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It’s June. (How’d that happen? Where’d the time go?) Time for The MMQB’s 2015 offseason power rankings. The offseason hay is in the barn. Free agency is ove...(full article)

"I WAS HOPING someone would bring it up," Orioles manager Buck Showalter says during batting practice at Yankee Stadium before a recent game. "There was this young African-American...(full article)

On Thursday, Ray Rice completed his pre-trial intervention program for the February 2014 incident in which he struck his then-fiancé Janay Palmer (she is now his wife) in ...(full article)

The third Saturday in May was like any other. The grandstand at Pimlico Race Course was a bouquet of fancy hats, and the infield was awash in live music, cheap beer and betting tic...(full article)

BALTIMORE — Chris Davis tossed the ball into the stands after fielding the final putout of the inning at least four times Wednesday afternoon. This, even though not a paying soul...(full article)

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No-Fan Game Evokes Empty Feeling

There wasn't a single fan in the stands at Oriole Park for Wednesday's game between the Orioles and Chicago White Sox, and yet it seemed like the whole world was watching. The fact...

What if They Had a Game and Nobody Came?

For the first time in major league history, a game will be played in front of nobody—or at least, no paying fans. In the wake of the postponements of Monday's and Tuesday's gam...

Time for Ray Lewis to Pay Back Baltimore

The city of Baltimore needs Ray Lewis now more than it ever has. It needs him present, walking the streets, talking to the men and women and boys and girls who have protested, to t...

Angelos Is Baltimore's Reason Amid Riots

They couldn't play baseball in Baltimore at a time like this. Not with sections of a great American city so shaken. This is where real life intrudes on the games we love, and Balti...

Orioles Do Right Thing, But Agitators Win

The fate of one baseball game surely does not register as particularly significant against the backdrop of the civil unrest that rocked Baltimore again on Monday, but the decisio...

Why Football Is Invaluable to Society

The game of football is under attack. We see it every day in the headlines and on the news. The medical concerns are pressing. The game has taken its share of criticism. Presiden...

Different Styles, Same HOF Credentials

When Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu announced his retirement, few people were happier than Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. With Ravens safety Ed Reed not playing l...

A Year Later, Rice's Image on the Mend

One snowy evening this winter, I drove to see Ray Rice at his mother’s house in a quiet ­middle-class neighborhood in New Rochelle. Three cars were parked at the end of...

While Hardy Gets a Job, Rice Seems Done

In a league of second chances, at a time when Greg Hardy, who faced heinous domestic violence allegations, just signed with a new team before the NFL had even meted out its full ...

Notre Dame Standout a Real 2-Way Player

The Orioles have a special interest in March Madness. Right-hander Patrick Connaughton, ranked the organization's ninth-best prospect by MLB.com, is the leading rebounder and secon...

Ravens' Owner Survives 'My Worst Year'

After an NFL season in which the Baltimore Ravens were rocked by the Ray Rice domestic violence case yet still made the playoffs, owner Steve Bisciotti admitted Tuesday the negat...

1 Year Later, Fallout From Rice Extensive

When Ray Rice left Baltimore one year ago this weekend for an outing with his then-fiancee, he could never have fathomed the seismic impact he was to set off with his actions. Wi...

Injury Woes - and Camp's Not Even Open

Regardless of how stacked a team looks on paper, injuries at any point throughout the year can quickly derail a club's pennant hopes. Whether it be a late-season injury to a key p...

Never Safe to Write Off Orioles' Chances

Have you seen the projections? They're not kind to your defending American League East champion Orioles. PECOTA has them at 78 wins, last in the East. ZIPs has them at 79 wins,...

Broncos Get Their Man, Bring in Kubiak

Yank down the tattered shroud. One of the worst-kept secrets in Broncos history has been revealed. The Broncos are finalizing a four-year contract with Gary Kubiak that will mak...

Brady, Pats Deliver a Gem of a Victory

FOXBOROUGH — It was better than Christmas morning, better than New Year’s Eve, even better than the Olympics in Boston. In a game reminiscent of their glory days from m...

Patriots Rally Twice to Beat Ravens

FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots and Ravens staged an all-time classic playoff game at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, and to the extreme elation of the fans in attendance, the Patriots p...

Flacco Is Better Than You Think He Is

The man who is destroying quarterbacks, obliterating Hall of Famers and up-and-comers alike, looks like a bus driver. Nothing against bus drivers, but if Joe Flacco were behind the...

How to Turn Flacco Into an Average Joe

Talk to enough people who watch Ravens football for a living, and they’ll tell you there’s a good Joe Flacco and a bad Joe Flacco. The latter turned up most recently ...

