May 3, 2013
The new points system for qualifying horses for the Kentucky Derby appears to have served its purpose. The race is full of horses with the preferred pedigree and running style to handle the distance. While this has served to restore some purity to the race, it has also made the race tougher to handicap because many of the horses now excluded by the points system were easy toss-outs for handicappers. This field of 20 is very even. A case could be made for every one of them to win. Orb was made the morning-line favorite, in a bit of a surprise, over Verrazano, who many thought would be made the favorite after remaining perfect in the Wood Memorial.
April 26, 2013
Mike Preston, Ravens columnist: The Ravens will say they take the best player available, but so far this draft has been based on need as well. The Ravens got another good player in the second round in inside linebacker Arthur Brown, and a player with good potential a round later in defensive tackle Brandon Williams. Ron Fritz, sports editor: The Ravens addressed the defense during the first two days of the NFL Draft, and it appears they got much stronger up the middle. They still need a wide receiver, tight end and offensive tackle, so expect Saturday to be a day for the offense.
April 18, 2013
The NFL released the schedule for the 2013 season and the Ravens open up on the road at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 against the Denver Broncos. Here are a few thoughts from the staff at The Baltimore Sun on the challenges facing the Ravens. Matt Vensel, blogger/reporter I don't fully grasp the fascination with the release of the NFL schedule as we have known for months whom the Ravens would play. But tonight, we found out when they will play, so I guess that means I can start making bye week vacation plans.
April 13, 2013
How some of our columnists and editors feel about the two-stroke penalty given to Tiger Woods at the Masters Saturday: Peter Schmuck, columnist: By most accounts, the ruling was correct and penalty appropriate, which is a sign that professional golf has evolved from the time when a player could have days of honorable competition wiped out by some subtle violation he wasn't even aware he committed. I'm still disgusted over the silly ruling that knocked Dustin Johnson out of the PGA Championship in 2010.
April 2, 2013
Eduardo A. Encina, reporter: The Orioles set the tone early with patient at-bats - making reigning Cy Young Award winner David Price uncomfortable on the mound - before relying on those big middle-of-the-order bats. The biggest at-bat of the game was Matt Wieters' 13-pitch walk against Price in the third inning. The Orioles didn't benefit from it on the scoreboard, but it put a chink in Price's armor and forced the Rays into their bullpen earlier than they wanted. After opening the game 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, the Orioles rallied in the later innings from behind.
March 24, 2013
Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: You knew at some point the Ravens would strike in the free agent market, and they did in a big way Sunday night, agreeing in principle on a five-year deal with Elvis Dumervil. With both of their starting inside linebackers, one of their starting corners and both their starting safeties gone from last year, the Ravens obviously still have some work to do. But they have helped their run defense with the addition of Chris Canty and Marcus Spears and their pass rush could be scary with Dumervil and the healthy trio of Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata and Pernell McPhee.