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By Sports Digest | March 21, 2010
The Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association will take on the Fayetteville Guard at 4 p.m. today at 1st Mariner Arena. The Mariners are looking to improve to 3-0, while the Guard is making its season debut. The Guard was founded in South Carolina in 2003, moved to Fayetteville in 2005 and is entering its eighth season of indoor football play under new coach Webbie Burnett . - From Sun staff and news services
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Sports Digest | February 22, 2014
Football Mariners make Luddy first overall pick in AIF draft The newly formed Baltimore Mariners selected quarterback T.J. Luddy with the first overall pick in the American Indoor Football college draft Thursday night. The draft pool consisted of 88 outgoing college seniors, all of whom participated in the USA Football Bowl on Jan. 20 in Hoover, Ala. Luddy, of Division III Albright College (Pa.), was the first of five picks for the Mariners, who are beginning their first season in the seven-team league.
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By Sports Digest | April 12, 2010
The Baltimore Mariners ran their record to 5-0 in the American Indoor Football Association by defeating the host New Jersey Revolution, 61-27, behind a career-best seven touchdown passes from E.J. Nemeth . Running back Isaiah Grier added two rushing scores and one touchdown reception. The Mariners held a slim 33-27 lead at halftime but outscored the Revolution 28-0 in the second half. •From Sun staff and news services
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By SPECIAL TO THE BALTIMORE SUN | September 4, 2010
Five weeks after the Baltimore Mariners claimed their first American Indoor Football Association championship, the future of the team appears in limbo after its entire front office resigned Friday amid allegations that a member of its ownership group embezzled $1.6 million from a Laurel mechanical engineering firm. Dwayne Wells, 50, was charged with wire fraud for allegedly embezzling the money from his firm, Ryco Associates, then using $109,500 of it to purchase a stake in the Mariners, according to documents filed with the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.
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By Sports Digest | March 22, 2010
The host Mariners (3-0) made six sacks, forced seven turnovers and held the Fayetteville Guard to 69 yards of total offense, winning, 59-0, and becoming the first team in American Indoor Football Association history to record a shutout. Armar Watson had an interception, Adam Goloboski had 2.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss, and Brian Bradford had two interceptions. Running back Isaiah Grier rushed for three touchdowns and had one receiving. "Overall this was our best effort of the season.
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By Sports Digest | January 21, 2010
The Blast has signed defender Zach Wilkes for the remainder of the season, general manager Kevin Healey announced Wednesday. Wilkes, 26, spent the past two seasons with the Detroit Ignition and was a member of the 2009 XSL championship squad. The Blast, 5-4 this season and tied for first place in the Major Indoor Soccer League, will travel to Milwaukee on Saturday before returning to 1st Mariner Arena to host the Wave on Jan. 30 . - Glenn Graham Indoor football: Defensive back Nikkieda Rutland , who played at Tennessee State, signed with the Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association.
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By Sports Digest | December 12, 2009
The Major Indoor Soccer League named Blast forward Lucio Gonzaga the Offensive Player of the Month for November. Gonzaga led the Blast to a 19-8 win over the Philadelphia KiXX on Nov. 21, recording a hat trick, including a three-point goal. The Blast (1-1) travels to Monterrey on Sunday with game time set for 1 p.m. Indoor football: The Baltimore Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association re-signed offensive lineman Jeff Tyler ( Towson University), who played with the team last season.
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By Sports Digest | December 3, 2009
The Baltimore Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association re-signed defensive lineman Adam Foley , who was a key member of the team's defense last season, which led the league in turnover margin. A late-season addition for the Mariners in 2009, Foley quickly became a factor on the defensive line. He had six tackles in seven games, and finished second on the team with 4.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. He also added two tackles and one tackle for a loss against the Reading Express in the first round of the playoffs.
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By Sports Digest | November 11, 2009
A Nashville, Tenn., judge has authorized the widow of retired Ravens quarterback Steve McNair to sell the restaurant he opened shortly before he was shot and killed. Probate Court Judge Randy Kennedy this week cleared the sale of Gridiron9 by Mechelle McNair , administrator of the ex-player's estate. According to court records, a potential buyer has come forward. Indoor football: Offensive lineman Kheon Hendricks (Woodlawn), who was current Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco 's center for two seasons at Delaware, has signed with the Baltimore Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association.
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By Sports Digest | November 17, 2009
Andre' Letren , who set an American Indoor Football Association single-game record with five interceptions and has professional playing experience in Canada and Italy, has been re-signed by the Mariners. Baseball: The Washington Nationals hired Bryan Minniti as assistant general manager and Jay Sartori as director of baseball operations, filling out GM Mike Rizzo 's front office. Minniti spent the past nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the last two as director of baseball operations.
