All eyes will be on the Ravens on Monday night as they have a chance to show that they are the AFC's best team. ... The Ravens ruled out Lee Evans and Ben Grubbs against the Jaguars after they failed to practice this week.
The Ravens have joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only teams in the NFL that are using iPads for playbooks. ... Safety Tom Zbikowski hasn't been cleared for contact yet. ... Joe Flacco doesn't think he is taking too many hits. ... An industry source says the Orioles are expected on Friday to ask the Dodgers for permission to interview assistant GM De Jon Watson. ... The Rangers rallied in the ninth inning to beat the Cardinals, 2-1, in Game 2 of the World Series.
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.
Baltimore Grand Prix attendees spent as much as $25 million at the Labor Day weekend event, which was far short of the $70 million projected by race organizers. ... The Ravens waived Mark LeVoir and brought back Prescott Burgess. ... The Orioles on Tuesday interviewed Jerry Dipoto, the first candidate to replace Andy MacPhail the team has met with. ... It looks like the Alfredo Simon saga in the Dominican Republic isn¿t over yet, as another hearing was pushed back. ... After a breakout game against Clemson, C.J. Brown is no longer Maryland's well-kept secret at quarterback. ... Tomas Vokoun and the Capitals shut out the Panthers, 3-0, to stay unbeaten.
Jeremy Guthrie's frustration is understandable. If I was perennially among the league leaders in losses while being a staple at the bottom of the run support rankings, the water jugs in the Orioles' dugout would have to get a restraining order against me. But to Guthrie's credit, he usually just beats himself up after losses.
"The Curious Case of Curt Flood" could hardly be more timely. The compelling documentary about the St. Louis Cardinals all-star centerfielder who made free agency possible for major league baseball players arrives Wednesday night on HBO in the middle of our summer of sports discontent with the NFL and NBC players and owners at each throats.
Long a solid center fielder and one of baseball's best baserunners, Curtis Granderson has turned into a beast at the plate since working with New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long to rework his swing.
After one of the worst outings of his career in a loss to the Cardinals, struggling starter Brian Matusz was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday night. ... After the game, Matusz was relatively upbeat about his demotion, saying he will use it for motivation. ... The Orioles will recall a reliever from the minors for Friday¿s game in Atlanta, and the most likely candidate is Double-A Bowie left-hander Pedro Viola. ... Three local sports talk show hosts -- Stan "The Fan" Charles, Jerry Coleman and Rob Long -- were without a home at radio station WVIE (1370 AM) as of Friday morning when the station started moving to a mainly network news/talk format.
On Tuesday night, Albert Pujols missed his first road game this season, much to the chagrin of Baltimore baseball fans who had hoped to see one of the sport's best players at Camden Yards. Following a collision at first base nine days ago, Pujols -- an impending free agent who is reportedly seeking a contract in the neighborhood of $300 million -- is out four to six weeks with a small fracture in his left forearm.
Prized left-hander Zach Britton allowed four earned runs in five-plus innings Tuesday night and remained with just one victory since May 1 as the Orioles lost to the Cardinals, 6-2. ... Orioles manager Buck Showalter acknowledged that he has some concern about Vladimir Guerrero, who has struggled to drive in runs as the club's cleanup hitter. ... The Bowie Baysox placed Billy Rowell, the Orioles' 2006 first-rounder, on the disabled list with a sprained ankle. ... Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco married his longtime girlfriend on Saturday in a low-key ceremony in Philadelphia. ... Brooks Laich signed a six-year, $27 million deal to stay with the Capitals.