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Man who used wrestling, lifting to overcome cerebral palsy visits Ravens

Man who used wrestling, lifting to overcome cerebral palsy visits Ravens 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh is known for bringing in inspirational figures from the outside to fire up his team, and Thursday’s practice, the last before Saturday's regular-season dress rehearsal against Washington, was no exception.

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Ravens fans rated fifth-best in league by Forbes

Ravens fans rated fifth-best in league by Forbes 

It’s a big week over at Forbes, which has released both its NFL franchise value rankings and...

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Six big pitching contracts that didn't exactly work out [Pictures]

Six big pitching contracts that didn't exactly work out [Pictures] 

Ubaldo Jimenez's move to the bullpen Tuesday ended what was a frustrating stretch for the Orioles and their fans, and doesn't exactly reflect well on the four year, $50 million contract Jimenez signed in the offseason. But what does this...

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Former Ravens safety Bernard Pollard says Manziel middle finger set bad example for kids

Former Ravens safety Bernard Pollard says Manziel middle finger set bad example for kids

Pot, meet kettle.

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Orioles and White Sox both traded away closers, but only one worked out

Orioles and White Sox both traded away closers, but only one worked out 

The beating the Orioles put on the Chicago White Sox bullpen Monday night — five runs in the eighth inning off three relievers with ERAs over five — was born of the same offseason strategy that the Orioles took with their bullpen.

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Commercial star John Harbaugh compares his acting career to Jim Harbaugh's

Commercial star John Harbaugh compares his acting career to Jim Harbaugh's 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh and his brother, San Francisco 49ers coach John Harbaugh, avoided questions about how they were alike and how they were different during joint practices last week.

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Free agent cornerbacks the Ravens could sign

Free agent cornerbacks the Ravens could sign 

Depending on the severity of Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith's chest injury, the team's cornerback depth issues could be reaching critical levels. Seemingly minor injuries to Lardarius Webb (back) and Asa Jackson (ankle) have lingered for weeks, leaving Chykie Brown, Dominique Franks, and a cast of undrafted free agents to fill the temporary void. The rookies, like Tramain Jacobs, Deji Olatoye, and Sammy Seamster, can use the remainder of the preseason to gain valuable NFL experience, but here are some players the Ravens could sign who already have it and could help at the position right away.

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Five Ravens with something to prove Saturday in Dallas

Five Ravens with something to prove Saturday in Dallas 

The Ravens' final 53-man roster is starting to take shape, but there's still a lot to be gleaned from preseason games, including Saturday's against the Dallas Cowboys. It's an opportunity for players firmly on the roster to step up their games after slow starts to camp, and for those who are playing themselves onto the roster bubble to play themselves back into the mix to make the team. This week's Five for Friday features five Ravens with something to prove Saturday against the Cowboys.

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10 strong Orioles performances against Yankees

10 strong Orioles performances against Yankees

Jonathan Schoop raised his batting average against the New York Yankees this season to .379 when he hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning Wednesday night. The rookie second baseman has the highest batting average against the Yankees of any Oriole in 2014, despite hitting just .217 overall. Here's a look at 10 other strong season performances by Orioles hitters against Yankee pitching, going back to 2004.

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Former Ravens safety Ed Reed joins Showtime's 'Inside the NFL' as analyst

Former Ravens safety Ed Reed joins Showtime's 'Inside the NFL' as analyst 

Former Ravens safety Ed Reed had his moments with the media during his superlative career here, some good, some bad. But now, he’s joining their ranks.

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O.J. Brigance speaks out on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

O.J. Brigance speaks out on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 

Former Raven O.J. Brigance has been the inspiration behind the team's participation in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral movement in which participants are challenged to either dump ice water on their heads or donate to ALS research.

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Cowboys-Raiders fight shows achievements of Ravens-49ers practices

Cowboys-Raiders fight shows achievements of Ravens-49ers practices 

You might have heard that the Harbaugh brothers had no time to discuss the potential for fights at the Ravens' and San Francisco 49ers' joint practices last weekend.

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Orioles affiliate to play Friday's game in gnome uniforms

Orioles affiliate to play Friday's game in gnome uniforms 

There's a typical minor league promotion, there's embracing a minor league promotion, and then there's this.

