Six of this weekend's eight state semifinal football games feature local teams aiming for berths in state championship games next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. Here's what to expect:
Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe has more than four years left on his team contract, but he's already trying his hand at another game: real estate. The 27-year-old player founded a development firm in February with a former college teammate. The business, 4th Down Partners, is one of a group of investors in the $250 million redevelopment planned between Federal Hill and M&T Bank Stadium in Sharp-Leadenhall.
Matt Elam played a season-low 15 snaps during the Ravens' 21-7 win Sunday over the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium. The 2013 first-round draft pick from Florida made one tackle in nine running plays and six passing plays, and he had an additional tackle on special teams.
In an afternoon that featured a slow start by the defense and gamelong struggles by the offense, the Ravens pulled away late for a 21-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans in front of an announced 70,914 at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Ravens sacked Matt Ryan five times, including a safety by Terrell Suggs, and held the Atlanta Falcons off the scoreboard until about midway through the fourth quarter in a 29-7 victory in front of an announced 71,184 at M&T Bank Stadium.
With Ray Rice dismissed, Bernard Pierce battling injuries and inconsistency and Lorenzo Taliaferro being a rookie, Justin Forsett has emerged as the surprise leader of the Ravens' running game. Heading into Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons at M&T Bank Stadium, Forsett ranks fifth in the NFL with 408 rushing yards and leads the league with an average of 6.4 yards per carry.
Wide receiver Steve Smith's 61-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter off a pass that deflected off the hands of Owen Daniels set the tone for the Ravens in a 38-10 dismantling of the overmatched Carolina Panthers in front of an announced 71,218 at M&T Bank Stadium.
Four days before the Ravens play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium, Steve Smith was reflective. In a couple of months with his new team, he's established himself as quarterback Joe Flacco's go-to target with more than double the receiving yards than the next closest Raven. Smith has quieted some of the talk that he is in steady decline.
The Ravens broke the trend of close games against their biggest rival by delivering a 26-6 beatdown to the Pittsburgh Steelers in front of an announced 71,181 at M&T Bank Stadium and a prime-time television audience.
The On the Run tour, Jay Z and Beyonce's first co-headlining tour together, delivered the type of expensive, finely calibrated spectacle one would expect from a Forbes power couple with a corporate sponsorship on Monday night at M&T Bank Stadium.
Despite lower ticket sales for the NCAA men¿s lacrosse championships at M&T Bank Stadium than in previous years the event has come to Baltimore, NCAA and Ravens officials said they remain upbeat that the three-day tournament later on Memorial Day weekend will be a success.
The Orioles have announced that their May 24 game against the Cleveland Indians has been set for 12:35 p.m., which is less than a half-hour from the start of the first of two NCAA lacrosse semifinals at M&T Bank Stadium that day.