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By MIKE PRESTON | January 19, 2004
FOXBORO, Mass. - At one end of the corridor were the stars - Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James - all wearing perplexed looks and packing to go home. At the other end were guys named Bobby Hamilton, Eugene Wilson and Matt Light, virtual no-names, who were preparing to go on to the championship game. The road to Super Bowl XXXVIII ends in Houston, but the map to building championship teams has been laid out in Foxboro. In the era of the salary cap, the New England Patriots continue to prove that team chemistry is more important than superstar players, and balance is the key to winning titles.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Dominican slugger Nelson Cruz sat at his new locker a few weeks ago and surveyed the Orioles' spring training clubhouse. In one corner, Taiwanese pitcher Wei-Yin Chen was huddled with his interpreter. On the other side of the room, South Korean star Suk-min Yoon was playing pingpong. Right beside Cruz was Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia, soaking in the experience of a marquee Latin American player who has not forgotten what it was like to be a stranger in a strange new land.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The New York Yankees have helped rekindle the careers of drug offenders Steve Howe, Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, but they didn't prove to be so forgiving when Ruben Rivera snatched Derek Jeter's game glove and sold it to a collector for $2,500. Manager Joe Torre, proclaiming that "the clubhouse is sacred," insisted on the release of the fringe outfielder despite attempts by closer Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams and Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson to persuade the club to give Rivera a second chance.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | August 16, 2009
For nearly a month each summer, Ravens players move from their luxurious homes to a two-story hotel, where they share a room that is smaller than some of their man caves. Instead of fancy dinners with significant others, they eat in a cafeteria with 80 of their closest (and largest) friends. Nighttime trips to clubs are replaced by evening meetings. As a result, their thoughts are squarely on football. Their circle of friends during training camp is composed of teammates. It's the ultimate in team-building.
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By BILL FREE and BILL FREE,Sun Reporter | January 14, 2007
When the Fallston girls basketball team takes the floor, freshman Jess Harlee and senior Kristen Steiner can be counted on to handle most of the scoring. The rest of the offense is "by committee," said Cougars coach Vernon Brown, referring to Kim McDaniel, Jess Steiner, Lexy Fitzkee and Lindsay Howard. Harlee, 5 feet 11, averages a team-high 18 points and is the most versatile player on the squad, playing every position but point guard this season. Harlee went on a two-game spree last week, scoring 48 points in two nights.
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer | March 19, 1993
On paper, St. Frances coach Jerome Shelton knew his team had the talent to contend in the Catholic League this season.He also knew that games weren't won on paper. Shelton faced the challenge of blending a talented group of underclassmen with a core of upperclassmen who had grown accustomed to losing.Shelton, The Baltimore Sun's 1992-93 Baltimore City Girls Basketball Coach of the Year, answered the challenge. He led the 15th-ranked Panthers to a 19-8 record and a third-place finish in the league.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | February 19, 1996
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Orioles have assembled an impressive 1996 roster, but talent isn't everything. The baseball season, as much as anything else, is a chemistry experiment, and assembling a championship team is not an exact science.Orioles general manager Pat Gillick knows this. So does manager Davey Johnson. Both have experience putting together winning clubs -- and no other current combination of GM and manager has had more success -- but that doesn't make it any easier to put a finger on what precisely makes for good team chemistry.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | October 29, 2002
Remember the cones. That's all coach Jeannette Ireland had to say to inspire the Mount Hebron field hockey team to rally and prevent Glenelg from sharing the county championship Oct. 21. The plastic cones are used in sprint conditioning drills that are painful enough for every player to remember. The sprints are part of the price 10th-ranked Mount Hebron (10-1-2 overall, 8-0-1 league) paid to become county champs. "We do so much running in practice that we don't get tired during games," said Vikings leading scorer Ali Lemons, who said that Ireland's mention of cones elicited a universal groan and a determination to work harder to overcome Glenelg's early 1-0 lead.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | December 30, 2004
Once a self-proclaimed Super Bowl contender, the Ravens have become a divided team, cornerback Chris McAlister said yesterday. In a lengthy discourse on the state of the Ravens, in front of a captive audience of reporters, the Pro Bowl player revealed a disturbing split on a team that is finishing one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. "I can't really put my finger on it, but it's not the same feeling," McAlister said. "Maybe it's because we're losing, coming off last year and not being able to follow up and meet expectations.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | February 2, 1997
Senior forward Matt Steppling is South Carroll's handyman.Ask Cavaliers coach Jim Carnes about all the different things Steppling provides on the basketball court, and he'll come up with a lengthy list -- scoring, rebounding, versatility and leadership, to name a few.Then ask him what the 6-foot-4 Steppling does best of all, and you won't have to wait long for an answer."
