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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
Eight years after competing in the Olympics, Kimmie Meissner is giving the Winter Games another shot. Minus her skates. Meissner, 24, is working for NBC as a research analyst, a behind-the-scenes job that sent the Bel Air resident to Sochi with little fanfare. There, she's doing off-camera grunt work that might seem odd for the onetime world and national figure skating champion. "Kimmie will watch the skating from the International Broadcast Center and provide a written analysis before and after each event," said Lee Ann Gschwind, NBC's editorial director for the Olympics.
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SPORTS
By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
The 2014 campaign opens this Saturday when High Point visits Delaware and Lehigh tangles with Furman, but the season doesn't begin locally until Feb. 7 when Loyola travels to Virginia. That means it's time to check in with ESPN analyst and former Johns Hopkins midfielder Mark Dixon. Dixon, who is on Twitter at @DixonLacrosse and will help provide analysis of a Feb. 16 doubleheader involving Ohio State-Massachusetts and Notre Dame-Jacksonville, has already watched several scrimmages in the area and offers some of his thoughts.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - Tina Klotzbeecher-Thomas practically had to shove a basketball into the hands of her young daughter, Alyssa. "Oh, she threw a hissy fit, kicking, screaming crying," recalls the mother, thinking back on her daughter's reluctance to give up soccer for the sport she'd one day master. Alyssa Thomas didn't like being thrust into new, uncomfortable situations. As late as an overnight recruiting visit to Maryland when she was a teenager, she clung to her parents rather than bunk with future teammates.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
Justin Young has been a high school basketball recruiting analyst for the past 15 years. Based in Atlanta, Young specializes in the talent coming out of Georgia and Florida. Formerly with Rivals.com, Young launched hoopscene.com last year. He has watched the development of Maryland prospect Trayvon Reed closely. Here are some thoughts Young shared with the Baltimore Sun on Wednesday. (He was also quoted in my profile of Trayvon Reed that ran in today's Sun .) When did you first see Trayvon Reed play and what were your first impressions?
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
Standing by a bench late in the Ravens' season finale, quarterback Joe Flacco frowned and shook his head in disgust. An errant pass intended for and thrown well behind wide receiver Torrey Smith had just landed in the hands of Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, a missed connection returned for a touchdown in an eventual 34-17 loss that kept the Ravens from the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The interception, Flacco's franchise-record 22nd of the season, was a microcosm of his disappointing season, one in which he struggled mightily a year after being named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLVII and signing a landmark six-year, $120.6 million contract.
NEWS
Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
State lawmakers will have to address a combined budget gap of $580 million over the next 18 months when they reconvene in January. The state's chief analyst on Wednesday described the problem as relatively small given the nearly $2 billion shortfall the state grappled with in recent years. "We are starting in a small hole, certainly compared to what we have seen in the past," Warren Deschenaux, director of the office of policy analysis in the Department of Legislative Services, said to the Spending Affordability Committee.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2013
The three players bidding to build a new casino in Prince George's County have shown their hands, and the state will pick a winner by the end of December. The stakes are high as the state prepares to hold a series of meetings beginning this week and culminating Dec. 20 to choose who gets to operate the state's closest casino to Washington. All three pitched casino resorts costing hundreds of millions of dollars to be built near where Interstate 95 crosses into Maryland. The decision will be made by a special casino site-selection body, known as the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission, based on what it deems best for the state.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2013
John Kinnaman III, a retired National Security Agency intelligence analyst and Olympics enthusiast, died Nov. 16 of lung cancer at Casey House Hospice in Rockville. He was 74. The son of a career Army officer and a homemaker, he was born in Indianapolis and raised in Japan and Germany, where he graduated from high school in Munich in 1956. He served in the Army from 1959 to 1969. Mr. Kinnaman worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for a year before going to work in 1972 as an intelligence analyst for NSA. He had been stationed in Turkey and Germany, and retired from the agency in 1993.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2013
The Fox telecast of the Baltimore Ravens' loss Sunday was far from perfect, but what a vast improvement over any coverage provided this season by CBS Sports. I am sure some fans are going to insist Fox analyst Daryl Johnston doesn't like the Ravens, or somehow “has it in” for them. But what a relief it was to hear someone call out Ravens coach John Harbaugh for his bad decisions Sunday. Johnston, who seemed about 10,000 times more focused in his thinking and crisp in his analysis than Dan Fouts or Dan Dierdorf has even been for CBS, laid the wood to Harbaugh's first-half miscues both at the time they were made and at the end of the game.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2013
It doesn't happen often, but in Sunday's game, the guys in the CBS broadcast booth got it mostly right in their "keys to the game" talking points just before kickoff. Give them credit for that in their call of the Ravens' 26-23 victory over the Miami Dolphins. “Gone are Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and other key members of the Ravens defensive unit,” play-by-play announcer Marv Albert said. “The question is: what can Baltimore do against a Miami offensive line that has really struggled ... allowing 18 sacks ... a league high?
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