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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant spurned overtures from Under Armour and will sign a new shoe deal with basketball giant Nike. "Excited and humbled to sign back with the swoosh!" Durant tweeted late Sunday, referring to the Nike logo. "We are pleased to extend our relationship with Kevin Durant, one of the most exciting players in the game," said Heter Myers, a spokesman for Nike. A spokeswoman for Under Armour did not respond to a request for comment Monday. The decision ends the possibility, for now, of an all-Maryland marriage between the reigning NBA MVP, who grew up in Prince George's County and played high school basketball in Rockville, and Baltimore-based Under Armour.
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SPORTS
By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
Aquille Carr will soon be on his way to Canada. The one-time Patterson star, who became a YouTube sensation for his feats on the basketball court, agreed to terms Friday night on a contract with the National Basketball League of Canada's Saint John Mill Rats. Carr plans to travel to Saint John this week. The team has organized a meet-and-greet with fans on Wednesday. A Mill Rats news release said Carr was "projected to team with the league's reigning MVP, guard Anthony Anderson (aka Double A)
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
A city councilman is questioning a $1.6 million deal for a St. Louis company to provide prescription drugs to city workers, arguing that the work should go to local pharmacies. City Councilman Robert W. Curran said St. Louis-based Express Scripts, which holds a multimillion-dollar contract to provide prescription drug benefits to Baltimore City employees, has engaged in "deceptive practices," including overbilling the city for prescription drugs a decade ago. "Express Scripts did shortchange us," Curran told the city's spending panel Wednesday morning during a pre-meeting in a City Hall conference room.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
CHICAGO -- Struggling Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was sent to the bullpen Tuesday, bumping him from a crowded starting rotation in a move that seemed destined to occur since his last rocky outing over the weekend in Cleveland. Before Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, Orioles mananger Buck Showalter announced his rotation through Monday, and Jimenez wasn't among the starters. He will be available out of the bullpen starting Wednesday. Showalter didn't rule out the possibility of using Jimenez as a spot starter, but at this point Jimenez seems destined for mop-up duty out of the bullpen.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Training camp has taken a toll on Towson's stable of tailbacks. All seven running backs were held out of Wednesday's practice at Johnny Unitas Stadium because of a variety of injuries. Perhaps the most distressing scene involved sophomore Darius Victor -- the Colonial Athletic Association's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 and the anticipated starter this fall -- applying ice to his left foot and then wearing a walking boot on the same foot. But coach Rob Ambrose called the ailment plaguing Victor minor, saying, “He's not going today.
NEWS
By Barbara Pash | August 12, 2014
Hikers may soon be able to walk on extended public trails in the Sweet Air section of Gunpowder Falls State Park in Baltimore County, and anglers may have additional access to the Sawmill Branch of the Little Gunpowder River. On Wednesday, Aug. 13, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will go before the state Board of Public Works to request approval to buy a conservation easement on 209 acres of land next to that section of the park for $995,000. "We're very pleased to preserve this section of the park and at the same time provide public access," said Emily Wilson, director of land acquisition and planning for the state DNR. DNR is requesting the easement purchase through its Program Open Space, a nationally recognized program that acquires and develops recreational and open space areas.
NEWS
August 8, 2014
Whatever the reason for Brenda McKenzie's decision to leave as head of the Baltimore Development Corporation after just two years, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake made a shrewd move by recruiting City Councilman William H. Cole IV to take her place. Ms. McKenzie never fully gelled with the downtown business community that has traditionally been the BDC's chief constituency, but Mr. Cole, who has represented the central business district for two terms on the council, has immediate credibility in that area.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
A planned Southern Maryland power plant that was to be built with state help — an arrangement that set off an industry fight — landed financing Friday to start construction despite a court ruling quashing the assistance. Silver Spring-based Competitive Power Ventures and its partners said they received financing from 15 lenders, including GE Energy Financial Services, which anchored the effort. Major construction on the $775 million Waldorf plant is expected to start in September.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
It already has a famous name, but Ripken Baseball says it is looking for a naming-rights sponsor for Ripken Stadium, home of the minor-league Aberdeen IronBirds. The family name of Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. would not disappear from the 6,300-seat stadium. Rather, it would be paired with that of a new business partner. "We're looking to take the iconic Ripken name and partner with another iconic, established brand," said Colin Clark, vice president of brand marketing for Ripken Baseball, which Ripken chairs.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
  The Orioles have signed left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders to a minor league deal and the Virginia native will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday.   Although he has never relieved in his 229-game, big league career, the Orioles are, at least initially, planning to put him the bullpen at Norfolk to see if he can adapt into that role.     Saunders, 33, spent two months with the Orioles in 2012, starting and winning the club's first playoff game in 15 years. Saunders allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings against the defending American League champion Texas Rangers in Arlington as the Orioles won the first one-game Wild Card playoff in AL history.
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