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By CAL RIPKEN JR | May 13, 2007
DEAR CAL -- A few years ago, my son's high school coach told parents that he would discuss anything with us except playing time. I honored his wishes that season as my child sat mostly on the bench, while other less-talented children played. I later discovered that the parents of the children who got to play the most had made significant contributions to the school, materially and monetarily. Did I hurt my son's chances of being recognized as a talented player by not "buying" his way onto the team?
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
The Ravens are approaching the time when they'll need to focus on getting backup running back Bernard Pierce the bulk of the workload in advance of starter Ray Rice's two-game suspension. The balancing act between how the Ravens should divide carries between Pierce and Rice is expected to become more of a hot-button issue heading into their third preseason game next week against the Washington Redskins. The third preseason game is when the Ravens traditionally play the starters into the third quarter since they won't play in the fourth and final preseason game prior to the start of the regular season.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | July 24, 1993
MINNEAPOLIS -- Tim Hulett knows his place. He knows that he would not be playing third base regularly if Leo Gomez were healthy or someone else were available. But that doesn't mean that he doesn't still view himself as a viable everyday player."I think you always do," Hulett said yesterday. "I think if you settle for being a utility player, you're admitting that you're not good enough to be an everyday player. Nobody wants to do that."That doesn't mean that there isn't a certain nobility in being the consummate utility player, but Hulett never has given up on the possibility of playing a bigger role in the Orioles lineup.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
As it turns out, the  Ravens  didn't make out as well as what was originally thought in the deal that sent inactive middle linebacker Rolando McClain to the  Dallas Cowboys . It was widely reported after the deal that the Ravens would send McClain, who was on the reserved/retired list, plus a 2015 seventh-round pick to the Cowboys for a 2015 sixth-round pick. However, that's the best-case scenario. The Cowboys announced the terms of the deal today and that 2015 draft pick exchange will only take place if McClain plays 50 percent of the defensive snaps for Dallas during the 2014 season.
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By CAL RIPKEN JR | December 9, 2007
DEAR CAL -- Our 11-year-old has been allowed to play for only two innings in the field and one at-bat in our fall educational league. When we confronted the coaches and league president, we were told it was because he played in the dugout. They started the season out like this and have not even given him a chance to show them what he can do on the field. The spring season was the exact same. The only time he has played more than the two innings was when they were short on players and he had to play.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 23, 1991
SARASOTA, Fla. -- This is the spring that promising catcher Chris Hoiles has dreamed of since he signed his first professional contract, so why is it that veteran Bob Melvin seems like a guy without a care in the world?It's not so complicated, really. There's room in the Baltimore Orioles lineup for both of them, now that switch-hitting Mickey Tettleton has taken up residence in another city. Hoiles and Melvin are going to compete for a job this spring, but both of them probably will win.The Orioles recently handed Melvin a two-year contract, which was the club's way of saying that he was more than just Tettleton's backup the past couple of years.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | September 20, 1997
An agent for Keith Booth said that the former University of Maryland basketball star likely will sign the contract offered by the Chicago Bulls in July in the next week -- unless he receives a significantly better offer overseas.Curtis Polk of Falk Associates Management Enterprises (FAME) said yesterday that Booth, one of just four first-round picks who remain unsigned, received a guaranteed three-year, $1.718 million deal from the defending NBA champions.The length and terms of the contract are in accordance with salary slotted to the last pick of the first round in the draft under the league's collective bargaining agreement.
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By Danielle Rumore and Danielle Rumore,SUN STAFF | July 29, 1997
The shrieks began to sound like a continuous buzz. At the end of the Ravens' morning practice yesterday, a sea of children seeking autographs from receivers Derrick Alexander and Michael Jackson seemed to scream "Derrick!" and "Michael!" all at once.The commotion over the Ravens' top two receivers was in stark contrast to the quiet group surrounding second-year receiver James Roe. He blended in with the children on the field, and it was hard to tell he was even there."I'm happy with it [signing autographs]
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | February 9, 1996
COLLEGE PARK -- It was over before he knew it. Rodney Elliott's reign as starting center at Maryland lasted a mere six games.But don't expect to hear the 6-foot-8 sophomore from Dunbar complain.Elliott was the man who succeeded Mario Lucas, who succeeded Joe Smith, whose reign lasted two years.After Obinna Ekezie became the starter eight games ago, it seemed as if Elliott had vanished completely. Until Tuesday in Chapel Hill, N.C., anyway, when he delivered two big first-half baskets in an 84-78 upset of North Carolina.
