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  • Looking Out: Killing of Baltimore transgender woman, sister of NBA player, makes international news

    Looking Out: Killing of Baltimore transgender woman, sister of NBA player, makes international news
    Yesterday, in the wake of the second murder of a transgender woman in Baltimore in the last two months, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts held a press conference to convey a commitment to solving the crime and improving police relations with the...
  • Sources: Ravens, Patriots, Falcons, Colts, Browns, Jets have displayed the most interest in Michael Sam

    Sources: Ravens, Patriots, Falcons, Colts, Browns, Jets have displayed the most interest in Michael Sam
    As former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam continues his preparations for the NFL draft, several teams have maintained contact with the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The Ravens are among the teams that have displayed the most...
  • Missouri's Michael Sam, an NFL draft prospect, comes out as gay

    Missouri's Michael Sam, an NFL draft prospect, comes out as gay
    University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, an NFL draft prospect, told The New York Times tonight that he's gay, a landmark announcement that sets a course for him to become the first openly gay current NFL player. Sam is an All-American...
  • Ayanbadejo says teammates on one of his Super Bowl teams used marijuana week of game

    Ayanbadejo says teammates on one of his Super Bowl teams used marijuana week of game
    Without offering specific details, former Ravens and Chicago Bears linebacker and special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo said teammates were smoking marijuana in the days leading up to one of the two Super Bowls he played in. During a FOX Sports podcast...
  • What they're saying about the Ravens

    What they're saying about the Ravens
    A collection of what other media outlets are saying as the Ravens prepare for Sunday's game on the road against the Buffalo Bills. * NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal ranks his picks for the top quarterbacks in the NFL so far this season. The Ravens' Joe Flacco...
  • NFL prospect's announcement has some gay athletes of earlier days marveling at widespread support

    NFL prospect's announcement has some gay athletes of earlier days marveling at widespread support
    As a Maryland football player, Akil Patterson felt pangs of disappointment every time he typed the words "gay athlete" into an online search engine, hoping against hope to find someone else like him. Patterson reflected Monday on how different the...
  • Brendon Ayanbadejo calls Michael Sam a pioneer in tradition of Jackie Robinson

    Brendon Ayanbadejo calls Michael Sam a pioneer in tradition of Jackie Robinson
    The significance of Missouri defensive end and NFL draft prospect Michael Sam's ground-breaking revelation that he's gay immediately struck a chord with former Ravens linebacker and special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo. Ayanbadejo regards Sam as a...
  • John Harbaugh says Ravens would be accepting of Michael Sam

    John Harbaugh says Ravens would be accepting of Michael Sam
    INDIANAPOLIS¬†— Since Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced last Sunday that he's gay, he's instantly become one of the most high-profile NFL draft prospects. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Friday that the team would have no issues...
  • Source: Ravens met with draft prospect Michael Sam

    Source: Ravens met with draft prospect Michael Sam
    INDIANAPOLIS — Missouri defensive end Michael Sam answered questions calmly Saturday, displaying candor and a natural sense of humor at the NFL scouting combine. One of the most scrutinized draft prospects in NFL history, Sam was surrounded by...
  • Daryl Smith has helped the Ravens defend the pass better at inside linebacker in 2013

    Daryl Smith has helped the Ravens defend the pass better at inside linebacker in 2013
    Whether it was Ray Lewis or Dannell Ellerbe manning the middle or Jameel McClain or Josh Bynes, Ravens inside linebackers did not defend the pass well last season. Only Brendon Ayanbadejo, a special teams regular who played sparingly on defense, had a...
  • From blocked punts to botched coverages, Ravens special teams searching for answers

    From blocked punts to botched coverages, Ravens special teams searching for answers
    As Ravens reserve safety Anthony Levine sprinted down the field, his eyes locked onto Pittsburgh Steelers return man Emmanuel Sanders. At the time, he didn't know about the positioning of the rest of the Ravens' coverage team or what kind of contact...
  • Post-football, Ayanbadejo is reshaping LGBT advocacy in sports world

    Post-football, Ayanbadejo is reshaping LGBT advocacy in sports world
    Growing up as a mixed-race kid in Chicago and in his father's native Nigeria, where he really stood out, Brendon Ayanbadejo became attuned to issues of identity from a very young age. By his midteens, while living with his family in a dorm for lesbian,...