October 11, 2011
Mark Turgeon said Tuesday that he expects to tinker with a "small ball" lineup of four guards this season, and may blend the group with a raw 7-footer who the Maryland men's basketball coach believes possesses as much potential as he does length. Olexiy ("Alex") Len, a center from Antratsit, Ukraine, only recently turned 18-years-old, "so the kid's still growing, still getting his coordination, but he's got a chance," Turgeon said the day before the team assembled for Media Day. "He's one of those guys at the end of the year I think you'll look and say he's our most improved player because it's all so new to him and God gave him so much ability that he should improve at a pretty high rate.
August 26, 2011
During last week's Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series at the Ripken Academy in Aberdeen, a few dozen disabled children were afforded the opportunity to play ball, a chance that might not have been there were it not for the League of Dreams program. Convening on the turf practice field on Saturday afternoon, the local children were treated to a baseball clinic, during which they were instructed on the hitting, fielding and throwing aspects of the game, and were supposed to take part in a scrimmage game, but that was canceled when a heavy rainstorm cut short the proceedings.
March 3, 2011
At Western High School in Baltimore, few students had heard of bocce when coach Mary Hain was putting together a team of players, with and without disabilities, in anticipation of Maryland's first Unified Indoor Bocce State High School Invitational. Senior Thea Chase said she came out for the team thinking that "it was hibachi, some kind of eating contest. " In fact, bocce is a sport that resembles bowling. Ultimately, three freshmen and several seniors, including Chase, joined the team and trained for the interscholastic competition, which pairs students with intellectual and other disabilities with their high school peers.
August 21, 2010
With his contract signed and the realization that he's indeed a professional baseball player, Orioles' 2010 first round draft pick Manny Machado is now looking forward to doing what he loves to do — play baseball. Machado, A Miami high school shortstop who agreed to a $ 5.25 millon deal moments before Monday's midnight deadline, will report to the club's minor league complex in Sarasota , Fla. — joining the Gulf Coast League Orioles. He'll work out with the team on Sunday and likely play in Monday's game.
September 24, 2007
WASHINGTON -- A stadium with a rich and unusual history closed its turnstiles to baseball yesterday, 45 years after opening the 1962 season with President John F. Kennedy throwing out the first pitch. Ted Williams once managed at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Vince Lombardi coached the NFL's Redskins there, the Beatles performed there and a long line of presidents threw out the first pitch in what was traditionally the opening game of the major league season. RFK, which is being retired because the Washington Nationals will move into a new stadium next year, was home to the 1962 and 1969 All-Star Games and hosted the longest errorless game in major league history (22 innings)
March 10, 2007
Last Saturday, I got an urge to see college basketball. The Maryland Terrapins were playing North Carolina State in College Park that afternoon. I did not have a ticket. Given my connections, I knew where to turn. I turned to the scalpers - the entrepreneurs who hang around the edges of sold-out sporting events and concerts. They perform the "service" of relieving fans of excess tickets, then reselling them at often-inflated prices. I was about to become a scalpee. I prepared by gathering data and enlisting a compadre, Al Nuzzi, a veteran of such transactions.