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By Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko and Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | September 15, 1997
While a 100-win season once seemed a near-certainty, Orioles manager Davey Johnson now considers it "just a number."A game from clinching a wild-card berth and standing on the cusp of the franchise's first division title since 1983, Johnson now says the landmark is of secondary importance to resting position players and aligning his rotation in preparation for the postseason.Downplaying the feat comes with personal loss for Johnson, who would join Sparky Anderson and Whitey Herzog as the only managers ever to achieve 100 wins in both leagues.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
On Friday nights, Brady Ludwig and David Marrocco are both quarterbacks for Old Mill's football team, but Thursday night they teamed up to win the Ravens' High School QB Challenge over Anne Arundel County rival Arundel. Ludwig, a senior, was the Patriots' quarterback for the Challenge, and he completed a 54-yard pass to Marrocco for the game-winning toss at halftime of the Ravens'-Steelers game at M&T Bank Stadium. The longest completed pass wins the challenge and Ludwig had two attempts, each to a different receiver, as did his counterpart, Arundel senior Anthony Messsenger.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | January 28, 2009
The Vegas oddsmakers already are looking past this season's Super Bowl to the probabilities for next season, and the Ravens - at 11-1 - are listed as the sixth-most-likely team to win the NFL title. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/schmuckblog)
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Peter Schmuck | October 22, 2013
The Towson men's basketball team made history last year with the most dramatic Division I turnaround ever, which was quite a testament to the job second-year coach Pat Skerry did with a program that was not eligible for postseason play because of academic sanctions. The Tigers went from a 1-31 record in Skerry's first season as a head coach at this level to 18 victories and a second-place finish in the Colonial Athletic Association in 2012-13, which put Towson back on the basketball map and transformed a long-time conference also-ran into the consensus favorite to win this season's CAA title.
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December 7, 1998
The winners"You have to give credit to [the Ravens'] coaches because they came back from halftime and made adjustments, and it was hard for us to move the ball." Willie Davis, Oilers wide receiverthe losers"It's all about performance. We have the talent on this team to win games, but for some reason or another, we just haven't gotten it done as a team." Matt Stover, Ravens kickerPub Date: 12/07/98
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September 29, 2002
It's a fact Montreal's 4-3 win Thursday gave the Expos 80 wins for the first time since 1996, when they went 88-74. Milestone The Athletics are the 18th team to win 100 games in con secutive seasons. The last team was the 1997-99 Braves. The number 334: Diamondbacks ace Randy Johnson's strikeout total, 10th on baseball's all-time single-season list.
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By Kevin Eck | September 10, 1990
John Buchheister, the area's winningest high school football coach in the 1980s, began the 1990s with a new team and a familiar result -- a victory.Buchheister, who compiled an 87-22 record (.798) at Milford Mill in the 1980s, left after last season to coach at Randallstown, which defeated Lackey of Charles County, 35-19, in the second-ranked Rams' season opener Saturday night."To get that first win lets you take a deep breath," Buchheistesaid. "Sooner or later, you're going to lose, but it's good to win the first one."
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By Mike Terry and Mike Terry,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 16, 2003
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Tonight's deciding Game 3 of the WNBA Finals will either be the extension of the league's old guard or the beginning of a new age. In the Western corner stand the Los Angeles Sparks, who have won the previous two WNBA championships, following the four in a row won by the Houston Comets. In the Eastern corner stand the Detroit Shock, perhaps the best East team to contend for the championship since Houston won the league's inaugural 1997 title as an Eastern Conference team.
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March 22, 2001
WIN THE CROWD. That's the sage advice the protagonist got in the film "Gladiator." Coach Gary Williams and the University of Maryland men's basketball team have finally done that, or so it seems. But sports teams, like their fans, are fickle, enigmatic creatures. You can't always count on your team to win - unless your team is the Globetrotters - and you can't expect the fans you've won to stay. That's life, not art. The Terrapins have overcome their embarrassing home-court loss to Duke in January.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | August 21, 2004
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - In every collective endeavor, there will be those who believe and those who need proof. In the case of the South Caroline (County) Little League team that has advanced to this weekend's World Series, count Hunter Bennett among the skeptical. Oh sure, this group of 11- and 12-year-olds had won a state title two years ago, but getting to the World Series seemed problematical for Hunter, who just happens to be the second baseman. "I thought we could win, but we had a lot of big heads that thought we were already going to win states," said Hunter.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2013
It took a half Saturday night for the Blast to play the top-notch style of indoor soccer it had displayed throughout the 2012-13 Major Indoor Soccer League season, but it was worth the wait for the home team. Overcoming a shaky start, the Blast relentlessly attacked the goal against the Missouri Comets to overcome a halftime deficit in the second game of the MISL Championship Series. After Adriano Dos Santos scored in the fourth quarter and rookie Lucas Roque followed shortly after with another goal, the Blast was able to confront the Comets' final stand with its signature defense to come away with an 8-6 win and a two-game sweep in front of an announced 8,704 at 1st Mariner Arena . "They've been tremendous all season long, only five losses, and a couple of those we probably could have won," coach Danny Kelly said.
