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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2010
— Backup Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien said Wednesday that it was a "one-in-a-million" fluke that led to a fumble on the first play of his college career in the fourth quarter of Monday's 17-14 victory over Navy. The redshirt freshman came in with the ball at the Navy 16-yard line and the score tied at 14. A botched handoff to Davin Meggett returned the ball to Navy. "I got the handoff from center cleanly. Honestly, it felt good," O'Brien said. "It was one of those one-in-a-million things that happened to be my first play.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
The Ravens last season were demolished in Denver, bumbled through their afternoon in Buffalo, and caved in close losses at Cleveland, Chicago and Cincinnati. A team that had relished going on the road and winning in coach John Harbaugh's first five seasons became a mistake-prone, defensively challenged shell of itself whenever it ventured away from M&T Bank Stadium in 2013. The current Ravens are a far different team, players have said repeatedly in recent weeks. They can prove that and distance themselves from recent road woes by going to Cleveland and beating the rejuvenated Browns on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | March 12, 1996
Norris W. Fluke Jr., who set world records in the 75-79 age group as a member of the Maryland Masters Swim Team, died Saturday of complications of cancer at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 79 and a resident of Charlestown Retirement Community.Despite being ill with cancer, he competed in the 19th annual Maryland Masters Winter Meet Feb. 24-25 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, swimming in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races, the 50-, 100- and 200-yard backstroke races and the 100-yard individual medley.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
There was a bit of a buzz around the Orioles complex Saturday over comments by New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman that essentially dismissed the team's surprising 2012 season as a statistical fluke.  "The run differential is more reflective of the talent on the field. When you overperform, like the Orioles did [in 2012], you realize that's more of an anomaly," Cashman told the New York Post on Tuesday. "And last year was a market correction. " The comments blew up on Oriole message boards over the past few days, but the club has been dealing with the passing of public relations director Monica Pence Barlow and has remained largely silent about Cashman's comments.
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By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,SUN REPORTER | April 30, 2006
One month down, and five to go. April is about to be a memory, and that gives baseball fans just five short months left to enjoy the season. A lot of things can happen between now and the end of September. Albert Pujols could go in a slump; the Orioles could find a stable stable of middle relievers and Tampa Bay Devil Rays prospect Delmon Young could play again in 2006. Or not. Plenty of surprising story lines have emerged in the first month, as they always do. Whether teams and players will keep the momentum going, however, is what makes baseball fun all season long.
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By Soren Andersen and Soren Andersen,McClatchy News Service | June 2, 1995
Matthew Modine has gone to the dogs. And no, I'm not talking about the fact that his last movie, "Bye Bye, Love," was a box-office bowser, skedaddling out of the theaters faster than a mutt with a Chevy to chase.I mean he's really a dog in "Fluke." Four paws, shaggy coat, wet nose, mouth full of sharp teeth and dog breath.Matt's life as a dog begins when his character's speeding car goes airborne and fetches up, grille-first, against a nice sturdy tree. Blackout. When he comes to, he's no longer a stressed-out yuppie but a cute little puppy named Fluke.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 20, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - One cell phone call to Brady Anderson is interrupted because he's running with the track athletes at the University of California-Irvine. Another time, he cuts the conversation short to lift weights, promising to reserve a few minutes later in the day. Nighttime hours are spent feeding his 7-month-old daughter, Brianna, and putting her to bed. And the weekends aren't always good because he's competing in a flag football league. Perhaps the Orioles' second-most popular player behind Cal Ripken during his 14 years in Baltimore, Anderson has been retired from baseball since the San Diego Padres released him from their Triple-A affiliate in Portland, Ore., in 2003.
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By Rich Scherr and Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE BALTIMORE SUN | September 6, 2009
There was little that went right for host Mount St. Joseph on offense Saturday against Edmondson. The Gaels committed four turnovers, went 0-for-4 on fourth-down conversions and never got within 19 yards of the end zone. On this day, about the only thing that did go right for them was the final score. Eighth-ranked Mount St. Joseph first took advantage of a series of fluke plays to take the lead, then used intense defensive pressure to keep it in a 9-6 win over the No. 10 Red Storm. "I thought Edmondson's defense was really well-prepared.
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By Steven Kivinski | November 18, 1995
The Baltimore Renegades (11-0) will have a point to prove tonight when they play the Metro Bulls (6-5) of Washington, D.C., at 7 at Catonsville High for the inaugural Atlantic Football League semipro championship."
