Digest (July 26): Oops! Brigade given wrong playoff details by Arena Football League

Upon further review, the Arena Football League announced Wednesday that the Baltimore Brigade have not clinched a playoff berth. The league had told the team earlier this week that it had qualified for the postseason. The Brigade (4-8) need a victory in one of their two remaining games or a loss by the Washington Valor (2-10) in one of their two games to secure the final berth. The Philadelphia Soul, who have home-field advantage throughout, the Tampa Bay Storm and the Cleveland Gladiators have clinched spots in the playoffs. With the possibility of Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington finishing the regular season at 4-10, Washington could still overtake Baltimore. Cleveland (4-9) has clinched a playoff spot since it cannot finish below Baltimore and Washington, according to the league's tiebreaking scenarios. Baltimore has home games remaining Saturday at 1 p.m. against the Soul (11-1) and Aug. 4 against the Valor. Washington hosts Cleveland on Saturday at 7 p.m.



Carmelo Anthony bringstournament to Coppin St.

Ten-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) will serve as host for this summer's The Basketball Tournament championship in Baltimore, having played an active role in bringing the tournament's championship to his hometown after two years in New York. The semifinals and final of the $2 million, winner-take-all tournament will be held Tuesday and next Thursday at Coppin State. ESPN networks will broadcast all games live, culminating with the championship game next Thursday at 7 p.m. For more details, go to



Tight end Reed amongfour Redskins on PUP list

Tight end Jordan Reed was a surprise inclusion on the Washington Redskins' physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp. Reed, safety DeAngelo Hall, linebacker Houston Bates and receiver Kendal Thompson were put on the PUP list Wednesday before camp practices begin today. Hall, Bates and Thompson all missed offseason workouts with injuries. But the inclusion of Reed came out of nowhere. Washington's top pass-catcher skipped voluntary offseason workouts, but looked good during minicamp in June. The 27-year-old had 66 catches for 686 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games last season. He missed time with a concussion and a shoulder injury. Hall and Bates are recovering from knee surgery, while Thompson has an injury that coach Jay Gruden wouldn't disclose.


Wizards lock up Wallwith four-year contract

The Washington Wizards have signed John Wall to a four-year, $170 million contract extension that begins in 2019-20. Team president Ernie Grunfeld announced the completion of the deal Wednesday. Wall said in a video posted on Twitter on Friday that he had agreed to the extension. Wall's deal includes a player option for the final season in 2023-24. Team owner Ted Leonsis said extending Wall gives the Wizards stability for years to come. The team also matched a four-year, $106.5 million offer sheet that forward Otto Porter Jr. signed with the Brooklyn Nets and has guard Bradley Beal signed through 2020-21. Wall, a four-time Eastern Conference All-Star, is the third player this summer to get a designated player "supermax" extension, joining the Houston Rockets' James Harden and Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry.


Suburban Club to hostAll-In tennis tournament


The All-In Tournament, in memory of Sol Schwartz, will be hosted by the Suburban Club in Pikesville on Aug. 12-13. The tournament is open to junior and college players 18 and younger. The event will raise money for college tennis programs. Players can register at The registration deadline is Aug. 5. For information, contact tournament director Lisa Stone, 404-790-5134 or

Salisbury honors: Sea Gulls men's lacrosse coach Jim Berkman will be inducted as part of the inaugural class into the North Country Sports Hall of Fame (N.Y.) on Oct. 7. Berkman led the Sea Gulls in 2017 to a 22-1 overall record, an 8-0 mark in Capital Athletic Conference play, a CAC championship and the program's 12th national championship. He also became the first NCAA lacrosse coach, across all divisions and genders, to record 500 wins as well as earn 500 wins at one school. During his time at Salisbury, Berkman has a record of 502-52 (.904); he's 511-57 (.899) overall. . ... The Salisbury Athletics Hall of Fame will add four members on homecoming weekend. This year's class features Jason Ewing (baseball), Lacey (Lister) Lord (softball), Michael Steinen (men's soccer) and Byron Westbrook (football). The ceremony will be held Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Assembly Hall of the Guerrieri Academic Commons.

Links golf final: Billy Wingerd, from Baltimore and Mountain Branch Golf Club, set tournament records for 18-hole and 36-hole scores as he recorded 64-66—130 and won the 15th Amateur Public Links championship of the Maryland State Golf Association by four shots at Clustered Spires GC in Frederick. Wingerd, who won the first APL in 2003, was followed in the 56-player field by Myles Vlachos (68-66—134), who grew up playing at the site and now lives in Chevy Chase.

Laurel Park: Laurel Park will host a kids' day and a crab feast this weekend. On Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the kids' day will feature pony rides, a petting zoo, air-brush tattoo artist, face painting and crafts. Admission and all activities are free. In addition, PDJF caps, T-shirts and goggles will also be made available for specified donations at a designated table on the first-floor clubhouse near the marketing office. Go to Laurel's crab feast will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the grandstand apron Sunday, featuring steamed hard-shell crabs, southern fried chicken, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, corn on the cob, collard greens, potato salad, coleslaw, fresh fruit salad, cornbread and assorted cakes and pies. Tickets are $65 per person and includes soda and draft beer. To purchase crab feast tickets, go to or call 877-206-8042.

Goucher women's soccer: Stephanie Ricketts, a Goucher graduate, was hired as the seventh women's soccer coach since the school joined the NCAA in 1989. Ricketts arrives Sarah Lawrence in Bronxville, N.Y., where she spent a year as the women's soccer coach and event manager.

Varsity soccer: After coaching the Annapolis girls for three years, Leo Elias will coach the boys team. Last year, the boys were 5-8 and the girls 2-12. Elias takes over for Jay Bugenhagen, who coached the boys for five years.


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