John Harbaugh Could Be Next Chuck Noll

PITTSBURGH — I got the craziest thought covering the Ravens’ wild-card win over the Steelers on Saturday night at Heinz Field: John Harbaugh has a chance to be the modern-day C...

Pats, if Not Oddsmakers, Respect Ravens

Apparently, the oddsmakers weren't all that impressed with the way the Ravens went into Heinz Field and booted the Pittsburgh Steelers out of the playoffs Saturday night, but wha...

Steelers Go Crashing Out of Playoffs

Just a little too late to be counted among the typically grim holiday travel statistics, the 2014 Steelers season still ended in a crash. It was all over the road pretty much from ...

Problems Beset Playoff-Bound Ravens

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Sometimes Status Quo Is Best Move

Bold moves have dominated the baseball landscape this offseason, with big money handed out to free agents and a plethora of All-Stars changing hands through trades.   The Cubs bro...

Orioles Left With Plenty of Gaps

The departure of Nick Markakis obviously is another blow to the Orioles' fan base and a reminder that those who ignore history really are doomed to repeat it. The Orioles have been...

Abused Janay Rice Tries to Limit Damage

It was a particularly poignant moment in a very trying interview: Matt Lauer asked Janay Rice about the inevitable day when she would have to tell her daughter, Rayven, about the...

Potential Landing Spots for Rice

The protracted appeals process for the NFL, Ray Rice and the NFLPA has concluded. Barbara Jones, the former U.S. district judge presiding over the arbitration, ruled Friday that th...

Life Not So Super for Ravens Lately

When the Ravens left New Orleans some 21 months ago, they had a shiny new trophy and an organizational game plan on how they'd remain among the NFL's elite.   They'll return to th...

Top 10 Sports War Veterans

Tuesday is Veterans Day, a time we celebrate and recognize those who have fallen in the service of our military. Throughout the United States' relatively young history, the nati...

Rice May Win Appeal, But Will He Play Again?

Before he was the face of domestic violence in America, Ray Rice was a running back with over 1,400 NFL carries on his 5-foot-8 frame, showing signs of decline in his sixth seaso...

Ex-Cheerleader Charged With Rape

Molly Shattuck, the former Ravens cheerleader who was married to onetime Constellation Energy CEO Mayo A. Shattuck III, was arrested Wednesday and charged with third-degree rape ...

Coming Soon to an NFL Team - Ray Rice?

The player most mentioned in the NFL this year has not played a down on the field, but now he is getting suited up for his big game.  Ray Rice will have his day in court next we...

NFL, Ravens Still Hiding Something?

It should be apparent to just about everybody by now that the NFL, with its uneven handling of the Ray Rice domestic-violence scandal, set a trap for itself and keeps falling into ...

Working Hard at Being Offended

He is a late-inning replacement and pinch-runner, who, in a pinch, actually hasn’t been much of a runner, at all. For all the noise about Kansas City’s speed, particula...

Royals in Series - and K.C. in Frenzy

Forty thousand people standing and screaming have only seen this kind of party in other cities, so they’re not going anywhere. Not anytime soon. Fireworks explode over the scor...

Needing a Miracle, Orioles Start a Long Shot

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Head Over Heels in Love With Royals

When Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas moved swiftly to the railing by the dugout boxes, Royals fans knew what to do. On the 11th anniversary of the Steve Bartman incident, ever...

On Paper, No Way, But Royals Sniff Series

Normally, pinch runners are supposed to be seen, and not heard. That's why it seemed so unusual for Jarrod Dyson, the anchor man of the Relay Royals, to make what passes for the bo...

Write Off 0-2 Orioles at Your Peril

In a postseason where anything has proven possible — hey, Billy Butler stole a base — don’t be too quick to dismiss the Orioles’ chances of reviving their ALCS hopes desp...

Orioles' Star Jones Must Play Like One

Adam Jones has the swagger, the personality and the all-around game to make him a superstar in his sport. He hits for power, he can run and he is capable of highlight-reel catches ...

Orioles Ask Too Much of Bullpen

BALTIMORE -- They love their bullpen here, so much so that a setup man like Darren O'Day can command his own coordinated chant ("O'Daaaaay! O'Day! O'Day! O'Day!") and his own T-shi...

Royals Keep Making Postseason Magic

BALTIMORE — These little things that make history, that win games, that break hearts — they are separated by inches. Maybe not even that much. The split-second decisions and sl...

Royals Continue Their Power Play

The Kansas City Royals won with the long ball again — wait, what? Yes, it's true. The Royals, the team that hit the fewest homers in baseball this season, once again won a postse...

