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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2011
First off, the game's table tennis; please don't call it by the antiquated name pingpong. And if you think it's easy to play just because you can beat your siblings in heated basement matches, you could be in for a rude awakening. "People just dink around for the most part," says Richard Lee, president of Rockville-based North American Table Tennis and head of the North American Teams Table Tennis Championships, which volleys its way into the Baltimore Convention Center this weekend.
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By Karen Mawdsley, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
GAITHERSBURG - It started 7,000 miles away, in China - that was the first time Crystal Wang held a table tennis racket. "Her grandparents introduce her to this game," Crystal's father, Quandou Wang, said. Crystal was visiting them in the summer of 2007, and they took her to a local community center where table tennis abounded and an instructor suggested she give it a shot. Five years old at the time, Crystal could barely see over the table - the average 5-year-old stands 40 inches tall, and a standard table tennis table sits 30 inches off the ground.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2011
The Baltimore Convention Center buzzed with the sounds of table tennis balls hitting rubber paddles as nearly 200 teams competed this weekend in a competition drawing players from around the world. Roughly 800 men and women of every skill level and age — 7 to 79 — competed at the JOOLA North American Teams Table Tennis Championships. The Division 1 finals ended with the Alex Table Tennis-Elite team, whose players came from China, defeating Team JOOLA, whose players came from Argentina, Slovakia and the Dominican Republic.
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Sports Digest | December 30, 2013
National Lacrosse League Ex-Terp Walters helps Knighthawks take opener Forward Joe Walters (Maryland) had a goal and an assist, and the two-time defending league champion Rochester Knighthawks rallied for an 8-6 win over the Minnesota Swarm before an announced 6,238 on Saturday at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. Forward Scott Jones (UMBC) had an assist for the Swarm, which was held to its lowest scoring total since 2007. The Knighthawks scored three times in the final 7:35 to rally from a 6-5 deficit.
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November 29, 1999
It sounds like tennis, it scores like tennis, but where's that fuzzy yellow ball?Tiger Electronics, a division of Hasbro, recently introduced Laser Tennis, a scaled-down version of table tennis with a gimmick: Players with child-sized plastic rackets chase a red "ball" of light around the "court."The $40 game can be played by a single player against a computer or by two players.The package includes a folding 40-by-19-inch court (the color of a red clay court, if you really use your imagination)
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June 24, 1991
Baltimore's George Semples, a former Maryland state champion, scored an upset to win the senior veterans (over 70) division of the U.S. Table Tennis Championships in Midland, Mich., yesterday.Semples defeated Lazlo Bellak, former U.S. Open champion in 1937-38, by scores of 21-18, 21-14.Coran Primorac of Yugoslavia, the world's sixth-ranked player, won the men's open division, topping Korea's Yoo Nam Kyu in five sets. The Chinese No. 1 team beat the Chinese No. 2 team for team honors.More than 20 countries participated in the tournament.
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By Karen Mawdsley, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
GAITHERSBURG - It started 7,000 miles away, in China - that was the first time Crystal Wang held a table tennis racket. "Her grandparents introduce her to this game," Crystal's father, Quandou Wang, said. Crystal was visiting them in the summer of 2007, and they took her to a local community center where table tennis abounded and an instructor suggested she give it a shot. Five years old at the time, Crystal could barely see over the table - the average 5-year-old stands 40 inches tall, and a standard table tennis table sits 30 inches off the ground.
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By Everett Cook, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2012
Derek Nie sat down in front of the camera at the Maryland Table Tennis Center in Gaithersburg and fielded the question from the television reporter. "Will [making the Olympics] make all this hard work worthwhile?" Derek, of North Potomac, paused and then shook his head. "No," he responds. "Because I still have to win the gold medal. " Never mind that the United States has never won an Olympic medal of any kind for table tennis. Never mind that Derek is just 11 years old, and never mind that he is about 4 feet tall and weighs just under 70 pounds.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | November 26, 2000
Trying to hit balls moving faster than a major-league pitch, nearly 800 table tennis players converged on Baltimore this weekend for the North American Teams Table Tennis Championships, which ends today at the Baltimore Convention Center. They came from 10 countries, including Japan, China, Germany and Hungary, to play in the only team table tennis tournament in the country. The 189 teams are competing for $20,000 in prize money, with the Division I winner taking home $6,000. About 5,000 people attended the first two days of the tournament to watch the teams play on 141 tables spread out over a space that is close to the size of the field at Camden Yards.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Staff Writer | July 13, 1992
McLEAN, Va. -- On one end of the table tennis table is robot R4PC, delivering scorching serves, wicked topspin shots, lobs and slices -- two balls per second. On the other end isSean O'Neill, grunting like Monica Seles, returning shots with deft precision.His footwork is so sweet. There are times you wonder which one is really the machine."We're always hearing how the Japanese are ahead of us in technology," says a sweaty O'Neill, 24, who has been playing against the robot for only three weeks.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
With the announcement he will be on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated this week, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis joined some elite company. Former Orioles including Brooks Robinson , Frank Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. have graced the cover of the magazine since its start in 1954, as have decorated athletes like Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan . It's high praise for a player some thought would never reach his massive potential while in the minor leagues.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
Before Wednesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards, the Orioles were joined in the clubhouse by kids from the Maryland Table Tennis Center for an exhibition -- and then some competition. Under the guidance of USA Table Tennis Hall of Famer Larry Hodges, four of the nation's top juniors played in front of the Orioles before some of the players squared off against them. “They're having a great time,” Hodges said. “They were really nervous the first 10 minutes.
