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By Kevin Cowherd | September 30, 2009
Dave Trembley reminds you of a guy in a knife fight and all he has to defend himself is a swizzle stick. Sure, it's unfair to judge the Orioles manager solely by the team's cataclysmic collapse since the All-Star break. Key players (George Sherrill, Aubrey Huff) were traded from under him. Others (Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold, Brad Bergesen) were hurt. The starting rotation was shaky, even before they shut down a couple of promising youngsters to save their arms. The bullpen was one giant mushroom cloud day after day. None of that was Trembley's fault.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | June 28, 2002
WASHINGTON - The day after the NBA draft has the feel of the day after Christmas, as 29 clubs try to figure out just what arrived under the tree the day before. In that vein, Washington Wizards coach Doug Collins looked like the proverbial kid taking his new sled out for a post-holiday test run yesterday, appraising the three gifts, guard Juan Dixon and forwards Jared Jeffries and Rod Grizzard, the team picked up in Wednesday's draft. "We feel like we have three first-round choices sitting up here that all bring something a little bit different," said Collins.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | July 9, 1998
Let's start with the assumption that the Orioles are going nowhere this season, an assumption about as safe as the sun's chances of coming up tomorrow.If so, there's really only one thing left to play for this season -- the future. Next season and beyond.Part of that process is the jettisoning of several pending free agents unlikely to return. Look for that sometime in the next three weeks.But there's another part the Orioles should undertake in the second half of this season.They should give some of their young players a chance to play.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 7, 1991
WIMBLEDON, England -- The running joke at Wimbledon is the statue of Fred Perry that stands inside the front gate of the All England Club has a better chance of winning a title than a flesh-and-blood British tennis player.Perry was the last British man to win Wimbledon. That was back in 1936.It seems that the British just don't do tennis anymore. The oddsmakers at Ladbroke's betting parlor said it's 1,000-1 against British players winning a men's or women's singles title this year. Which begs the question: Why are the odds so low?
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | September 26, 2001
WASHINGTON - The comeback road Michael Jordan traveled the past few months included back spasms, broken ribs and sore knees. In the end, nothing could deter the 38-year-old legend from his decision to return to the NBA after a three-year absence. Not even the prospect of a $35 million pay cut. In a statement he released yesterday, Jordan said he will sign a two-year contract with the Washington Wizards, the franchise he joined 20 months ago as president of basketball operations, and will donate all of this season's $1 million salary to relief efforts for victims of the Sept.
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By LAURA VECSEY | January 21, 2004
WHEN HE HEARS sports talk radio callers say blow up the Wizards, Washington general manager Ernie Grunfeld thinks back to the start of the season. Fans were "unbelievably supportive" of the Wizards' plan to rebuild with young players, to go about things "the right way." "The city understood that," Grunfeld said. Way back then - it seems so long ago - the post-Michael Jordan Wizards were running and gunning, taking down Western Conference powers such as the Mavericks. Free-agent gym rat Gilbert Arenas was looking every bit the $64 million answer.
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By Heather A. Dinich and Heather A. Dinich,SUN STAFF | September 1, 2005
COLLEGE PARK - For decades, Ralph Friedgen's summer coaching ritual has included a page-by-page review of the previous playbook, watching each game once more, and other tedious tasks intended to analyze the football season and improve upon it. For fear of being redundant and boring, he didn't do it last year. It was Friedgen's first losing season in 17 years. "I don't think I'll ever make that mistake again," said Friedgen, whose Terps finished 5-6 last fall. "I put that on me." And now it's on him to turn it around, just as he did in 2001, when he took over the program.
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By Ken Rosenthal | September 19, 1998
Davey Johnson was on the phone, talking about all that was for the Orioles, and all that might have been under general manager Pat Gillick and former assistant GM Kevin Malone."
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Mike Preston | September 5, 2011
As the regular season approaches, it appears — on paper, at least — that the Ravens have improved from 2010, but we won't know for sure until November or December. Until then, it's important for the Ravens to stay competitive and pull out some early-season wins until the offensive line jells and some key young players gain experience. The Ravens didn't make the wholesale changes like the Philadelphia Eagles did in the offseason, but they didn't remain status quo like the Pittsburgh Steelers either, who lost to the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl last season.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN REPORTER | May 20, 2008
Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria played in six major league games and received a six-year, $17.5 million contract. Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis has played two full seasons with the Orioles, hitting a combined .296 with 39 home runs and 174 RBIs before this year and establishing himself as a face of the franchise and a future superstar. In March, the Orioles renewed Markakis' contract for $455,000, which is industry protocol involving most players with fewer than three years' major league service.
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