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The Obscure Sports Page is a weekly report of sports leagues in the United States that are unique or get little coverage from the sports media.

American 7s Football League (A7FL) – The league will get national exposure on ELEVEN Sports Network on Sunday, July 9th for the A7FL Championship Game.  The league’s third championship game will be played at Palisades Credit Union Park.   NJ Paterson U, NJ Savage, PA Immortalz, NJ BIC, NJ Chiefs, Baltimore Kings, Baltimore Gators and PA Dynasty will begin the playoffs this weekend.

American Flag Football League (AFFL) – The league’s inaugural “test” game will be played on Tuesday, June 27th at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.  The game will feature Michael Vick, Chad Ochocinco and Justin Forsett.   The league has advertised to be a modern version of flag football and will feature several technical innovations to the game.

American Hockey League (AHL) – Martin Frk scored the winning goal with 7:19 left in regulation to give the Grand Rapids Griffins a 4-3 win in Game 6 of the Calder Cup finals to defeat the Syracuse Crunch.  This is the Griffins’ second Calder Cup title in five years.

American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) – The league’s “Cross Coast Challenge” concluded last weekend with a high scoring game in Toronto.  The Rush overcame an early three goal deficit for a 33-27 win over San Francisco.  After trailing 16-15 at halftime, the Rush went on a 5-1 run to start the second half and never looked back.  The current division leaders are:  South-Raleigh (10-1), East-Toronto (8-3), Midwest-Minnesota (8-1) and West-San Francisco (7-3)

Arena Football League (AFL) – Philadelphia Soul running back, Mykel Benson, became the fifth player to rush for 100 touchdowns in league history.  He joined the elite group on his second touchdown in the win over Tampa Bay.   The Soul remain undefeated and on top of the league at 9-0 followed by Tampa Bay (7-2), Cleveland (3-7), Baltimore (2-6) and Washington (1-7).

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Richmond Roughriders win the APF title over the Florida Tarpons

 

Arena Pro Football (APF) –  The Richmond Roughriders won the championship over the Florida Tarpons 74-61.  On the game’s final play, Tarpons’ quarterback Chris Wallace rolled to his left looking for a receiver.  Two Roughrider defenders closed in on Wallace as he hurried the pass which was intercepted by linebacker Malique Johnson who returned it for a touchdown to end the game and give the Roughriders the title. Richmond (8-0) completed an undefeated season.  Although the Roughriders claimed the first title in the APF, it will be their last in the league as it is set to merge with the CAN-AM Indoor Football League to form the American Arena League but Roughriders’ owner isn’t sure about following the rest of the league into the merger.  Owner Gregg Fornario is considering other options including the National Arena League (NAL) and Indoor Football League (IFL).

Big 3 Basketball League (BIG3) – The inaugural season of the 3-on-3 basketball league tips off this weekend in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center.   The league was created by Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz.  The league will feature eight teams with former NBA players.

Champions Indoor Football League (CIF) –  The Omaha Beef will face the Texas Revolution on Friday for the CIF title.  Omaha defeated the Sioux City Bandits 55-45 and Texas got past the Amarillo Venom 77-71 in the semifinals.

Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL) –  Here are the current Top 10 rankings in the GDFL:

  1. Oklahoma Thunder
  2. Alabama Sabers
  3. Chattanooga Eagles
  4. Missouri Cyclones
  5. Huntsville Rockets
  6. North Mississippi Road Warriors
  7. Starkville Steeldogs
  8. River City Pythons
  9. Tri-City Outlaws
  10. Georgia Crush

Indoor Football League (IFL) – Nebraska Danger quarterback Drew Powell was named the league’s offensive player of the week after leading his team to a 59-44 win over the Wichita Falls Nighthawks.  Powell completed 17 of 23 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown.  He also rushed for 71 yards.  Sioux Falls Storm defensive back Rashard Smith was the defensive player of the week as he helped his team end the Iowa Barnstormers’ 11-game winning streak returning an interception 49 yards for a touchdown to give the Storm a 21-point lead with less than five minutes left.

Major League Futsal (MLF) –  Diablos Ensenda MX leads the Men’s Pro Division with 18 points.  The Women’s Pro Division is led by Alianza F.C. with 3 points.  Futsal is the official version indoor soccer which played without dasher boards.

