The Baltimore Blast return to the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) finals after edging out the Milwaukee Wave 2-1 in a series-deciding mini game. The Blast won the first game of the series in Baltimore 8-7 in overtime on Saturday. The Wave returned home and took control early with a 3-0 lead in the first quarter enroute to an 8-4 win to even the series. In the mini game, Andrew Hoxie scored his fourth goal of the postseason to put the Blast up 1-0. Milwaukee’s Marcio Leite scored late in the mini game to tie it up a 1-1. Tony Donatelli scored the series winner with less than two minutes left. The Blast will now await the winner between Soles de Sonora-San Diego. Soles de Sonora leads the series 1-0.
The top three chess players in the world – Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So and Fabiano Caruana – have helped their teams to advance to PRO Chess League championship weekend. The Norway Gnomes, Montreal ChessBrahs, St. Louis Arch Bishops, and Stockholm Snowballs this weekend. The semifinal matches will be played on Saturday at 10 am PST and 1 am PST. The finals will be played on Sunday at 10 am PST).
The Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL) released their preseason top ten teams. The defending champions, Oklahoma Thunder, have the top spot followed by – Nashville (TN) Storm, Memphis (TN) Blast, Georgia Crush, Missouri Valley Pitbulls, Marvel City Tigers, Crescent City Kings, Lee County Ticats, East Alabama Predators, and Georgia Knights. The 2017 season kicks off on May 13th.
A new arena/indoor football league kicked off last weekend. The National Arena League (NAL) with the defending champions of last year’s American Indoor Football (AIF) Columbus (GA) Lions facing the Jacksonville Sharks from the Arena Football League (AFL) in the first week of action. The Sharks handed the Lions their first loss since 2015. Quarterback tommy Grady finished with 19 completions for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Sharks. Will Dukes had seven receptions for 56 yards and Mo Williams had six for 77 yards and two touchdowns. In other games from the league:
High Country (NC) 62, Albany (GA) 29
Lehigh Valley (PA) 66, Dayton (OH) 25
Monterrey (Mexico) 55, Corpus Christi (TX) 12
Leonard Gates is the top ranked player in the American Darts Organization (ADO) with 398 points followed by Larry Butler who has 368 points. Gates’ last tournament win was the Port City Open in February where he placed first in Mens 01 and Men’s Cricket events. The ADO’s next tournament is the 31st Virginia Beach Classic this weekend. Top prize is $37,580.