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'Saturday Night Live' spoofs Orioles' empty-stadium game
Saturday Night Live spoofs Orioles empty-stadium game

It was bound to happen.

With the worst presumably over and the spectacle of an empty-stadium baseball game now days behind us, Baltimore’s plight over the last week was given the once-over by Saturday Night Live. It was quite funny.

In the four-minute long skit, Taran Killam played Jim Palmer, and Keenan Thompson did his best Frank Robinson impression (I think), and Scarlett Johansson brought back former Orioles reporter Amber Theoharis.

The skit outlined the discomfort of the day with reference’s to the city’s unrest surrounding the death of Freddie Gray and its impact on what proved to be a sad spectacle of a baseball game.

There were plenty of jokes — some funny, some probably inappropriate — but I’m not an arbiter of good taste and won’t pretend to be.

If anything, this is just a reminder of just how widespread the city’s issues and struggles over the last week have been.

An SNL joke about a baseball game that questionably served as a step in the city’s return to normalcy is part of...

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Why is Floyd Mayweather afraid of Rachel Nichols and Michelle Beadle?

Hours before Floyd Mayweather’s much-anticipated fight against Manny Pacquiao, his camp informed a pair of reporters who have questioned him about and brought to light his reported history of domestic violence that their credentials were blocked.

CNN’s Rachel Nichols and ESPN’s Michelle Beadle tweeted that they wouldn’t be allowed in the MGM Grand Arena for the fight, despite their standing with national media outlets

Nichols questioned Mayweather about his domestic violence incidents last fall as the NFL was embroiled in the controversy surrounding its handling of former Ravens running back Ray Rice. Beadle has also discussed  Mayweather’s out-of-the-ring domestic violence issues.

Mayweather’s history has been in the focus all week. Grantland’s Louisa Thomas and Deadspin’s Diana Moskovitz have some of the best stories of the week on it.

Now, as the Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins pointed out, those incidents — and the treatment of those who are exposing it — are going to be all anyone...

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What they're saying about the Ravens' Breshad Perriman draft pick

The Ravens went somewhat against their own grain by keeping the 26th selection in Thursday’s NFL Draft and selecting wide receiver Breshad Perriman, a physical and fast Central Florida product.

You can read our own Mike Preston’s take here, and get the instant analysis our writers and editors provided as well, but let’s take a stroll around the web to find out what they’re saying about  Perriman as the Ravens’ first-round choice.

- ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley broke the pick down for the Worldwide Leader, and said it was a good pick for more than just replacing Torrey Smith.

"In terms of fit, the Ravens couldn't have asked for a better offensive prospect to fall to them. Baltimore desperately needed an explosive playmaker, and Perriman is perhaps the most explosive playmaker in this draft. ...

The Ravens had Perriman ranked No. 14 on their draft board, and ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said Perriman has the potential to be a Dez Bryant type of a receiver. It's simple: The Ravens needed...

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What they're saying about the Orioles-White Sox empty stadium game

The standing-room-only press box at Camden Yards Wednesday for the closed-gate Orioles game against the Chicago White Sox meant national outlets and local reporters descended on the stadium to provide an account of a game only we had access to.

As such, there's plenty of coverage of the game, and it's all very good. Here's what they're saying about the Orioles-White Sox empty stadium game:

 - I’d be remiss not to point you first to the accounts from Dan Connolly inside the stadium, and our Eduardo Encina and Chris Kaltenbach around the ballpark, and Peter Schmuck with the wide view. They represented the hometown paper very well on this bizarre day.

Other beat writers with nice pieces were Roch Kubatko, Luke Jones, Brittany Ghiroli, and Rich Dubroff.

- Our sister paper in Chicago was well represented, too, by Colleen Kane, who wrote up the White Sox players’ perspective on the week’s difficulties.

“The Sox called the atmosphere ‘weird’ and ‘different.’

‘It was just a surreal environment,’...

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NBA player Will Barton invites city youth to basketball court for Freddie Gray dialogue

Baltimore native Will Barton is using his influence as an NBA player to call city youth, leaders, and residents to Druid Hill's Cloverdale Park for a conversation and block party that he said the city needs.

Barton, a former Memphis star who averaged 11 points per game this season after a mid-season trade to Denver in February, used his Instagram account to call people to the park and away from the violent demonstrations of the last 24 hours over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died last Sunday after suffering injuries following his arrest a week earlier.

Barton, who starred at Lake Clifton, invited coaches and pastors to bring their teams and youth group, and said McDonalds would be donating food. 

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