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Ruthless Rewind: Lax Final Four delivers memorable weekend

[1] It's rarely fun when Duke wins (left, photo by Reuters), but this year's men's lax Final Four was a blast to watch. Duke scored five seconds into overtime to beat Notre Dame in the final, and that game wasn't even the weekend's best (that would be the emotional seesaw semifinal between Duke and Virginia). Attendance totals at M&T Bank Stadium weren't ideal, but the fans on hand were treated to one hell of a weekend.

[2] Brian Roberts is inching closer to a return from the DL. The Orioles' second baseman hasn't played since April 9. B-Rob will play in extended spring training games this weekend. In other news, some of his Orioles teammates were stunned to find out they hadn't been playing in extended spring training games these past two months.

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[3] Last week, the O's moved former starter David Hernandez to the bullpen. They're already looking for him to take on a larger role. The young fireballer could be used in crucial seventh and eighth inning jams. If there was a "like" button on this, I'd click it. I've always said Hernandez has the heat and makeup to shine in the 'pen.

[4] The Ravens inked former Bengals kicker Shayne Graham on Thursday. He will compete with Billy Cundiff for the kicking job. I'm leery of any guy named "Shayne," but there's a more legitimate reason for distrust: Graham's poor playoff showing against the Jets. If he wins the job, he'll be lining up clutch kicks in January.

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[5] It looks as if the Baltimore Grind Prix, an IndyCar race to be held downtown next summer, is a go. I'm trying to wrap my head around this. Imagining cars zipping around the Inner Harbor at speeds nearing 200 mph is one thing. Picturing the traffic in the coming months as the city rushes to fix all those bumpy streets is another. Now might be a good time to invest in a bicycle.

[6] Days after Roy Halladay tossed the 20th perfect game in baseball history (and weeks after Dallas Braden threw the 19th), Detroit's Armando Galarraga was robbed of the 21st when umpire Jim Joyce blew a call with two outs in the ninth Wednesday. It was heartbreaking, but credit Galarraga (who didn't fuss) and Joyce (who apologized) for handling the situation with class.

Matt Vensel is a content creator at b. Follow him on Twitter, @mattvensel.

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