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Sports Digest | October 24, 2012
Colleges Two goals by Mullins lift Terps men to 13th win in row Patrick Mullins , the Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week, added two goals to his league-leading point total as the No. 1 Maryland men's soccer team earned a 2-1 victory over visiting Lehigh. The Terps won their 13th consecutive game and matched their best start in program history (14-0-1). Mullins, who has 28 points, scored in the 12th minute, then broke a 1-1 tie in the 88th minute with his 10th goal of the year.
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By Janell Sutherland | October 1, 2012
Welcome back, everyone, to the Emmy-winning "Amazing Race. " And a special hello to our host, the Emmy-denied Phil, with his fabulous pointing finger and arched Eyebrow of Foreshadowing. Since this is the first episode, we are overwhelmed with teams and the names of the people on those teams. We have two Robs, two Jameses plus one Jaymes, an Abbie, Amy, and Abba, and twins named Natalie and Natalya. Can even a veteran recapper such as myself keep them straight? Well, yes, yes I can, because I cheat.
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Sports on TV | August 2, 2012
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August 1, 2012
Hooked on vault Nick Sortal Sun Sentinel I don't care about the stories of teenage girls who gave up their whole life for a few moments wearing a sparkly outfit and smiling for millions on TV. But I do care about the athletics. And that's why this year I'm addicted to the women's vault. If it's not the most athletically challenging Olympic sport, it's the most underrated. First is a sprint, then a roundoff onto a springboard, then a dive onto the horse, then twists and flips that rival divers.
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By Chicago Tribune | August 10, 2008
BEIJING - In a nation of 1.3 billion people, she was one of the best in a sport held in higher regard than all others. Trouble was, fourth best was good enough only to get Wang Chen bounced from China's Olympic table tennis team. Not once but twice. She is now one of 39 foreign-born athletes occupying a place on a U.S. Olympic team, and she's fulfilling a dream by competing in her hometown, even though she is doing it in a uniform not of red, but of red, white and blue. For Chen, this was far from her plan.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | November 22, 1998
An article in Sunday's Maryland section misidentified a participant in the Baltimore Classic Table Tennis Tournament. He is Mike Branch, not Mike French.The Sun regrets the errors.The Clarence Du Burns Arena felt like the world's largest rec room yesterday. All that was missing was the wood paneling and maybe a dart board or two.The occasion was the Baltimore Classic Table Tennis Tournament, a production of Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks. The atmosphere was part first-class athletic contest, part neighborhood kids gathering in the basement to knock around a little plastic ball.
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By Everett Cook, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2012
Derek Nie sat down in front of the camera at the Maryland Table Tennis Center in Gaithersburg and fielded the question from the television reporter. "Will [making the Olympics] make all this hard work worthwhile?" Derek, of North Potomac, paused and then shook his head. "No," he responds. "Because I still have to win the gold medal. " Never mind that the United States has never won an Olympic medal of any kind for table tennis. Never mind that Derek is just 11 years old, and never mind that he is about 4 feet tall and weighs just under 70 pounds.
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Sports Digest | July 7, 2012
Et cetera Sophia Young scored 18 points, all in the second half, as the visiting San Antonio Silver Stars handed the Washington Mystics their sixth loss in their past seven games, 78-73. Washington (3-11) got 15 points from Monique Currie and 13 from Crystal Langhorne (Maryland). The Silver Stars (10-5) have won six straight. Capitals: Washington re-signed forward Jay Beagle to a three-year contract extension Thursday. Beagle has spent his entire four-year career with the Capitals, recording career highs of four goals and five points in 41 games last season.
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