Recent stories by Mike Preston
5:42 PM EDT, April 18, 2014
It's been almost a year since Stevenson won the Division III national championship in men's lacrosse, and coach Paul Cantabene still hasn't taken a vacation.
9:30 PM EDT, April 14, 2014
On paper, the Ravens have picked up significant ground on the rest of the AFC North. They retained most of their key players in free agency and upgraded in other areas.
3:20 PM EDT, April 11, 2014
Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala appears to be cool while the whirlwind blows around him.
5:21 PM EDT, April 5, 2014
Attackmen Justin Ward and Brian Schultz had put themselves in this game-winning situation at least a hundred times, first with the Maryland RoughRiders, their club team, and then later in college.
10:52 PM EDT, April 7, 2014
The Ravens can't seem to tackle this problem.
2:07 PM EDT, April 4, 2014
With five weeks remaining before the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament, there is no clear-cut favorite to win the championship, but No. 1 Loyola Maryland appears to be the team to beat.
6:49 PM EDT, April 1, 2014
With a lot of local attention over the weekend focused on running back Ray Rice's recent indictment on a charge of aggravated assault and Opening Day for the Orioles, some big news went unnoticed.
1:51 PM EDT, March 28, 2014
When Cornell's lacrosse program was going through troubled times last fall and the early part of the winter, interim head coach Matt Kerwick's mind shot back to the summer of 2012.
8:48 PM EDT, March 22, 2014
Virginia midfielder Greg Coholan scored his third goal of the game with 1:09 left in overtime as the No. 8 Cavaliers defeated No. 10 Johns Hopkins, 11-10, in college lacrosse Saturday.
8:38 PM EDT, March 17, 2014
The next move is up to quarterback Joe Flacco.
12:14 AM EDT, March 25, 2014
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome is in his bargain-basement mode these days.
1:37 PM EDT, March 21, 2014
For four seasons, Johns Hopkins lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala had to find a way to defend Virginia attackman Steele Stanwick. On Saturday, the roles will be reversed because No. 8 Virginia has to find a way to stop his brother Wells, an attackman for the No. 10 Blue Jays.
6:52 PM EDT, March 12, 2014
The Ravens have had success in the first two phases of rebuilding their offense, but there is still a major concern about the third.
6:18 PM EDT, March 15, 2014
No. 3 Loyola Maryland had to battle two opponents Saturday. The Greyhounds had to play through the emotions of a big win against Duke last Sunday and then take on a tough Army team.
8:34 PM EDT, March 14, 2014
While free-agent wide receiver Steve Smith was in town visiting the Ravens, they rolled out the red carpet. He had a nice dinner, an evening on the town, and private meetings with general manager Ozzie Newsome, coach John Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
9:49 PM EDT, March 9, 2014
Duke coach John Danowski tried a number of combinations, including flip-flopping his goalie twice, but the Blue Devils had no solutions for Loyola's offense Sunday night.
3:18 PM EST, March 7, 2014
Mike Preston: Loyola defenseman Joe Fletcher has added a word to the lacrosse lexicon with his lock-down skills
The term around the Loyola lacrosse team is "Fletched," as in the opposing attackman got "Fletched." Or when the Greyhouds' star defenseman runs away from two attackmen after stealing a ground ball, they both got "Fletched."
8:10 PM EST, March 3, 2014
The Ravens made a smart move by not putting the franchise tag on left offensive tackle Eugene Monroe on Monday. That's a designation used on a player who is one of the best at his position.
5:51 PM EST, February 28, 2014
Visible 30 second shot clocks will soon appear on lacrosse fields, but not soon enough for a lot of college coaches.
9:33 PM EST, February 24, 2014
The Ravens and Dennis Pitta are still far from reaching a new contract, but hopefully they aren't haggling over whether Pitta should get paid as a wide receiver or a tight end.
7:36 PM EST, February 21, 2014
Luke Shilling doesn't have a driver's license yet, but he is on the road to success in lacrosse.
1:36 PM EST, February 7, 2014
Duke lacrosse coach John Danowski has been down this road before, but not with so many bumps.
5:03 PM EST, February 17, 2014
Few pro athletes have fallen out of favor so quickly in Baltimore as Ravens running back Ray Rice.
6:56 PM EST, February 3, 2014
When the Seattle Seahawks' Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for a touchdown, all the anxious moments turned toward Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
6:49 PM EST, January 30, 2014
The Ravens hired one of the best offensive minds in the NFL as Gary Kubiak was named the team's offensive coordinator , but don't expect miracles in the 2014 season.
6:45 PM EST, February 10, 2014
Despite the team's failure to make the NFL playoffs for the first time in six years, an overhaul of the offensive coaching staff and possible salary cap problems, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. believes the Ravens could be serious contenders again in 2014.
