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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
Former Maryland linebacker Darin Drakeford signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night, the team announced. The Falcons cut kicker Sergio Castillo to create a roster spot for Drakeford. Drakeford previously tried out for the New York Jets this year. After going undrafted last year, Drakeford had practice squad stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts last year. At Maryland, Drakeford recorded 171 tackles, 19 for losses, eight sacks, seven forced fumbles and one interception. He played in high school at Thedore Roosevelt High in Washington.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh woke up Monday and watched the tape from Sunday's game again. It was even more enjoyable than witnessing it from his spot on the sideline. "It was a lot more fun watching the tape … when I already know the outcome," said Harbaugh, a day after the Ravens had one of their most explosive offensive performances in team history and routed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-17 at Raymond James Stadium. "But any time you see a touchdown, it's fun. It's a joy, it's just a great feeling.
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By VITO STELLINO and VITO STELLINO,SUN STAFF | January 26, 1999
MIAMI -- After the Atlanta Falcons routed the New England Patriots, 41-10, on Nov. 8, coach Dan Reeves had a special message for his team. "Dan told us he would do the `Dirty Bird' in downtown Atlanta if we go to the Super Bowl," wide receiver Terance Mathis said. "And that was the first time he ever mentioned Super Bowl to us, and it was the first time he ever talked to us about the Super Bowl. You could feel the electricity in the room, and you know you had a chance to do something special."
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Mike Preston | October 12, 2014
TAMPA, FLA. -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has several other issues going on right now, but there is another one he needs to address. The quality of play in the league continues to drop off, and it was certainly evident Sunday as the Ravens routed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48-17. League loyalists like to talk about parity, but some of these games and teams have become an embarrassment, and several are still on the Ravens schedule like Atlanta, which struggles to win a game on the road, and Jacksonville, which finds it hard to win anywhere.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1999
ATLANTA -- This is not Tom Wolfe's Atlanta. The author of the Atlanta-based "A Man in Full" has, to our knowledge, never shaken his coat-tail feathers while performing the Atlanta Falcons' "Dirty Bird" dance.This is not Ted Turner's team. For once, Turner's Braves aren't the talk of Peachtree Street/Circle/Road/Way/Avenue. Greg Maddux who? It's the Falcons' "Bomb Squad" all the way, baby. Chop that.This is Dan Reeves' Atlanta. While mending from quadruple-bypass surgery, the former deposed coach of the Denver Broncos performed the Dirty Bird after his underdog Falcons shocked the Minnesota Vikings, 30-27, to win a trip to Super Bowl XXXIII on Sunday in Miami.
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November 18, 1991
BASKETBALL (NBA) * Phoenix Suns -- Waived Trent Tucker (guard).FOOTBALL (NFL) * Atlanta Falcons -- Placed Bill Fralic (guard) on injured reserve. Activated Joe Fishback (safety) from the practice squad.* Denver Broncos -- Waived Mark Murray (linebacker). Activated Jeff Mills (linebacker) from injured reserve.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
George Kunz should have slowed by now. At 66, the former All-Pro tackle should be golfing or fishing or appearing at autograph shows, a battle-scarred old Colt telling tales about his time in the NFL trenches. Not Kunz. He's an attorney, all 6 feet 5 and 255 pounds of him, just three years out of law school and determined to make this career as estimable as his first. A Colt from 1975 through 1980, he anchored the offensive line and helped Baltimore win three straight AFC East championships.
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November 28, 1993
Baseball New York Yankees -- Acquired P Xavier Hernandez from the Houston Astros for P Domingo Jean and IF Andy Stankiewicz.Basketball4( Utah Jazz -- Waived G Dave Jamerson.FootballAtlanta Falcons -- Waived RB Anthony Wallace. Signed DB Charles Washington.HockeyPhiladelphia Flyers -- Acquired D Rob Ramage from the Montreal Canadiens for future considerations.
