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Former Terp Terrell Stoglin scores 74 points in a game, loses game

In June 2012, Terrell Stoglin, then a recent Atlantic Coast Conference scoring champion and Maryland Code of Conduct breaker, told The Baltimore Sun that he would be playing in the NBA within two years.

That was, he said, the "worst-case scenario."

Two-and-a-half years later, Stoglin is doing the next-best thing: scoring 74 points in a double-overtime loss in the Lebanese Basketball League.

This wasn't a Kobe situation, either. Stoglin finished 21-for-38 from the field, including 14-for-24 from beyond the arc, with four assists, four turnovers and three steals. He could have had the game-winner, too, if not for some Lebanon-quality officiating.

How'd he get here? Anytime you ask that question of Stoglin requires a bit of homework. Before Lebanon, it seems, he played in France, Ukraine, Poland and Italy.

America is probably not next, no matter what his international fan base thinks.

 

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New Oriole Travis Snider's biggest fan learned of trade from across the world

The Orioles gained a left-handed hitting outfielder with a funny Twitter handle when they acquired former Pirates outfielder Travis Snider this week.

An 8-year-old boy in Thailand via Pittsburgh lost his hero, and his dad wrote about it in a way that will make Orioles fans realize Snider is more than just a ballplayer.

Ted Anthony, an Associated Press news director based in Bangkok, wrote on Medium about how his son took a shining to Snider several years ago after he did what young children do and predicted a grand slam late in a game. Snider actually came through.

The young boy, Wyatt, stood up at the Pirates’ version of Fanfest last winter and grilled the front office about its plans for Snider.

He drew pictures of him, got an authentic Snider jersey and met Snider at PNC Park earlier this season.

He carried his fandom to Thailand, where Anthony and his older son had to break the news of Snider’s trade to his biggest fan.

Social media has had a way of rewarding such honesty when it...

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Game-worn Johnny Unitas jersey could get between $50,000-$100,000 at Super Bowl auction

A game-worn Johnny Unitas jersey from the 1967 season is a last-minute addition to a Super Bowl week auction in Phoenix, Ariz., and is expected to sell for anywhere between $50,000 and $100,000. 

The auctioneer, Hunt Auctions, said the jersey was given to the consigner's family by then-Colts equipment manager Fred Schubach in the Memorial Stadium locker room in 1968. 

The jersey was framed and hung in the consigner's family home, and a photograph of it was featured in a 1978 issue of Sun Magazine.

Unitas, the longtime Baltimore Colts star, earned national renown for his role in the 1958 NFL Championship game, the precursor to the Super Bowl at which his game-worn jersey will be sold.

According to the listing, the jersey "rates as one of only a scant few documented Unitas game jerseys to have entered the marketplace. Museum quality and categorically one of the finest examples in private hands."

Bids can be placed online

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Orioles' one-batter bullpen usage not among league's highest

With spring training just a few weeks away, the onslaught of ideas on how to make this baseball season better has begun.

The baseball Twitter community is buzzing about a proposal, which FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reported was floated by Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein this fall, one that suggests relief pitchers should required to face more than one batter in a game.

That would all but eliminate the hyper-specialization of bullpen arms that Tony La Russa introduced nearly a quarter century ago. And it would produce the two-fold result of more offense (with less specialists brought in for a single batter) and a faster pace of play a bit by theoretically reducing the number of pitching changes and mound visits.

The proposal is getting good early reviews by fans and analysts, and based on how the Orioles have used relievers in the past few years, it might even get support here.

Even with his (deserved) reputation as a master strategist, Orioles manager Buck Showalter wouldn’t be...

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Cal Ripken Jr. surprised Pocomoke High students who campaigned for him to speak at graduation

During the Orioles' playoff run in October, students at Pocomoke High School in Worcester County launched a #WeWantCal social media campaign to get Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. as their 2015 graduation speaker.

They posted Vine videos of themselves with Ripken’s iconic No. 8, tweeted at local and national media outlets to gain attention for the campaign and formed themselves in a giant “8” at midfield of their soccer field to show their commitment.

The efforts got on Ripken’s radar, and though a scheduling conflict kept him away from commencement this spring, Ripken paid the 340-student school a visit Wednesday.

The Ripken Baseball twitter account was providing updates of the event, which appeared to include a meet-and-greet with Ripken and a question-and-answer session.

Principal Annette Wallace tweeted that it was the “coolest day ever.”

I bet her students agree.

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