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Ravens host lottery for fans to watch training camp

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Ravens host lottery for fans to watch training camp

The Ravens once again are holding a free online lottery for fans to win passes to attend training camp, and the odds of winning just got a lot better. 

The team announced that up to 1,000 fans can be accommodated at each of the 13 workouts -- more than triple the capacity of past years -- because it has secured additional parking near its Owings Mills complex.

Fans can enter the lottery through the team's Web site. All lottery submissions must be in by July 7 at 5 p.m., with winners notified by July 15. The team's first full-squad workout is July 30, and the last is Aug. 18.

The Ravens moved their training camp permanently from Westminster -- where it was free and open to the public -- to their Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills in 2012.

The Ravens also will host a free, open practice at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. That event will include autograph stations for children and a fireworks show after the workout.

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The Ravens, who are holding their mandatory three-day minicamp this week, begin the preseason schedule Thursday, Aug. 13, when they host the Saints at M&T Bank Stadium. Other preseason games are at Philadelphia (Aug. 22), home against the Redskins (Aug. 29) and at Atlanta (Sept. 3).

 

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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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