Digest: Baltimore team makes RBI World Series

A Baltimore team has advanced to the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series for the first time.

The Baltimore Orioles RBI will be among eight junior teams (ages 13-15) participating in the tournament, which runs Wednesday to Aug. 16 in Cincinnati and also has eight-team divisions for senior baseball (ages 16-18) and softball (19 and under).


The RBI World Series is the international championship tournament of the RBI program, the Major League Baseball youth initiative designed to provide young people from underserved and diverse communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball.

MLB and the RBI program will honor RBI founder John Young with a "JY" uniform patch. Young, a former Orioles scout who founded the program in South Central Los Angeles in 1989, died in May.



UM's Powell, other non-U.S. local students Rio-bound

Micha Powell, a Maryland broadcast journalism major, was named this week to Canada's Olympic 4x400-meter women's track and field relay team. Powell, a rising senior from Toronto, is the daughter of long jump world-record holder Mike Powell, a three-time Olympian, and former sprinter Rosey Edeh, also a three-time Olympian.

More on the games: Incoming Navy women's track and field sprinter Regine Tugade was awarded one of the two athletics universality spots on the Guam national team this month. Tugade, who will race in the 100-meter dash, will be the first freshman Midshipman in the games. 1998 Navy graduate Peter Lombard II will compete for Guam in the men's mountain bike event on merit. ... UMBC alumnus Cleopatra Borel of Trinidad & Tobago has qualified for her fourth Olympics in the women's shot put. Borel won the 2002 NCAA indoor championships with the Retrievers.

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Jets sign ex-Raven Pierce; Broncos add Marlon Brown

The New York Jets have signed running back Bernard Pierce, who ran for just 11 yards on six carries in seven games last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars after spending his first three NFL seasons with the Ravens. He ran for a career-best 532 yards as a rookie in 2012 after being a third-round pick out of Temple. Pierce was released by the Ravens in March 2015, when he was charged with drunken driving. He was claimed off waivers by Jacksonville the next day. The NFL announced in May that Pierce will be suspended for the first two games of this season, likely stemming from the DUI arrest.

More NFL: The Denver Broncos signed former Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown to a one-year deal. He began his career with the Ravens as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2013 and caught 49 passes for 524 yards and seven touchdowns, but he battled injuries the next two seasons and the Ravens waived him in May. In Denver, he'll reunite with Gary Kubiak, the Ravens' offensive coordinator in 2014, who left to win a Super Bowl as head coach of the Broncos last season. ... The Washington Redskins signed undrafted rookie wide receivers Kendal Thompson and T.J.Thorpe.


Golf: Rij Patel of Hunt Valley finished second in the AJGA Philadelphia Junior on Sunday through Tuesday at Huntingdon Valley (Pa.) Country Club. Patel shot a 74-72-67—213, two strokes behind winner Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa. (72-72-67—211). Other Marylanders included Austin Barbin of Elkton (219), Nicholas Mejia of Woodstock (224) and Will Koras of Lutherville (228). The top Maryland girls finisher was Faith Choi of Frederick (235), who was 26 strokes behind winner RuQing Guan of China; Charlotte Simpson of Towson shot 239.

Youth soccer: In a rematch of their 2015 national championships semifinal, Baltimore Celtic 98/99 again defeated Region I rival Loudoun 98 Red (Virginia), earning a 3-1 Under-17 boys victory on the second day of the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas. Celtic went ahead 2-0 in the first half on an own goal and a goal by Daniel Hart, then put the game away in the second half when Gabriel Quintero made it 3-1 on a header. In another U-17 boys game, Pipeline Black of Maryland defeated Seattle United 98 Copa of Washington, 1-0. The U-14 boys Baltimore Darby 01/02 lost, 2-1, to SLA Nomads 0-1 of California, and the U-18 girls MD United Coyotes fell, 2-1, to KHA Red of Ohio.

Books: Jim Palmer, a Hall of Fame pitcher for the Orioles and a current TV commentator on the team's games, will sign copies of his book "Nine Innings to Success: A Hall of Famer's Approach to Achieving Excellence" tonight at 7 at Barnes & Noble, 8123 Honeygo Blvd. in Baltimore. In the book, Palmer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and three-time World Series champion, discusses the attitude, skills and work ethic that shaped his career.

Minor league hockey: The Hershey Bears, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Washington Capitals, named Reid Cashman assistant coach.