11:45 PM EST, January 27, 2014
The Ravens already have a theme for the 2014 season. It's called "One Chance," produced by Steve Bisciotti, written by Ozzie Newsome and starring John Harbaugh.
9:16 PM EST, January 23, 2014
Even as the Ravens' search for an offensive coordinator appears to be moving away from him, former Detroit Lions assistant Scott Linehan would be their best option.
4:14 PM EST, January 20, 2014
It's hard to root against Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning because of his sustained standard of success. He runs the offense like a conductor leads a symphony.
8:50 PM EST, January 16, 2014
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said there was an outpouring of candidates for the team's offensive coordinator position, which was expected, since the Ravens are one of the NFL's top franchises.
6:45 PM EST, February 14, 2014
The line in the sand has to be drawn soon.
7:00 PM EST, January 13, 2014
Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady. It used to be the NFL's ultimate matchup because it featured the modern era's top quarterbacks.
6:41 PM EST, January 8, 2014
Owner Steve Bisciotti appeared calm and in a relatively good mood during the annual "State of the Ravens" address. He was disappointed in the team for failing to make the playoffs for the first time in six seasons, but not too upset.
6:57 PM EST, January 2, 2014
As Jim Caldwell lines up interviews with the Detroit Lions and the Washington Redskins for vacant head coaching positions, there are some who would prefer he'd get one of those jobs so the Ravens could hire a new offensive coordinator.
9:09 PM EST, December 30, 2013
Now that the 2013 season is over, the Ravens will begin part two of their rebuilding process. There won't be the cleansing of superstar talent like last offseason, but it will be almost as interesting.
7:30 PM EST, December 29, 2013
The Ravens took a lot of gambles for the 2013 season, and they lost most of them.
9:35 PM EST, December 23, 2013
The Ravens have less than a week to achieve an offensive harmony that has eluded them all season.
5:30 PM EST, December 19, 2013
Is there any sizzle left in T-Sizzle?
8:18 PM EST, December 26, 2013
As long as the Bengals reside in Cincinnati, there is always hope the Ravens will win. And if the Ravens can't find a way to win, the Bengals might find a way to lose.
11:06 PM EST, December 22, 2013
The Ravens said they were treating the matchup with the New England Patriots as a playoff game, and they got a look at what a top-notch playoff team with an elite quarterback looks like.
9:25 PM EST, December 17, 2013
It would appear the Ravens are heading into trouble because they struggle scoring touchdowns inside the red zone. The latest display came Monday night when the Ravens had to settle for six field goals from Justin Tucker to defeat the Detroit Lions, 18-16.
12:04 AM EST, December 17, 2013
Now, everyone will take the Ravens seriously.
7:42 PM EST, December 8, 2013
The Ravens had so much luck a year ago that it appeared to all have run out. There was the fourth-and-mile check down pass to Ray Rice in San Diego and the Mile High Miracle pass to Jacoby Jones in the postseason.
6:20 PM EST, December 12, 2013
There are few moments during a season when NFL coaches are completely honest and Ravens coach John Harbaugh had one of those Monday afternoon.
7:15 PM EST, December 9, 2013
Former head coach turned NBC commentator Tony Dungy was sitting in the studio and acted as if he'd just unleashed the secret of the NFL season when he said the chink in the Denver Broncos' armor was their defense.
1:08 AM EST, November 29, 2013
This could be the spark the Ravens need to make a late-season run.
11:36 PM EST, November 28, 2013
6:47 PM EST, November 25, 2013
A few weeks ago there was laughter around the NFL because the primetime game Thanksgiving Day featured two losing teams: the Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. But now, there is a renewed excitement.
4:16 PM EST, November 21, 2013
The Ravens need to go old school this weekend and for the rest of the season.
7:16 PM EST, November 24, 2013
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco appeared to get the message Sunday.
9:31 PM EST, November 17, 2013
The Ravens don't play like a championship caliber team but play with the heart of defending champions.
5:59 PM EST, November 18, 2013
If the NFL draft was held today, the Ravens should find themselves a big, tall wide receiver.
5:21 PM EST, November 14, 2013
Once the Ravens had defeated the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, reality returned to the AFC North and the Ravens still appear to be the team to beat in the division.
5:47 PM EST, November 7, 2013
It was inevitable. As soon as the Ravens endured a losing streak without Ray Lewis, there was going to be a barrage of questions about leadership.
6:47 PM EST, November 11, 2013
The answer appears to be simple, but there are no quick fix solutions. There is no magic wand or fantastic scheme.
5:49 PM EST, November 4, 2013
Ravens fans are living on the hopes of last season.
10:26 PM EST, November 3, 2013
The answer to one of the biggest questions about the 2013 season is almost clear now.
7:51 PM EST, November 10, 2013
The game should have ended in a tie.
6:49 PM EDT, October 28, 2013
The Ravens aren't officially at the halfway point of the 2013 season, but they face a "must win" situation Sunday in Cleveland against the Browns.
