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By VITO STELLINO | April 7, 1991
When a torrential rainstorm hit Barcelona, Spain, the nigh before the city was scheduled to play host to the first World League of American Football game on ABC-TV two weeks ago, the owner of the Barcelona Dragons, Josef Maria Figueras, did what he felt was the logical thing.He called Mike Lynn, the WLAF commissioner, and told him the game should be postponed. He said that soccer games in Spain are postponed in bad weather and he feared if the game were played, only 200 fans might show up.Lynn then explained that American football games aren't postponed, especially when they're scheduled to be played on network TV in America.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Johns Hopkins isn't the only area Division III program with an untarnished record in 2014. Stevenson is 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Middle Atlantic Conference and earned votes in the latest American Football Coaches Association poll. It's the first time the program has won its first four games of the season, and the team has already matched single-season records in overall victories and league wins set last year. Considering that the Mustangs were 8-22 overall and 6-20 in the conference, the current run might be shocking to some, but not to coach Ed Hottle.
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April 2, 1991
MONTREAL -- The largest crowd ever in the World League of American Football -- 53,238 at Olympic Stadium -- was silenced by the Barcelona Dragons, who beat Montreal, 34-10, behind two touchdown passes from Scott Erney to Gene Taylor to spoil the Machine's home debut last night.The game marked the return of professional football to Montreal. The last game was Nov. 9, 1986, when the Alouettes of the Canadian Football League drew just more than 9,000 for a playoff game against the Toronto Argonauts.
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By Thomas Wise | September 4, 2014
Despite going by the same name, American football and what the rest of the world considers football are completely different games. They have a different level of physicality as well as an entirely different pace. Part of this difference in the pace of the game comes from the way the organizations that oversee these two sports, FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and the NFL (National Football League), choose to monetize their games. If you caught any of The FIFA World Cup this summer you saw the games without any pauses for advertisements.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Sun reporter | June 22, 2008
Greg Horning had always wanted to spend some time in Europe, but high school football assistant coaches who have two kids either in or on the way to college usually have to settle for a trip to Epcot Center, as opposed to the real thing. But there was Horning the other day, rushing for Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia for a couple of weeks on the continent, though his time there will hardly be recreational. Horning and Jim Esposito, who coach offense at Northern High in Calvert County, have been selected along with four other high school and college coaches to take part in a tour of Denmark, France, Great Britain and Sweden through July 6, where they will instruct European youth and junior-level coaches on how to teach American football to kids.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | January 25, 2001
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The first real football action of Super Bowl week didn't draw much of a crowd. Only a few hundred fans showed up at Clearwater High School yesterday afternoon to watch Japan play Canada in the opening game of Global Jr. Championship V - an international teen-age tournament that has become an annual part of the NFL's championship celebration. It is a goodwill event aimed at bringing together young players (most are 18 or 19 years old) from various parts of the world to compete in the spirit of friendship and promote American-style football.
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By Matt Vensel | February 13, 2014
The football life of former NFL running back Ricky Williams, who played the final season of his career in Baltimore, has been an adventure. The latest stop on his journey is China, where he is part of the coaching staff that is training a group of Chinese university students for an international football tournament in May. The Chinese will be playing their first international tournament in American football -- which they call “olive ball” in...
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February 11, 2013
Not being a football fan, I was absolutely frustrated with the wall-to-wall, tenacious coverage The Sun gave the Ravens and the Super Bowl . While expressing my annoyance with your paper and other media outlets that seemed to put the Super Bowl above war, the economy and life itself to an acquaintance from Scotland, she pointed out the tameness of American football as compared to soccer in Europe and the British Isles. She said that politics, flammable emotions and the very existence of people are intertwined with soccer in Europe.
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December 12, 2002
Moves Baseball BLUE JAYS: Signed former Orioles C Greg Myers to one-year contract. BREWERS: Agreed with SS Royce Clayton on one-year contract and C Joe Lawrence on minor-league contract. CUBS: Signed C Damian Miller to two-year contract. MARLINS: Signed P Mike Judd, P Doug Bochtler, P Tommy Phelps and IF Jason Wood to minor-league contracts. METS: Sent P Joe Orloski outright to Triple-A Norfolk. REDS: Agreed with OF Jose Guillen on one-year contract. Basketball NBA: Fined Knicks C Kurt Thomas $5,000 for shoving SuperSonics F Vladimir Radmanovic after game Tuesday.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,Moscow Bureau | March 18, 1992
MOSCOW -- In a thrilling last-minute drive, quarterback Pavel Cherniavsky marched his Russian all-stars downfield, with one quick pass after another, finally connecting in the end zone for his team's first score on the game's next-to-last play.For a moment, you could almost forget that his opponents -- the Green Terrors of Western Maryland College -- had scored 47 points in the previous 59 minutes.The crowd went wild. The organ boomed. The extra-point try succeeded."Well, we had to score at least one touchdown," a somewhat-less-than-exultant Cherniavsky said after the game last night.
