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Mayor calls on residents, businesses to ‘Light the City Purple’ for Thursday Ravens game

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

With Baltimore getting a primetime spotlight on “Thursday Night Football” this week, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young is calling on residents and businesses to “Light the City Puprle” when the Ravens take on the New York Jets at home.

UMBC men’s basketball bolsters roster with international talent

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UMBC junior forward Daniel Akin, a London native. Courtesy: UMBC Athletics.

Growing up in London, junior UMBC forward Daniel Akin wasn’t exposed to a ton of quality basketball.

A track and field and handball talent growing up, Akins saw his first high-level basketball game in person during the 2012 Summer Olympics, when he watched the Team USA take on Spain, but he didn’t pick the game up officially until he was 16, after a growth spurt pushed him to 6-foot-9.

“I was kind of forced to play after that,” Akin says.

Stronach Group, owner of Pimlico and Laurel, joins Thoroughbred Safety Coalition

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Pimlico Race Course on Preakness day. Photo by World Red Eye.

The Stronach Group, owners of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, on Tuesday joined other racetrack operators to announce the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, a group proposing medical and structural reforms in horse racing to better protect the sport’s equine and human athletes.

Lenny Moore statue moves closer to finding a home

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A rendering of the proposed Lenny Moore statue placed at a city-owned lot just south of M&T Bank Stadium.

Where’s the best place in Baltimore to put a statue honoring Colts great Lenny Moore, who will turn 86 on Nov. 25? The sports complex at Camden Yards? The former site of Memorial Stadium, where he played?

Does the city want one at all?

Those were the questions put before Baltimore’s Public Art Commission, which has the authority to accept gifts of public statuary intended for city-owned land, at a meeting today.

O’s push up start times of some 2020 weeknight games to accommodate families

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Photo courtesy of the Orioles

In the hope of drawing more families with children to games on school nights, the Orioles are pushing up the start time of some weeknight games in 2020, to 6:35 p.m. from 7:05 p.m.

The earlier first pitch will affect games before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, when kids are back in the classroom. In all, 16 home games will take place a half hour earlier as a result of the change, nine in April and May and seven in September.

Reminder: It’s Matthew Judon Day at area Taco Bell locations

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A Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco. Image via Taco Bell’s Facebook.

Among the many wonderful things to happen during the Baltimore Ravens’ dominant win over the New England Patriots last Sunday was linebacker Matthew Judon’s on-air introduction.

As the “Sunday Night Football” production team cycled through the Ravens defense, with each player saying his name and college program, Judon made the beautiful, out-of-left-field pronouncement “Matthew Judon, body built by Taco Bell.”

As final home game approaches, Hopkins football team continues to honor late coach

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The late Jim Margraff, who died suddenly in January. Courtesy: Johns Hopkins Athletics.

At the end of practices, before every game and at halftimes for close to 30 years, Johns Hopkins football head coach Jim Margraff would share a simple but fiery message with his team.

Standing near the 50-yard line, his players huddled around him, Margraff pointed out a note or two about the team’s game plan, or about the halftime adjustments the coaches implemented in the locker room.

Then, with his players hyped, jumping around him, he’d shout three simple words.

“Pride and poise!”

Orioles, Ravens groundskeepers challenged by climate change

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Baltimore Ravens groundskeeper Don Follett brushes rye grass seed into the turf at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore in September 2019. The head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Ravens said extreme weather is something he grapples with. (Andy Kostka/Capital News Service)

By Nora Eckert and Andy Kostka
Capital News Service

During the baseball season, the weather radar is Nicole Sherry’s steadfast companion. It’s the last thing the Baltimore Orioles head groundskeeper checks before bed. When she wakes up, she reviews it to be sure nothing has drastically changed overnight.

“I have a plan A, B, C, D, E, F, you know?” Sherry said. “We’re always willing to adjust and ready to adjust at a moment’s notice.”

Those plans aren’t just for the next game. They’re for the coming years.

The city is throwing Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis a parade tomorrow

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Photo via Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young/Twitter

Over the summer at City Hall, Baltimore’s mayor gifted homegrown world champion boxer Gervonta “Tank” Davis his very own key to the city, just as he was preparing to defend that title.

Boldin, Ingram and other NFL vets leading policing town hall today

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Anquan Boldin. Image via Boldin’s Twitter.

Wide receiver Anquan Boldin left football in 2017, but he hasn’t been far away from the game.

Along with Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, the wideout co-founded the Players Coalition to promote racial justice and push back against systemic inequality. Their nonprofit has tapped a committee of more than a half dozen current and former NFL players for a variety of social justice initiatives, including the launch earlier this year of the league’s social justice platform Inspire Change.

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