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A Father He Didn't Know He Had

Don Markus, Baltimore Sun

From Big Top to Big-Time Terp

Steven Goff, Washington Post

Ravens' Smith the Ultimate Trash Talker

David Steele, Sporting News

Pathetic Media's Narrative: NFL Is Racist

Dylan Gwinn, Breitbart Sports

When Navy hosts Temple on Saturday for the American Athletic Conference title game, there will be a large contingent of bowl officials with a rather specific rooting interest. "I d...(full article)

On road trips with the Maryland men’s basketball team during his three seasons as a special assistant, Juan Dixon admired how coach Mark Turgeon involved his own family, and ...(full article)

Had Gordon Wild gone into the family business, one that dates to the 19th century on his father’s side, he might have been riding a unicycle instead of attempting bicycle kicks o...(full article)

BALTIMORE — The Ravens missed Steve Smith, they’re a much better team with him, and they have a chance to make the playoffs now that he’s back. But more on that l...(full article)

The sports media has a unique, and never before heard of theory about why the NFL handled the domestic violence case involving white New York Giants kicker Josh Brown differently t...(full article)

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Unhittable Sinker Not His Only Miracle

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O's Jones: Baseball 'A White Man's Sport'

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The Odd Case for a Closer as League MVP

Last week, my colleague Michael Baumann had the audacity to suggest that Orioles closer Zach Britton could be a defensible selection as the American League’s Cy Young Award win...

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Give Reflective Rice Chance at Redemption

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O's Damage Rays' Playoff Drive

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Ravens Take Risk on OT McKinnie

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