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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
No. 4 Stevenson's 13-5 pasting of then-No. 8 Lynchburg on Saturday may not have been the team's easiest win of the season, but it might have been the reigning national champion's most thorough. The Mustangs (9-1) turned a slight 4-2 lead after the first quarter into a sizable 10-3 advantage at halftime, and the rout was a welcome development for coach Paul Cantabene. “I thought we played 60 minutes of lacrosse,” he said on Tuesday morning. “That's the first time all year - besides maybe the Tufts game - where we really put everything together.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
There was lots of drama Sunday at the LPGA's Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. Not only did Sweden's Anna Nordqvist rally for a one-shot victory, but Lexi Thompson gave the U.S. team a huge boost for this summer's inaugural International Crown at Caves Valley Golf Club. Thompson's strong finish of four birdies on the last six holes - including one on the final hole - lifted the 19-year-old Floridian to ninth in the Rolex World Rankings. It also helped give the four-player U.S. team the No. 1 seed among the eight countries that will be represented in Owings Mills in late July.
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By Andy Harris | March 31, 2014
Last week, the Maryland Senate approved Senate Bill 364, which would "decriminalize" possession of marijuana. The Senate bill, which passed 36 to 8, would remove criminal penalties for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and impose small civil fines, with a provision for the judge to order drug education only after the third offense. The bill has gone to the House of Delegates, where a hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. One could argue that people whose only crime is smoking or possessing a small amount of marijuana should not be punished with an arrest record, which could destroy their chances of getting a job and other benefits later in life.
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From Sun staff reports | March 30, 2014
Kevin Rice scored the game-winner with 2:05 left to play as No. 9 host Syracuse edged No. 5 Notre Dame, 11-10, on Saturday. The host Orange (5-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) got early separation, but the Fighting Irish (4-3, 2-1) rallied in the fourth quarter. Notre Dame fell behind 10-7 with 13:41 remaining in regulation but responded with three straight goals in less than three minutes. The score was tied at 10 with 6:29 left in the game. "For Notre Dame to come in here having the success they've had, especially their stingy defense, and we were able to put up double figures - that was big," Syracuse coach John Desko said.
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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 David Driver, For The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
Shawn Pleffner, 24, took a lead off second base at the minor-league complex of the Washington Nationals at Viera, Fla., on a 72-degree day. The former Arundel High School standout was among a group of four top minor-league prospects working on leads on fly balls. "Get a secondary lead. Get a good one," shouted Gary Cathcart, an instructor in the Nationals' farm system. It might seem at first glance that Pleffner, a 6-foot-5, 225-pounder with the build of an NFL linebacker, would be better off just honing his skill at the bat. But learning to run the bases is among the tasks the first baseman faces on the east coast of Florida during spring training sessions that begin around 8 a.m. "A good example is Cal Ripken Jr. ," Pleffner said of the Orioles' Hall of Famer.
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By Donna M. Owens, For The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Hyunhwa Thomas Yu and Yuko Naululani Yu hail from different countries in Asia, but the world of ballroom dance brought them together in America. About six years ago, while each was seeking a dance partner, the two discovered one another and quickly formed an artistic connection. Before long, however, the pair would waltz, tango and quick-step their way toward love, then marriage. "We share something in common that's close to our hearts," says Tom, 54, a South Korean emigre whose family arrived in Champaign, Ill., when he was a teen.
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March 28, 2014
Baltimore's Becca Meyers and Ian Silverman set world records on the opening day of the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Spring National Championships/Spring CanAms on Thursday at Miami's Ransom Everglades School. The event, which runs through Saturday, serves as the U.S. team qualifier for the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in August. Meyers, a Loyola Maryland student from Timonium, who competes in the S13 classification, won the women's 1500-meter freestyle in 17 minutes, 53.90 seconds in the morning session to smash the world record.
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Mike Preston | March 28, 2014
When Cornell's lacrosse program was going through troubled times last fall and the early part of the winter, interim head coach Matt Kerwick's mind shot back to the summer of 2012. On June 25 that year, Kerwick pleaded guilty to a DWI charge in a Fairfax County, Va., court while he was an assistant at Georgetown. "Last year when I spoke with the team, I told them we all make mistakes," said Kerwick, who replaced Ben DeLuca in November 2013 after a hazing incident at Cornell. "I told them how I had learned so much from my mistake and it helped me grow as a person.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
Two Towson University students edged out 170 other teams to win a national debate championship held in Indiana this week, the second time in recent years a Towson team has netted national debate honors. Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson, both from Baltimore, bested a team from the University of Oklahoma in the final round. Their argument likened police brutality, the prison-industrial complex and structural poverty issues to a warlike violence against African-Americans in the U.S. and identified solutions.
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