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Another tough loss to Ravens leaves Roethlisberger dejected

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Another tough loss to Ravens leaves Roethlisberger dejected

BALTIMORE – The Ravens have beaten the Steelers three straight times, and two of those losses have been crushing to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

In the opening round of last year’s playoffs, the Ravens ended the Steelers’ season with a 30-17 victory at Heinz Field. Then on Sunday, with the Ravens (5-10) already out of the playoff picture, they beat the Steelers again, 20-17. The Steelers (9-6) no longer control their playoff destiny, and after the game, Roethlisberger was clearly disappointed.

“We shot ourselves in the foot today,” said Roethlisberger who threw two interceptions. “It’s our fault, it’s my fault. 

"The only thing we can do now is play, win, watch, and hope.”

Roethlisberger threw his first interception on a pass over the middle intended for Antonio Brown that was picked off by Ravens linebacker Daryl Smith.

“You can never throw it short down the middle,” Roethlisberger said. “I left it a couple of inches short and their guy makes the play.”

On the second interception, Roethlisberger tried to make a back-shoulder throw to Brown, who was being covered tightly by Jimmy Smith. The throw was off target, and Smith played the ball and intercepted the pass.

“We’ve completed (that pass) 1,000 times before, and I didn’t put it outside a couple more inches, and he made a great play on it for them,” Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger won’t see the Ravens again until next season. And thanks to Sunday’s loss, Roethlisberger’s season may be ending very soon.

   

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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