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Evans released by Jaguars

Lee Evans, whowill always be remembered in Baltimore for the catch he didn't make, wasreleased by the Jackonsville Jaguars on Sunday in what could be a career-endingmove.Evans, 31, signeda one-year deal with the Jaguars in April that included a 250,000 signingbonus. In Jacksonville, Evans was reunited with coach Mike Mularkey, who washis coach in Buffalo after the Bills made Evans a first-round draft pick in2004. It was thoughtEvans, who has over 6,000 career receiving yards in an eight-year NFL career, could help revive aJaguars offense that ranked last in the league last season with 156.9 passingyards a game. However, the Jaguars drafted receiver Justin Blackmon with thefifth overall pick, and the Jaguars seem content to go with receivers otherthan Evans. He did not play in the Jaguars' preseason game against the New YorkGiants on Saturday night. There is somespeculation that Evans was waived early to give him a chance to catch on withanother team. Evans playedseven seasons in Buffalo and twice had more than 1,000 receiving yards in aseason with the Bills. The Ravens traded a fourth-round draft pick to the Billsfor Evans, who was expected to become the Ravens No. 3 receiver and primarydeep threat last season. It never worked out that way. Botheredby an ankle injury, Evans missed nearly half the season and finished the season withfour catches for 74 yards. But he'll be remembered most for the catch he didn'tmake, as he failed to hang on to a throw from Joe Flacco in the end zone in thefinal minute of the AFC Championship game that could have sent the Ravens tothe Super Bowl.

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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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