Ravens safety Earl Thomas III, still finding his feet in a new city, prepares for Seattle homecoming
“I wish he could’ve played with us and we could have stayed together forever. That was kind of always the thought, but it didn’t work out that way,” Carroll said on a Wednesday conference call with Baltimore reporters. “We had a great time here doing the things we did, and that’s it. It’s sad whenever our guys leave. We spent a lot of time together, and I care a lot about him. I hope the best for him always, so there’s definitely a connection.”
Young, who also considered Iowa, Iowa State, Louisville and Michigan State, is part of a freshman class that was ranked as the No. 3 group by ESPN. The class includes point guard Ashley Owusu (No. 7 overall and No. 2 at her position), shooting guard Diamond Miller (No. 17, No. 5) and small forward Faith Masonius (No. 86, No. 15).
“We got another playmaker, so that was probably my biggest takeaway from it,” Humphrey said of Peters, who has 24 interceptions since entering the league in 2014. “[I’m] definitely excited. Anytime you can get a Pro Bowl corner — another thing I thought about was, ‘What can I learn from him.’ Twenty-four interceptions in five, four years, however many years — whatever he’s doing is working pretty well.
That’s great, but you can’t win in the NFL with a bunch of choir boys. Ravens coach John Harbaugh is good as far as building chemistry but “53 mighty, mighty men,” “rah, rah, rah’’ and T-shirts with themes will only take a team so far — about to the first round of the playoffs.
ESPN reportedly is sticking with Alex Rodriguez as it weighs a ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ overhaul. Our advice: Less is more, and fewer is better.
Whomever is in that “SNB” chair — whether it’s Vasgersian, Boog Sciambi, Karl Ravech or Dave Flemming — will struggle ensuring everybody is heard in a three-person booth — or four if you count reporter Buster Olney, whose mic time has increased.
Analysis: The Nationals are headed to the World Series. Here’s how the Orioles could mirror their turnaround.
It hasn’t been an immediate thing with that core — there were plenty of October letdowns. But they largely stayed the course, built around them, and are now playing in the World Series. This year, the Orioles will get the second pick in the draft after selecting Adley Rutschman (first overall, 2019), Grayson Rodriguez (11th overall, 2018) and DL Hall (21st overall, 2017).
Los Angeles Times: The Rams acquired Peters in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs before the 2018 season and teamed him with Talib, who was acquired in a trade with the Denver Broncos. Peters had intercepted 19 passes and made the Pro Bowl twice in his first three NFL seasons. In 2018, he intercepted three passes for the Rams and overcame midseason struggles to finish strong. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips repeatedly blamed himself for not putting Peters in the right position to make plays, a theme that continued this season when Peters appeared to get beat for long touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks. … Peters’ future with the Rams, however, had been in doubt since his arrival. The Rams exercised a fifth-year option that is paying him a little more than $9 million this season, but had not offered an extension.
Staggered road closures related to the Baltimore Running Festival begin at 5:30 a.m. Saturday and last through 3:30 p.m. around the core of the city. Officials encourage transit riders to use the Metro Subway, which isn't affected by the event, and urge motorists to stay north of 33rd Street, south of McComas Street, east of Highland Avenue and west of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in order to avoid delays. SOURCE: Baltimore City Department of Transportation
Joe Maddon is the 1st managerial hire of the offseason after agreeing to a 3-year deal with the Angels
Well, everybody but Brad Ausmus. In a case of good, old-fashioned baseball symmetry, the Cubs wound up firing Rick Renteria one year into his three-year contract to sign Maddon to a five-year deal. In Anaheim, Maddon replaces Ausmus, who also was fired one year into a three-year deal after Maddon became available.
“It’s two totally different teams," Turgeon said. "I think we’re embracing the expectations much better than that team did. ... It comes down to coachability and chemistry and guys just being selfless because if we do that, then we’re continuing to get better. If we’re playing for each other, we’re going to be really good, and if egos get in the way, then we’re not gonna be quite as good as we should be.”