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August 18, 2010
In an interview with GQ magazine, LeBron James said the highly critical letter written by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert the night James announced his decision to sign with the Heat will give him "a lot of motivation" when Miami plays Cleveland. Of Gilbert, James said: "I don't think he ever cared about LeBron. My mother always told me you will see the light of people when they hit adversity. You'll get a good sense of their character. Me and my family have seen the character of that man. " James also told the magazine that growing up in Akron, about 40 miles outside of Cleveland, he and his friends didn't like people from the bigger city.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
By the middle of the fourth quarter of Morgan State's 28-3 win over Bowie State at Hughes Stadium on Saturday, running back Herb Walker Jr. had gained 118 yards, marking the third straight game in which the team had a 100-yard rusher. But with 3:27 left, the redshirt sophomore was stripped of the football by Bulldogs junior linebacker Robert Burke, and redshirt junior outside linebacker Jonathan Harris pounced on the loose ball at the Bears' 41-yard line. Normally, that might have been the end of the day for Walker as he had nothing left to prove and there seemed to be no point in putting him back in at risk of injury with Morgan State holding a 14-3 advantage.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2012
Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin was unhappy at not making first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference. Stoglin became a rare statistic: a conference scoring leader who made second team rather than first team in the vote by media members. “It was very disappointing,” Stoglin said. He said he planned to use the perceived slight as “motivation.” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said he believed Stoglin was victimized by Maryland's conference record. “Six and 10 wasn't good enough,” Turgeon said.
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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
A four-year starter, Catonsville's All-Metro first-team forward Jennifer Nonn enjoyed a banner junior season with the exception of one thing - it's end. She scored 21 goals and added 10 assists to help lead the No. 5 Comets to their first Class 4A state title game, but they fell to Whitman, 2-0. For Nonn, it was tough to take then, but motivating now. The Comets have a number of players back to make another run under first-year coach Gary Lynch,...
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Letter to the editor | May 30, 2013
Editor: I am trying to figure out why people with good government jobs have to commit crimes. A previous member of the Harford County Sheriff's Department pleaded guilty to misuse of office to gain extra money. An APG employee was sentenced to six months in jail for spending government money for herself. These people lost jobs, income, insurance and retirement benefits in addition to any jail time and/or probation that they may get. To make it worse they put a bad light on the other government employees who are honest and hardworking.
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By Edward Lee | January 17, 2013
From extending inside linebacker Ray Lewis' last hurrah to getting to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2001 to beating a rival in the New England Patriots, the Ravens have plenty of motivation heading into Sunday's AFC championship game. But, according to the players, revenge is not one of them. Yes, the memory of last year's 23-20 loss to the Patriots in the AFC championship still lingers around town, but strong safety Bernard Pollard did not mince any words when asked if the team has some “unfinished business” to complete in Foxborough, Mass.
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By Edward Lee | May 19, 2012
Being in Baltimore apparently has its privileges for Loyola. Not only did the Greyhounds have to make just a 34-mile trip from their campus to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis for Saturday's NCAA tournament quarterfinal against Denver, but they also got a visit from Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. In a video posted by the school, the 13-time Pro Bowler and two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year spoke to the players before Wednesday's practice and encouraged them to play with passion and cooperation.
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By Howard J. Ehrlich | January 11, 1991
THERE is a major disinformation campaign under way about the meaning of American involvement in the Persian Gulf.The establishment news media, especially television, are regorging substantial amounts of misleading, superficial and often irrelevant ideas and images of this grotesque crisis. The result is that many people are left with the feeling that they know what's gong on when, in fact, the information they have been assimilating keeps them from asking the pertinent questions. If you ask the wrong questions, you get the wrong answers.