Major League Lacrosse (MLL) –  Davey Emala and Will Manny combined for eight goals in Boston’s 16-9 win over the Outlaws in Denver on Saturday night. The win avenged Boston’s loss to Denver two weeks ago.  Boston goalie Tyler Fiorito earned the Coca-Cola Player of the Game after stopping 20 of the 29 shots against him. He made eight saves and did not allow a goal in the fourth quarter.  The teams were within a goal of each other at the end of the first quarter and within two goals after the second quarter, but Boston pulled away by outscoring Denver by a 7-2 margin in the second half.   The loss drops Denver into a first place tie with the Ohio Machine (5-2).

Major League Quidditch (MLQ) –  Boston (3-0), Rochester (3-0), Austin (3-0) and Los Angeles (3-0) continue to lead their respective divisions early in the season.  Austin’s Monroe Augustine leads the Individual Quaffle Stats with 12 goals and nine assists.    This weekend’s matches will feature Boston hosting Ottawa and Phoenix at San Francisco.

National Arena League (NAL) – The playoffs are set for this weekend’s league semifinal games.  The Columbus Lions (9-3) will travel to play the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (9-1) while the Jacksonville Sharks (11-1) will host the Monterrey Steel (7-4).   The Steel upset the Sharks in the final regular season game last weekend 44-37.

National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) – Here are the current standings for the league:

  1. USSSA Pride (8-2)
  2. Scrap Yard Dawgs (7-5)
  3. Chicago Bandits (9-7)
  4. Texas Charge (7-6)
  5. Akron Racers (5-7)
  6. Beijing Eagles (0-9)

North American Soccer League (NASL) –  Week 14 of the NASL Spring Season comes with another stern test of Miami FC’s title-winning credentials. Miami faces the New York Cosmos, who sit seven points behind along with the San Francisco Deltas in the table, on Saturday night. A win at Riccardo Silva Stadium would move Miami closer to gaining the Spring Championship. A loss, of course, would bring the rest of the pack a little closer.  The Deltas head north to take on FC Edmonton and the club has yet to lose on the road in league play. The other Saturday night kickoff gets underway in Cary as North Carolina FC squares off with Indy Eleven.  On Sunday, Jacksonville Armada FC hosts Puerto Rico FC as both sides look to rebound from conceding four goals apiece a weekend ago.

National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) – The North Carolina Charge are still on top of the league with 21 points.  The Charge will play Boston this weekend.  Boston is in 9th place in the standings.

Supreme Indoor Football (SIF) – The Cape Fear Heroes had little trouble with the Cap City Bulls in the first round of the league playoffs.  The Heroes ran away with the game 63-14.  Unfortunately, there appears to be no information about the next round this weekend.

United Soccer League (USL) – Trevin Caesar had a hat trick and a highlight-reel assist to lead Sacramento Republic FC to a 6-2 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC in the USL Game of the Week on ESPN3 in front of a sellout crowd of 11,569 at Papa Murphy’s Park on Wednesday night.

Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) –  In the second round of the playoffs:

  • St. Louis Slam 69, Madison Blaze 8
  • Orlando Anarchy 57, Cincinnati Sizzle 6
  • Arkansas Wildcats 36, Austin Outlaws 6
  • Southern Oregon Lady Renegades 46, Rocky Mountain Thunderkatz 6
  • Toledo Reign 22, Maine Mayhem 7
  • Boston Renegades 27, DC Divas 24
  • Chicago Force 45, Pittsburgh Passion 0
  • Dallas Elite 53, Minnesota Vixen 0
  • Montreal Blitz 49, New York Sharks 27
  • Tampa Bay Inferno 35, Carolina Phoenix 26
  • San Diego Surge 35, Central California War Angels 34
  • Mile High Blaze 28, Sin City Trojans 14

This week’s schedule for the third round:

  • Chicago at Boston
  • San Diego at Dallas
  • Tampa Bay at Montreal
  • Mile High at St. Louis
  • Orlando at Toledo
  • Arkansas at S. Oregon

Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) –  Glory Johnson recorded her fourth 20-point game of the season to help the Wings get their second consecutive win over the Stars, 81-78. Johnson ended the day recording her sixth double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Throughout the game, the Wings found themselves down by as much as 14, then were lifted back up when Skylar Diggins-Smith drove it up the lane late in the fourth quarter sinking a layup and a chance to make the 3-point play, when a foul was also called on San Antonio’s Erica deSouza. At the line, Diggins-Smith completed the play to give the Wings a one point lead over the Stars 79-78. The team sealed the win, when Karima Christmas-Kelly was sent to the foul line and sunk one to put the Wings up 81-78.  Three Wings players recorded double figures for the day. Diggins-Smith and Christmas-Kelly scored 16 points, with Diggins-Smith leading the team in assists dishing out six.

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American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) – The unthinkable has finally happened.   The Dallas Roughnecks lost their first game in franchise history.  The Roughnecks, who were the defending AUDL champions and winners of 23 straight games, lost to the Jacksonville Cannons 24-22.  The Cannons appear to be on the rise in the South Division.  The Roughnecks didn’t rebound very well on Sunday, losing to the Raleigh Flyers 32-25.

National Lacrosse League (NLL) – The Georgia Swarm defeated the Toronto Rock 11-8 in the first game of the Eastern Division final.  In the Western Division semifinal, the Saskatchewan Rush had no trouble with the Colorado Mammoths in a 19-8 victory.  Georgia and Saskatchewan will try to wrap it up this weekend at home.

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The Fort Wayne Flite celebrate another CBA title.

 

Central Basketball Association (CBA) – The Fort Wayne Flite held off the Indianapolis Blaze to repeat as league champions.  Trailing by three points, 93-90, with seven seconds remaining Indianapolis failed to tie the game with a wide-open three-point attempt, and then on the ensuing possession, down 95-92, missed another three-point shot at the buzzer, allowing Fort Wayne to win a second consecutive championship title.  Greg Foster led the Flite with 23 points followed by Mikel Brigham with 16 and Corey Wickware with 15.

Arena Football League (AFL) –  The Philadelphia Soul remains on top of the five-team lead at 5-0, followed by Tampa Bay (4-1), Washington (1-3), Cleveland (1-4) and Baltimore (1-4).

National Arena League (NAL) –  The Jacksonville Sharks had a bye week after demolishing the Corpus Christi Rage 71-6.  This weekend they will host the Monterrey Steel (4-2).  The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks stayed within a game of the Sharks winning two weeks ago against the Dayton Wolfpack 68-6.  The Steelhawks will play at High Country this weekend.

Indoor Football League (IFL) – Scores from last weekend:  Salt Lake 38, Colorado 37; Arizona 49, Spokane 35; Iowa 56, Cedar Rapids 54; Sioux Falls 44, Green Bay 24.

Arena Pro Football (APF) –  It doesn’t appear that any of the teams played this past weekend.   The leagues website is horrible and really needs some attention.   Here is the schedule for the upcoming weekend:  River City Raiders (3-2) at Richmond Rough Riders (4-0), Florida Tarpons (4-0) at Birmingham Outlawz (0-5).  Note:  Florida should actually have a loss since they were beaten by Richmond two weeks ago.

Champions Indoor Football League (CIFL) –  The Duke City Gladiators (4-5) lost to the Dodge City Law (8-2) on Saturday, 65-62, in the closing seconds.    The win keeps the Law on top of the South Division and a bye week this weekend.

CAN-AM Indoor Football League – The Vermont Bucks (6-1) and Rochester Kings (5-0) lead their divisions.  Vermont beat the Boston Blaze 41-30 two weeks ago and, according to the league’s website, will play the Blaze again on June 3rd.   Rochester defeated Boston this weekend, 66-30, and will host the Capital City Reapers on Saturday.

National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) – Seattle Reign FC forward Nahomi Kawasumi was named the league’s player of the week for Week 5 after scoring a goal and earning an NWSL-record four assists in Seattle’s 6-2 win over the Washington Spirit.

Major League Soccer (MLS) – Toronto FC leads the Eastern Conference with 25 points while the Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City tied at the top of the Western Conference with 19 points.

North American Soccer League (NASL) – Miami FC leads the Spring Season standings with 14 points.  Miami edged Indy 3-2 last weekend.  They will play the San Francisco Deltas this weekend in the U.S. Open Cup.

