Ravens center Matt Birk, who injured his shoulder in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Cleveland Browns, returned to practice Friday after sitting out the previous two and is optimistic that he will make his 93rd straight start.
Ray Lewis said he will appeal the $20,000 fine he was assessed after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward . The Ravens linebacker said, "It won't change the way I play in this league."
There is no contract yet in hand, but Westminster wants the Ravens back in the nest for training camp. ... On Wednesday, the Orioles interviewed Toronto Blue Jays executive Tony LaCava for their top front office position. ... The North Carolina Tar Heels were named the favorites to win the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Maryland men were picked to finish ninth in the conference. ... The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers, 3-2, in Game 1 of the World Series.