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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
Months before the NFL draft launches in May, the Ravens are unofficially on the clock. The Ravens are in major need of reinforcements, particularly at wide receiver, offensive line and tight end, after a disappointing 8-8 season in which they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season. As the Ravens arrived Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine to evaluate college football prospects, draft analysts are praising this incoming rookie class as the kind that can provide an immediate influx of talent.
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By Kevin Rector and Jared S. Hopkins, Tribune Newspapers | February 14, 2014
U.S. speedskaters will resume competition Saturday in an older racing suit from Baltimore-based Under Armour, hanging up the company's high-tech Mach 39 suit introduced for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Some skaters worried the new suit might be hurting their performance. Kevin Haley, Under Armour's senior vice president for innovation, said an Under Armour design team was in Russia, tweaking the older suits, which skaters wore during World Cup competition, to meet International Skating Union standards for use in Sochi.
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By Matt Vensel | February 11, 2014
The NFL scouting combine is in a couple of weeks, unofficially starting the league's silly season. But even though the NFL draft is still three long months away, draft analysts continue to update their mock drafts.   The last time I rounded up a few notable mock drafts, back in early January , many draft analysts linked the Ravens to Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans, whose size and strong hands could make him a fit. This time around, I read several mock drafts that had the Ravens taking Evans with their first-round pick.
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Mike Preston | February 10, 2014
Despite the team's failure to make the NFL playoffs for the first time in six years, an overhaul of the offensive coaching staff and possible salary cap problems, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. believes the Ravens could be serious contenders again in 2014. Really. Kiper has been splicing film and watching video of college football's elite since April, and says this year's draft is strong and deep enough for the Ravens to fill holes that were left from last year's 8-8 season.
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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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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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