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  • 'Blade' sports issue edited by Ayanbadejo hits newsstands

    'Blade' sports issue edited by Ayanbadejo hits newsstands
    Remember a couple months back when the Washington Blade promised an issue dedicated to sports and edited by former Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo? It hits stands Friday. According to Kevin Naff, the Blade's editor, the issue will include 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,...
  • Ravens hold on for 31-29 win over Cowboys

    Ravens hold on for 31-29 win over Cowboys
    In the final frantic two minutes, Ravens players hobbled on and off the field, some occupying roles that they had never before been asked to fill. By necessity, Dean Pees sent in defensive packages that the Ravens hadn’t even practiced, all while...
  • Ravens clinch AFC North with 33-14 victory over Giants

    Ravens clinch AFC North with 33-14 victory over Giants
    The shaky, mistake-prone quarterback morphed into a precise passer. An offense that hasn't consistently moved the ball for weeks chewed up yardage at will. A defense that has been giving up ground for much of the season had a two-time Super Bowl-winning...
  • Ayanbadejo looks to bring same-sex marriage cause to Super Bowl

    Ayanbadejo looks to bring same-sex marriage cause to Super Bowl
    With the national spotlight shining on the Super Bowl-bound Ravens this week, linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo is apparently hoping to divert some attention off the gridiron. According to New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, just hours after Baltimore&...
  • Ravens will use committee of players to fill void on defense

    Ravens will use committee of players to fill void on defense
    Nearly a year ago, inside linebacker Ray Lewis' foot injury sidelined him for four games and created a void of experience and leadership on the Ravens' defense. And the Ravens dealt with that crisis by winning every game without the former NFL...
  • Ray Lewis not activated, won't play Sunday against Broncos

    Ray Lewis not activated, won't play Sunday against Broncos
    An already banged-up Ravens defense won’t be getting middle linebacker Ray Lewis back for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. The Ravens had until 4 p.m. today to take Lewis off of injured reserve with a designation to return, but they...
  • Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responds to Ravens center Matt Birk's stance on same-sex marriage

    Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responds to Ravens center Matt Birk's stance on same-sex marriage
    Predictably enough, Ravens center Matt Birk’s opposition to same-sex marriage has caught the attention of Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. In response to an op-ed Birk penned in support of, as he wrote, “preserving marriage as the sacred union...
  • Raven Matt Birk joins fight against same-sex marriage

    Raven Matt Birk joins fight against same-sex marriage
    Ravens center Matt Birk is expected to film a video this week opposing Maryland's new same-sex marriage law, making him the second player on the team to take a public stand on the referendum. Birk, a Roman Catholic and father of six, is pressing a view...
  • Brendon Ayanbadejo: Birk not homophobic

    Brendon Ayanbadejo: Birk not homophobic
    After his teammate joined the fight against gay marriage, Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo, a vocal supporter for legalizing it, defended Matt Birk against online bashers. "I don't think he's homophobic," Ayanbadejo told one Birk critic on Twitter Monday night....
  • Contributions from young and unheralded players proved vital in Sunday's win vs. Giants

    Contributions from young and unheralded players proved vital in Sunday's win vs. Giants
    Bernard Pierce led the rushing attack. Chykie Brown broke up the most passes. And Brendon Ayanbadejo and Omar Brown each registered a sack. The Ravens relied on their usual stable of superstars to throttle the New York Giants, 33-14, Sunday evening, but...