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Bad-News Break for Gray at Groundbreaking

Bad-News Break for Gray at Groundbreaking

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray helped break ground for a desperately needed health clinic in the city's poorest ward Thursday.



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How Ravens will fill 'irreplaceable' Marshal Yanda's right guard position

How Ravens will fill 'irreplaceable' Marshal Yanda's right guard position

The Ravens have a few holes throughout the roster, but perhaps none of them carry as much significance as the right guard position. 

With Marshal Yanda’s retirement earlier in the offseason, the Ravens have an open spot at right guard for the first time in over a decade. While there are a few options to replace the future Hall of Famer, none of them carry Yanda’s presence. 

“The thinking is it’s going to be really hard,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “I think he’s irreplaceable, bottom line. You can’t say that you’re going to plug in another Marshal Yanda. Probably the same thing applied to Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. To me, he’s in that category.”

Baltimore’s options along the interior offensive line are limited, as center Matt Skura is recovering from a significant knee injury — leaving the starting interior line, from left to right, as Bradley Bozeman, Patrick Mekari and Ben Powers. 

Mekari has five starts in his career; Powers has played in just one game. 

The team also released James Hurst, who was a versatile offensive lineman who could play both tackle and guard. Now, the Ravens have a lack of depth along the starting offensive line. 

Now, they’ll turn their focus to adding talent to the interior offensive line — both talent that can start and provide immediate depth.

“There are some tackles that we think can play inside, play guard,” general manager Eric DeCosta said. “There are some really good guards, some centers in this draft. I think we’ve shown in the past that we can find guys in the second, third, fourth, fifth rounds, offensive linemen who can come in and play.”

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A few early options in the draft figure to be Lloyd Cushenberry III out of LSU, Cesar Ruiz of Michigan and Nick Harris of Washington. 

Cushenberry and Ruiz started most of their careers at center, but Harris spent time at guard as well and could provide some much-needed versatility to a position that has some legitimate concerns. 

“We’ve got to make sure that we do a great job of making sure the interior offensive line is all set,” Harbaugh said. “How you do it, you do it the old way. We’ve got to look at all the players, try to find the best fits. I don’t think we necessarily have to concern ourselves with what the rest of the league is looking for in the offensive line, or any other position really, but just what we’re looking for and the type of player we want.”

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MLB says it hasn’t settled on contingency plan to play out season in Arizona

MLB says it hasn’t settled on contingency plan to play out season in Arizona

Not yet.

At least that’s what Major League Baseball announced Tuesday morning in response to an overnight ESPN report which detailed a possible plan for the season to be played out in Arizona.

Here’s the statement:

“MLB has been actively considering numerous contingency plans that would allow play to commence once the public health situation has improved to the point that it is safe to do so. While we have discussed the idea of staging games at one location as one potential option, we have not settled on that option or developed a detailed plan.

"While we continue to interact regularly with governmental and public health officials, we have not sought or received approval of any plan from federal, state and local officials, or the Players Association. The health and safety of our employees, players, fans and the public at large are paramount, and we are not ready at this time to endorse any particular format for staging games in light of the rapidly changing public health situation caused by the coronavirus.”

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ESPN’s report outlined a possible plan for all 30 teams to play their games in and around Phoenix. It was littered with contingency plans, what-ifs and far-reaching ideas to assure the health of players and everyone involved.

At the core of the report was the idea baseball could restart as soon as May or early June. And, it seemed to be an overnight trial balloon to test response to the idea.

For now, baseball has no start date and remains in the same holding pattern as the rest of society while the coronavirus pandemic continues. Spring training games stopped March 12. The Nationals’ spring training facility has been converted into a coronavirus test site. Players dispersed to work on their own. And the league has postponed things until at least mid-May.

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