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By MIKE PRESTON | August 24, 2006
Everyone else calls him Bart Scott, but the Ravens call him "The Mad Backer." He's even more mad this year because Scott wants to prove that his career-high 119 tackles last season weren't a fluke. It's all part of Scott's plan to gain recognition, not only as one of the NFL's up-and-coming talkers, but also as one of the NFL's top linebackers. Tell them, Bart. Next preseason game Ravens@Vikings, tomorrow, 8 p.m., Ch. 45, 97.9 FM
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Peter Schmuck | May 11, 2013
It was about this time last year - give or take a week - that it became apparent the Orioles had undergone some kind of karmic transformation. The exact date was May 6, 2012 and the team was at Fenway Park. Nobody has to tell a real fan the rest. Chris Davis came out of right field and shut out the Boston Red Sox for two innings. Adam Jones launched a three-run homer in the 17th to carry the Orioles back into first place in the American League East. That was the point in their turnaround season when everybody realized something really special was taking place.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2012
Here's a look at what some other media outlets are saying about the Orioles : ** Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports predicts that the Orioles will soon drop out of the American League East title race : They're a team that, much like the Pirates, is a whole lot better than anyone gave them a chance to be, that the talent on that squad says they can be. Buck Showalter has done a good job with them. But I still think they're a bat short. I definitely think they're a pitcher short.
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By Elijah E. Cummings | March 21, 2012
Rush Limbaugh's recent, despicable three-day attack against law student Sandra Fluke cast a spotlight on a national campaign by Republicans to turn back the clock on 50 years of progress on women's health issues. But his attacks were not the first attempt to silence Ms. Fluke and the voices of millions of women like her. Two weeks earlier, I had requested Ms. Fluke's testimony at a hearing before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on a rule announced by the Obama administration to require employer health insurance to cover contraceptives.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
He has maintained a relatively low profile on the Sandra Fluke story, but Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings played a big role in putting the Georgetown law student in the spotlight and sparking a nationwide conversation over contraceptives. Fluke, 30, has become a national figure in the debate over whether insurance companies should be required to cover the cost of birth control for employees at religious-based institutions. Her profile was elevated last week when conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh used slurs to describe her and then apologized for the comments.
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January 10, 2012
He has been pilloried as an obstructionist, named enemy No. 1 by the state Republican Party and occasionally publicly derided by his counterpart in the state Senate. But when the General Assembly reconvenes tomorrow, Michael E. Busch will become the longest-serving House speaker in Maryland history. He is not quite what one might expect of someone to hold that distinction. He is not slick or scheming. He's not a lawyer and doesn't exhibit the kind of pure political cunning that has helped Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller set the longevity record in his chamber.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2011
Disappointment and frustration might have been appropriate words to describe the emotions reverberating through the Ravens defense in the aftermath of Sunday night's 20-point loss to the San Diego Chargers. Cory Redding had a different term in mind. "Pissed off," the defensive end said. "Pissed off that we let one get away and especially the way that it did - giving up 34 points, letting the ball get over our heads three or four times. We crushed the run, which is something we're always going to hang our hats on, but we didn't get the job done.
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July 29, 1999
Quote: "People might think it was a fluke last year, but it wasn't. I am for real." -- Jose Lima, Astros pitcher, who is 14-5 this season after a breakthrough 16-8 campaign last year.It's a fact: The Mets' Kenny Rogers has 12 no-decisions in 20 starts this season.Who's hot: The Braves' Ryan Klesko is batting .377 with seven homers and 15 RBIs over his past 16 games.Who's not: The Mets' Mike Piazza is in a 3-for-18 slump.On deck: The Giants begin their longest road trip of the season tomorrow, a 12-game journey to Cincinnati, Arizona, Atlanta and Florida.
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Peter Schmuck | September 21, 2011
Who would have thought even five days ago that a Week 3 game against the winless St. Louis Rams would suddenly become a referendum on the long-range potential of the Ravens' new-look offense? Certainly not anyone who wears purple to work on Fridays, because the resounding victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season opener seemed to prove that the Ravens had finally established themselves as an elite offensive team. Cam Cameron unveiled the game plan and Joe Flacco executed it to near perfection against one of the league's best defensive teams, and everyone around here assumed that all would be right with the football world, at least until the playoffs.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | July 6, 2011
In golf parlance, bodies of water are classified as "hazards. " And, we've come to learn, not only for wayward shots. For Thomas Levet, a French Open victory leap turned into a British Open withdrawal when doctors told him his broken shin requires surgery to insert screws and a plate. "However, the wonderful memory of winning my national Open will definitely keep me going through my recovery," the Frenchman said in giving up his spot next week at Royal St. George's. Call it a consolation prize.
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