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By Sam Farmer, Tribune newspapers | July 25, 2010
The Steelers learned when Troy Polamalu went down with a knee injury last season what one player can mean to a team. Now the Steelers will start this season with an absence that's even more conspicuous. In April, the NFL suspended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the first six games of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Although he is allowed to participate in training camp, Roethlisberger will have to step aside and hand over the offense — probably to Byron Leftwich — when the season starts.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | September 30, 2014
Sorry, Oriole Magic fans, there was nothing supernatural about the way the club ran away from the rest of the American League East this year, even if it does defy logical explanation. They clinched the division title in surprisingly short order with one of baseball's best all-around catchers on the shelf for five months, their Platinum Glove third baseman recovering from another serious knee injury, and last year's most explosive major league hitter shockingly suspended for violating the sport's amphetamine policy.
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November 20, 2009
The board that oversees physicians in the state voted Wednesday after a lengthy hearing to continue suspending the license of a Towson psychiatrist who is accused of improper conduct with boys in his care. The Maryland Board of Physicians notified Miguel Frontera on Thursday of the continued suspension, which has been in place since early this month. The board began investigating the doctor in April after Baltimore County police passed along reports from two boys who said Frontera touched their genitals during physical exams.
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By Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Baltimore's spending panel is asked Wednesday to approve about $4,700 in back pay for a city police sergeant who was suspended without pay after allegedly pointing a gun at her 20-year-old son's head. The Board of Estimates will vote whether to pay back salary to Robin Blackmon while she was suspended for about a month in 2013, under an agreement with the Police Department and the union. The board also is asked to provide back pay of about $105,000 to Carlos M. Vila, a former police sergeant accused of secretly recording a conversation with a judge.
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May 1, 2012
Enough is enough Teddy Greenstein Chicago Tribune I can live with the one-game clip. But if I were dean of discipline, Rajon Rondo also would have to agree to some conditions. Start with publicly apologizing to official Marc Davis. Acknowledge that you intentionally bumped him. He didn't get in your way, as you pathetically claimed. Go to some elementary schools and tell the kids that what you did was inexcusable. They look up to you; they're watching you. Why should they respect referees after seeing what you did?
NEWS
March 10, 2013
In regard to the 7-year-old boy suspended from second grade for nibbling a breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun ("The smoking pastry," March 7), we must immediately ban pastries from the schools. They cause diabetes and obesity, and that kills 300,000 Americans a year. Ban the pastry if it would save the life if even one child! Deaths from objects nibbled into gun shapes? Zero. Theodore Houk, Lutherville
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June 13, 2014
Does anyone recall last season's July 27 game with Boston when a "mature" David Ortiz started a loud argument with the home plate umpire who called him out on strikes? The Red Sox player was physically restrained by his teammates, but he continued to shout at the umpire all the while, went into the visitor's dugout, annihilated the wall telephone with three swings of the bat, almost hitting a teammate in the head (the teammate had to duck to avoid being annihilated along with the phone)
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Sports Digest | October 7, 2011
Leadership an issue in Teich's suspension Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo said Thursday that he had suspended senior captain Alexander Teich after a series of incidents involving Teich's leadership role on the team. Without being specific, Niumatalolo said they began during Saturday's loss to Air Force and spilled into the first two days of practice this week. Niumatalolo said he kicked the team's leading rusher off the field midway through Tuesday's practice. He announced Wednesday that Teich would "probably" not play Saturday against Southern Mississippi at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
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April 28, 2011
Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski had his 45-game suspension from boxing lifted Thursday, his lawyer said. Zbikowski was disciplined by Chickasaw Nation Boxing Commission when he tested positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol, the main substance in marijuana, after Saturday's fight. To resolve the matter, Zbikowski sent a negative result from a self-described "more in-depth test" on Tuesday. He learned that the suspended was over when he received a certified letter from the boxing commission around 4 p.m. Thursday.