One Dream Run Will End in ALCS

“Royals-Orioles ALCS” is a phrase that feels as strange to type as it probably does to read, but it’s a reality. The two teams entered the ALDS as underdogs and emerged unsca...

Is This Orioles' Only Shot?

This season has been a wonderful journey for Orioles fans as the Orioles dominated the American League East in the regular season, and then advanced to the ALCS for the first time ...

Orioles Roll; Showalter Wins 1,000th

By the end of Tuesday night, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had reached the 1,000-win milestone, left-hander Brian Matusz had sidestepped club infamy and designated hitter Nick J...

Yanks Win in 10th, Sweep Orioles

Nick Swisher struggled with runners in scoring position during the first five games of the season, but one huge hit sent both the right fielder and the Yankees home feeling pret...

Is There Hope for Orioles?

Since Orioles fans have been seduced and abandoned more times than anyone would like to count, there probably should be a legal requirement that any preseason analysis that inclu...

Orioles May Be Perfect Fit for Manny

Less than a year after retiring in disgrace to avoid a second performance-enhancing drug suspension, Manny Ramirez just might catch on with another major league team. Ramirez was...

Orioles Need New Wave of 'Stars'

Back in 1997, the Baltimore Orioles made the playoffs for the second straight season, winning 98 games and the AL East title. They led the American League in attendance and outd...

Expect Close AFC Championship

If history is any indication at all, the AFC Championship almost certainly will go the distance. The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens have played four times in the last ...

Ravens' Harbaugh Underappreciated

I know what a victory Sunday would do for New England's Bill Belichick, and so do you. It sends him to his fifth Super Bowl, inflates his playoff record to 17-7 and c...

Orioles in No Position to Compete

Reputations in baseball die hard, and few these days are as entrenched as the Baltimore Orioles’. It is the place not to be. Whether it’s general manager candidates t...

Ravens' Defense Dominates 49ers

John Harbaugh aggressively pumped his fist when Joe Flacco converted a big third-down throw. He jumped on the back of linebacker Jameel McClain as he ran off the field after a key ...

Flacco Delivers with Game on the Line

Flacco finished off the Steelers with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith down the right sideline with eight seconds remaining. The Ravens have swept the Steelers this season,...

Jaguars Beat Ravens in Ugly Game

At one point during Monday night’s Baltimore-Jacksonville dud, ESPN analyst Jon Gruden described the game as “morbid.” Here’s a better word, at least for Ba...

Orioles Top Reeling Red Sox Again

If the suddenly stumbling and bumbling Boston Red Sox fail to make the playoffs, some credit must go to the perennial basement dwellers of the American League East. For the seventh...

Red Sox Miss Chance to Extend Lead

Attempting to spoil Boston's postseason hopes, the Orioles (64-90) have won two of three at Fenway Park during this series with one more game to play Wednesday. Overall, the Orio...

O's Damage Rays' Playoff Drive

BALTIMORE -- The lasting image from Tuesday's loss was J.P. Howell on one knee as Matt Wieters' eighth-inning home run touched down deep in the left-field seats, while in right fie...

Rays Lose, Fail to Gain Ground

The Rays players sat around the clubhouse in the afternoon and cheered as the Blue Jays rallied past the Red Sox. Then, with an opportunity to make up a game in the wild card sta...

Ravens Take Risk on OT McKinnie

The Ravens took their biggest gamble of free agency when they reached an agreement with talented but troubled offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie on Tuesday. An eight-year starter f...

Ravens Make Right Move on Evans

The Ravens made a good move by trading for Bills wide receiver Lee Evans in exchange for what is believed to be 2012 fourth-round draft pick. Apparently, Ravens general manager O...

Differing Plans for Ravens, Eagles

Two teams who have experienced as much change as any in the NFL the past few weeks open their preseason Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles have been...

Vick, Defense Strong vs. Ravens

he new-look defense, with former offensive line coach Juan Castillo now calling the plays, was also sharp. Both the first- and second-team units held the visiting Ravens to just ...

Ortiz, Gregg Tangle in Red Sox's Win

Tired of getting beat up in recent days and getting treated like mere doormats over the years at Fenway Park, the Orioles’ frustration finally boiled over Friday night, and t...

Longtime Raven Stover to Retire

We're down to one original Baltimore Raven left in the NFL as the team announced the retirement of kicker Matt Stover, 43, on Wednesday. That leaves linebacker Ray Lewis as the o...

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When the Ravens drafted Breshad Perriman in the first round, the speedster from Central Florida beca...