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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | September 27, 1997
"TC An A-League team will play in the Baltimore area next season, whether the Carolina Dynamo moves here or not, both the leader of a group of Columbia soccer investors and the league's commissioner said yesterday."I think it's safe to say," Francisco Marcos said. He directs not only the A-League but all of pro soccer's American minor leagues."Our intention is to get an A-League franchise," Columbia businessman A.J. Ali said. His group is trying to move the Dynamo here. "If it's Carolina, that's fine.
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By Jonah Goldberg | July 28, 2014
As legend has it, Groucho Marx sent the Friars Club a telegram that read, "Please accept my resignation. I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member. " At least the Friars Club had standards. What to make of the United Nations? It has a single criterion for membership: existence. Admittedly, this is an unattainable standard for such fictional realms as Westeros, Erewhon, Kreplakistan and numerous locales from the TV series "MacGyver" (Gnubia, Kabulstan et al.)
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | September 10, 1997
The leader of a Columbia group trying to move the A-League's Carolina Dynamo to the Baltimore area next season said after negotiations here with the team's owner yesterday that "we're close to a final agreement."A.J. Ali, the 34-year-old businessman who heads the local group, said paperwork giving each of the partners half interest in the franchise should be completed by the end of this month, when A-League owners have their annual meeting. The A-League is pro soccer's top minor league, just below Major League Soccer.
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By Alejandro Zúñiga and The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
Chris Tillman may be riding the momentum of a shutout as he heads into Wednesday night's start, but the matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates presents a challenge that the Orioles right-hander hasn't quite solved for the majority of his six-year career: interleague play. In seven career starts against National League opponents, Tillman is 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA. Earlier this season, the Pirates hounded Tillman, fouling off 16 pitches and drawing three walks as he labored through a 49-pitch first inning.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | September 9, 1997
The owner of the Carolina Dynamo, one of the most competitive teams in professional soccer's top minor league, will be in Columbia today, hoping to make a deal that would move his franchise to this area next season.Neil Macpherson, the A-League team's owner and member of the league's executive committee, confirmed the talks. From Greensboro, N.C., yesterday, he said he wants to find in Maryland "a financial partner to share the load."The league, he said, already has approved the franchise move.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | October 31, 1997
Columbia-based investors, who twice in recent weeks have said an A-League pro soccer team would be playing in the Baltimore area next season, have delayed their plans by a year.Instead of next spring, said A.J. Ali, spokesman for the investors, a local team in pro soccer's top minor league will begin play in 1999, probably in Howard County."We missed our window of opportunity for going ahead with a team for next year," Ali said. That meant satisfying the paperwork and investment requirements set by the league's management, as well as lining up a suitable field.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | September 19, 1997
The Carolina Dynamo's owner is to meet Monday night with businessmen in High Point, N.C., interested in keeping his A-League team there and blocking its proposed move to the Baltimore area next season.Neil Macpherson, the Dynamo's sole owner, said late Wednesday night he had met with a group of 14 people who are trying to put together a proposal and would talk with them again on Monday.A sound financial package might mean Macpherson would keep the five-year-old team, which plays in pro soccer's highest minor league, in North Carolina's "Triad" area -- Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | September 12, 1997
So OK, because it seems the A-League is in Baltimore's future, here's a start on fathoming where the Carolina Dynamo stands in America's second division:The team is alive and chasing the A-League championship to be decided the same day, Sept. 28, that the deal delivering the team to Columbia/UMBC is expected to be consummated.The Dynamo was in a second-round playoff game last night in Charleston, S.C., and faces the Battery again in High Point on Sunday. The Dynamo (20-10) beat Charleston (13-17)
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | September 16, 1998
The Maryland Mania and UMBC officials tentatively agreed yesterday that the new pro soccer team will play its A-League home games next season at UMBC Stadium.A contract formalizing the one-year arrangement, with an option for more, is expected to be ready for signing next week. Financial terms were not disclosed.Although the Mania expects to open its initial season in May on the Catonsville college's synthetic turf, team and UMBC spokesmen expressed hope that a separate agreement can be reached on upgrading a new grass soccer field the school has just opened.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | December 20, 1998
The Maryland Mania will make its Baltimore-area debut in the A-League on May 9, Mothers Day, after having played the first league game in its history April 29 in Raleigh, N.C.The home opener for the new, local entry in pro soccer's top minor league will be a 4: 05 p.m. affair against the Charleston (S.C.) Battery at UMBC Stadium, the team's home for at least two seasons.Like all 30 A-League teams, the Mania will play 28 league games in a season that begins on the West Coast on April 9 and ends Sept.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
