Obscure Sports Report

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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

 

 

Obscure Sports Report

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.