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Fans, players honor Adenhart's memory

April 29, 2009

They had been planning the trip for a couple of months now, since they saw the Los Angeles Angels' schedule. On Tuesday, April 28, Nick was supposed to come home. Ask anyone around Williamsport and Hagerstown: They had been gearing up for the hour-plus drive to Baltimore for months now.

  • Back home, there's no letting go of Adenhart

    April 11, 2009

    The next day, it still didn't make sense. They thought they would wake up to something different. They thought if they kept talking about it, if they kept reading news articles on their computers, it would help them understand.

  • Ex-Colt Moore's 'real story' grabs students' attention

    February 20, 2009

    He's 75 years old, so his gait is understandably slowed. His energy and his message are not. Lenny Moore held the microphone a bit too close to his mouth as he began: "I'm very pleased I've been given the invite to come here. You need to know the real story."

  • Sports has worse drug issues than Phelps' dopey behavior

    February 3, 2009

    More than 150 million Americans tuned into the Super Bowl on Sunday, most not caring that among the behemoths bouncing around the field, some surely had artificial, lab-produced fuel coursing through their veins, inflating their muscles, improving their performance.

  • 'Greatest Game' another workday for Johnny U, the modest hero

    December 28, 2008

    Fifty years ago, an undersized defensive back named Andy Nelson climbed into a car alongside a 25-year-old, fresh-faced quarterback. Was it a Pontiac? A Chevrolet? Tricky thing about time: Just as easily as it can help shape a legacy, it can fade a memory.

  • Years later, team suffers unimaginable loss

    November 30, 2008

    As the years had passed, they had all scattered to some degree. They owned restaurants, they ran companies and small businesses, they sold products, marketed products, produced products, and one in particular - whom Calvert Hall's class of 1992 will never forget - served as a paramedic for the state police.

  • Phelps secures rare place in city's heart, sports lore

    October 5, 2008

    Over the course of 17 races in 1 1/2 weeks, they celebrated Michael Phelps from the privacy of their homes, their excited voices careening off living room walls, waking up neighbors and stopping nearby traffic. But for the most part, the cheers and screams faded somewhere between Baltimore and Beijing.

  • Dreaming for all of us

    August 24, 2008

    His arms are long enough to wrap around a Buick. His hands are as big as baseball mitts, and those feet would fit snugly in clown shoes. While his shoulders are broad, his lean frame would slide into a crack in the wall. In the afternoon, the sun casts a geometric shadow that's all sharp angles and long lines. It's easy to see that Michael Phelps is an amazing swimmer. He looks the part in every way possible.

  • Phelps should just keep going

    August 18, 2008

    One morning last week, Michael Phelps and his coach had just finished breakfast. They typically avoided talk of swimming on such mornings, usually preferring to chat about basketball or some other topic that might help keep Phelps loose.

  • Phelps cements place as greatest

    August 17, 2008

    A frenzy of golden energy, Michael Phelps exited the pool, shaking water off his lithe and lean body. Onto the pool deck splashed the droplets - those Baltimore roots, the memories from Greece and the immaculate show he'd just put on in China.

  • Good to the last drop

    August 16, 2008

    A champion like none other, and a win like none before.

  • Phelps' home schooling

    August 14, 2008

    Today, Michael Phelps goes for his sixth gold medal of these Olympics. He's the undeniable star of the Games - a goofy-grinning Poseidon with boy-band popularity - but the television cameras will give plenty of time to the other instrumental characters.

  • A full morning

    August 13, 2008

    6:45 a.m.: In separate rooms in separate quarters of the Olympic Village, Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff wake up for the biggest, the busiest and the most demanding day either will face at the Olympics. Swimming in two finals in a single session is an arduous task. Only a handful of swimmers have ever attempted it.

  • Hoff shows she has guts

    August 11, 2008

    You can easily measure the distance between gold and silver. In heartbreaking fashion, for Katie Hoff today, it amounted to just .07 of a second.

  • A record start for Phelps

    August 10, 2008

    The race for history started this way: the lean swimmer stretching on the block and channeling adrenaline, his icy stare directed solely at the pool. His sights were not set on eight gold medals. For today, for this race, one would be enough.

  • Does crown fit?

    August 8, 2008

    On the dais, side by side, sat the king and queen of the XXIX Olympiad. His excellency, Michael. Her majesty, Dara.

  • Ever close to home

    August 7, 2008

    Just off Interstate 83, the light turns red, and a couple of kids pounce, running a squeegee over nearby windshields and holding an open palm to windows.

  • Phelps homeward bound

    August 1, 2008

    It was raining outside when her youngest left the nest.

  • A few loose ends to tie up for that arena

    July 25, 2008

    It's handy and it's dandy. Easy to fold and easy to hold. When you see your favorite politician, pass it on. When you see your local sports team owner, be sure to share. Because here it is for the very first time: The definitive, dead-on, no-excuses checklist.

