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By Mike Steere and Mike Steere,UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE | January 7, 1996
"I have nothing to prove to anyone," Jan Davis says of her favorite outdoor pastime. "I do it because I enjoy it."Lulled by the slow, warm voice -- she sounds like the grandmother she is -- you might imagine that the subject is orchid-growing or birding.Ms. Davis is, in fact, talking about making a 3,212-foot parachute drop from a cliff at Venezuela's Angel Falls, the world's highest cataract. This harrowing leap, which Ms. Davis says about 80 people have made, is a quintessential "extreme" sport as the word is defined by risk-addicted outdoor athletes.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2011
If you want to talk about street and road courses, Penske driver Will Power is the man to start with. Over his seven-year career, Power has won 14 races — 13 of them on the twisting roads. But the 30-year-old Australian says dominating the streets isn't something that comes naturally. It's a skill he's been working on for more than three decades. "It takes about a decade of just doing street races to perfect the skills," he said. "I grew up doing that. The U.S. is the only place for ovals.
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By SUSAN REIMER | August 27, 2009
Joe Schweiger's relationship with hot peppers hasn't always been so hot. At the age of 5, he cried until his father let him taste one, and then cried when he did. But today, the Hampden resident and his wife, Alison, grow award-winning varieties in a backyard garden plot that's not much bigger than a desktop. They will enter the best of the bunch in this weekend's Maryland State Fair, hoping to add to the fistful of ribbons - more than a dozen - they've won since 1995, when they visited the fair and decided the winning peppers didn't look nearly as good as the ones they were growing at home.
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By Jamison Hensley | jamison.hensley@baltimoresun.com | October 25, 2009
While the sting of three straight narrow defeats might have diminished for the Ravens during the bye, the lasting effect is a small margin of error for the final two months of the regular season. Recent NFL history says the Ravens need to reach 10 victories to lock up a playoff berth for a second straight season. That translates to winning seven of their last 10 games, a homestretch that includes some of the best quarterbacks and stingiest defenses in the NFL. At 3-3, the Ravens say they aren't making any playoff calculations.
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By Kevin Eck | January 1, 2009
I'm sitting in my living room watching a Seinfeld rerun as I ponder one of life's great questions: Should the Ravens rein in Ed Reed's risky returns? Unlike the debate over the legitimacy of the ample charms of Jerry's girlfriend Sidra, the answer to this one is rather obvious: Absolutely. Reed actually reminds me a lot of Jerry's girlfriends on the show. Wait, I don't want you to get the wrong idea - not that there's anything wrong with that. What I mean is that Reed has a lot of terrific qualities, but also one glaring flaw that tarnishes the whole package.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | September 10, 2008
OK, so Matt Cassel, the Patriots' new No. 1 quarterback, hasn't started a game since Nov. 24, 1999 - in high school, when a gallon of gas was a buck 22. And Cassel's performance in the preseason was as close to a flat line as he could get without having a mirror stuck under his nose. But hit the playoff panic button? Hold your horses. It's still a team sport, and we're talking about New England, the land of Flutie Hail Mary's, Havlicek steals the ball and Dave Roberts steals second. While he's no Tom Brady (who is?
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | October 24, 1996
ATLANTA -- The first time it was a mismatch, but New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte is looking forward to the rematch. He'll face off again against presumptive National League Cy Young Award winner John Smoltz tonight, hoping to bounce back from a rocky performance in the opener to send the 92nd World Series back to Yankee Stadium."
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By Chris Foster and Chris Foster,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 27, 2003
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- About the only thing the Anaheim Mighty Ducks are certain of is what the scores won't be. "You are not going to see any 6-5 barn-burners," team captain Paul Kariya said. Said right wing Petr Sykora: "You are not going to see any 8-1 scores." Said left wing Mike Leclerc: "We have to do whatever it takes, whether the game is 6-0 or 0-0 in overtime. But I don't think it's going to be 6-0." The theme for the Stanley Cup Finals between the Ducks and New Jersey Devils is pretty clear: Score a goal, win a game.
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By David Steele and David Steele,david.steele@baltsun.com | August 24, 2008
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Rams didn't have Steven Jackson or Orlando Pace in uniform, did have a group of young or ordinary receivers in uniform, and had a quarterback with a 14.1 preseason passer rating. Compared with the Ravens, though, this Rams offense looks like the reincarnation of The Greatest Show on Turf. Looked that way in last night's preseason game, too, at least in the first half. Go ahead and call the Ravens' quarterback situation a disaster if you like. But if that tranquilizer of a game at the Edward Jones Dome didn't assure you that the offensive problems go infinitely deeper than that one position, then nothing will.
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By David Steele | September 19, 2004
IT'S KIND OF fun this time around to hear the Ravens use the "P" word. No one's afraid of talking about the playoffs this year. Quite the contrary, considering how deep into the playoffs they expect to go. Not many of them, though, have uttered the "P" word that will determine their true fate. That word is "perfect." Under these circumstances, even at this extremely early date, the Ravens have to be perfect to win. Today against the Steelers, next week, probably the rest of the season.
