiffany Hayes made two more with 3.0 seconds left to help Atlanta hold on. Washington opened the game with a 16-2 lead, but Atlanta erased the deficit at 34-all before the end of the second quarter. Delle Donne finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds and LaToya Sanders scored 16 for Washington.

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