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By Los Angeles Times | October 6, 1993
NBA players, coaches and officials were stunned by the news that Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to three NBA titles and won seven consecutive NBA scoring titles, was announcing his retirement today.Los Angeles Lakers forward James Worthy, who played with Jordan on North Carolina's 1982 NCAA championship team, was shocked."The guy's a competitor," Worthy told ESPN2. "If I had to bet, I would say that he would never retire. They'd have to throw him out of the league."But life is bigger than basketball.
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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 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 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 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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August 16, 2011
The Lansdowne, Baltimore Highlands and Riverview communities are initiating a Pop Warner youth football program that will play on Saturdays on the artificial turf football field at Lansdowne High School. Kevin Williams, chairman of the Lansdowne Ravens program, said he is excited about its debut Saturday afternoon. Long hours have gone into obtaining the necessary permits, sponsors and donations. In addition to the young players, coaches and parents have also put in their time in practices, on and off the field.
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By Ken Rosenthal | September 2, 1999
Look at the standings. The Orioles entered September in last place, stumbling toward 90 losses. That is who they are, and no amount of executive finger-pointing or clubhouse grumbling can change that fact.Deal with it, gentlemen.If you're the owner, remember that it is you who hired the general manager and manager that you might fire at the end of the season.If you're the manager, go out with some dignity, without blaming others for your failings.And if you're the displaced center fielder, understand that your team is out of contention and that the organization must make decisions on young players -- yes, even one who plays your position.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | February 18, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE - If the Orioles are going to make good on the promise of youth that has sprung from a difficult rebuilding process, they need to show significant progress both on the field and in the American League East standings during the 2002 season. That was the message vice president of baseball operations Syd Thrift delivered to his staff during four days of front office meetings last week. It's time to prove to the fans that the club's long-term plan is going to work. "This is really a test year," Thrift said.
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