United Soccer League (USL) –  Here are the current power rankings:  1. San Antonio FC, 2. Charleston Battery, 3. Real Monarchs SLC, 4. Tampa Bay Rowdies, 5. Louisville City FC, 6. Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 7. Rio Grand Valley FC, 8. Tulsa Roughnecks FC, 9. Swope Park Rangers, 10. Orlando City B.

Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) –  The #2 ranked Chicago Force rolled past the Minnesota Vixen 53-0 to improve to 5-0.  Chicago built a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and exploded for a 39-0 lead at halftime.  Mary Choules had nine tackles for the Force and was named the Game Day Defensive Most Valuable Player.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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National Lacrosse League (NLL) – The Toronto Rock defeated the New England Black Wolves 18-10 in the Eastern Division playoff to advance to play the Georgia Swarm in the best-of-three Division final.  The Colorado Mammoths never trailed in their West Division playoff against the Vancouver Stealth and held on for a 13-12 win.  The Mammoths will face the Saskatchewan Rush in the Division final.

Major League Lacrosse (MLL) – Rochester Rattlers goalie John Galloway was named Defensive Player of the Week.  Galloway made 16 saves, including four in the fourth quarter and two in overtime in the Rattlers’ 12-11 win over the Ohio Machine.

Arena Football League (AFL) – The Philadelphia Soul (4-0) remained undefeated when they edged the Cleveland Gladiators (1-4) by a score of 69-67 in front of 10,389 fans in Cleveland.  The Gladiators closed within 69-61 late in the game and then recovered the onside kick.  The Gladiators scored on a 4-yard touchdown by Aslam Sterling but the two-point conversion attempt was turned away by the Soul as time ran out.

National Arena League (NAL) – Jacksonville Sharks Kicker Nick Belcher is the Special Teams Player of the Week – his third of the season.  Belcher was successful on 8 of 9 extra points in the Sharks’ 71-6 blasting of the Corpus Christi Rage.  The Sharks remain undefeated at 7-0.

Indoor Football League (IFL) – In a rematch of the 2016 United Bowl last season, the Sioux Falls Storm (9-1) throttled the Spokane Empire (7-3), 62-32, in Sioux Falls last weekend.  Lorenzo Brown completed four of eight passes for 49 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, he also rushed 17 times for 70 yards and three scores. Robbie Rouse had eight rushes for 31 yards. Eric Shufford scored on both of his rushing attempts. Jared Elmore caught three passes for 38 yards. Knight tallied 8.5 total tackles and 1.5 sacks to go along with his interception. Carlton Watkins also had an interception for the Storm.

Champions Indoor Football League (CIFL) – The Bloomington Edge (6-3) won a thriller against Western Michigan (3-6) on Saturday night outscoring the Ironmen 68-67. It was the Edge’s special teams that made the difference in the third game between these two teams this season. Defensive back Mitch Moore returned two kicks for touchdowns, and defensive end Kyle Jenkins blocked an extra point in the final minute of the game.

Arena Pro Football (APF) – The Richmond Rough Riders (5-0) defeated the Florida Tarpons (3-1) in a clash of the unbeaten teams.  The Rough Riders won the game 55-34.  Richmond scored on every possession for the first three quarters and shutout the Tarpons in the second quarter to take the lead and cruised to the win.

Supreme Indoor Football (SIF) – The Cape Fear Heroes have added a pair of former major-college performers to their roster for Saturday’s scheduled Supreme Indoor Football game against the Cap City Bulls. The Heroes (3-0) have signed ex-Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark and former Tennessee offensive lineman Marques Pair for the 7:30 p.m. game at the Crown Coliseum against the Bulls (3-0).

CAN-AM Indoor Football League (CAN-AM) – The Vermont Bucks (6-1) lead the Eastern Division and the Rochester Kings (4-0) are atop the Western Division.  The Bucks lost their first of the season to the Boston Blaze, 41-30.  Rochester was awarded a win over the Ontario Niagara Spartans 2-0.

Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) –  The Boston Renegades (4-0) shutout the DC Divas 26-0 in Division 1.  The Montreal Blitz (3-1) destroyed the Connecticut Hawks 64-10 in Division 2.  The Toledo Reign (3-1) had the week off and will play at Chicago this weekend against the undefeated Force.

