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Competitive Balance Lottery pays out 12 Draft picks
The order of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft began to take shape Wednesday when the Competitive Balance Lottery was held at the Commissioner's Office in New York. This year, the Marlins won the lottery and will receive the first pick of Competitive Balance Round A, which is held immediately after the Draft's first round. The Marlins will be followed by the Rockies, Cardinals, Brewers, Padres and Indians.

Machado day to day with back tightness
Manny Machado was originally in Tuesday's starting lineup but was removed just before the game with back tightness.

Rebounding Bundy records best outing of season
Top prospect Dylan Bundy, on the comeback trail from Tommy John surgery, turned in his best outing of the season in a Class A start, throwing six innings in under 75 pitches.

Guilmet sent down to make room for Gonzalez
The Orioles made room for Miguel Gonzalez on the roster to start Tuesday's game by optioning reliever Preston Guilmet to Triple-A

Jimenez's ankle injury slow to mend
Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has been progressing slowly from a right ankle injury, so much so that he may leave the team to better heal. They'll know more after a bullpen session on Wednesday.

Jones honored for his 'Heart & Hustle'
All-Star center fielder Adam Jones was named the winner of the Orioles' Heart & Hustle Award. From each team's representative, an overall MLB winner be honored.

Ulman donates indicted businessman's contributions to charity
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman wanted to give back $34,000 in campaign contributions he received from insurance executive Jeffrey B. Cohen, who was indicted last month on federal fraud charges .








Federal trial set for fired Leopold employee's lawsuit
A federal judge has set a trial date for a lawsuit against Anne Arundel County from a former employee who contends she was improperly fired by former County Executive John R. Leopold.








Traffic tie-ups to ease as Russell Street work wraps up
Construction near casino site has driven downtown congestion for months

Baltimore commuters, take heart: Some of the frustration felt in recent weeks on major arteries to downtown will soon come to an end.








Strong to severe storms forecast Wednesday evening
Strong to severe storms were moving through western Maryland early Wednesday evening, expected to bring strong winds, hail and frequent lightning to the Baltimore area later, according to the National Weather Service.








Baltimore to host 2016 NAACP convention
Mayor says decision spotlights city's civil rights history, tourism appeal

The NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States, has announced it will hold its annual national convention in Baltimore in 2016.







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Prison Fellowship Ministries Up To Old Direct Mail Antics
Filed under: — Frederick @ 6:35 pm

One can tell the holidays that herald the conclusion of the year (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) are upon us.

Most can tell this by the crispness in the air or from the days growing noticeably shorter.

However, if your name and address has made it into the databases of Christian Evangelical direct marketing, you may also know Christmas time is coming because of an annual appeal received from Prison Fellowship Ministries on behalf of the organization’s Angel Tree Project.

In most instances, those that send Christmas cards tooting their own horns at least have the decency to change up the content each year.

The same cannot be said of the part of the Angel Tree Project appeal designed to guilt recipients into compliance.

Contained with the mailing is what the unsuspecting will perceive as a handwritten message from a convict begging for a gift for his daughter.

According to the letter, there was still nine years left on the inmate’s sentence and he would not be able to play a role in his daughter’s life for nearly an entire decade.

However, since at least 2005 and perhaps even as far back as 2003, Prison Fellowship has been sending the exact same note.

As such, shouldn’t “Richard” (if that is even his name) nearly be ready for release if he has not already departed the Big House? It is 2012, after all.

It’s bad enough for Prison Fellowship to solicit for the organization’s campaign in such a manner as to make those receiving the appeal seem guilty because those perpetrating any variety of criminal deeds have been incarcerated for violating the law.

You’d think that Prison Fellowship could at least exhibit the decency to feature a different jailbird each year still in need of the ministry’s services.

by Frederick Meekins

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Ravens bracing for Rice absence (The SportsXchange)
The Baltimore Ravens are still waiting to hear from the NFL regarding a potential suspension for running back Ray Rice following a felony aggravated assault case this offseason. Rice was involved in a domestic violence incident with his wife at an Atlantic City casino. The NFL has yet to rule on his status for the season, but a potential multigame suspension is expected. "It's not my decision to make, or any of us here," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.

Ravens look forward, not backward at training camp (The Associated Press)
Not much has gone right for the Baltimore Ravens in the 17 months since they won the Super Bowl. After defeating the San Francisco 49ers to claim their second championship, the Ravens sputtered to an 8-8 finish in 2013 and missed the playoffs for the first time since coach John Harbaugh took over in 2008. During the past offseason five players were arrested - most notably running back Ray Rice, who is awaiting word on a possible suspension for allegedly assaulting his fiancee in Atlantic City. Harbaugh and the Ravens will attempt to put all that behind them this summer at training camp.