  • Spitz sees Phelps within striking distance

    July 6, 2008

    And now the race is on. They've leapt from the starting blocks. In one lane, expectations. In another, hope. And in a third, speculation.

  • Olympics will shine Phelps-like spotlight on Hoff

    July 5, 2008

    In the universe of hypotheticals, the most popular impossibility buzzing around the pool is this:

  • Fans' uniform wish to come true

    June 1, 2008

    Ten straight years of losing, more than three decades of pining and now finally a big win. In fancy dancing script perhaps? Or maybe in bold block letters? Oh, we can fret the details later. What's important now is this: "Baltimore" is back.

  • Expletive Earl

    May 23, 2008

    Urban myth? Or Orioles legend?

  • O's fans pay homage to Wild Bill Hagy

    April 23, 2008

    Do you still believe in magic? I guess that's the most apt question right now.

  • Yea for York

    April 5, 2008

    He still remembers the first professional uniform he ever wore. He was 18 years old, fresh off the bus from Arkansas. The jersey said White Roses across the chest. In his first pro game, the public address announcer in York, Pa., announced the team's new second baseman as Bob Robinson.

  • Burnin' love

    March 21, 2008

    "The sun never sets on a legend. There will always be a TCB on the Lisa Marie. The United States of America has had 43 presidents, but only one King. May he always sing ... "

  • Belmont Blues

    March 20, 2008

    When I saw the first sign on Interstate 40 that told me Nashville was fast approaching, I spun the iPod wheel to a country playlist. I wasn't raised on this music, but it's something you can learn about later in life. Kind of like heartache, one of the genre's indispensable muses, I suppose.

  • View from Summitt

    March 19, 2008

    The point guard yells "outlet!" and sprints up court. Her head coach, Pat Summitt, shouts, "Go! Go!" as Shannon Bobbitt blows by. At the other end, there are a few sharp passes, criss-crossing the court like laser beams in a security system. "Nice! Nice!" Summitt yells. "That's it!" Candace Parker finally flips the ball to the wing. "Shoot," she says softly, and Angie Bjorklund's shot is all net. "Yeah!" Parker says, high-fiving the smiling freshman.

  • Davidson fans thinking big

    March 18, 2008

    All three swivel chairs are occupied and all three barbers are busy at work. "Doing what we do -- cutting hair and talking basketball," as Ron Raeford puts it. He's the owner and proprietor of Raeford's Barber Shop on Main Street.

  • Basketball road trip begins on Tobacco Road

    March 17, 2008

    Interstate 40 stretches from California to North Carolina. You could say it's like an asphalt belt wrapping around the country's midsection, but I look at a small stretch of it and see something different.

  • Raised around the sport, Harbaugh is football lifer

    January 20, 2008

    On the first day of the John Harbaugh era, there was barely time for a handshake and a "Pleased to meet ya."

  • Calculated risk

    January 19, 2008

    Not when the veteran quarterback or hotshot running back was acquired.

  • A 9-year tenure with the sweetest start finishes on the sourest note

    January 1, 2008

    They wanted to be right. There was just no room for error. So nine years ago, searching for only the second coach in Baltimore Ravens history, team personnel conducted 27 background interviews before finally speaking with the bright, articulate offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings. They spoke with players Brian Billick had coached. Men he'd worked alongside. Even the best man at his wedding.

  • Hard to believe Roberts

    December 18, 2007

    Just how do we know? How do we ever know?

  • Clemens belongs next to Bonds in hall of shame

    December 16, 2007

    Their names should be forever linked. Bonds and Clemens. Baseball's Bonnie and Clyde. Barnstorming American cities, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens robbed fans, plundered our pastime and cheated their fellow ballplayers, both past and present.

  • On scant evidence, Roberts tangled in controversy

    December 14, 2007

    At 5 feet 9 and 175 pounds, he is among the smallest players linked to performance-enhancing drugs by the Mitchell Report. Small in stature, but not in significance.

  • Gibbons' admission of hGH use smacks of hypocrisy

    December 7, 2007

    Presumably, any day now George Mitchell will release a scathing report on steroids in baseball that will either eternally restore our faith in the national pastime or shock us all into moving to Ottawa and becoming NHL fans. But there's a slight problem with this premise: As far as shock goes, baseball has successfully waited out our attention span.

  • Tall order for the heavyweight class

    September 26, 2007

    Out of a small boombox, James Brown is preaching about shaking your moneymaker, getting up and staying on the scene, while the Giant's size 18 feet bounce in steady rhythm on the mat. Way, way up above, the boxer's meaty hands, each the size of a catcher's mitt, punch holes in the humid air.

