Sports Digest (Aug. 1): Ex-Terp Merriman to fight in bare-knuckle boxing match in Wyoming

The former NFL and Maryland linebacker known as "Lights Out" will try to punch out an opponent's lights in a bare-knuckle boxing match. Shawne Merriman has agreed to compete with the World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation on a pay-per-view event in Casper, Wyo., this fall, the promoters announced Wednesday. Merriman, 34, was a three-time Pro Bowl selection during his eight-year NFL career with the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills . Merriman retired from the NFL in 2013, and he flirted with the idea of becoming a professional wrestler the next year. He has trained in mixed martial arts during his retirement, even considering a professional bout in Japan. Several UFC veterans also have agreed to fight on the bare-knuckle show in Wyoming.

More boxing: Glen Burnie's Nick Kisner won a 10-round majority decision over Scott Sigmon of Lynchburg, Va., on Saturday night at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus, Ohio. The Old Mill graduate continued his reign as the World Boxing Association U.S. cruiserweight champion. One judge scored the fight a draw 95-95, but was overruled by the other two judges who scored the fight 99-91 and 96-94 in favor of Kisner, 27, who improved his record to 21-4-1 with six knockouts and has won four of his past five fights. Sigmon (32–13–1, 17 KOs) had won two straight fights. Despite being the U.S. champion at the 200-pound cruiserweight class, Kisner plans on dropping down to light heavyweight and continuing his career at the 175-pound limit. "I got my win, but light heavyweight is where I really belong," Kisner said.

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Rosemond to coach Severn; Glen Burnie hires Mason

Bill "Bookie" Rosemond will coach the Severn girls basketball team next season. He takes over for co-coaches Lisa Smith and Rob Brown, who led the Admirals for two years after the retirement of Chuck Miller, who has since returned to coaching and is entering his second year at St. Mary's. Rosemond, who resigned shortly after his ninth season as coach at Archbishop Spalding in the spring of 2017, is a 1980 graduate of Glen Burnie, where he played junior varsity basketball his sophomore and junior years before an injury prevented him from trying out his senior year. Rosemond won more than 150 games during his tenure at Spalding, which included Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference titles in 2011 and 2013. Rosemond took over at Glen Burnie last winter, but the team went just 4-19. Severn was 6-19, including 0-12 mark in the IAAM B Conference. Jon Mason takes over at Glen Burnie, where he will teach physical education. Mason graduated in 2000 from Milford Mill, where he played two years of varsity, then played a season at Frostburg State before getting into coaching, where he has worked with the Meade boys, Towson women and Howard women.

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Men's college basketball: Boys' Latin rising senior Cam Spencer has committed to play at Loyola Maryland, according to the Boys' Latin Twitter feed. Spencer is the younger brother of Pat Spencer, the Greyhounds' star senior attackman in men's lacrosse.

Women's golf: Maryland rising senior Ludovica Farina qualified for the Ricoh Women's British Open on Monday and will tee off today at 9:20 a.m. (Golf Channel) as an amateur. Farina was 3-under par in her qualifying round. She had five birdies to advance to a 12-golfer playoff for seven spots. A native of Siracusa, Italy, she has competed in every event for the Terps in her three years. In her best finish this year, she was sixth in theNittany Lion Invitational.

Laurel Park : Special Envoy looms a heavy favorite in the $75,000 Hansel Stakes for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/16 miles on the All Along turf course Saturday. The Hansel is one of four stakes for Virginia-bred/-sired horses on the card. Armoire, who scored a breakthrough first career stakes victory last time out after three successive runner-up finishes, returns as the horse to beat in the $75,000 William M. Backer for fillies and mares 3 and older on the Dahlia turf course at 1 1/16 miles. Well Blessed is cross-entered in both the Backer and the $75,000 Camptown for fillies and mares 3 and older at 5½ furlongs. Rounding out Saturday's Virginia-bred/sired stakes action is the $75,000 Meadow Stable for 3-year-olds and up, also contested at 5 ½ furlongs.

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