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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | December 20, 1996
To Ravens defensive end Anthony Pleasant, the 1996 football season has been one, continuous storm.The rain started pouring in June, after the team's first minicamp, when Pleasant's mother died suddenly of a heart attack. It continued when Pleasant, after an excellent training camp and preseason, nearly broke his right ankle on the first play of the season opener against the visiting Oakland Raiders. The injury kept him on the sideline for over a month, and he has since played with pain that ranges from numbing to excruciating.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | August 15, 1998
The euphoria surrounding their first night at their new stadium has dissipated. The hapless Chicago Bears are gone. And after following an impressive, preseason-opening victory with a week of lackluster practices in the dog days of training camp, the Ravens sense a serious test awaits them.Sure, it's still only the preseason. But today's 5 p.m. contest against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium should reveal more tangible hints about the promise of 1998.Unlike the Bears, who seem destined for the NFC Central cellar, the Jets are a comer.
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September 8, 1996
Ravens (1-0) vs. Steelers (0-1)dTC Site: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh.Time: 1 p.m.TV: Ch. 11.Announcers: Marv Albert and Sam Wyche.Radio: WLIF (101.9 FM), WJFK (1300 AM).Line: Steelers by 4.Records: Ravens 1-0; Steelers 0-1.Record vs. spread: Ravens 1-0; Steelers 0-1.Last week: Ravens beat Raiders, 19-14; Steelers lost to Jaguars, 24-9.Last meeting: Steelers beat Browns, 20-17, in November 1995 at Cleveland Stadium for sixth straight win in series.Series: Browns held 52-40 advantage.Who's hot: Ravens QB Vinny Testaverde threw for 254 yards, ran for 42 more and scored a rushing TD in last week's victory.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | December 20, 1996
To Ravens defensive end Anthony Pleasant, the 1996 football season has been one, continuous storm.The rain started pouring in June, after the team's first minicamp, when Pleasant's mother died suddenly of a heart attack. It continued when Pleasant, after an excellent training camp and preseason, nearly broke his right ankle on the first play of the season opener against the visiting Oakland Raiders. The injury kept him on the sideline for over a month, and he has since played with pain that ranges from numbing to excruciating.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1996
The way veteran defensive end Rob Burnett sees it, the Ravens' defense simply needs to assume its form of two years ago. In 1994, the Cleveland Browns led the NFL in scoring defense, propelling them to an 11-5 record."
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By Kevin Langbaum and Kevin Langbaum,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | August 28, 1996
The city has changed, the uniforms have changed and the name is even different, but a lot of the faces are the same for the newest Raven, defensive tackle James Jones.Jones, who signed with the team Sunday, is reunited with teammates, coaches and friends from Cleveland, where he played from 1991 to 1994.He played on a defensive line with Anthony Pleasant and Rob Burnett, still the anchors of the team's line. He broke into the league the same year as starting safety Eric Turner. Jones was Cleveland's third-round draft choice in 1991, Turner the team's top pick.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | September 12, 1996
The Ravens signed rookie cornerback Dante Dowers to the developmental squad yesterday, the first player named to the team this season.Because of salary-cap concerns, the Ravens did not have a practice squad, but the money for Dowers' $49,500 contract became available Sept. 4 when the team waived and reached an injury settlement contract with reserve offensive tackle Jed DeVries for $61,000.DeVries was scheduled to make $172,000 this season, but the salary was lowered to $92,000 when he was put on injured reserve with shoulder and neck injuries.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | September 11, 1996
Marvin Lewis, the Ravens' first-year defensive coordinator, knew there would be Sundays like this.The Ravens' defense, after playing impressively throughout the preseason and in its season-opening victory over the Oakland Raiders, laid the first egg of its new era in Pittsburgh on Sunday.After reviewing the mess on videotape -- the missed tackles, blown pass coverages, ineffective blitzes, the big gains surrendered repeatedly on first down -- Lewis sounded eager to burn the evidence of the Ravens' 31-17 defeat.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | September 13, 1996
Rick Lyle, the Ravens' third-year defensive end out of Missouri, said he will not make the same mistake this week against the Houston Oilers, or ever.Lyle replaced the ailing Anthony Pleasant (sprained ankle) at right end last week in Pittsburgh. It was the first start of his career, and Lyle, who recorded one tackle, was often in over his head against left tackle John Jackson and tight end Mark Bruener.With Pleasant still hobbling -- he is questionable for the Oilers game and did not practice yesterday -- Lyle said he is better prepared for what probably will be his second consecutive start.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | November 5, 1996
Ravens owner Art Modell is still optimistic about his Baltimore franchise's making a playoff appearance and warned some of his players that they had better play for more than pride in the seven remaining games.Modell said he was disappointed by the team's 24-21 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, when his team blew a 21-3 halftime lead."We're all hurting," said Modell. "I feel for the coaches and the players who put forth the effort, but I don't feel for the players who didn't pull their weight.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | November 5, 1996