9:51 PM EDT, October 20, 2013
The Ravens need a bye week.
6:01 PM EDT, October 17, 2013
When Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was asked recently about fixing his offense, particularly the running game, he said there wasn't enough time to entertain such a discussion.
7:33 PM EDT, October 13, 2013
Ravens coach John Harbaugh has to modify his philosophy.
8:21 PM EDT, October 6, 2013
Joe Flacco's numbers hardly told the story. They were mediocre, but Flacco wasn't. The greatness of his play was drenched in a T-shirt, soiled on his pants and clearly evident from the slow walk out of the locker room.
6:13 PM EDT, October 31, 2013
It is the time of year for victories, not excuses.
6:33 PM EDT, October 21, 2013
The Cincinnati Bengals are starting to assert themselves in the AFC North, and that's scary.
6:24 PM EDT, October 14, 2013
The Ravens can do more than just beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. They can bury them for the remainder of the 2013 season.
6:50 PM EDT, October 10, 2013
Five weeks into the NFL season, the Ravens still haven't shown much improvement.
6:30 PM EDT, September 30, 2013
The Ravens have taken this NFL is a pass-happy league thing too far.
6:31 PM EDT, October 7, 2013
The Ravens had a character win against Miami on Sunday. Because of injuries, they were low on receivers as well as offensive linemen. They were playing in heat and had not won a game on the road this season.
5:17 PM EDT, September 26, 2013
After three games, Ravens tight end Ed Dickson has more dropped passes than catches. He got booed in the home opener and his playing time in the pass offense might be decreasing.
7:54 PM EDT, September 23, 2013
Ravens coach John Harbaugh raised a few eyebrows Sunday afternoon when he said the Ravens offense was as far along as it could be following the team's 30-9 win over the Houston Texans.
8:26 PM EDT, September 29, 2013
Maybe before the creation of the salary cap nearly 20 years ago, a loss like this one would be a good indication of where the team was headed.
7:11 PM EDT, September 22, 2013
Few picked the Ravens to beat the Houston Texans Sunday and no one predicted a Ravens blowout. Three weeks into the NFL season, the Ravens made a huge statement in a big game.
4:43 PM EDT, September 19, 2013
Maybe if it was a veteran kicker and he missed two field goals in the previous game, the concern wouldn't be so great. But when it is Justin Tucker and it is only game No. 2 of his second season, there is a lot of interest.
4:35 PM EDT, September 12, 2013
Despite high praise for being one of the best drafting teams in the NFL, the Ravens still have one significant area to improve: developing wide receivers.
6:39 PM EDT, September 9, 2013
The Ravens were beaten soundly by the Denver Broncos last Thursday night, but it was no big deal. If they lose that convincingly to the Cleveland Browns at home Sunday, then it is time for concern.
9:10 PM EDT, September 16, 2013
This is no time for a running-back controversy, and there doesn't need to be one soon.
1:18 AM EDT, September 6, 2013
The warning sign came early in the game, as soon as the first offense went onto the field. The Ravens started Marlon Brown, an undrafted rookie, at wide receiver.
9:46 PM EDT, August 19, 2013
After the Atlanta Falcons pummeled the Ravens' defensive front last week with 170 rushing yards on 40 carries, coordinator Dean Pees was not pleased. Against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, he expects the unit to be better.
5:37 PM EDT, September 2, 2013
It appears to be an improbable task but not impossible.
5:31 PM EDT, August 26, 2013
It is not the beginning of the football season unless there are questions about the Ravens offensive line.
11:44 PM EDT, August 22, 2013
There is only one preseason game remaining before the 2013 regular season begins, and there is still no indication how the Ravens offense will perform in the opener against the Broncos in Denver.
10:18 PM EDT, August 15, 2013
The Ravens are running out of excuses and cornerback Jimmy Smith is running out of time.
8:02 PM EDT, September 15, 2013
It is two weeks into the regular season, and there is still a lot to learn about the 2013 Ravens because nothing much came out of Sunday's 14-6 win over Cleveland. The same weaknesses that were exposed last week against Denver showed up again against the Browns.
11:41 AM EDT, August 23, 2013
Despite their first loss in preaseason to the Carolina Panthers, the Ravens had to be delighted with the performances of three injured players who received their first substantial playing time Thursday night.
6:22 PM EDT, August 16, 2013
It isn't time to worry yet, but at least keep an eye on the situation.
8:31 PM EDT, August 12, 2013
The last time the Ravens visited the "trash heap" for a receiver, they traded a fourth-round draft pick to the Buffalo Bills for Lee Evans in 2011. And now, they've brought in tight end Dallas Clark and wide receiver Brandon Stokley.
9:13 AM EDT, September 4, 2013
There are no fancy slogans this season, like "Play like a Raven," or talk of 53 mighty, mighty men.
