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Steelers miffed by Patriots goal-line stunt

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Steelers miffed by Patriots goal-line stunt

After their 28-21 loss to the Patriots on Thursday night, the Steelers claimed the Patriots played fast and loose with the rule book – a charge levied by the Ravens against the Patriots during the playoffs last year as well.

To review Thursday night’s incident, the Steelers faced third-and-goal at the Patriots 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter trailing 21-11. As Roethlisberger called out the signals, the Patriots entire defensive front slid laterally, trying to goad the Steelers into a false start. Sure enough, tackle Kelvin Beachum moved early, the Steelers were pushed back to the 5 and had to settle for a field goal.

“I thought that there was a rule against that,” Roethlisberger said after the game, per USA Today. “Maybe there’s not. Maybe it’s just an unwritten rule. … We saw it on film, that the Patriots do that. They shift and slide and do stuff on the goal line, knowing that it’s an itchy trigger finger-type down there.”

There is no rule preventing what the Patriots did – as long as they don’t cross the line of scrimmage.

But the Steelers, already smarting from the loss -- and from more headset problems in Foxborough -– were none too pleased.

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Last year, the Patriots used various eligible-receiver schemes and alignments to thoroughly baffle the Ravens defense during a critical stretch of their playoff game. The Ravens complained, while Tom Brady coyly said after the game that, “Maybe those guys gotta study the rule book and figure it out.”

After the season, the NFL tweaked the rule on eligible receivers. We’ll see if the Patriots’ latest move leads to another rule book edit.

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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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