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November 9, 2006
On the change in the Ravens' offense I think what Brian Billick has done is to mold the offense around Steve McNair's style of play vs. having McNair fit into Jim Fassel's offense. McNair has looked a lot better the past two weeks. There is still some room for improvement but, oddly enough, he looks to be throwing the ball with more authority. McNair is simply being asked to not lose the game. Anything he does above and beyond average is icing on the cake.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
Maybe it was nerves or the season-openening stage at home or the seemingly relentless pressure from the opposing defense. Whatever the reason, Connor Frazier's debut as the Towson football team's starting quarterback was a shaky one Saturday night. Making his first career start, the junior played inconsistently and was off target in the passing game as the Tigers fell to visiting Central Connecticut State, 31-27, at Johnny Unitas Stadium.  Frazier, whose game-winning touchdown run propelled Towson to the Football Championship Subdivision title game in January, was outplayed by Eagles junior Nick Sangiacomo, who completed 22 of 28 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | June 4, 1999
The Orioles selected the maximum 50 players as the 1999 amateur draft concluded yesterday with a relative hush.Compared with the first-day hullabaloo -- when the Orioles took seven of the first 50 players in the annual rush for new talent -- the finale brought little fanfare.Oriole scouting director Tony DeMacio said "our goal is to sign them all and then have them take it one step at a time. Overall, we were pleased because we were fortunate enough to get some of the guys we wanted early."
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
The Ravens may have had their most important win of the season Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but this team still has room for a lot of improvement, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Ravens will welcome five field goals from Justin Tucker any time, but not at the expense of touchdowns. In games against highly touted quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, the Ravens will probably need more than one touchdown to win. To improve, the Ravens have to cut down on the number of penalties, especially inside the red zone.
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By Jim Henneman and Peter Schmuck and Jim Henneman and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writers | March 16, 1993
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Ben McDonald got a passing grade for the four innings he worked in yesterday's 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins. But pitching coach Dick Bosman said there was room for improvement."
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By Rick Maese and Rick Maese,rick.maese@baltsun.com | April 10, 2009
It took three days, but it appears the Orioles have unlocked the formula. Funny how teams can learn more in a defeat than they ever can in victory. Those first two games of the season? We learned the Orioles have the ability to score some runs. (We also learned that Mark Teixeira is evil incarnate, hates cute babies and probably parks in handicap spaces without the state-approved placard. But that horse has been beaten into submission and won't likely be walking again. At least not until the Yankees return to town next month.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 2, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Responding to the unusually pointed complaint of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist about theSenate's slow pace in confirming federal judges, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee defended the Senate's performance and said the courts were partly to blame for their heavy caseloads.Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, a Utah Republican, said yesterday that while he respected the chief justice's opinion, he disagreed with Rehnquist's assertion that the courts were overburdened because of a large number of judicial vacancies.
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By JANET KIDD STEWART | April 25, 2004
FEDERAL Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has said the country isn't producing enough highly skilled workers to make up for lost manufacturing jobs. Now some people are saying that even the brightest college graduates are falling short of the mark. "The language skills of people from elite institutions frequently are not what they should be for the types of degrees they've accumulated," said Thomas Duesterberg, chief executive of the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, a policy group in Arlington, Va. "The old emphasis on the basics has gotten lost in the shuffle."
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | September 4, 2008
Frederick H. Bealefeld III was sworn in as Baltimore's police commissioner yesterday amid continued reductions in homicides that could give the city its lowest total since the 1980s. Due to a quirk in the city charter, Bealefeld's initial swearing-in last November was actually to fill out the six-year term of former Commissioner Kevin P. Clark, who was fired in 2004. Yesterday's ceremony officially marked the start of Bealefeld's own term, and he said he hoped to see it through. "We've gone through a lot of tests," he said.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | January 4, 2001
Kevin Steenberge, River Hill's 6-foot-10 junior center, is so tall and has such long arms, watching him stand in the key is like seeing a California Redwood in a forest of pine trees. But now that his offensive skills have begun to mesh with his body, it's about the only thing wooden about Steenberge anymore. Steenberge's 15 points, 24 rebounds and six blocks helped the Hawks hold off a scrappy Atholton squad, 54-38, last night, giving River Hill its fourth win in a row and pushing its record to 6-3. And the Hawks did it on the shoulders of their big guy. "I spent all summer working on my offense," Steenberge said.