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By Edward Lee | November 2, 2011
In the aftermath of the Ravens' 35-7 demolition of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 11, several Steelers players said they would remember what they deemed questionable behavior by the Ravens. Defensive linemen complained that the Ravens offensive line was using illegal cut blocks. A few players weren't happy about Sam Koch's two-point conversion to make the score 29-7 in the third quarter, and others accused the Ravens of trying to run up the score when quarterback Joe Flacco threw the ball to the end zone with a 32-7 advantage late in the fourth quarter.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
McDaniel's 2014 season ended in shocking fashion when the team surrendered six unanswered goals in a 16-15 loss to Centennial Conference foe Gettysburg. More than a month after that April 26 setback, coach Matt Hatton said the outcome could serve as a positive for the Green Terror (6-9 overall and 3-5 in the league). “I'm not sure that wasn't a good thing for our guys as motivation in the long run,” he said. “Obviously for the short term, it was very painful. But everybody's excited.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
On the ride home from M&T Bank Stadium after the state football final in December, Franklin's players rocked the bus in celebration of their first championship. As the bus rolled onto the Beltway from Interstate-83 heading toward Reisterstown, the Indians cranked it up a notch, just as they had in breaking a 7-7 tie to beat Linganore, 20-7, for the Class 3A title. "When we saw we had a police escort and a fire truck, we were like, 'That's crazy.' Everybody went a little crazy," said wide receiver Steven Smothers, who caught the tiebreaking third-quarter touchdown from Jacquez Adams on fourth-and-20.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
Devin Cook's community college lacrosse coach said that the 20-year-old, a business major who was active in lacrosse leagues around the city, wanted to use sports as a way of getting a scholarship and completing college. He had recently earned enough - he worked two jobs - to buy a car and was taking his fellow lacrosse players at the Community College of Baltimore County home after a game last Thursday night. They were stopped in the car on Wilern Avenue in Park Heights when a gunman killed Mr. Cook and wounded his passenger, a fellow lacrosse player.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
McDaniel's 2014 season ended in shocking fashion when the team surrendered six unanswered goals in a 16-15 loss to Centennial Conference foe Gettysburg. More than a month after that April 26 setback, coach Matt Hatton said the outcome could serve as a positive for the Green Terror (6-9 overall and 3-5 in the league). “I'm not sure that wasn't a good thing for our guys as motivation in the long run,” he said. “Obviously for the short term, it was very painful. But everybody's excited.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
UMBC's loss to No. 13 Albany may not have been a surprise, but the team's setback to Binghamton was. In that game, the Retrievers (7-6 overall and 3-2 in the America East) lost a 6-4 lead at halftime and were outscored 9-1 in the second half en route to a 13-7 loss. So who do they get in an America East tournament semifinal on Thursday at Stony Brook? Those same Bearcats (7-7, 4-1). UMBC coach Don Zimmerman acknowledged that the team was eager for a rematch with Binghamton, but he warned against revenge taking over preparation.
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By Alexander Pyles, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2014
Qualifying for the Boston Marathon was not on Michelle Hollingsworth's radar when she broke into a jog at the start of the Marine Corps Marathon in 2012, but it sure was 3 hours and 36 minutes later. The 47-year-old hadn't expected to cross the finish line in Rosslyn, Va., so quickly, fast enough to qualify for the prestigious 26.2-mile race that begins in Hopkinton and ends on Boylston Street in Boston. The disappointment came later, when she found that registration had closed for the 2013 Boston Marathon.
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Susan Reimer | April 9, 2014
Sometime this week, women will have earned the same amount earned by a man during 2013 doing the same job. It takes us more than 15 months to earn what he earns in 12. That's why we celebrate Equal Pay Day each year in April, although "celebrate" is probably the wrong word. In 1979, the first year for which comparable earnings data was available, women earned about 62 percent of what men earned doing the same job. The gap has narrowed to about 82 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but there has been essentially no improvement in a decade.
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By Sandra McKee | December 28, 1990
WHEN A TEAM has been as up and down as the Blast -- marvelous one night, mediocre the next -- never taking the big step when it is theirs for the taking, people start asking questions.What's the matter? Where's the problem? Who's at fault?No one escapes the evaluation, not even the coach, as those who watch wonder if this team has heard coach Kenny Cooper's motivational speeches for so long that their impact has lessened.After his team performed impressively in a 6-4 victory over Kansas City last night, Cooper admitted if his team had lost, dropped three games behind the Comets and below .500 21 games into the season, it would have been very bad for everyone.
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By DAVID STEELE | April 2, 2007
Atlanta -- The day before the national semifinals, the Florida players, almost to a man, presented "hate" as their motivational theme for the Final Four. The other teams hate us because we have what they want, they said. Other fans hate us because we're the champs. Everybody wants to see us get knocked off. "I'm not talking about someone trying to kill me," the Gators' Joakim Noah said Friday. "When I say `hate,' I'm talking about all the doubters. There have been a lot of doubters this year.
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Peter Schmuck | March 30, 2014
If you're among the legion of rejuvenated Orioles fans who will show up for Opening Day expecting big things after the team's spring training spending spree, the rest of the baseball world thinks you're fooling yourself. The national media consensus is that the Orioles will finish fourth in the tough American League East this year. The people who crunch the numbers and set the betting lines in Las Vegas think that they are barely a .500 team. So, what else is new? The Orioles shocked the world by reaching the playoffs in 2012 and stayed in contention until the final weeks of the 2013 season, but if they thought all that - and a $67 million free-agent infusion - would get them into the top half of anybody's preseason power rankings, well, they were sorely mistaken.
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By Jonah Goldberg | March 28, 2014
Leland Yee, a Democratic state senator and candidate for secretary of state in California, has been a longtime champion of gun control. This week he was arrested on numerous charges, including conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and conspiracy to illegally transport firearms. Mr. Yee, a prominent foe of assault weapons, allegedly took bribes to set up a meeting between an undercover agent and an international arms dealer to broker the sale of automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles.
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