9:40 PM EDT, August 3, 2013
As he delivered his induction speech into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night, Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden was as cool and humble as he was on the field during his 12 seasons in Baltimore.
10:36 PM EDT, August 1, 2013
It is an argument that has gone on for nearly a decade: Who is the greatest player in Ravens history, offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden or linebacker Ray Lewis?
9:50 PM EDT, August 9, 2013
Before the start of training camp, the Ravens were looking for a No.2 wide receiver.
8:12 PM EDT, August 4, 2013
There was a message left on the office phone one cold night in 2001, but the caller didn't leave his name. It was just an old raspy voice wanting to say hi.
8:46 PM EDT, July 28, 2013
The Ravens were just finishing the short-yardage period at practice and rookie fullback Kyle Juszczyk had been getting stuffed like a turkey in preparation for Thanksgiving. He got rocked by safety James Ihedigbo and then by linebackers Arthur Brown and Bryan Hall.
9:57 PM EDT, July 25, 2013
Not breaking news: Ravens left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie wasn't on the practice field for the first full day of training camp.
10:31 PM EDT, August 8, 2013
As a group, the first-team defense was intact for nearly a quarter and the signs were good.
6:31 PM EDT, July 23, 2013
The new T-Sizzle is pretty much the same as the old T-Sizzle.
7:44 PM EDT, June 17, 2013
When Chazz Woodson, a midfielder for Major League Lacrosse's Ohio Machine, stated recently that a racial epithet had been directed at him three times during his collegiate career at Brown, once by an opposing player and twice by teammates, the old myth about lacrosse resurfaced.
7:05 PM EDT, June 21, 2013
With about one month before the opening of training camp, the Ravens have had one of their best offseasons in recent years, and coach John Harbaugh has set the perfect tone going into the 2013 regular season.
6:00 PM EDT, June 3, 2013
Maybe 15 or 20 years ago, ego and image would have prevented Johns Hopkins from joining the Big Ten. But university officials put those aside any of those lingering issues as the Blue Jays announced Monday that they will be joining the conference in 2015.
9:06 PM EDT, June 5, 2013
— It is time to put the Ravens Super Bowl championship of 2012-13 away in the history books.
6:47 PM EDT, June 13, 2013
It's not unusual for the defense to be ahead of the offense at this point, but it appears the Ravens have a chance to be special again.
6:55 PM EDT, May 31, 2013
A year ago, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees was the new kid on the block. Now, he's teaching a bunch of new players.
2:57 PM EDT, May 24, 2013
Privately, a lot of fans are picking unseeded Cornell to win the NCAA Division I lacrosse championship here this weekend — but publicly, they urge caution because the 2013 regular season has been so unpredictable.
6:48 PM EDT, May 18, 2013
The Cornell men's lacrosse team is on a mission.
4:35 PM EDT, May 17, 2013
Yale goalie Eric Natale doesn't want his dream to become a nightmare.
8:32 PM EDT, May 6, 2013
The Ravens' Most Valuable Player of the 2013 season could be Mark Smith.
5:21 PM EDT, May 3, 2013
OK, so now that the Ravens have re-signed left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie to a two-year contract, the real drama begins.
6:08 PM EDT, May 27, 2013
When almost everyone else thought their season was over in early March, Duke's lacrosse players were not too concerned.
9:39 PM EDT, May 20, 2013
Whenever the conversations about the leading candidates for the No. 2 receiver come up, Ravens officials like to mention several names including Deonte Thompson, David Reed, LaQuan Williams and Tandon Doss.
3:29 PM EDT, May 13, 2013
There has been talk about parity in college lacrosse for years, but finally there is evidence in the NCAA Division I tournament, a place where some thought it might not be on display for another decade.
5:54 PM EDT, April 28, 2013
The Ravens still have holes. They need to find a starting left tackle, and they could use a No. 2 receiver and add depth at the linebacker and offensive line positions as well.
7:28 PM EDT, May 25, 2013
— Nearly three weeks into the 2013 regular season, No. 7 Duke was virtually a game or two away from being eliminated from postseason play. Now, the Blue Devils are only a game away from winning a second national championship in four years.
11:27 PM EDT, April 26, 2013
In theory, the defending Super Bowl champion isn't supposed to get stronger through the NFL draft because the team has the last pick in each round.
9:35 PM EDT, April 15, 2013
It's a great problem to have to solve.
5:51 PM EDT, April 8, 2013
The Ravens seem to have everything in place on offense.
5:11 PM EDT, April 1, 2013
Two months after winning the Super Bowl, the Ravens are in position to have a good draft and make another serious run at a championship.
10:32 PM EDT, March 19, 2013
The two best players were on the opposite ends of the field Tuesday night, and they both played for Towson.
12:07 PM EDT, April 12, 2013
Despite being the defending national champion and winning nine of 11 games this season, Loyola needs to make a statement in 2013.
