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:
- Boston Renegades
- Pittsburgh Passion
- Chicago Force
- Cleveland Fusion
- Central California War Angels
- Montreal Blitz
- Carolina Phoenix
- Columbus Comets
- St. Louis Slam
- New York Sharks
- Toledo Reign
- Orlando Anarchy
- Richmond Black Widows
- Flint City Riveters
- 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.