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By Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
It's part of the job description for Andy Bilello to be equal parts matchmaker and recruiter, as much a spreadsheet expert as he is a scheduling broker. These days, though, there might be a more apt title for Inside Lacrosse's director of business development: kingmaker. As the conductor of high-profile lacrosse events such as Saturday'sKonica MinoltaFace-Off Classic, Bilello orchestrates nationally televised doubleheaders and tripleheaders that make up some of the sport's biggest regular-season showcases.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2011
LARGO - The last time a Baltimore-area team captured the prestigious IAABO Holiday Girls Basketball Tournament, now in its 39th year, was 13 years ago. Aberdeen changed that Wednesday night - and did so rather decisively in the championship game against Wise from Upper Marlboro. In a title game featuring undefeated teams, the No. 1 Eagles proved far dominant at both ends of the floor, rolling to an 82-44 win at Prince George's Community College. Senior center Brionna Jones, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, led an efficient offense with 30 points, and a trapping zone defense was too much for the Pumas (7-1)
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By Jeff Seidel, Special To The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2011
Matt Jablonski may be gone, but Loyola still rules the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. Kevin Corbusier led the way, winning without much trouble as top-ranked Loyola put four runners in the top 10 and claimed its third consecutive A Conference title in Wednesday's championship race at Oregon Ridge Park. Much of the publicity Loyola received over the past few years focused on Jablonski, arguably one of the nation's top high school distance runners. Jablonski graduated in the spring and now runs for Oregon, but the Dons kept right on rolling without him. Corbusier had a strong season this fall and won this race in 15 minutes, 52 seconds.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2011
There is a revealing statistic about last season's Maryland team, which tied eventual national champion Duke atop the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season standings. Like this year's team, the 2009-10 Terps played in plenty of close conference games. The difference is, they usually won them. From Feb. 4, 2010, until the end of the regular-season schedule, Maryland played seven games decided by single digits. The Terps — led by the animated, ultra-competitive Greivis Vasquez, who returns to Comcast Center to be honored at Sunday's N.C. State game — won all seven.
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By Carol Gralia, Columbia Flier | February 10, 2011
Glenelg won its first Howard County girls basketball title since the 1998-99 season Thursday night when the No. 9 Gladiators defeated Oakland Mills, 41-34. The game was a matchup between the top two teams in the county standings. "To win it as a senior is really special," said Glenelg's Liz Ebeling, who took three charges in the game. Those charges had a cumulative effect on Oakland Mills, making the Scorpions hesitant to drive to the basket. "We were afraid to get the charges," Oakland Mills' Jasmine Hill said.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | November 21, 1995
REGINA, Saskatchewan -- The winning streak started in Memphis, Tenn., in August, when the Baltimore Stallions, battling a two-game losing streak, needed a fake punt and a goal-line stand to escape the Liberty Bowl with a 16-13 victory.Stopping an opponent on three straight tries from the 1-yard line is most unusual in the Canadian Football League, where the defense must line up a yard off the ball. Then again, the Stallions showed over the past three months that they were an atypical team.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,Sun Staff Writer | June 15, 1995
HOUSTON -- Why not the Houston Rockets? Why not again?Why? Because you don't win with a sixth-place team that struggled all season, you don't win without a true power forward, and you don't win with a bunch of CBA and European league castoffs.But the Houston Rockets again are NBA champions, ending an improbable run to the title with a 113-101 win over the Orlando Magic last night that completed a four-game sweep and a playoff stretch in which they knocked off the top four teams in the NBA."
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February 3, 2010
Monsters of the Midway Steve Svekis Sun Sentinel Based on performance in one season, the final four are the 1985 Bears, 1991 Redskins, 1973 Dolphins and the 1989 49ers. These teams had fewer than three losses and dominated their postseasons, including the Super Bowl. The 14-2 Redskins were the only such team whose regular-season opponents finished above .500 cumulatively. Still, they are far, far back of the 1985 Bears. With that smothering "46" defense, "Sweetness" and the funky QB known as Jim McMahon, Chicago lost only once in the regular season.
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By Sports Digest | January 28, 2010
The Navy men's lacrosse team was voted the preseason favorite to win the Patriot League championship. The Midshipmen have won at least a share of the regular-season Patriot League title in five of the six seasons they have been in the conference. Navy secured 11 of the 14 first-place votes (they were eligible for only 12 because schools could not vote for themselves). Bucknell accounted for the remaining three first-place votes. Mids long-stick defensive midfielder Jaren Woeppel , a two-time All-Patriot League selection, was named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
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