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By MICHAEL OLESKER | April 9, 1992
Arthur Ashe, dying of AIDS, says he wished to live out his final years keeping his secret to himself. But he says questioning from a newspaper reporter forced him to announce his disease to the whole wide world.If a reporter forced his hand, then God save all of us in journalism from ourselves."I have AIDS," Ashe declared yesterday afternoon, trying in vain to keep his emotions in check. "I am sorry that I have been forced to make this revelation now, at this time. There is no good reason for this to happen now, but it has happened."
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
I joined Christine Brennan, of "USA Today," and Howard Kurtz on "Media Buzz" today to talk about TMZ and the performance of mainstream media in covering -- or not covering -- the Ray Rice story. I was at first surpised to hear Brennan, who knows this turf as well as anyone, say an argument could be made that it is "the biggest controversy to ever hit a U.S. sports league. " But having thought about it since, I think she could be right. #sigshell { float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2013
Michael Phelps is playing some serious poker in the Bahamas with the likes of Jason Alexander. But cards, shmards. At least one reporter is more interested in nominating the swimmer/golfer/card shark/retiree for the next episode of "What Not to Wear. " Chris Chase of USA Today offered quite the post-game analysis of Phelps' wardrobe  in a Thursday blog post: "Let's analyze the look Phelps is sporting in the Caribbean," he writes. "It's a style that screams, 'I'm retired and the only time I'm setting foot in a pool is if there's a swim-up bar attached to it.'" It actually also seems to scream, "I'm comfortable and wearing a lot of stuff I probably got for free.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Ever wanted to make a cameo appearance on a favorite TV show? Michael Phelps is about to do just that, appearing on an episode of the USA Network drama "Suits" that will air March 6.  Phelps, who has said he's a fan of the show, has an easy role to play -- himself.  Phelps encounters Gabriel Macht's character in a restaurant along with the attorney's girlfriend and colleague who is played by Abigail Spencer, as first reported by ...
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2011
Harry Blauvelt had just dropped off his beloved yellow lab, Elvis, at doggy day care Monday and was returning home to Kent Island when his car became disabled on the Bay Bridge. The retired USA Today golf writer, who chronicled the rise of Tiger Woods during a long career in sports journalism, had stepped out of his 2001 Honda Accord when, police said, a 2003 International truck slammed into the vehicle and pushed it into Blauvelt. The 70-year-old Chester resident was flung from the bridge's eastbound span into the water more than 50 feet below.
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By Matt Slovin and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2012
A pair of SEC rivals took the top two spots in USA Today's preseason college football coaches poll, which was released today. LSU is No. 1 with 18 first-place votes, while Alabama check in at No. 2. The Crimson Tide earned 20 first-place votes - the most of any team. It's the first time since 1991 that the first-place team did not receive the most first-place votes. The last time was in 1999 with Florida State and Tennessee. The Seminoles went on to win the national championship.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | January 14, 2004
The top editor of USA Today said yesterday that the national newspaper will investigate any new, specific challenges to the reporting of disgraced former correspondent Jack Kelley. Its own inquiry into the veracity of several of his articles was shut down when Kelley was forced to resign last week after having acknowledged deceiving editors. "We'll look into any specific allegations that arise," USA Today Editor Karen Jurgensen said yesterday in an interview. "We have to let the situation play out. This was a very painful situation for our staff."
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | January 9, 2004
Jack Kelley, one of USA Today's most prominent correspondents, has resigned from the newspaper in the wake of an internal inquiry into allegations that some of his reporting had been fabricated. None of his articles has been publicly retracted. And the newspaper says that Kelley's resignation earlier this week has settled the matter. "Based on what we know now, we're done with the investigation," said editor Karen Jurgensen. Asked if she were confident that Kelley's reporting was accurate, she replied, "We're not in a position of correcting anything at this time."
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | March 20, 2004
USA Today reported yesterday that its former star correspondent Jack Kelley fabricated major elements of stories filed from abroad, plagiarized passages in other instances and then concocted elaborate ruses to conceal his transgressions. The newspaper documented the extent of Kelley's deceptions in a front-page article yesterday and additional coverage that consumed two full pages. "It is indeed a sad and shameful betrayal of public trust," said USA Today founding editorial director John Seigenthaler, who is heading a three-person committee charged with reviewing Kelley's 21-year tenure at the paper.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | April 21, 2004
The top editor of USA Today announced her early and immediate retirement yesterday, days before the expected public release of a critical report detailing how the paper's former foreign correspondent Jack Kelley was able to deceive editors and readers in print for years. In an e-mail to USA Today's staffers, Editor Karen Jurgensen, 55, said she regretted not identifying problems with Kelley's reporting earlier. "Like all of us who worked with Jack Kelley, I wish we had caught him far sooner than we did," Jurgensen wrote.
