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By PAT O'MALLEY | October 1, 1990
By gosh, they've turned the Region IV and county 4A football league upside down! And they just might do it again before this season is over.There they are for now, Old Mill, Arundel and Glen Burnie each with a 3-1 record atop the "black-n-blue" circuit, with Severna Park (1-2), Annapolis and Meade (1-3 each) at the bottom. Have I got that right?Or is it all just a tease, with the same old horses not yet making their move on the rail but due to get going down the stretch?A quick check shows that it IS right, but that doesn't mean it makes sense.
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Mike Preston | November 14, 2013
Once the Ravens had defeated the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, reality returned to the AFC North and the Ravens still appear to be the team to beat in the division. You can laugh, but is anyone taking the Bengals seriously anymore, or Cleveland even though the Browns are playing well? The Ravens get a certain respect because they are the defending champions and have a proven track record in November and December. The Bengals (6-4) had a chance to knock the Ravens (4-5) out of contention last week, and they came to Baltimore and played perhaps their worst game of the season.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer | December 7, 1993
Annapolis hasn't won a region title for three years and was 17-7 last season, but county coaches once again are tagging the Panthers as "the team to beat" in Class 4A.Broadneck is the county's Class 3A team and the Bruins' chances of winning the East Region and earning a trip to the Final Four at College Park are very good.Southern is unquestionably the toast of Class 2A and a legitimate state title contender with returning county Player of the Year Chatney Howard.Last year was the first time in over 20 years that Annapolis went two consecutive seasons without winning its region title and it was the first time in John Brady's 16 years as the Panthers' head coach.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2013
As season openers go, a road game at Indiana on Saturday doesn't seem as daunting for Navy as going to Dublin, Ireland, to play Notre Dame last year. It might be just as tough, however, given Navy's problems against the Hoosiers for more than a half last season in Annapolis, as well as what Indiana did against Indiana State last week. A year after surviving a 31-30 shootout at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Navy (0-0) will face much-improved Indiana (1-0) in Bloomington, Ind., at 6 p.m. Saturday.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1996
County coaches were near unanimous in tagging Broadneck as the "team to beat" during pre-season predictions.The Bruins are living up to the expectations with their veteran squad, as the young, but fast-improving, Old Mill team found out in Millersville last night. The seventh ranked Bruins, the county's highest ranked team, dominated from start to finish, blanking the host Patriots, 4-0.Four different Bruins scored goals -- Mark Holmes, Brad Limbacher, Craig Vincent and Kelly Nash -- as Broadneck posted its sixth shutout in a 7-0 season start.
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By Roch Kubatko, John Harris Lem Satterfield, Steve Kivinski and Roch Kubatko, John Harris Lem Satterfield, Steve Kivinski,Staff writers | March 20, 1992
The smoke screen has been lifted at Severna Park."I can't make claims about us being young and inexperienced anymore," said Falcons boys lacrosse coach Ed Ulrich. "After a couple years, you have to pay the piper."Ulrich also said what most of the other coaches in the county already suspected -- "We're loaded."Severna Park is widely regarded as the county's top public school entry this season, and for good reason. The Falcons graduated only a couple of players from a team that won nine games and barely missed the playoffs.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | October 30, 1995
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Even without Joe Smith, there will be no lessened expectations for Maryland's basketball team this season.When reporters covering the Atlantic Coast Conference met here yesterday, they picked the Terps as the team to beat -- ahead of Wake Forest with Tim Duncan and Virginia with its flashy backcourt of Harold Deane and Curtis Staples.Maryland amassed 43 first-place votes and a total of 685 points at the ACC's Operation Basketball to outdistance Wake Forest (28 firsts, 650 points)
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Staff Writer | September 9, 1993
Severna Park is clearly the team to beat coming off its state championship season. It was the Falcons' sixth state title since 1978.That, no doubt, would put Annapolis in the playoffs again.Archbishop Spalding CavaliersThe Cavaliers beat Chesapeake for the first time. They tied Broadneck in the rain. They tied St. Mary's for the first time in 10 years.The 8-4-2 record was, coach Mary Pat Bozel says, Spalding's best in over a decade."It was rewarding," said Bozel, who's in her fourth year.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | December 27, 1997
In a season when Brett Favre's numbers aren't quite so spectacular, when the Green Bay Packers' defense isn't quite as relentless, Super Bowl hopes arise in the NFL's playoff ranks.It is wishful thinking, of course. An implausible pipe dream.Who is going to stop the Packers?The New York Giants, after they dismiss the Minnesota Vikings in today's wild-card round? The same Giants who need three defensive turnovers to get an offensive touchdown? No way.The San Francisco 49ers, who get the Packers at Candlestick in the NFC championship game?
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December 3, 1996
1. St. Frances (last season's rank -- 1) : All-American Mark Karcher heads talented cast for a team, ranked No. 7 in the nation by Street & Smith's.12. Arundel (12) : Could be the only team standing in between Annapolis and the state 4A final four.13. Centennial (NR) : Four returning starters make Eagles the team to beat in Howard County.14. Walbrook (17) : Looking to bounce back strong after disappointing 1995-96 campaign.15. Severn (NR) : The team to beat in the MIAA B Conference with junior guard Dennard Melton.
