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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,SUN STAFF | May 17, 1996
Everyone thinks he does a killer imitation of Dave Johnson's signature line. The guy at your Preakness party with four Heinekens under his belt and an attractive dab of onion dip on his chin, he'll try it. But he couldn't even get a Ritz cracker to his mouth, so you know he'll screw it up.The key is to hit the word "down" hard. And the rest needs to have a singular urgency to it, like the Joint Chiefs of Staff announcing a troop movement. Only then does it come out just right, the dramatic, haunting cry that has become one of the most famous in all of sports: "And down the stretch they come!"
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -- In some ways, short memories can hurt a basketball team. Mark Turgeon admitted after Sunday's 75-69 overtime win over No. 5 Virginia at Comcast Center that on a key possession toward the end of regulation, one of his players forgot which play the team was running. But having a short memory can also help a player, as it did sophomore forward Jake Layman while he was struggling through another tough shooting game: 1 of 7 from the field and 0-for-4 on 3-pointers against the Cavaliers.
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By Los Angeles Times | March 23, 1994
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Los Angeles Dodger left-handed reliever Steve Wilson was released yesterday after clearing waivers.Wilson, 29, never equaled the success he had in helping the Dodgers down the stretch in 1991. After the Dodgers had claimed him on waivers that September from the Chicago Cubs, Wilson did not give up a run and yielded only one hit in 11 games, a total of 8 1/3 innings.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Until McDonogh's Brianna Jacobs stepped to the free throw line with 1:16 left in Wednesday night's girls basketball showdown at No. 3 Roland Park, her No. 1 Eagles had led only 40 seconds of the game. The senior forward, who had just hit a 3-pointer to tie, made both free throws. Her tight defense on Roland Park's top scorer, Michala Clay, then forced a missed layup, and Jacobs grabbed the rebound. About 20 seconds later, her layup sealed a 56-52 victory. "Down to those last two minutes, I was probably as focused as can be," said Jacobs, who finished with 11 points and six rebounds.
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By HEATHER A. DINICH and HEATHER A. DINICH,SUN REPORTER | March 2, 2006
College Park -- Earlier this season, Miami had wounded Maryland's pride. Last night, when the seniors were propelled by the emotion of playing perhaps their final game at Comcast Center, the Terps had a chance to restore it. The intangibles were stacked in Maryland's favor, but it was the team's visibly gritty defense and accurate free-throw shooting down the stretch that helped the Terps edge Miami, 65-61, and prove this season isn't over. Maryland@Virginia Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, 1300 AM, 105.7 FM
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By From Staff Reports | December 7, 1992
Wes Unseld has seen this kind of ending before. But that didn't make Saturday night's version any easier to take."We had a tough time scoring down the stretch," the Washington Bullets coach said of a 111-109 loss to the Indiana Pacers at the Capital Centre. "I think we just didn't get it done. We executed, we got a good shot, but we didn't execute well enough at the end. That is indicative of this year."The Bullets lost a 109-101 lead in the last 3:02, going scoreless despite several makeable shots.
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By Orlando Sentinel | December 25, 2001
Las Vegas Bowl Southern California (6-5) vs. Utah (7-4) Site: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas TV: Chs. 2, 7; 3:30 p.m. Line: USC by 3 1/2 Key matchup: Utah's running game vs. USC's run defense. Behind RBs Dameon Hunter and Adam Tate, the Utes are averaging 218.9 rushing yards and have scored 23 rushing TDs. And the Trojans can be run on: They allow 149.2 rushing yards a game. Utah averages an astounding 8:20 time-of-possession advantage per game, and the Utes would like nothing better than to control the ball on the ground today.
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By Kent Baker | March 7, 2005
MEAC men Sites: Early rounds at Arthur Ashe Center, quarterfinals through final at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Va. When: Today through Saturday 2004 champion: Florida A&M 2005 favorite: Delaware State. Picked fifth in the preseason poll, the Hornets came thundering down the stretch to capture their first regular-season championship when Morgan State won at Coppin State on Saturday. Delaware State won its last five in a row. It is a well-balanced team paced by guard Jahsha Bluntt (14 ppg)
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By From Staff Reports | January 5, 1995
Kelly Pryce scored 13 of her career-high 18 points in a decisive fourth quarter to lead visiting Institute of Notre Dame to a 60-50 upset of No. 5 St. Mary's (8-5) in girls basketball.Pryce, who hit four three-pointers, also added five assists, three steals and three rebounds.IND's Shannon Skopp contributed a season-best 17 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. Tara Foran led St. Mary's with 19 points.Trailing by seven to open the fourth, the Indians outscored the Saints 29-12, holding them to two field goals.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | March 19, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS -- The pressure was finally off Maryland last night. No talk of the NCAA tournament, of being on the bubble, of blowing double-digit leads down the stretch. Playing in 80-year-old Williams Arena against a young Minnesota team looking to build toward next season, the Terps finally did something they hadn't accomplished in nearly two weeks. They won. Maryland@Syracuse Tomorrow, 7 p.m., NIT second round, ESPNU, 1300 AM, 105.7 FM Records: Maryland (19-14), Syracuse (20-13)
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
[ Back for its second year, "Down the Stretch" is a daily Orioles Insider blog that will set up the coming night for the O's and their American League competition as the push for the postseason continues. ] About last night O's offensive struggles continue in 3-1 loss Team willl face a decision on Scott Feldman O's want to finish as windshield, not bug Team has lived and died with the home run Sunday's full scoreboard AL wild-card standings TB        86-69     -- CLE      86-70     -- TEX      84-71    1.5 KC       82-73    3.5 BAL      81-74    4.5 NYY     82-74      4 (For full standings, click here .)
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer | January 12, 1994
Long gone are the days when a team could simply show up against Catoctin and chalk up a win. The Francis Scott Key Eagles were well aware of the fact.The Eagles jumped to a big lead, saw it disappear for a moment in the fourth quarter and regrouped to come away with a 88-81 win over Catoctin last night.The visiting Cougars (7-3, 3-2 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League), who broke a 68-game losing streak earlier in the season, showed just how far they've come by rallying from a 20-point deficit.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 29, 1997
Julie Anderson equaled her career high with 26 points and added 15 rebounds to lead Johns Hopkins over Western Maryland, 73-65, last night in a Centennial Conference game in Westminster.Anderson had 20 points and 12 rebounds in the second half for the Blue Jays (14-3, 8-0).Katie Haley topped Western Maryland (10-5, 5-4) with 22 points and 10 rebounds. She became only the sixth player in Western Maryland's 30 seasons of women's basketball to reach the 1,000-point mark with a layup with 5: 01 remaining, and added seven points down the stretch for a total of 1,007.
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