  • Ex-players making gains on benefits

    September 21, 2007

    Earlier this week, Brent Boyd walked into Room 253 of the Russell Senate Office Building, noticed the sharp wood paneling and the three low-hanging chandeliers. The first thing he thought was, "This is the most opulent room I've been in." The second was, "What the hell am I doing in here?"

  • Maese: In Cooperstown, today can never be Bonds' day

    July 29, 2007

    Here, in the one place charged with immortalizing baseball's feats and achievements, the biggest record of them all doesn't seem to exist this weekend.

  • Maese: Hall of sons, fathers, too

    July 27, 2007

    There's a part of Cal Ripken Jr.'s Hall of Fame induction speech he's both anticipating and dreading. He's been rehearsing it privately, hoping to smooth out the voice cracks and the sniffles. He's normally a composed and articulate speaker, but when Ripken talks about his father Sunday, even he can't predict where his emotions might take him.

  • Maese: Once more, Ripken offers Orioles fans reason to rejoice

    July 25, 2007

    If you're able to ignore the baseball standings, it was about the best night you could imagine at the ballpark. Giant numbers were hanging on the warehouse again. Rabid fans filled the seats at Oriole Park again. The Orioles won a game again. And for a beleaguered and frustrated fan base, for three hours, there was something worth cheering again.

  • Maese: With speech, Ripken fields tough chance

    July 20, 2007

    It's not that Cal Ripken Jr. is at all ungrateful, but you've got to understand, over the past few months, virtually everyone he encounters goes through the same two-step greeting.

  • Ripken a reminder of O's past success, current problems

    April 10, 2007

    More than five years have passed, and the face of the organization still hasn't changed. Not for a single day. It was there again yesterday for the home opener, in fact. We saw him lob a soft toss to Miguel Tejada - the ceremonial first pitch. And just as they always had before, the fans went crazy.

  • Coaching life, not play, is at heart of 'Big Game'

    February 4, 2007

    There are images I won't soon forget:

  • Barbaro runs to legendary status

    January 30, 2007

    Commentary

  • B. Robinson: Don't give McGwire Hall pass

    December 3, 2006

    Brooks Robinson is expecting a record crowd to converge on Cooperstown, N.Y., in July to watch Cal Ripken Jr. join the game's immortals in the Hall of Fame.

  • The unknown Unitas

    October 20, 2006

    Tomorrow marks 50 years since anyone was given even a glimpse of what was in store.

  • Ripken would be perfect prescription to revive O's

    September 8, 2006

    Pennant fever returns to Camden Yards tonight, once again unpacking its bags and filling the cramped quarters of the visiting clubhouse. The New York Yankees' September series against the Orioles has turned into an annual celebration of the Haves and the Haven't-A-Clues. In the visitors' dugout tonight, they'll be talking about next month, and over on the first base side, talk is already geared toward next year.

  • No skating around it: I can't match Meissner

    September 3, 2006

    Kimmie Meissner just might be the strongest human being on the face of the planet.

  • Ultimate Fighting's popularity may put boxing down for count

    August 26, 2006

    I sat ringside for my first boxing match when I was 14 years old. There might have been 100 people in the room, but somehow those droplets of blood chose to fly from the fighter's nose and land on my white shirt. I was infected. Whatever it was about the supposed sweet science, it got me.

  • Ian Hendricks builds on a baseball legacy

    June 23, 2006

    When we last saw Ian Hendricks, he'd just thrown out the ceremonial first pitch at Camden Yards, the one that opened the Orioles' season. Rick Dempsey gave him a hug and the crowd stood in appreciation of Ian's father, Elrod Hendricks, the Orioles' longtime coach who died in December.

  • Terps aren't too young to savor the moment

    April 5, 2006

    Heroes in a half-shell.

  • Meissner rings up useful experience

    February 24, 2006

    As Sasha Cohen stood on a podium and felt 20 ounces of silver pulling at her neck, David Raith was talking about the future. Raith is the executive director of U.S. Figure Skating. You bet he's excited about Cohen's finish, but his hope comes from scanning further down the leader board.

  • As Meissner glows, Cohen's a no-show

    February 23, 2006

    Her medal hopes ahead of her, the Skating Surprise pulled her luggage behind her.

  • NFL neglect of Mackey belongs in hall of shame

    December 27, 2005

    Just the other day, John had to be picked up early from the day care center. He had found some candy, and then he went roaming through cabinets looking for some more. At some point, others saw what John had and then they wanted some candy, too. Only John didn't want to share.

  • Archives – Rise and fall of Len Bias

    November 20, 2005

    Cole Field House is dimly lit, just a single row of lights burning high above the floor. a few people walk around the concourse, but it's mostly quiet.There are no banners hanging from the rafters, and there are no basketball hoops down below. But you can still feel something. Red wooden seats circle the arena and even though the Maryland Terrapins moved out three years ago, the sense of history hits you like a rush of air when you open the doors.