With a Breeders' Cup berth at stake, Sagamore Racing, Allen Rosenblum and The Club Racing LLC's Miss Temple City became the first filly in 22 years to win the $1 million Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.
It has been 15 years since the Ravens won their first Super Bowl. They won another in 2012, which is remarkable for a franchise that has been in existence for only 20 years. Often there are questions about which team is better, but maybe they can be tied into one. Can Ray Lewis of the 2000 team beat Ray Lewis of the 2012 squad?
On the evening of Feb. 3, 2013, the Ravens and San Francisco 49ers met to decide NFL supremacy. On Sunday afternoon, the two teams play again, hoping to stave off 2015 irrelevance. Staying on the NFL mountaintop has proven difficult for both organizations since Super Bowl XLVII. Retirements, free-agent departures and injuries have whittled away talented and deep rosters. There have been off-field issues and on-field deficiencies. After engaging in a classic shootout on the sports' biggest stage,
Timmy Jernigan, who is the man tabbed to replace Haloti Ngata after the Pro Bowl defensive lineman was traded to the Detroit Lions in March, and Carl Davis represent the most recent additions to a defensive line group that throughout the Ravens history has been the franchise's premier strength, due to its depth and continuity among the coaches and players.
There seems to be a consensus among football pundits leaguewide: The Ravens, who annually lose veteran talent and replace it with young and unproven players, will again enter the season as one of the better teams in the AFC, and in good position to make the playoffs for the seventh time in head coach John Harbaugh's eight seasons.
Traded just before the end of the NFL league year last March, former Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said recently that he's excited to play with his new Detroit Lions teammates because he's "never been a part of a defense like this."
Now that former Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee has officially joined the Chicago Bears on a five-year deal worth nearly $40 million, the veteran pass rusher intends to provide an intimidation factor to his new football team.
Annually lacking the salary cap space to make major outside additions and content to reward their own players while building through the draft, the Ravens traditionally stay quiet through the first couple days of free agency when money changes hands at an eye-popping rate.
When Terrell Suggs lifted himself off of Newton on the final play of the Panthers¿ first drive last Sunday, he thought his frustrating streak without a sack was finally over. He even did a little dance.
Four players were sidelined at practice today for the Ravens. The list includes offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last week and is expected to miss roughly a month.
The free-agent departure of Arthur Jones in March had an immediate effect on the Ravens' locker room, where the defensive tackle regularly held court and displayed his boisterous, friendly personality.
And that's why Gregg, a former prep heavyweight champion wrestler from Oklahoma who played the game with leverage, strength and quickness and was nicknamed "Buddy Lee" is a great example for new Ravens starting nose tackle Brandon Williams to study.
With the Ravens having spent two of their first five draft picks on defensive lineman and with Lewis-Moore now healthy after sitting out last year to rehab his knee, there is not a lot of room for anybody else to crack the rotation.
With former Ravens starting defensive lineman Arthur Jones now with the Indianapolis Colts after signing a $33 million free-agent contract in March, there's an opportunity for DeAngelo Tyson to increase his playing time.