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November 15, 2013
In discussing his potential return to competitive swimming , Michael Phelps told The Associated Press that he doesn't want to be likened to another athlete famous for his unretirements. "Just don't compare me to Brett Favre," he said . Chris Chase, who blogs for USA Today's "For The Win," has done just that. In a piece titled "Dear Michael Phelps, please don't turn into Brett Favre," Chase writes that the most decorated Olympian "would be wise to declare his intent the instant he knows it. No one likes a Brett Favre.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2013
After their thrilling season-opening victories last weekend, the Gilman and St. Frances football teams will try to keep the momentum rolling against a couple more challenging opponents Sunday at the Under Armour Brothers In Arms Classic at Byrd Stadium. The No. 1 Greyhounds, the two-time defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champions, scored the last 20 points of the game to beat Good Counsel last Friday night. They will face Manatee, from Bradenton, Fla., at 7 p.m. The Panthers, a first-year MIAA A Conference team that won the last two MIAA C Conference titles, steamrolled Nease (Fla.)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said his comments to USA Today - in which he said that allowing the Yankees to take Alex Rodriguez's salary off their books would allow them to unfairly skirt the luxury tax, ensuring that O's catcher Matt Wieters would end up in pinstripes once he becomes a free agent - weren't intended for public consumption. In the USA Today story, Showalter is quoted as saying: "If [commissioner] Bud [Selig] lets them get away with that, they're under the luxury tax. If they can reset, they can spend again and I guarantee you in two years Matt Wieters is in New York.
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The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn't happy with some of the possible repercussions from the looming suspension of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. Speaking to USA Today, Showalter said he will "guarantee you" that Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will be playing for the Yankees when he becomes a free agent after the 2015 season if Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig suspends Rodriguez for at least next season. As USA Today notes, according to the collective bargaining agreement, the portion of a player's salary that he does not collect while suspended also does not count toward his team's payroll and the luxury tax threshold.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2013
On March 4, agent Joe Linta and the Ravens finalized a six-year, $120.6 million contract extension for Joe Flacco , making the quarterback the highest paid player in the history of the NFL. Nearly three months later, Linta is still taking his victory lap.   The agent told USA Today that the extension talks broke down last August because of a disagreement on $1 million in non-guaranteed base salary in the final year of...
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By Dave Rosenthal | January 23, 2013
I was kidding when I said that Lance Armstrong ought to pay me back for wasting time and money on his book "It's Not About the Bike. " But others who have taken offense at Armstrong's years of lies about using performance enhancing drugs have taken the issue a step further. USA Today reports that two readers of Armstrong's book have sued him and his publishers, claiming the book is a fraud based on lies and false advertising. The suit filed in U.S. District Court in California seeks class-action status on behalf of other readers and asks for refunds and other costs.  "Defendants knew or should have known these books were works of fiction," the suit states, according to USA Today.
NEWS
By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | April 30, 2004
Kenneth A. Paulson, a former newspaper editor, lawyer and free speech advocate, has been picked to lead USA Today in the wake of the worst scandal in the newspaper's nearly 22-year-history. In an interview, USA Today publisher and President Craig Moon said Paulson's appointment as editor would help the newspaper "continue to build the brand online and in print," and that he would mend the newsroom culture to ensure the "accountability" of the newspaper's reporting. Major changes were not needed, Moon said.
NEWS
By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,Staff Writer | April 9, 1992
Arthur Ashe is an instantly recognized public figure, and word that a public figure has a fatal illness is news, said Gene Policinski, managing editor/sports for USA Today."
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2013
Michael Phelps is playing some serious poker in the Bahamas with the likes of Jason Alexander. But cards, shmards. At least one reporter is more interested in nominating the swimmer/golfer/card shark/retiree for the next episode of "What Not to Wear. " Chris Chase of USA Today offered quite the post-game analysis of Phelps' wardrobe  in a Thursday blog post: "Let's analyze the look Phelps is sporting in the Caribbean," he writes. "It's a style that screams, 'I'm retired and the only time I'm setting foot in a pool is if there's a swim-up bar attached to it.'" It actually also seems to scream, "I'm comfortable and wearing a lot of stuff I probably got for free.
SPORTS
By Katherine Dunn | December 20, 2012
Gilman defensive tackle Henry Poggi is one of only 24 high school players nationwide to be named Thursday to USA Today's All-USA Football Team . Poggi, one of The Baltimore Sun's Co-Defensive Players of the Year, was the most schemed against player his father Biff Poggi had ever coached in the elder Poggi's 16 seasons as Greyhounds coach. Henry Poggi drew at least double-team coverage in every game as the No. 1 Greyhounds went 9-2 and won their second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship.
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