By Tarik El-Bashir and The Washington Post | March 28, 2010
The night before training camp opened last September, coach Bruce Boudreau stood before a ballroom filled with roster players and prospects. The Washington Capitals' goals for the 2009-10 season, he told them, are to win the Southeast Division, the Eastern Conference, the Presidents' Trophy and the Stanley Cup. "So far," Boudreau said Saturday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, "we've got one of them and we're on the verge of two." Indeed, if the Capitals gain a single point today against the Calgary Flames, they will clinch the first regular-season conference title in the franchise's 35-year history.
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
There's guarded optimism that Ravens veteran free safety Will Hill could potentially have his six-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy reduced, according to sources. Under a revised drug policy that's been approved in balloting by the NFL Players Association player representatives that still requires NFL approval, the threshold for testing positive for marijuana has increased from 15 ng/m to 35 ng/m. That falls below the international standard of 150 ng/m used by the World Anti-Doping agency.
By Edward Lee | April 4, 2012
Several weeks after Navy's Cindy Timchal became the first college lacrosse coach - men's or women's - to reach 400 wins, Salisbury's Jim Berkman could join her if the top-ranked and reigning national champion Sea Gulls defeat Capital Athletic Conference rival Mary Washington Wednesday afternoon. Berkman is 399-42 in 25 years of coaching and 390-37 in 24 seasons at Salisbury, which has captured nine NCAA titles under Berkman. Berkman, who was traveling Wednesday morning with the team to Fredericksburg, Va., acknowledged the potential achievement, but that's about it. “I really haven't thought about that a whole lot,” he said.
By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
There is a clear favorite in the pending vote to determine who replaces longtime commissioner Bud Selig, but the coronation of Major League Baseball chief operating officer Rob Manfred is not a foregone conclusion. Baseball owners and their representatives convened at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore on Wednesday for meetings and presentations in advance of Thursday's vote. They will resume discussions Thursday morning before attempting to choose one of the three finalists -- Manfred, MLB vice president Tim Brosnan or Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2010
Eric Overmyer is a passionate playwright but a reluctant television writer. In his deepest heart, he would like to say "No, no, no," every time someone waves a proposal for a new TV show in his face. But his loudmouth bank account keeps insisting, "Yes, yes, yes." This is true even of such quality projects as "Treme," a show about New Orleans residents coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Overmyer created the 10-episode series with Baltimorean David Simon, and it debuts tonight on HBO. Overmyer, 58, thinks the stage is a much more creative medium than television.
By Pete Bielski and Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 18, 1996
Jockey Mario Verge may well wear green every day, trying to make all days St. Patrick's.The journeyman rider inherited three mounts and won with all three after fellow rider Juan Umana was unseated in an earlier race and took off the rest of yesterday's 10-race card at Laurel Park."
Two decades ago, Center Stage leapt into the future with the world premiere of Eric Overmyer's account of a trio of Victorian lady time travelers, On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning. Overmyer went on to write and produce a slew of TV series (St. Elsewhere, Homicide, Law & Order, The Wire), and On the Verge went on to success at regional theaters across the country. Now it has wended its way back to this area at Washington's Arena Stage. On the Verge Through June 11 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St., S.W., Washington.
By Sandra McKee | November 28, 1999
When Mary Bo Quoit, the filly otherwise known as Miss Piggy and whose life is being chronicled in The Sun, finished the fourth race of her career yesterday at Laurel Park, her jockey, Mario Verge, was splattered with pasty dirt thrown up by the other horses who passed her."She was just upset and didn't want to run," said Verge, who had been encouraged by Mary Bo Quoit's performance a month ago, when she recovered from a bad stumble and raced to the finish."Today, she didn't try," Verge said.
By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 15, 1998
Sometimes, finishing second is better than getting to the wire first.That was the case yesterday in the $57,525 Japan Racing Association Stakes when a successful foul claim elevated La Reine's Terms to the winner's share at Laurel Park.Jockey Larry Reynolds lodged the objection after the apparent winning rider, Mario Verge -- aboard Adcat -- accidentally hit Reynolds' mount on the nose with his whip while passing during the stretch run. The judges studied the films for more than five minutes, then reversed the order of finish.
By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 7, 1991
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- To see where the life of Clarence Thomas might have ended up, one must journey to where it began, out on the tidal flats of the Moon River just south of town, where marsh grasses bend gently to breezes that smell faintly of brine and mud.Here at a small community called Pinpoint, little has changed from June 1948 when the man President Bush has nominated for the Supreme Court was born. The shack of a crab house where his mother picked meat for a nickel a pound still stands by the murky water.
