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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
It was only one drive, lasting 10 plays and just under five minutes. But it was just what quarterback Joe Flacco and the first-team offense needed to kick off the preseason and the Gary Kubiak era. Flacco drove the offense down the field for a touchdown in his only series and spent the rest of the night on the sideline watching the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers, 23-3, in front of an announced 70,529 at M&T Bank Stadium. “It was nice,” Flacco said. “It felt good to get out here in a game-type situation and feel the nerves of a real game.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 3, 2014
Joe Theismann has certain characteristics he looks for when evaluating any quarterback. Size. Arm strength. Accuracy. The ability to throw on the run. There are others. To Theismann, Maryland's Class of 2015 quarterback commit, Gage Shaffer from Ridgeley (W.Va.), has a lot of those characteristics. "He's one of most impressive young men I've seen,” said Theismann, who played quarterback for the Washington Redskins from 1974-85 and has been an NFL analyst 29 years since retiring.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 9, 2014
After the New York Jets minicamp wrapped up in June, coach Rex Ryan was asked which players stood out to him during the three minicamp practices. Former Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle was the second player he mentioned. “I think you saw a little bit of why we're so excited about him and optimistic about him,” Ryan told reporters. “He is physical. He's able to press and get both hands on you in press. He'll compete, and I think those are things that we were looking to see and I think we saw today. All of us saw it.” McDougle, the Jets' third-round pick in this year's NFL draft, missed the first two of the Jets' three organized team activities (OTAs)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
Fazzini's Taverna had been open only about six weeks when we visited on a Saturday night. The restaurant, which occupies the old Piv's location on York Road in Cockeysville, was very crowded, with a 45-minute wait for a table if you were silly enough not to make a reservation on a Saturday night. There is a good explanation for the out-the-door crowds. Fazzini's Taverna is just about the most all-around satisfying restaurant I've reviewed in months and months. We had a great meal here, excellent service and a wonderful time.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
When driving down Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City, it's easy for eyes to wander. The myriad restaurants and shops all fight for attention with colorful signs and promises of limited-time deals. It's enough to give you a headache. But tucked away in the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center - behind the defunct theme park, around the corner from a grocery store and out of view from the pike - is a bar and restaurant that is clearly interested in providing an experience not typically expected at a strip mall.
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By Aaron Dodson, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
Those close to Roscoe Smith share a favorite phrase. When speaking of Smith, a Baltimore native and 6-foot-8 Nevada-Las Vegas forward entered in Thursday's NBA draft, they repeat a pair of words, over and over. It's not necessarily a nickname, but his trainer, high school and college coaches all refer to Smith in one way or another as the epitome of a "hard worker. " Those two words find their way into sentences after his name because those around him say Smith is always the first player in the gym and the last to leave.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has set his rotation for the upcoming Tampa Bay series. Well, kind of. The way it looks now, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start Monday, Miguel Gonzalez, currently on the disabled list with an oblique strain, will start Tuesday and rookie Kevin Gausman will pitch the rubber game Wednesday against the Rays. But these are the Orioles, so changes could easily occur between now and the middle of the week. It's possible Gonzalez, who can be activated from the DL as early as Sunday, is needed in the bullpen.
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By Ryan Bacic and The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
Fort Hill's Ty Johnson was undecided at breakfast, got a new offer by lunch and was a Maryland commit by dinner. Johnson, who played running back, wide receiver and cornerback for the Sentinels as a junior last season, committed to Maryland on Sunday after just a few hours of deliberating. For the Cumberland native - who was attending one of head coach Randy Edsall's prospect camps for the second summer in a row - the decision to stay close to home was an easy one. “They gave me an offer around lunchtime, and I was just thinking about it,” Johnson said in a phone interview.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Orioles prospect Mike Wright, a towering right-hander pitching his first full season in Triple-A Norfolk, is frequently overlooked in conversations about the team's top pitching prospects. While fans clamor for the return of Dylan Bundy or the permanent arrival of Kevin Gausman in Baltimore, Wright has steadily climbed through the Orioles system all the way to Triple-A, where every arm is seen as a potential major league contributor. But Wright, who takes the hill Tuesday night looking to put a bow on a rough May in which he has allowed 20 earned runs in 23 innings, was recently touted to me by a scout as a future major league starter.
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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
It's over. The Hereford boys lacrosse team  had its string of six straight Class 3A-2A state titles end on Wednesday night  when a talented Kent Island team earned an 8-6 win in the title game. The Bulls had been 9-for-9 in state title games before the loss, and their six straight titles and nine overall are state records. While last night was the time to report about Hereford's loss and how it came about -- the Buccaneers from Queen Anne's County had the answers and were the better team, albeit slightly -- now is the time to applaud the Bulls for their astonishing run. Prior to last night, the last time they lost a playoff game was in 2007, when Baltimore County rival Catonsville came away with an 8-7 win in the North regional semifinals.    Every year, the level of play from opponents increases and the Bulls had a bigger and bigger target on their back as the state titles piled up.  And every year, the Bulls managed to stay a step ahead of the competition.
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