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

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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

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.

Maryland Jockey Club moves to restrict Lasix for 2-year-old horses

Cloud Computing edges out Classic Empire to win the 2017 Preakness Stakes. Photo by World Red Eye.

The Stronach Group, owners of the Maryland Jockey Club, announced in a letter to the Maryland Racing Commission today that the company is moving to restrict the use of Lasix on 2-year-old horses at its Maryland tracks.

Stronach will use a method the company has already employed at Hallandale Beach, Florida-based track Gulfstream Park and write a ban on administration of the drug 24 hours before post time into the conditions of the race, meaning all the entrants must comply.

O’s selling F16HT T-shirts highlighting Mancini’s partnership with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance

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In March, as the coronavirus shut down Major League Baseball, the Orioles announced outfielder Trey Mancini left spring training a week prior because a malignant tumor was removed from his colon.

Mancini revealed in April he has Stage III cancer and he started chemotherapy earlier that month.

Live horse racing to resume at Laurel Park on Saturday

St. Paddy’s Day 2015 at Laurel Park

After a two-month absence due to COVID-19, horse racing will return to Laurel Park this Saturday with the approval of the Maryland Racing Commission, the Maryland Jockey Club announced today.

The Saturday card will kick off the start of the summer meet. For the first two weeks, Laurel will have racing on Mondays (June 1 and 8), after which the track will run a Friday-Saturday schedule, according to the racetrack’s website.

New date for Preakness Stakes to be announced during TV special

Cloud Computing edges out Classic Empire to win the 2017 Preakness Stakes. Photo by World Red Eye.

Gov. Larry Hogan and Belinda Stronach, the chairman and president of the Stronach Group, which owns the Maryland Jockey Club, will announce the new date of the 145th Preakness Stakes during a TV special on May 16, the original date for the race.

NBC Sports is airing a special on the 2015 Preakness–won by eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah–starting at 5 p.m. Hogan and Stronach will joint host Mike Tirico at the start of the show to announce a new date for the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

Preakness at Home planned for May 16

War of Will wins the 2019 Preakness Stakes. Image courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club.

With a new date for the race still up in the air, organizers of the Preakness Stakes are celebrating the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown on May 16, the originally scheduled day, with an at-home party.

Topgolf has paused new construction, but BDC still expects work on Baltimore location by the summer

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Back in mid-March, as COVID-19 started taking hold in the U.S., Topgolf joined most other businesses across the country by shutting down all its locations to help slow the spread of the virus.

That also included a pause in developing future locations of the company’s driving ranges, such as the one planned for Baltimore at a site between the Horseshoe Casino and M&T Bank Stadium.

“At this time, we are focused on preparing to re-open our existing venues when we can do so safely, responsibly and in compliance with local government guidelines,” said Kara Barry, head of communications for the Texas-based entertainment company. “As a result, we have temporarily halted construction on all of our new venues that were in the development process.”

Peter Schmuck, advertising staffer take buyouts from Baltimore Sun

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Sports columnist Peter Schmuck, whose byline has been in The Sun‘s pages for three decades, took a buyout from the city’s daily newspaper.

A member of the advertising staff also took the offer, said environment, science and weather reporter Scott Dance, who serves as unit chair of The Sun‘s union–meaning the newsroom is now protected from layoffs through the month of June.

Despite reports, Maryland Jockey Club says there’s ‘no definitive date’ for Preakness

Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes. Photo by Jay Cannon/Capital News Service.

The Maryland Jockey Club refuted a report that the Preakness Stakes will be held on Oct. 3, saying the organization is still searching for a date for the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown.