Hardy, Wieters return to Orioles lineup
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and catcher Matt Wieters returned to the lineup on Wednesday night after the pair was sidelined with minor injuries sustained over the weekend in Boston.
Bundy, Machado continuing to make progress
Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy threw eight curveballs in Wednesdays bullpen, the first time he's thrown that pitch since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.
Machado set to begin rehab assignment
Manny Machado will begin his highly-anticipated rehab assignment on Friday for Class A Advanced Frederick as the Orioles third baseman works toward a return early next month.
A prospective student at the Community College of Baltimore County sued school officials in federal court this week, claiming he was denied admission to an academic program based on an expression of his religious beliefs.
Democrat Douglas F. Gansler sharpened his public attacks against rival Anthony Brown Wednesday, charging that his chief political opponent "did absolutely nothing" during his tenure as lieutenant governor and failed at the two main tasks he was given.
MESA, ARIZ. — Michael Phelps couldn’t say it enough times, even joking that he would bore questioners with his repetitive explanation for returning to competitive swimming.
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With respect to the news, we are living in a time of upheaval. I haven’t seen current numbers, but I think far more people get their news from Yahoo than from the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, etc. Unfortunately, Yahoo News is at least as biased as the more traditional liberal news sources. Today there was a classic example of Yahoo’s misleading news coverage. This is a screen shot of what I saw on Yahoo News this afternoon:
A striking headline, to say the least: “Debate crowd cheers letting uninsured die.” Really? Really? Someone, somewhere, is dumb enough to believe that, but I’m not. So I looked up what really happened. It starts just before the five minute mark in this Ron Paul highlight video–I know, but it was the only place I could readily find that had the exchange in its entirety–when Wolf Blitzer asks Dr. Paul what should happen if a young man chooses not to buy health insurance and then contracts an expensive ailment. Paul began by saying that this is the essence of freedom–the ability to take risks. This answer got a lot of applause, as it should. Blitzer followed up by asking whether “society” should then let the young man die. Yahoo told its uncritical readers that the “debate crowd cheer[ed] the idea of “letting [the] uninsured die.” But that isn’t what the crowd cheered at all:
Paul answered Blitzer’s question “No.” By my count, three people yelled “Yeah” in response to Blitzer’s question, should “society” let the young man die. Paul’s answer was actually good: he said that when he was practicing medicine, the churches took care of indigent patients, and “we never turned anyone away.” That got another round of applause. “Society,” in other words, includes much more than the government.
So what really happened is that the “Tea Party” crowd cheered two things: 1) the proposition that people are entitled to take risks and the government should not be counted on to solve all problems, and 2) churches and other private groups should pay medical bills when an improvident individual can’t. This was transmuted by Yahoo into “Debate crowd cheers letting uninsured die.” This is the sort of ignorant prejudice against which conservatives struggle every day.
2014 NFL schedule: League's partnership with CBS leads to better Thursday night games (Shutdown Corner)
"Thursday Night Football" has traditionally been similar to holding out a cup of water for a marathon runner – they are desperate for anything to quench their thirst.
The NFL knows its fans are desperate for football, and mediocre primetime matchups were traditionally scheduled on Thursday night. It is usually the one time of year struggling teams like Jacksonville, Buffalo, Oakland and St. Louis can enjoy the national spotlight. The league must have figured it's football, and you're going to watch no matter who is playing.
However, that changed a bit this year after the NFL partnered with CBS to produce and televise seven games on Thursdays over the first half of the season. The NFL Network, which will simulcast the CBS Thursday games, will have seven late-season Thursday games all to itself. Also, two late-season games take place on Saturday, and this year’s schedule is banking on division rivalries to add more spice to the lineup.
Green Bay will kick off the season on the road against Seattle on Sept. 4 in Week 1. That game will be televised on NBC with the Seahawks opening defense of their Super Bowl title against Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. While the Thursday opener has long featured the defending champion, the ensuing slate of Thursday games had been hit and miss. However, that slate has been upgraded.
Pittsburgh will play on the road against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 11 in Week 2. Baltimore was forced to play its first game of last season on the road against Denver after a Super Bowl victory, but the Ravens were given two consecutive home games to start this season.
Most NFL coaches don't like playing a divisional game early in the season, but Pittsburgh and Baltimore will kick off its AFC North rivalry after one regular-season game.
Green Bay’s home game against the Vikings in Week 5 marks the first week a team from last year’s playoffs appears on CBS' Thursday night slate. The last matchup between Green Bay and Minnesota at Lambeau Field in Week 12 in 2013 ended in a tie (26-26).