6:30 PM EST, March 4, 2013
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is back into the routine at the Castle. He is turning down speaking engagements and book deals and watching video of potential draft picks.
1:18 AM EDT, April 6, 2013
No. 4 Maryland scored the final three goals of the third quarter to seize control of the game and put away a stubborn Navy team, 11-8, Friday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
6:31 PM EDT, March 30, 2013
Maryland rediscovered itself Saturday, and Virginia is still searching.
5:53 PM EDT, March 19, 2013
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome is back to his old theme: "right player, right price."
6:19 PM EDT, March 15, 2013
The Ravens almost lost another key player in free agency.
8:14 PM EST, March 1, 2013
Every year in college lacrosse there seems to be a Delaware, Lehigh or Loyola, a team no one figured to be one of the nation's top contenders.
5:46 PM EDT, March 22, 2013
There are rebuilding jobs at other colleges and universities throughout the country, and then there is trying to turnaround a program at one of the nation's service academies.
3:40 PM EDT, March 29, 2013
Virginia coach Dom Starsia has always hedged a little over talk of parity in college lacrosse, but he is slowly crossing over.
5:51 PM EDT, March 25, 2013
The new general of the Ravens defense had been quiet ever since the team won the Super Bowl in early February.
8:25 PM EDT, March 11, 2013
As soon as the Super Bowl ended and quarterback Joe Flacco signed a long term contract, the real business was going to begin as far as reshaping the Ravens.
9:34 PM EST, March 8, 2013
The trick might be too great even for Duke coach John Danowski to pull off this season.
5:37 PM EST, February 22, 2013
Loyola head coach Charley Toomey thought assistant Dan Chemotti made perfect sense when he talked him into playing No. 3 Maryland in between games against Towson and UMBC.
8:59 PM EST, March 8, 2013
It was preparation night for both UMBC and Johns Hopkins on Friday at Homewood Field.
10:27 PM EST, January 28, 2013
SUPER BOWL XLVII
It's been nearly 12 years since Ray Lewis played in his only other Super Bowl, but he is still almost as big as the game.
5:16 PM EST, January 17, 2013
For a big man, Vince Wilfork moves around a lot. On one snap, he can be at left defensive end or tackle. On another snap, he can be at the same position on the right side.
7:09 PM EST, February 10, 2013
The comparisons are inevitable because there has been only one other Super Bowl winning season in the Ravens' 17-year history in Baltimore.
1:01 AM EST, February 4, 2013
There are always Cinderella stories in sports, but the Ravens' improbable journey to the Super Bowl XLVII championship is one of the best stories in recent football history.
9:13 PM EST, February 2, 2013
NEW ORLEANS -- The older brother will beat the younger brother again.
6:20 PM EST, January 7, 2013
As the Ravens begin preparations for Saturday's AFC divisional playoff game against Denver, the first thing they should do is break out the picture of quarterback Joe Flacco lying face down on the turf at M&T Bank Stadium.
10:42 PM EST, February 25, 2013
The Ravens are being smart and very cautious in their negotiations with star quarterback Joe Flacco.
12:05 AM EST, January 21, 2013
When historians look back on the Ravens' 2012 season, they will remember offensive coordinator Cam Cameron being fired and replaced by Jim Caldwell.
8:41 PM EST, January 29, 2013
The San Francisco 49ers' Randy Moss said Tuesday that he is the best wide receiver to ever play in the National Football League.
8:23 PM EST, January 14, 2013
Despite the lack of a big play in the running game early in the third quarter, the Ravens kept pounding and pounding away at the Denver Broncos' front seven.
8:58 PM EST, March 2, 2013
Joe Flacco is an elite quarterback now.
10:18 PM EST, February 4, 2013
Success can change a person, but it probably won't change Joe Flacco.
7:28 PM EST, February 1, 2013
SUPER BOWL XLVII
When Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome considers whether to bring back veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin and his $6 million salary for another season, maybe he should rewind the game film of the Ravens' 28-13 win over New England in the AFC championship game two weeks ago.
9:45 PM EST, January 27, 2013
Maybe now that the Super Bowl is less than a week away it's time to get some serious answers about The Game.
5:05 PM EST, December 20, 2012
Will Ray Lewis dance one more time in a Ravens uniform at M&T Bank Stadium?
10:27 PM EST, December 23, 2012
When the game was over, the Ravens had showed more heart and desire than the New York Giants.
10:22 PM EST, January 31, 2013
When John Harbaugh stepped to the podium here Monday night, it seemed to complete his evolution as a head coach.
9:32 PM EST, January 24, 2013
When almost everyone else thought the team was coming apart, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome thought his team was coming together.
6:53 PM EST, January 3, 2013
Last month it appeared that Terrell Suggs had gone underground. The injuries to the Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker kept mounting, and an altercation with his longtime girlfriend — now his wife — seemed to sour him.
10:00 PM EST, January 21, 2013
Mike Preston: Ravens' coaching staff deserves tons of credit for getting this team to the Super Bowl
The Ravens coaching staff might be a victim of the front office's success and its ability to draft or sign good players.
4:13 PM EST, January 10, 2013
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco knows this is the time of the season when NFL legends are made, but also the time when they get paid.
9:34 PM EST, January 6, 2013
It took the Ravens the entire season, but now they have the right players starting on the offensive line.
6:42 PM EST, January 2, 2013
There is really only one more appropriate ending for the Ravens' Ray Lewis, and that won't come for another five years when he takes his place in the NFL Hall of Fame as the greatest middle linebacker ever.
9:54 PM EST, December 16, 2012
John Harbaugh has gone to the playoffs in each of his first four seasons as head coach, but now is his time for greatness.
10:17 PM EST, January 12, 2013
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco might have sealed his fame, future and fortune here Saturday night.
10:43 PM EST, December 2, 2012
The Ravens were fortunate that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn't play Sunday because the score might have been worse.
6:38 PM EST, December 13, 2012
If the next three games are Jim Caldwell's audition to become the Ravens' permanent offensive coordinator, then the odds are stacked against him.
5:29 PM EST, December 6, 2012
One game does not define a team, but the next four will.
7:32 PM EST, November 29, 2012
The Ravens have been lucky, received divine intervention and may be one of the worst 9-2 teams in NFL history, but the one characteristic that stands out about this team is toughness.
4:34 PM EST, December 24, 2012
Two weeks after he was named offensive coordinator, Jim Caldwell has finally put his finger prints on the game plan.
9:58 PM EST, December 27, 2012
The Ravens' regular-season finale Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals is like the final preseason game — it's just one more test before the new season begins.
6:41 PM EST, December 3, 2012
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was trying not to point any fingers when he was asked about the lack of touches for running back Ray Rice in the Ravens 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
5:02 PM EST, December 31, 2012
When Ravens fullback Vonta Leach was able to walk off the field Sunday after suffering an ankle injury minutes earlier, the offensive coaching staff breathed a collective sigh of relief.
9:26 PM EST, December 17, 2012
The Ravens seemed confident after getting blown out by the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but you have to wonder if it was just for public consumption or if it wasreal.
6:20 PM EST, November 22, 2012
The Ravens coaching staff has been ecstatic with their winning record, but never happy with the overall performance, especially on defense.
8:42 AM EST, November 13, 2012
Buried in the leftover rubble and next to the carcass of the Oakland Raiders at M&T Bank Stadium is a concern that won't go away.
8:20 PM EST, December 30, 2012
— As the Ravens head into the postseason, one question remains unanswered from the preseason and regular season. There is still doubt about whether this offense can carry the Ravens.
9:12 PM EST, December 9, 2012
— A week ago, the Ravens got beat by an old quarterback. On Sunday, they got beat by two rookie quarterbacks, one playing on one leg and the other having thrown only nine passes in his NFL career.
10:30 PM EST, November 25, 2012
When the game ended, Ravens offensive linemen Michael Oher and Jah Reid were chest bumping. Quarterback Joe Flacco was walking around with a clenched fist and Coach John Harbaugh was hugging anyone, almost everyone on the field.
7:57 PM EST, November 19, 2012
The Ravens are six games away from completing the 2012 regular season, and they are approaching the time when a team might consider signing its franchise quarterback to a contract extension.
12:32 AM EST, November 19, 2012
If you're waiting for the Ravens to become a super team in their quest to win another Super Bowl, it's probably not going to happen.
4:37 PM EST, November 16, 2012
Steelers WR Mike Wallace vs Ravens CBs Cary Williams and Corey Graham: Wallace might be the fastest wide receiver in the NFL. If quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was playing, the Ravens would be in serious trouble. They still could get burned a lot with Byron Leftwich replacing Roethlisberger. Williams has improved in recent weeks and Graham is more physcial than former starter Jimmy Smith. The Ravens have to neutralize Pittsburgh's speed. Edge: Steeleers.
8:32 PM EST, November 4, 2012
— Ravens coach John Harbaugh was trying to pay both team compliments when he said Sunday's game between the Ravens and the Cleveland Browns was just another typical AFC North game.
6:19 PM EST, November 15, 2012
There needs to be more interest in the quarterback who is playing this week than the one who isn't.
6:18 PM EDT, October 22, 2012
As the Ravens' coaching staff huddles during the bye week to determine new strategies, hopefully they will come up with a time to unplug quarterback Joe Flacco and the passing offense.
9:00 PM EST, November 11, 2012
A week ago, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said there were no easy or homecoming games in the National Football League.
5:18 PM EDT, October 29, 2012
The most important thing for the Ravens as they prepare for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday is to get Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata healthy.
