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Ray Rice attends fundraiser in Dundalk, says it's 'good to be out'

Ray Rice attended a Toys for Tots fundraiser in Dundalk on Wednesday night, his first public appearance in the area since the Ravens released him in September.

The fundraiser, at Jimmy's Famous Seafood, was hosted by Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith.

“It’s a warm welcome just to know that there are still people out there who still do support,” Rice told WJZ-TV. "It does feel good to be out and amongst the Baltimore community and just to give back." 

Rice's indefinite suspension from the NFL -- levied by commissioner Roger Goodell -- was lifted by an arbitrator last month.

Rice was charged with simple assault after punching his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an elevator at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City in February.

A pair of videos posted by gossip website TMZ -- one in February and another in September -- led to discipline from the NFL. The Ravens released Rice after the second video was posted.

The running back has a pending grievance against the Ravens that claims wrongful...

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Baltimore to host knockout round matches in 2015 Gold Cup

CONCACAF, the governing body for North and Central American soccer, announced Tuesday that M&T Bank Stadium is one of four venues that will host the elimination rounds of the 2015 Gold Cup, the confederations bi-annual championship tournament.

One city among Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Atlanta will host the championship of the tournament, which runs from July 7-26 next summer, while another will host both semifinal matches and the remaining two will host two quarterfinal matches each.

Those stadium assignments will be announced in early 2015, CONCACAF said in a release.

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Ravens' 'sudden-change' defense among league's best

For all of the short fields the Ravens allowed in Sunday's close win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach John Harbaugh lauded his defense for its play when the offense or special teams put it in tough situations.

Though Sunday was the most recent example of those plays, it’s hardly a new development for the Ravens' defense.

“We gave them some field position,” Harbaugh said. “We had five issues on special teams and one on defense that created the ball near or past the 50-yard line five different times. … To our guys’ credit, our defense rose up and just played outstanding football — sudden-change, backed-up football — and got some big stops for us.”

Save for a few outliers, that has been the case all year. The Ravens have turned the ball over just 17 times, tied for eighth fewest in the league, and they have allowed just 40 points off those turnovers. The average of 2.35 points allowed per turnover is second only to Miami, who has allowed 1.85 points per turnover (37 points on 20...

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Ravens 10-pack on an efficient Joe Flacco, ascendent defensive front, and more

Welcome to the Monday Ravens 10-Pack, where reporter Jon Meoli hits on 10 stats, notes, and thoughts following a painful 20-12 win over the 2-12 Jacksonville Jaguars. Read ahead for notes on an efficient Joe Flacco, the defensive line stepping up in Haloti Ngata's absence, and the Ravens receiver with the best hands in the league.

1. For all the deserved boos and anxiety caused by the pesky Jacksonville Jaguars, the Ravens find themselves pretty much exactly where they need to be with. A myriad of scenarios that could have helped didn’t pan out Sunday, like losses for the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers, but losses all but knocked the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins out of contention. All eyes will be on the Steelers (also 9-5), but Kansas City looms as a potential threat with games against Pittsburgh and San Diego that could pad their conference record while hurting the Ravens’ opponents in the process. Either way, don’t expect to be able to make playoff plans until the...

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The good, the bad and the weird signs (and goat heads) at 'College GameDay' in Baltimore
Build for Army-Navy begins with ESPN's 'College GameDay' at Inner Harbor

The buildup to the 115th Army-Navy game at M&T Bank Stadium got an early start at the Inner Harbor this morning.

ESPN’s College GameDay came to Maryland for the first time and more than a thousand screaming Mids, Cadets and college football fans greeted the show, many of them there before 7 a.m. to get into the pit in front of the set. Many carried signs instead of their usual training weapons.

The show, which began at 9, featured live interviews with the stars of the 1963 and 1964 Army and Navy games, quarterbacks Rollie Stichweh and Roger Staubach, and the coaches of today’s game, Army’s Jeff Monken and Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo.

The GameDay crew, led by Chris Fowler along with Desmond Howard, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso, perfectly orchestrated the two-hour show. Signs have become a big part of the atmosphere, and the Mids and Cadets were armed. Among the better ones:

“Even Soldiers Pick Navy”

“Jameis wrote Navy’s honor code”

“Eat Mor Sqwid”

“Corso leaves celery for Santa”

The moment...

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