Ravens owner Art Modell is still optimistic about his Baltimore franchise's making a playoff appearance and warned some of his players that they had better play for more than pride in the seven remaining games.Modell said he was disappointed by the team's 24-21 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, when his team blew a 21-3 halftime lead."We're all hurting," said Modell. "I feel for the coaches and the players who put forth the effort, but I don't feel for the players who didn't pull their weight.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | October 7, 1996
The Ravens complained about the officiating yesterday, but it was an attempt to mask a serious problem, one that may not go away for the rest of the season.While the team more than doubled its season total in penalties in one game, the bottom line to the Ravens' 46-38 loss to the New England Patriots yesterday was a horrendous defensive effort, especially in the secondary.And barring a last-minute trade (the deadline is tomorrow), the signing of several free agents or some quick healing by starting defensive end Anthony Pleasant (ankle)
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By Mike Preston and Sun reporter | October 7, 1996
The Ravens complained about the officiating yesterday, but it was an attempt to mask a serious problem, one that may not go away for the rest of the season. While the team more than doubled its season total in penalties in one game, the bottom line to the Ravens' 46-38 loss to the New England Patriots yesterday was a horrendous defensive effort, especially in the secondary. And barring a last-minute trade (the deadline is tomorrow), the signing of several free agents or some quick healing by starting defensive end Anthony Pleasant (ankle)
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | September 13, 1996
Rick Lyle, the Ravens' third-year defensive end out of Missouri, said he will not make the same mistake this week against the Houston Oilers, or ever.Lyle replaced the ailing Anthony Pleasant (sprained ankle) at right end last week in Pittsburgh. It was the first start of his career, and Lyle, who recorded one tackle, was often in over his head against left tackle John Jackson and tight end Mark Bruener.With Pleasant still hobbling -- he is questionable for the Oilers game and did not practice yesterday -- Lyle said he is better prepared for what probably will be his second consecutive start.
SPORTS
By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | September 12, 1996
The Ravens signed rookie cornerback Dante Dowers to the developmental squad yesterday, the first player named to the team this season.Because of salary-cap concerns, the Ravens did not have a practice squad, but the money for Dowers' $49,500 contract became available Sept. 4 when the team waived and reached an injury settlement contract with reserve offensive tackle Jed DeVries for $61,000.DeVries was scheduled to make $172,000 this season, but the salary was lowered to $92,000 when he was put on injured reserve with shoulder and neck injuries.
SPORTS
By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | September 11, 1996
Marvin Lewis, the Ravens' first-year defensive coordinator, knew there would be Sundays like this.The Ravens' defense, after playing impressively throughout the preseason and in its season-opening victory over the Oakland Raiders, laid the first egg of its new era in Pittsburgh on Sunday.After reviewing the mess on videotape -- the missed tackles, blown pass coverages, ineffective blitzes, the big gains surrendered repeatedly on first down -- Lewis sounded eager to burn the evidence of the Ravens' 31-17 defeat.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | August 15, 1998
The euphoria surrounding their first night at their new stadium has dissipated. The hapless Chicago Bears are gone. And after following an impressive, preseason-opening victory with a week of lackluster practices in the dog days of training camp, the Ravens sense a serious test awaits them.Sure, it's still only the preseason. But today's 5 p.m. contest against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium should reveal more tangible hints about the promise of 1998.Unlike the Bears, who seem destined for the NFC Central cellar, the Jets are a comer.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | October 7, 1996
The Ravens complained about the officiating yesterday, but it was an attempt to mask a serious problem, one that may not go away for the rest of the season.While the team more than doubled its season total in penalties in one game, the bottom line to the Ravens' 46-38 loss to the New England Patriots yesterday was a horrendous defensive effort, especially in the secondary.And barring a last-minute trade (the deadline is tomorrow), the signing of several free agents or some quick healing by starting defensive end Anthony Pleasant (ankle)
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By Mike Preston and Sun reporter | September 9, 1996
The Ravens may have gotten an answer to their "Why Not Us?" motto. The Pittsburgh Steelers had 397 yards of total offense, and averaged 4.9 yards per carry. They had a nearly 11-minute advantage in time of possession, converted on seven of 11 third-down situations, punted only twice and converted two turnovers into touchdowns. Final score: Steelers 31, Ravens 17, before a crowd of 57,241 at Three Rivers Stadium yesterday. If the road to the AFC championship has to go through Pittsburgh, then the Ravens may have to take another route.
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September 8, 1996
Ravens (1-0) vs. Steelers (0-1)dTC Site: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh.Time: 1 p.m.TV: Ch. 11.Announcers: Marv Albert and Sam Wyche.Radio: WLIF (101.9 FM), WJFK (1300 AM).Line: Steelers by 4.Records: Ravens 1-0; Steelers 0-1.Record vs. spread: Ravens 1-0; Steelers 0-1.Last week: Ravens beat Raiders, 19-14; Steelers lost to Jaguars, 24-9.Last meeting: Steelers beat Browns, 20-17, in November 1995 at Cleveland Stadium for sixth straight win in series.Series: Browns held 52-40 advantage.Who's hot: Ravens QB Vinny Testaverde threw for 254 yards, ran for 42 more and scored a rushing TD in last week's victory.
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