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By SUSAN REIMER | August 27, 2009
Joe Schweiger's relationship with hot peppers hasn't always been so hot. At the age of 5, he cried until his father let him taste one, and then cried when he did. But today, the Hampden resident and his wife, Alison, grow award-winning varieties in a backyard garden plot that's not much bigger than a desktop. They will enter the best of the bunch in this weekend's Maryland State Fair, hoping to add to the fistful of ribbons - more than a dozen - they've won since 1995, when they visited the fair and decided the winning peppers didn't look nearly as good as the ones they were growing at home.
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By Kevin Eck | January 1, 2009
I'm sitting in my living room watching a Seinfeld rerun as I ponder one of life's great questions: Should the Ravens rein in Ed Reed's risky returns? Unlike the debate over the legitimacy of the ample charms of Jerry's girlfriend Sidra, the answer to this one is rather obvious: Absolutely. Reed actually reminds me a lot of Jerry's girlfriends on the show. Wait, I don't want you to get the wrong idea - not that there's anything wrong with that. What I mean is that Reed has a lot of terrific qualities, but also one glaring flaw that tarnishes the whole package.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | September 10, 2008
OK, so Matt Cassel, the Patriots' new No. 1 quarterback, hasn't started a game since Nov. 24, 1999 - in high school, when a gallon of gas was a buck 22. And Cassel's performance in the preseason was as close to a flat line as he could get without having a mirror stuck under his nose. But hit the playoff panic button? Hold your horses. It's still a team sport, and we're talking about New England, the land of Flutie Hail Mary's, Havlicek steals the ball and Dave Roberts steals second. While he's no Tom Brady (who is?
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By David Steele and David Steele,david.steele@baltsun.com | August 24, 2008
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Rams didn't have Steven Jackson or Orlando Pace in uniform, did have a group of young or ordinary receivers in uniform, and had a quarterback with a 14.1 preseason passer rating. Compared with the Ravens, though, this Rams offense looks like the reincarnation of The Greatest Show on Turf. Looked that way in last night's preseason game, too, at least in the first half. Go ahead and call the Ravens' quarterback situation a disaster if you like. But if that tranquilizer of a game at the Edward Jones Dome didn't assure you that the offensive problems go infinitely deeper than that one position, then nothing will.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF | November 28, 2004
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams was making his rounds in a victorious locker room after the Terps' 84-61 win over No. 25 Memphis on Friday night, mixing compliments to his players with some minor criticism. Scanning the box score, which looked like a masterpiece to most Terps, Williams praised John Gilchrist for his 10 rebounds, but quickly reminded the team's front line that the Terps' 6-foot-3 point guard had the same number of rebounds as 6-8 forward Travis Garrison.
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By David Steele | September 19, 2004
IT'S KIND OF fun this time around to hear the Ravens use the "P" word. No one's afraid of talking about the playoffs this year. Quite the contrary, considering how deep into the playoffs they expect to go. Not many of them, though, have uttered the "P" word that will determine their true fate. That word is "perfect." Under these circumstances, even at this extremely early date, the Ravens have to be perfect to win. Today against the Steelers, next week, probably the rest of the season.
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By Bill Free | April 21, 1991
Moments after Loyola College had rocked the University o Maryland Baltimore County, 17-6, yesterday, Loyola coach Dave Cottle had a warning for the rest of the college lacrosse world: "We're not ready to concede 1991 yet. This is where our memories start."A lot of people have tried to figure out where things have gone wrong this season for the eighth-ranked Greyhounds (6-3), who were preseason choices by many to win the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship.Don't bother, was the word from Cottle yesterday.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | April 30, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Just when we thought it was safe to go back into the water, here comes Dan Quayle as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. It is an unlikely scenario.The former vice president's intentions were signaled first last week when he agreed to an extended interview with the New York Times, then effectively confirmed when word leaked out about his new book, in which he reportedly settles some old scores and tries to explain himself.Quayle now will be making the rounds of the television talk shows and embarking on a book promotion tour reportedly focused heavily on the South and West that presumably would offer the friendliest market for his writing -- and, not incidentally, for his politics.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | September 2, 2003
The tests come in waves over 80 minutes of soccer and the margin of error can be downright slim for a defender. A misjudged through ball that sneaks behind the last line; trying to step in to take a ball away at the wrong time; or simply giving a dangerous striker a little too much space to work. Any of those slip-ups can turn into a goal and the difference between winning and not. Such is the life of defenders, the game's most unheralded players who have their own unique craft, personalities and passion.
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By Chris Foster and Chris Foster,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 27, 2003
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- About the only thing the Anaheim Mighty Ducks are certain of is what the scores won't be. "You are not going to see any 6-5 barn-burners," team captain Paul Kariya said. Said right wing Petr Sykora: "You are not going to see any 8-1 scores." Said left wing Mike Leclerc: "We have to do whatever it takes, whether the game is 6-0 or 0-0 in overtime. But I don't think it's going to be 6-0." The theme for the Stanley Cup Finals between the Ducks and New Jersey Devils is pretty clear: Score a goal, win a game.
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