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By Edward Lee | May 16, 2012
Ever since No. 1 seed Loyola easily dispatched of Canisius and Denver bounced No. 8 seed North Carolina from the NCAA tournament last Saturday to set up this Saturday's quarterfinal, the sentiment within the lacrosse community appears to have settled on the improbability of the Greyhounds being able to beat their Eastern College Athletic Conference rival for the third time this year. Color Pioneers coach Bill Tierney unimpressed. “Don't buy it,” he said Tuesday. “Don't buy that stock.
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By Edward Lee | December 5, 2011
The Ravens' 24-10 rout of the Cleveland Browns Sunday earned the team a few accolades from a pair of analysts on NBC's “Football Night in America” program. Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy was effusive in his praise of the offense's strategy of giving the ball to running back Ray Rice, who rushed for a career-best 204 yards and one touchdown. “You think of the Baltimore Ravens and all their defensive stars, we think of [defensive tackle Haloti] Ngata and [inside linebacker]
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By Matt Murschel, Tribune Newspapers | August 30, 2011
It's hard to argue with results. The Southeastern Conference has won five straight Bowl Championship Series titles and clearly is the most dominant conference in college football. So it would make perfect sense that my prediction for this year's BCS national champion is … Oklahoma? Yes, Oklahoma. The same Oklahoma that last won a national title a decade ago and just snapped a string of five straight BCS bowl losses last season. That Oklahoma. Now, before you question my sanity, hear me out: History Like I mentioned earlier, the Sooners last won a BCS national championship in 2001, when they beat Florida State, 13-2.
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By Chris Dufresne, Tribune Newspapers | December 9, 2010
Oregon sitting on top never did quite sit right, but we can report order has been fully and faithfully restored. Someone down at the sanity office got wind before it was too late and priority-rushed Auburn to the fore, while simultaneously returning the Southeastern Conference Network to regularly scheduled deprogramming. Whew, that was close. Only days ago, the Ducks were college football's jet-set juggernauts and Auburn was the team trailing Georgia 21-7. The Pacific-10, for weeks, was rated as the nation's top conference.
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By By Glenn Graham | February 17, 2010
Trying to decipher how the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference basketball playoffs will unfold by the time Sunday's championship game rolls around is no easy chore, and it is made even more difficult by the fact that teams have had little time to practice and play the past two weeks because of the weather. This much we do know: The three top teams - Mount St. Joseph, St. Frances and Calvert Hall - clearly separated themselves from the rest of the pack during the regular season, with each going undefeated against all other league foes.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,brent.jones@baltsun.com | January 11, 2010
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - -In the first quarter Sunday, linebacker-defensive end Terrell Suggs sacked and stripped New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady of the ball, and safety Ed Reed intercepted a tipped pass. Those turnovers led to 10 points and a commanding lead. They also were a warning to the remaining seven playoff teams, Suggs said, that the two play-making Ravens are at it again. "With me and Ed Reed doing our thing in the postseason, we become a hard team to beat," Suggs said after the Ravens' 33-14 win over New England.
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March 10, 2006
Are you rooting for Orioles players to perform well in games against the United States in the World Baseball Classic? I'm not rooting against the U.S., but it sure was great to see that Rodrigo Lopez and Adam Loewen pitched well against that lineup. Maybe there really is some hope for the Orioles' starting rotation. Brook Buxton Baltimore Absolutely. Let's cheer for the individual Orioles players on their native country teams, but we don't want their team to beat the United States. Rikki Roberts Essex I'm hoping that everyone plays their best - Orioles, Americans and others.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | March 21, 1996
A rather prosperous year could be in store for Anne Arundel County boys lacrosse if preseason expectations become reality.Arundel was the only county boys team to win a major title last year, taking the 3A-4A state championship, while South River was the 1A-2A runner-up and St. Mary's was fourth in the Maryland Interscholastic Association A Conference.In winning the 3A-4A, Arundel, a three-time district champion (equivalent to a state title then) during the 80s, kept Anne Arundel's string alive.
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By Todd Karpovich and Todd Karpovich,Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2009
Chesapeake-Anne Arundel coach Don Ellenberger believes in the theory that playing a demanding schedule during the regular season helps prepare teams for the postseason. That's why the two-time defending Class 4A state champion has early-season tests against No. 3 Archbishop Spalding, No. 14 Glenelg and Seton Keough. "My philosophy has always been you have to play the best to be the best," Ellenberger said. "The only way I am going to find out if my team can handle pressure is to go out and play the good teams."
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By PETER SCHMUCK | December 14, 2008
News item: The New York Mets have acquired reliever J.J. Putz from the Seattle Mariners in a three-team, 12-player trade that was consummated at last week's winter meetings in Las Vegas. My take: If J.J. didn't like all the focus I've put on his interesting last name - which he claims is pronounced "puts" instead of "putts" - I suggest he not read the New York Post on the morning after his first blown save. News item: The Ravens face the Pittsburgh Steelers today in what has to be the signature showdown of Baltimore's surprising season.
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