Five months after a botched draft-day deal between the Ravens and Bears, Chicago general manager Jerry Angelo said Friday that he and Ravens coach John Harbaugh have "cleared the air" about what went down.
Bryan Mattison, the son of former Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, was a member of the team's practice squad the past two seasons, at times shuffling back and forth from offensive line to defensive line.
Ray Lewis has been excused from the Ravens so the linebacker can deal with a family member's illness. ... Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that Marshal Yanda's back injury is "not a serious thing." ... Harbaugh also said the Ravens are giving Joe Flacco more control at the line of scrimmage. ... The Orioles turned in another ugly performance in a 6-5 loss to the Athletics. ... Jeremy Guthrie is dealing with shoulder stiffness that could push his next start back a day or two. ... Cal Ripken Jr. is a good guy.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti explained his decision to hire John Harbaugh over Rex Ryan three years ago. ... The Ravens expect Matt Birk to be ready for the season opener. ... Ravens Super Bowl hero Jermaine Lewis was arrested and released on bail. ... Current and former Ravens players are caught up in a scandal at the University of Miami. ... Brian Matusz had an uneven outing in the Orioles' 8-4 loss to the Athletics on Tuesday night, but his teammates saw some positives as he returned to the major leagues. ... Dylan Bundy plans to reach the majors by 2013. ... Brian Roberts isn't sure whether he'll play again this season.
There is nothing flashy about a fist to the face -- especially when you're on the wrong side of the fist -- but that's the type of mentality the Ravens want to bring back on offense this season. That's why their two notable moves in free agency so far have been re-signing bulldozing right guard Marshal Yanda and inking All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach to a three-year, $11 million deal (making him the NFL¿s highest-paid fullback).
I've watched the video from Joe Flacco's first press conference of the 2011 season, and I'm trying not to read too much into his comments. Obviously, seeing a little public swagger from Flacco -- even if that swagger is still delivered via monotone -- is a good thing for a quarterback who can no longer be called a young quarterback.
With Prince Fielder launching a three-run home run and Roy Halladay setting the pitching tone with two perfect innings, the National League posted a 5-1 victory over the American League in Tuesday night's All-Star Game. ... Matt Wieters' first All-Star Game performance was not so memorable. ... With another Orioles season derailed, the organization is again looking ahead to the future. ... Baltimore's late television newscasts are shifting their focus away from sports.
The Orioles allowed six home runs Thursday night in a 10-4 loss to the Red Sox. It was their ninth loss in their past 10 games, and afterwards, Orioles manager Buck Showalter closed the clubhouse and challenged his players to increase their effort and execution. ... The agent for Marshal Yanda said the versatile offensive lineman would be open to staying with the Ravens, saying Thursday that Baltimore is "not a place you rush to leave." ... It appears that Alfredo Simon will start Saturday's game against the Red Sox followed by Mitch Atkins on Sunday.
Nnamdi Asomugha is atop the offseason wish list of many Ravens fans, and understandably so. Adding a Pro Bowl player such as Asomugha, who has been one of the NFL¿s top cornerbacks the past few seasons, would give the Ravens a difference-maker at every level of their defense. With Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Asomugha, the Ravens would again have the makings of a truly elite NFL defense.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) apparently has a bone to pick with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. The animal rights group is trying to start a beef with Bisciotti over the Ravens¿ recent partnership with Yum Brands that will bring KFC to M&T Bank Stadium, and they are urging the Ravens to reconsider.
The Orioles' four-man rotation is set. Brian Matusz will start Saturday and Chris Tillman gets the nod for Sunday. ... Earl Weaver will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Monday's home opener and Thurmont¿s Richard Troxell will sing the National Anthem. ... Jennifer Royle from The Fan has filed an $800,000 defamation suit against WNST owner Nestor Aparicio and two of his hosts. ... A four-member Towson entourage expects to conclude interviews at the Final Four and announce a new basketball coach next week.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension on Monday morning, ensuring that he will be wearing the head coach's headset through the 2014 season. Like him or not, it's hard to argue that his new deal wasn't well-deserved.