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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 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 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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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 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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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTER | September 22, 2007
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It happens often. Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will get into a discussion with a competitor about various players in the game and Nick Markakis' name will come up. "I was talking to [the Boston Red Sox's] Mike Lowell the other day when he was on second base, and he said, `Man, [Markakis] is one of my favorite young players. I respect those guys that can drive in those kinds of runs without hitting 40 homers,' " Roberts said. "I know guys on every team that are impressed daily by the way he plays and his ability level.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun Reporter | November 8, 2007
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Melvin Mora dearly wants to remain an Oriole, but at this point of his career, he also desperately wants to be on a winning team. That's why the longest-tenured Oriole acknowledged yesterday that he would consider dropping his blanket no-trade clause if the team enters a rebuilding stage that would likely result in more losing in the short term. "I want to see what they say, and when [president of baseball operations] Andy MacPhail calls me and calls my agent, we'll go from there," said Mora, an Oriole since 2000.
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