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August 12, 2004
CHAPMAN TRIAL For developments and archived stories about the federal trial of Nathan A. Chapman, the Baltimore investment banker charged with committing fraud while managing money for the state's retirement system, go to www.baltimoresun.com/chapman RAVENS RETURN The Ravens kick off pre-season action tonight against the Atlanta Falcons. Get the story, plus the team's roster, schedule, a photo gallery and archived coverage. www.baltimoresun.com/ravens
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October 21, 1990
BasketballI=Atlanta Hawks -- Cut G Stephen Bardo and G Scott Haffner.FootballAtlanta Falcons -- Released S Eric Bergeson. Activated S Tim Gordon.Los Angeles Raiders -- Added RB Bo Jackson, DT Howie Long and LB Alex Gordon. Placed RB Greg Bell (ankle) and LB Art Jimerson (neck) on injured reserve.Philadelphia Eagles -- Placed WR Mike Quick (knee, 9 receptions, 135 yards, 1 TD) on injured reserve.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers stink -- let's get that out of the way first. But the Ravens still needed an offensive performance like this on the road. It was extremely beneficial to get Torrey Smith going, and also to incorporate a couple of more targets, like Michael Campanaro and Kamar Aiken, into the offense. Not to be outdone, the defense played well until it let down in the second half. They got a rare interception from a defensive back and a rare - at least lately - sack from Terrell Suggs.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Every Wednesday, I'll serve up five stats you should know heading into that week's Ravens game. This week's stats, pertaining to Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, focus on what the Ravens do well and what the Buccaneers don't - which is kind of a lot. 30 - The Buccaneers have the ignominy of ranking 30th in the league in total offense and total defense. The latter is dragged down by the Thursday night dismantling at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons a few weeks ago, but this is a team that's really struggling on both sides of the ball.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
The Ravens persevered through key injuries, an early division-heavy schedule, the challenge of grasping a new offense and seemingly daily off-the-field distractions to finish the first quarter of the regular season with a 3-1 record. But as players and coaches exited the locker room late Sunday afternoon after a 38-10 blowout of the Carolina Panthers, the solid start to the season was tempered by an understanding of the challenges ahead. Coach John Harbaugh and his players won't be talking this week about anything beyond Sunday's game in Indianapolis against the formidable Colts, but it's not a stretch to suggest that the next five weeks could define the Ravens' regular-season.
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Mike Preston | September 25, 2014
Soon after the 2013 season ended, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh admitted that he knew his offense was in trouble once tight end Dennis Pitta was injured and declared out for the season shortly into training camp. Pitta is out for the season again after he re-injured his hip Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, and the Ravens announced Wednesday that starting left tackle Eugene Monroe could be out for an extended period because of a knee injury. It's not a good situation for the Ravens, who play the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers within the next six weeks.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
A future in the NFL is very much in doubt for running back Ray Rice after the Ravens terminated his $35 million contract Monday hours after a video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancee in February at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also suspended Rice indefinitely after previously suspending the three-time Pro Bowler for two games for a violation of the NFL personal-conduct policy stemming from the felony aggravated assault case. Rice was in Maryland on Monday and is distraught and concerned about his uncertain outlook after being fired from his job and punished for the second time by the NFL, according to sources.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Chykie Brown has heard the chatter both inside and outside the Ravens' facility. He knows what people are saying about the Ravens' banged-up secondary and how it could lead to the demise of the team. He also understands that he and whoever is left from the Ravens' cornerback group has a big opportunity Saturday night to ease some of the angst. "If people put us on that pedestal, we have to step up and answer the challenge," said Brown, the Ravens' fourth-year player. "I'm always up for a challenge.
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November 17, 1991
FootballAtlanta Falcons -- Placed G Bill Fralic (elbow) on IR. Activated S Joe Fishback from the practice squad.Denver Broncos -- Activated LB Jeff Mills from IR. Waived LB Mark Murray.New York Giants -- Activated DB Joey Smith from the practice squad.Washington Redskins -- Activated OT Ed Simmons from IR. Waived OL Ralph Tamm.HockeyNew York Rangers -- Recalled LW Ric Bennett and C Mark Janssens from Binghamton (AHL).SoccerBaltimore Blast -- Waived M Waad Hirmez. Signed F Jean Harbor.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | December 5, 2006
Much of what the Washington Redskins do between now and the end of the season will be geared toward next year, in particular the development of quarterback Jason Campbell. It's usually what happens when a team that was supposed to be a playoff contender is 4-8 with four games left. That's where the Redskins find themselves after Sunday's 24-14 loss at FedEx Field to the Atlanta Falcons. Eagles@Redskins Sunday, 1 p.m., Ch. 5, 1430 AM Line: Off the board
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
Former Maryland linebacker Darin Drakeford signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night, the team announced. The Falcons cut kicker Sergio Castillo to create a roster spot for Drakeford. Drakeford previously tried out for the New York Jets this year. After going undrafted last year, Drakeford had practice squad stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts last year. At Maryland, Drakeford recorded 171 tackles, 19 for losses, eight sacks, seven forced fumbles and one interception. He played in high school at Thedore Roosevelt High in Washington.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
Former Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller grew up chasing his two older brothers around the football field and track, engaging in a constant competition for bragging rights at Woodlawn High near the family home. Now, the Mount St. Joseph graduate has officially followed them into the NFL. Fuller became the third Fuller brother to be drafted into the NFL on Thursday night as the Chicago Bears selected him with the 14 th overall pick as he parlayed his aggressiveness, instincts and mobility into a prime draft position.
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