3:27 PM EST, November 8, 2012
After the Ravens play the Oakland Raiders Sunday, the real fun begins. That's when the Ravens will show if they are a quality team or a fraudulent one
6:38 PM EDT, November 1, 2012
The Ravens are at the crossroads.
8:46 PM EDT, October 21, 2012
— Few teams are happy to go into the bye week with a loss, but this might work in the Ravens' favor.
6:53 PM EST, November 5, 2012
The temptation might be great, but the Ravens have to resist.
7:51 PM EDT, October 18, 2012
It is a campaign season, but Dean Pees wasn't in the mood for ducking any questions about his defense, one of the worst in the NFL.
9:21 PM EDT, October 14, 2012
The Dallas Cowboys may be America's Team, but the Ravens have the football gods on their side.
8:34 PM EDT, October 15, 2012
Pro Bowl inside linebacker Ray Lewis did not make it through his 17th season, but he will play in No. 18 next year.
7:17 PM EDT, September 28, 2012
Buried under the Ravens allowing 357 yards of total offense to the Cleveland Browns, including 320 yards passing by rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, was a bright spot.
5:16 PM EDT, October 11, 2012
Ravens offensive tackles Michael Oher and Kelechi Osemele thought they had it tough last week.
12:33 AM EDT, September 28, 2012
OK, it wasn't pretty, but it was effective.
7:19 PM EDT, September 24, 2012
Bring back Frank Walker.
7:04 PM EDT, October 8, 2012
Regardless of what has been displayed on the field by the Ravens during the first five games, this is still running back Ray Rice's offense.
4:14 PM EDT, September 13, 2012
It's early in the season, and usually there are questions about the offense, but my how times have changed.
6:03 PM EDT, October 4, 2012
Ravens inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe laughed when he heard the question. Then he smiled. And then he smiled some more.
4:54 PM EDT, September 20, 2012
Justin Tucker has eased most of the concerns about former Ravens placekicker Billy Cundiff.
10:48 PM EDT, September 10, 2012
The Ravens have an offense.
7:39 PM EDT, September 7, 2012
12:10 AM EDT, September 9, 2012
One way or another, 2012 is a coming-out season for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
9:45 PM EDT, May 12, 2012
Stevenson has had a tradition of turning out high-powered offenses, but it has been the defense that has carried the Mustangs this season .
5:14 PM EDT, March 31, 2012
When the Maryland men's basketball team won its national championship 10 years ago, it was uniquely different than a lot of those won during that era.
7:55 PM EDT, September 3, 2012
Ravens rookie offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele says the coaching staff has told him he would play a very substantial role this season.
8:15 PM EDT, August 27, 2012
Since the 2000 Super Bowl season, the Ravens have set a standard for greatness on defense. The torch has been passed on from a Rod Woodson and Peter Boulware to a Haloti Ngata and Ed Reed.
6:01 PM EDT, May 5, 2012
The situation facing No. 8 Johns Hopkins on Saturday afternoon felt a little familiar to the Blue Jays. Army displayed a few techniques in hopes of obtaining the same result as Navy did against Hopkins a few weeks ago.
11:59 PM EDT, April 1, 2012
No. 10 North Carolina scored four goals in the first 10 minutes of the fourth quarter as the Tar Heels upset the No. 1 Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team, 13-9, on Sunday night in the Big City Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.
5:34 PM EST, March 3, 2012
COLLEGE PARK — The Maryland men's lacrosse team wanted to play the perfect game Saturday, but the Terps had to settle for a great start and a strong finish.
5:18 PM EDT, September 17, 2012
Nearly two weeks into the preseason, Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said the replacement referees would have little impact on the outcome of games if the Ravens performed well.
2:19 PM EDT, May 25, 2012
Loyola attackmen Eric Lusby and Mike Sawyer have seen a lot of different zones and man-to-man defensive combinations this season.
7:43 PM EDT, September 16, 2012
— Here they go again.
11:04 PM EDT, August 23, 2012
Unless quarterback Joe Flacco plays next week against St. Louis, he just completed the best preseason of his five-year NFL career.
10:49 PM EDT, April 1, 2012
No. 10 North Carolina scored four goals in the first 10 minutes of the fourth quarter as the Tar Heels upset the No. 1 Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team, 13-9, on Sunday night in the Big City Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.
5:44 PM EST, March 10, 2012
No one knows for sure if Loyola University belongs in the top echelon of lacrosse teams this season, but it will be fun to see if the Greyhounds can get there.
8:57 PM EDT, April 20, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — It's April, so it is time for Duke's men's lacrosse team to start its annual march toward the NCAA championship.
10:05 PM EST, January 2, 2012
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is trying to walk the line without falling off the edge — and possibly taking down his team, as well.
