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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.

Q&A: Bill Cole breaks down the deal to build a new Pimlico, keep Preakness in Baltimore

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A rendering of plans for a new Pimlico Race Course. Credit: Populous.

Following a tense battle in the Maryland General Assembly and a lawsuit by the city, there’s newfound hope for keeping the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. Over the weekend, The Sun reported the city and the track’s owners, The Stronach Group, had reached a deal to overhaul the state’s two primary thoroughbred racing tracks, Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park.

Rudy Gay’s basketball training center to be located off Joppa Road, plans November soft opening

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Photo via PickUpUSA Towson/Instagram

Baltimore-area ballplayers should have a new place to train by year’s end.

Ravens name Greg Davis as new public-address announcer

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Image via the Ravens.

Greg Davis, who serves as public address announcer for several teams at the U.S. Naval Academy, will take over for Bruce Cunningham when the Ravens play their first home game of the year on Sept. 15, the team announced.

Orioles extending protective netting out to near foul poles

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Image courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles

Following similar moves by the Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros and several other Major League Baseball franchises, the Orioles are extending their ballpark’s protective netting down the foul lines and raising it to the same height as the existing netting behind home plate.

You can see every Orioles home game in September for $30

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Oriole Park at Camden Yards during a July 16 game against the Washington Nationals. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

Say what you will about the state of the 2019 Orioles, winners of two games in a row, but a great deal is a great deal.

The team is offering a new O’s Unlimited pass offering general admission to all 13 home games in the month of September for $30. Yep, just $30 for two weeks of baseball in one of the best ballparks on the planet.

The tickets are for designated standing room only sections.

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