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It’s the final four weekend in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL). The Madison Radicals (13-2), San Francisco FlameThrowers (11-4), Dallas Roughnecks (13-3) and Toronto Rush (13-2) meet in Montreal this weekend to play for the title. Dallas won the title last season. Madison is seeking their first championship. Toronto last won the title in 2013. San Francisco is the newcomer to the Championship Weekend.
The Philadelphia Soul (14-1) will face the Tampa Bay Storm (11-4) in ArenaBowl XXX in Philadelphia on Saturday. The Arena Football League (AFL) title game will end the league’s 30th season. The Soul is looking to repeat as AFL champions while the Storm will be looking for their sixth ArenaBowl title.
The Oklahoma Thunder (10-0) and Chattanooga Eagles (9-1) will meet in Gridiron Bowl 8 for the Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL) crown on Saturday in Memphis. This is the fourth appearance for the Thunder who won the title last year. Chattanooga is making their first trip to the Gridiron Bowl.
For the first time in franchise history, the Ohio Machine claimed the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) title last weekend. Peter Baum scored two goals and added two assists. He scored twice in a two-minute span in the third quarter which fueled Ohio’s comeback from a 10-6 deficit. Ohio defeated the Denver Outlaws 17-12 at the Ford Center in Dallas in front of 7,543 fans.
The Big3 Basketball League (BIG3) will end the season this weekend in Las Vegas with the final four. The Power (4-4), Ghostballers (4-4), Triology (8-0) and 3-Headed Monsters (6-2) advanced to the championship weekend after winning their playoff games last weekend in Seattle. Rashard Lewis was awarded the league’s MVP. Stephen Jackson was dubbed the Best Trash Talker.
The Los Angeles Sparks moved to the top of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) power rankings this week. They won a double-overtime thriller over Chicago as four Sparks had double-doubles in the game. They play four of their final five games at home.
Puerto Rico FC has taken advantage of the fresh start provided by the arrival of the North American Soccer League’s (NASL) Fall Season. After a tough first half of the year, the Caribbean side is thriving at the top of the table after a pair of strong results on the road in Week 4 of the Fall Season. The club’s next opponent will be Spring Season Champion Miami FC, which enters the weekend riding a three-game winning streak. The top-of-the-table clash will get underway at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium on Saturday night.
On day two of the 2017 TOTAL Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships, the United States had its final two athletes go home. Bjorn Seguin took on Germany’s Marc Zwiebler in men’s singles and lost, 21-10, 21-15. Zwiebler started game one by scoring the first four points of the match and never trailed. Game two was close early, Zwiebler led 8-7, before rattling off five straight to propel himself to the victory. In men’s doubles action, Mathew Fogarty partnered with Nicholas Bonkowsky of Trinidad and Tobago as they took on Kah Ming Chooi and Juan Shen Low of Malaysia. Fogarty and Bonkowsky scored the first point of the match, but that was the highlight for the duo. The Malaysians won game one 21-2, followed by a 21-4 win in game two.
The Scrap Yard Dawgs claimed their first Cowles Cup in franchise history with a 5-2 win over the USSSA Pride in the winner-take-all contest of the final series in the 2017 National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) Championship held at Tiger Park on the LSU campus.
Rookie Kasey Cooper charged the offense with three RBI, the bulk coming on a two-run home run in the sixth inning that gave the Scrap Yard Dawgs (35-19) the lead for good. Monica Abbott pitched her second complete game of the afternoon, limiting the Pride to two runs off four hits while striking out 11. It was Abbott’s two-hit, 14-strikeout performance earlier in the day that forced the decisive third game. Abbott was named MVP of the NPF Championship series. The Tennessee alum and Scrap Yard Dawgs ace limited foes to 15 hits and struck out 56 over 29 innings in the tournament. The Pride (43-11), who received a leadoff homer from Megan Wiggins for an early lead, reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the third after Kirsti Merritt delivered a two-out RBI single to score Sierra Romero who reached on a fielding error. Angel Bunner relieved starting pitcher Kelsey Nunley in the fourth inning and retired the side in her first two innings of work, but yielded the go-ahead homer to Cooper in the sixth inning. The Scrap Yard Dawgs gave Abbott additional breathing room in the top of the seventh. Meagan May Whitley led off with a solo shot that landed in the left field berm and Cooper later drew a bases loaded walk to force home a run that stretched the lead to 5-2. Abbott finished the game off in style with consecutive strikeouts of Romero and pinch hitter Gionna DiSalvatore to close out the seventh inning. Kayla Winkfield led the way with two hits and five others contributed one apiece as the Scrap Yard Dawgs totaled seven in the contest.