San Antonio Spurs forward and Baltimore native Rudy Gay will be opening a new gym focused on basketball training in his hometown as part of a partnership with fitness company PickUp USA.
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a collegiate athletic conference comprised of historically black Division II schools, is leaving its annual tournament home of Charlotte behind for Baltimore beginning in 2021, bringing with it a week-long spell of parties, reunions and other activities to fill up the doldrums of February.
A lot happened in Baltimore sports in 2018. Yes, that’s bound to happen every year by virtue of all the games played. But a look at all the major developments for the area’s pro and college teams shows there were truly seismic changes. After years of competitive baseball, the Orioles fell flat on their faces, leading to a complete overhaul. On the verge of winning the AFC North, the Ravens are approaching the end of the Ozzie Newsome era and, by all accounts, have already concluded the Joe Flacco one.
Those are just a few of the major storylines to make our list.
By Bill Ordine
Prior to start of the current school year, the Henderson-Hopkins school in East Baltimore was a frustrating contradiction.
The dirt oval where Seabiscuit and War Admiral faced off head-to-head would be gone, torn up and relegated to history, as would the creaky grandstands and clubhouse where fans cheered on greats like Secretariat, American Pharoah and Justify, all eventual Triple Crown winners.
Under a new $424 million plan put forth in a report by the Maryland Stadium Authority, Pimlico Race Course would remain up on Old Hilltop, but everything would be razed and a new multi-use complex would be built on the 110-acre parcel. The new track, 15/16 miles in length on the dirt, would be rotated 35 degrees clockwise, and there are plans for an all new state-of-the-art clubhouse for the massive crowds that turn out for the Preakness Stakes.
Following the release of a Maryland Stadium Authority report calling for a $424 million overhaul of Pimlico Race Course, Belinda Stronach, chairman and president of the Stronach Group, the owner of Pimlico and the Preakness Stakes, called on lawmakers to study funding for the plan and how the state can support the thoroughbred horse industry.
By Bo Smolka
The Baltimore Ravens are officially Lamar Jackson’s team now.
Head coach John Harbaugh left no doubt, declaring Jackson will be the starter rather than a healthy Joe Flacco when the Ravens host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at M&T Bank Stadium Dec. 16.
By Todd Karpovich
Mike Elias wore a bright orange tie to his introductory news conference as the new general manager of the Baltimore Orioles.
That color could represent his past success with the Houston Astros and future optimism in Baltimore.