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By Andrea Purse | October 7, 2013
Living in Maryland, these days, it's not hard to hang our hats on many points of pride. As a mom living in the state, I have enjoyed all that Maryland has to offer for kids: fantastic museums in Baltimore, the Terrapin football games on Saturday afternoons, and the beautiful farm pumpkin patches as we move more deeply into fall. But today we have even more good news for moms and families in Maryland: a new study shows that women in Maryland are in a better position to live healthy and economically secure lives than women in any other state.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2013
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Buck Showalter took a seat in the visiting manager's office after the Orioles' 3-1 Grapefruit League win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday and flipped over his lineup card to reveal the notes he scribbled in red on the back. While Jake Arrieta threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings for his second straight scoreless spring outing, Showalter quickly pointed out that Arrieta had seven three-ball counts and threw just eight first-pitch strikes to the 19 batters he faced.
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February 12, 2012
In the fictional Minnesota town of Lake Wobegon, made famous by public radio hostGarrison Keillor,"all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average. " But real life doesn't work that way - a fact that seems to have upset thousands of Baltimore City teachers this year after they got performance evaluations indicating that many of them could use some improvement. This shouldn't come as a surprise. Improving the effectiveness of - and rewards for - good teaching has been a cornerstone of city schools CEO Andrés Alonso's reform agenda since he arrived in Baltimore in 2007.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2011
Tyrod Taylor's debut in the NFL did little to quell sentiment that the Ravens need a veteran presence behind starter Joe Flacco . After leaving Virginia Tech as the school's all-time passer, Taylor got a rude welcome from the Philadelphia Eagles in their 13-6 victory over the Ravens in the preseason opener for both teams Thursday night. On his third play of the game, Taylor prematurely launched a deep pass to rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith that was intercepted by safety Jaiquawn Jarrett . A Taylor pass to Dennis Pitta in the right flat was behind the tight end. After an interception and 39-yard return by Ravens safety Bernard Pollard set up the offense near midfield, the unit stalled at the Eagles' 43-yard line, forcing the Ravens to punt.
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By Shannon Ryan | January 11, 2011
A season ago, Kansas took its undefeated record to Tennessee and wound up with a loss in its last nonconference game. The No. 3 Jayhawks avoided a repeat letdown Sunday with an overtime victory at Michigan, the final out-of-conference game before Big 12 play begins. Coach Bill Self would like the team to learn from it just the same. "The key to having a good season is winning average games," he said in Ann Arbor after escaping 67-60. "The key to having a great season is winning games when you don't play very well.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2010
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters made his much-anticipated big league debut against the Detroit Tigers a year ago today to huge expectations and a near-capacity crowd at Camden Yards. Wieters remembers the night vividly, but so much has happened since that the 24-year-old, switch-hitting catcher didn't realize that today's game will give him a full year in the big leagues. "I didn't realize it was coming up that fast," Wieters said. "We've played so many games and had so many road trips, I don't even know what day it is. I knew May 29 was the day I came up, but I didn't know when that was going to come up this year on the calendar.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | March 16, 2006
Superstition Mountain, Ariz. -- The attention paid to this year's much-celebrated rookie class on the LPGA Tour has left Annika Sorenstam in a position she covets - out of the glare of the spotlight, if only for the moment. It changed a little Sunday in Mexico, when Sorenstam won her season-opening event for the third straight year. It could change even more this week when she tries to win the Safeway International for the third straight year. Three-peats - and four-peats - are the norm for the best women's golfer in the world and possibly the best female player of all time.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | December 20, 1998
The Chicago Cubs are owned by a media giant, but while the Fox Dodgers and Disney Angels play dueling checkbooks in Southern California, they are taking a far more fiscally conservative approach on the north side of the Windy City.The Cubs, owned by the Tribune Co., are for the most part standing pat with the team that reached the playoffs in 1998."The starting pitching was OK and Rod Beck saved a lot of games for us," manager Jim Riggleman said. "We won 90 games with that formula, so we'll pretty much stay with it."
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | May 3, 2009
Howard County's leaders see their home as central Maryland's jewel, a low-crime, high-income sparkler boasting the best of everything, set midway between two major cities and ready to grow. But where some see great schools, public services, Columbia's still-unfulfilled potential and a thriving economy, a persistent, determined minority notes growing problems, too: building congestion, poorly regulated food businesses and a chronically crowded hospital emergency room. These critics argue that county leaders are too much in the thrall of developers and business interests, while paying too little attention to problems they associate with growing urbanization.
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By Rick Maese and Rick Maese,rick.maese@baltsun.com | April 10, 2009
It took three days, but it appears the Orioles have unlocked the formula. Funny how teams can learn more in a defeat than they ever can in victory. Those first two games of the season? We learned the Orioles have the ability to score some runs. (We also learned that Mark Teixeira is evil incarnate, hates cute babies and probably parks in handicap spaces without the state-approved placard. But that horse has been beaten into submission and won't likely be walking again. At least not until the Yankees return to town next month.
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