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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
For the better part of an hour, general manager Ozzie Newsome answered questions about the Ravens' numerous offseason losses, their remaining roster holes and the challenge they would face trying to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Finally, he decided to turn the tables on reporters and ask a question of his own. "I'd like for someone to be able to tell me that we aren't good enough to go to the playoffs right now," Newsome said at the team's annual pre-draft luncheon in mid-April.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Mike Boddicker has a World Series ring from the Orioles, whom the right-hander helped win it all in 1983. On Friday, however, he'll wear a Kansas City Royals T-shirt to watch the start of the American League Championship Series. "I bleed Royals blue," Boddicker said by phone from his home in Overland Park, Kan., 20 minutes from Kauffman Stadium. "This city has gone nuts. We've waited 29 years for a playoff team. These people have been so loyal for so long; I'll root for the city because it deserves this.
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By GARY LAMBRECHT and GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN STAFF | October 13, 1995
Three months ago, when they suffered a 43-7 blowout in Baltimore, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers looked nothing like a playoff team. Now, the Blue Bombers have gone through so many personnel changes they hardly resemble the team that began the 1995 season.Due to a combination of injuries, trades and free-agent signings, Winnipeg has dressed 75 players this year, or the equivalent of two active rosters. In Monday's 31-20 loss in Toronto, the Blue Bombers started the same 12 players on offense for the second straight game, the first time that has happened this year.
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Peter Schmuck | August 24, 2014
Now that it has become clear the Orioles will be without third baseman Manny Machado for the remainder of the season, the club's front office is going to have to decide just how confident it is in the ability of the current roster to hold on to the top spot in the American League East and make a strong postseason run. And that's not the only troublesome question Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter will have...
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2011
The dramatic turnaround for the Towson University football team this season will be punctuated by the school's first playoff appearance since becoming a I-AA program in 1987. While many not familiar with the program's history look at it as if the Tigers have come from nowhere, those who were part of the their early days as a small-college Eastern power wonder if the current success can be sustained. When Towson (9-2) hosts Lehigh (10-1) in the second round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium, it will bring back faded snapshots for those who remember when the Tigers were a perennial playoff team.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | July 20, 2000
The last time Art Modell passed this way, he met with shocking defeat and numbing disappointment. The era was the 1980s, the location was Cleveland, and the agony was supplied by the Denver Broncos. Three times in the '80s, the Broncos denied Modell's Cleveland Browns a berth in the Super Bowl, albeit in some of the most memorable playoff games of the decade. Now, a dozen years later and one city removed, the venerable NFL owner is back in the high-rent, playoff neighborhood again. Modell, who moved the franchise to Baltimore for the 1996 season, launches his 40th year in the NFL on Sunday when the Ravens opening training camp at Western Maryland College.
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By John Eisenberg | January 5, 2001
OK, NAME a team featuring a strong defense and a strong running game, competing in the playoffs for the first time as the AFC's No. 4 seed. Easy, right? It's the Ravens. But did you know the exact same description fit the Tennessee Titans just a year ago? Yes, the Ravens' opponent in Sunday's divisional playoff game at Adelphia Coliseum finished second in the AFC Central a year ago, was host to and won the franchise's inaugural playoff game in the wild-card round and then turned to the challenge of winning twice on the road to reach the Super Bowl.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Evening Sun Staff | December 17, 1991
He stood in the middle of the Dallas Cowboys' locker room, soaking up the moment, savoring the high-water mark of his brief but stormy stewardship.The one thing Jerry Jones didn't do after Dallas clinched its first playoff berth since 1985, though, was gloat -- even if the Cowboys owner had earned the right.Three years ago, Jones' controversial entrance into Dallas and the NFL was greeted with cynicism and second-guessing. The erstwhile Arkansas oilman had fired Tom Landry, retired Tex Schramm and totally reshaped the image of "America's Team."
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Evening Sun Staff | December 17, 1991
He stood in the middle of the Dallas Cowboys' locker room, soaking up the moment, savoring the high-water mark of his brief but stormy stewardship.The one thing Jerry Jones didn't do after Dallas clinched its first playoff berth since 1985, though, was gloat -- even if the Cowboys owner had earned the right.Three years ago, Jones' controversial entrance into Dallas and the NFL was greeted with cynicism and second-guessing. The erstwhile Arkansas oilman had fired Tom Landry, retired Tex Schramm and totally reshaped the image of "America's Team."
