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Baltimore Sun sports reporters, columnists and editors share the moments and stories they'll remember most from the year on their beats.

A celebration for the ages

Once first baseman Steve Pearce scooped up a grounder and touched the bag for the final out of an 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 17, the entire city of Baltimore could celebrate together.

Nothing compares with the eighth inning of Game 2 of the 2014 American League Division Series between the Orioles and Detroit Tigers.

With a week to go in the 2014 baseball season, Buck Showalter wanted no part of me or my questions about his evolution as a manager. "Are we done yet?" he murmured.

The phone call arrived late on a Saturday in February from a friend. The message delivered was shocking: star running back Ray Rice, one of the Ravens' most popular and community-oriented players, had been arrested.

Misreading the Ray Rice situation

I'm still trying to figure out what I was thinking the day the NFL announced that Ray Rice had been suspended for just two games for punching his then-fiance, Janay Palmer, and knocking her unconscious in an elevator in Atlantic City.

Ravens find the ideal replacement

Justin Forsett, who wound up replacing Ray Rice as the Ravens' primary running back, knows exactly what it feels like to be pondering the end of his playing days.

Welcome to the NFL

Within five minutes in early September, the Ravens showed Jon Meoli the magnitude of what I was covering on my first year on the beat.

Gary Williams' Hall of Fame moment

The lasting image Gary Williams left when he retired as Maryland's men's basketball coach in 2011 was of one of combativeness and combustion.

An American triumph in Boston

It was almost unbelievable when Meb Keflezighi became the first American male runner to win the Boston Marathon since 1983.

A night of fights

UFC 172 was a lesson that Baltimore isn't just a baseball and football town. The city came out to support a sport that¿s slowly earning more mainstream attention with every flying knee.

A streak of national proportions

In the spring, McDonogh became the second area team in little more than a decade to break the national record for consecutive girls lacrosse victories.

The pressure was clearly on the Boys' Latin lacrosse team in the Spring of 2014.

For the seventh consecutive year, attendance at the NCAA lacrosse championships dipped.

Write enough obituaries in this business and you learn, to some extent, to steel yourself against any personal draw to the departed. That was tough to do when Joe Aitcheson died.

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