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August 16, 2010
He has earned a break Ethan J. Skolnick Sun Sentinel The arbitrary nature of Roger Goodell's discipline should make all sports fans uncomfortable. There seems to be little rhyme, reason or consistency to his punishment. It's all fairly random. But if he chooses to impose an indefinite suspension — with wiggle room between the high and low limits of the athlete's absence — then he must reward the athlete for living up to whatever conditions he set. And so far, Ben Roethlisberger hasn't done anything since the suspension that would warrant keeping him out the maximum six weeks.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 18, 2014
"I think they're going too far with Ray Rice. " So said a civil servant I know only in passing, making small talk the other day. No, it is not the majority opinion, but neither is the guy alone. Last week, USA Today quoted women fans who pointedly support Rice, the NFL star dropped by the Baltimore Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the league this month for a February incident in which he cold-cocked his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer. "I've met the guy," said one. "He's such a sweet guy. " "I'm supporting him all the way around," said another woman, herself a survivor of domestic abuse.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
It took 48 hours, but the disciplinary sanctions the Orioles were hoping for were passed down by Major League Baseball on Wednesday. Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman was suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph's head in the sixth inning Monday. “Like I said the time, I had a lot of confidence MLB would look at it and do what needs to be done,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “I have a lot of confidence that when something like that happens, and emotions of players get in the way of good decisions, that the league office will remind them that certain things aren't tolerated.” After Stroman's 92-mph fastball sailed past Joseph's head, the rookie right-hander and both dugouts were warned by home plate umpire Ted Barrett.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The NFL Players Association filed a grievance on behalf of former Ravens running back Ray Rice on Tuesday night, demanding that the increased discipline of an indefinite suspension levied last week by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell be overturned. This high-profile situation stems from Rice being arrested in February and later charged with felony aggravated assault for punching his then-fiancee in an elevator of an Atlantic City casino. The players' union also requested that Goodell recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he would likely be a witness after stating in a disciplinary letter that he indefinitely suspended Rice based on new video evidence that surfaced a week ago. “This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players,” the NFLPA said in a statement.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
There's guarded optimism that Ravens veteran free safety Will Hill could potentially have his six-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy reduced, according to sources. Under a revised drug policy that's been approved in balloting by the NFL Players Association player representatives that still requires NFL approval, the threshold for testing positive for marijuana has increased from 15 ng/m to 35 ng/m. That falls below the international standard of 150 ng/m used by the World Anti-Doping agency.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Just seven days ago, Baltimore's sports fans, the faithful clad in orange and purple, were brimming with optimism. The Ravens were set to open what they hoped would be a bounce-back season with star running back Ray Rice due to return at the end of the week from a two-game suspension for a domestic violence incident - a penalty roundly criticized as too light. The Orioles, meanwhile, were rolling toward a division title, leading their nearest rivals by a margin they hadn't enjoyed in decades.
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Peter Schmuck | September 13, 2014
While the Orioles deal with the reality that slugger Chris Davis cannot come back this year unless they get past the divisional round of the playoffs, it might be time for Orioles fans to deal with the possibility that he won't be coming back at all. Davis is still under club control for one more season, but even before he was suspended for 25 games for a second violation of baseball's amphetamine policy, you had to wonder whether he would start...
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January 17, 2013
When urban school districts have used incentives to get teachers to improve test scores, we got improved test scores, but in many cases as a result of widespread cheating (remember Atlanta). Now, Baltimore City has proposed the same kind of incentive system for teachers to reduce the number of suspensions ("City trying bonuses to cut rate of suspension," Jan. 15). An incentive system seems to be a strange solution to a problem that is clearly about school climate. Teachers and schools need help and support for developing strong school climates and in dealing with students, communities, and families.
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By Sports Digest | January 21, 2010
Backup linebacker Erin Henderson (Maryland) has returned to the Minnesota Vikings after completing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Henderson was at practice Wednesday. He has played in only two games for Minnesota this season, primarily on special teams. Henderson declined to specify the substance he was punished for, but says he "didn't do anything wrong" and blames the positive test on a prescription product he took in training camp to remedy allergic reactions.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
When Nelson Cruz was first introduced as an Oriole at a February news conference in Sarasota, Fla., eight of his new teammates attended to show support. It meant the world to Cruz, who was coming off a 2013 season in which he was suspended 50 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing-drug scandal. One of those eight was Chris Davis, the club's 2013 Most Valuable Oriole and an outspoken opponent of PED users. Seven months later, Davis has been suspended 25 games for testing positive for the amphetamine Adderall.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The baseball consequences of Orioles first baseman Chris Davis' 25-game suspension for a second positive test for a banned amphetamine have been much discussed, but his suspension also prevented a Make-A-Wish Foundation participant from meeting Davis on Friday afternoon. According to the Virginian-Pilot , 5-year-old Kaden Abshire lives with a rare disease that can cause heart problems and skeletal abnormalities in the upper body. The disease is known as Holt-Oram syndrome. The Make-A-Wish Foundation gave Abshire's family six tickets to Friday's Orioles-Yankees game, and it was arranged for Kaden to meet Davis, according to the story.
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