The Baltimore Blast will battle Soles de Sonora in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) championship series. Soles de Sonora punched their ticket with a thrilled 11-10 win over the San Diego Sockers in game two of the series. The first game of the title series will be on Friday, April 7th in Baltimore, then the second game will take place in Hermosillo, Mexico on Sunday, April 9th.
The Blast will be gunning for their 8th championship trophy. They won the title last season. They are also 7-4 in championship finals. Soles de Sonora are in their first final.
Wesley So (St. Louis) led his team to the championship of the Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League this past Sunday as So won his first three games in the championship match to help his team build up a big lead over the Norway Gnomes and Magnus Carlsen. So went into the championship weekend with the highest performance rating of anyone in the league and played nearly every week for his former hometown team. Over 75,000 chess fans viewed the final online.
The Adrionack Thunder, Florida Everblades, Toledo Walleye and Colorado Eagles lead their respective division as the ECHL makes the final push toward the postseason. Toledo leads the league with 100 points. The Alaska Aces are currently 31-25-5 and still battling for a playoff spot to extend their existence. Owners of the Aces have said they will fold the team after this season unless there are any buyers for the franchise. Travel expenses have taken their toll on the teams finances. The Aces have won three Kelly Cups.
Four teams are tied with the best record in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). The Georgia Swarm (8-4), Toronto Rock (8-5), Saskatchewan Rush (8-4) and Colorado Mammoths (8-6) are all tied at the top of the league. Toronto handed Georgia their first loss at home in 2017 with a 12-11 overtime win. An energetic crowd saw the first overtime game at Infinite Energy Arena.
The Central Basketball Association (CBA) opened their 2017 season as the Middle Tennessee Storm defeated the Bowling Green Hornets 119-90. In other opening weekend games: Indianapolis Blaze 90, Mississippi Eagles 87; Mississippi Eagles 96, Illinois Coal Miners 84; Fort Wayne Flite 101, Indianapolis Blaze 98. The CBA is in their fifth season. The eight-week season will conclude at the end of May.