National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) – The North Carolina Courage continue to leave the league with 12 points.  In their last game, the Courage edged the Boston Breakers 1-0 on a record-breaking goal by Jessica McDonald in the first half.  McDonald now has 33 goals in NWSL history.
Central Basketball Association (CBA) – Bowling Green defeated Illinois 91-82 to clinch the final postseason playoff spot.  Bowling Green was led by Monte Burney with 28 points followed by Deavis Johnson with 21.  The postseason tournament will be played this weekend in Danville, Illinois.  Bowling Green will play Fort Wayne in one semifinal while Indianapolis will play Mississippi in the other semifinal match up.  The winners will play for the title on Sunday afternoon.
BIG3 Basketball League (BIG3) – A new league will begin play in June with former NBA stars competing in 3-on-3 games which will tour the United States for eight weeks.  The game will be played on half-court with 3-point and 4-point opportunities.  Teams will play to 60 points.  Former NBA players Allen Iverson, Chauncey Billups, Jermaine O’Neal and many others will lead fantasy-like teams such as:  3’s Company, Killer 3s, Tri-State, 3-Headed Monsters, Trilogy, Ghost Ballers, Ball Hogs and Power.  The league will debut on June 25th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Silver Lake’s Jesper Svensson scores overtime win over Brooklyn’s Parker Bohn III in PBA League Quarterfinals.

 

Here’s the latest on the sports leagues that you might not know about:

AMERICAN ULTIMATE DISC LEAGUE (AUDL) – The New York Empire (2-1), Pittsburgh Thunderbirds (2-0), San Jose Spiders (4-1) and Dallas Roughnecks (5-0) lead their divisions.  The Spiders won back-to-back games over the weekend beating Seattle 27-26 on a last second buzzer beater from Chuck Cao to Alec Surmani then topped Vancouver 28-22 the next day.  After demolishing the Nashville Nightwatch 27-8 on Saturday, the Dallas Roughnecks edged out the Atlanta Hustle 29-24.

NATIONAL LACROSSE LEAGUE (NLL) – The Georgia Swarm lost their final game of the regular season to the Rochester Knighthawks 9-8 but still clinched the top spot in the playoffs with a 13-5 record.  The Swarm have a bye in the first round.  The Swarm also set a new NLL record for most goals scored by a team in a season with 266…..The playoff matchups for the first round:  New England vs. Toronto…Colorado vs. Vancouver.

ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE (AFL) – Philadelphia Soul fullback Mykel Benson moved into fifth place in AFL history with 92 touchdowns.  He scored three touchdowns in the Soul’s 69-34 win over the Baltimore Brigade.  Benson played high school football at Palm Bay (FL) Bayside and then Florida A&M in college.  He is a six-year veteran of the AFL having played in Milwaukee, Georgia, Orlando, San Antonio, Arizona and Philadelphia.

INDOOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE (IFL) – The Wichita Falls Knighthawks handed the Sioux Falls Storm their first loss of the season with a 44-36 win.  Knighthawks QB Charles McCullum was 23 of 34 for 174 yards and two touchdowns.  The defense was also big for the Knighthawks holding Sioux Falls out of the end zone on seven of its 11 possessions.   It doesn’t get any easier for the Storm as they will host the Spokane Empire (7-2).  The Empire is atop the Intense Conference.

CHAMPIONS INDOOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE (CIFL) –  The Amarillo Venom lost their first game of the season, losing a thriller to the Texas Revolution 96-95.  After QB Nate Davis scored on a four-yard run with 41 seconds left, Amarillo kicker Jacob Felton was unable to make the extra-point.  The Revolution had enough time to move down the field as Revolution QB Chris Dixon hit Tavarres Williams on an 11-yard pass with 16 seconds left.  Adam Preden made the PAT as the Revolution held on for the upset win over the Venom.

NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE (NAL) – The Jacksonville Sharks, a refugee from the Arena Football League, is off to the best start in franchise history after a crowd of 7,103 watched the Sharks beat the Columbus Lions, 37-28, to improve to 6-0.  This week the Sharks will host the Corpus Christi Rage.