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Orioles, Ravens stars and coaches take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Orioles, Ravens stars and coaches take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has reached the highest levels of Baltimore sports, and we should all be glad for it.

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Steve Smith remarks on Baltimore's GPS coverage, BWI rental car rates

Steve Smith remarks on Baltimore's GPS coverage, BWI rental car rates

The last time he spoke to the media during training camp, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith said it was going to be hard to stand before reporters every week and compare his time with the Ravens to his years with the Carolina Panthers.

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Cardinals' John Lackey called Caleb Joseph's home run a 'Baltimore home run'

Cardinals' John Lackey called Caleb Joseph's home run a 'Baltimore home run' 

John Lackey does not take losing to the Orioles well.

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Atlanta Falcons sign former Maryland linebacker Darin Drakeford

Atlanta Falcons sign former Maryland linebacker Darin Drakeford

Former Maryland linebacker Darin Drakeford signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night, the team announced.

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Five Ravens whose stock rose after the first preseason game

Five Ravens whose stock rose after the first preseason game 

The game might not have meant much, but playing well is playing well, and the Ravens had several players who did that in Thursday night's preseason opener. This week's Five for Friday hits on five players whose stock surely rose with the coaching staff after the 23-3 exhibition win over the San Francisco 49ers. --Jon Meoli

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Former Ravens quarterback Scott Mitchell to be on NBC's 'The Biggest Loser'

Former Ravens quarterback Scott Mitchell to be on NBC's 'The Biggest Loser'

Former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell, who started a pair of games for the Ravens in 1999 and had a 12-year NFL career, will be featured on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” a show in which people try to lose weight under the supervision of personal trainers.

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Blue Jays fans taunt Chris Davis with 'Hunter Pence signs'

Blue Jays fans taunt Chris Davis with 'Hunter Pence signs'

A group of Blue Jays fans laid into Orioles slugger Chris Davis last night with faux-insulting signs, capitalizing on a new social media trend in a pretty outstanding way.

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With other hitters struggling, Orioles should lean on Delmon Young

With other hitters struggling, Orioles should lean on Delmon Young 

For a team that prides itself on the “next man up” always being ready, Orioles designated hitter Delmon Young seems to have had his turn skipped plenty this year.

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Kicker Justin Tucker is highest-rated Ravens player in Madden 15

Kicker Justin Tucker is highest-rated Ravens player in Madden 15

As if anyone needed a reminder of how last year's Ravens campaign went, EA Sports' Madden player ratings are out, and the top-rated player on the Ravens is none other than kicker Justin Tucker.

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Coffee Companion (8/4): Orioles win another tight one

Coffee Companion (8/4): Orioles win another tight one

Sorry this is a bit late, Scores Baltimore Hockey had a triple-header last night, and I'm proud to say we won them all. It made waking up for the Coffee Companion, where we recap the daily sports headlines, a bit harder to do, but is going to make the coffee even more necessary.

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Nationals game has technical difficulties, Nationals fans blame Peter Angelos

Nationals game has technical difficulties, Nationals fans blame Peter Angelos

MASN was trending nationwide Saturday night on Twitter. That's not significant in itself: It trailed, among other topics, "Good Deeds," an unremarkable 2012 film, and "The Devil Wears Prada," a more remarkable 2006 film, if only because it is a movie starring Adrien Grenier that doesn't reek.

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With Chris Davis on the bench, his alter-ego action figure takes over Camden Yards

With Chris Davis on the bench, his alter-ego action figure takes over Camden Yards

Superheros have tragic flaws. On the day Chris Davis was to become immortalized as one at Camden Yards, his was a team-worst .196 batting average and persistent flu bug.

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Former Raven Cary Williams said Patriots are 'cheaters'

Former Raven Cary Williams said Patriots are 'cheaters'

Former Ravens cornerback Cary Williams didn’t leave his disdain for the New England Patriots here in Baltimore when he drove up I-95 and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Former Maryland LB Darin Drakeford trying out for Jets, source says

Former Maryland LB Darin Drakeford trying out for Jets, source says

Former Maryland linebacker Darin Drakeford is trying out for the New York Jets today, according to a source.

