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June 21, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Is Alex Len better off not being the top pick in the 2013 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and instead going a few spots down to Charlotte, Phoenix or New Orleans? Don Markus: Being the No. 1 overall pick certainly carries a status that follows a player through an NBA career and could ultimately carry a stigma if things don't go well.
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By Ryan Hood and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
Alex Len sat down with ESPN's Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons for a mock job interview as part of Grantland's The Full NBA Job Interview series. The 11-minute interview covered numerous topics , from Len's roots in gymnastics, his transition to America from Ukraine, Ukrainian women and his first potential purchase with an NBA contract The trio also analyzed some game film of the former Maryland star. Simmons likened Len to Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert in terms of ability when he came out of Georgetown.  Len says he's done his research on Hibbert.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
There was some thought that Alex Len's stock could have gone up even higher had the former Maryland center been able to attend private on-court workouts for a number of NBA teams picking at or near the top of next week's NBA draft. It now appears that the 7-foot-1 Len could become the No. 1 pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers despite being sidelined since early April after undergoing surgery to repair a partial stress fracture in his left ankle. At least one mock draft has Len going ahead of former Kentucky center Nerlens Noel.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
Except for the fact that his left foot is encased in a protective boot, and that most of his training is done sitting down, little has changed for former Maryland center Alex Len as he gets ready for next week's NBA draft. The 7-1 center, who gave up his remaining college eligibility following his sophomore season with the Terps , seems to be working just as hard, if not harder, despite a partial stress fracture in his left ankle that was discovered in early April. When he is not travelling around the country interviewing with NBA teams in advance of the June 27 draft, Len is at Comcast Center going through hours of grueling, tedious exercises geared toward strengthening his upper body, his hands and his healthy right leg. Though the routines are much different than when he was fully upright and playing for Maryland, the approach Len took Monday was much the same as it had been ever since he showed up a tall skinny teenager from Ukraine in August 2011.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2013
Orioles sixth-round pick Alex Murphy, a catcher from Calvert Hall, passed his physical Tuesday and is scheduled to leave for Sarasota, Fla., on Monday after contract terms are hammered out and approved. Murphy, speaking by phone from a suite at Camden Yards as the Orioles took on the Los Angeles Angels, said he couldn't disclose the details of the contract. The slot bonus money for the 189th pick is $218,500. “It's starting to get real,” Murphy said. “I'm just going through the process and taking the steps.” Murphy is the first Orioles draft pick to take his physical.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
Growing up near Mount Airy, Alex Murphy frequented Harry Grove Stadium to watch Frederick Keys games. A lifelong Orioles fan, Murphy would make the trek to Camden Yards to see the big league team play as well. Now, after being drafted by the Orioles in the sixth round with the No. 189 pick of baseball's first-year player draft Friday, the Calvert Hall catcher has a chance to join the players in the same ballparks he visited in his childhood. “It took the breath out of me,” Murphy said in a telephone interview after he was chosen.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's chief of staff is spending the week in Brazil at the New Cities Summit in Sao Paulo, an international conference for business, government and education leaders.  Alexander M. Sanchez did not submit a request for approval for the trip to the city's Board of Estimates prior to leaving for the conference, which took place Tuesday through Thursday. In an email, Sanchez said such a request was unnecessary because a private organization was paying for his travel.
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By Ryan Hood, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2013
Steve Johnson pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief in the Orioles' come-from-behind 9-6 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night at Camden Yards, eight years after he stepped onto the field at Oriole Park for the first time as a participant in the Brooks Robinson High School All-Star Game. Participants in this year's game, which will be played at Camden Yards on Sunday following the Orioles' game against the Detroit Tigers, were introduced Thursday to the legendary Robinson in a banquet room on the sixth floor of the B&O Warehouse.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2013
Daniel Baker, a former general partner at Alex. Brown & Sons who headed the firm's institutional sales department and in retirement managed a family farm, died May 19 of cancer at his Ruxton home. He was 82. "Dan was one of the true gentlemen in the investment business in Baltimore. He was highly respected by his colleagues and clients, and everyone liked and trusted him," said Joseph R. Hardiman, who was chief operating officer at Alex. Brown for 13 years and later was chairman of the National Association of Securities Dealers.
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The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. What is the central issue in the legal skirmishes between Maryland and the Atlantic Coast Conference as the school prepares to join the Big Ten next year? Jeff Barker: There's an issue of jurisdiction. The ACC says North Carolina - not Maryland - is the proper venue to air the dispute. Maryland disagrees. There are suits ongoing in both states.
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