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | May 2, 2001
It was not the kind of game a playoff team expects this time of the year. In fact, it was so bad that a lengthy post-game meeting was called after the No. 9-ranked Severn boys lacrosse team was humbled by No. 2 Loyola, 14-3, yesterday in Blakefield. The host Dons (16-3) roared to an 8-0 lead at the half and then scored the first two goals of the third period before the Admirals (8-7) got on the board. Led by Tim Sullivan, J. G. Guidera, Mike Waldron and Matt Pinto, the Loyola defense shut down the Admirals' offense while 10 different Dons scored.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
CHICAGO -- After the Orioles opened up their largest division lead in nearly 17 years with a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, the visiting clubhouse of U.S. Cellular Field was loose. Players sang along to the lyrics of the Zac Brown Band's song, "Free," as it blasted from the speakers after the Orioles -- sparked by a magnificent start from right-hander Chris Tillman -- extended their American League East advantage over the New York Yankees to 8 1/2 games. It's the club's largest lead in the division since Sept.
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By Alejandro Zuniga, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
The Orioles have reached the All-Star break, and Caleb Joseph can't believe he's still on the team. Joseph, who made his major league debut May 7, has emerged as the regular catcher in the lineup since Matt Wieters went on the disabled list in early May. Since the Orioles traded for Nick Hundley on May 24, Joseph has played in 11 more games than the seven-year veteran. "It's pretty fast-moving," Joseph said. "Before you know it, you're in the big leagues, and then it's the All-Star break, and you're still in the big leagues.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
The St. Mary's boys lacrosse team has a familiar opportunity going into Tuesday's regular season finale against Mount St. Joseph. Against rival Severn on Friday, Alexander Woodall dominated faceoffs and the Saints opened with seven of the game's first eight goals to cruise to a 19-9 win over the Admirals, keeping them in line to earn a spot in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs. If the No. 4 Saints beat the Gaels, they will claim the sixth and final playoff spot in the A Conference - something that eluded the team on the final day of regular season last year.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
For the better part of an hour, general manager Ozzie Newsome answered questions about the Ravens' numerous offseason losses, their remaining roster holes and the challenge they would face trying to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Finally, he decided to turn the tables on reporters and ask a question of his own. "I'd like for someone to be able to tell me that we aren't good enough to go to the playoffs right now," Newsome said at the team's annual pre-draft luncheon in mid-April.
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Peter Schmuck | September 25, 2013
Now that the Orioles are reasonably certain that Manny Machado will be ready for spring training next February, maybe it's time for the front office and ownership to parlay that positive news into an enhanced commitment to hit the ground next spring with a much more competitive team than the one that couldn't get its second wind this September. Of course, there will be the temptation to breathe a huge sigh of relief and bank on the continued development of Machado and the rest of the players who are still in the early stages of their major league careers, which would be just fine if you could guarantee that Manny will be the full Manny come March and the the rest of the key guys will be healthy and increasingly productive throughout the 2014 season.
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Peter Schmuck | September 21, 2013
If you're having trouble keeping your eyes open right now, you probably stayed up into the early hours of Saturday morning waiting for the Orioles to register another one of those classic marathon victories that characterized their magical 2012 season. Unfortunately, that was then. Now is another story … and not a particularly happy one. The only thing classic about Friday night and Saturday morning was the length of the game, which set the record for the longest game - by time - in Orioles history.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | August 23, 1998
With 31 wins in 41 games since the All-Star break, the Orioles have revealed their true selves for all to see.They're a playoff team.A playoff team that's probably not going to the playoffs.Some epitaph.No, they aren't better than the supernatural Yankees, but they're better than the AL Central-leading Indians, better than the two AL West contenders and every bit the equal of the Red Sox, who lead the wild-card race.They're probably going to be the best team in the major leagues not to play in October this year.
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By Marc Bouchard and Marc Bouchard,Contributing Writer | April 14, 1993
One of the area's oldest lacrosse rivalries will continue Friday night at Byrd Stadium when Johns Hopkins visits Maryland.Third-year Hopkins coach Tony Seaman, whose Blue Jays have lost to the Terrapins the past two years, is well aware of the rivalry's magnitude."
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
The steady stream of fans rapidly heading toward the exits of Camden Yards in the ninth inning of the Orioles' 7-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night signaled that they had seen enough. A one-run game quickly spiraled into a five-run deficit for the Orioles, who would make it closer on Matt Wieters' two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth but still suffered another costly loss to a team they're chasing for a playoff spot. With the loss, the Orioles - who have dropped six of their past eight games - fell to 5 ½ games behind the Rays in the American League East standings.
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Mike Preston | March 29, 2013
Virginia coach Dom Starsia has always hedged a little over talk of parity in college lacrosse, but he is slowly crossing over. Lacrosse is becoming more like the NFL. There are consistent winners every year, but the team that gets hot at the end has a good shot at winning the title. No. 3 Duke is on the comeback trail after a slow start. No. 12 Johns Hopkins had a strong rebound performance against Virginia a week ago. And the No. 13 Cavaliers (5-4) don't have a signature win all season.
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