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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Here is this week’s sports news about sports you won’t see reported on your local news:

Playoffs are set in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) with the two-game divisional championships to kick off today.  Here are the matchups:

  • Baltimore Blast vs. Harrisburg Heat
  • Kansas City Comets vs. Milwaukee Wave
  • Atletico Baja vs. Soles de Sonora
  • San Diego Sockers vs. Ontario Fury

Games can be seen on MASL.TV

tackettEJ Tackett is the top bowler on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) tour with winning so far in 2017 at $93,070.  His most recent win was a 208-203 score over Tommy Jones in the finals of the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  The next stop on the PBA tour is the Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic in Tamarac, Florida on March 18-19.

In the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), four teams have clinched playoff spots.  Macon, Huntsville, Peoria and Fayetteville have qualified.   The top eight teams will participate in the postseason.   The regular season will end on April 1st.  Owners of the Columbus Cottonmouths, have announced they are selling the team.  If they are unable to find new owners, the team will fold at the end of the season.  The Cottonmouths have been in existence since 1996 winning three titles.

The Raptors 905 lead the NBA Developmental League with a 31-9 record.  Other division leaders are the Main Red Claws (Atlantic), Los Angeles D-fenders (Pacific) and Oklahoma City Blue (Southwest).  Manny Harris of the Texas Legends leads the league in scoring with 26.4 points per game.   Harris is in his fourth season and played college basketball at Michigan.

Here at the current standings in the National Lacrosse League (NLL):

  • East Division:  Georgia (7-2), Toronto (5-4), New England (4-6), Buffalo (4-6), Rochester (4-7)
  • West Division: Saskatchewan (6-3), Colorado (6-4), Vancouver (4-6), Calgary (4-6)

Saskatchewan leads the league in attendance with an average of 14,897 per game.  Buffalo is a close second with 14,111 per game.  Georgia and Vancouver are at the bottom of the attendance rankings averaging less than 4,000 per game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here are some sports stories you probably won’t see on SportsCenter….

The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) regular season is winding down and gearing up for the playoffs.  The defending champions – Baltimore Blast – have clinched the Eastern Division title and will face the Harrisburg Heat in the division final.  The Kansas City Comets have won the Central Division and will play the Milwaukee Wave.  Soles de Sonora has won the Southwest Division and will play Atletico Baja.  The Pacific Division will feature the San Diego Sockers who will play either the Ontario Fury or Tacoma Stars in the playoffs.  Eight teams make the playoffs with the two top teams of each division qualifying for the postseason.  The playoff series will consist of a 2-game series for each round.  If the series is tied, a mini-game at the end of game 2 will be played.

The surprising Georgia Swarm still leads the National Lacrosse League (NLL) with a record of 7-1.  They lead the league with goals scored with 119 goals.  Forward Lyle Thompson leads the team with 25 goals.   The season concludes on the last weekend in April.

The New York Riveters will host the No. 3 seed in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) one-game semifinal on March 17th.  The Buffalo Beauts and Connecticut Whale are currently tied for third place in the league.  The Boston Pride will play the fourth place finisher in the other semifinal matchup.  The Isobel Cup final will be played on Sunday, March 19th in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The 2017 season of Major League Soccer (MLS) will kick-off this weekend at the Portland Timbers will host Minnesota United FC on Friday.  Minnesota and Atlanta are the two new expansion teams this season.  The defending MLS Cup champions, Seattle Sounders, will began their title defense at Houston on Saturday.

The Indoor Football League (IFL) kicked off their season with the addition of the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles and the Arizona Rattlers who defected from the sinking Arena Football League (AFL).   Former AFL-Alum, Iowa Barnstormers, spoiled the Rattlers’ debut in the new league with a 51-47 win.

Speaking of the Arena Football League, they are still planning to play this season with five teams.   Their season kicks off on April 7th as the league’s two new teams – Baltimore Brigade and Washington Valor meet in D.C.   The league still plans to expand but no news at this time where they plan to place new teams.

The Montreal ChessBrahs (6-1), St. Louis Arch Bishops (6-1), Marseille Migraines (5-2) and Delhi Dynamite (5-2) lead their respective divisions in the PRO Chess League.  Wesley So lost his first game since his loss to Magnus Carlsen last summer.  In one of the best games of the week, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov overmatched So’s queen with a rook and minor pieces in the endgame.  So’s defeat, however, had little impact on the match as both teams (St. Louis and San Jose) still secured playoff berths.

Minor league hockey playoffs will be starting soon.  The top teams are Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (American Hockey League), Toledo (ECHL), Macon (Southern Professional Hockey League) and Danville (Federal Hockey League).  Of course, there are other junior leagues also getting ready for the postseason as well.