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Coronavirus Tales: If you want fancy, wait until next year

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Clarence Haskett, better known as Fancy Clancy the beer man, has been sidelined during the pandemic.

On the July opening day of this year’s strange and shortened baseball season, Clarence Haskett pulled out his phone and texted nearly 100 friends.

The group was “people that I’ve developed good relationships with over the years and see over and over again,” Haskett said. “I just hope everyone stays safe, so I can see them next year.”

Those friends surely appreciated getting a text from Haskett. But they probably would have preferred a cold beer.

Haskett, 61, is better known to legions of Orioles and Ravens fans as “Fancy Clancy” or “Clancy the Beer Man.” They cheer him on as he bounds up stadium steps carrying heavy buckets of brew, bending perilously over railings and striking muscular poses to serve his clients.

Haskett is one of scores of stadium workers and ancillary businesses who are sidelined by the year of the coronavirus, as players compete in empty stadiums with cutout figures propped in the front rows.

2020 Preakness to proceed without fans In attendance

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The Stronach Group and the Maryland Jockey Club, owners of the legendary Preakness Stakes, announced Sept. 2 that Preakness 145 will proceed without fans in attendance on October 3rd at Pimlico Race Course.

Jennevy Santos has come a long way to lift Morgan State volleyball

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Photo by Lawrence Johnson.

Jennevy Santos has gone to great lengths to chase her dreams.

The 21-year-old from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, is a senior at Morgan State, a valuable team leader and defensive specialist on a Bears volleyball squad that should contend for a MEAC championship whenever such matters can again ascend to the forefront.

Boyd Rutherford On Why Baltimore Should Host 2026 World Cup Matches

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Though the 2026 FIFA World Cup is six years off, Maryland officials are making their pitch to bring soccer’s biggest tournament to the Old Line State. A team spearheaded by Maryland Sports executive director Terry Hasseltine and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford presented its bid to FIFA officials July 20, seeking to secure Baltimore as one of the American host cities during the tournament.

Baltimore athletes pay tribute to superfan ‘Mo’ Gaba

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Mossila “Mo” Gaba, right, poses for a picture with Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini before a 2018 Orioles game. Credit: Todd Olszewski/Baltimore Orioles

Hours after the Orioles inducted him into the team’s hall of fame, 14-year-old Baltimore sports superfan Mossila “Mo” Gaba died, according to multiple reports. He was battling cancer for the fifth time.

Orioles induct superfan ‘Mo’ Gaba into team’s hall of fame

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Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini, center, meets with Baltimore sports superfan Mossila “Mo” Gaba before an Orioles game in August 2019. Credit: Dan Kubus/Baltimore Orioles

UPDATE: According to multiple reports, Mossila “Mo” Gaba died hours after the Orioles inducted him into the team’s hall of fame.

Mossila “Mo” Gaba, a 14-year-old Baltimore sports superfan who first came into the limelight through his many calls to the sports radio station 105.7 the Fan, has been inducted into the Baltimore Orioles hall of fame, only the second fan to receive that distinction, the team announced.

The award is named after William G. “Wild Bill” Hagy, a cab driver from Dundalk who held court in the upper deck of Memorial Stadium in the 1970s and 1980s, leading the signature “O-R-I-O-L-E-S” cheer.

Baltimore Blast alters racist shirt on online store after facing backlash

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The Baltimore Blast on Tuesday morning removed this T-shirt from its online store after people called the shirt’s message racist and xenophobic.

Local arena soccer team the Baltimore Blast altered a racist T-shirt on its online store after people criticized the shirt’s anti-China design.

The shirt remained available to purchase online for $20 until at least 9 a.m. Tuesday and was removed from the website around 10 a.m., hours after multiple Baltimore-area residents, including Baltimore Fishbowl managing editor Brandon Weigel, tweeted about the shirt Monday night.

Maryland Jockey Club, horsemen agree to pilot program for Lasix restrictions

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

The Stronach Group, owner of the Maryland Jockey Club, and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association have reached an agreement on a pilot program to restrict the use of the medication Lasix on horses.

Ravens defer 2020 season tickets, expect crowds of fewer than 14,000 if fans can attend

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Photo by Brandon Weigel

The Baltimore Ravens are deferring 2020 season tickets to the following season, and if any fans are allowed in M&T Bank Stadium amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be a significantly smaller amount than a typical game day, the team announced.

Statue outside US Lacrosse pays tribute to Yeardley Love 10 years after her death

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Credit: Ann Kitt Carpenetti of US Lacrosse.

A new statue outside the US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks pays tribute to Yeardley Love, a Notre Dame Preparatory School alumna and University of Virginia lacrosse player who was killed 10 years ago.

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