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By Peter Schmuck | March 15, 2009
News item: The Orioles made their first round of cuts yesterday, sending out seven nonroster players, including top pitching prospects Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta. My take: There are scouts out there who think both pitchers could help the Orioles right now at the major league level, but Andy MacPhail and Dave Trembley pledged at the outset to put the long-term interests of the players ahead of the short-term needs of the team. It was the right move to send them out before the temptation becomes too great to accelerate their development.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,katherine.dunn@baltsun.com | January 15, 2009
Catonsville guard Shamika Williams drew a lot of attention last year when she led the Comets to an upset victory over Western at the Basketball Academy. She later scored 27 points in leading her team to the Baltimore County title, earning a spot on the All-Metro first team. This season, Williams, 17, is again the centerpiece of the Comets' unbeaten No. 9 team. The multitalented 5-foot-7 player averages 15.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.3 steals and 3.5 assists. A veteran of the Baltimore Cougars Amateur Athletic Union program, Williams signed early to play for UMBC.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN REPORTER | October 30, 2007
DENVER -- Boston Red Sox reliever Mike Timlin asked for a brief reprieve to put on his scuba goggles, then he stood in the middle of the visitors' clubhouse at Coors Field early yesterday morning and gave the go-ahead. Immediately, Boston's 25-year-old reliever Manny Delcarmen pointed an opened bottle of champagne and sprayed it like a hose, all of its contents splashing onto the 41-year-old Timlin's chest. The veteran waited for the kid to finish being a kid in his first world championship celebration before they hugged.
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By BILL FREE and BILL FREE,Sun Reporter | January 14, 2007
When the Fallston girls basketball team takes the floor, freshman Jess Harlee and senior Kristen Steiner can be counted on to handle most of the scoring. The rest of the offense is "by committee," said Cougars coach Vernon Brown, referring to Kim McDaniel, Jess Steiner, Lexy Fitzkee and Lindsay Howard. Harlee, 5 feet 11, averages a team-high 18 points and is the most versatile player on the squad, playing every position but point guard this season. Harlee went on a two-game spree last week, scoring 48 points in two nights.
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By Cox News Service | October 1, 2006
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Given his stature and standing in NASCAR, it seems odd that Jeff Gordon could be second in the Nextel Cup standings, just six points out of the lead, but a bit ignored by fans and media. The attention this fall has been on Kasey Kahne, the pole-sitter for today's Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway, as he struggled to get a berth in the championship-deciding Chase for the Nextel Cup despite leading the series in race victories with five. And there's been lots of focus on the resurgent Richard Childress Racing team, with drivers Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton, the current points leader, both in the top five in points after missing the first two Chases.
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By BILL ORDINE | September 7, 2006
The Sun's Bill Ordine ranks the NFL's 32 teams [2005 RECORD IN PARENTHESES] 1. INDIANAPOLIS (14-2) / / With unquestionable talent but dubious heart, the Peyton Manning-era Colts may be the best NFL team to never make it to the Super Bowl. But oddsmakers think otherwise, and kicker Adam Vinatieri might prove to be the difference. 2. CAROLINA (11-5) / / Coach John Fox ran out of running backs last year in the NFC title game, but he boosted the offense in the offseason with receiver Keyshawn Johnson.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer | September 10, 1995
In a deal filled with ramifications that are likely to reverberate throughout the NFL, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones lured cornerback Deion Sanders away from the San Francisco 49ers yesterday by making him the highest-paid defensive player in league history.Although Jones wouldn't reveal the details until Sanders arrives in Dallas for the official announcement tomorrow, sources in Dallas said Sanders got a $25 million deal with a $12.5 million signing bonus that is the highest in league history.
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By Joe Strauss | September 27, 1998
Jr. -- UP -- It's been a week since Cal Ripken ended The Streak and gave Camden Yards a moment few expected would happen this season. Yes, it is "time to change the subject," but not before embracing the city that has forever embraced him.1998 -- DOWN -- A season that began with promise crumbled early and ends in uncertainty. An off-season face lift awaits.Dan O'Dowd -- UP -- The Orioles were willing to jump through the Cleveland Indians' hoops to interview him for the GM vacancy. He apparently enjoys the support of Pat Gillick.
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By HEATHER A. DINICH and HEATHER A. DINICH,SUN REPORTER | November 18, 2005
College Park -- Their desire for unity was evident the moment the Maryland men's basketball team stepped onto the court at Comcast Center for its first official practice. Instead of one person stealing the spotlight at Maryland Madness on Oct. 14, the players and coach Gary Williams walked in together and were introduced as a team. In the previous two seasons, Williams said, there had been too much individuality. "Our theme tonight is team," he said last month. It could very well be the Terps' theme for the season.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | July 31, 2005
When players report for training camp tonight, the Ravens will begin their march to the regular season as an older, and in their estimation, wiser team. One only has to catch a glimpse of coach Brian Billick's newly grown beard to get that message. "You know I never had any gray before I became head coach," he said with a chuckle. Only seven months ago, questions -- not smiles -- filled the Ravens' locker room. A self-proclaimed Super Bowl contender failed to make the playoffs, losing four of its last six games to finish 9-7. It was a late-season tailspin never before seen in Billick's six-year reign, leading many to wonder why it occurred.
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