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Ravens, Steelers don't get punchy

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Ravens, Steelers don't get punchy

As much as the Ravens and Steelers turn their AFC North rivalry into a hard-hitting, pound-it-out game, one thing refreshingly missing from Sunday’s game was the extracurricular foolishness.

There was one instance of pushing and shoving and grabbing on the Ravens sideline, but otherwise, the game was largely free of chippiness between the teams. We didn’t see punches thrown or helmets yanked off. And whatever jawing was going on didn’t escalate into something that merited getting the officials involved to break it up.

Ravens safety Ed Reed got called for a helmet-to-helmet hit — though it was one of those where it’s hard to know whether it was precipitated by a receiver’s dropping his head lower. And when the Steelers’ Larry Foote got flagged for tripping, the NBC replay showed it was more for the attempt than for actually connecting with his legs and doing any damage.

So though the two teams combined for 10 penalties, it wasn’t an especially dirty game — at least not from a view a safe remove from the field. In that way, the latest Ravens-Steelers was good, old-fashioned football, befitting those dreadful bumblebee throwback jerseys that Pittsburgh was wearing.

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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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