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NBA player Rudy Gay opening a basketball-focused training gym in Baltimore

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Photo via PickUp USA/Facebook

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.

Why the CIAA Tournament coming to Baltimore is a big deal

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Bowie State University men’s basketball beat Fayetteville State University to win the 2017 CIAA Championship. Photo courtesy Bowie State University.

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.

Eric Weddle vows to finish career with Ravens

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By Bo Smolka

Baltimore Ravens veteran safety Eric Weddle said he hopes to play out the final year of his four-year Ravens contract, but he said he will “ride off into the sunset” and retire if the Ravens choose to release him.

The top Baltimore sports stories of 2018

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The scene before first pitch at last night’s Orioles-Blue Jays game. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

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.

New after-school sports producing results in and out of classroom for Henderson-Hopkins

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Credit: Sheri Hairston

By Bill Ordine

Prior to start of the current school year, the Henderson-Hopkins school in East Baltimore was a frustrating contradiction.

What a new Pimlico Race Course could look like

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Image via the Maryland Stadium Authority.

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.

Stronach calls on lawmakers to study ‘financial requirements’ of new Pimlico plan

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Image courtesy of the Maryland Stadium Authority.

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.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh names Lamar Jackson starter, Joe Flacco backup

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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.

Mike Elias ready to put stamp on Orioles as new GM

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Courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles and Kenya Allen/PressBox

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.

Reports: Orioles zeroing in on Mike Elias as next GM

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By Luke Jackson

The Baltimore Orioles are poised to hire Houston Astros assistant general manager as their next general manager, as first reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Houston Chronicle confirmed Nightengale’s report.

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