Arnold A. "Arnie" Heft, a minor league Orioles pitcher during the 1930s who later was an NBA referee, co-owner of the Baltimore Bullets, noted horse owner and real estate entrepreneur, died in his sleep of unknown causes March 12 at Sunrise at Fox Hill Senior Living Facility in Bethesda. The former Chevy Chase resident was 94. "Never in the 10 years that I worked for him did I ever feel like I was working for him," said Tim Keefe, Mr. Heft's horse trainer. "He never put pressure on me, even though he loved to win. " "Arnie was a very friendly guy who was drawn to people, and they were drawn to him. He stood 5-7 and had a 10-foot-tall heart," said Richard Hoffberger, who had been president for 27 years of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
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By Jon Fogg, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2013
The Denver Outlaws set a Major League Lacrosse record with their 13th win of the season and moved within one victory of a perfect regular season, beating the host New York Lizards, 13-10, on Sunday. Jeremy Sieverts (McDonogh, Maryland) finished with three goals and an assist for the Outlaws (13-0), who outscored the Lizards 4-1 in the fourth quarter to break open a 9-9 tie. Terry Kimener (UMBC) had a goal and three assists for Denver, and Drew Snider (Maryland) chipped in a goal.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
TORONTO -- Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen pitched a three-inning simulated game -- a 47-pitch outing -- on Thursday at the club's spring training facility in Sarasota, Fla., throwing all of his pitches with no setbacks. His next step in his rehabilitation from a left oblique strain will be a four-inning simulated game on Monday. If all goes well there, Chen will rejoin the club in Baltimore for a work day with the team. Chen would then go on a minor league rehab assignment, where he would start with a five-inning stint by the end of the next week.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
The Orioles have added to their outfield surplus by announcing the minor league signing of Chris Dickerson. The 30-year-old Dickerson, who will receive a spring training invite, joins a crowded Orioles roster of veteran outfielders not on the 40-man roster:  holdovers Steve Pearce and Lew Ford, as well as Jason Pridie and infielder/outfielder Conor Jackson. In addition, Adam Greenberg, who made headlines last year with one at-bat for the Miami Marlins, was signed to a minor league deal.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2012
'NBC Sunday Night Football' isn't just in a league of its own when it comes to NFL telecasts. It lives on another planet so far away from the nearest competition that it can't even be judged by the same standards. And last night's broadcast of the Baltimore Ravens 13-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers was another gold-plated example of that truth. There's a reason it's the highest rated prime-time program on network TV -- there is nothing else like it. If you started with the "Football Night in America" pre-game show at 7 p.m. Sunday, you were treated to five hours of the best highlights, perspective, analysis, pop culture conversation and live game coverage that you are ever going to see on TV on any one night -- five hours of excellence!
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2012
Nearly four months after signing Cuban defector Henry Urrutia, the Orioles are still waiting for the 25-year-old outfielder to officially join the organization, according to an industry source. Urrutia, who has set up residency in the Dominican Republic, continues to have difficulty obtaining a visa, an obstacle that has existed since the Orioles signed him in July. The Orioles had hoped Urrutia would arrive in time to get some minor league at bats at the Double-A level. Even after the season ended, the hope was to get Urrutia into to the team's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla., to begin workouts.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | June 13, 1999
The expansion Maryland Mania, struggling on the field and at the gate, is seeking additional investment to offset chronic financial problems, team president A. J. Ali said before last night's ninth game of a 28-game A-League schedule."
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | March 2, 1999
The Maryland Mania signed former Major League Soccer defender and Olympian Clint Peay to a one-year contract yesterday, the new A-League team's biggest "name" so far.Peay, 26, was a starting defender for two-time MLS champion D.C. United until two surgeries on his left knee in four months, followed by calf muscle problems in the same leg, cost him most of the 1997 season. The calf miseries continued early last season, and he was released by the club in June.After time off, Peay hooked on with the A-League's Charleston (S.C.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2012
If there is one television sportscaster to whom the adjective “legendary” can honestly be applied, it is Al Michaels, play-by-play announcer of NBC's “Sunday Night Football.” From almost two decades in the booth at ABC's “Monday night Football,” to his “Do you believe in miracles?” call of the U.S. victory over the Russian hockey team at 1980 Olympics, Michaels' resume and the history of the biggest moments of TV sports are practically one and the same. Michaels and his colleagues on NBC Sunday Night Football will be in Baltimore when the Ravens meet the New England Patriots.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2012
The glare hasn't gone anywhere. Even in training camp practices, Ray Lewis' scowl, which has almost dared opposing teams to run his way for nearly two decades in the NFL, remains omnipresent. But the long-time face of the Ravens' vaunted defense has a different look this summer. A lean Lewis reported to training camp last week and acknowledged he is probably the lightest that he's been since he arrived in Baltimore as a rookie in 1996, burdened by questions about whether he was too small to hold up at middle linebacker.
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