Tipoff events: Bill Raftery, who was part of the broadcast team that called UMBC's historic win over Virginia in the 2018 NCAA men's tournament, will serve as the featured speaker at the Retrievers' tipoff event Friday at the Bond Street Wharf in Fells Point. Raftery will be joined by New York Times best-selling author and UMBC basketball analyst John Feinstein, UMBC president Freeman Hrabowski and Retrievers basketball coach Ryan Odom as speakers for the third annual event. The 2018-19 defending America East champions will be introduced at the event, which is sold out. ... The UMES tipoff dinner will be held Saturday at William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Former Maryland coach Gary Williams will serve as guest speaker. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the program runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $75 per person or $500 for a table of eight. Tickets are on sale at umestickets.com.