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Sports Digest | June 16, 2014
After having trailed by 18 points with 10 minutes remaining, a last-gasp touchdown by Aaron Yarbough propelled the Baltimore Mariners past the Cape Fear Heroes, 45-44, on Saturday night to win the 2014 American Indoor Football championship in Fayetteville, N.C. The title-winning pass came from Richard Johnson , normally a defensive back, who filled in at quarterback after injuries to both of the team's top two players at the position. The Heroes led after each of the first three quarters.
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By Matt Vensel | February 13, 2014
The football life of former NFL running back Ricky Williams, who played the final season of his career in Baltimore, has been an adventure. The latest stop on his journey is China, where he is part of the coaching staff that is training a group of Chinese university students for an international football tournament in May. The Chinese will be playing their first international tournament in American football -- which they call “olive ball” in...
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February 11, 2013
Not being a football fan, I was absolutely frustrated with the wall-to-wall, tenacious coverage The Sun gave the Ravens and the Super Bowl . While expressing my annoyance with your paper and other media outlets that seemed to put the Super Bowl above war, the economy and life itself to an acquaintance from Scotland, she pointed out the tameness of American football as compared to soccer in Europe and the British Isles. She said that politics, flammable emotions and the very existence of people are intertwined with soccer in Europe.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2012
COLLEGE PARK - Darryl Hill didn't set out to make history. The Atlantic Coast Conference's first African-American football player said Tuesday that he was a "reluctant pioneer. " But as the former Maryland wide receiver's college career unfolded in the early 1960s, he and his family were victimized by racism. The more Hill was taunted by fans, the more he said he became invested in the cause. "When I started seeing … the horrors that were going on in the South, I got more and more motivated," said Hill, who was invited to campus Tuesday to mark the 50th anniversary of his arrival at the school in 1962.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2012
Maryland is fortunate to have tailback depth. The team has not designated a starter for Saturday's Wake Forest game among Wes Brown, Brandon Ross, Justus Pickett and Albert Reid. Each has more than 15 carries this season, with Brown leading in yardage (127) and average yards per carry (5.5). Brown may be the most powerful at 210 pounds. Pickett has been used a third-down back. Reid started the opening game, and Ross started the last game. “It's an advantage in that they each bring something different to the table,” offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2010
Paul Federinko had to wait a little longer than most varsity football players for his first "Friday Night Lights" experience. Until he took the field for Atholton this fall, the junior lineman had played nothing but afternoon games in his first two varsity seasons. That's how it is when you play American football in England. At Lakenheath High, a Department of Defense school on the Royal Air Force base where his mother was stationed with the United States Air Force, typical Lancers games drew about 140 fans -- if you count the 80 or so JV players.
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May 9, 1991
He had a lot to giveChucky Mullins, the University of Mississippi football player whose determination to live a normal life after a paralyzing injury won the admiration of a nation, was eulogized yesterday, two days after he died of complications from a blood clot in his lungs."
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By DAVE BARRY and DAVE BARRY,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | January 16, 2000
WE ARE COMING UP on the Super Bowl, which is by far the most important sporting event in the world as measured in total tons of free shrimp consumed by sportswriters. This year, the Super Bowl will be broadcast to many foreign nations, which, almost by definition, contain numerous foreigners. These people are often puzzled by American football, a highly complex sport that requires a knowledge of many technical terms such as "run," "pass," "cornerbacker," "blitzkrieg," "Texas Leaguer," "ligament" and "Hank Stram."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com | September 9, 2009
It isn't easy being Baltimore native Gino Culotta, a senior linebacker and running back at the International School of Brussels in search of a Division I football scholarship. When he approaches a college coach, the conversation goes something like this: "Hi, I'd like to talk to you about a football scholarship," Culotta says. "Where are you from?" the coach asks. "Baltimore." "Where do you go to school?" "Brussels." "I've never heard of Brussels, Md." "No. Brussels, Belgium." The coach pauses.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com | October 9, 2008
Oakland Mills senior kicker Nate Frimpong did not grow up dreaming about playing American football in his hometown of Brighton, England. The only thing he knew about the game was what "I saw in old movies on television," he said. But two weeks ago, Frimpong, 17, found out what it is like to be a real football hero. With his team down 7-6 and 44 seconds to go in the game against Hammond, Frimpong, using his soccer-style kick, executed a perfect onside kick, knocking the ball into an opposing player and then recovering it. About 41 seconds later, he kicked a 41-yard field goal that earned Oakland Mills its only victory so far this season.
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