Team Report - NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (The SportsXchange)
Graham reaches long-term agreement with Saints

Team Report - CAROLINA PANTHERS (The SportsXchange)
Panthers believe they have support for Newton

National Football League roundup (Reuters)
(The Sports Xchange) - A day after Tony Dungy was largely skewered for saying he would not have drafted openly gay linebacker Michael Sam, the former NFL coach clarified his comments and provided context. "I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. "I was not asked whether his sexual orientation should play a part in the evaluation process. I was not asked whether I would have a problem having Michael Sam on my team.

NFL roundup: Dungy addresses comments on Sam (The SportsXchange)
A day after Tony Dungy was largely skewered for saying he would not have drafted openly gay linebacker Michael Sam, the former NFL coach clarified his comments and provided context. Dungy issued a statement Tuesday in an attempt to explain what he called an "honest answer" to a question for a story that appeared Sunday in the Tampa Tribune. "I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. "I was not asked whether his sexual orientation should play a part in the evaluation process.

Ravens LB Mosley eager to carry on tradition (The Associated Press)
C.J. Mosley completely understands the significance of becoming part of a defense that has a long-standing reputation of greatness. Mosley, the 17th overall pick in the 2014 draft, will seek this summer to become a starting linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens. Athletes who have starred at the position for Baltimore include Ray Lewis, Peter Boulware, Terrell Suggs and Bart Scott - who once wore the No. 57 now utilized by Mosley. The Ravens won two Super Bowls by playing rugged defense, and now Mosley is being asked to adhere to that custom.

Bills QB, coach differ on offense's performance (The Associated Press)
Bills quarterback EJ Manuel and coach Doug Marrone had widely conflicting assessments on how the offense performed on the third day of training camp. On one play, Woods made a quick cut only to have Manuel sail the ball well over his head.

Bills' sloppy offense concerns Marrone (The SportsXchange)
Progress is in the eye of the beholder for the Buffalo Bills, who held their first practice in pads on Tuesday before veterans for any of the other 31 NFL teams have even reported to training camp. Head coach Doug Marrone kept a sharp eye on the offense, which appeared sloppy as second-year quarterback EJ Manuel worked on his chemistry with an equally young receiving corps. "They finished strong, but it was not what we wanted," Marrone acknowledged of the offense. While Marrone wasn't pleased with the overall execution of the offense, Manuel thought it was a productive practice.

AFC North Preview: Bengals best of rugged bunch (The SportsXchange)
Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel may be causing commotion selling jerseys, but The Sports Xchange isn't buying into his Cleveland Browns, picked to repeat in last place of the AFC North.

Team Report - INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (The SportsXchange)
Colts say they're ready for next big step

Rex, Jets hoping new pieces solve playoff puzzle (The Associated Press)
New playmakers, fresh-faced rookies and a rejuvenated Rex Ryan. They all have the New York Jets feeling pretty optimistic heading into training camp, with their sights set on ending a three-year playoff drought - the longest since owner Woody Johnson bought the team in 2000. Despite having inconsistent rookie quarterback Geno Smith start every game last season and an offense that lacked big-time playmakers, the Jets finished 8-8. New York added running back Chris Johnson, wide receiver Eric Decker, quarterback Michael Vick, and a dozen draft picks - many of whom, including safety Calvin Pryor, tight end Jace Amaro and cornerback Dexter McDougle, could see significant playing time.

Shutdown Countdown: Will Detroit Lions' talent produce success? (Shutdown Corner)


NFL Camp Preview: Panthers hope bigger is better (The SportsXchange)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- While a lot of noise was made in the offseason about the loss of mighty-mite receiver Steve Smith and surgery on quarterback Cam Newton's ankle, the Carolina Panthers could be better than expected when they begin training camp practices July 25 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

Team Report - ATLANTA FALCONS (The SportsXchange)
Falcons look to be bigger and stronger

Shutdown Countdown: The Ravens' rebound is all about the offense (Shutdown Corner)


Silva's Pre-Camp Team Rankings (Rotoworld)
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Team Report - BALTIMORE RAVENS (The SportsXchange)
Ravens hope to add deep pass to offense

NFL Camp Preview: Ravens hope to add deep pass to offense (The SportsXchange)
As the Baltimore Ravens prepare for training camp at their facility in Owings Mills, their goals remain unchanged. Upgrade the passing game, rebuild the running game, protect quarterback Joe Flacco and identify a starting right offensive tackle. The Ravens also want to improve their deep passing game. One year after throwing 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions on passes 20 yards or greater, Flacco had one touchdown and nine interceptions on those type of passes last season.
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