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By Dan Connolly | dan.connolly@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 25, 2010
Realignment in major league baseball, which potentially could move the Orioles out of the hyper-competitive American League East one day, was touched on during the players annual spring meeting with their union head on Thursday. But because it is only conceptual, not a lot of time was dedicated to it, according to new union chief Michael Weiner, who spent nearly two hours with the Orioles' players. "On-field issues are very important to the players, so we mentioned a number of those issues.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
The Maryland Department of Transportation has been awarded $10 million in federal funding to widen a stretch of Route 175 in Anne Arundel County that is contributing to congestion around an expanding Fort Meade. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery or TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will be used to widen the heavily-used corridor between Disney and Reece roads, U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, both Maryland Democrats, announced Tuesday.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | March 21, 1994
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After a trial of 19 exhibition games, Orioles manager Johnny Oates has decided against the outfield realignment he announced last month.The decision means that Mike Devereaux will return to the center-field position he has played for most of the past five years. Brady Anderson, the central figure in the realignment, goes back to left field, with rookie Jeffrey Hammonds now shifting to right.The moves mean that all three outfielders will be in different positions than at the start of the spring.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
The conference realignment that swept through college football has reached college lacrosse, and has generated optimism and concerns among those involved in the sport. Those changes have already manifested for the upcoming 2014 season. For one, the NCAA tournament will grow to 18 teams because the number of automatic qualifiers has increased. And at least one "super conference" has been created. Syracuse and Notre Dame have moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference, joining Maryland, Duke, North Carolina and Virginia.
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By Matt Vensel | June 14, 2011
A proposal for realignment in Major League Baseball is reportedly gaining steam with the owners and the players, and though the structural changes might not be what some desperate Orioles fans are hoping for, the subtle switch being considered makes too much sense when it comes to competitive balance. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Major League Baseball and the players' union are considering moving a team from the National League to the American League so that there will be 15 teams in each league . Why Major League Baseball thought it was fair to have 16 teams in the National League and 14 in the American is beyond me, but it appears they could finally make this necessary change.
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By Ken Rosenthal | December 10, 1998
Call it "revenue realignment," a restructuring of major-league baseball's divisions according to spending power, the only thing that counts in the sport anymore.The idea is the brainchild of Cincinnati Reds general manager Jim Bowden. It has no chance of gaining acceptance. It has even less chance of working.But such is the state of the game, it appears as reasonable a solution as any to the widening payroll disparity between teams in high- and low-revenue markets."You look at all kinds of creative ideas," said Sandy Alderson, the former Oakland GM who is now MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations.
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Kevin Cowherd | July 22, 2012
If you're an Orioles fan who's tired of seeing your team get slapped around in the big, bad American League East, David R. Craig has the solution. Craig, 63, is the Harford County executive. He's also a huge baseball fan. And when he's not consumed with budget matters, county council issues and constituent complaints, he plays mad scientist with the six major league divisions, tinkering with ways to make them more balanced and beef up rivalries. "We need to do something to make baseball come alive again," he says.
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July 3, 2011
Major League Baseball is considering realigning its leagues and divisions. Proposals have ranged from adding two teams to the 14 currently in the American League, thus equaling the number in the National League, to moving the Houston Astros to the American League and creating two 15-team leagues. Everyone from ESPN's Mike Greenberg to NBC's Bob Costas to baseball writers struggling to come up with a story have weighed in with various schemes or analysis. Virtually all agree that every solution is, to a certain degree, unfair and imbalanced.
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,Sun Staff Writer | November 3, 1994
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- NFL owners ended two days of meetings in suburban Chicago without agreement on a realignment of the league's divisions.Commissioner Paul Tagliabue instead appointed a committee to study the issue and make recommendations for 1996 and beyond at the next meetings, scheduled for March.In the meantime, the expansion Carolina Panthers will begin play next season in the NFC West and the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Central.The owners also discussed several possible revisions to the rules by which they establish policy.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | September 21, 1997
Baseball owners left their quarterly meeting in Atlanta without settling on a comprehensive realignment plan, which raised the frightening specter of another off-season battle with the Major League Baseball Players Association.The union has not been a big player in the realignment debate, but that is going to change soon. The owners want to have a new format in place by Oct. 15 (which really means Nov. 28), but they haven't cleared the first hurdle in an obstacle course that could soon be pockmarked with union objections.
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Staff Reports | September 25, 2013
A county project to realign a portion of Landing Road in Ellicott City is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Oct. 1, according to Howard County officials. About 500 feet of Landing Road will be realigned at Ilchester Road to tie in directly with Ilchester Point Court. As part of the project, a right-turn lane will be added to northbound Ilchester Road. During construction, part of Landing Road will be closed to through traffic, although driveways will remain accessible to residents and emergency vehicles.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
Hereford football coach Steve Turnbaugh didn't mind dropping from Class 3A to 2A this fall. His Bulls get away from their toughest Baltimore County rivals, Franklin and Milford Mill, but that doesn't exactly clear their path to the state tournament. "We jump to Class 2A North and there's Dunbar," Turnbaugh said. "Looking at their history and their talent, they just reload. If you're a legitimate state contender, you're going to see Dunbar somewhere along the way, and I've never seen Dunbar play.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2013
Division I women's college lacrosse is in the middle of one of its biggest growth spurts in years, and several recent changes appear likely to spark even more expansion soon. This spring, the NCAA tournament bracket expands to 26 teams, and Division I grows to 100 teams with eight new programs, including Southern California. And a shifting conference landscape that includes some of the biggest women's lacrosse powers could prompt more schools to add the sport. Several Division I schools, including Maryland, recently decided to switch conferences in moves often driven by their football or basketball programs.
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Kevin Cowherd | July 22, 2012
If you're an Orioles fan who's tired of seeing your team get slapped around in the big, bad American League East, David R. Craig has the solution. Craig, 63, is the Harford County executive. He's also a huge baseball fan. And when he's not consumed with budget matters, county council issues and constituent complaints, he plays mad scientist with the six major league divisions, tinkering with ways to make them more balanced and beef up rivalries. "We need to do something to make baseball come alive again," he says.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2012
As President Barack Obama proposed a new round of military base closures and reorganization, Maryland's political and business forces already are working to protect installations here and position the state to benefit from any future moves. Maryland still is growing from the last round of the base realignment process known as BRAC, which brought new commands, new missions and tens of thousands of new jobs to Fort Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground and other military installations around the state.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2011
As the college football landscape shifts toward super conferences that have washed away century-old rivalries, two schools at the bedrock of the sport's foundation remain as rigid about their continued alliance as their respective student bodies who will march into FedEx Field in Landover a week from Saturday. Army and Navy, which will play for the 112th time, believe that their annual game will survive regardless of whether the Midshipmen move into the Big East Conference in the future.
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By BILL TANTON | August 24, 1995
Changes are coming to baseball. Big changes.The owners of the 28 major-league clubs are too smart to go on losing money as they have been.The players strike took an enormous toll. Losses from last year, when there was no postseason, are said to be close to $500 million.In this shortened season, even with the extended playoff format and with a World Series, the owners expect to lose another $300 million.With attendance down 20 percent and with broadcast revenues also down, the game's economic picture stinks.
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November 1, 1994
NFL team owners converged in Chicago today to begin tackling one of pro football's most contentious issues: realignment.Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has said for years that the league's geographically illogical divisions -- where Dallas is east and Atlanta is west -- should be cleaned up when its two newest teams are added.But after months of study and arm-twisting, many observers predict the league will be unable to get the necessary three-quarters vote (21 votes) for a radical reshuffling and simply will slot the expansion teams into the existing structure.
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Chris Dufresne | September 28, 2011
Tradition clearly is overrated. Nostalgia is for saps. "If memories were all I sang," Rick Nelson once sang, "I'd rather drive a truck. " You would think history might mean more in a sport that produced "Win one for the Gipper," but this is no time to be taking sentimental journeys. Before the Pacific-12 Conference called off the expansion malamutes last week, conference realignment directors were prepared to tear asunder the Apple Cup core of some of its most ancient rituals.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2011
A few hours before kickoff, Pat Garvin told her son he would have an interception return for a touchdown Saturday against Maryland, the school she wanted him to play for three years ago out of Loyola. Terence Garvin , West Virginia's junior safety, didn't hear anything his mother - or anyone else - was saying. It only got worse when walked onto the field at Byrd Stadium. "I was too amped up. The first five plays, I was talking to everyone," Garvin recalled a few hours later, after helping the 18th-ranked Mountaineers hold off the Terps , 37-31.
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