New England will host the New York Jets in Week 7, which should feature a battle of Tom Brady against Geno Smith or Michael Vick. New York is expected to determine its starter during the preseason as coach Rex Ryan faces a do-or-die season. If Ryan’s team starts off slow, this game could determine his future in New York.
CBS’ final Thursday game is San Diego at Denver in Week 8, another division rivalry that's also a rematch of last year’s AFC playoff game. Every one of CBS' Thursday games is a divisional game.
The NFL Network takes over with New Orleans at Carolina in Week 9, followed by a slew of games with marginal interest. The most interesting game (right now) is Dallas visiting the Chicago Bears on Dec. 4. Dallas is notorious for its annual collapse in December, and if that occurs again, it could signal the end of coach Jason Garrett’s tenure with the Cowboys.
In the past few years, if fans have turned on "Thursday Night Football" it was generally just because there was any game on, even though the matchup usually wasn't good. This year's Thursday schedule isn't great, but it's certainly better than it has been.
Here is the Thursday schedule:
Week 1, Sept. 4 (NBC): Green Bay at Seattle
Week 2, Sept. 11 (CBS, NFLN): Pittsburgh at Baltimore
Week 3, Sept. 18 (CBS, NFLN): Tampa Bay at Atlanta
Week 4, Sept. 25 (CBS, NFLN): N.Y. Giants at Washington
Week 5, Oct. 2 (CBS, NFLN): Minnesota at Green Bay
Week 6, Oct. 9 (CBS, NFLN): Indianapolis at Houston
Week 7, Oct. 16 (CBS, NFLN): N.Y. Jets at New England
Week 8, Oct. 23 (CBS, NFLN): San Diego at Denver
Week 9, Oct. 30 (NFLN): New Orleans at Carolina
Week 10, Nov. 6 (NFLN): Cleveland at Cincinnati
Week 11, Nov. 13 (NFLN): Buffalo at Miami
Week 12, Nov. 20 (NFLN): Kansas City at Oakland
Week 13, Dec. 4 (NFLN): Dallas at Chicago
Week 14, Dec. 11 (NFLN): Arizona at St. Louis
Week 15, Dec. 18 (NFLN): Tennessee at Jacksonville
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2014 NFL schedule: Packers-Seahawks 'Fail Mary' reunion kicks off season (Shutdown Corner)
The NFL isn't messing around with its 2014 schedule.
The world champion Seattle Seahawks will kick off the season with a game not against their archrivals, the San Francisco 49ers, or the team they beat in the Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos, but rather with a foe that created controversy two years ago.
Remember the replacement referee fiasco game — aka, The Fail Mary — in Seattle in 2012? Yep, the NFL powers-that-be have orchestrated a rematch in Week 1 on Thursday, Sept. 4 on NBC in prime time.
The league announced all 256 games for the regular season, and it features some interesting highlights:
• Three Thanksgiving games that feature all NFC teams for the first time.
• A new Thursday slate of games, split through the season by CBS and NFL Network, that kicks off in Week 2 with a rivalry game of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens.
• Flex scheduling that can begin as early as Week 5 , which is a change from years past, when it typically began starting in Week 11.
• Other key prime-time Week 1 games — Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (NBC) on Sunday, Sept. 7, and the Monday night doubleheader (both games on ESPN): New York Giants at Detroit Lions for the early game and San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals for the late game.
• A Super Bowl rematch of those Seahawks hosting the Broncos in Week 3. Also in that week, the Redskins' DeSean Jackson returns to Philadelphia for the first time since he was cut.
• Three international games this year, up from two in 2013, all at London's Wembley Stadium. They are: Week 4, Sunday, Sept. 28, the Oakland Raiders vs. the Miami Dolphins (1 PM ET, CBS); Week 8, Sunday, Oct. 26, the Atlanta Falcons vs. the Lions at (9:30 AM ET, Fox — the first-ever nationally televised 9:30 AM kickoff); and Week 10, Sunday, Nov. 9, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. the Dallas Cowboys (1 PM ET, Fox).
Now here's the entire schedule , week by week, for the 2014 NFL season.
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NFL players talk about race with Harvard students (The Associated Press)
Richard Sherman was called all kinds of names after his raging rant at the end of the NFC championship game. ''I wanted to educate the uneducated,'' Sherman said in a discussion at the Harvard Business School. ''I felt the need to turn the discussion on its head.'' Sherman was mostly known only by football fans before his admittedly overexcited postgame trash-talk about Michael Crabtree after the Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers to win the NFC title. When they called me a 'thug,' I provoked a discussion.'' That discussion took him to Harvard, along with former NFL Players Association President Domonique Foxworth, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald.