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Email claims Ravens informed Colts of Patriots' deflated footballs

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Email claims Ravens informed Colts of Patriots' deflated footballs

The Baltimore Ravens have repeatedly denied warning the Indianapolis Colts ahead of the AFC Championship about suspicious game balls at Gillette Stadium. 

Evidence to the contrary emerged Tuesday when the NFL Players Association filed an amended complaint in Tom Brady's legal battle against his Deflategate suspension. As a result, some 4,000 pages of documentary evidence were released to the public. 

Among those documents was an email that indicates Baltimore indeed alerted Indianapolis, who notified the NFL, to the condition of footballs used by the Patriots. 

Sent by Colts equipment manager Sean Sullivan to general manager Ryan Grigson, the email relayed that Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg phoned Colts head coach Chuck Pagano -- formerly a Ravens assistant -- to warn him about issues with designated kicking balls used in the Ravens-Patriots playoff game on January 10. 

Grigson then forwarded Sullivan's email to Dave Gardi of the NFL on January 17, one day prior to the AFC Championship game. 

Baltimore has vehemently disputed reports of any involvement in exposing the Deflategate scandal. 

“It’s ridiculous. It never happened. I never made any call. Nobody in our organization made any call,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told NBC before the Super Bowl. "I called Chuck Pagano this week and asked him, ‘Did anybody else in our organization tip you off about any deflated footballs?’ And he said, ‘No way.'"

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti also denied an ESPN report claiming that he and Colts owner Jim Irsay urged NFL commissioner Roger Goodell not to reduce Brady's suspension. 

“I have not and will not put any pressure on the Commissioner or anyone representing the NFL office to take action in what everyone is calling ‘Deflategate.’ The story circulating that I have put pressure on Roger [Goodell] is 100 percent wrong." 

The Ravens will return to the field at training camp Wednesday after taking Tuesday off. Stay tuned to CSNbaltimore.com for updates. 

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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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