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Five players the Orioles will regret not trading for come October

Five players the Orioles will regret not trading for come October

We almost did this week's Five for Friday on five teams that improved more than the Orioles did at the trade deadline, but that would have been hard to narrow down to just five. Andrew Miller is a solid acquisition, but Oakland and Detroit -- teams the Orioles have proven they can keep up with this year -- made huge moves and probably solidified their spots as the two top teams in the league. This week's Five for Friday presents five players the Orioles could have acquired yesterday to bolster their chances in the American League. -- Jon Meoli

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Coffee Companion (8/31): Injury bug hits Ravens on eve of Rice comments

Coffee Companion (8/31): Injury bug hits Ravens on eve of Rice comments

Today is going to be crazy, with Ray Rice on the podium, but yesterday was kind of wild too. Here's what happened, courtesy of the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's sports headlines.

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Baseball Hall of Fame rule changes could hurt Mike Mussina

Baseball Hall of Fame rule changes could hurt Mike Mussina 

The Baseball Hall of Fame reduced the number of years a player can remain on the ballot from 15 years to 10 last weekend.

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Coffee Companion (7/30): Machado walks off in 12th

Coffee Companion (7/30): Machado walks off in 12th

I just saw a commercial for pulled pork pizza from Papa John's. Can anyone confirm whether that is worth eating? I feel like it's a great idea, but the execution needs to be there. In return for your assistance, I will compile the day's local sports headlines in the Coffee Companion, as I do most days but did not do yesterday.

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Worst trades in Baltimore sports history

Worst trades in Baltimore sports history

[Editor's note: With baseball's non-waiver trade deadline arriving Thursday afternoon, The Baltimore Sun has ranked the 10 best and 10 worst deals in Baltimore sports history. The best trades can be found here.] What were the Ravens thinking? That was the overwhelming reaction of fans after the team sent Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers in March 2013 for a sixth-round choice in the NFL draft. A game and gutsy wide receiver, Boldin was the Ravens' favorite target in 2012 and caught six passes (one a touchdown) in their Super Bowl victory over the 49ers. His reward? A proposed pay cut, which Boldin nixed. So on the trading block he went. Albeit a move to help the team stay under the salary cap, it ranks in hindsight as one of the worst deals in Baltimore sports history. Minus Boldin, the Ravens' offense sputtered last year and the team missed the playoffs. Worse, Ravens fans watched as the 11-year veteran carried the 49ers to the NFC championship game, where his five receptions -- including a touchdown -- led San Francisco in a losing cause. Still, the Boldin trade isn't nearly the most one-sided in Baltimore's long sports history. Here are the 10 worst trades made by area teams, as ranked by The Baltimore Sun. (Text by Mike Klingaman.)

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Best trades in Baltimore sports history

Best trades in Baltimore sports history

[Editor's note: With baseball's non-waiver trade deadline approaching Thursday afternoon, The Baltimore Sun has ranked the 10 best and 10 worst deals in Baltimore sports history. The worst trades will appear tomorrow.] Having made dozens of trades in more than 25 years as a baseball executive, Andy MacPhail is resigned to this fact: "One moment you can be a genius and the next, an idiot." Like most of his peers, MacPhail has been called both. But after engineering a deal, the man who served as the Orioles president of baseball operations from 2007 to 2011 said he seldom looks back. "You're not impervious to criticism, but you can't waste energy worrying what fans think," he said. "A trade that looks good initially may not be, over time. And there will always be people to pass judgment five years after the fact." It has been more than six years since MacPhail traded Orioles starting pitcher Erik Bedard to the Seattle Mariners for five players, including four-time All-Star outfielder Adam Jones and pitcher Chris Tillman, an All-Star in 2013. It was one of the most successful deals in Baltimore sports history, along with the one MacPhail swung with the Texas Rangers for slugger Chris Davis less than three years later. Looking back at the Jones trade, MacPhail said: "There was so much uncertainty about that trade. As well-known as Adam was, he still hadn't done it at the major league level. All you can do is look in the mirror and know that you've crossed all your t's and dotted your i's and gotten as much information to ensure that a trade will work out. Either way, you've got to live with it." Here are the 10 best trades in Baltimore sports history, as selected by The Baltimore Sun. (Text by Mike Klingaman.)

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Jon Meoli took over as Sports Blitz's lead blogger in April 2014. He joined the company as a reporter for the Towson Times in June 2011, after his graduation from Loyola University.

Other sports reporters and editors also occasionally contribute to The Blitz with their takes on the area sports scene.

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