Cubs halt O's rally, third out confirmed by replay
The Orioles watched a potential fifth-inning rally go by the wayside, as a crew-chief review confirmed the on-field ruling that catcher John Baker wasn't illegally blocking home plate for the inning-ending out.
Norris looks to keep rolling, help O's build AL East lead
It might not be all that surprising if the Orioles-Cubs matinee on Saturday at Wrigley Field turns into a pitchers' duel. Baltimore righty Bud Norris, fresh off one of his best starts of the season, will get the ball opposite Chicago rookie Kyle Hendricks, who has turned in six straight quality starts.
O's hitters stifled by former teammate Arrieta
On Friday, Baltimore got a front-row seat to see Jake Arrieta's development, as he continued to put together a career season with seven dominant innings for the Cubs against his former club. Arrieta, who retired the first 13 batters he faced, held the O's to one run -- Nelson Cruz's career-high 34th homer -- and outpitched O's righty Kevin Gausman to hand first-place Baltimore a 4-1 series-opening loss.
Closure of B checkpoint result of 'growing pains,' BWI head says.
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They got their 30 pieces of silver. The rest of us will be crucified!
The “Blue Dogs” in the House Democrat caucus caved in to pressure today and signaled they would no longer block health care “reform” legislation from moving forward. Their price? $100 billion in cuts from a bill set to cost a $trillion and up.
As Gomer Pyle used to say: “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!”
There were a few other changes in the bill which while welcome, do not overcome the fact that this will be another massive intrusion by the federal government into health care and it will accelerate the financial collapse of Medicare and Medicaid.
The one good point in today’s agreement is that no vote will take place until Congress reconvenes in September. That will give Americans time to understand how dangerous even this watered down Democrat bill is.
My fear is that the majority of voters will be so relieved that the original socialist makeover of health care was defeated that they will be ready to accept the socialist-lite version which is hardly an improvement.
Only In Obama’s World Could We Talk With The Taliban While Doing Zelaya’s Bidding
A concerted effort to start unprecedented talks between Taliban and British and American envoys was outlined yesterday in a significant change in tactics designed to bring about a breakthrough in the attritional, eight-year conflict in Afghanistan.
Senior ministers and commanders on the ground believe they have created the right conditions to open up a dialogue with â€œsecond-tierâ€ local leaders now the Taliban have been forced back in a swath of Helmand province.
The U.S. government said Tuesday it has revoked the diplomatic visas of four Honduran officials, stepping up pressure on coup-installed leaders who insist they can resist international demands to restore the ousted president.
The U.S. State Department did not name the four, but a Honduran official said they included the Supreme Court magistrate who ordered the arrest of ousted President Manuel Zelda and the president of Hondurasâ€™ Congress.
The State Department is also reviewing the visas of all officials serving under interim President Roberto Micheletti, department spokesman Ian Kelly said.
Only in Obama’s world can we start talks with the Taliban, the guys who helped 9/11 happen, the guys who took over a country and then were run out of dodge by our own troops but meanwhile revoke visas for officials from Honduras that refused to sit by as a dictator took over their country and illegally changed their Constitution.
The ousted president of Honduras reportedly asked President Obama to revoke the diplomatic visas of members of interim President Roberto Michelettiâ€™s de facto government.
Manuel Zelaya, who was removed from office on June 28 and has now retreated to the mountains of Nicaragua to organize a â€œresistance,â€ according to the Central American News Agency, reportedly sent a letter to Obama asking him to ramp up the pressure on the interim government and calling for the â€œrevocation of visasâ€ to those involved in his ouster, and the freezing of bank accounts.
The Zelaya letter reportedly names officials against whom the ousted president wanted action taken, including General Romeo Vasquez Velasquez, the head of the armed forces who was fired by Zelaya on June 25 for refusing to use the military to press forward with a referendum deemed illegal by the countryâ€™s highest court. â€¦
State Department spokesman Ian Kelly confirmed at Tuesdayâ€™s news briefing that four diplomatic visas had been revoked by the U.S. Kelly did not name names, but the deputy foreign minister of Hondurasâ€™s de facto government confirmed that one of the visas belonged to Judge Jose Tomas Arita Valle, the chairman of the 16-member supreme court who signed the ruling ordering the detention of President Manuel Zelaya.
Redskins, Ravens focus on selves, not rivalry (The Associated Press)
The Redskins and Ravens have more important goals Saturday night than bragging rights in a tepid rivalry. ''The main thing is, it's our third preseason game and we're really looking at ourselves,'' Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. ''You don't concern yourself with your opponent so much in the preseason, in terms of game-planning or scheming.'' The Redskins and Ravens play at home 32 miles apart in Maryland. One's in the NFC, the other AFC.