6:44 PM EST, November 21, 2010
Quarterback: It was a typical performance by Joe Flacco, except he played well in the first half and was average in the second. Flacco had some nice sideline throws, but he has to develop a better feel in the pocket of when to go down, and when to tuck the ball. But he did throw for more than 300 yards. Grade: B
9:59 PM EST, November 28, 2011
The Ravens appear to have found the right formula for winning on offense, but it has as much to do with the improved play of the offensive line as it does with a change in philosophy.
6:56 PM EST, February 25, 2012
The No. 17 Loyola men's lacrosse team's offense was so lethal against rival Towson on Saturday that Greyhounds coach Charley Toomey really didn't want to talk about it.
8:23 PM EDT, August 20, 2012
Ravens rookie running back Bernard Pierce may have had the most impressive one-yard rushing performance in NFL history.
5:44 PM EDT, August 31, 2012
Rookie outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw has struggled with weight and shoulder problems, but he still should be more impressive than what he has shown in the preseason.
8:22 PM EDT, May 13, 2012
Mike Poppleton didn't score a goal, dish out an assist or register a save, but he clearly was the most dominant player on the field in Johns Hopkins' 19-9 win over Stony Brook on Sunday in an NCAA tournament opening-round game.
10:32 PM EDT, April 14, 2012
The major difference between Division III powers Salisbury and Stevenson is that the Sea Gulls know how to finish and win big games.
4:41 PM EDT, March 17, 2012
Maryland's lacrosse game against Villanova lasted nearly two hours, but it took about 15 minutes to determine the winner.
8:54 PM EDT, September 26, 2011
Just a few minutes had passed after the Ravens' rout of St. Louis, and Joe Flacco had taken his place at the podium. It was entertaining because Flacco was actually excited about the Ravens' passing game, and we all know that the quarterback isn't exactly Mr. Excitement.
6:24 PM EDT, July 26, 2011
After helping the NFL and its players lift the lockout and craft a new collective bargaining agreement, Domonique Foxworth is ready to get back on the field. The Ravens cornerback, who missed last season with a knee injury, said Tuesday that he has no desire to begin training camp on the team's physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list.
8:46 PM EDT, May 26, 2012
When the final horn sounded, Loyola players ran toward their big goalie, Jack Runkel, who stood to the left of the goal with both arms outstretched over his head.
10:16 PM EDT, March 13, 2012
The Naval Academy broke open a tightly contested game with five straight goals to open the third quarter as the visiting Middies defeated Towson, 10-6, in mens' college lacrosse Tuesday night.
5:06 PM EST, November 28, 2011
The Ravens appear to have found the right formula for winning on offense, but it has as much to do with the improved play of the offensive line as it does a change in philosophy.
6:49 PM EDT, April 16, 2011
— In the end, Navy head coach Richie Meade had to face reality, because there isn't a lot left for his lacrosse team.
1:14 AM EST, December 6, 2010
9:43 PM EDT, May 18, 2011
There will be no Stevenson versus Salisbury III.
8:07 PM EDT, August 5, 2011
After failing to sign Malcom Floyd in free agency, the Ravens presumably will turn their focus at wide receiver to  Derrick Mason.
7:53 PM EST, December 19, 2010
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5:24 PM EST, January 24, 2011
During the season Ravens columnist Mike Preston graded the Ravens' progress after each game. Today, Preston offers his final grades for the season by position, including the coaching staff.
10:15 PM EST, January 15, 2011
2:10 PM EDT, September 24, 2011
Ravens S Ed Reed vs. Rams QB Sam Bradford
7:23 PM EST, January 9, 2011
Quarterback: Joe Flacco may have played his best game, certainly in the postseason. He carried the offense when there was no running game in the first half. He kept drives alive with his scrambling ability. He looked off his primary receivers and came back to them. Grade: A.
7:47 PM EST, January 2, 2011
Quarterback: The Bengals have a way of making Joe Flacco think and throw in slow motion. Flacco seemed late on a lot of his passes, and didn't play well under duress. When pressured, he doesn't secure the ball well, which could become a problem again. Grade: D+
8:30 PM EDT, September 18, 2011
Quarterback: This was one of Joe Flacco's worst days as a pro. His passes in the flat had no zip, and he even had trouble completing swing passes. He held onto the ball too long at times, and never had any timing with his receivers. Flacco, who threw two interceptions, finished with a quarterback rating of 51.2. Grade: F
4:31 PM EDT, July 31, 2011
Kelly Gregg, the second-leading tackler in Ravens history, said there are no hard feelings in parting ways with the team.
9:11 PM EDT, October 10, 2010
12:45 PM EDT, October 21, 2010
It's impossible to go through the 2000 Super Bowl season without remembering the Ravens' divisional playoff win over the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.
6:58 PM EST, December 13, 2009
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5:35 PM EDT, May 7, 2011
— The War on the Shore lasted about 15 minutes.
10:50 AM EDT, October 4, 2010
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