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Nov 24

‘When the ball is in the air, that’s our ball’: Effort fuels Ravens’ drive for interceptions

In 2011, Brandon Carr was a member of a Kansas City Chiefs team that finished tied for sixth in the NFL in interceptions with 20. Three years later, the cornerback helped the Dallas Cowboys tie for seventh in the league with 18. Now that he’s part of a Ravens defense that leads the NFL with 16 picks

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Nov 24

After reaching out, Ravens center Ryan Jensen on good terms with injured Packers nose tackle

The Ravens’ Ryan Jensen and Green Bay Packers nose tackle Kenny Clark have texted each other since Clark suffered a high-ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of the Ravens’ 23-0 shutout win Sunday, and the center said there is no lingering animosity between the two. “I sent out a text to Kenny

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Nov 24

Ravens backup QB Ryan Mallett fined for verbally abusing official in Green Bay game

Not only did backup quarterback Ryan Mallett earn the scorn of the Ravens’ coaching staff for getting a penalty in Sunday’s victory over the Green Bay Packers, he also took a hit to his wallet. The NFL fined Mallett $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct after he was penalized for verbally abusing

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Nov 23

No. 10 Calvert Hall rolls past Loyola Blakefield, 27-6, in 98th Turkey Bowl

The Calvert Hall football team came out at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium on Thursday intent to turn the 98th Turkey Bowl into a blowout. After jumping out to a big early lead, however, the Cardinals needed to regroup, scoring a pair of second-half touchdowns in a 27-6 win over rival Loyola

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Nov 23

Scouting report for Ravens-Texans matchup on ‘Monday Night Football’

RAVENS PASSING GAME: A “Monday Night Football” audience will get a glimpse at the NFL’s worst passing offense statistically. The Ravens are averaging just 165.2 passing yards per game. Joe Flacco has been held to one touchdown pass or none in eight of 10 games. He has two more interceptions than

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Nov 23

Preston: Biggest reason for Ravens’ defensive revival is return of big man Brandon Williams

Nearly a week ago Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees was trying to describe the biggest difference in his unit compared with previous years without hurting anyone’s feelings. He got the basic message out. The Ravens have an improved secondary, but there is more. Tackle Brandon Williams has proved

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Nov 23

Calls for Orioles to tear down lose sight of fact that assets could prove irreplaceable

Even without needing to acknowledge that it’s Thanksgiving, a time to take stock of life’s blessings, there’s a large chunk of reality being ignored as the Orioles embark on their annual offseason plan to add enough starting pitching to become a contender. Shouldn’t all of their best

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Nov 23

Staff picks for Monday night’s Ravens-Texans game at M&T Bank Stadium

Staff picks for Monday night’s Ravens-Texans game at M&T Bank Stadium: Jen Badie Ravens 17, Texans 13 This shapes up to be a defensive battle with the No. 7 rush defense (Texans) and the No. 2 pass defense (Ravens). But the Ravens are facing another in a parade of backup QBs in Tom Savage, who is

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Nov 23

Notes: West tight-lipped about being healthy scratch for only second time as a Raven

If you expected Ravens running back Terrance West to be enraged about being a healthy scratch for Sunday’s game at the Green Bay Packers, he is not playing that game. The former Northwestern High and Towson University standout did not offer much three days after being deactivated before the 23-0

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Nov 22

Ronnie Stanley present, but Austin Howard absent from Ravens practice Wednesday

Starting left tackle Ronnie Stanley took part in Ravens practice Wednesday afternoon, but his counterpart on the other end of the offensive line was absent. Right tackle Austin Howard was missing from the portion of Wednesday’s session open to the media. He was not reported after Sunday’s 23-

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Nov 22

Orioles acquire outfielder Jaycob Brugman in trade with A’s

With plenty of room on their 40-man roster to add players, the Orioles acquired 25-year-old outfielder Jaycob Brugman in a minor trade with the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. Brugman, who was designa…

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Nov 22

Ravens favored by a touchdown in Monday night battle vs. Texans

The Ravens are favored by a touchdown ahead of their important “Monday Night Football” game against the Houston Texans, according to most Las Vegas betting lines. The Texans (4-6), who started the season with wins in three of their first seven games, h…

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Nov 22

Ravens news, notes and opinions on pending offensive free agents and Alex Collins’ workload

With the Ravens in the thick of the postseason race, it’s still a bit early to speculate on the pending changes this offseason for their struggling offense. However, the table is set for a pretty significant shake-up in terms of the offensive personnel. The performance of the offense this season

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Nov 21

Schmuck: NFL might be in chaos, but it isn’t really in crisis — at least not yet

Let us all stipulate that this has not been a good decade for the NFL, which has been so riddled with controversy and scandal that it had no choice but to relax the rules restricting flamboyant touchdown celebrations. The decision this season to allow …

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Nov 21

Orioles acquire minor league right-hander Konner Wade from Rockies for bonus slots

The Orioles netted another high-minors pitcher in a trade for international signing bonus slot money Tuesday, acquiring right-hander Konner Wade from the Colorado Rockies, according to an industry source. Wade, the Rockies’ seventh-round draft pick in 2013, spent the past two seasons with Double-A

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Nov 21

For Orioles, addition to 40-man roster is no guarantee of long-term success or security

While being added to a team’s 40-man roster is a major accomplishment for the players involved — it’s a significant step in realizing their major league dreams — it offers little guarantee of long-term success or security with the organization that protects them. The Orioles added 10 players

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