Forbes ranked NFL's best fans, and you already know who was first (Shutdown Corner)
You can say a lot of things about Green Bay, and coming from someone who lived near there for a while, I've said all of them myself. But if you do an "NFL's best fans" ranking and have anyone but Packers fans in the top spot, you're trying too hard to be different. Forbes got it right. They ranked the best NFL fan bases , using a formula of attendance, television ratings, merchandise sales and percentage of population that watched or attended their hometown team's games. The Packers' fans ranked first, because there really is no other option. According to Forbes, market researchers Nielsen Scarborough found that "84 percent of adults in Green Bay are Packers fans, identified as such having watched, attended, and/or listened to the team’s games this past year." You can't find 84 percent of people in most communities to agree that water is wet, much less on a football team. Now, here's where you say that Packers fans are so into the team because there's nothing else to do in Northeast Wisconsin, and that's what Forbes did: "It seems little else goes on there to compete for their attention, and anything that does revolves around the team," Forbes wrote. They've totally glossed over deer hunting and ice fishing and cheese curd and 22-inch kielbasa eating, but that's fine. The Packers are indisputably the NFL's top fans, and I'm sure they're proud to be recognized as such. The top spot was a foregone conclusion, but the rest of Forbes' top 10 had some debatable picks: 2. Denver Broncos 3. New Orleans Saints 4. New England Patriots 5. Baltimore Ravens 6. Indianapolis Colts 7. (tie) Dallas Cowboys 7. (tie) Pittsburgh Steelers 9. Seattle Seahawks 10. Chicago Bears Now, you can click that link above and take a look at how they came to those rankings, but I think we can all agree the Steelers and Seahawks need to be in the top 5. After last season's Super Bowl, I'm pretty sure Seahawks fans booked flights to random destinations, just to walk around in their No. 12 jersey and accept congratulations for winning the title. They've been everywhere since early February. And Steelers fans just seem to travel in packs from visiting city to visiting city to buy up all the home team's tickets and be passionate (or, perhaps "obnoxious" if you wish) in their stadium. A bit surprising Washington wasn't in the top 10, but maybe Forbes couldn't remember them because we haven't heard much about the team and its nickname lately. Here's where you, fans of the 31 teams who did not make the top spot (eh, let's make it 30, I'm not sure there really are any Tennessee Titans fans) can vent. Why did Forbes screw up this ranking of best NFL fans? (Spoiler alert: I bet they're haters against your team.) Related Packers coverage: - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
Injuries, lack of depth test Ravens defensive line (The Associated Press)
Baltimore's defensive line has been hit hard by injuries, hard enough to give the Ravens reason to be concerned. The Ravens have already lost two defensive linemen to season-ending injuries, and nose tackle Terrence Cody remains sidelined after hip surgery. Brandon Williams is expected to become the starting nose tackle, with Ngata shifting to defensive tackle.
Redskins' Gruden: a night owl who needs his sleep (The Associated Press)
Jay Gruden is more of a night owl than an early bird, which puts him in the Joe Gibbs category among Washington Redskins head coaches. Norv Turner and Mike Shanahan liked to arrive absurdly early to satisfy the workaholic lifestyle that has become synonymous among NFL coaches. ''Jay lets the coaches coach,'' said Chris Foerster, who was retained as offensive line coach.
Cowboys LB Holloman has career-ending neck injury (The Associated Press)
The Dallas Cowboys said Thursday that linebacker DeVonte Holloman has a career-ending neck injury related to a spinal problem that kept him out almost half of his rookie season a year ago. Coach Jason Garrett said Holloman was advised not to play again after doctor evaluations this week. After missing the first two days of practice this week, the 23-year-old Holloman was on the field Thursday in his No. 57 jersey but didn't appear in the locker room when it was open to reporters after Garrett's announcement. Garrett wouldn't discuss details of the injury other than saying Holloman has been dealing with a neck issue ''the last couple of weeks.'' Holloman came out of last weekend's preseason game against Baltimore midway through the fourth quarter because of the injury.
A Pick Six of new passing combos (The Associated Press)
Six NFL teams have made significant alterations in their passing games. Denver, Indianapolis, Washington and Baltimore did so with proven wideouts. Tampa Bay and Houston chose new quarterbacks to combine with an established target. A Pick Six of new passing combinations: Denver: Eric Decker left Manning for Geno Smith and the Jets.
Cardinals work to replace Dockett; Mathieu returns (The Associated Press)
On the day the Arizona Cardinals went back to work for the first time since Darnell Dockett went down with a knee injury, the impact of losing the big defensive tackle for the season was softened a bit by the return of safety Tyrann Mathieu and nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu. The 'Honey Badger' Mathieu, a crucial component of Arizona's talented secondary, went down in the 13th game of his impressive rookie season a year ago with a torn ACL and LCL. With just Frostee Rucker and two rookies at Dockett's position, the Cardinals signed two free agent defensive linemen on Wednesday - 6-foot-2, 330-pound Isaac Sopoaga and 6-6, 305-pound Ryan McBean. Sopoaga is a 10-year NFL veteran who split last season with Philadelphia and New England.
Cowboys shuffle LBs with McClain skipping workouts (The Associated Press)
One day Rolando McClain is getting first-team work with the Dallas defense after owner Jerry Jones offers yet another hopeful plug that the former top 10 pick can fill a big void at linebacker. The next, McClain is sitting out practice again, raising more questions about the desire of a player who walked away from the sport twice in Baltimore before the Ravens traded him to a team desperate to replace Sean Lee after a season-ending knee injury. Justin Durant is the swingman as the Cowboys search, playing his more natural spot on the weak side when McClain is on the field and mostly filling the middle when McClain isn't.
RG3's ungraceful slide remains hot Redskins topic (The Associated Press)
Robert Griffin III stood at his locker and answered five consecutive questions about sliding. ''I could keep going over this, over and over,'' the Washington Redskins quarterback said with a touch of good-natured exasperation. ''Gah! I slid correctly on the third time.'' Coach Jay Gruden also faced five questions about Griffin's far-from-graceful sliding technique. Griffin on Wednesday acknowledged that he put himself on the line a bit too much when he took some big hits while scrambling in open field against the Cleveland Browns on Monday night.