ARENA PRO FOOTBALL (APF) – I had to look twice when I saw the scores this past weekend.  The Richmond Rough Riders blasted the South Carolina Cowboys 92-0 while the Birmingham Outlawz edged the Cape Fear Heros 6-0.

NBA D-LEAGUE (NBADL) – Raptors 905 defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 122-96 to capture the NBA D-League title 2 games to 1.  Raptors 905 coach Jerry Stackhouse was named the league’s Coach of the Year.  In his first season as a head coach, he led the Raptors 905 to a 39-11 record and top overall seed in the playoffs.  They also set an NBA D-League record with 21 road wins.

CENTRAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (CBA) – Bowling Green (4-2) avenged an earlier loss to Middle Tennessee (1-6) as they rallied from 17 points down with five minutes left when Fred Sturdivant scored with 1.8 seconds left to give the Hornets at 108-107 win.  Current standings:

  • Fort Wayne Flite (5-2)
  • Indianapolis Blaze (5-2)
  • Bowling Green Hornets (4-2)
  • Illinois Coal Miners (3-3)
  • Mississippi Eagles (3-4)
  • Baltimore Shuckers (3-5)
  • Middle Tennessee Storm (1-6)

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL ALLIANCE (WFA) – Here are the top five national rankings in each division:

Division 1

  1. Boston Renegades
  2. Pittsburgh Passion
  3. Chicago Force
  4. Cleveland Fusion
  5. Central California War Angels

Division 2

  1. Montreal Blitz
  2. Carolina Phoenix
  3. Columbus Comets
  4. St. Louis Slam
  5. New York Sharks

Division 3

  1. Toledo Reign
  2. Orlando Anarchy
  3. Richmond Black Widows
  4. Flint City Riveters
  5. Maine Mayhem

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (WNBA) – The WNBA will open their 20th season with the WNBA Tip-Off presented by Verizon on May 13 headlined by the Seattle Storm and Los Angeles Sparks matchup on ESPN.   The Sparks won the WNBA title last season.

PROFESSIONAL BOWLERS ASSOCIATION LEAGUE (PBA League) – Next Sunday’s semifinal round will feature the Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen against the defending Elias Cup champion Shipyard Dallas Strikers followed by the Live + Work in Maine Silver Lake Atom Splitters vs the L.L.Bean Portland Lumberjacks in the second “best-of-two-game” Baker format match. The winners will meet in the Elias Cup championship on Sunday, May 14. The Elias Cup finals will include singles, doubles and trios matches worth one point each, and a five-player Baker format team finale worth three points. In case of a tie, the Elias Cup will be decided in a one-ball sudden-death roll-off.

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Major League Lacrosse (MLL) – The Denver Outlaws opened the league’s 16th season with a 13-12 win over the Charlotte Hounds in the first week of action.  Mike Bocklet led the defending league champions with four goals and one assist in the win.  Bocklet scored the game winner off of a rebound with 3:57 left.  Other scores from the weekend:  Boston 18, Florida 17 (ot); New York 15, Chesapeake 14 (ot); Ohio 10, Atlanta 9.

Arena Football League (AFL) – The Philadelphia Soul remained undefeated and alone atop the league standings with a 49-31 win over the Washington Valor.  Soul WR Shaun Kauleinamoku led the team with 12 receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns.  Kauleinamouku broke open the game in the third quarter with a 13 yard reception from QB Dan Raudabaugh for a 35-31 lead.  In other games:  Tampa Bay 62, Cleveland 61

PRO Rugby (PRO) – There is little hope that the league will return for a second season.  There has been a dispute between the league and USA Rugby in sanctioning the league.  There has been no schedule or any signs of the league’s return after a reasonable first season in 2016.  The league had five teams last year with the Denver Stampede winning the title last July.

National Lacrosse League (NLL) –  With two games left in the regular season, Georgia, Saskatchewan, Colorado and Vancouver have clinched playoff berths.  Georgia currently has the league’s best record at 12-4.  All of the other teams are still in playoff contention except for Buffalo and Calgary.

Indoor Football League (IFL) – The Iowa Barnstormers won their fourth straight game with a 31-25 win over the Cedar Rapids Titans in the “Iowa Bowl” last weekend.  The Titans pulled within 24-19 early in the fourth quarter when QB Brion Carnes found Franklyn Williamson for a two-yard TD pass but the Barnstormers came back and answered with a 7-yard run to extend their lead to 31-19.

National Arena League (NAL) – The Columbus (GA) Lions defeated the High Country Grizzlies 57-44 last Saturday to go above .500 on the season at 3-2.  The Lions have struggled after going undefeated last season and winning the league title in another league.  Against the Grizzlies, the Lions receivers dominated the game as Michael Reeve had 104 yards on 10 receptions and two touchdowns and Jarmon Fortson had six receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown.

Arena Pro Football (APF) – The six-team league has announced that it will merge with the Can-Am Indoor Football League in 2018 to form the American Arena League (AAL).  It will initially be split into North and South Divisions.  Here are the current standings in the APF:  Florida Tarpons (3-0), Richmond Rough Riders (2-0), River City Raiders (1-1), Savannah Coastal Outlaws (0-1), Birmingham Outlawz (0-3)

Champions Indoor Football League (CIFL) –  The Sioux City Bandits (6-1) and Amarillo Venom (6-0) lead their respective divisions going into this week’s games.  The Bandits will host the Western Michigan Ironmen (3-4) while the Venom will be on the road to play the Texas Revolution (4-2).

Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) – The Boston Renegades (2-0) remained on top of Division 1 after a thrilling overtime 26-22 win over the DC Divas (2-1).  The Montreal Blitz (2-0) defeated the Maine Mayhem 49-14 to stay on top of Division 2 and the Maine Mayhem (1-1) continues to be the top team in Division 3 after its loss to Montreal.

Central Basketball Association (CBA) – The Illinois Coal Miners ended Ft. Wayne’s 14-game winning streak with a 100-74 win in Danville last weekend.  Tyron Criswell lead the Miners with 30 points for the win.

NBA D-League (NBDL) – The Raptors 905 have forced a third and decisive game in the NBA D-League finals against the Rio Grand Valley Vipers.  Pascal Siakam scored 32 points to help the Raptors to a 95-85 win.   Game three will be Thursday night on ESPNU.

National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) – Jess Fishlock was named the league’s Player of the Week after her performance in a win for the Seattle Reign’s 5-1 win over the Houston Dash.  Fishlock scored the first goal in the 18th minute and then assisted on a Megan Rapinoe’s volley to make it 2-0.  A rebound from another shot led to Beverly Yanez’s goal later to make it 4-0.  Seattle is currently two points behind the North Carolina Courage in the league standings for first place.

Professional Bowler’s Association League (PBA League) – The L.L. Bean PBA League will be playing their tournament over the next few weekends on ESPN.  The teams participating are the Dallas Strikers, New York Kingpins, Philadelphia Hitmen, L.A. X, Motown Muscle, Brooklyn Styles, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, and Portland Lumberjacks

 

 

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Are you ready for some “women’s” football?  It’s not September but some women’s teams have taken the field to kick off their spring seasons and it isn’t a fashion statement or for the faint-of-heart.

The local Music City Mizfits defeated the Knoxville Lightning, 36-14, on Saturday.  The Mizfits, members of the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) played an interleague battle against the Lightning of the International Women’s Football League (IWFL) in Nashville.    The WFA consists of 65 teams and one of the largest women’s tackle football leagues in the United States.  The Mizfits are now 2-1 on the season and will play against the Tennessee Train this week in Harrison, Tennessee.  The DC Divas (Division 1), St. Louis Slam (Division II) and Acadiana Zydeco (Division III) are the defending champions from last season.   The IWFL lists 16 active teams in four divisions.

Indoor Football League (IFL) scores from April 14 & 15:

  • Wichita Falls 81, Cedar Rapids 52
  • Arizona 73, Salt Lake 60
  • Spokane 36, Colorado 24
  • Iowa 48, Nebraska 14
  • Sioux Falls 55,  Green Bay 33

The defending Arena Football League (AFL) champion, Philadelphia Soul and the expansion, Washington Valor, are the only undefeated teams after their first games.  Washington defeated Baltimore 51-38 and Philadelphia edged Tampa Bay 56-52.