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By Sports Digest | August 30, 2010
Baltimore Mariners Simpson resigns as coach after championship season After leading the Baltimore Mariners to a perfect 16-0 season and the American Indoor Football Association championship last month, coach Chris Simpson announced he would not be returning to the team for the 2011 season. In an official statement Simpson said: "This has been a hard decision for me. However, there is a season of change in my life and time to move on to new challenges. I want to do what's best for my family and my career.
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By Rich Scherr, Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2010
Playing in their first American Indoor Football Association title game, the Baltimore Mariners made every attempt Sunday to link their newfound success to the city's storied football past, even bringing in Colts Hall of Famer Lenny Moore to serve as honorary captain. By the end of AIFA Bowl IV, it was clear to the announced 6,075 in attendance at 1st Mariner Arena that the indoor upstart had found its niche. Quarterback E.J. Nemeth fired three second-half touchdown passes, including a pair to Aaron Yarbough, as the Mariners rallied from an early 16-point deficit for a 57-42 win over the Wyoming Cavalry to complete the first perfect season in the brief history of the AIFA, the third largest of the nation's arena football leagues in terms of size.
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By Kaitlyn Carr, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2010
When the Mariners walked off the field and into the locker room last year after their season ended with a loss to the Reading Express, a team they had twice beaten during the regular season, they decided that the 2010 season would be different. "We made a pact after losing last year to Reading in the playoffs," quarterback E.J. Nemeth said. "We said all of us are coming back, so nothing less than a league championship would be good enough. Now there's only one thing left to do, which is win [today]
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July 22, 2010
Whartscape 2010 The Rolling Stones once had a hit, "The Last Time," that you probably won't hear at this year's Whartscape, Baltimore's annual alternative music festival. But maybe you should — organizers are saying that this year's Whartscape, the fifth, will be the last. But what a run, and what a send-off! This year's schedule includes more than 100 music, theater and video performances, about half of them by local artists. Everyone from Arab on Radar to Zomes will be showing up, all reveling in the sort of cultural nonconformity that often gives rise to genius (or something dangerously close to it)
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By Kaitlyn Carr, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2010
On Mondays, Fearon Wright serves food and drink to homeless women at a Baltimore shelter. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, he puts on football pads and a helmet at a Mariners indoor football practice. Now, as the undefeated team makes a run for the American Indoor Football Association championship, Wright manages to find time for the women and children of Sarah's Hope in Sandtown-Winchester because of one woman -- his mom. "I'm always conscious of my mom and how hard she works for us," said Wright, who played seven games with the Minnesota Vikings in 2001 before he was sidelined with a shoulder injury.
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By Sports Digest | June 27, 2010
Baseball Severna Park's Banks takes loss in his Astros debut Right-hander Josh Banks (Severna Park) took the loss for the Houston Astros on Saturday after being called up from Triple-A Round Rock and giving up six runs and eight hits in four-plus innings. The Rangers' Ian Kinsler ended a career-long 32-game homerless drought with a three-run tiebreaking shot off Banks in the fourth inning en route to a 7-2 victory as host Texas rebounded from its first loss in two weeks.
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By Sports Digest | January 7, 2010
The Washington Capitals have signed center David Steckel to a three-year, $3.3 million contract extension and defenseman-forward Tyler Sloan to a two-year, $1.4 million extension. The Capitals also assigned defenseman Karl Alzner to American Hockey League affiliate Hershey. Steckel leads the NHL with a .619 winning percentage on faceoffs. Boxing: Darnell "The Ding-a-Ling Man" Wilson , "The Persecutor" Mike Paschall , Willie Wilson and Thomas Snow will be on the Ballroom Boxing card Jan. 29 at Michaels Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.
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By Sports Digest | December 10, 2009
The Blast's first road game of the season - Sunday at Monterrey - has been changed to 1 p.m. Eastern time after being originally set for 6 p.m. The game can be seen live on the Internet at laraza.com.mx/live-video.html. The Blast takes a 1-1 mark into the game. - Glenn Graham Indoor football: The Baltimore Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association added three rookies to their training camp roster, including two former Maryland high school stars. Joining the team were wide receiver Delannie Spriggs Jr. (Northern)
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By Sports Digest | June 4, 2010
Outdoors 2,847 turkeys bagged in spring season, down 2% in Maryland Maryland hunters killed 2,847 wild turkeys during this year's spring season, a decrease of 2 percent from last year's total of 2,910 birds. About 10,000 hunters took to the field from April 19 to May 24; 44 percent of the total was taken in the first six days, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Hunters had expressed concern that the harsh winter would harm the turkey population, especially in Western Maryland.
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