Archive for August, 2016

Oral history of '96 Ravens: From dodging M-80s in Cleveland to humble start in Baltimore (Shutdown Corner)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
From the craziness of Cleveland to the improbability of Baltimore, here is the long-forgotten maiden voyage of the 1996 Baltimore Ravens – on their 20th anniversary – through the words of more than 30 people who watched it unfold.

Hockey bobblehead bought for $3 nets lucky collector $10,000

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
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It was just an impulse buy off a Value Village shelf, a cute bobblehead hockey player for $2.99. Turns out it was the jackpot of bobbleheads, worth $10,000.

Travelers angered by Kaepernick memorabilia at Reno airport (The Associated Press)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem is prompting protests over a display at the Reno airport that includes memorabilia from his days at the University of Nevada, where he was a star player before being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. An official at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport said Wednesday that the airport has received more than a hundred angry messages by phone, email and social media from locals and travelers who want Kaepernick's trophy, helmet and other memorabilia removed from the prominent display case. ''The toughest ones are the ones that come from veterans,'' said Brian Kulpin, the airport's spokesman.

Oral history of '96 Ravens: From dodging M-80s in Cleveland to humble start in Baltimore (Shutdown Corner)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a signed contract in hand! The Browns are indeed coming to Baltimore.” – Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, Nov. 6, 1995

AP source: NFL to announce that 2017 draft headed to Philly (The Associated Press)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
The NFL will announce Thursday that the 2017 draft will be held in Philadelphia, a person with direct knowledge of the announcements tells The Associated Press. The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the league has not made an official announcement of the move. Philadelphia beat out several other locations eager to stage the proceedings.

Canadian men face crucial week in World Cup qualifiers

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
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Four years ago Canada's World Cup dreams evaporated in a devastating 8-1 loss under the Honduran sun. The Canadian men's national soccer team finally has its chance at revenge.

Column: 10 years later, Goodell still leading with his chin (The Associated Press)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
Ten years after taking office, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is arguably the most powerful front man in sports, and one of the least-loved. Most corporate boards would kill to have a guy like Goodell at the top. Last year, they approached $13 billion, a figure that would have put the NFL in the middle of the Fortune 500.

Defiant Rex Ryan vows to put last year's struggles behind (The Associated Press)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
Rex Ryan hasn't jumped out of any airplanes this offseason. It was a season which began with hype-driven, sky-high expectations following Ryan's hiring, and ended with an enormous thud following an 8-8 finish and his reputation as one of the NFL's top defensive minds questioned. If the experience had a sobering effect, Ryan wouldn't acknowledge it: ''Nah, not a chance,'' he said.

6 new NFL head coaches try to lead turnarounds (The Associated Press)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
New Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase likes to talk trash to his players, and the team's performance in recent years has provided plenty of fodder. The Dolphins haven't had a winning season since Barack Obama became president. Last year they were outscored 139-65 by the rival Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

Canada’s Mo Ahmed seeks redemption against fellow Olympians

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
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As Mo Ahmed lines up for the men's 5,000-metre race at Thursday's Diamond League track and field meet in Zurich (CBCSports.ca, 2 p.m. ET), redemption will probably be on his mind following the events that led to Canadian's missed podium finish at the recent Rio Olympics.