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By Alan Goldstein | January 6, 1992
In 1984, he was Rookie of the Year. In 1985, he was voted Most Valuable Player in the NBA All-Star Game. In 1986, he led the Houston Rockets to the NBA finals.In 1992, Ralph Sampson is desperately clinging to his basketball life. He has chosen to finish the season playing in Spain rather than risk being released this week by the Washington Bullets or spending the rest of the season as a 12th man and crowd curiosity.Sampson freed Bullets general manager John Nash of choosing between him and reserve guard Andre Turner as odd man out by announcing his decision at an impromptu news conference in the Capital Centre press room Saturday night after Washington's 113-99 loss to the New York Knicks.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
In his pregame news conference Monday, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the reason Chris Davis is sitting against Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale is not because Davis' average has dipped to .216 or that his slugger is mired in a 7-for-64 skid (.130). It's primarily because, Showalter said, he wanted to get right-handed hitter Delmon Young into the lineup. Young had made just four starts in June, the last coming June 15. He had just one at-bat during the past road trip, a pinch-hit homer Monday at Tampa Bay. “About 90 percent of it is Delmon Young.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
Orioles first baseman-outfielder Steve Pearce hasn't had a normal career trajectory. In 2012, he was in four different organizations in one year and was acquired two different times that season by both the Orioles and the New York Yankees. But even given Pearce's roller-coaster baseball life, these past 10 days still qualify as crazy. “It was stressful, but ultimately, I'm back where I want to be,” Pearce said. “So I'm happy.” After going just 1-for-7 in limited time as Chris Davis' backup earlier this season, Pearce was designated for assignment April 22, meaning the club had 10 days to trade, release or try to put him through waivers.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
Peter Athens has traded the football for a lacrosse stick. Athens, who was the starting quarterback of a Towson football program that advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision title game in January, has joined the lacrosse team. He was present - but did not play in - the No. 19 Tigers' 14-9 victory over Navy on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound fifth-year senior was an All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference player in lacrosse twice at Huntingtown and played for Towson in 2012 before concentrating on football.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Brady Dashiell and Jesse Rabishaw got a few minutes and a few runs in No. 5 Salisbury's 13-7 victory over Ohio Wesleyan at the Landon School in Bethesda, but that was enough to satisfy - for now - a pair of former starters returning from injury. Dashiell, a sophomore, had missed two games because of injuries to his arch and ankle. Rabishaw, a junior, also sat out two contests due to a sprained ankle. While they didn't regain their starting jobs, they did contribute in the win for the Sea Gulls (6-0)
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
The youth movement is on at Washington College. The Shoremen, the ninth-ranked team in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association preseason poll, will open the season on Saturday at home against Goucher and plan to play a number of freshmen. Rookie Owen Evans will join senior Jim Cusick (Calvert Hall) and junior Sam Birnbaum on the starting attack. Freshman Matt Allen will be part of a four-man rotation with junior Luke Birnbaum and sophomores David McBrien (Calvert Hall)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
Preseason scrimmages are usually the time when lacrosse coaches send out many players to gauge who can contribute immediately and who might develop in the near future. That approach could extend into the regular season for John Tillman. The Maryland coach said he plans to spread playing time among a healthy number of players in Saturday's season opener against Mount St. Mary's at noon at Byrd Stadium in College Park in an effort to see who deserves to get significant time in upcoming games.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Staff Writer | November 18, 1992
COLLEGE PARK -- Here's a quickie quiz for University of Maryland basketball fans: Name the remaining members of last year's freshman class. Well, name two.Time's up.Unless you are a blood relative, or a close friend, it's doubtful that the answer was quickly forthcoming. John Walsh, one of the four players left from last year's Forgotten Five, isn't surprised."I don't know if we were overlooked," Walsh, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward, said Monday before practice. "The freshman group this year came in with great esteem.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | April 5, 1999
New Oriole Jeff Conine left some playing time behind when he parted company with the Kansas City Royals on Friday, but he was more than willing to make that trade-off for the chance to return to the playoffs this year."
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
When Navy opens the season this Saturday against VMI at noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, the team will be represented by some familiar household names like long-stick midfielder Pat Kiernan and attackmen Sam Jones and Tucker Hull. The squad will also feature some fresh faces. At least four freshmen are expected to start for the Midshipmen and a few others could contribute, too. It might seem like an alarmingly high number of rookies for a program that requires discipline and execution to run its schemes on offense and defense, but coach Rick Sowell sounded confident Monday about the freshmen's ability to perform under fire.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2014
It shouldn't come as a shock that the top three leading scorers for the Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team (4-9) are all seniors in the guard trio of Julian Norfleet, Rashad Whack and Sam Prescott. But the Mountaineers' hopes for success this season could center on the maturation of their freshmen and sophomores. Freshman forward Will Miller and freshman shooting guard Byron Ashe rank fourth and fifth in scoring with 6.5 and 6.0 point averages, respectively. Sophomores Taylor Danaher and Gregory Graves have replaced Kristijan Krajina in the starting lineup after the senior center tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee against Bucknell on Nov. 26. And freshman point guard Khalid Nwandu has moved into the starting lineup in the last four games.
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