Mike Preston | June 4, 2014
Early in Wednesday's organized team activities, cornerback Jimmy Smith intercepted a pass near the 20-yard line and seconds later blew by quarterback Joe Flacco for a touchdown. Shortly after he crossed the goal line, Smith rolled out the ball and gave one of those Mr. Olympic poses. Arnold Schwarzenegger would have been proud. The Ravens and Smith would like to see more of those big plays in 2014. A year ago Smith turned the proverbial corner as he finished seventh on the team in tackles with 58, and had two interceptions and broke up 15 passes.
By Chris Dearing and For The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Maryland baseball coach John Szefc has talked all week about playing with house money, about how his team is not under any pressure playing in its first NCAA tournament since 1971. He also pointed to the expectations facing regional host and top-seeded South Carolina, which had the nation's longest postseason home winning streak entering Saturday night's winner's-bracket game. You can say the Terps have handled things just fine so far. Second-seeded Maryland got a gutty performance from freshman starter Mike Shawaryn and enough early runs to claim a 4-3 victory over the Gamecocks and advance to the championship round tonight in the Columbia, S.C., regional.
Sports Xchange | March 14, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. - Coppin State lost track of the hottest player in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament Friday night, and that's a big reason why it's headed home. Morgan State guard Justin Black eclipsed his career high for the second straight night, pouring in 30 points to lead the third-seeded Bears past No. 7 Coppin State, 79-64, in the semifinals at Scope Arena . The Bears (15-15) will face top-seeded North Carolina Central (27-5) in the title game at 6 p.m. Saturday.
By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
Southern's Linda Kilpatrick has won more games than any other girls basketball coach in Anne Arundel County history, and she's set to reach another major milestone in the coming days. In her 38th season at the Harwood school, Kilpatrick is on the verge of her 500th career victory. With a 499-378 career record, she already has the most wins among active girls basketball coaches in the Baltimore metro area. On the all-time list, Kilpatrick trails only Lin James, her good friend who retired last season after winning 608 games in 48 years at North Harford.
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2013
Maryland had just committed another turnover - its fourth - and seemed headed for its low point of the season. It had grown dark and cold inside Byrd Stadium, the student section had thinned out, and the loudest remaining fans were huddled in the Syracuse section, chanting, "Let's go, Orange!" A 4-0 start to the season seemed like an eternity ago Saturday after Terps mistakes - two fumbles, two interceptions and multiple receiver drops - contributed to Syracuse's 20-3 victory. It was Maryland's fourth loss in five games and kept the injury-depleted team one win shy of becoming bowl eligible with three games remaining.
By Rachael Pacella,
For The Baltimore Sun
| August 9, 2013
Tommy Jones of Severna Park took the top spot at Ocean City's 40th Annual White Marlin Open Wednesday, catching an 83-pound white marlin that could be worth $980,000 in prize money. Today is the last day to fish in the tournament, one of the largest billfish competitions in the world, where hundreds of anglers compete to catch the largest tuna, wahoo, shark, dolphin, blue marlin and most importantly, white marlin. Anglers are allowed three days during the five-day tournament to fish -- with most competitors opting to fish earlier in the week; only 38 boats out of the 262 in the competition are eligible to fish Friday.
By Michael Marx McCarthy | December 17, 2002
WASHINGTON - The fervor for "regime change" in Iraq is spreading to another oil-producing nation: Venezuela. President Hugo Chavez's increasingly beleaguered government is losing traction daily as the Democratic Coordinator - an umbrella opposition group of business, labor and civil society - smothers Venezuela's petroleum-driven economy in a perpetual general strike that intends to induce regime change, possibly at the cost of protracted civil strife....
By James Oliphant and Tribune Washington Bureau | December 24, 2009
With Senate Democrats poised to pass a sweeping overhaul of the nation's health care system, Republicans sought Wednesday to frame the bill as a tarnished product of backroom deals and political maneuvering, with some going so far as to declare it illegal. Much of the day had the feel of the final minutes of a football game in which the outcome already had been decided. As Republican senators raised new criticisms of the measure, Democrats were celebrating on the sidelines as though the final vote had been taken.
By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2013
Barring an unforeseen setback, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will likely rejoin the Orioles starting rotation next week after throwing seven shutout innings Thursday night in his second minor-league rehab start for Double-A Bowie. In a 6-2 win over Harrisburg, Chen -- who on the disabled list with a left oblique strain -- allowed just four hits and retired 13 of his last 14 batters and faced the minimum batters for his final four innings of work. Chen struck out three and walked none while throwing 89 pitches, 55 of them strikes.
November 19, 2012
Two years ago, just after Gov. Martin O'Malley won his second term, Maryland's Spending Affordability Committee got a sobering briefing from state fiscal analysts. Thanks to federal stimulus funds, Maryland had been scraping by despite the deepest recession in decades, the collapse of the housing market, and a disappointingly slow start to the state's slots program. But that money was about to run out. The next budget year promised a $1.6 billion shortfall, and things were only expected to get worse from there.
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