Here are the current standings in the National Arena League (NAL):

  1. Jacksonville Sharks (4-0)
  2. Monterrey Steel (3-0)
  3. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (4-1)
  4. Columbus Lions (2-2)
  5. High Country Grizzlies (2-2)
  6. Georgia Firebirds (1-4)
  7. Corpus Christi Rage (0-4)
  8. Dayton Wolfpack (0-3)

Quarterback Nate Davis of the Amarillo Venom was named the Champions Indoor Football League (CIFL) Offensive Player of the Week.  He had seven touchdowns and 188 total yards passing in Amarillo’s 70-63 win over the Texas Revolution.

Arena Pro Football (APF) – The Richmond Roughriders played their first home game of the season last weekend as they crushed the Birmingham Outlawz, 84-8.  It was the first indoor game after a tw0-year absence in Richmond.

National Lacrosse League (NLL) – The Georgia Swarm clinched the East Division title with a 17-16 win over the Buffalo Bandits.   The Saskatchewan Rush and Colorado Mammoths have clinched playoff spots in the West.

American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) – In the only games played last weekend:  Atlanta Hustle 37, Nashville Nightwatch 27; Raleigh Flyers 25, Jacksonville Cannons 18.

USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) – Abar Gordon (Mesa, AZ) is the current men’s leading player.  Natalie Aaron (Casa Grande, AZ) is the top-ranked player on the women’s rankings.  This weekend’s tournaments will be the USAPA West Regional Tournament in St. George, Utah and the Low Country Pickleball Classic in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Pickleball combines the skills of tennis, badminton and ping pong.  It is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.

USA Shuffleboard Association (USASA) – The team of Chuck Crouse and Robert Brooks finished first in the tournament held in Hemet, California on April 6th.

Alliance Football League (AFL) – Here at the current standings of the league:

  1. Knoxville Knights (5-1)
  2. Kentucky Patriots (5-1)
  3. Cleveland Storm (3-3)
  4. Appalachian Outlaws (3-3)
  5. Tri-State Wolves (2-4)
  6. Tennessee Warriors (0-6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obscure Sports Report

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The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) took flight for its’ sixth season with 24 teams.   The Dallas Roughnecks began their title defense on Saturday when they opened with a 21-17 win over their in-state rivals, Austin Sol.  The Jacksonville Cannons scored 40 goals in their 40-23 win over the Nashville Nightwatch.   The Nightwatch made history in the game as Jesse Shofner became the first woman to score a goal in the AUDL.

Game one of the Ron Newman Cup Championship in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) will be played on Friday night at Royal Farms Arena when the Baltimore Blast will host Soles de Sonora.  The series will shift to Hermosillo, Mexico on Sunday.   The Blast will be gunning for their second consecutive title.

Here are the current standings of the Indoor Football League (IFL):

United Conference

  • Sioux Falls Storm (5-0)
  • Wichita Falls Nighthawks (5-1)
  • Iowa Barnstormers (3-2)
  • Green Bay Blizzard (2-4)
  • Cedar Rapids Titans (1-5)

Intense Conference

  • Nebraska Danger (4-2)
  • Spokane Empire (4-2)
  • Arizona Rattlers (2-3)
  • Salt Lake Screaming Eagles (1-4)
  • Colorado Crush (1-5)

The Florida Tarpons are 2-0 in the Arena Pro Football (APF) league after defeating the Coastal Outlaws, 70-26.  They will travel to St. Louis this weekend to play the River City Raiders.

Stephen Panasuk (High Country) leads the National Arena League (NAL) in total offense with 19 touchdowns scored in three games.  The Grizzlies destroyed the Dayton Wolfpack 94-6 last weekend.  High Country (2-1) will host the Jacksonville Sharks (3-0) this Sunday.

The Fort Wayne Flite leads the Central Basketball Association (CBA) standings with a 2-0 record.   The Flite are led by Ronald Lucas III who is averaging 16 points per game.   They will host the Middle Tennessee Storm (1-2) this Sunday.

Tyler Poythress from Wilson, North Carolina is the Top Ranked Cornhole player in the world.  He finished first with 25 points in the American Cornhole Organization (ACO) Cornhole Madness tournament in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.   Poythress has won 23 and lost 9 games in Cornhole Singles.